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Georgia State Bar Windows Smashed as Lawyers Weigh Atlanta Riots, Causes

Sat, 2020-05-30 19:56

Atlanta's mayor, a practicing lawyer before she entered public service, showed how black mothers fear for their sons while railing against the "chaos' that disgraced the legacy of hometown hero Martin Luther King Jr. A former chief justice of the state Supreme Court expressed via social media African Americans' exhaustion and frustration with racism.

Categories: General Law

No 'Rubber Stamps': Emmet Sullivan Has Long Defended Power of Federal Judges

Sat, 2020-05-30 10:58

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington several years ago declared judges were not "rubber stamps" when it came to reviewing Justice Department deferred prosecution agreements. In the Michael Flynn case, the veteran jurist is again grappling with his authority to review prosecutorial decisions.

Categories: General Law

King & Spalding Resists WhatsApp's 'Drastic' Disqualification Bid in Cyber Case

Sat, 2020-05-30 09:51

A team from King & Spalding, including former partner and now FBI Director Christopher Wray, provided legal services to WhatsApp in a sealed matter four years ago. WhatsApp's counsel at Cooley says the firm acquired confidential information relevant to a pending case where King & Spalding represents a WhatsApp adversary.

Categories: General Law

In 5-4 Split, US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California's COVID-19 Restrictions on Religious Services

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:22

"Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports, and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time." wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Categories: General Law

COVID-19 Has Hit Lawyers' Income—Hard

Fri, 2020-05-29 20:24

ALM Media, which publishes, conducted a lawyer-income survey between April 1 to 23 to ask how the coronavirus outbreak has impacted attorneys' income. We received 292 responses. And the outlook is dim.

Categories: General Law

24 Former Federal Judges Support Emmet Sullivan in Flynn's DC Circuit Challenge

Fri, 2020-05-29 19:16

Judges are not "mere scriveners of whatever dismissal the government places before them," the former judges said in their brief, filed by lawyers from Keker, Van Nest & Peters.

Categories: General Law

How the Mansfield Rule for In-House Counsel Is Faring Under COVID-19

Fri, 2020-05-29 18:03

"The work that we've done over the past 10 years has been super important in laying down a strong foundation and baking it into peoples' processes. I don't think we'll see legal departments lifting their commitments to diversity and inclusion," Leila Hock, director of legal department partnerships and inclusion initiatives at Diversity Lab, said.

Categories: General Law

Skilled in the Art: Would Open IP Law Stifle COVD-19 Innovation? + MoFo and Cadwalader to Duke It Out at Federal Circuit + Who's Repping Fortinet, Synopsys and Real Intent?

Fri, 2020-05-29 17:31

BIO makes its pitch for maintaining strong IP rights around COVID-19 therapies.

Categories: General Law

Client Development During the Pandemic

Fri, 2020-05-29 17:30

The new normal under the plague has put pressure on law firms to simply operate, as well as thrive. However, law firms have a unique opportunity during the COVID-19 outbreak to capture new files and business. Now is the time to use a personal touch and double down on digital marketing.

Categories: General Law

In New Stance, DOJ Asks Justices to Shield Domestic Companies From 'Alien Tort' Liability

Fri, 2020-05-29 16:28

The U.S. Justice Department had argued twice before that corporations—whether domestic or foreign—were liable under the Alien Tort Statute.

Categories: General Law

McDonald's Negotiating to Resolve Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Employee Protections

Fri, 2020-05-29 16:13

After the lawyers went into closed door discussions, a judge abruptly halted a hearing on Friday morning in which McDonald's employees at four restaurants in Chicago sought a preliminary injunction to fix alleged failures to protect from from COVID-19. In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed on Thursday, a McDonald's lawyer said the case would "unleash a flood of similar litigation."

Categories: General Law

Boies Schiller Flexner to Replace Associate Formula Bonus System With Market Rate Scheme

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:44

Advocates say the new system is a step toward transparency for the notoriously opaque firm. Critics say the old formula-based system was intrinsic to BSF's entrepreneurial culture.

Categories: General Law

Yuuup!: 'Storage Wars' Star David Hester Just Lost His Court Battle With Public Storage

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:36

In an opinion Friday, California's Fourth District Court of Appeal found that the reality TV personality now "finds himself at war with defendant Public Storage," but that Hester lost this most recent breach of contract battle with the global self-storage company.

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Times Are Tough! A Shame-Free Guide to Surviving Career Disruption

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:27

Can your career recover from a lay-off? Advice from a Big Law lawyer and former GC who isn't afraid to acknowledge that her journey has had "some real ups and downs."

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Airbnb Chief Ethics Officer, Ex-General Counsel Rob Chesnut Steps Down

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:04

Chesnut, who joined Airbnb in 2016 as general counsel and was named chief ethics officer in October 2019, said in an interview Friday that his departure had "been in the works."

Categories: General Law

Learning Disrupted: Virtual Law Programs Come With Their Set of Problems

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:00

As law school summer associate programs, internships and externships go remote, law schools say their students faces hurdles in their learning experience.

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'Nasty, Nasty Jerks': Plaintiffs Lawyers Claim Insurers Taking Advantage of COVID-19-Related Delays

Fri, 2020-05-29 14:42

Personal injury attorneys say insurers are using COVID-19-related court closures to leverage settlements. But insurance industry representatives say those allegations are unfair.

Categories: General Law

Senators Urge Roberts to Make SCOTUS Livestreams Permanent

Fri, 2020-05-29 14:05

"[T]here is no reason why pro-transparency measures should end when the court returns to its normal functions," the senators said.

Categories: General Law

Taking the Bar Exam in July? Sign This Coronavirus Waiver

Fri, 2020-05-29 12:15

Legal academics are slamming Mississippi for requiring bar examinees to sign away their ability to sue over COVID-19 exposure.

Categories: General Law