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Rejecting Target's Predominance Arguments, Federal Judge Certifies Class in Wage-and-Hour Action

Mon, 2023-12-04 14:28

"Apparently, it is unclear whether [Target's] policy is lawful under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. Class certification offers an attractively efficient way to provide that pivotal answer and address the large number of relatively modest claims at issue," held U.S. District Judge John F. Murphy.


Ahead of the Curve: Calling Her 'a Force and a Standard,' Legal Academics Pay Tribute to Justice O'Connor

Mon, 2023-12-04 14:22

After hearing of the death of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Friday, I reached out to the legal community for comment and quotes poured in honoring the former Supreme Court justice. I received so many responses that speak so well for themselves that I don't feel the need to comment further.


Undisclosed Use of ChatGPT to Draft Ordinance in Brazil Sparks Debate

Mon, 2023-12-04 13:48

A councilman in the southern city of Porto Alegre revealed, after his colleagues passed the ordinance, that artificial intelligence had crafted the proposal.


Justices Appear Hesitant to Block $6 Billion Bankruptcy Plan for Purdue Pharma

Mon, 2023-12-04 13:47

High court members note opioid victims' broad support for the deal despite the federal government's objection.


Cooper & Kirk, Montana Take Meta Child Privacy Claims in a New Direction

Mon, 2023-12-04 13:40

Washington, D.C.-based Cooper & Kirk is representing the state in the case filed in the Billings division of the District of Montana, which deviates in part from the claims against Meta that 42 other attorneys general filed recently.


Year-End Bonuses Top $300K for Several Boies Schiller Associates

Mon, 2023-12-04 13:03

The litigation shop's formula compensation system rewards associates for originating clients and contributing to contingency cases.


Maryland Judge Sides With Insurance Company, Finding Definite Dispute in 22 Roof Damage Claims

Mon, 2023-12-04 10:33

Philadelphia Indemnity claimed the policy coverage didn't extend to the damage/condition of the roofs not caused by the storm and went on to file a complaint seeking declaratory judgment and relief via an order declaring it doesn't have a duty to pay for the replacement of the 22 roofs. It maintained that the damage to the roofs was preexisting and caused by wear and tear, deterioration, faulty materials, faulty prior repairs and/or lack of and faulty maintenance.


SEC Cybersecurity Rules Go Live in Days. Companies Still Aren't Sure What to Expect

Mon, 2023-12-04 06:56

"Companies are faced with this conundrum of wanting to provide more detail but not wanting to give too much," Orrick partner Aravind Swaminathan said.


Effective Law Firm Marketing More Essential—and Trickier—Than Ever: The Morning Minute

Mon, 2023-12-04 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


How Nelson Mullins Got Ahead of Miami's Boom by Moving in Via Merger

Mon, 2023-12-04 04:00

"By virtue of that combination, Nelson Mullins had connectivity throughout the state immediately, had productive lawyers producing and a profitable day one," said Miami partner John Haley.


'Not A Rosy Outlook': Law Firm Leaders Are Less Bullish Heading Into 2024

Mon, 2023-12-04 04:00

Even before some firms embraced associate salary increases, the legal industry appeared less optimistic heading into 2024 than they were going into 2023, according to a recent survey.


Third Team in Five Weeks Set to Leave Clyde & Co's Australia Practice

Sun, 2023-12-03 20:32

The firm's current managing partner and insurance head, as well as its former managing partner have also left the firm, taking with them teams of lawyers and staff.
 Compass: Diving Deeper into Dissatisfaction An Airing of Associates' Grievances

Sun, 2023-12-03 08:35

Midlevel Associate satisfaction levels fell for second time in three years. In 2021, the pandemic was likely to blame, but what is driving the dissatisfaction now?


Justice O'Connor's Clerks Recall a People Person Focused on the Practical

Fri, 2023-12-01 17:40

"She was just kind of a mother hen, in addition to the great role she played on the Supreme Court," Cornell Law School professor Stewart Schwab said.


Why It's Exciting to Be a Defense Attorney During Polarizing Times

Fri, 2023-12-01 17:36

In this week's episode of Legal Speak, Orrick's Meghan Kelly and Bill Oxley discuss the most surprising findings from their national jury research project.


FTC Struggles to Make Lasting Changes in Antitrust, Former Agency Chairs Say

Fri, 2023-12-01 17:06

The agency has signaled its "desire to make a sharp change" through rulemaking but has yet to make lasting alterations through Congress or the courts, said former acting FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen.


Federal Judge Allows Trades Secret Lawsuit to Proceed Against Former Exec of Nuclear Transport Business

Fri, 2023-12-01 17:05

"TNA plausibly alleged that Strang used TNA's confidential information for his personal gain in violation of the RCA and, therefore, unlawfully misappropriated TNA's confidential information. Because TNA adequately alleges that this information is subject to trade secret protection pursuant to MUTSA and DTSA, and that Strang misappropriated these trade secret assets and information by emailing them to his personal email prior to his departure, the Motion will be denied ..." U.S. District Judge Julie Rebecca Rubin wrote in her order filed this week.


Maryland Court Blocks Non-Dependent's Wrongful Death Suit Against Late Father's Employer

Fri, 2023-12-01 16:47

"Although neither this Court nor the Supreme Court of Maryland has considered the exact issue presented here, i.e., whether the Workers' Compensation Act's exclusivity provision applies to a non-dependent, our Courts have considered whether a wrongful death plaintiff is permitted to bring a wrongful death claim when a covered employee is killed in the course of his or her employment," said Senior Judge Alexander Wright Jr., who was specially assigned to the case.


Verizon's Petition Seeking Repayment for $1M in Utility Relocation Fees Flops Before Virginia Supreme Court

Fri, 2023-12-01 16:46

"Here, Verizon's claim, at its essence, is a contract claim. A determination of which party ultimately is responsible to pay for the relocation of Verizon's facilities turns on the interpretation of various agreements entered into by the parties, including, but not limited to, VDOT's permit allowing Verizon to locate facilities within VDOT's rights-of-way, the comprehensive agreement between CBE and VDOT, and the agreement between CBE and Lane," Justice Wesley G. Russell Jr., wrote on behalf of the court.


Maine Judge Rejects Thomas Keller Restaurant Group's Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging Ex-Employee Worked Without Pay

Fri, 2023-12-01 15:59

"An employee who has been forced to go to court to get paid should not be faced with the peril of picking and choosing the 'one correct' statutory provision as between equally applicable statutory provisions, particularly at the pleading stage, when the purpose of the statutory scheme is to protect pay," said the plaintiffs attorney Sally Morris of Portland.