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Appellate Court Reverses Judgment for Commercial Landlord in Tenant Default Case: 'Acceleration Clause Is an Unenforceable Penalty'

Fri, 2022-12-16 14:46

"A provision such as this bears no reasonable relationship to expected damages and is thus unenforceable as a penalty," Associate Justice Sookyoung Shin wrote on behalf of the unanimous panel.


ABA Council Finds 4 Law Schools Out of Compliance

Fri, 2022-12-16 14:29

At its November meeting, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association concluded that four law schools were out of compliance with ABA Standards.


Mr. Sullivan Goes to SCOTUS: Houston Lawyer Takes Wage Case All the Way

Fri, 2022-12-16 14:13

Prior to taking on Helix Energy Solutions v. Hewitt, Sullivan had only performed oral argument in a court once in his 25-year career.


It's Not All Bad: Legal Tech Companies Report Growth, Hiring Amid Industry Layoffs

Fri, 2022-12-16 14:10

While some legal tech companies have undergone layoffs in recent weeks due to the economic downturn, others are swimming against the current, reporting periods of staff expansion.


'Strongly Endorsed' Judicial Privacy Bill Passes Congress in Memory of NJ Federal Judge's Son

Fri, 2022-12-16 14:08

"I want to thank Congress for honoring my son Daniel's memory, and for helping protect my brothers and sisters on the bench," said U.S. District Judge Esther Salas of the District of New Jersey. "Judges, and their families, should not live in fear for doing the job they are sworn to do."


Skilled in the Art With Scott Graham: Are All of Waco's Patent Cases Headed Back to Judge Albright? + Bad Spaniels Does an Old No. 2 on MSCHF Appeal

Fri, 2022-12-16 13:49

Western District Chief Judge Orlando Garcia cooled off the patent party in Waco last July, but may have restarted it just before his term ended last month.


Big Law Makes Flurry of Hires in Environmental Practices

Fri, 2022-12-16 13:36

Tanya Nesbitt, who joined Thompson Hine this year, observed "a more active Environmental Protection Agency, and we're seeing increased enforcement activity."


Voters Rename the Maryland Appellate Courts

Fri, 2022-12-16 12:58

Formerly known as the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the state high court will now be dubbed the Supreme Court of Maryland. Additionally, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland will now be known as the Appellate Court of Maryland, according to an opinion filed Thursday by the state supreme court.


Attorneys Can Have Their (Hybrid) Cake and Eat It, Too

Fri, 2022-12-16 12:13

Lawyers, especially young lawyers, want to work from home. But there are downsides, such as a decrease in networking and personal relationships. How can technology help balance these out so that attorneys and law firms can have their cake and eat it too.


UNH Law Follows Exodus of Law Schools Leaving US News Rankings

Fri, 2022-12-16 10:00

"I firmly believe that by suspending our participation in the U.S. News rankings we can best fulfill our founding vision to stop talking about what is wrong with legal education and continue to transform it," UNH Law Dean Megan Carpenter said.


Mississippi Supreme Court Caps Bar Exam Attempts at 4

Fri, 2022-12-16 09:56

The new rule amendment, adopted by the Mississippi Supreme Court in November but announced this week, replaces the previous rule, enacted in 2019, under which applicants who failed the bar three times were required to successfully complete 12 course hours at an accredited law school before trying again.


Risks Abound With Twitter In-House Gutting

Fri, 2022-12-16 08:59

"The concerning thing is how rapidly this appears to have happened," said former general counsel and law professor Robert Foehl of Twitter's shrinking legal department. "It raises the risk that things are going to fall through the cracks."


A Cavalcade of Worthy Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 2022-12-16 06:25

Our first runners-up his week are litigators at Quinn Emanuel who scored key defense wins in a pair of proposed privacy class actions brought on behalf of users of Google's Chrome browser.


Debevoise and Weil Offer Lawyers 'Soft' Skills Training to Boost Client and Business Relations

Fri, 2022-12-16 04:00

"Drama-infused" training sessions, where attorneys essentially role-play scenarios, are helpful in training attorneys how to deal with complicated, uncomfortable or contentious situations, says Debevoise's Nicole Mesard.


Dentons to Finalize Spin-off of Russia Offices Into Independent Firm

Fri, 2022-12-16 03:48

The creation of the new firm, called Nextons, completes a plan announced by Dentons in March following the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.


Report Shows Positive Outlook for Cross-Border M&A in 2023

Thu, 2022-12-15 23:51

Technology, media and telecommunications will continue to be the most appealing sector for cross-border deals, followed by financial services and pharma, medical and biotech.


Minnesota Law School to Launch Gun Violence Prevention Clinic

Thu, 2022-12-15 23:08

Megan Walsh, visiting assistant clinical professor, who will serve as director of the clinic, said in a statement that "firearms law is currently one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing areas in the law," adding that there are not enough litigators with expertise in the field, law schools and legal scholars are under engaged in Second Amendment issues and the Gun Violence Prevention clinic will contribute to both of these interrelated gaps.


Trustee Sues Over $428,820 in Checks Tom Girardi Wrote to Others, Including Attorneys

Thu, 2022-12-15 17:59

In a flurry of lawsuits, the trustee of Tom Girardi's Chapter 7 case alleged the checks, many of which were paid to other lawyers, were written with the 'actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud any creditor.'


The Law Firm Disrupted: A Round of Holiday Shopping for the Law Firm World

Thu, 2022-12-15 17:11

Here's a holiday mix of fantastical, mirthful and practical items for associates, new and established partners, leaders and more.


Federal Judge Rejects Finnegan Lawyers' Lanham Act Challenge for Timberland Boot Characteristics

Thu, 2022-12-15 16:44

"The saturation of the market with look-alike boots using many of the same functional features is fatal to TBL's claim that consumers look for these features to identify TBL's boots and distinguish them from competing boots," the judge wrote.