“We all do the math. Four out of eight is harder than four out of nine. It will slow down the pace of grants. Maybe some people think that’s a good thing, but Supreme Court practitioners don’t,” says Kirkland & Ellis partner Paul Clement.
Attorneys in a multifaceted battle for control of Papa John's are set to square off in a Wilmington courtroom Thursday afternoon, as company founder and former CEO John Schnatter tries to maintain a books-and-records case seeking records related to his ouster from the pizza chain.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh certified a class of California iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners who claim their phones lost value when the phone's video-calling feature stopped working with older versions of the phone's software. She, however, declined to certify a nationwide class.
A lawyer for Contra Costa Judge John Laettner says his client denies the charges, and that complaints stem from an ongoing dispute between the judge and the public defender's office over the use of cash bail.
“Yes, you read that correctly. The government contends that the defendant poses a serious risk of flight because if the undersigned releases him on conditions, the government will remove him from the country,” Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin wrote in the order.
"If a legal project goes wrong, human performance is pretty much the only factor. That s not to say that the lawyer is the only human involved, or that chance, randomness and capriciousness can t play a part. But even so, if there are failings they won t be mechanical. They ll be human, and usually they ll be on us, the lawyers. This is why we need to talk about mistakes."
Welcome back—lot to unpack this week. We've got some reflections on the blockbuster Siemens FCPA deal ten years later. Plus: Catch up on the new moves and appointments in Washington and elsewhere. And scroll down for the firms getting some recent SEC work. Thanks for reading Compliance Hot Spots.
The Supreme Court nominee's detractors hint that the alleged incident in his youth is indicative of his darker side, that it illustrates his capacity for duplicity—that past is prologue. But I think it mainly shows he was drunk and callow.
In one of the biggest settlement agreements reached in New York for survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has agreed to pay $27.5 million to four persons who alleged they had been abused as children by a volunteer at the St. Lucy-St. Patrick’s church in Brooklyn, the plaintiffs' lawyers in the case said Tuesday.
Trade lawyers say companies are coming to them for answers about how to cope with escalating U.S.-China trade tariffs. But a former automaker GC said at least one proposed solution—looking for sourcing from other countries—isn't easily done.
Alan Bryan, senior associate general counsel of Walmart Inc., told lawyers at the 15th Annual Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia why and how the legal department developed its legal operations function to control spending.
"The brutality of the political arena is merciless," says Georgetown Law's Emma Coleman Jordan, who was on the team advising and guiding Anita Hill in 1991 when she testified against Clarence Thomas at his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Jordan and a colleague, Susan Deller Ross, offer insight, as Congress prepares for the possibility of the airing of misconduct claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The nonprofit medical research organization, co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, announced longtime litigator Maureen Sheehy as its GC Monday.
Equal Justice America, a nonprofit organization that funds fellowships for law students who work in civil legal services, has established a scholarship fund in honor of Brian Lewinstein, who had been missing and presumed dead since August 12.
Viet Dinh, an independent director of the 21st Century Fox Inc. board and most recently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, will step down from the board to become the new chief legal and policy officer of the combined company that will emerge from The Walt Disney Corp.'s purchase of Fox's film and TV studios in the first half of 2019.
Employment partner Adam Hugill and private client partner Alfred Ip have left the midsized firm with a team that includes corporate partner Christopher Hooley, consultant Gary Wong, and two associates.
"My client will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story and the full set of allegations to allow them to make a fully informed decision," Debra Katz of Washington's Katz, Marshall & Banks said Monday.
A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Sunday: "It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July."
Although U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria previously found Baum Hedlund had committed misconduct, at a hearing Thursday he allowed the firm to stay on—with a warning that any future missteps could result in "very, very severe sanctions."
A survey of more than 160 law firm executives (from medium to large firms) found that law firms are among some of the highest spenders on security yet were susceptible to some of the most common risks. And the issue will grow over the coming years as the demands of the business drive the adoption of emerging technologies, such as cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Brett Kavanaugh on Friday "categorically and unequivocally" denied claims of sexual abuse from his high school years. Other nominees who preceded him in being nominated for the same Supreme Court seat he is expected to occupy have run into other kinds of trouble.
In seeking confirmation to serve as U.S. ambassador to Romania, Seyfarth Shaw partner Adrian Zuckerman could face questions about decade-old sexual harassment claims related to his time at Lowenstein Sandler.
San Francisco-based Atrium, started a little more than a year ago by someone who made his fortune live-streaming video games, has snagged $65 million to continue providing flat-fee legal advice to startups. Where is Big Law in all of this?
This week, we consider Elon Musk and the pot puff seen 'round the world. Plus, some breaking news on a medical marijuana prosecution. And scroll down to see who got the work. Enjoying Higher Law, or other feedback? Pass it along!
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "This kind of judicial activism did not happen a single time in our first 175 years as a nation, but it has become common in recent years. It has happened to the Trump administration 25 times in less than two years."
Prosecutors say they'll show Nathan Hardwick siphoned funds from now-bankrupt Morris Hardwick Schneider to fuel his "lavish spending," including more than $16 million on charter jets, gambling and women.
A new Ninth Circuit ruling confronts the clash between federal and state marijuana laws. "If [Charles] Lynch was not compliant with state law, he is not covered by the rider and is subject to the penalties of his conviction," the Ninth Circuit said.
We're closely watching an age-discrimination case against Google, and new court filings offer a peek at the hiring process at the company. Check it out. Plus: CBS says it doesn't plan to release its Les Moonves investigation, and we've got a whole lot of new client engagements to share. This is Labor of Law
It’s been a busy week in the legal world. In this edition of the briefing, we’re looking at what to think about when the law department expands internationally--it’s harder than it sounds. Plus, how one major Hollywood studio’s efforts to increase diversity measure up.
The lawsuit, filed in California state court Wednesday, claims that Blank Rome styled its 2016 merger with Dickstein Shapiro as an “asset sale” to avoid paying out capital contributions to departed partners.
After kicking off with two verdicts awarding over $140 million, the docket of more than 6,000 cases alleging "low testosterone" treatments caused heart attacks and bloodclots comes to an end in a global settlement.
Formed 23 years ago this month by a group of lawyers fleeing a now-defunct legal giant, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian may have a full shingle, but a focused strategy has helped it survive.
If implemented, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposed changes to Title IX's campus sexual misconduct policies would reduce the liability of schools when investigating and pursuing cases against alleged perpetrators, who would be considered innocent until proven guilty.
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