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No Free Lunch? Judge Sanctioned for Eating Meal From Firm Seeking $2M in Fees

Wed, 2021-04-28 18:37

"I think she had like a salad and it was like $15 or something. I guess in retrospect, I should have made her pay or something. But it didn't occur to me," said Houston attorney John Zavitsanos.


Giuliani Raid Seen as Likely to Trigger Fight Over Attorney-Client Privilege

Wed, 2021-04-28 18:21

Rudy Giuliani, while a practicing lawyer, wore "different hats" when it came to private business and consulting, said one former federal prosecutor. Those roles promise to complicate the handling of uncovered evidence.


Alex Oh Abruptly Exits SEC After Judge Floats Sanctions in Past Paul Weiss Work

Wed, 2021-04-28 18:15

Oh resigned days into the job after a judge questioned Paul Weiss' attorneys' conduct for describing opposing counsel as acting "agitated, disrespectful, and unhinged" during a deposition.


'Something Missing': Virtual Sessions Continue but MDL Panel Chair Hopes for In-Person Restart in 2021

Wed, 2021-04-28 18:14

One federal judge said the advent of remote hearings had some benefits, including allowing the panel to select judges from a larger pool of districts, not just those in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.


NJ Appeals Court Reverses $117M Talc Verdict, Faulting Admission of Two Plaintiffs' Experts

Wed, 2021-04-28 17:55

Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Ana Viscomi, who oversaw the 2018 trial, "did not assess the methodology, or the underlying data used by the two experts to form their opinions," according to Wednesday's opinion.


If Thompson & Knight Merges With a Bigger Firm, Will Other Texas Firms Follow?

Wed, 2021-04-28 17:17

With the number of firm mergers expected to increase in 2021, after a lull in 2020, some large Texas firms could be in play as competition for clients and laterals increases in Texas' strong economy.


'Lawyers of Color Have Already Concluded the Worst' About Gayton's Exit as Coca-Cola's Top Lawyer

Wed, 2021-04-28 15:09

"People are scared. People in-house have received the message," said Donald Prophete, a partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete.


At Argument in 'Cursing Cheerleader' Speech Case, Justices Weigh Narrow Ruling

Wed, 2021-04-28 13:58

In questioning the school district's lawyer, Williams & Connolly partner Lisa Blatt, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, "I'm told by my law clerks that among some young people, how much you curse is a badge of honor."


Law Firms Still Attract E-Discovery Professionals—But Can They Hold Onto Them?

Wed, 2021-04-28 13:00

E-discovery may be a job candidate's market right now, but many soon-to-be graduates are still targeting the salaries and litigation experience offered by a traditional law firm. However, more experienced professionals are becoming increasingly open to pursuing opportunities elsewhere.


How I Made Partner: 'Be Proactive, Be Kind and Have Perseverance,' Says Elin Park of Jenner & Block

Wed, 2021-04-28 10:52

"Making partner is an important achievement and one that I feel incredibly fortunate and proud to have accomplished. At the same time, I recognize that it is just one milestone in my career. There are many more goals to achieve and challenges to rise to."


Kirkland Emerges as Top Competitor in Associate Talent Battle

Wed, 2021-04-28 09:09

The firm is among the most aggressive and competitive in offering associate bonuses and perks now.


What's Next: Who's Leading Publishers and Advertisers' Google Antitrust Case + Virtual Hearings Are Getting Defendants to Talk + The Evolution of Law Firms' Chief Diversity Role

Wed, 2021-04-28 07:00

After some debate, a judge has appointed an interim leadership structure for the Google antitrust case brought by publishers and advertisers.


Plaintiffs Lawyers Have a Problem: People Like Pharma Companies Now, Post-Pandemic

Wed, 2021-04-28 05:38

"If I'm trying a case against Moderna [a developer of a COVID-19 vaccine], there's going to be a positive impression and you're going to have to deal with it," said Christopher Placitella, a drug defect lawyer at Cohen, Placitella & Roth in Red Bank, New Jersey.


International Law Firms Expect Uptick in Work as Qatar Considers Relaxing Foreign Ownership Rules

Wed, 2021-04-28 04:30

International law firms anticipate new work streams as Qatar introduces a draft law that, if passed, could liberalize the market for foreign investors.


State Bar Leader Resigns Following Prostitution Charge

Wed, 2021-04-28 00:07

Pennsylvania attorney David Schwager hired a prostitute through an escort website in December 2019, according to the criminal complaint filed by Luzerne County detectives. Additionally, police said the woman tried to extort Schwager by threatening to share publicly a nude video of him if he did not pay her $1,000.
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Tue, 2021-04-27 21:00

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Ex-AG Eric Schneiderman, Who Resigned in 2018 Amid Abuse Scandal, Has Law License Suspended

Tue, 2021-04-27 18:32

The Appellate Division, First Department's opinion Tuesday, while laying stipulated-to facts, said that "during a romantic encounter in August 2016, [Schneiderman] slapped an unidentified attorney twice."


Check It Out: Law Schools With the Highest Bar Pass Rates in 2020

Tue, 2021-04-27 16:08

Graduates of these law schools crushed the bar exam in 2020.


Say What? Are PTAB Judges Really 'Inferior Officers'?

Tue, 2021-04-27 15:31

United States v. Arthrex, Inc. Proving that even the driest of constitutional issues can have significant practical effect, the U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in United States v. Arthrex. Before the Court was whether administrative judges of the PTAB have been appointed unconstitutionally.