Daily Litigation

  • Patent Atty Seeks Closure Over Ex-Firm's Back Wages

    Discovery in a patent attorney's suit against his former firm, Pittsburgh-based Keevican Weiss & Bauerle LLC, has produced enough evidence to support summary judgment on some of his claims, according to a new motion filed this week in Allegheny County.

  • Ex-Defender Says Judiciary Reform Study Buoys Bias Suit

    A former public defender who accused the federal judiciary of flubbing its investigation of her sexual harassment claim doubled down Friday on her request for the court to take notice of a recent study promoting judiciary workplace reforms, hitting back at her opponent's attempt to discredit the report's relevancy.

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    Morgan & Morgan Pushes To Arbitrate Malpractice Claims

    Morgan & Morgan PA's Jacksonville, Florida, unit wants a Georgia deputy sheriff's malpractice case sent to arbitration, saying he signed a representation agreement with the firm related to a back injury case that included an arbitration clause.

  • Web Designer Seeks $2M Atty Fees After High Court Win

    A Christian web designer and her company have asked a Colorado federal court to award her nearly $2 million in legal fees, arguing that their journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the state can't force the designer to make wedding websites for same-sex couples, was "long, complex and ground-breaking."

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    Longtime GrayRobinson Atty Joins Lewis Brisbois In Tampa

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced that a longtime GrayRobinson PA attorney who founded and chaired the firm's banking practice joined its Tampa, Florida, office as a partner.

  • How Law Firms Balance Internal E-Discovery And Outsourcing

    As law firms try to find the right fit between outsourcing some e-discovery services and having dedicated internal e-discovery teams, a group of panelists from top firms are focused on providing value and evaluating the next generation of e-discovery tools.

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    Rising Star: Tycko & Zavareei's Annick M. Persinger

    Annick M. Persinger of Tycko & Zavareei LLP has served as lead class counsel for a $22.5 million deal with StubHub over hidden ticket fees, a $38 million settlement with Rodan & Fields, a multimillion-dollar settlement with insurance companies over allegations that they failed to pay people the full value of their totaled vehicles, and other high-profile consumer class actions, earning her a spot among the class action practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Chicken Soup's Atty Wants Out Of $3M Conn. Pet Food Feud

    The Graubard Miller attorney defending Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Inc. in a manufacturer's $3 million contract suit asked a Connecticut state court to let her leave the case, writing in her motion to withdraw that Chicken Soup has refused to cooperate on the case.

  • Mass. Court Revives Malpractice Suit Over Late Arbitration

    Massachusetts' intermediate-level appellate court on Thursday revived a legal malpractice suit against a pair of attorneys who allegedly waited too long to file an arbitration on their client's behalf, finding that a lower court was wrong to grant the lawyers a pretrial win.

  • 7-Eleven Settles TM Suit Against Seven Eleven Law Group

    7-Eleven Inc. and a Chicago-based law practice called Seven Eleven Law Group have settled the trademark complaint the convenience store chain filed in November, alleging the firm was infringing its mark and causing consumer confusion.

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    Meet The Attys In Blue Cross Data Co. Suit In Chancery

    Attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg LLP are representing an independent Blue Cross Blue Shield Association licensee in a Delaware Chancery Court suit accusing a Blank Rome LLP-represented customer of sharing confidential data with competitor Cigna Corp.

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    Littler Mendelson Names New Office Leaders In 5 Cities

    Labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson PC is getting some new office heads, announcing Wednesday it has named new office managing shareholders for five of its U.S. offices — San Diego, San Jose, Indianapolis, Denver and Portland, Oregon.

  • SF DA Sued By Staffer Fired Over 'Panties' Reply-All Snafu

    A San Francisco District Attorney's Office staffer who says he was fired after accidentally sending a risqué reply-all email at work has filed a state court lawsuit accusing his former boss and the county of defamation and standing in the way of his getting future employment.

  • Ex-Arena Group CEO Says He's Owed Fees For Dueling Suits

    The former CEO of digital publisher The Arena Group is demanding that the company make its contractual payments to him to cover his costs for dueling lawsuits against one another in separate state courts, according to a Wednesday suit in Delaware Chancery Court.

  • Atty Who Put Settlement In Spouse's Account Loses Appeal

    A Texas appellate court ruled Wednesday against an attorney seeking to overturn a ruling from a trial court barring him from practicing law for 18 months, saying the man clearly breached his ethical obligations by moving settlement funds through his spouse's personal bank account.

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    Ga. Judicial Candidate Aims To Keep Election Challenge Alive

    An attorney who lost her bid for a Georgia state appeals court seat has doubled down on her effort to overturn the election results, telling a state court to reject the winning candidate's dismissal bid and arguing it is actually his responsibility to establish a preponderance of the evidence about his eligibility to run.

  • Bailey & Glasser Partner To Lead LA Boutique's Title IX Team

    Los Angeles plaintiffs' boutique Clarkson Law Firm PC said Wednesday it had tapped a Bailey & Glasser LLP partner and former chairman of public interest law firm Public Justice to lead the firm's Title IX practice "and play a major role in the firm's upcoming public interest litigation."

  • Most Think Right To Atty Includes Civil Suits, LSC Poll Finds

    A majority of Americans surveyed this month said they didn't seek legal representation when faced with life-changing civil legal issues over the past three years, and more than half said they believe if they can't afford an attorney, they're entitled to free representation in civil legal matters.

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    McCarter & English Beats Biotech Malpractice Suit In NJ

    McCarter & English LLP defeated a New Jersey biotechnology company's legal malpractice suit this week, following a New Jersey state judge's finding that the malpractice claims should have been brought in an earlier round of litigation over unpaid legal fees.

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    Newman Facing 2nd Suspension For 'Continuing Misconduct'

    A panel of Federal Circuit judges on Wednesday recommended U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman remain suspended for another year based on her ongoing refusal to cooperate with an investigation into her health, or even acknowledge the court's concerns.

  • Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Says Ch. 11 Doesn't Pause Claims

    A former McElroy Deutsch executive told a New Jersey state court that just because her husband — former McElroy Deutsch chief financial officer John Dunlea — has filed for bankruptcy does not mean she needs to pause her claims against the firm for discrimination and retaliation.

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    Longtime IP Attorney Named Lewis Roca's California Head

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP has appointed an experienced intellectual property attorney who has been with the firm and a legacy for nearly 30 years, as managing partner of its California offices.

  • Firm Says Water District Advice Was 'Black And White' Good

    A Houston law firm told a state judge Wednesday that its recommendation that a local water district turn down a more than $1 million deal to get rid of hundreds of acres within its boundaries was "black and white" good advice as it fought off a malpractice suit the district lodged against the firm.

  • Legal Tech Co.'s $1.3M Data Privacy Deal Gets OK'd

    A Kansas federal judge granted preliminary approval to a proposed $1.3 million settlement between a data and professional services company catering to law firms and a class of thousands of its customers and employees, who said their personal information was stolen in a March 2023 data breach that exposed 200 gigabytes of sensitive information.

  • Parts Of Klehr Harrison Bills Not Privileged, Pa. Panel Finds

    Pennsylvania journalists can view the subject lines of invoice requests sent to the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel by outside law firms, including Klehr Harrison, with a state appeals court panel determining the information falls under the state's Right-to-Know Law and is not privileged, nor is it protected by a court order.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

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