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How Will the Federal Circuit Replace Judge O'Malley? Plus: AI Can Be an Inventor--in the Southern Hemisphere

Fri, 2021-07-30 19:36

Also, the PTAB loved an opioid treatment patent. But a New Jersey judge did not.


Brooklyn Federal Judge Sanctions Lawyer for 'Pounding Aggressively on the Closed Door' in Motions Practice

Fri, 2021-07-30 18:06

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said he sought to "prevent further frivolous and vexatious conduct" in a lawsuit filed in 2019 in connection with a FOIA request to the U.S. Department of Labor.


These GCs Are Seeking to Advance Diversity From Within

Fri, 2021-07-30 17:40

At Exelon, the legal department sets up rooms to have hard discussions surrounding social issues and race. These are considered "judgment-free rooms," an in-house leader said.


Can We Talk? Eyeing COVID-Clogged Dockets, Judges Push Civil Cases to Settle

Fri, 2021-07-30 17:37

Many courts were already urging or mandating pretrial mediations, but as the pandemic shutdown lifts lawyers are getting a clear message: "settle it, try it or dismiss it."


J&J Wins First Ovarian Cancer Talc Trial Since COVID-19 Shutdowns

Fri, 2021-07-30 16:33

Friday's defense verdict comes four days after an Illinois judge issued a contempt order against Johnson & Johnson because its corporate witness, who testified in the trial, failed to appear for cross-examination.


Why Employment Lawyers Are Thinking More About Crypto and Blockchain

Fri, 2021-07-30 15:49

"Employers are gaining interest and are now trying to understand why this technology is important, what are the key things they need to know, and how they can implement it in their workplace," Fisher & Phillips partner Phillip Bauknight said.


Courts Everywhere Are Masking Up and Watching Out Over Delta Variant Spread

Fri, 2021-07-30 14:50

Some courts have reinstated masking and social distancing requirements. Others are weighing what to do next amid a spike in cases and new guidance from the CDC on vaccinated people wearing masks indoors.


Upping Your New Business Game with AI

Fri, 2021-07-30 14:26

With demand for technology innovation and efficiency at an all-time high, we can look to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing to help streamline and automate proposal and RFP management, and bridge the gap between increases in RFP requests and lower win rates.


Davis Polk, Arent Fox and Hogan Lovells Plan Vaccine Mandates—But Many Others Stay Silent

Fri, 2021-07-30 14:01

Forty law firms were asked whether they would mandate vaccines. Few said they would.


Biden DOJ Reverses Trump-Era Opinion, Says Congress Must Be Given Trump Tax Returns

Fri, 2021-07-30 13:49

"In our view, the 2019 opinion failed to give due weight to Congress's status as a co-equal branch of government with legitimate needs for information in order to exercise its constitutional authorities," reads the opinion signed by Dawn Johnsen, the acting assistant attorney general at OLC.


Law Schools Tried Remote Courses and Liked It, But Don't Expect All-Online Programs

Fri, 2021-07-30 11:30

Law schools contacted by Legaltech News say they are eyeing long-term distance learning courses. But they note developing appropriate courses for remote learning will take some time.


Law Firms Outside Am Law 100 Elite Step Up in Recruiting Talent From Rivals

Fri, 2021-07-30 11:27

Second Hundred firms have poached talent from rivals and regional firms more frequently in 2021 in an effort to grow practice areas, increase profits and move up in the rankings.


Fried Frank Secures $1.5 Million Contract to Represent NY Health Dept. in COVID Response Probe

Fri, 2021-07-30 11:02

The contract indicates that the Manhattan district attorney's office has made inquiries to the state agency, though it is not explicit on local prosecutors' focus.


How The COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Circuit Court Caseloads

Fri, 2021-07-30 10:44

The Third and First Circuits saw the biggest drops in number of appeals filed during the pandemic, by 27.2% and 16.7% respectively.


How Facebook's Legal Department Is Building More Diverse Talent Pipeline

Fri, 2021-07-30 10:11

"Sometimes, solutions are just superficial," Facebook Deputy GC Allen Lo said. "They feel good, but don't actually do anything. We know that in order for us to come up with the best solutions, we have to have diversity on the team."


One Sharp Ruling Won't Sever New Law-Big Law Ties

Fri, 2021-07-30 10:02

A judge may have ruled against UnitedLex in a dispute stemming from the LeClairRyan bankruptcy. But don't expect this to chill future collaborations.


ALSPs Move to Offer Clients Tech Recommendations, But It's Not an Exact Science

Fri, 2021-07-30 10:00

ALSPs are positioning themselves to help corporate legal departments connect with the right legal tech products to power their innovation initiatives. But functionality isn't necessarily the best metric with which to evaluate those tools.


Kent Zimmermann on Balancing Client Demands to Return to the Office With a War for Talent

Fri, 2021-07-30 09:21

In this week's episode, business of law reporter Patrick Smith spoke with Zeughauser Group's Kent Zimmermann about how client demands to return to the office could force law firms to choose between clients and talent—and how the COVID-19 Delta variant could foil their plans.


Jury Hears of 'Another Matter' After Avenatti Opens Door to Testimony About NY Case

Fri, 2021-07-30 09:17

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna agreed prosecutors were entitled to explain the purpose of government meetings with Avenatti's paralegal after the pro se defendant questioned her about them in cross-examination.