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Big Law's Latest Growth Strategy? Expanding in Complementary Markets

Mon, 2023-03-20 05:00

"We think California is going to strengthen our Texas position," noted Frost Brown Todd chair Robert Sartin.


9th Circuit Sides With Amazon in Employment Class Action Over Time Spent in Security Screenings

Mon, 2023-03-20 00:27

Amazon employees were unable to find success on appeal for claims that they were not compensated for time spent in the company's security screenings, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the screenings were not "integral and indispensable" to the employees' principal work activities.


Family Law Attorney Avoids Suspension for Improper Serving of Subpoena, State High Court Issues Public Censure

Mon, 2023-03-20 00:17

While American Bar Association Standards sanctions would typically impose a suspension for Rostad's apparent knowledge of improperly withholding material information from the court, the hearing panel found Rostad's commitment to family law and community service as evidence of her good character.


Why Law Firms Are Hosting Poker Nights for Attorneys

Fri, 2023-03-17 19:49

In this week's episode, PokerDiva's Ellen Leikind shared what lawyers can learn from the game to advance their careers and skill sets.


ABA Grants GGU Law's 'Good Cause' Extension to Improve Bar Passage Rate

Fri, 2023-03-17 18:49

"Over the past 18 months, GGU Law has worked aggressively to implement what the Council recognized as a 'detailed and reliable plan' to improve bar pass rates," Colin Crawford, dean and professor of law at GGU Law, said in a statement emailed to "Early indications show promise that GGU Law's efforts are yielding success."


Class Action Trials Are Increasing, at Least in California

Fri, 2023-03-17 18:43

Several lawyers and federal judges noted a rise in class action trials this week at the annual Class Action Law Forum, hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law and sponsored by Western Alliance Bank.


'Fighting This to the Bitter End': Pending Cannabinoid Legislation Could Render Licensing Litigation Moot or Draw It Out for Months

Fri, 2023-03-17 18:00

"It's a legal quagmire, a big mess," Hall Booth Smith attorney Jake Evans said, referring to the multiple lawsuits and appeals he's filed for cannabis companies protesting their application denials in Georgia's reticent licensing application process.


UMontana Law Has First Permanent Dean Since 2021 Scandal

Fri, 2023-03-17 17:29

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue leading the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, an institution that means so much to our state," Gagliardi said in a statement. "Our law school is the launchpad for legal minds in Montana, and I am eager to continue our positive momentum alongside the world-class faculty, top-tier staff and inspiring students that make this place so special."


UK's Move to Circumvent Encryption Has Some Lawyers Concerned

Fri, 2023-03-17 16:06

For now, many lawyers in the UK are closely following the progress of the Online Safety Bill as it could significantly transform the tech industry. But down the road, the legal sector might not be entirely immune to the bill's impact either.


Experts Warn of Enforcement, Criminal Action Against SVB as Civil Cases Mount

Fri, 2023-03-17 15:31

While investigations are yet to be confirmed, SEC Chair Gary Gensler released a statement earlier this week that warned he was watching for anything unscrupulous in the wake of SVB's closure and federal takeover.


'They All Got Busted': 8 Experts Ousted From National Mass Tort Action

Fri, 2023-03-17 14:54

"Shame on the lot of them," plaintiffs counsel Robert Hilliard said.


9th Circuit Revives Challenge to California's Worker-Classification Law, AB 5

Fri, 2023-03-17 14:32

The unanimous three-judge panel said Uber and Postmates made a viable argument that legislatively provided exemptions to California's worker classification law "were the result of 'lobbying' and 'backroom dealing' as opposed to adherence to the stated purpose of the legislation."


Paid Time Off Isn't Part of Salary, Says 3rd Circ. in Matter of First Impression

Fri, 2023-03-17 13:29

The federal appeals court affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, holding that defendant Bayada hadn't made improper deductions from the plaintiffs' salaries, as paid time off was not part of an employee's salary under the Department of Labor's salary basis regulations.


Legal Operations Success In 2023

Fri, 2023-03-17 11:47

During a recent discussion with a select group of leaders in legal operations in highly-regulated organizations, several key themes emerged that are likely to drive new initiatives in 2023.


How GPT-4 Mastered the Entire Bar Exam, and Why That Matters

Fri, 2023-03-17 11:35

"I don't even really care about the bar exam, per se," said researcher Daniel Katz. "This crystallizes what is happening for people in a way [that says], here's some tasks that lawyers do, and it does it marginally better."


Human Rights Lawsuit Against Chiquita Brands Gets Trial Date

Fri, 2023-03-17 11:23

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of the Southern District of Florida ordered the banana company to stand trial in January 2024 for allegedly financing paramilitary death squads in Colombia.


Bench Report: Judges Are Removing Their Private Info From the Web + Why This Judge Is Writing Pro Se Summaries

Fri, 2023-03-17 06:00

This week, we're taking a look at a new practice cropping up in Colorado, where two judges are writing simplified summaries of their rulings for pro se plaintiffs.


Can You Measure Law Firm Culture?: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2023-03-17 06:00

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US Firm Leasing Activity Slowed in Late 2022 Amid Looming Economic Uncertainty

Fri, 2023-03-17 05:00

In its Q4 2022 report on law firm leasing activity, Savills finds leasing declined compared with the fourth quarter of 2021 and with the third quarter of 2022.


9th Cir. Finds Legging Company's Argument Has Legs, Vacates Class Certification Order

Fri, 2023-03-17 00:32

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit court vacated an order granting class certification to Alaska citizens who had purchased LuLaRoe products and been charged an incorrect sales tax, remanding the decision for the district court to reassess whether the plaintiff had met her burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that common issues predominated over questions affecting only individual members.