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Report on Lead Cables Sparks Litigation Surge Against Verizon—and Other Companies Could Be Next

Wed, 2023-09-13 15:52

The lawsuits draw on reporting from the Wall Street Journal asserting that lead-sheathed cables that various telecom companies inherited from Bell System are leaching lead into the environment.


Data Breach at University of Minnesota Could Have Impacted 7 Million People, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges

Wed, 2023-09-13 15:32

This suit was first surfaced by Radar.


Check Your Unread Messages—Court Papers Could Now Slide Into Your DMs

Wed, 2023-09-13 15:07

More courts are enabling digital ways to serve hard-to-find individuals. But the new ability does not come without its own technological hurdles.


Determining Law Firm Employee Classification Through the ABC Test

Wed, 2023-09-13 14:54

Law firms have traditionally been large consumers of contract labor for a variety of purposes. These workers are traditionally classified as independent contractors, issued a 1099 and treated as ineligible for employee benefits. In recent years, many states have started to adopt the "ABC" test to determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee.


Law Firms Earn Hundreds of Thousands in Trump Election Interference Case

Wed, 2023-09-13 14:37

Firms receiving money from the Georgia Republican Party include an Am Law 200 firm, as well as several small shops and boutiques.


'If There Had Been a Full Refund, Do You Think We'd Be Here?': Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments in COVID-19 College Refund Dispute

Wed, 2023-09-13 14:05

"...[A]s appellees have now conceded, there is no qualitative difference between online instruction and in-person instruction. They are the same, we charge the same, it's the same instruction," argued OSU's counsel, John R. Gall, a senior senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Columbus.


'First-to-File' Rule Dooms Cardinal Health Executive's Qui Tam Action Against 5 Physician Practices

Wed, 2023-09-13 13:56

"By having the guts to fight meritless lawsuits, like this one, and win, Health First is able to preserve its resources to put them to their highest use—serving the needs of its members, versus lining the pockets of parasitic whistleblowers and their lawyers. Suffice it to say, Health First believes that Judge Gorton got it exactly right and is grateful for the vindication it earned," said Bob Rhoad, a partner at Nichols Liu, who served as counsel for one of the named defendants, Health First Medical Group.


Bye-Bye, OCI? Law Firms Pursue 'Free Market' Alternatives to 'Artificial' Campus Recruiting

Wed, 2023-09-13 13:23

Wilson Sonsini and Goodwin Procter are part of a growing wave of law firms seeking a head start to law school recruiting. Nearly twice as many early offers were made to 2Ls for summer 2023 programs as for the previous year, per NALP data.


Road Trip: Pro Mid-Market Road Show Coming to Boston, And You're Invited

Wed, 2023-09-13 11:37

Join us at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to hear from and share with peers in this vital segment of the legal industry. Cocktail hour to follow. Seats are limited, so don't wait.


Littler Mendelson's Newest Trial Lawyer Sees 'Positive' Signs in the DEI Landscape

Wed, 2023-09-13 11:13

Matt Stephens, one of the few openly transgender trial lawyers in California, joined Littler Mendelson as a partner in San Diego.


ALM Pacesetter Research Takes a Closer Look at Legal Departments and Their Skill Set Gaps Approaches

Wed, 2023-09-13 10:07

ALM Pacesetter Research examined legal departments and their skills set gaps approaches, and the findings suggest that while there is tremendous pressure for legal departments to do more with less, there may also be some missed opportunities in the form of un-utilized help yet to be leveraged


Six Flags Legal Chief to Get More than $1M in Severance After Sudden Exit

Wed, 2023-09-13 08:25

Aimee Williams-Ramey took the job just a year ago. The theme park operator now has had three legal chiefs in three years.


How Paul Weiss' 'Shocking' Raid on Kirkland Unfolded—and What It Means for the London Market

Wed, 2023-09-13 07:05

The firm's aggressive hiring strategy has so far seen 12 arrivals from Kirkland & Ellis, and one from Linklaters.


How I Made Office Managing Partner: 'Trust the Journey,' Says Lisa Kathumbi of Littler Mendelson

Wed, 2023-09-13 06:00

"There's a lot of learning that can come out of each moment, each opportunity."


Shaq Suit Shows NFTs Could Be Next Wave of Crypto Securities: The Morning Minute

Wed, 2023-09-13 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Nevada High Court: Casino's COVID-19 Closure Didn't Violate 'Ordinary Course Covenant' in Purchase Agreements

Wed, 2023-09-13 00:54

"In closing the casino and hotel pursuant to the emergency directive, the seller was merely following the law so as to maintain its gaming licenses and thus did not materially breach the agreement," Justice Linda Marie Bell wrote.


'Monopolist's Arrogance,' DOJ Opens Antitrust Trial Over Google's Dominant Search Engine

Tue, 2023-09-12 18:12

The federal government and dozens of states accuse Google of illegally monopolizing the internet search market.


Phased-Out 'Sunday Pay' Law Applies to Salon and Spa Selling Retail Products, Says Massachusetts Court

Tue, 2023-09-12 18:01

The Massachusetts Appellate Court vacated a grant of summary judgment to an employer, finding the employees' class action lawsuit claiming the business had failed to pay them "Sunday pay" was wrongly dismissed.


Force Majeure Clauses Are Taking Center Stage In Uncertain Times

Tue, 2023-09-12 17:54

Force majeure is lurking in the shadows of the Hollywood strikes, offering struggling studios a potential lifeline out of debt. But the best attorneys and the strongest contracts are proactive, rather than reactive. Thus, consider the following drafting tips to strengthen your force majeure language now, in the calm before the next storm.