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Big Law Seeks To Maintain M&A Momentum With Lateral Market Maneuvers

Mon, 2024-05-20 19:59

Firms such as Paul Weiss, S&C, Akin, K&L Gates and Seyfarth all announced lateral M&A partners in the last week.


Senate Confirms Prosecutor to 1st Circuit, Creating Totally Democratic-Appointed Court

Mon, 2024-05-20 19:50

Seth Aframe, an assistant U.S. attorney in New Hampshire, was confirmed by a 49-40 vote and is the fourth judge named to the court by President Joe Biden, a Democrat.


Google at the Center of a 'Perfect Storm' of Privacy Litigation

Mon, 2024-05-20 19:19

Dozens of plaintiffs filed a complaint against Google on April 9 in the Santa Clara County Superior Court of California. They alleged that Google violated the California Consumer Privacy Act by using features like Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager to collect users' data without their consent, even while browsing the internet in "Incognito mode."


'Are You Staring Me Down?' Judge Merchan Rebukes Robert Costello for Improper Decorum

Mon, 2024-05-20 18:48

The first flareup occurred less than 10 minutes after the Davidoff Hutcher & Citron partner took the stand as a defense witness in Donald J. Trump's Manhattan criminal trial.


'Control of Their Careers Has Been Hijacked': Voice Actors File Proposed Class Action Against AI Company

Mon, 2024-05-20 18:24

Plaintiffs say they did not know Berkeley, California-based Lovo, would be using their voices in its generated voice services and did not consent to such use.


Which Federal Appeals Courts Grant Oral Argument the Most and Least Often?

Mon, 2024-05-20 18:19

Oral argument rates among the circuits may be affected by the types of cases they hear. For example, the D.C. Circuit, with the highest rate, often weighs complex administrative law issues best addressed through oral argument, said appellate attorney Mark Gidley.


Democratic Attorneys General Back EPA's Power Plant Rule Against GOP Lawsuit

Mon, 2024-05-20 17:20

"The rule would meaningfully limit greenhouse gas emissions from some of the largest sources in the nation, thereby helping to address the significant harms our states, cities, and residents are facing from climate change," Democratic attorneys general wrote in their motion to intervene.


About the Awards: Texas Legal Awards Q&A with Regional Managing Editor Katie Hall

Mon, 2024-05-20 17:12

Welcome back to About the Awards, our series of chats with ALM Media editors offering insight into our judging process for ALM Recognition


Deal Watch: Big Week in Deals as Creative Dealmaking Merges With More Activity

Mon, 2024-05-20 16:14

"Each of our clients is getting more inbound phone calls from firms looking to work with them than they did three or four years ago," noted Ben Beerle, a corporate partner with Cooley who handles mergers and acquisitions.


NY Reaches $2B Settlement With Bankrupt Crypto Lender Genesis

Mon, 2024-05-20 15:55

The settlement resolved a lawsuit James' office filed in state Supreme Court of Manhattan in October, and establishes a victims' fund for Genesis' creditors, with the firm neither admitting or denying the allegations.


From In-House at AstraZeneca to an E-Discovery Startup: New Fileread GC Discusses Major Career Move

Mon, 2024-05-20 15:35

As the head of legal services at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, Josh Kreamer created an internal e-discovery program from scratch. Now, he's looking to show legal professionals the value of generative AI in e-discovery as GC and chief strategy officer at startup Fileread.


Big Stock Award Propels Dell GC onto Company's Highest-Paid List

Mon, 2024-05-20 15:24

Richard Rothberg joined the company in 1999 and has been its legal chief since 2013.


Missouri AG Investigates Faith-Based Discrimination Against Kansas City's Social Media Post Against Harrison Butker

Mon, 2024-05-20 14:35

"Missourians of faith deserve to know why Kansas City officials decided to attack Mr. Butker for his deeply held religious beliefs. My office will not tolerate religious discrimination from City officials," Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said in a statement.


Snapchat Faces Wrongful-Death Suit Following 'Sextortion' Scheme Involving 13-Year-Old Boy

Mon, 2024-05-20 13:11

Snapchat is accused of strict liability and negligence in a wrongful-death suit where a 13-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide after he was a victim of a "sextortion scheme," according to the federal lawsuit filed in South Carolina.


How I Made Law Firm Leadership: 'Learn Early to Take on Responsibility for Non-Billable Issues,' Says Jeffrey Payne of Turner Padget

Mon, 2024-05-20 11:00

"If you are going to lead, you need to be present to get to know your team personally and get a feel for the office and firm dynamics. Also, learn early on to take on responsibility for the firm's non-billable issues, such as participating in marketing efforts and recruiting."


The Perfect Storm: Why Contract Hiring In Privacy Will Eclipse Direct Hiring

Mon, 2024-05-20 10:56

As the job market no longer produces the same volume of direct hire fully remote opportunities, job seekers in privacy are more readily considering working contract and contract-to-hire to maintain fully remote employment.


Active Pa. Federal Judge Gene Pratter, 75, Dies

Mon, 2024-05-20 09:56

Pratter, who died May 17—a day after she issued two opinions in cases she was handling—was a 20-year veteran of the federal bench.


ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants for Hamas, Israeli Leaders

Mon, 2024-05-20 09:38

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan KC, has announced arrest warrant applications for three Hamas leaders as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his minister of defense.


GC Searches Veer Away From Internal Hires, Upending In-House Promotion Tracks

Mon, 2024-05-20 08:09

Succeeding as general counsel now requires a much broader range of skills, "making the step up for internal candidates from deputy to GC a much bigger gap to bridge," a report from the executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates says.


'Mission Critical': Big Law Firms Prioritize Right C-Suite Talent

Mon, 2024-05-20 05:00

Several C-suite roles were filled in the last few months amid high demand for the right talent in firms' business ranks.