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Higher Law: 'Organic Growth': Evolution of a Practice | Marijuana Election Results: Roundup | Compliance Technology | Who Got the Work

Thu, 2019-11-07 16:00

Welcome to Higher Law. Check out our Q&A with practice leader Oren Bitan at Buchalter, and scroll down for our roundup of marijuana-related election developments from around the country. Thanks for reading, and your feedback is appreciated.

Categories: General Law

NY AG, in Climate Change Trial Against Exxon, Concedes Fraud Charges but Presses Securities Law Violation

Thu, 2019-11-07 15:39

Exxon attorney Ted Wells, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, was quick to criticize the late concession on fraud charges, and described the remaining contested issue under the Martin Act as trivial.

Categories: General Law

Midwest Mania? What's Behind the Biggest Law Firm Mergers of 2019

Thu, 2019-11-07 15:35

The geography may stand out, but the business pressures driving a flurry of midwest mergers are familiar to law firms everywhere.

Categories: General Law

Manhattan Judge Orders Trump to Pay $2 Million for Misuse of Charitable Foundation

Thu, 2019-11-07 15:33

It's the latest development in the litigation, brought by the New York attorney general, which resulted last year in an expedited timeline for the Trump Foundation being dissolved.

Categories: General Law

Gordon Caplan Gets Hearing in Bid to Avoid Disbarment Stemming From College-Admissions Scandal

Thu, 2019-11-07 14:50

The Appellate Division, First Department held that Caplan's offense qualified as a "serious crime" that warranted immediate suspension, but also granted his request for a hearing as to "why a final order of censure, suspension or disbarment should not be made."

Categories: General Law

Judge Punts on Ruling Whether Jones Day Has to Hand Over Compensation Data in Bias Case

Thu, 2019-11-07 14:18

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss raised concerns about whether the discovery will be too extensive or could reveal confidential information about Jones Day's clients.

Categories: General Law

Your Most Important Public Relations Habit: Getting Ahead of the News

Thu, 2019-11-07 13:28

Ever tried pitching a story about something that took place a few days ago, or a trend that's already been covered? It doesn't work out so well.

Categories: General Law

How'd They Do It? Law Schools With Top Bar Pass Rates Share Their Secrets

Thu, 2019-11-07 13:18

Five law schools share how their graduates dominate when it comes to passing the bar exam.

Categories: General Law

My Weekday Workout: Mintz Levin's Brandon Barker

Thu, 2019-11-07 13:14

"I have found more motivation and satisfaction in longer outdoor workouts, so I look for ways to be in open spaces."

Categories: General Law

Menashi Advances Closer to 2nd Circuit Despite Bipartisan Rebuke Over Obstinance

Thu, 2019-11-07 11:28

Steven Menashi exasperated Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee during his nomination hearing after he repeatedly refused to answer questions about what topics he offered legal guidance for while at the White House.

Categories: General Law

US Commerce Department Lags Other Agencies in CFIUS Draft Rulemaking, Lawyers Say

Thu, 2019-11-07 10:45

"There are still an enormous amount of technology companies and activities that are outside the reach of CFIUS because the Commerce Department has not moved with any speed to define the terms 'emerging and foundational technologies,'" said Giovanna Cinelli, a partner and international trade and national security practice leader at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C.

Categories: General Law

Introducing the 2019 Tony Mauro Media Lawyer Award Winners

Thu, 2019-11-07 09:53

Laura Prather of Haynes and Boone and CNN's legal department have been zealous advocates for freedom of the press.

Categories: General Law

Microsoft Unveils New Information Governance Tools as Regulatory Demands Grow

Thu, 2019-11-07 09:30

Microsoft offered Legaltech News a sneak preview of its new tools that help to automate classification of files and track risky communications and digital behavior on its platforms.

Categories: General Law

Lawyers Refute (Roger) Stone Cold Liar Charges, Law Firms Deleveraging, Rudy Lawyers Up: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2019-11-07 06:00

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

Categories: General Law

Law Firm Debt Levels Shrink as Partners Put More Skin in the Game

Thu, 2019-11-07 05:08

What does widespread "deleveraging" in the wake of the Great Recession mean for law firm health?

Categories: General Law

'This Is Not Normal': US Judge Denounces Trump's Attacks on Judiciary

Thu, 2019-11-07 00:47

"He seems to view the courts and the justice system as obstacles to be attacked and undermined, not as a co-equal branch to be respected even when he disagrees with its decisions," U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said in remarks Wednesday in Washington.

Categories: General Law

Labor of Law: Microsoft Pay-Bias Arguments | Major Lindsey Sues Ex-Partner | Alphabet Hires Cravath | Ogletree Partner Nominated | Who Got the Work

Thu, 2019-11-07 00:00

Welcome to Labor of Law, our roundup of news and trends for the L&E bar. Lots to unpack this week -- including a report on the Ninth Circuit's big Microsoft case, a Major Lindsey noncompete suit, an Ogletree partner picked for a federal court post, and much more. Thanks for reading!

Categories: General Law

Are Defendants Tipping the Scales on 'Reptile Theory?'

Wed, 2019-11-06 20:00

Defendants are increasingly filing motions to bar plaintiffs attorneys from using the theory, which appeals to jurors' "reptilian brains" to obtain larger, and often unexpected, jury awards. In some cases, judges have granted the motions.

Categories: General Law

Harvey Weinstein's Attorney Asks Judge to Toss Civil Sex-Trafficking Allegations

Wed, 2019-11-06 19:37

Elior Shiloh, who represents Weinstein, has warned in court filings that the judge failed to consider the legislative intent behind the statute, leading to a "domino effect" that caused its "flawed reasoning" to be adopted in two other cases.

Categories: General Law

Read the Complaint: Twitter Employees Charged in Plot to Spy on Users for Saudi Government

Wed, 2019-11-06 18:22

The defendants allegedly accessed the email addresses, IP addresses and dates of birth attached to Twitter accounts to feed back to Saudi officials.

Categories: General Law