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North Carolina Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Duty to Defend Case Involving Law Firm and Insurer

Fri, 2024-02-23 17:32

The dispute from personal injury firm Lanier Law Group and an insurer stems from a privacy class action alleging that the firm obtained "protected personal information" from plaintiffs in connection with advertisements for legal services without their consent.


Ahead of Opinion Season, Justices Barrett, Sotomayor Speak on Court Civility

Fri, 2024-02-23 17:12

"If we can't survive by tolerating differences, and learning to compromise, and learning to allow one another to express other views, we're gonna sink," Amy Coney Barrett said during a panel discussion with Sonia Sotomayor.


Law Firm Files Breach of Contract Suit Against Another Firm Over Missing $1.3M in Fees

Fri, 2024-02-23 17:05

This suit was surfaced by Radar.


Georgia Election Workers Argue Giuliani's $148 Million Judgment Is Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

Fri, 2024-02-23 16:57

The election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, are represented by attorneys at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Dubose Miller and the nonprofit group United to Protect Democracy.


NFL Enterprises Hit With Wrongful Death Suit Over 2023 Super Bowl

Fri, 2024-02-23 16:39

This complaint was first surfaced by Radar.


IBM Ordered to Produce Documents in Relation to Chemical Company's Spoliation of Evidence Claim by Ohio Judge

Fri, 2024-02-23 16:35

In a recent ruling, a judge granted The Lubrizol Corp.'s motion to compel the production of documents in support of its claims for spoliation of evidence against IBM, with Ohio being one of the few jurisdictions that permits parties to assert a cause of action for the tort of spoliation of evidence.


Jailed Ex-Lawyer Presses Appeal for Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot Royalties

Fri, 2024-02-23 16:06

The panel of circuit judges Jose Cabranes, Robert Sack and Myrna Perez, meanwhile, dismissed a parallel action, on grounds that it is not reviewable on appeal. The remanded surrogate's court portion of the matter was directed to Ulster County, where a music manager resided in Woodstock, New York.


Spanish Law Firm Pérez-Llorca on Why a Swedish Gen AI Assistant Was the Right Fit

Fri, 2024-02-23 15:56

Perez-Llorca became the first Spanish law firm to adopt Leya, a Swedish generative AI assistant, earlier this month. For the firm, the tool struck the right balance between being able to operate in Spanish-language and being compliant with the GDPR.


After Record-Breaking Year, Qui Tam Conference Stresses DOJ Efficiency in False Claims Act Matters

Fri, 2024-02-23 15:43

The two-day conference featured panels that touched on each stage of the qui tam process, from vetting whistleblowers to calculating damages, and what developments from 2023 are influencing how attorneys are approaching those steps.


DC Judge Gives Trump Two Weeks to Analyze Complaint in Civil Jan. 6 Case

Fri, 2024-02-23 15:35

The matter involves a group of consolidated actions brought by members of the U.S. Congress against Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, alleging their actions on Jan. 6, 2021, aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election violated the Ku Klux Klan Act.


US Law Firm Leasing on Upswing in 2023, Hitting Highest Mark Since 2019

Fri, 2024-02-23 14:06

The Savills Legal Tenant U.S. Law Firm Activity Report Q4 2023 found that more than half of the new leases signed in 2023 were by firms staying in their space, and New York was the top market for leasing.


Are You Better Off Moving Solo or With a Group? 4 Questions for Partners to Consider

Fri, 2024-02-23 14:01

In a hurry? A single partner can often complete a lateral move in two to six months from start to finish, while groups tend to take anywhere from six months to well over a year.


Gibson Dunn's Test Case For the Post-Pandemic Law Office

Fri, 2024-02-23 14:00

"We're making something people can't get at home."


Outback 'Should Have Known': New Ruling Offers Guidance on Evidence Preservation

Fri, 2024-02-23 13:38

"It is unclear to the court how a sophisticated litigant can reasonably expect to fulfil its duty to preserve evidence by leaving the responsibility ... in the hands of restaurant manager, who is given absolutely no guidance," the judge said.


Tesla Tries to Halt EEOC Suit, Citing 'Unseemly, Toxic Interagency Competition'

Fri, 2024-02-23 13:04

The automaker argues that the racial discrimination lawsuit suffers from "factual vacuity." Separately, it has asked the court to stay the case, asserting the agency skipped a required "conciliation" process in a mad rush to to outshine the California Civil Rights Department, which had filed its own suit.


Fired Associate Says It's Not Easy Being a Conservative in Big Law

Fri, 2024-02-23 10:48

"If the legal community's going to cancel out diverse perspectives, that's not the right way. And that's what ... happened to me," former McCarter & English associate William D. Brown Jr. said.


LTN Startup Spotlight: Why LawFlex Co-Founder Jackie Donner Advises 'Bootstrap As Long As Possible'

Fri, 2024-02-23 09:54

For Jackie Donner, the co-founder of LawFlex, a platform that connects freelance lawyers to companies, getting too much investment too early risks leading to a "black hole of development".


Tarah Heinzen on Protecting the Climate and Finding Your Niche

Fri, 2024-02-23 09:00

"Law school, for me, was not about becoming a lawyer per se but about enhancing my effectiveness as an advocate for the causes I am most passionate about," says Tarah Heinzen, legal director of Food and Water Watch.


UK Government Throws Weight Behind Extensive Anti-SLAPPs Legislation

Fri, 2024-02-23 06:15

The government said the decision was 'in response to a rising tide of this pernicious form of litigation', including high-profile cases involving Russian oligarchs and allies of Vladimir Putin.


'One Firm' or Separate Entities? Vereins' Growth Bumps Into Conflicts, Liability Concerns

Fri, 2024-02-23 04:00

A ruling from an Illinois appellate court has put Baker McKenzie's structure under scrutiny, two years after Dentons was saddled with a $32 million malpractice verdict that also implicated the firm's verein status.