Daily Litigation

  • Cigna Seeks $155K Atty Fee In 'Complex' COVID Test Site Row

    Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. is seeking $154,700 in attorney fees after a Connecticut federal judge sanctioned a medical practice chain that is suing the insurer for allegedly failing to properly reimburse for policyholders' COVID-19 tests.

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    Insurer Must Face Claim In Crowell & Moring Imbroglio

    An Illinois state appellate court has revived allegations that a Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate aided and abetted Crowell & Moring LLP in its purported breach of its fiduciary duties to former law firm client Walgreens, marking the latest twist in the pharmacy giant's legal battles involving the firm.

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    For 2nd Year, Troutman Pepper Promotes 26 To Partner

    Troutman Pepper has elected 26 new partners, the firm said Monday, a number on par with its last round of promotions.

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    MVP: Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody

    Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, who doubles as the firm's managing partner in San Francisco, notched one of the largest discrimination settlements in U.S. history this year in a decade-long case against Goldman Sachs, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Class Action MVPs.

  • MVP: Davis Polk's Jennifer Conway

    Jennifer Conway joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in January 2022 and was leading its executive compensation practice group by the year's end, while helping major clients such as Shearman & Sterling and Exxon Mobil navigate corporate transactions, earning her a spot among Law360's 2023 Benefits MVPs.

  • GessnerLaw To Lead Wage Suit Against Mental Health Agency

    A GessnerLaw PLLC attorney will represent a class of workers who claim a North Carolina mental health agency failed to pay them for time spent in mandatory meetings and trainings, a federal judge ruled, rejecting the employer's argument that the attorney wasn't fit for the job.

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    MVP: Akerman's Michael Goldberg

    Michael Goldberg of Akerman LLP's bankruptcy practice helped secure $1.1 billion for victims of the 2021 collapse of a condominium complex in Surfside, Florida, in his role as court-appointed receiver, earning him a spot among Law360's 2023 Bankruptcy MVPs.

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    MVP: Covington & Burling's Ashley Simonsen

    Over the last year, Ashley Simonsen of Covington & Burling LLP secured dismissal of proposed class actions against financial services giant Capital One and fintech companies PayPal and Afterpay, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Banking MVPs.

  • MVP: Hogan Lovells' Neal Katyal

    Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells argued nearly 10% of the cases that the U.S. Supreme Court heard last year and won some big ones, including the landmark Moore v. Harper, in which the court declared state courts have the power to review state laws related to federal elections, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Appellate MVPs.

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    Philly's City Solicitor To Rejoin Morgan Lewis

    Philadelphia's first Latina chief legal officer has announced she is leaving the public sector to restart her private practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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    Kirkland Promotes Record 205 Lawyers To Partner

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has promoted a record 205 attorneys to partner across 16 offices, the firm said Monday.

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    Drew Eckl Brings On Litigator From Taylor English In Atlanta

    Georgia's Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP is expanding its litigation team, adding a former Taylor English Duma LLP trial attorney focused largely on insurance coverage as a partner in its Atlanta office.

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    Fla. Boutique Deepens Litigation Bench With 3 Attys

    Miami-based commercial litigation boutique Sanchez Fischer Levine LLP has added three new attorneys in Florida to accommodate the increasing demand for its legal services.

  • Pa. Judge's Alleged 'Caustic' Comments Don't Violate ADA

    "Unfriendly behavior" by a Pennsylvania state judge toward a diabetic attorney who suffered injuries in a car crash did not hinder the attorney's ability to access the court, a federal judge has determined, dismissing claims the state judge violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating and retaliating against him.

  • CBD Investor's Suit Over Alleged Escrow Misuse Is Kept Alive

    A company looking to invest in the CBD industry can pursue claims against a law firm for the use of funds in escrow by a business partner without authorization, a California federal judge has found, ruling that a jury could find that the money was moved without the plaintiff's approval.

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    NJ Securities Enforcement Chief Joins Stevens & Lee

    An enforcement chief with the New Jersey Bureau of Securities has left government service to join Stevens & Lee as a partner in its Bergen County office, according to an announcement Monday.

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    Baker McKenzie Chicago Trial Bench Adds Ex-McDermott Atty

    Baker McKenzie announced Monday that it is welcoming a trial attorney in Chicago who says she joined the firm from McDermott Will & Emery LLP after learning about its interest in growing its Windy City commercial litigation bench.

  • Tesla Calls $230M Fee Bid For Pay Suit Deal 'Unreasonable'

    Tesla is opposing a $230 million attorney fee request in connection with the proposed settlement of a shareholder suit in Delaware Chancery Court that accuses company directors of pocketing excessive compensation, asserting the request is "demonstrably unreasonable."

  • Ga. Power Cos. Fight 'Absurd' Sanctions Bid In Contract Row

    The Georgia Renewable Power subsidiaries behind two biomass plants told the Georgia State-wide Business Court that an Atlanta-area renewable energy certificate broker's request for discovery misconduct sanctions is "absurd," and maintained that agreed-upon discovery deadlines for their suit against the broker should not change.

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    Hogan Lovells Adds Dechert IP Duo In DC, Silicon Valley

    Hogan Lovells has added bi-coastal life science patent litigators to its Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices, who join the firm after spending about three years at Dechert LLP as intellectual property partners, the firm announced Monday.

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    Quinn Emanuel In Contempt As Columbia Univ. IP Win Grows

    A Virginia federal judge nearly tripled the amount a jury said NortonLifeLock Inc. owes Columbia University for willfully infringing anti-malware patents, and held the cybersecurity company's attorneys at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in contempt.

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    BCLP Adds IP Litigation Partner In Chicago From Katten

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP said Monday it has added a partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for its global intellectual property and tech disputes practice in Chicago.

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    COVERAGE RECAP: Day 1 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 will be providing live coverage from the courthouse as former president Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York Attorney General's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day one.

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    Law360 MVP Awards Go To 171 Attys At 76 Firms

    The attorneys chosen as Law360's 2023 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.


    Trump To Face NY AG As 'Fraud' At Trial, His Empire At Stake

    After three years of investigation, litigation and ceaseless appeals, the New York attorney general is set to bring former President Donald Trump to trial Monday as she seeks to put him out of the real estate business for good and claw back $250 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.



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