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    Texas Bar AI Task Force Offers Glimpse At Early Proposals

    A preliminary report from the Texas bar's artificial intelligence task force offered a sweeping look at the challenges and opportunities the technology presents for the legal profession in the state, with possible recommendations touching on attorney ethics, the use of AI in the court system, and other topics.

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    Colo. Atty Censured For Threatening Fellow Phish Fan Lawyer

    A presiding disciplinary judge censured a Colorado attorney who had accused a fellow lawyer of shoving concertgoers while naked at a Phish concert and had threatened in a profanity-laced letter to bring federal claims if he did not pay $50,000.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Chicago Litigation Boutique Founder Joins FisherBroyles

    FisherBroyles LLP announced Monday that the founder of a Chicago boutique firm joined its litigation practice as a partner.

  • Fla. Law Firm Escapes Contractor's Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to toss a storm damage contractor's more than $1 million lawsuit centering on an acrimonious breakup with its former law firm, but allowed the contractor a chance at refiling its legal malpractice claims.

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    NJ Firm Says Beach House Purchase Was Aboveboard

    A New Jersey law firm wants an early win against claims it conspired to fraudulently transfer a beach house to its principal in order to shield its assets from a creditor, arguing the firm "briefly held bare legal title" in trust but always intended to turn it over to the attorney and his family.

  • Conn. Firm Accuses Copyright Case Foe Of Filing False Docs

    A Connecticut firm embroiled in a yearslong, multistate copyright battle over images on its website has told a California federal judge that the stock photo website accusing it of infringement submitted false and inaccurate information to the U.S. Copyright Office.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

  • Texas 4th State To Disbar Atty For Stealing $25K In NJ

    A former New Jersey attorney who was disbarred in that state, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania, for misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from clients also lost his license to practice law in Texas on Friday after a state Supreme Court decision affirmed his disbarment.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    New Meritas Chair Aims To Raise Profile Of Network

    As he prepares to step into his new role as board chair of the global legal network Meritas, which connects small and midsize firms to trusted counterparts in other jurisdictions, the Vancouver-based attorney Luca Citton told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview how he plans to raise the organization’s profile.

  • Fla. Firm Says $1M Loan Dispute Doesn't Belong In NJ

    A Florida-based law firm is arguing that a New Jersey federal lawsuit that accuses one of its attorneys and a lender of fraudulently inducing an investor to make a down payment of more than $1 million on a loan that never materialized should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • US Fights Trustee's Demand Of Avenatti's Tax Return Info

    The U.S. government asked a California federal judge Thursday to allow it to appeal a bankruptcy court's decision ordering disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti's tax returns to be released to the trustee overseeing the estate of Eagan Avenatti LLP's bankruptcy, arguing that disclosing them undermines Congress' interest in protecting the confidentiality of the information.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

  • Pa. Atty Suspended For Conduct In Cat Food Case

    A Philadelphia-area attorney has been suspended from practicing law for a year and a day, after the state's disciplinary board concluded he repeatedly and publicly misrepresented facts in a case against J.M. Smucker Co. over a cat food recall, and in three other cases as well.

  • NJ Atty Escapes Disbarment After Bank Fraud Conviction

    New Jersey real estate attorney Martin D. Eagan, who pleaded guilty in 2021 to bank fraud for his role in a reverse mortgage scheme defrauding elderly homeowners, will not lose his law license despite the conviction, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court order.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

  • Conn. Atty Must Withdraw Billing Notices To Rival's Clients

    Stamford, Connecticut-based intellectual property attorney Paul D. Greeley must send corrective messages to a competitor's clients after his firm accidentally sent them allegedly improper billing statements, a Connecticut federal judge ordered Wednesday.

  • Fla. Atty Escapes Sanctions After Clients Penalized

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Taser's bid to sanction rival stun-gun maker Phazzer Electronics' attorney after finding that the attorney did not act unreasonably or in bad faith in the dispute, which ended earlier this month with a default judgment in the infringement suit against Phazzer over discovery violations.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Pashman Stein Says Atty Owes Fees For Firm Breakup Case

    Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC has sued the firm of a New Jersey intellectual property attorney who was a former client of the firm for failing to pay a nearly $90,000 legal bill that he allegedly ran up in litigation against his former law partners.

  • Litigation Funder Accuses Law Firm Of Fraudulent Home Sale

    Arguing for an early win on a claim of fraudulent transfer amid a $3 million fee suit against a New Jersey law firm, litigation funder Balanced Bridge Funding LLC is alleging Mitnick Law Office purchased, then sold a beach house at a discounted rate to principal Craig Mitnick during the firm's supposed insolvency in 2018.

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