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In Wake of Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Ex-Law Professor, GMU Bans Intimate Relationships With Students

Thu, 2023-09-14 18:12

A month after Joshua D. Wright, a former professor at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, was accused of sexual misconduct, the university announced policy changes to prohibit any "intimate, sexual, or other type of romantic or amorous encounter or association" between students and faculty, employees or volunteers at the school.


Report: Product Liability Lawsuits Hit Record High in 2022

Thu, 2023-09-14 18:07

Product liability cases that aren't coordinated in multidistrict litigation reached their highest level since 2013, with 5,826 filed in 2022, according to a Lex Machina report released Thursday.


Brown University Accused of Violating Title IX in Its Response to Rape Allegations Against Student Athlete

Thu, 2023-09-14 17:55

This complaint was first surfaced by Radar.


Sweet Defeat: 3rd Circuit Says Candymaker Can't Trademark Watermelon's Shape and Colors

Thu, 2023-09-14 17:36

"Because the tricolored shape is recognizable as watermelon-flavored, the whole appearance is useful," Third Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote. "So a candymaker cannot block competitors from using the combined shape and colors by trademarking that combination. We will thus affirm the district court's grant of summary judgment."


The Law Firm Disrupted: Don't Call It A Compensation Guarantee

Thu, 2023-09-14 17:11

Paul Weiss may not like to categorize its pledges to new laterals as "guarantees" but the standard of specifying fixed compensation to new recruits is well established. Still, partners receiving multiple years are in rarified air.


Inside Track: Trial Puts Google Legal Chief Kent Walker in Spotlight

Thu, 2023-09-14 16:46

"This lawsuit simply ignores how intensely competitive and dynamic the technology industry is today," Google chief legal officer Kent Walker said in a blog post.


NY Cannabis Licensing / California Hemp Lawsuit / Shopify Sued / Landlords as Cannabis Enforcers

Thu, 2023-09-14 15:45

New York will start accepting applications for general adult-use cannabis business licenses Oct. 4. But there are a lot of questions still left to answer in the coming weeks, two Foley Hoag partners said.


Consolidation Is Significantly Altering the Legal Tech Landscape in 2023

Thu, 2023-09-14 14:40

Despite much talk of deals and investments generally being down in 2023 as compared to 2022, legal tech has seen its fair share of high-profile M&A activity in recent months.


Another Roundup Trial Opens in Missouri. 'He Saw a TV Commercial.'

Thu, 2023-09-14 14:37

James Bennett, of St. Louis-based Dowd Bennett, told jurors on Wednesday that Roundup did not cause plaintiff Mark McCostlin's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


The 'Attorney Concierge' Era for Business Development Professionals Is Over

Thu, 2023-09-14 13:44

Several law firms have already seen significant departures in their business development, marketing and communications ranks.


The EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework: Did Transferring Personal Data from the EU to the U.S. Just Get Easier?

Thu, 2023-09-14 10:28

Businesses and organizations that (regularly) transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S. should carefully assess, on a case-by-case basis, whether it makes sense to rely on the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework or to use one of the other data transfer tools that are available under the GDPR.


Are Cuts Looming for UK Law Firms? The Devil is in the Detail

Thu, 2023-09-14 08:05

This year's ranking contains several warnings—chief among them being the need for further corrective measures to address the shrinking profit margins.


Some Law Firms Say 'Bye-Bye' to OCI: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2023-09-14 06:00

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Blum Lawsuits Stress Test Law Firms' DEI Commitment, Execution

Thu, 2023-09-14 05:00

In the face of scrutiny, some law firms may even be holding off on implementing DEI programming—a move diversity experts say could cause more harm than good.


How I Made Office Managing Partner: 'Maintain and Nurture All Your Relationships,' Says Pattie Walsh of Bird & Bird

Thu, 2023-09-14 00:48

"You need people at all levels to make it work and it's important to be respectful of all relationships. As you get higher up the career ladder, you need to do that even more."


'He's Not Faking': Former Colleagues Testify About Tom Girardi's Decline

Wed, 2023-09-13 20:07

Former Skadden Arps partner Richard Marmaro and four others testified on Wednesday that they noticed a mental decline in Tom Girardi, 84, for the past several years.


Ahead of the Curve: Are Rankings 'a Substitute for Thinking'?

Wed, 2023-09-13 19:20

Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I'm Christine Charnosky, legal education reporter for As always, please share your thoughts and


Legal Tech's Problem: Generative AI Is Readily Available, But Not Legal Data

Wed, 2023-09-13 17:55

While legal tech vendors are launching a host of generative AI-powered tools, clients are often prohibiting them from using their data for training purposes.


This Boutique Firm's New CINO Thinks Transparency Is the Key to Finding Long-Term Quality Talent

Wed, 2023-09-13 17:40

"The talent pool is more demanding, rightfully so, than ever. They have expectations, they have questions, they're educated, and I think it is imperative that companies, law firms or otherwise, are meeting people at their level," said Kristen Corpion, whose CORPlaw was just acquired by Miami's Trembly Law.


U of Hawaii Law Professor's Suit Against School, Administrators Alleges Free-Speech Violations

Wed, 2023-09-13 16:49

A professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law has filed a lawsuit against the school, Provost Michael Bruno and Dean Camille Nelson, alleging First and Fourteenth Amendment rights violations.