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Labor of Law: Reopening in the Virus Era | SCOTUS Docket Check: California Arbitration, Pay Equity Cases | Morgan Lewis Q&A | Who Got the Work

Thu, 2020-05-28 01:00

Welcome to Labor of Law. On the clock this week: Clients have a lot of questions as they weigh reopening plans. Plus: catch up on two cases at the US Supreme Court -- a pay equity fight and a California arbitration dispute. Scroll down for Who Got the Work, and headlines. Thanks for reading!

Categories: General Law

Wilmer, Dechert Among Firms Awarded $6.8M in Texas Voter ID Litigation

Wed, 2020-05-27 21:09

The judge cut Wilmer's fee request by 60% after finding the firm failed to provided detailed billing rates.

Categories: General Law

Wilmer, Dechert Among Firms Awarded $6.8M in Texas Voter ID Litigation

Wed, 2020-05-27 21:09

The judge cut Wilmer's request by 60% after finding its fees were "duplicative, excessive, and vague."

Categories: General Law

Despite Hurdles, King & Wood Mallesons Not Backing Away From China Focus

Wed, 2020-05-27 20:46

Despite escalating U.S.-China trade tensions and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm sees expansion opportunities in China and is sticking to its strategy.

Categories: General Law

Supreme Court Conference Watch: Qualified Immunity, State Bar Fees and Firearms

Wed, 2020-05-27 19:07

A growing and ideologically diverse chorus of individuals and organizations have been asking the Supreme Court to reconsider the doctrine of qualified immunity.

Categories: General Law

Inside Track: When You Don't Want to Be General Counsel. Plus, In-House Still Mostly Unaware of How Origination Credit Is Awarded.

Wed, 2020-05-27 19:05

Mid-level in-house counsel may not be eyeing the general counsel spot and are comfortable growing in their particular position specializing in their particular practice area. Also, a survey finds more than half of the in-house respondents don't know how origination credit is awarded within the law firms they work with.

Categories: General Law

NY Court of Appeals Expected to Hear In-Person Arguments Once Again

Wed, 2020-05-27 18:19

Arguments will be webcast live and the courtroom will be closed to the general public, according to a notice.

Categories: General Law

Lender Says Pierce Bainbridge and Founder Owe Nearly $4 Million

Wed, 2020-05-27 18:18

Lender Karish Kapital claims that 25% of the firm's receivables "were to be paid daily" under a February agreement.

Categories: General Law

Privacy and Compliance Services: Why the Market Is Rumbling Against the Big Four

Wed, 2020-05-27 18:01

With the advent of stringent privacy regulations in Europe and the United States, corporations are spending more time and money scrambling to ensure their privacy and compliance processes are able to withstand these high levels of scrutiny. At the same time, competition to provide these services is heating up as the Big Four professional services firms plant their stakes more broadly in this fertile ground.

Categories: General Law

General Counsel May Not Be Reaching Their Executive Potential

Wed, 2020-05-27 17:55

"Unfortunately, only 1 in 5 GC meet this standard of effectiveness," Abbott Martin, vice president for research in the Gartner Legal and Compliance practice, said. "This is concerning in an environment where many are looking to the GC for leadership."

Categories: General Law

In Equal Pay Fight, Justices Are Urged to Back Ruling That Bolstered Employees

Wed, 2020-05-27 17:24

"Any liability stems entirely from their paying women less, and not from why they chose to do so," California lawyer Daniel Siegel told the justices in a closely watched Equal Pay Act case from the Ninth Circuit.

Categories: General Law

Carnival Hit With First Shareholder Class Action Over COVID-19 Outbreaks

Wed, 2020-05-27 17:17

The suit, filed Wednesday, is the first shareholder class action against Carnival Corp., which faces lawsuits over emotional distress, medical expenses and deaths relating to COVID-19 outbreaks on board its cruise ships.

Categories: General Law

Texas Jury Trials to Resume This Summer Under Experimental Program

Wed, 2020-05-27 16:51

Jury trials won't resume in Texas on a wide scale until Aug. 1, but in the meantime, the Texas judiciary will authorize some trial judges to hold experiments with conducting jury trials--either in-person or remotely--as long as they have a plan to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 infection.

Categories: General Law

What's Next: Does the AI Commission Care About Our Privacy? + Telehealth's Post-Pandemic Future + Uber Shaves Down Legal Team

Wed, 2020-05-27 15:53

Privacy might not be the top concern for a Congressionally appointed commission that could shape the future of AI law.

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'Doused With a Bottle of Bleach': A Vision of How Law Schools Will Reopen in the Fall

Wed, 2020-05-27 15:37

Social distancing, masks and temperature checks are just a few of the COVID-19 measures law schools are likely to take if they reopen their campuses in the fall. About a third of them at this point are expected to conduct in-person classes.

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Masks, Sanitizer and Measuring Tape: What Jury Trials May Look Like Post-COVID

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:49

Constitutional mandates must be balanced with juror safety, which all court leaders identified as the top priority.

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Critical Mass: Could a $10B Roundup Settlement Be Near? COVID-19 Could Crater Jury Trials. Who Did TikTok Tap for its Biometrics Class Actions?

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:31

Bayer AG has reportedly reached an "oral agreement" to settle up to 85,000 lawsuits filed over Monsanto's Roundup.

Categories: General Law

Ex-Big Law Lawyers Expand Chicago Corporate Boutique as Pandemic Hits Larger Firms

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:21

The founding partners of Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres said low overhead and competitive billing rates have served them well during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to growth.

Categories: General Law

'Politicians in Robes': Democrats Launch Push to Counter Conservatives' Judicial Strategy

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:13

"Our federal courts risk becoming little more than an arm of the Republican Party's big donors," the Senate Democrats' report reads.

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As Bankruptcies Grow, E-Discovery Counsels' Work May Become More Challenging

Wed, 2020-05-27 12:30

E-discovery lawyers caution that, while the discovery process is similar across any litigation, bankruptcy proceedings require quicker turnarounds and more challenging data handling procedures.

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