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Wanted: Lower Billable Requirements, Susman Recovering, Fall Semester Uncertainty: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

'Unimpeachable Character': John Gleeson, Former Judge and Prosecutor, Returns to Court to Take on Bill Barr

Fri, 2020-05-15 00:06

In the Michael Flynn case, the appointment of Debevoise's John Gleeson, a former federal trial judge and prosecutor, was deemed an extraordinary move matching the "exceptional motion the government made to dismiss" Flynn's case, one white-collar lawyer said. "We're kind of in uncharted waters here."

         

Boies Schiller Hit With Legal Malpractice Lawsuit Alleging 'Overly Aggressive' Defense Tactics

Thu, 2020-05-14 20:39

The suit, filed in New Jersey, alleges that David Boies' and D.C. partner Michael Underhill's missteps in a series of IP lawsuits led to $29 million in damages.

         

Pay Cuts, Layoffs, and More: How Law Firms Are Managing the Pandemic

Thu, 2020-05-14 19:20

Our firm-by-firm guide to how law firms are protecting their bottom lines from the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

         

Defense Team Steps Forward in Arbery Murder Case

Thu, 2020-05-14 18:59

"In a case such as this that is already highly publicized, it is imperative that no one rush to judgment, and to allow the legal process to run its course," Bob Rubin said.

         

California Bar Jumps Back Into the Regulatory Sandbox

Thu, 2020-05-14 18:56

"This is a significant step and I think it will lead to an exciting future," board chairman Alan Steinbrecher said.

         

Incoming! Insurance Defense Lawyers Talk 'Nuclear Verdicts'

Thu, 2020-05-14 16:15

Lawyers and insurance executives say the surge of surprisingly high awards subject to social inflation—also known as "nuclear verdicts"—is not a new phenomenon.

         

Higher Law: Marijuana Makes Stimulus Bill—For Now | New Bankruptcy Dispute Unfolds | Headlines: Pro Golf and CBD | Who Got the Work

Thu, 2020-05-14 16:00

Welcome to Higher Law. This week we're looking at banking help, maybe, for marijuana businesses a CBD company's fight for bankruptcy protection pro bono effort to seal marijuana conviction records pro golfers' support for CBD. Thanks for reading!

         

Class Action Alleges Traders Manipulated Calif. Gas Prices by $2.4B

Thu, 2020-05-14 15:30

"Our goal is to make California consumers whole after the defendants' alleged conduct cost consumers over $2 billion," said Milberg managing partner Glenn Phillips in the antitrust lawsuit.

         

No 'Hasty, Rushed Decisions': Ohio's First Post-COVID Trial Is Pushed Back to June

Thu, 2020-05-14 15:28

The trial judge said the state's highest court should not be forced to determine these issues on an emergency basis.

         

DC Circuit Tells Lawyers in Clinton Emails Case: What's Left to Resolve?

Thu, 2020-05-14 15:24

Hillary Clinton's lawyers at Williams & Connolly, pointing to a 2018 D.C. Circuit decision, have argued there's no basis for a deposition. Judicial Watch, the plaintiff in the public-records case, contends the dispute is not moot.

         

Susman Godfrey Founder Steve Susman Is Out of Coma, In Recovery After Bicycle Accident

Thu, 2020-05-14 15:18

Neal Manne, a managing partner of the trial firm, said Susman is making "slow but steady progress" after being hospitalized in April.

         

Finnegan Cuts Pay for Lawyers and Staff Due to COVID-19 Uncertainty

Thu, 2020-05-14 14:46

Partners "will shoulder much" of the financial adjustments, said the IP firm.

         

Associates Want a Break on Billable Hours as Pay Cuts Roil Law Firms

Thu, 2020-05-14 13:54

A new survey released by Major, Lindsey & Africa and Above the Law found that while law firms are getting high marks for communicating in the coronavirus crisis, many associates want lower billable hour targets in light of broad pay cuts and unusual working conditions.

         

Nurse-Attorneys? Yes. Lawyers Are Donning Scrubs Again to Help Battle COVID-19

Thu, 2020-05-14 13:30

Multiple nurse-attorneys—dual professionals who hold licenses in the law and nursing—have paused their law practices to return to medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.

         

'Reptile' Co-Author Don Keenan Says Big Verdicts Reflect Justice

Thu, 2020-05-14 13:02

Keenan, co-author with David Ball of "Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution," said a shift in the way lawyers try cases has led to larger verdicts and 'what justice in this country is all about."

         

Cheese Dip and Legal Tech: How a Food Entrepreneur is Spearheading ALSP Innovation

Thu, 2020-05-14 11:30

Level 2 Legal chief strategy and innovation officer Leigh Vickery is not only a champion for legal innovation, but a champion for her own queso product line. In a discussion with Legaltech News, Vickery explains the similarities between the food and legal industry and the challenges facing ALSPs during a recession .

         

En Banc 4th Circuit Revives Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

Thu, 2020-05-14 09:13

"Allowing the president to be the final arbiter of both the interpretation and enforcement of the law—as the dissents would—would gravely offend separation of powers," the court's majority opinion states.

         

Spotify Hires New GC From WarnerMedia

Thu, 2020-05-14 07:07

The company's former general counsel has been promoted.

         

How We'll Go Back to the Office, Free for All, Hooray for Hollywood: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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