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Cooley Skirts WARN Act, Offers Severance Packages Benefitting Junior Associates Over Seniors and Staff

Wed, 2022-12-07 15:12

The law firm offered three months of severance pay to all associates and a minimum of one month for staff after laying off a combined 150 employees earlier this month.


'Seek a Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice': Attorney Threatening Criminal Prosecution in Bankruptcy Matters Agrees to Reprimand

Wed, 2022-12-07 14:04

"'If you would like to save your client form our asking for criminal sanctions for filing a false claim and sanctions for my fees and costs for further litigation after you became aware that fraudulent pleadings were filed in this case then I suggest that you seek a voluntary dismissal with prejudice,'" Kimberly A. Chandler allegedly wrote to opposing counsel.


Ex-Coal Baron and Political Candidate Struggles to Show 'Malice' Evidence in Defamation Appeals

Wed, 2022-12-07 13:09

"The word 'felon' is the least of it. If they wanted him to look bad they'd talk about the mine explosion that killed 29 people," said Williams & Connolly attorney Kevin Baine in his defense against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's civil claims.


'Quite a Stretch': 9th Circuit Panel Skeptical of Judicial Misconduct Allegations in RICO Case Against Wynn Resorts

Wed, 2022-12-07 12:25

In a hearing Tuesday, Ninth Circuit Judge Bridget Bade said arguments that Wynn Resorts influenced the judicial process with surreptitious payments were "extremely attenuated."


How a Stanford 3L's Blunder Became 'Jeopardy!''s First-Ever Viral TikTok Video

Wed, 2022-12-07 10:27

Stanford Law School 3L Jack Weller's appearance on "Jeopardy!" last year was noteworthy for several things—but none more than his answer to a question in the "Plurals That Don't End in S" category.


6th Circ.: Voter-Registration Orgs That Obtained Preliminary Injunction Are 'Prevailing Parties' Entitled to Attorney Fees

Wed, 2022-12-07 10:13

"In this case, the district court issued a preliminary injunction that, for purposes of litigation in the district court, was final in all but name," wrote U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge on behalf of a two-judge majority panel. One judge dissented.


Maine's Court System Starts Email Service For Supreme Court Opinions, Memorandum Decisions, Orders and Notices

Wed, 2022-12-07 09:35

The notices that the court issues include invitations for amicus or "friend of the Court" briefs in cases before it and invitations for comments on proposed amendments to court rules or other matters under consideration by the Judicial Branch, the judicial branch said.


On a 'Collision Course': When ESG Efforts Result in Public Nuisance Litigation

Wed, 2022-12-07 09:00

ESG compliance and risk mitigation in relation to potential public nuisance litigation should be taken as seriously as financial reporting, lawyers suggest.


How I Started My Own Law Firm: 'Don't Skimp on Technology,' Says Kathleen Holmes of Holmes Costin & Marcus

Wed, 2022-12-07 08:45

"By starting our own firm, we gained the flexibility to make changes easily, to identify and rectify mistakes quickly, and to create a culture that keeps us on top of our business with minimal administrative time."


US Law Firms Eye Southeast for Expansion: The Morning Minute

Wed, 2022-12-07 05:00

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Wilmer Cutler Makes Rare London Lateral Hire

Wed, 2022-12-07 04:49

Fellow U.S. headquartered firm Dorsey & Whitney has also added to its London ranks in a rare move.


The Decline of the All-Nighter and the Rise of the Weekend in Big Law

Wed, 2022-12-07 04:41

The same tech that allows deal lawyers some kip close to a transaction closing also enables them to be constantly on call. Have we traded one evil for an even bigger one?


Appellate Court Defines 'Specialty' in Workers' Comp Law Governing One-Time Physician Changes

Tue, 2022-12-06 23:19

"In all, these provisions focus on the employer's duty to deliver a continuum of care that facilitates the employee's return to gainful employment," Judge Stephanie W. Ray of the Florida First District Court of Appeals wrote. "Informed by this context, the 'specialty' for the one-time change physician must be one that furthers these goals."


Lawyer 'Snitch' Bill Would Mandate Reporting Attorney Misconduct

Tue, 2022-12-06 22:50

The bill's introduction follows a move by state bar leadership to study a mandatory misconduct reporting rule for lawyers.


Juul Labs Settles Thousands of Lawsuits Over Its Electronic Cigarettes

Tue, 2022-12-06 19:01

Sarah London, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation against Juul Labs, said next month's bellwether trial involving the San Francisco Unified School District was off the table as a result of the settlement.


Minnesota Law and Jones Day Establish Diversity Scholarship

Tue, 2022-12-06 17:46

"While the full scholarship is amazing, the package of opportunities that comes with this is potentially life-changing for the selected student," Mark A. Cohen, director of communications for Minnesota Law, told


What's Next for Cooley's Laid-Off Attorneys and Staff?

Tue, 2022-12-06 15:17

Corporate associates in Palo Alto and San Francisco were especially targeted by the latest round of layoffs. Many attorneys received a three-month severance package.


Law Firm's Alleged $14M Goof: Polsinelli Accused of Naming Wrong Defendant

Tue, 2022-12-06 15:15

"Instead of filing the claim against [Evergreen] Helicopters, Polsinelli filed Proof of Claim 427 in the amount of $14,546,621.92 against 'Evergreen Helicopters International, Inc.' and 'Erickson, Inc.,'" the complaint stated.


Can ALSP and Law Firm Cyber Services Co-Exist?

Tue, 2022-12-06 14:37

It's too soon to tell if ALSPs will put competitive pressure on law firms' cybersecurity services. But for now, firms have the upper hand.