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Judge: Insurer Must Defend, Indemnify Contractor Accused of Negligence in Building Collapse

Thu, 2023-01-26 16:00

"The underlying complaint alleges that as a result of Dello Russo's faulty workmanship during renovations, the building partially collapsed, requiring the demolition of the remaining structure. In other words, the underlying complaint alleges that Dello Russo's negligence caused an accident. Accordingly, the claims against Dello Russo allege 'property damage' caused by an 'occurrence,'" the court said.


Meet the Judge Overseeing DOJ's 2nd Antitrust Case Against Google

Thu, 2023-01-26 15:23

Judge Leonie Brinkema's 30 years on the bench have featured a few significant antitrust cases.


'The World Is Changing': Why Former Diamondbacks CLO Became a DEI Champion

Thu, 2023-01-26 15:06

"Long ago, I learned that I can't be happy if I can't be my authentic self. ... I focused on being myself, and eventually people got comfortable with me," said Nona Lee, who rose to the heights in the white, male-dominated world of professional sports.


Higher Law: FDA Routes 'New Regulatory Pathway for CBD' Through Congress

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:57

"We do not intend to pursue rulemaking allowing the use of CBD in dietary supplements or conventional foods," FDA principal deputy commissioner Janet Woodcock said Friday.


Generative AI Tools Will Upend the Delivery of Legal Services

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:53

Experts see both current and future applications for generative AI in legal work. These largely relate to replacing tedious work to boost productivity.


Unauthorized, Volunteer-Related Transactions on Firm's Card Results in Attorney's Suspension

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:53

Haynes was a long-time volunteer with the WSBA and often traveled to attend meetings and conferences. She charged some WSBA-related volunteer expenses to one law firm's credit card without prior authorization from the firm but failed to promptly notify and reimburse the law firm when she received direct reimbursement from the WSBA for those expenses, the court said.


U Wisconsin Law Becomes 36th Law School to Pull Out of US News Rankings

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:52

"In deciding whether to complete this year's statistical survey, we asked U.S. News to make this information available to students free of charge," Dan Takaji said in his announcement. "Unfortunately, U.S. News has not committed to do that" so "[w]e see little reason to devote our resources to completing this lengthy survey so it can sell the information back to prospective students."


Senior IP Writer Scott Graham to Retire

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:50

Graham, who writes's Skilled in the Art briefing on intellectual property, made his mark as a keen observer of appellate arguments and mentored generations of ALM journalists.


Additional Allegations Brought Against Virginia Department of Education as Motions to Dismiss Are Pending

Thu, 2023-01-26 14:06

Attorneys with Susman Godfrey, Merritt Law, and the Civil Rights Clinic of Georgetown Law are bringing additional allegations against the Fairfax County School Board and the Virginia Department of Education on behalf of families with students with disabilities, alleging that the school system was complicit in ensuring students did not receive the necessary services, according to the amended complaint filed Jan. 20.


Inside Track: How Legal Teams Can Help Keep Activist Investors at Bay

Thu, 2023-01-26 13:52

"If an activist does buy into a company, the company should seek to meaningfully engage with the activist, rather than ignoring them or dismissing them out of hand," the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills said in a client briefing.


Amy Wax Files Grievance Against Penn Carey Law Dean Over Push for Sanctions

Thu, 2023-01-26 12:29

"Even though at times hard to hear or read, everything Prof. Wax is accused of saying finds support in social science research and other empirically based sources and has been expressed by various critics and commentators all over the country and the world," Wax's attorney, David Shapiro, wrote in the grievance.


New Mexico Jury Returns $52M Punitive Damages Verdict in Insurance Bad Faith Suit

Thu, 2023-01-26 12:05

A New Mexico jury hit Public Underwriters Liability Insurance Company with $52 million in punitive damages, finding the insurer violated the Unfair Practices Act in an insurance bad faith case after a decade of litigation.


Why Big Law Must Balance Layoffs and Laterals: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2023-01-26 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Judge Dismisses Wrongful Termination Claims by Former Charlottesville Police Chief

Wed, 2023-01-25 19:08

"Contrary to the unfortunate remarks of Dr. Brackney and her attorney, the decision was made by a respected and experienced United States District Court Judge, who considered a lawsuit of 73 pages with over 150 pages of exhibits containing facts set forth in 11 counts against 11 defendants and determined that no plausible claims had been stated," said attorney for the defendants, David Patrick Corrigan of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, of Richmond, Virginia.


'A Contrivance by Clever Lawyers': Plaintiffs' Appeal Asks to Exclude 3M From Earplug Bankruptcy

Wed, 2023-01-25 18:26

Plaintiffs suing over combat earplugs filed a brief on Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to affirm an Aug. 26 bankruptcy decision not to extend a Chapter 11 case's automatic stay to include the debtor's parent corporation, 3M.


Attorney Prevails Over Former Supervisor-Turned-Client in Dispute Over Contingency Fee

Wed, 2023-01-25 16:38

Two licensed Virginia attorneys brought their fight over a contingency fee in a civil litigation case before the Virginia Court of Appeals.


Reversing Attorney Fee Award, State Appeals Court Rejects 'In for One, In for All' Rule Outside of Insurance Context

Wed, 2023-01-25 15:43

That rule requires an insurer to defend all claims brought against an insured if at least one claim falls within the scope of the insurer's duty to defend, but the appeals said it "makes little sense" to extend that concept beyond the insurance context.


Survey Says Latin American Legal Departments Will Bring More Work In-House

Wed, 2023-01-25 15:34

But consultancy ODDS Legal found that general counsel based in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru still require assistance on complex matters such as compliance, privacy and ESG.


DoNotPay Discontinues Legal Products, CEO Threatened With Jail Time Following GPT-in-Court Proposal

Wed, 2023-01-25 15:13

"The World's First Robot Lawyer" has announced the discontinuance of all "non-consumer legal rights products" effective immediately.


Get Used to Rumors: Extent of Legal Tech Layoffs Likely to Remain Hidden

Wed, 2023-01-25 15:01

Legal tech layoffs often stay under the radar, but there is good reason for it—revealing a large staffing cut can cause a company a significant financial hit.