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A District of Columbia federal judge on Friday firmly rejected Donald Trump's argument that "presidential immunity" shields him from the criminal charges stemming from allegations of election interference in 2020, ruling that Trump doesn't enjoy a "lifelong 'get-out-of-jail-free' pass" just because he was president.
The story of an Olympic gymnast-turned-lawyer illustrates the emotional and psychological challenges that trauma survivors can face, how these challenges can play out in litigation, and how people who have experienced trauma can bounce back.
A Florida federal judge has shot down a Texas law firm's bid to toss a malpractice lawsuit alleging it bungled property transfers that ended up increasing its former client's property taxes.
The Chicago attorney who runs a small intellectual property law practice called Seven Eleven Law Group made good on her promise this week to fight the trademark infringement allegations that convenience store giant 7-Eleven sued her for last month, rejecting the company's claims that her firm is creating consumer confusion and profiting from 7-Eleven's multinational brand.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
New Jersey and its governor on Friday urged a state judge to toss claims made by the ex-chief of the state's Election Law Enforcement Commission that a state law was passed in order to remove him from his post and is unconstitutional, arguing it was well within the Legislature's power to enact the law.
A New York judge on Friday allowed Donald Trump to call more experts in his civil fraud trial defense case, including a real estate broker friendly with the former president, but rejected Trump's attempt to put the court's independent monitor on the stand.
Two Florida voters claim Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the U.S. Constitution when he suspended elected prosecutor Monique Worrell in August, saying in a new lawsuit that he disenfranchised the nearly 400,000 residents who voted for her.
A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner who lives in Israel has sued the firm in Illinois state court, claiming it unlawfully refused to give him the pay raise it planned for U.S. income partners in 2022.
A Utah federal judge has ordered the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to explain why it shouldn't face sanctions after he found that the agency may have misrepresented key facts to obtain a temporary restraining order against cryptocurrency project Debt Box.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
A Delaware Superior Court judge has affirmed an unemployment board's decision denying an ex-Morris James LLP paralegal a year's worth of unemployment benefits after he agreed to leave the firm amid claims that he was retaliated against after he accused one of its partners of misconduct.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in four cases in a week that ended with the solemn news of the death of the first female justice and a signal from the court that the first opinion of the term may be released next week. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.
November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
The plaintiffs in two class actions against Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP regarding a data breach the firm had in March filed a motion in federal court on Thursday to combine the suits.
Law360 reporters are 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 38.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
A New York federal judge on Thursday held a Sheehan and Associates attorney in contempt for filing a "meritless" false advertising lawsuit over the amount of potassium in a Starbucks coffee flavor, saying the case was just one in a string of similarly questionable lawsuits the lawyer had filed.
A Texas appellate court said Thursday that an attorney seeking admission to the state's bar without examination should get a second chance to file claims that the state board violated his constitutional rights by denying his application, writing that the man's pleadings don't demonstrate "incurable defects of jurisdiction."
An insurer asked an Illinois federal court to find that it need not defend or indemnify an attorney under two professional liability policies for two underlying complaints that allege the attorney used his accounting firm to embezzle from a number of trusts he managed at the expense of trustees.
An entertainment industry attorney and talent manager filed a $10 million malpractice suit against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and one of its former attorneys, alleging the attorney's failure to perform caused her to surrender her rights to millions in compensation through a settlement agreement on later-dismissed ethics charges.
Second Circuit decisions "misapprehend" New York state appellate precedent on whether an insurer must cover the attorney fees its insured incurs when the insured prevails in coverage litigation, a New York trial judge found, in a dispute over whether a window company's insurers must indemnify underlying construction defect claims.
The Eleventh Circuit breathed new life Thursday into a Black dancer's suit claiming an Alabama strip club refused to hire her because of her race, finding that tossing her case was too harsh a punishment for two missed hearings.
Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Israel-based fintech business Vesttoo are asking a Delaware federal judge to deny the company's request to retain an Israeli law firm in its Chapter 11 case, saying it hasn't yet been explained what services the firm will provide.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
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 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.
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.
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.