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'Not Something You See Often': How Butler Kahn Bucked Conventional Wisdom to Win a $28M Verdict

Tue, 2024-04-23 15:44

"Classic lawyer wisdom is to keep a limited number of witnesses. [But] Jeb and I talked through all these different witnesses and came up with the idea to call as many of them who were willing to come," plaintiff's attorney Matt Kahn said.


Sidley Austin's Scott Kilburg, 'Client-Focused' CMO, Dies at 51

Tue, 2024-04-23 15:09

Friends and colleagues remembered Kilburg as family-oriented and a genuine leader who put others before himself.


SpaceX Wants These Judges Off Its Case

Tue, 2024-04-23 13:39

The lawsuit was filed only after the Fifth Circuit surprised SpaceX attorneys by affirming a district court transfer of the dispute to the Central District of California.


Etsy Welcomed Aboard Ex-Facebook GC Colin Stretch With Baskets of Stock

Tue, 2024-04-23 13:34

Stretch joined the e-commerce company as chief legal officer in February 2023, his first in-house role since his 2013-19 run as the social media company's general counsel.


'You're Losing All Credibility': Judge Rebukes Todd Blanche During Contempt Hearing

Tue, 2024-04-23 11:23

The scathing comments from Justice Merchan came after the defense attorney represented that his client "is being very careful" to comply with the judge's gag order.


A New Wave of Class Actions: The Genetic Information Privacy Act

Tue, 2024-04-23 10:00

"In 2023 alone, over 50 GIPA complaints were filed, and new suits continue to be filed in 2024," write Kathleen Carlson, Lawrence Fogel and Colleen Brown of Sidley Austin.


Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of Qualified Immunity to Mayor and Police Chief of Missouri City in First Amendment Retaliation Lawsuit Brought by Former Police Officers

Tue, 2024-04-23 09:47

The Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the Western District of Missouri's denial of summary judgment based on qualified immunity to two individual defendants who had been sued for First Amendment retaliation under Section 1983.


Largest Firms Continue Growing Market Share, as Hourly Rates Break Records

Tue, 2024-04-23 08:00

Risk-averse corporate legal departments view the potential hazards of switching from a trusted outside counsel as too great, according to Kris Satkunas, director of strategic consulting at CounselLink.


'Is There a Culture of Fear?': Why Legal Departments Go Awry, and How to Fix Them

Tue, 2024-04-23 07:42

"Legal can't just shut the door and say, 'I'm on a phone call,'" said Lenor Marquis Segal, senior litigation counsel at Hitachi Energy USA.


FTC Fights $8.5 Billion Fashion Merger, Saying It Would Lift Prices, Hurt Workers

Mon, 2024-04-22 19:32

The deal, announced in August, would combine Tapestry's Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade brands with Capri Holdings' Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace labels.


'We Fight': The Dallas Firm That Won $45M Talc Verdict Refused Johnson & Johnson's Settlement Offer

Mon, 2024-04-22 18:35

Friday's verdict against Johnson & Johnson, in Chicago's Cook County Circuit Court, is the first for a mesothelioma victim since two failed talc bankruptcies last year—and a groundbreaking win for Dallas-based Dean Omar Branham Shirley.


Distributor Hopes Bootleggers 'Can't Get No Satisfaction' Selling Unauthorized Rolling Stones Merch

Mon, 2024-04-22 17:19

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'Devastating Financial Consequences': Dispute Over Thrice-Approved Emergency Department Plan Up Again for Reconsideration

Mon, 2024-04-22 16:53

"There's a lot at stake [for Houston Hospitals," said lead counsel Jason Bring of Arnall Golden Gregory. "The freestanding emergency department is proposed to go almost directly between two existing hospitals, within seven or eight miles. As you might expect, that will draw patients away from our hospitals and the impact on them will be 10% [of their patients and revenue] at minimum, but likely in excess of that.


Brownstein, Akin See Record Q1 Lobbying Revenue Amid Influx of Business

Mon, 2024-04-22 16:47

Holland & Knight and Hogan Lovells also grew their Q1 lobbying revenue.


In Wake of Arrests, Student Protester Suspensions, Columbia Holds Classes Remotely, Beefs up Security

Mon, 2024-04-22 16:35

"To deescalate the rancor and give us all a chance to consider next steps, I am announcing that all classes will be held virtually on Monday," NYU President Minouche Shafik wrote in a letter to the Columbia community Monday, adding that faculty and staff could also work remotely.


Justices to Examine Meaning of 'Prevailing Party' in Attorney Fees Disputes

Mon, 2024-04-22 16:12

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a party "must obtain a ruling that conclusively decides the merits in its favor," rather than just a preliminary injunction, to obtain attorney fees in a civil rights suit.


How GCs Can Fix Firms That Are Too Risk-Averse or Too Willing to Go for Broke

Mon, 2024-04-22 16:01

"There are times you have to say, 'You can't do this.' But that can't be every time," said Theresa Shea, general counsel of Utz Brands.


A&O and Shearman Continue Lateral Hiring as Merger Date Approaches

Mon, 2024-04-22 15:39

Both law firms have continued to add, and lose, partners in the lead-up to the merger.


Tit for Tat: Attorneys Want Opposing Counsel Penalized

Mon, 2024-04-22 14:57

Quinn Emanuel litigator Alex Spiro, representing Elon Musk, argued opposing counsel Mark Bankston of Farrar & Ball violated the discovery order numerous times by posting questions outside the scope of the court order.


Most Big Chicago Law Firms Grew in 2023, but Several Not as Fast as Am Law 100

Mon, 2024-04-22 14:42

Six of the nine Chicago-founded Am Law 100 law firms had lower revenue growth than the 100 as a whole. But most Chicago firms maintained their spots or moved up in the latest rankings