Rules designed to stop rude behavior that persists in the profession are passing constitutional muster.
Rules designed to stop rude behavior that persists in the profession are passing constitutional muster.
Noel Elfant is chief legal officer for North America, working with counterparts in five countries.
U.S. Supreme Court justices, being human, make mistakes. But the court's handling of a recent error made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was unprecedented. Plus more in this week's column.
$250 million. That's what "Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero is demanding for the use of his likeness in "The Simpsons." Plus: the biggest pumpkin in New Jersey, and no slice of the pie in this week's column.
A copyright renewal that Duke Ellington signed in 1961 does not unfairly deprive his heirs of a portion of foreign royalties on works such as "Mood Indigo" and "Sophisticated Lady," the New York Court of Appeals said on Oct. 23. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Show the world that you can sweep the sexiest man alive off his feet, stay true to yourself and keep your day job. Is that too much to ask?
Daniel Trujillo, the retailer's international chief compliance officer, is building a new companywide compliance regime.
As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden 'conversion' definition.
"It's always a challenge when you're helping a company shift its business model."
Documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library led to a startling revelation: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, actually considered representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle over Paula Jones' allegations of sexual harassment. Plus more in this week's column.
Don Henley doesn't like that pun, and telling little lies about Lil Wayne in this week's column.
Nearly 30 years after David McCallum was convicted of murder at age 17 on the strength of a confession he said was beaten out of him, he walked out of a courthouse on Oct. 15 a free man. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
During a tech conference, when asked how women should broach the subject of a promotion or a raise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella essentially told women to keep their mouths shut.
General counsel don’t want to feel taken for granted.
Law enforcement officials are asserting "exigent circumstances " to get such evidence without a warrant.
"The day starts when I wake up — we're operating in every time zone in the world."
Lawyers are lining up to fight subpoenas requiring them to testify remotely via video in a Boston antitrust trial, but the battle is over for Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester. Plus more in this week's column.
A psychic battles a skeptic and a pro-pot potential congressman battles New Jersey in this week's column.
Nearly three decades after two New York City police officers carried out murders for organized crime, families of "Mafia Cops" victims can proceed with claims against the city. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
58 percent of executives still rely mainly on instinct.
The Canadian bar revolts, Chevron mugs a litigation funder, and the plaintiffs play jujitsu. What's next—Donziger tossing out the first pitch of the World Series?
With changes to same-sex marriage laws cascading through the states after the U.S. Supreme Court (in)action of Oct. 6, an in-house lawyer has written a book to help employers deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Ethics rules changes that require client notification of overdrafts mean problems for unwary practitioners.
ManpowerGroup Inc. was founded in Milwaukee in 1948 by two attorneys who needed a typist for a short-term project. The company now employs 30,000 people in 80 countries and territories. Richard Buchband leads a 75-attorney law department.
Managers tend to dole out harsher, more "personalized" performance reviews to women than men, and women are the ones who take criticism much more personally. It's a bad mix.
A warning comes courtesy of Smith & Wesson.
Larry Craig, the former Idaho senator arrested in a 2007 airport sex sting, violated federal election law when he used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay his legal bills, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Sept. 30. Plus more in this week's column.
The FTC hopes a $1.5 million settlement of false-product claims will make women's "shapewear" makers jittery about again linking their caffeine-infused undergarments to weight loss. Plus more in this week's column.
The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States may be creating "a nightmare" for in-house lawyers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the former general counsel of a large hospital system said. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Adhering to sound investigation principles in the Ray Rice matter can repair the league's reputation.
Thomas Cline leads a nine-attorney legal department in Evanston. During the past year, the top items have been litigation involving the athlete union and a Title IX matter involving a professor and a student.
In the latest of a series of press interviews this year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained, in the most explicit terms yet, why the people calling for her to retire are "misguided." But not everyone agrees with her analysis. Plus more in this week's column.
Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare interactive game has spawned a real-life battle between former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega — in California Superior Court. Plus: malicious wounding of a car seat in this week's column.
Al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghayth received a life sentence on Sept. 23 for urging Muslim men to join a relentless war of terror against the United States. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
A great trial lawyer delivers a classic closing, only to be upstaged by the shy man who pulled him into the case.
Multinationals need to shore up compliance efforts.
Courts say third parties have aided and abetted directors in litigation over mergers and acquisitions.
Everyone can be a publisher with LinkedIn's web platform. But is that a good thing?
General counsel Lynn McCreary leads 35 attorneys in Wisconsin; Norcross, Ga.; and various other U.S. and global offices. The top project during the past year was Fiserv's $55 million acquisition of competitor Open Solutions Inc.
Civil rights advocate Debo Adegbile is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a litigator in the New York office, the firm said last week. Plus more in this week's column.
Rapper Jay-Z has 99 problems and a syllable is one. Plus: a hot flash leads to a firing in this week's column.
Partners in Silicon Valley are the highest paid in the nation, reporting an average total compensation of $1.167 million in 2013, according to a survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Proposals for cracking down on "tax inversion."
Companies need better direction and incentive from the government to stay inside the law.
General Counsel H. Edward Wynn leads an eight-member team with outposts in Brazil, Europe and China.
A former federal prosecutor who's suing the U.S. Department of Justice over his termination will be allowed to keep his real name secret, a Washington federal trial judge ruled last week. Plus more in this week's column.
Brooklyn resident Louis Segna made more than 400 fake 911 calls over two years trying to get police to respond to his complaints about his noisy neighborhood. Also: The ugliest courthouse in Texas, and only say nice things about Roca Labs in this week's column.
Fordham University School of Law professor Zephyr Teachout won 34 percent of the vote on Sept. 9 in New York state's Democratic primary against Gov. Mario Cuomo. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
All told, the court received more than 800 amicus briefs in the 67 argued cases with signed opinions. That's 24,000 pages or 7.2 million words — "War and Peace" a dozen times over.
Is it a mistake to work and live in New York?
Survey finds new types of associates, practices.
Fees awarded to corporate lawyer who argued case.
United Parcel Service Inc. is the world's largest package-delivery company. General counsel Teri McClure leads a team of 41 in the United States and 72 worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Justice is digging in deeper in Ferguson, Mo., initiating a civil rights investigation of the police department that follows the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said last week.
Bacon was cooking, not for dinner but for revenge, when a woman tried to set her ex-boyfriend's house on fire. Plus: a withdrawal from a "Real Housewives of New Jersey" bankruptcy case, and a starring role for a former U.S. attorney in this week's column.
Rachel Moran, dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, has announced plans to step down as soon as her replacement can be found. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Parties pursuing a business-method patent, which has roots in the Morse telegraph, face uncertainty.
Lisa Hatton Harrington oversees much of NBCUniversal Media LLC's digital arm, including Fandango, the country's leading online retailer of movie tickets.
Law firms, Washington's largest private-sector real estate tenants, have razed tradition to cater more to the city's young intelligentsia when choosing new locations, according to some of the city's law firm and real estate leaders. Plus more in this week's column.
Marlon Wayans compares another actor to a Family Guy character, and a lawsuit ensues. Plus: a bad puppy dealer in this week's column.
Pepper Hamilton chairman Louis Freeh, a former judge and director of the FBI, was hospitalized in New Hampshire with serious injuries following a one-car accident. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
The National Labor Relations Board recently served up a decision that would have been pretty hard for one Jimmy John's franchisee to swallow.
Ford Motor Co. cannot be held liable in a case involving asbestos-containing auto parts manufactured and distributed by its subsidiary in the United Kingdom, the state Superior Court has ruled.
A recent decision shows how far counsel can go in fighting an opposing lawyer's questions to a witness.
A shy, misplaced historian named Gary Osen assembled much of the evidence in the world's first terrorism finance trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court on August 20 tapped the brakes on the fast-moving litigation seeking to overturn bans on same-sex marriage. Plus more in this week's column.
A federal appeals court held that the Catwoman character's use of so-called clean-slate software in "The Dark Knight Rises" movie to erase her criminal records doesn't violate Fortres Grand Corp.'s real Clean Slate trademark. Plus: lawyers are stressed, and healthier kids' meals in this week's column.
D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent rulings remain.
A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."
"Second-largest" firms get a bigger piece of the pie.
As marijuana laws change throughout the country, how should employers handle positive drug tests?
Joseph Bonaccorsi became Akorn's first general counsel in 2009 and for three years was its only in-house lawyer; now is he one of three.
Hogan Lovell's Neal Katyal has a lineup of U.S. Supreme Court arguments in the coming term that most high court advocates would trade a coveted justice bobblehead for. But none of the five he will argue is likely to capture the nation's attention as much one he recently signed up to handle. Plus more in this week's column.
Of the 65 residents of Montezuma, Colo., 61 are registered to vote. And they're all being sued by their own town. Plus: T.I. settles in this week's column.
Former Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer Steve Ballmer completed his purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team on Aug. 12 for $2 billion. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Regulators are clamping down on transfers out of the country. Lawyers need to learn the new rules.
How can lawyers sell online and offline without losing their dignity? Here are five simple techniques.
They fear preemption of their crackdowns on "trolls."
The Madison Cos. LLC is a private-equity firm specializing in acquisition and management of entertainment and real estate properties. General counsel Andrew Kelley leads a legal team comprising three attorneys, a paralegal and a legal assistant.
The federal government violated labor laws by requiring certain employees to work without pay during last year's government shutdown, even though they were paid later on, a federal judge has ruled. Plus more in this week's column.
The photographer of the famous monkey "selfie" is considering legal action against Wikimedia. Plus: A solo attorney's epic commercial in this week's column.
Artificial reproduction technology — and a patchwork of laws — may catch some attorneys off guard.
To hold the Russian Federation liable for its cynical plundering of OAO Yukos Oil Co., as a tribunal in The Hague did on July 28, was a triumph for the oft-criticized system of investment arbitration. It's easy to see the justice in taking $50 billion from Russia. The hard part is to justify giving it to five wealthy friends of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Corporation could be liable for labor violations.
The San Francisco streaming video startup's general counsel Elizabeth "Boo" Baker says that in an extended negotiation "the other side will know the nickname by the end."
Six years after Alan Gura convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the District of Columbia's ban on guns in the home, he again prevailed in having another city gun regulation declared unconstitutional. Plus more in this week's column.
Sesame Workshop doesn't think everything is a-OK in Times Square. Plus: law in space in this week's column.
A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a cross-shaped beam found in the wreckage of the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed at New York's Ground Zero museum without violating the establishment clause. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Without it, disputes become mired in electronic discovery and resolution remains elusive.
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has come a long way from helping pharmacies and other medical professionals figure out doctors' messy handwriting. Brian Farley heads a department of 40, including 16 attorneys, located in Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh and India.
Men overwhelmingly support paternity leave. Sort of.
A blogger in France is paying a price for a negative restaurant review. Plus: preaching permits in this week's column.
An intermediate state appeals court in Albany, N.Y., has ruled that neither a California animal rights group nor a New York resident has standing to compel the state to halt commercial production of foie gras. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Supreme Court's rejection of President Obama's labor board picks could upset hundreds of decisions.
Cross-selling doesn't have to be painful; sometimes it can start with a simple step like accepting that LinkedIn invite from the associate down the hall.
Freeport LNG Development L.P. has responded to the shale gas boom by undertaking a multibillion-dollar expansion. General counsel John Tobola said its earnings are set by contract, not daily oil prices.
What a difference 17 years and a Senate rules change can make. On July 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to a seat on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Missouri. Plus more in this week's column.
A New York state court threw out a defamation suit by Kenny Kramer — the inspiration for the "Seinfeld" television show character Cosmo Kramer — against a former show writer and guest whose book dissed Kramer's "Seinfeld"-based bus tours. Plus: a lamentable situation in this week's column.
Amending some provisions — particularly those dealing with discovery — will block access to justice.
You remember the story — Jack planted the magic beans and climbed the stalk into the clouds? It worked for Jack, but it won't work for lawyers. They need to use LinkedIn to further their specific business-development goals.
He was snagged by provision aimed at financial crime.
When it comes to pay, at least, the similarities are striking, with rewards tied closely to performance metrics.
Shawn Murphy heads a team of four attorneys in Irvine who handle products liability consumer litigation claims including warranty and "lemon law" complaints, and asbestos litigation cases.
Shrinking Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro has lost a significant part of its government law and policy practice group to Greenberg Traurig. Plus more in this week's column.
Fifteen exotic dancers filed a proposed class action complaint in San Antonio federal court, alleging their employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay them "whatsoever" for regular and overtime hours. Also: sleeping in the stands in this week's column.
Lateral moves in this week's column.
Facebook Inc. defended its privacy practices following revelations that it altered some users' news feeds in 2012 to gauge their emotional responses. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
While statistics demonstrate the increasingly social nature of the legal profession, it remains critical to empower individuals by fostering follow-up and cultivating consistency.
Appeals courts tap amicus counsel even if opposing lawyers see eye-to-eye or if one party bails out.
The American Lawyer just published its annual "A-List" issue, but once you look behind the scores, you get a sense that the winners aren't quite as stellar as they first appear.
Catamaran Corp. helps employers, insurers and unions navigate their prescription benefits. Cliff Berman founded the 10-lawyer legal department in 2008.
A bumper sticker reading "Unmarked Police Car" had a couple Indianapolis police officers unamused, and a canceled gambling tournament nets nothing else for anybody in this week's column.
Six years after it opened, Holland & Knight is closing its Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, office and exiting the Middle East. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Often overlooked in federal practice, state "offer of settlement" statutes potentially present both plaintiffs and defendants with an opportunity to recover costs and attorney fees.
Besides clarifying disclosure requirements, the agency is prompting companies to take proactive steps.
The greatest child pornography prosecution in history concluded this month with the sentencing of the Ukrainian child pornographer Maksym Shynkarenko to 30 years in prison.
Wintrust Financial Corp. is one of the faster-growing bank holding companies in the Midwest. General counsel Lisa Pattis was Wintrust's first in-house attorney.
Lateral moves, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.