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Judge Inclined to Dismiss Paralegal's Suit Against Reed Smith—But Plaintiff Wants More Time

Mon, 2023-03-13 14:56

In April 2020, a Third Circuit panel dismissed an appeal for lack of appellate jurisdiction, finding the discovery orders were not final decisions and therefore not appealable.


ChatGPT Helped Write a Court Ruling in Colombia. Here's What Judges Say About Its Use in Decision Making

Mon, 2023-03-13 14:43

"The fear that most people have is that ChatGPT will be asked to provide either a line of argument or a resolution of an issue that is disputed by the parties that the judge accepts in making a decision without disclosing it before the decision is made and giving them an opportunity to object," said former federal Judge Paul Grimm.


Split High Court Suspends Attorney Indefinitely for Misconduct in Family Law Case

Mon, 2023-03-13 14:02

A Maryland attorney's misrepresentations to a circuit court and "obstructive" behavior in a divorce and custody proceeding have resulted in his indefinite suspension by a divided Maryland Supreme Court.


Music Rates and Royalties 2023: Past, Present and Future

Mon, 2023-03-13 14:01

Part One of a Two Part Article Analysis of the most important music rate and royalty areas, both past, present and future and how and by whom they are set or determined as well as the effect that legislation, litigation, the Copyright Royalty Board and the Department of Justice have had on the process.


Man's Best Friend?: State Court Rules Pets Are Property, Dismissing Emotional Distress and Contract Claims Against Veterinary Entities

Mon, 2023-03-13 13:16

"While it may be true that society expects animal hospitals to care for animals similarly to how human hospitals provide care for humans, it is well established that animals are treated differently than humans under Washington law," the high court said.


Federal Judge Tosses Ex-Georgia Tech Coach MaChelle Joseph's Discrimination Suit

Mon, 2023-03-13 11:05

"The concept that the opening an investigation into conduct is itself retaliation seems belied by the wealth of case law holding that the placement of an employee on administrative leave pending an internal investigation is not an adverse employment action," Judge Victoria Marie Calvert wrote. "If placing an employee on leave pending investigation is not necessarily an adverse employment action, then by extension, the simple act of investigating the employee cannot be either."


Droney Leaves Day Pitney, Goes Independent With Launch of New Firm

Mon, 2023-03-13 10:05

Going independent, Christopher Droney said, will make it easier to avoid conflicts that inevitably arise when employed by one of the state's largest firms. "These are matters I've worked on over the past few years and that I've enjoyed most of all of the work I've done," he said.


Longtime Kirkland Executive Committee Leader Heads to Quinn Emanuel

Mon, 2023-03-13 08:56

Richard Godfrey will be the chair of Quinn's complex multidistrict litigation practice group.


SVB's Implosion Has Tech Companies Reeling. Here's What They Should Do

Mon, 2023-03-13 05:00

"The board, the c-suite, are all going to be looking at the lawyers and my guess is this is a once in a lifetime crises, so you want to make sure you have people you can count on on your legal team," said three-time general counsel Sterling Miller.


Big Law Continues to Favor Transfers Over Entry-Level Associates

Mon, 2023-03-13 05:00

Am Law 200 firms have widened the gap between entry-level and lateral associates in 2022, making about 1,765 more associate hires on the lateral market.


11th Circ. Upholds Florida Law Setting 21 as Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms

Mon, 2023-03-13 00:56

Florida's law is consistent "with this Nation's historical tradition of firearm regulation."


In First Impression Case, Appeals Court Says Out-of-State Medical Center's Virtual Treatment Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

Mon, 2023-03-13 00:50

"Rather than a case about Wake Forest reaching into Virginia, this is a case of a plaintiff reaching back into North Carolina," Court of Appeals Judge Kimberley Slayton White wrote.


Legalweek 2023 Preview: Chatting About ChatGPT and How Generative AI Will Transform Legal

Sat, 2023-03-11 14:45

This week's episode features a conversation with Foster Sayers and Ilona Logvinova, who will both be participating in a workshop at Legalweek New York 2023 titled, "Reshaping the Legal Profession: Thriving in the Age of Generative AI & ChatGPT," on March 20.


Promoting from Within: Big Law's Attempts to Improve Gender Diversity at the Partner Level

Sat, 2023-03-11 13:52

Big Law leveraged promotions more than hiring to improve gender diversity in partnerships In 2022


Pacesetter Research: Workforce mobility, an opportunity beyond compliance

Sat, 2023-03-11 12:14

Professional service providers have traditionally provided compliance and regulatory services for mobility challenges, but an opportunity, specifically for law firms, to move beyond the traditional service offering may be on the horizon.


Baker & Hostetler Becomes Inaugural Sponsor of Georgetown Law's Pipeline Program

Fri, 2023-03-10 17:22

"BakerHostetler is proud to be the first law firm to sponsor Georgetown Law's RISE program," Paul Schmidt, BakerHostetler's chairman, said in a statement. "Georgetown Law is a longtime partner of the firm and shares our commitment to increasing the students from diverse backgrounds"—both in law school and the legal profession as a whole—and the RISE program "creates a pipeline that is certainly aligned with that goal."


Appeal Court Nixes $1.4M Award, Citing Improper Jury Instruction on Minority Shareholder's Fiduciary Duty

Fri, 2023-03-10 16:35

"Including shareholders in the instruction gave the false impression that all shareholders, regardless of their ownership stake, owe similar fiduciary duties as directors, officers, and employees," the court said. "That implication misstates the law and would mislead reasonable jurors."


Up in the Air: Pending Airline Acquisition Garners Attention and Lawsuit From DOJ

Fri, 2023-03-10 16:34

The litigation was first surfaced by Radar.


Trump Accuser's Lawyers Set to Use 'Access Hollywood' Tape, Other Accusers' Testimony to Show Trump's 'Pattern' of Behavior

Fri, 2023-03-10 15:48

E. Jean Carroll's lead attorney Roberta Kaplan of Kaplan Hecker & Fink had argued that the tape constituted evidence of Trump's modus operandi.


Court Reverses Sanctions, Contempt Order Against Attorney, Clients Over Claims Made in Appellate Brief

Fri, 2023-03-10 15:30

Attorney allegedly called out the plaintiff's "unconscionable use of the courts to seek political retribution" in appellate brief.