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Baker & Hostetler Joins Ever-Growing List of Firms Cutting Pay

Thu, 2020-05-07 17:59

Partners will see reductions of between 15% and 20%, while associates and staff will see 10% cuts. The firm's summer associate program is being condensed to four virtual weeks.

Categories: General Law

Federal Judge Has a Word for Apple and Cisco: G-R-E-E-D

Thu, 2020-05-07 17:51

Even so, Judge William Alsup sounded poised to sign off on a special master's recommendation to award the tech giants about $4 million in attorneys fees. That's less than half of their original request in a patent dispute with Straight Path IP Group.

Categories: General Law

Third Circuit OKs NFL Concussion Litigation Attorney Fees—With One Exception

Thu, 2020-05-07 17:42

The nonprecedential ruling rejected arguments that Brody's decision to have Seeger review the fees and make recommendations about how to divide up the fees was improper, finding that the district court did not merely act as a rubber stamp.

Categories: General Law

IP Lawyers Eye Trials of COVID-19 Drug After 'Mad Scramble' for IP Deal

Thu, 2020-05-07 17:29

A typical intellectual property transaction licensing a drug to a producer might take four to six months. The deal for Emory University's potential treatment for COVID-19 took two weeks.

Categories: General Law

Higher Law: UCANN Files for Bankruptcy | A Cannabis COVID-19 Playbook | Feuerstein Kulick Adds a Cannabis Financier | A Successful Bid for Coronavirus Aid

Thu, 2020-05-07 17:00

Welcome to Higher Law. On tap this week: A cannabis patent holder's bankruptcy filing, and a lawyer's financial playbook for marijuana businesses dealing with COVID-19. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!

Categories: General Law

Shearman IT Manager Alleges Age Bias After He Was 'First To Go' in COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 2020-05-07 16:33

Mark Kanyuk, 62, claims Shearman & Sterling falsely accused him of taking vendor kickbacks as "a pretext for their plan to terminate their older employee" during the pandemic.

Categories: General Law

Robinhood Taps Former SEC Commissioner, Wilmer Partner to Be Chief Legal Officer

Thu, 2020-05-07 16:28

"I look forward to doing my part to help Robinhood reach even greater heights in serving its customers. I will miss WilmerHale, but I know I will stay close to all of my friends there," Daniel Gallagher said.

Categories: General Law

Should Landlords Apply Security Deposits to Unpaid Rents During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Thu, 2020-05-07 16:18

There are currently several bills in various stages of being passed into law in several states as of early April, which would restrict, on a temporary basis, the eviction of commercial tenants from their leased premises for failure to pay rent, If these bills get passed. the question then is whether a landlord may enforce the security deposit section of its lease and take the deposit should the tenant miss a rent payment.

Categories: General Law

From Masks to Staggered Staffing, Firm Leaders Plan Reopening—But Aren't Rushing

Thu, 2020-05-07 16:07

Several law firm leaders said it's still too risky to bring people back to the office, but they are busy planning how to adapt offices for maximal public safety.

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Barr's Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Michael Flynn Prosecution as Trump Assails Case

Thu, 2020-05-07 16:00

"The government is not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn's statements were material even if untrue," U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea said in a court filing Thursday.

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2nd Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Copyright Suit Against Jerry Seinfeld Over 'Comedians in Cars' Series

Thu, 2020-05-07 15:48

When the "Comedians in Cars" pilot aired in July 2012 without crediting Charles, it was also apparent that Charles' claim to ownership had been "publicly repudiated," officially putting him on notice of his claims, the Second Circuit said.

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Trayvon Martin Family Lawyer Takes on Case of Ga. Man Shot Dead While Jogging

Thu, 2020-05-07 15:20

Ben Crump now has a national civil rights practice with offices in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, California and Washington, D.C.

Categories: General Law

A Silver Lining for Litigators? Business Isn't Booming But It's Picking Up

Thu, 2020-05-07 14:33

A new snapshot of commercial lawsuit filings in U.S. district courts shows a hint of a return to pre-pandemic levels.

Categories: General Law

'This Isn't a Gravy Train': The Curious Case of the Kirkland Email

Thu, 2020-05-07 14:24

No one expects partners to be warm or cuddly, but during the COVID-19 ordeal, how about a modicum of sensitivity?

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Graduation in Your PJs? Law School Commencements Go Virtual

Thu, 2020-05-07 14:05

Some law schools have postponed in-person commencement ceremonies amid COVID-19, but others are moving online with high-profile keynote speakers.

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Justices Unanimously Overturn Bridgegate Convictions, Ruling Against Feds

Thu, 2020-05-07 11:58

"[N]ot every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime," the justices wrote.

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Flush With Embarrassment: Brief History of Awkward Moments at SCOTUS

Thu, 2020-05-07 08:34

Here's a look back at some of the more awkward, let's-forget-that-happened moments at the U.S. Supreme Court in recent and not-so-recent memory.

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Stephenson Harwood Closes Beijing Office

Thu, 2020-05-07 08:26

"We are not alone in having had to reassess our priorities in [China], and in taking a more critical look at our presence there," said the firm's new regional head.

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Big Law Cutbacks Round II, Thumbs Up for Stanford's COVID Database, 'Soft Open' in France: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2020-05-07 07:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.

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