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Noted Negotiator Joe Rice Joins PFAS Leadership Team to 'Get These Settlements Finalized'

Thu, 2023-08-24 19:05

Rice's appointment, approved on Aug. 22, comes after lawyers reached more than $13.5 billion in settlements with 3M and DuPont that resolves lawsuits over the forever chemical PFAS in public drinking water supplies.


The Law Firm Disrupted: Costs For Professionals Are Rising, But Are They Still Undervalued?

Thu, 2023-08-24 18:22

Some of this is more staff, part of this is inflation. But another part is actually a shift toward higher-value support personnel.


'They Didn't Blow Up the World': Big Law Reacts to New SEC Fund Rules

Thu, 2023-08-24 17:15

The new rules for PE firms and hedge funds will likely create more work for regulatory partners, as well as increase demand for recent public sector lawyers with regulatory agency experience.


Cannabis Quick Hits/NY's Licensing Future/New Regulators in Nevada and New Mexico

Thu, 2023-08-24 15:45

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has once again challenged the validity of a union purported to represent cannabis workers.


'We Should Start to Get Worried': Experts See Voice-Cloning as Pathway to Fraud

Thu, 2023-08-24 15:27

Ankura Consulting Group says voice-cloning using AI only requires about a five-minute sample of a person's voice.


AI Regulation Is Picking Up Steam in State Legislatures

Thu, 2023-08-24 15:22

"It is taking over our lives, whether we know it or not," said Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, a member of the California State Assembly. "How do we ensure decisions are being made that are not discriminatory?"


Court Revives Client's Consumer Claim Against Law Firm for Letting Associate Handle Case

Thu, 2023-08-24 15:07

"Not all case-staffing decisions are commercial in nature; the nuances of assigning work to associates and paralegals within a firm is a matter of legal discretion," the court wrote. "However, when a law firm makes factual representations about case staffing in order to obtain a client, as is alleged here, that is commercial conduct."


'The Vibe Is Changing': Flexible Law Firms Struggle to Get Attorneys on the Same Page

Thu, 2023-08-24 13:59

While several West Coast firms have pledged to resist mandates, firms with more disparate preferences within their ranks may be the most challenged to foster some meaningful person-to-person time.


Arizona Supreme Court Says Divorced Couple Must Split $4.2M in Personal Injury Settlement Proceeds

Thu, 2023-08-24 13:06

"No party argues that the agreement is not a valid contract," stated Justice William G. Montgomery, in his written opinion for the court. "But the contract is between husband and wife as a couple and the settling defendants in a personal injury lawsuit. Nowhere does the agreement state that husband and wife have agreed to distribute their property between each other in a particular way."


What's On Tap For The October 2023 Supreme Court Term?

Thu, 2023-08-24 11:00

After wading into explosive social issues in recent years, the Supreme Court's conservative majority will turn its attention to an old familiar foe: the administrative state.


Georgia Judges Are Quitting—And Yes—Money's a Big Part of It

Thu, 2023-08-24 10:24

The Judicial Council of Georgia has unanimously voted to accept a recommendation to reform judicial pay. Under the proposal, Georgia jurists' base salary rates would increase to become comparable to federal judges' for fiscal year 2024.


Morgan Lewis Fields Team to Help Clients Navigate 2026 World Cup

Thu, 2023-08-24 10:00

The first World Cup to span three countries will present a range of cross-jurisdictional issues, as well as challenges tied to intellectual property and sustainability, according to Los Angeles partner Nicole Buffalano.


The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Enters the Cheese Wars: Determining Genericness for Trademark Registration

Thu, 2023-08-24 10:00

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit considered whether "gruyere" cheese can be registered as a trademark in the United States, or whether it is merely a generic term that is not entitled to trademark protection.


Law Firms Say They Expect GenAI to Reduce Reliance on Billable Hour—but Observers Are Skeptical

Thu, 2023-08-24 07:13

The majority of large UK law firms expect GenAI to impact their approach to the billable hour, according to a International survey.


Class Action Alleges Credit Bureaus' 'Conspiracy' Hampers Medical Providers' Ability to Collect Unpaid Bills

Thu, 2023-08-24 00:41

This complaint was first surfaced on Radar.


Big Law Demand for Regulatory Partners Stays Strong, With Steptoe, K&S, Husch Adding Talent

Thu, 2023-08-24 00:29

"The IRA was like gasoline on a fire," said new Steptoe partner Chris Zentz, referring to the Inflation Reduction Act's effect on renewable energy projects.


Free-Speech Challenge to Securities Regulation Reaches Supreme Court

Wed, 2023-08-23 19:42

Hedge fund manager found to have violated SEC rule argues criticism of biotech company was constitutionally protected.


SEC Adopts New Rules for Private Fund Advisers, Drops Strict Provisions

Wed, 2023-08-23 19:01

"By enhancing advisers' transparency and integrity, we will help promote greater competition and thereby efficiency," SEC Chair Gary Gensler said.


Law Firm Leasing Activity Rebounds to Highest Post-Pandemic Point

Wed, 2023-08-23 18:31

U.S. leasing activity in the first half of 2023 was the highest it's been since the pandemic, as more firms push for a return to the office.


On First Day of Mental Competency Hearing, Tom Girardi's Lawyers Grill Government's Expert

Wed, 2023-08-23 17:47

Craig Harbaugh, a federal public defender for Tom Girardi, cross-examined Dr. Diana Goldstein, a neuropsychologist and expert for the federal government, on Wednesday, the first day of a mental competency hearing.