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3M's $12.5B Settlement Tops Drinking Water Payouts, but More Lawsuits Remain

Fri, 2023-06-23 14:23

3M's $12.5 billion deal to resolve lawsuits brought by hundreds of water providers is one of the largest settlements to date involving contaminated drinking water, but it's a fraction of its legal liability involving 'forever chemicals.'


Iowa Code Amendment Expanding Damages in Employment Cases Doesn't Apply Retrospectively, State High Court Rules

Fri, 2023-06-23 14:02

The court reversed a district court's granting of summary judgment to Larry R. Hedlund, concluding that the 2019 Iowa Code section 70A.28(5)(a) didn't apply retrospectively to Hedlund's claim for wrongful discharge under 70A.28, Iowa's whistleblower-protection law.


State High Court Split: Are Claims of Mishandling Fetal Remains Subject to Pre-Suit Notice?

Fri, 2023-06-23 13:14

"The majority quickly and tersely distinguishes this case—not because the allegations, cause of action, or underlying conduct is substantially different—but simply because the decedent in Ricottilli was a 'prior patient.' ...," Justice William R. Wooton wrote in a dissenting opinion. "In other words, because the decedent in Ricottilli entered the hospital alive and was given a patient identification and registration, the decedent was the 'patient' to be evaluated under the MPLA's definition. However, because CAMC does not provide a stillborn fetus a separate patient identification or registration, the majority concludes that A.C.L.'s mother—respondent Angela Lester—is the relevant 'patient' who triggers the application of the MPLA."


Exxon Hit With Disability Discrimination Suit By Former Employee Who Was Shot En Route to Work

Fri, 2023-06-23 13:14

This complaint was first surfaced by Radar.


Pa. Law Firms Crack Down on ChatGPT Use in Light of Privacy Concerns, Hallucinations

Fri, 2023-06-23 13:04

Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby has banned the use of the generative AI tool in the office. "The risks are just way too high," said chair Andrew Indeck.


Colorado Appeals Court Holds 'Service Charge Is Not a Tip' in Issue of First Impression

Fri, 2023-06-23 11:51

"We agree that the Broadmoor's service charge is not a tip," stated Judge Terry Fox, in her written opinion for the court. "Foremost, the service charge does not fit within the ordinary meaning of tip. Under the CWA and Division rules, a tip and a gratuity are equivalent terms that are used interchangeably."


Is Legal Tech's Future, One-Stop-Shop Solutions or an Inevitable Unbundling?

Fri, 2023-06-23 11:21

One-stop-shop legal tech solutions still hold a lot weight in the legal market. But with glitchy integrations and bloated tech packages, some see a potential "unbundling" of legal technology, akin to the disruption that hit cable TV.


Legal Departments Brace for Spike in Litigation, Fueled by Slew of Factors

Fri, 2023-06-23 08:22

"Law firms want to be sticky with their clients, and companies are increasingly narrowing down who they work with to add more favorable terms with a select group of firms," according to an in-house attorney surveyed by Burford Capital.


Virginia's First Female Law Clerks/Civil Rights Attorneys Take the Bench

Fri, 2023-06-23 07:45

New law journal article examines the discrimination faced by Virginia first judicial law clerks. Biden's first 100 confirmed district court judges include many civil rights lawyers.


Big Law Leaders Grappling With Attorney Disengagement: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2023-06-23 06:00

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Big Law Collections Slow Down as Clients Hold Onto Cash Longer

Fri, 2023-06-23 05:00

Law firm collections are "slower relative to what we've seen the last couple of years," said Jeffrey Lowe, of Major, Lindsey & Africa.


Meta Confirms It Will Block News Sharing in Canada in the Wake of New Law

Fri, 2023-06-23 00:17

The new Canadian law is modeled after similar legislation that passed in Australia two years ago, prompting Meta and Google to temporarily restrict users from seeing news content and to stop posting links to stories in Australia.


After Trump's 2020 Allegations, Kilpatrick Team Successfully Kept State From Taking Over County's Elections

Fri, 2023-06-23 00:14

"We had to thread a very delicate needle where we collaborated but, by the same token, did not waive any of our legal options," said partner Michael Tyler.


As Legal Markets Evolve, Are Swiss Vereins Having Their Moment?

Fri, 2023-06-23 00:11

The oft-repeated "one-stop-shop" marketing line is finally paying off, lawyers say. Vereins can deal with legal issues across different jurisdictions in a single engagement, and do so in a more cost-effective way than their traditional law firm counterparts.


Client Development Through Law Firm Health & Hygiene: A Practical Guide

Fri, 2023-06-23 00:09

Your clients are what they are, clients. The idea that they can be turned into bigger clients by you developing them is a myth. If you need to develop yourself to make your clients bigger — such that they send you more of their business more often — how do you go about it?


3M to Pay $12.5B to Settle Lawsuits Over 'Forever Chemicals' in Water Supplies

Thu, 2023-06-22 21:57

"This historic settlement is the largest amount ever paid by a single company to resolve claims involving contaminated drinking water and provides compensation critical to protecting our nation's drinking water supplies and upgrading our water treatment infrastructure to deal with this new threat," said Paul Napoli, a partner at Napoli Shkolnik and co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.


Law Deans Pledge Commitment to Diversity Ahead of US Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

Thu, 2023-06-22 19:04

"If we are to prepare people to be effective lawyers and future leaders, it is essential to create a learning environment that welcomes people who embody a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences," according to the deans' statement.


Litigators Strategically Deploy Remote Depositions

Thu, 2023-06-22 18:40

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Pennsylvania Pot/Canopy Growth Class Action/iAnthus RICO Suit /NJ Workplace Weed Regs

Thu, 2023-06-22 17:45

Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to legalize recreational-use marijuana. The state's northeast neighbors have plenty of lessons to offer about enacting workable cannabis regulations.


'People Think Courts Are Like Judge Judy': Jurists Say Media Relations Key to Informing Public

Thu, 2023-06-22 15:40

"What is unique about what we have today is that people don't know how the court system works," Judge Marcia Krieger said. "They get their information on the internet or TV or movies, and that's not necessarily accurate."