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Readers' Poll: Does Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Help You?

Thu, 2022-09-08 16:03

President Joe Biden's plan to forgive a portion of student loan debt has generated plenty of cheers, jeers, debate and internet hot takes. But what we really want to know is whether and how the plan impacts you as members of the legal profession.

       

'Tiresome to See That Argument Coming Up Again': Facebook's Plan to Defeat 'Addiction' Lawsuits

Thu, 2022-09-08 14:47

Facebook has raised an arsenal of legal defenses that could swiftly dismiss lawsuits alleging younger users have become addicted to social media, leading to mental health problems and, in some cases, suicides.

       

Appeals Court Rejects Claims That J&J Retirement Plan Administrators 'Should Have Seen Stock Price Drop Coming' Amid Talc Litigation

Thu, 2022-09-08 14:39

"Even if disclosure of some unfavorable documents was likely once discovery commenced in products liability litigation, it is to this day uncertain whether J&J should be liable in tort for dangers relating to its talc products," wrote Third Circuit Judge Kent A. Jordan. "The products liability actions are, after all, ongoing. It would make no sense for us to resolve the question of tort liability, still undetermined in that case, in this collateral ERISA litigation."

       

Higher Law: Law Firms' Disappearing Links to a Pot-Prohibition Group | A Weed-And-Workers Lawsuit Filed Against Walmart | Perkins Coie's Work on a Trade Dress Suit Targeting Martha Stewart and Canopy Growth | Why Marijuana Companies Can't Make Enough...

Thu, 2022-09-08 14:38

A nonprofit that's lobbying to block federal marijuana legislation has scrubbed the names of five law firms and dozens of other "corporate partners" from its website amid criticism from legalization advocates.

       

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Web3 Won't Transform Legal Anytime Soon

Thu, 2022-09-08 14:38

It's time for a reality check: the extent to which Web3 will transform the legal market has been greatly exaggerated—at least, for the foreseeable future.

       

Inside Track: Mayhem in Cyber-Insurance Market Ups Pressure on Legal Chiefs

Thu, 2022-09-08 13:27

"It's a potentially perilous situation for many companies," BlackBerry's Gary Davis wrote in a blog post. "While the costs of suffering a targeted cyberattack or breach continue to climb, their ability to insure themselves against a possible cyber disaster dwindles."

       

How I Made Partner: 'I Created Opportunities for Myself and Defined an Industry Niche Early On,' Says Kelly Bundy of Hirschler

Thu, 2022-09-08 09:00

"Take ownership of your career. Do not rely upon others to set your boundaries, define your niche, or seek out opportunities for you."

       

Hiring Pauses, Stealth Layoffs Signal Law Firm Austerity: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2022-09-08 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.

       

Hiring Pauses, Stealth Layoffs at Top 50 Law Firms Signal Industry Austerity

Thu, 2022-09-08 05:00

Cooley has reportedly implemented a freeze on hiring associates, while sources say Reed Smith is responding to dipping profitability in lower performing regions by easing out senior lawyers who lack substantial books.

       

Cincinnati Law Dean Verna Williams Steps Down to Lead Nonprofit

Thu, 2022-09-08 00:57

"At this time, when economic security remains out of reach for too many and long-standing legal protections are in jeopardy, the mission of Equal Justice Works and the work of the Fellows is more important than ever," Verna L. Williams said in a statement.

       

Snap Dismisses Newly Hired Associate General Counsel, Several Other Legal Staffers in Layoffs

Thu, 2022-09-08 00:51

"Plot twist! After 7 days on the job, I am one of the 1000+ Snap Inc. employees that was laid off yesterday," Snap's ex-associate GC announced on social media.

       

Federal Judge Mulls Sanctions Against Counsel for 'Misleading' Court About Judgment

Thu, 2022-09-08 00:27

Counsel for an insurer is facing sanctions in federal court for allegedly defying a judge's ruling by seeking to enforce a judgment against a bank in its individual capacity rather than as trustee.

       

Attempt to Dismiss Expelled ASU Student's Title IX Claim Fails in Federal Court

Thu, 2022-09-08 00:12

In a separate state court action, Doe prevailed in the Arizona Court of Appeals, which held that the sexual misconduct findings against him were "not supported by substantial evidence." The appeals court vacated the ASU expulsion order and the school notified Doe that his expulsion sanction was withdrawn.

       

'The Risk of Identity Theft Constitutes an Injury-in-Fact': 3rd Circ. Rules Employee Has Standing to Sue Over Data Breach

Wed, 2022-09-07 19:47

The appeals court reversed a Pennsylvania district court's dismissal of claims brought by a former ExecuPharm employee seeking equitable and monetary relief over a data breach that resulted in the publication of her personal information on the Dark Web.

       

Finding an 'Agreeable' Special Master to Review Trump Docs Won't Be Easy, Experts Say

Wed, 2022-09-07 19:39

With a list of candidates expected by the end of the week, what would be required to fill the special master role could limit the available candidates.

       

State High Court Sides With Attorney Accused of Legal Malpractice, But Denies Request for $92K in Fees, Costs

Wed, 2022-09-07 19:29

The West Virginia Supreme Court upheld a circuit court's order awarding summary judgment to a solo practitioner accused by a former attorney of legal malpractice, but further affirmed the denial of his motion for more than $92,600 in attorney fees and costs because it wasn't pursued in bad faith.

       

'They Are Being Ignored by the System': Plaintiffs Attorneys Say Those Injured by COVID Vaccines Have Little Recourse

Wed, 2022-09-07 18:55

"The people that suffered injuries post-vaccination need to be compensated for it," personal injury attorney Michael L. Baum of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman in Washington, D.C., said. "They need medication, they need to be acknowledged for what they're going through and not just told that it's in their heads."

       

Compliance Hot Spots: New Hires Out of DOJ Antitrust Division + Kramer Levin Launches Congressional Investigations Group + Kirkland & Ellis in FTC Consumer Protection Settlement

Wed, 2022-09-07 18:49

Cooley and Axinn landed senior DOJ antitrust officials who recently made the move to private practice.

       

'Complete and Utter Nonsense': Tensions Run High as Judge Denies Oath Keeper Leader's Attempt to Switch Lawyers

Wed, 2022-09-07 18:32

Judge Amit Mehta said Rhodes' new attorney, Ed Tarpley, made "incorrect and bewildering statements" in his attempt to substitute himself as lead counsel.

       

Morrison Mahoney Partner Elected Massachusetts Bar Association President

Wed, 2022-09-07 18:23

"As we know, the needs of both our legal community and the community at large continually change," Grace V.B. Garcia said in a statement. "The pandemic has highlighted several areas where we can take active steps to better the lives of legal professionals, help those in need of legal services within the commonwealth, and take steps that support and uphold the rule of law. By concentrating on communication, collaboration and our communities, my goal is not only to strengthen MBA, but make measurable progress in addressing these issues, as well."

       

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