Decades after Dennis Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached, the then-Speaker of the House helped pass a tough-on-sex-crimes law known as the Adam Walsh Act.
Decades after Dennis Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached, the then-Speaker of the House helped pass a tough-on-sex-crimes law known as the Adam Walsh Act.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims recently held that the Department of Veterans Affairs had been using an invalid regulation since 2009 to deny reimbursement to veterans for emergency medical costs incurred outside of the V.A. health care system.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awards a $275,000 whistleblower award. But there's a catch: The funds must be used to address "any monetary obligations" that remain unpaid from an unspecified final judgment against the whistleblower. Similar language has not appeared in any of the 19 previous final orders approving whistleblower awards, according to a review of whistleblower program documents posted on the agency's website.
Covington & Burling's fellowship program allows the firm to dip a toe into the corporate investments in Africa that international law firms like Dentons, Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper have pursued for legal work. Many firms already have their own offices in South Africa or partnerships with firms in Africa. Now, Covington houses an African lawyer for three months, building connections through him or her to firms and lawyers in Africa and gaining another strategic counseling voice to present to clients.
A federal appeals panel in Washington on Tuesday appeared ready to disrupt the organizational structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which vests power in the hands of a single director. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Ted Olson argued that the bureau's structure violates separation of powers.
Lawyers fighting over a hospital megamerger in Chicago went to battle in federal court Monday at a hearing that will likely determine the fate of the proposed $7 billion health care system.
Thirteen deaf or hard-of-hearing lawyers are set to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar on April 19, in a first-ever mass event that symbolizes the strides lawyers with disabilities have made. The high court will provide interpreters and real-time captioning services to allow the lawyers to follow, visually and on their smartphones, what is happening during the swearing-in ritual and in the oral arguments that will follow.
In his first public remarks since the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Monday steered clear of the ensuing controversy, but lamented the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13. "We are completing our term in the shadow of an unexpected loss that has touched us deeply and in many ways," Roberts told the judicial conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia might have offered his own solution to the awkward acronym problem George Mason University created by renaming its law school after him on March 31: Ban the acronym altogether.
Lawsuits filed against Pfizer Inc. claiming that Viagra caused men to get skin cancer have been transferred to a judge in San Francisco by a federal judicial panel.
The California teachers who lost their challenge to "fair share" union fees to a 4-4 split in the U.S. Supreme Court asked the justices on Friday to take the rare step of rehearing their case.
The résumés of Chief Judge Merrick Garland's clerks, taken together, form a somewhat homogeneous drawing. They are the standouts from only the most elite of law school classes, then the majority sail into U.S. Supreme Court clerkships and ride the fast track to law industry, government and intellectual success. The NLJ crunched numbers on all former and current Garland clerks, looking at where the 75 lawyers attended law school and where they've worked since. Garland's universe of former clerks illuminates both his connections and influence.
Chief Judge Merrick Garland's clerks describe a boss who was demanding but kind, and who stayed active in their lives well after the yearlong clerkship ended. In the weeks since Garland was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, more than half of the judge's former clerks spoke to The National Law Journal about life in his chambers.
President Barack Obama, speaking at the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday, said that Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could create a “disaster” for the court.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington on Thursday unsealed her ruling, against the government, in MetLife Inc. v. Financial Stability Oversight Council. The insurance giant challenged the government's designation of the company as "too big to fail."
Add Volkswagen’s own franchise dealerships to the list of parties suing the automaker over its emissions scandal.
"Physician, heal thyself!" Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said on Tuesday, blaming the U.S. Supreme Court itself—and not confirmation hearings, as John Roberts Jr. did in February—for the public perception that the justices are political. Will Roberts respond to the shot heard on Capitol Hill? Not likely.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday released a long-awaited rule that requires stockbrokers managing retirement accounts to act as fiduciaries and serve their clients' "best interests" —a move designed to curb the billions of dollars in fees paid to the financial industry.
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia might have offered his own solution to the awkward acronym problem George Mason University created by renaming its law school after him last week: Ban the acronym altogether. Scalia hated acronyms and urged lawyers to avoid them and instead use phrases like "the commission"—or, in his instance, perhaps "the law school"—instead of pulling from the "alphabet soup" of acronyms.
As law firms grapple with fast-moving change in the life sciences industry, McDermott Will & Emery is beefing up its U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice. McDermott has named partners Vernessa Pollard and Veleka Peeples-Dyer as co-leaders of the practice, which is based in the firm's Washington office. The duo will work together to expand the firm's services for medical-device, pharmaceutical and technology companies looking for guidance in dealing with the FDA, the firm said Wednesday.
A group of Federal Trade Commission attorneys will be in Chicago federal court on Monday to begin a closely watched trial seeking to block the merger of two hospital systems that would create a $6.5 billion health care giant.
The four current law clerks of the late Justice Antonin Scalia have been reassigned to work for the rest of the term for two of his conservative U.S. Supreme Court allies: Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr.
A Washington trial judge "significantly overstepped" his authority when he rejected as too lenient a settlement between prosecutors and a Dutch company accused of sanctions violations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday.
In a case closely watched by tort reformers, a federal appeals court has whittled a $25.5 million punitive damages award to $1.95 million in a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit out of Wyoming.
The final high-stakes argument of the U.S. Supreme Court term may have the greatest impact if the court, hobbled by an empty ninth chair, divides 4-4.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted review in a Colorado case involving racial bias among jurors in a criminal trial—one of only three new cases the court has agreed to take up since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia Feb. 13.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved by far the largest award in the five-year history of its whistleblower program, paying out more than $10 million to a tipster who provided the agency with information that led to a successful enforcement action.
Esther Lardent, known as the "Queen of Pro Bono," died Monday morning. Lardent founded the Pro Bono Institute in 1996 and quickly became one of the nation’s most high-profile and effective advocates for free legal assistance for the poor and disadvantaged. She stepped down as president of the Institute in July amid a battle with cancer.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the long-standing practice of using total population—rather than eligible-voter population—in drawing legislative districts, frowning on an approach that could have recast thousands of electoral maps. The court did not, however, rule out the possibility that states could use the voting-population method in the future.
Sixty-eight lawyers who served as clerks for Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sent a letter on Monday to U.S. Senate leadership urging action on Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia continued to define and complicate the work of the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
A summary of the week's notable cases.
Members of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin face a May 10 trial over claims that they ripped off another artist to make the iconic song “Stairway to Heaven.”
When it comes to producing highly influential future federal judges, the University of Michigan Law School is tops, according to a new analysis by legal research and analytics firm Ravel Law.
Fish & Richardson attorneys already helped Chicago Board of Options Exchange Inc. beat back a patent infringement case from a rival exchange. Now they've won their client more than $6 million in attorney fees.
An Arkansas law firm has joined a coalition of industry groups in suing the U.S. Labor Department to block a rule that requires employers to make greater disclosures about the advice they receive for resisting the efforts of workers to unionize. The groups sued the Labor Department over its so-called "persuader rule," which is set to take effect April 25.
Prosecutors are barred from freezing criminal defendants’ assets unconnected to their alleged crimes and needed to hire defense counsel of choice, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a decision that crossed its liberal-conservative divide.
The impact of Antonin Scalia’s death, felt dramatically at the U.S. Supreme Court in recent weeks, is filtering down to lower federal courts as well.
Seven Charleston School of Law professors who were fired last summer amid InfiLaw Corp.’s unsuccessful bid to buy the school will return to campus in the fall of 2016 in a deal brokered by new owner Ed Bell.
The Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations filed suit on Tuesday asking a federal court in Washington to enforce a subpoena against Backpage.com chief executive officer Carl Ferrer as part of the committee's inquiry into whether the online classifieds service facilitates sex trafficking.
A coalition of civil rights and gay rights groups and three individual plaintiffs are suing over a new North Carolina law that rolls back protections for gay and transgender people. Among the individual plaintiffs is Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and associate dean for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University School of Law.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel Alito Jr. are filling the gap left during oral argument by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month.
When the U.S. Supreme Court divides, 4-4, as it did Tuesday in the biggest labor case in years, no one is thrilled except perhaps the lower court winner whose victory may be temporary at best. Is there a better way to handle the unresolvable case?
A contested parking ticket issued in East Lansing, Michigan, eight years ago already went before the Michigan Supreme Court. The saga continued on Tuesday with a federal appellate court ruling that the law student who won in the state high court was not the victim of a malicious prosecution.
The Federal Trade Commission has sued Volkswagen Group of America Inc. over billions of dollars consumers spent on its "clean diesel" vehicles while the company allegedly exposed them to a deceptive advertising campaign. The complaint comes as Volkswagen faces an April 21 court deadline to devise a way to fix more than 550,000 vehicles in the United States that exceed federal emissions standards.
The U.S. Supreme Court occasionally asks the lawyers in a pending case to submit additional briefs after oral argument raises a new question in the justices' minds. But on Tuesday the court issued an unusually extensive order asking the parties in essence to help them find a new way to resolve a case—the pending dispute over contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The order might reflect internal efforts by the justices to avoid a 4-4 tie.
In its first high-profile decision since the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last month, the court deadlocked, 4-4, on Tuesday, handing at least a temporary victory to California teacher union members in a dispute over fees paid by nonmembers.
As he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Jenner & Block partner Paul Smith wasn't exactly complaining about the $4.5 million award his firm had been granted—and then denied—in an employment discrimination case it successfully handled for its client, an Iowa trucking company.
Bar study loans are not subject to the same bankruptcy protections as traditional student loans, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, has ruled in a case involving a Pace Law School graduate.
Colleges are grappling with new rules and expectations in light of the U.S. Department of Education's heightened enforcement of Title IX, which protects students and school employees from sex discrimination, harassment and assault, say employment and education law experts.
A federal district judge in Tennessee on Friday awarded $2 million in legal fees and costs to Ropes & Gray and other firms that successfully fought the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law did not defraud an alum by inflating its graduate employment statistics, a San Diego jury found on Thursday.
Thomas Tamm, a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who helped expose warrantless surveillance during the George W. Bush administration, has agreed to accept a public censure to resolve ethics charges against him, according to papers filed today by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington.
Judge Merrick Garland is known to enjoy the outdoors. As President Barack Obama has noted, Garland and his family love to hike, ski, canoe and visit U.S. national parks. On the bench, that appreciation for the environment has shined through—and the cases where Garland ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency are few.
A voting rights initiative launched by Georgetown University Law Center and two other nonprofits in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision gutting parts of the Voting Rights Act has received a $1 million donation from the MacArthur Foundation.
Chief Judge Merrick Garland will sit out all cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit while his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is pending, according to a statement provided by court officials to The National Law Journal on Thursday.
The Sudanese government's years of nonparticipation in lawsuits that accused the country of supporting terrorism in the 1990s doomed its efforts to challenge billions of dollars in damages awarded to victims, a federal district judge in Washington ruled late Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing—the three female justices, plus Stephen Breyer—flexed its muscles again Wednesday during contentious arguments over mandated insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.
Want to see Chief Judge Merrick Garland in action? Between the tradition among judges of sitting out arguments while waiting for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court and the upcoming summer recess in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, it could be months before he takes the bench again. There aren't any rules or formal guidelines for how courts should manage the schedule of a sitting judge nominated to the Supreme Court. But there are historical examples that Garland and court officials can turn to: The D.C. Circuit has been a top feeder to the high court.
A former computer programmer turned law professor and the Free Law Project are rolling out a new U.S. Supreme Court research tool to enable lawyers, law students and even clients to discover and visualize whole lines of cases quickly and with an eye to how future challenges may turn out.
Only Justice Anthony Kennedy may hold the key to the success of the Obama administration's counterclaim that the government has provided a legally sufficient accommodation of the nonprofits' religious objections.
A former lawyer for bank traders who are under investigation for "suspicious" trades must comply with a grand jury subpoena for information about their communications, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled on Wednesday. The court rejected arguments that the attorney-client privilege shielded the documents and testimony.
There's something about the "little guy" up against a government exercising seemingly unlimited power under a statute or regulations. Mix in a healthy dose of history and it appears to be the perfect combination for a majority opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
Two years ago, BuckleySandler's "investment cases," including a $550 million federal settlement with the Navajo Nation, paid off so richly that every employee earned bonuses. Last year brought another special chunk of revenue.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday issued the first of what may be several 4-4 tied decisions triggered by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month.
A misconduct complaint against former Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the federal district court in Washington has been dismissed. Roberts retired on March 16, the same day a lawsuit was filed in Utah accusing him of sexual assault 35 years ago.
In the second win this term for class action plaintiffs, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled, 6-2, in favor of Tyson Foods employees seeking payment for time spent donning and doffing protective gear. The court rejected arguments by Tyson Foods that the employees' work experiences were not similar enough to sustain a class action.
Likening the nation’s top two office supply chains to "penguins on a melting iceberg," a lawyer for Staples Inc. in opening statements on Monday defended the company’s proposed acquisition of Office Depot Inc. against federal regulators.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. on Monday joined together in criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s disposal of two hot-button issues: marijuana and guns.
Jones Day lawyers will argue in four of the five cases scheduled at the U.S. Supreme Court this week, justifying—if justification is needed—the location of the firm's Washington office about a half-mile from the court.
Winston & Strawn is suing Macronix International Co. Ltd. for $1.7 million, claiming the Taiwan-based manufacturing and export company failed to pay months of legal fees.
The U.S. Supreme Court won't referee an interstate dispute over the impact of Colorado's legalization of marijuana on crime rates and drug use in surrounding areas. The court announced without explanation Monday that it would not review a complaint Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado under the high court's so-called "original jurisdiction" over disputes between states. In that role, the justices could have taken up the case without the states first litigating the issue in lower courts. Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. dissented.
A flood of lawsuits has been filed this month over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but the unprecedented situation that exposed thousands of children to lead contamination has plaintiffs lawyers scrambling to figure out who — if anyone — will pay.
The agency is challenging even small transactions to make certain they pass antitrust muster.
Congress enabled their speedy approval in 2010, but courts and the FDA will determine how fast they move.
The question remains as to whether, as one Democratic senator said, the "ice is cracking" on Republican leaders' refusal to fill the high court vacancy in this election year.
A summary of the week's notable cases.
When Merrick Garland was nominated on Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court, commentators pointed to a largely pro-law enforcement record. His first ruling in the D.C. Circuit, in 1997, was a win for the authorities. Garland was joined by now-senior judges Laurence Silberman and Stephen Williams, who were both appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan. "It's a model of good legal writing and reasoning," the lawyer who lost the case says about Garland's decision.
Federal antitrust regulators who sued to block Sysco Corp.'s proposed merger with U.S. Foods Inc. last summer will head to court Monday in Washington to try to stop another multibillion-dollar deal: Staples Inc.’s acquisition of rival Office Depot. The executives of the two companies on Friday alleged the agency "has cherry picked a few facts to fit its narrative and support its case."
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary were hit with a $500 million verdict on Thursday after a federal jury in Texas found gross negligence and fraud in connection with the defective design of a hip implant. The award is against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Merrick Garland's 10 years in Big Law before he became a judge mark him as one of the Washington corporate bar's own. And at his firm, Arnold & Porter, one of Washington's most elite and one that competes for appellate accolades every year, lightning has struck twice. Abe Fortas, one of Arnold & Porter’s founders, earned two Supreme Court nominations in his career, for associate justice and then for chief justice, for which he was never confirmed.
Chief Judge Richard Roberts of Washington's federal trial court sent a letter of retirement to the White House on Wednesday, the same day a woman in Utah filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault 35 years ago when she was a witness in a case he prosecuted. In a statement, Roberts' lawyers said that a consensual "intimate relationship" took place between Roberts and the woman, Terry Mitchell, in 1981, when Mitchell was 16 years old. However, Roberts' lawyers denied the allegations of sexual assault as "categorically false."
Reactions on the left and the right to the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday boiled down to: "U.S. Senate, do your job and consider the nomination,” and “U.S. Senate, don’t do your job."
Hours after President Obama announced Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the federal appeals court in Washington as his nominee to the D.C. Circuit, the court reassigned Garland from cases scheduled for arguments in March.
In nearly two decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Merrick Garland has rarely ruled against the National Labor Relations Board. But when he has overturned NLRB’s decisions, departing from his typical deference to federal agencies, he has done so to the benefit of labor unions.
Merrick Garland's the president's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's an illustrated look back at Garland's career in the law in Washington.
Merrick Garland's former clerks, colleagues and friends described the U.S. Supreme Court nominee as a lawyer and then a judge dedicated to his work and his family. Many struggled to come up with hobbies or interests that didn't involve one of those two things. One Big Law partner said Garland is "is a man who has not rested for a day in his life."
It's a seemingly simple clause in a not so simple case. The Constitution commands the president to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." Zachary Price, a former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy and a former staff attorney in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, speaks to the SCB about the take care clause, its history and how courts generally have viewed it.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Wednesday said he would not rule out a confirmation hearing and a vote on D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination during the Senate's lame-duck session later this year. "I'm open to almost anything," should Republicans lose control of the Senate in the November elections, Hatch told The National Law Journal. Hatch supported Garland's nomination to the D.C. Circuit.
President Obama on Wednesday was expected to nominate Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the federal appeals court in Washington to the U.S. Supreme Court. We pored over Garland's decisions and public remarks in recent years. What follows are highlights.
Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who led the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, was nominated Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sixteen U.S. Supreme Court practitioners on Tuesday added their voices to recent calls for Senate leaders to consider and vote on a nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Three months after issuing a warning about so-called "native" advertising, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday reached a settlement with Lord & Taylor over allegations that the retailer deceived consumers by not disclosing that it paid for a seemingly objective article in an online fashion magazine.
The NLJ shines a spotlight on 12 firms that scored big recoveries for plaintiffs in 2015 and early 2016.
By the time McKool Smith got involved in 2014 in a whistleblower suit against highway guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc., there'd been one mistrial.
Last year was "atypical" for Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann partner Salvatore Graziano, he said, because several cases he worked on, some for more than a decade, reached their conclusions.
In 2011, a federal trial court judge denied class certification in a lawsuit alleging that Citigroup Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and UBS A.G. concealed the risks of mortgage securities in the buildup to the financial crisis.
Motley Rice member Fidelma Fitzpatrick stunned the tort bar with a $100 million verdict against Boston Scientific Corp. on May 28.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check secured more than a billion dollars over the past year in recoveries for pension funds, large-scale institutional investors and other plaintiffs in securities fraud, shareholder derivative and consumer litigation.
Jonathan Selbin's interest in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act was piqued five years ago when a fellow attorney mentioned the endless robocalls banks were making to the cellphones of those who owed money.
"Happy Birthday to You," dubbed the world's most popular song, now belongs to the world thanks, in part, to lawyers at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz.
When it comes to whistleblowers, Phillips & Cohen dispenses more than legal advice.
After bouncing among a few judges, fending off a motion to dismiss and taking depositions in locations as far away as the Canary Islands, Bernstein Liebhard negotiated a $33 million settlement last year in the City of Austin Police Retirement System's securities fraud case against Kinross Gold Corp.
In October 2015, Berger & Montague litigators Sherrie Savett and Michael Fantini won a final judgment for more than $29 million for the city of Chicago against Expedia Inc., Hotels.com L.P. and Hotwire Inc. for underpaying hotel taxes to the city.
Grant & Eisenhofer pulled in over half a billion dollars for its clients in settlements and trial winnings of the past year.
Concussions have been a big concern for football, but Joseph Siprut scored a victory for collegiate players when a $75 million settlement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association was preliminarily approved by a federal court in Chicago Jan. 26.
A summary of some of the week's notable cases.
Fee fights among plaintiffs attorneys in multidistrict litigation have forced more federal judges in recent cases to wade into the disputes — with practically no case law to guide them.
As presidential contenders from both parties wrangle over how best to thwart illegal immigration, the challenge to President Barack Obama's plan to delay deportation of about 5 million of those immigrants soon moves center stage at the U.S. Supreme Court.
As the San Diego trial involving Thomas Jefferson School of Law gets underway, the ABA's data show that the Golden State's law schools generally have had a tougher time placing graduates in law jobs than counterparts in other states, while their tuitions are among the highest in the nation.
Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke are immune from liability for the conduct of a former partner at the firms who investors accused of helping R. Allen Stanford orchestrate a $7 billion fraud scheme, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who long has resisted writing her own biography, has agreed to collaborate in a collection of speeches and writing titled "My Own Words." The book, set for publication in January, will feature Ginsburg's writings and speeches on topics that include gender equality, the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, law and lawyers in opera, on being Jewish and the value of foreign law.
Facing a "significant budget deficit" for the rest of the fiscal year, the National Labor Relations Board is being frank: Regional offices need to settle disputes quickly—and remember to print double-sided.
Nearly 250 law firm partners and corporate general counsel signed a letter Wednesday to the White House and Senate leadership urging action on the president's nominee to U.S. Supreme Court.
As Donald Trump continues to rack up delegates in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the party is looking ahead to the general election in November. The Republican National Committee on Wednesday sued the U.S. Department of State for information about Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
The suit, filed in California state court on Tuesday, claims that dean Sujit Choudhry inappropriately touched and kissed Tyann Sorrell, who had worked as his assistant from July 2014 until March 2015, when she took a leave from the school.
So what did U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy whisper to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. about Justice Sonia Sotomayor during the Texas abortion-clinic case? And, when you think about it, why are justices whispering to each other on the bench anyway? Kennedy's aside last week was the latest example of on-the-bench side comments.
Judge Maryanne Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has one of the most extensive investment portfolios among federal appeals judges nationwide, according to her latest financial disclosure report. Business acumen runs in the family—her brother is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. on Monday picked up the mantle of the late Justice Antonin Scalia in advising lower courts on how to cope with a January decision in which all three justices dissented.
In 2008, Ted Frank was a plaintiff in a class action involving Grand Theft Auto videogames. Unhappy with the proposed settlement, he fought it in court.
The United States will pay nearly $2 million to a former confidential informant who alleged federal officials broke their promises to protect her in Colombia as she helped build financial-crimes cases, according to newly filed court records in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Two plaintiffs lawyers who were the first target of BP PLC's claims of fraud in connection with the $9.9 billion Deepwater Horizon oil-spill settlement are asking a federal appeals court to reverse sanctions against them that were based on a 2013 report by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
During the two-week peephole video trial that culminated on Monday with a $55 million verdict for sportscaster Erin Andrews, Marriott International Inc.—dismissed from the case in January—struggled to distance itself from blame.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed an Alabama Supreme Court’s refusal to recognize a lesbian's nearly decade-old adoption in Georgia of her former partner's three children.
Government employees are protected from reprisal if they refuse to follow an order that would require them to break the law. That much is clear. But what if the law is not a "law" but rather a court order, executive order, regulatory ruling or government regulation? A case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit takes up that question.
Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig, R-Idaho, must pay the federal government nearly a quarter of a million dollars for spending campaign contributions on legal bills tied to his arrest in 2007 amid a sex sting at an airport, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put off the arguments in a closely watched Microsoft class action until next term, in a scheduling move that may be related to the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Lawyers in Microsoft v. Baker were anticipating arguing the case in late April. "From our perspective, we wanted to argue this term. It was ready to go," said Peter Stris of Stris & Maher in Los Angeles, who represents the class action plaintiffs in the case.
Dwolla Inc., a Des Moines-based digital payment startup, agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty and improve its data security practices as part of a consent order that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued Wednesday. The action marks the agency's first foray into regulating cybersecurity.
A White House official held a conference call Thursday evening with Asian-American and Pacific Islander leaders to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court. Several Asian-American judges have been discussed as leading candidates for the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat. Judges considered possible nominees include Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Jacqueline Nguyen of the Ninth Circuit and Judge Denny Chin of the Second Circuit. The White House said Thursday the president is still reviewing candidates.
Students at the University of California Hastings College of Law are locked in a heated competition to channel the pugnacious writing style of Antonin Scalia and pen their own dissent with flair akin to the late U.S. Supreme Court justice.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to review a closely watched consumer case, raising speculation among the defense bar that Justice Antonin Scalia’s absence could make it harder to get key class action issues decided.
The oral argument in the latest abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court got so intense and fact-specific that it lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than the one hour allotted to it.
What is clear after 10 years of the Roberts Court is that abortion continues to expose the familiar, deep ideological divide among the justices. What is neither clear nor familiar after more than an hour of arguments Wednesday in the latest abortion challenge is what the court will do with eight rather than nine justices.
Lawyers and representatives from both sides of Wednesday's abortion clinic case took to the U.S. Supreme Court's plaza after oral arguments to claim success as protesters chanted and shouted in the background.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a contentious abortion rights case from Texas, toggling between technical issues and deep disagreements over the basic right of women to choose abortions. Conservative justices were sharply critical about what they saw as a lack of evidence about the impact of the law on women in the state. The court's three female justices—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan—were joined by Justice Stephen Breyer in criticizing the law.
For the first time since declaring that protections against sexual discrimination extend to sexual orientation-based discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits in federal court on Tuesday alleging that a pair of companies violated the Civil Rights Act by subjecting homosexual employees to hostile work environments.
Justice Clarence Thomas has never been shy about questioning settled and not-so-settled areas of the law. On Tuesday, he challenged Congress’ authority to pre-empt—or block—a “wide array” of state laws under the federal law governing employee retirement and benefit plans.
A Minnesota-based medical-device maker and its chief executive have been cleared on all counts in a fraud case that some viewed as a test of new U.S. Justice Department guidelines that emphasize holding more executives accountable for corporate misconduct.
Drunk dials from law firm partners. Clients who refuse to work with a woman. Being mistaken for a court reporter. Those are just a few of the ways young female attorneys said they encountered gender bias in the workplace when queried by The Florida Bar. Among the more than 400 young attorneys who responded to a recent survey from the bar’s Young Lawyers Division, 43 percent said they have experienced gender bias.
A divided federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday revived the latest challenge to federal election laws that require groups that pay for certain political ads—Citizens United being among the more famous examples—to disclose their donors.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, on opposite sides in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday, both appeared to channel the late Justice Antonin Scalia with citations from his 2012 book about statutory interpretation.
Two U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday sent strong signals to property rights advocates that they are prepared to examine the constitutionality of state unclaimed-property laws and so-called inclusionary housing ordinances.
Even as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Wednesday in its most significant abortion case in nearly nine years, a reminder of battles still being fought in the states arrived last week at the high court from, once again, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take up Girardi Keese's fight against turning over more than $10 million in proceeds from a 2012 settlement to the lead attorneys in multidistrict litigation involving the diabetes drug Avandia.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared wary on Monday about establishing a broad constitutional standard for determining when judges should recuse themselves—a rule that could bind the high court's justices, too.
Ilana Eisenstein, an assistant to the U.S. solicitor arguing the third Supreme Court case in her career, was about to sit down after ending her oral argument early on Monday when a booming voice said, "Ms. Eisenstein, one question." The voice was that of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Sidley Austin partner David Hoffman's investigation into the American Psychological Association's ties to the United States' post-9/11 interrogation program was unusual from the start.
As the U.S. Supreme Court resumed business last week with only eight justices, the feud over filling Antonin Scalia's seat intensified between the White House and Senate Republicans.
"Being able to successfully resolve a matter is as important to many of our clients as taking a matter successfully to trial," said Tina Tabacchi, partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Chicago office.
Partner Michael Brody of Winston & Strawn won't name his favorite case from last year.
Partner Luke Dauchot calls the 55-member intellectual property practice team "an extraordinarily talented group."
Talk about a strong finish. In December, the labor, employment and benefits group in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' Chicago office took home two major wins in federal court for clients facing class action challenges in the banking and education sectors.
Suing insurance firms is far from ordinary for Reed Smith.
The National Law Journal spotlights seven law firms with Chicago-based lawyers that demonstrate excellence in litigation and in five key practice areas.
Latham & Watkins' litigators scored a major victory when a Cook County, Illinois, judge ruled in their favor in a concussion class action with national repercussions.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, a federal trial judge in Washington and a former member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, is among the candidates the White House is reviewing to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a lawyer in Washington contacted as part of the vetting process.
The Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to pay $835 million to settle price-fixing litigation over urethane sales, citing uncertainties about the prospects of class actions before the U.S. Supreme Court given the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Dow's move is encouraging news to the plaintiffs bar that other defendants in the same procedural situation will make similar moves, faced with the uncertainty of the Supreme Court.
One biased judge can taint the deliberations of an entire appellate court, a group of former judges is telling the U.S. Supreme Court. The former judges who filed a brief in Williams v. Pennsylvania, set for argument on Feb. 29, include Judith Kaye, the former chief judge of New York, who died in January, a month after she signed on.
Former Montana federal judge Richard Cebull's emails—a collection that included hundreds of racist and otherwise inappropriate messages, according to a judicial misconduct review—can remain secret, a federal district judge in California ruled on Thursday.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will handle emergency appeals from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, the court announced Thursday, taking over those duties from the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is just the latest in a series of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees who have, on their own, taken their name out of contention for the most prestigious legal job in the country.
Hogan Lovells will join the handful of Big Law firms with a back office in America’s horse country. The firm said today it will open a $9 million "global business services center" that handles billing, technology support and conflict checks in Louisville by late summer. The center will host 50 staff jobs initially, though the law firm plans to grow the center by 50 jobs a year in the next three years. Hogan Lovells told the state of Kentucky it aims for 250 positions and a $8.9 million investment within 10 years.
Since the Civil War, only one vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court lasted more than a year. Did it matter then? Does it matter if it happens again? Well, yes and no to both, according to some who experienced first hand that one vacancy.
In his tribute to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Scalia had established a "perfect record" in the only oral argument he made before the high court, in 1976.
Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has agreed to settle most of its Durom Cup hip implant litigation, but the deal might exclude dozens of cases brought by a lead plaintiffs attorney who is fighting to pay for the rising costs of the multidistrict litigation.
The U.S. Supreme Court will again confront the reality of an eight-justice bench when it meets Friday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death to consider pending petitions for review.
Terry Pell knows exactly what he will do if the now eight-member U.S. Supreme Court disposes of his challenge to labor union fees with a 4-4 tie vote.
The National Labor Relations Board is considering whether to give its general counsel more power over settlement offers, a move that could limit the ability of administrative law judges and employers to bring a quick end to labor disputes.
A jury has awarded $72 million in the first damages verdict against Johnson & Johnson over claims that the use of talcum powder caused a woman’s ovarian cancer.
Six months after a federal appeals court affirmed the agency's power to police cybersecurity, the Federal Trade Commission settled with ASUSTek Computer Inc. on Tuesday over charges that the company's computer routers compromised the security of hundreds of thousands of home networks.
On their first day on the bench after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, eight justices of the U.S. Supreme Court found themselves in the middle of two arguments seemingly tailor-made for the wit and passion of their late colleague.
Last year wasn't as good to Arent Fox as its previous five years. The Washington law firm had lukewarm growth in its gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and net income. Profits per partner, at $935,000, stayed the same compared to the previous year. Gross revenue increased about 2 percent to $282.5 million. Revenue per lawyer gained $10,000, to $810,000. And net income hit $100 million, a 2 percent increase from 2014, the firm told The American Lawyer this month.
Trial lawyers on both sides of class actions and products liability lawsuits talked to The National Law Journal about what Justice Antonin Scalia’s death could mean going forward.
The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the bench Monday for the first time since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, with his empty chair, draped in black, standing as a stark reminder of his absence after a nearly 30-year tenure. In a businesslike tribute at the beginning of the court's session, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said, "He was our man for all seasons, and we will miss him beyond measure." Roberts also praised Scalia's "irrepressible spirit."
Compliance professionals and senior executives are increasingly in focus.
Legal scholars say Heller isn't likely to be overruled if the court's majority shifts to the left — but that doesn't mean it would be extended.
Democratic presidential candidates made a battle cry out of reversing the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision long before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. As a consequence of Scalia's death on Feb. 13, will Democrats get their wish?
Last year saw a sharp drop in the number and size of cases, but the feds are bolstering resources.
Recent anti-kleptocracy cases highlight the Justice Department's new approach to fighting corruption.
The U.S. Department of Justice remains committed to enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—despite a sharp drop last year in the number of cases—and increasingly to the Bank Secrecy Act, with a focus on anti-money laundering compliance.
A disbarred lawyer who has made it his mission to promote American-manufactured products is facing opposition that would block him from filing lawsuits in California. Joel Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation in Los Angeles who was disbarred in 2011 in Maryland, has continued to file suits as a pro se plaintiff against companies like Costco Wholesale Corp., Trader Joe’s Co. and CVS Pharmacy Inc. over the labeling of ground meat and generic pharmaceuticals.
Arnold & Porter's total revenues sunk by nearly $45 million in 2015 compared to the previous year because of the end of two major matters and the firm’s failure to replace them. "That was disappointing to us," firm chairman Richard Alexander said.
When Justice Antonin Scalia went hunting in recent years, he didn't list the trips in his annual financial reports—to the frustration of transparency advocates who want to know who the justices spend time with off the bench. But not all private travel is private for justices and federal judges.
A pair of federal judges awarded legal fees last week that were more than $100,000 beyond what the federal government believed was justified. The pair of opinions could prove a boon for plaintiffs lawyers.
Given their deep experience covering Justice Antonin Scalia, we put Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro in the interview hot seat for a few questions about the colorful and controversial justice.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia apparently did not specify a home for his official papers before his death, leaving unresolved the status of what could be a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes information about his tenure and about the court. The long-standing tradition is that a justices' papers belong to the heirs upon a justice's death—even though they are official in nature.
For two federal appeals judges in Washington who many observers see as possible nominees for Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat—D.C. Circuit judges Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett—it was business as usual in court Tuesday.
A summary of this week's notable cases.
When initial negotiations began in 2014 over General Electric Co.'s purchase of the power generation business of France's Alstom, there was no mention of selling its own rail signaling assets. But when those assets suddenly became a significant part of the discussion, the legal department at GE Transportation had to move faster than a locomotive.
These teams of attorneys based in the Windy City show how to successfully meet the changing legal demands made on departments.
Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.
When she joined the legal department of McDonald's Corp. right out of law school in the late 1970s, Gloria Santona became the 13th attorney, the fourth woman and the fourth minority member on the staff. Looking back on those numbers today, she remains astounded.
The conviction of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell for murder of a baby born alive during a botched abortion looms large in arguments by supporters of Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to that state's restrictions on abortion clinics. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 creates the potential for a 4-4 decision in the case. In that event, the lower court ruling, which favored Texas, would stand.
The National Law Journal spoke with federal judges who remembered the late U.S. Supreme Court justice for his humor—he was a gifted storyteller and a delightful dinner companion, friends said—his intellect, and the model he set for how to maintain relationships with colleagues across the ideological spectrum, even as he vigorously disagreed with them on the bench and in his writing.
The name game is well underway for potential candidates to succeed the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, including three public officials who would further diversify the court: Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Aside from the trophy elk head on the wall of Justice Antonin Scalia's court chambers, little in his office revealed the wicked pen, quick wit and, yes, often modest and charming justice-at-work.
In 2008, Justice Antonin Scalia, in his inimitable way, summed up his approach to the law: "I am a textualist. I am an originalist. I am not a nut." Scalia, who died Saturday at age 79, galvanized a community of young legal scholars and practitioners to follow that approach, regularly and publicly deriding any notion of a "living Constitution." He will also long be remembered for his writing style and his profound impact on oral argument.
The death of Justice Antonin Scalia triggers immediate questions for the high court and the nation about the outcome of significant challenges this term that involve abortion, immigration, affirmative action, union fees and redistricting.
“Saddened beyond words." "A shock to the system." These were some of the reactions from lawyers on Saturday following the news of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Some remembered his interactions with clerks and law students, others recalled his argument style and the impact he left from his originalist approach to the Constitution. The National Law Journal asked dozens of top appellate advocates and scholars to share their thoughts:
U.S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual leader of the court's conservative wing, is dead at age 79. According to official reports from Texas, he died overnight at a ranch in west Texas where he had gone quail hunting. Scalia's death sets up a major battle over his successor.
Donald Trump must sit for a deposition in his lawsuit against a celebrity chef who dropped plans for a restaurant in Trump's new downtown Washington hotel, a judge ruled on Thursday. The Republican presidential candidate’s lawyers called the planned deposition an effort to "harass" Trump. A judge denied Trump's effort to shut down the deposition.
All of Dickstein Shapiro's capital fund is gone. The now-defunct law firm told equity partners—some who left as long as three years ago—on Friday that their millions of dollars evaporated alongside the partnership this week. "One consequence of the firm's dissolution will be the almost certain loss of all firm capital for current and former partners alike," the letter said.
A federal judge in Virginia has issued a $5.4 million judgment against the U.S. government after finding that an air traffic controller was negligent for a deadly midair crash involving three experienced pilots, including the former chief medical officer of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
After seeing her case all but gutted then brought back to life with the help of a recent appeals court decision, a former federal employee has reached a $900,000 settlement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over claims that the agency failed to accommodate her disabilities.
Ten Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partners who successfully fought Virginia's same-sex marriage ban billed hourly rates between $795 and $1,800, according to copies of the firm's billing records obtained by The National Law Journal.
A Washington litigation boutique, Kotchen & Low, is embroiled in a fight with e-discovery company Precision Discovery Inc. over who should pay $3 million in fees for e-discovery services that a federal judge found “unreasonable.”
After years of contraction and almost three months scrambling toward a merger, Dickstein Shapiro has tied the knot. Or a hundred knots. Blank Rome will acquire more than 100 lawyers—in essence, all of them—from Dickstein Shapiro. Yet the acquisition is not a merger. Blank Rome will take over Dickstein Shapiro's Washington lease and move from its Watergate complex home in the city to the International Square building that formerly bore Dickstein's name. Dickstein Shapiro's New York office also will consolidate with Blank Rome.
A battle over legal fees and costs has prompted three lawyers to withdraw from the plaintiffs leadership team in the multidistrict litigation over power morcellators made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc.
When Carter Phillips and Seth Waxman, two titans of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, both want to argue the same side of a case, what are you going to do? You do what the National Football League does every game: flip a coin.
A Senate committee approved a resolution on Wednesday to hold Backpage.com and its CEO in contempt of Congress and to take him to court to force him to comply with a subpoena related to the classified advertising website's alleged role in online sex trafficking. The resolution seeks to overcome the First Amendment defense the CEO's lawyer has argued justifies the company's refusal to hand over requested documents.
Covington & Burling's partnership has become accustomed to the rebuilding year. Although revenue has grown for six straight years, profits have gone down, then up, then down again in the past three years. In 2015, the firm experienced 5 percent growth in gross revenue, to $742.5 million. It was a $33.5 million increase from the year before. Revenue per lawyer was up 2 percent, to $935,000. Yet profits per partner sunk four percent, to $1,275,000, or a $60,000 decrease from 2014, the firm told The National Law Journal this month.
Justice Clarence Thomas, criticized often for his decadelong silence in oral arguments, just might have a point to that silence, according to a recent study of the "hot" bench in the U.S. Supreme Court.
MetLife, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Eugene Scalia, is challenging its designation as "too big to fail." During arguments on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington expressed concern about the setup of the federal oversight council tasked with reviewing the health of U.S. banks and companies.
A federal judge has struck down a bid to remove lead plaintiffs attorneys in the GM ignition-switch litigation after finding that the request smacked of "Monday morning quarterbacking."
The U.S. Supreme Court's action on Feb. 9 halting implementation of the Obama administration's clean energy plan was an assertive move that surprised advocates on both sides.
The U.S. Department of State missed a court-ordered deadline to produce emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, and now the judge wants answers.
Sometimes law firms have to have bad years before they have good. At Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, 2015 finally brought the latter. "We set a plan and it's working," said Phil West, after his second year as firm chairman. In fiscal year 2015, the firm grew its gross revenue by $5 million to $357.5 million, a 1.4 percent increase, the firm reported to the American Lawyer this month. Revenue per lawyer rose by $40,000 to $955,000. And profits per partner were up $30,000 to $940,000.
The top lawyer for Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-West Virginia, is heading to the American Bankers Association to lobby Senate Democrats on behalf of the trade association. Kirtan Mehta starts his new job as the ABA's senior vice president for congressional relations on Feb. 22.
A purported whistleblower who, last December, turned to a federal appeals court to force U.S. securities regulators to act on their delay in processing his award claim has received a response from the agency after a three-year wait. Neither court papers, nor an attorney for the whistleblower, indicated whether the preliminary determination was favorable to the tipster.
The American Bar Association, an early opponent of cameras in courtrooms, urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to "record and make available" video of its oral arguments. Acting at its midyear meeting in San Diego, the association's governing House of Delegates approved a resolution submitted by its Young Lawyers Division aimed at making the high court more accessible.
U.S. tobacco companies on Monday drew the ire of a federal judge in Washington, who accused them of trying to "stall" their obligation to pay for public ads about the health risks of smoking.
The plaintiffs lawyer who accused three attorneys of mismanaging the ignition-switch litigation against General Motors Co. has backed off his demands that a judge remove all of them. Still, the lawyer, Lance Cooper, is calling for the resignation of one of the lawyers, Bob Hilliard, claiming that his actions have imperiled the multidistrict litigation.
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, a 39-attorney Los Angeles shop specializing in white-collar and complex civil defense, believes in knowing the enemy.
The U.S. Marine Corps isn't alone in claiming the bulldog as its emblem. Miami's Hall, Lamb and Hall does, too, whether its cases keep the nine-lawyer firm solidly in domestic law or draw them into the murky and dangerous waters of foreign terrorism.
The announcement last month that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has hired Kamaile Turcan as one of her law clerks next term says almost as much about the justice as it does about Turcan.
A billion-dollar win is good, and a $2 billion win is so much better.
Like the relief pitcher brought in to replace a struggling hurler, Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky is often tapped by clients when their matters aren't going well or when time is running short — sometimes both.
The team at Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum prevailed in a tough round of tests last year — and that was even before an associate's December appearance on "Jeopardy!"
This week, we spotlight 10 litigation boutiques with up to 50 lawyers who enjoyed stand-out accomplishments in 2015.
An international copyright battle over an acclaimed 20th century American author's work. A headline-grabbing case for New York's iconic Madison Square Garden. A landmark insider-trading ruling.
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello was center stage last year in the legal community's most closely watched case in decades. In October, a trial jury returned no convictions for the New York-based firm's client, former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis.
After the publication in 2014 of the exposé "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," a series of lawsuits alleged that high-frequency traders possessed an unfair advantage that hurt ordinary investors.
The rift among plaintiffs lawyers that followed last month's stunning collapse of the first trial over General Motors Co.'s ignition-switch defect raised serious accusations of backroom deals and lucrative fee arrangements.
Starting in 2013, a team from Reid Collins & Tsai pursued claims in a Dallas County, Texas, court that Credit Suisse Group A.G. was to blame for hundreds of millions of dollars in investor losses stemming from a real estate development project in Nevada that fell apart in 2008.
MoloLamken is a boutique with big bandwith.