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A California software company has won a ruling out of Delaware federal court that software it sells doesn't indirectly infringe decade-old microchip patents, though the state's top federal judge spent some time complaining about the filing practices of the tech company's lawyers, writing that he "arguably should have" rejected their motion out of hand.
Polsinelli PC has appointed a pair of longtime shareholders to serve in diversity, equity and inclusion leadership roles.
The legal industry saw another busy week as firms merged and BigLaw continued to lavish associates with raises and bonuses before the end of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP are the latest law firms announcing year-end bonuses for associates and 2024 raises that meet or exceed the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month.
WilmerHale and Morrison Foerster LLP secured spots on top of this week's legal lions list, one by toppling a $2 billion patent infringement verdict against its client and the other for its work on a groundbreaking abortion decision out of Texas.
National firm Polsinelli PC has promoted its director of information technology infrastructure and transformation to be its new chief information officer, replacing an administrator who left earlier this year to become chief technology officer at K&L Gates LLP.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and boutique private equity firm Massumi & Consoli LLP announced 2024 salary figures on Thursday that are in line with the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
A Delaware firm that specializes in workers' compensation matters has lost a battle with a former paralegal seeking additional compensation for pain she said was related to a 2016 injury she sustained on the job.
Commercial contracts litigation has slowed down considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with new case filings reaching their lowest level in a decade last year before beginning to rebound in 2023, following a brief but dramatic spike in 2020, according to a new report Thursday.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge has declined to approve the ad hoc Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice's $21 million request for fees in the Boy Scouts of America's Chapter 11 case, ruling that while it played a major role in the restructuring, it fell short of the requirements set by the bankruptcy code.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Pennsylvania federal judge's order sanctioning a senior Cooley LLP lawyer after he filed evidence in a patent dispute past the discovery deadline, noting that while the order was "rather harsh," the district judge had the discretion to impose the sanctions.
The number of law firms offering their associates year-end bonuses and 2024 raises in line with or exceeding those put forward by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month has continued to tick upward, with at least three more joining in as of Wednesday.
Top corporate lawyers are spending more on outside counsel, and many think they will increase that amount further in 2024 because of their various legal needs, from new matters to regulatory headwinds to employee activism, according to a report released Wednesday.
A primary concern for large law firms for the next year is how to continue to get bigger, whether that's through lateral hiring or combinations, even as the geopolitical and macroeconomic environments remain volatile, according to a report released Wednesday.
The wave of bonus announcements continued Tuesday as several more law firms followed suit in matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and 2024 associate salaries set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Ropes & Gray LLP topping the list by adding a tier for associates from the class of 2015 and earlier.
Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.
A Texas paralegal facing fines for not showing up at a hearing over litigation generated by a patent licensing outfit she ostensibly owns has told the Federal Circuit that disclosure requirements from Delaware's top federal judge have left her "living in a sense of fear and intimidation."
Many of us have seen the recent headlines that law firm net income was up around 3% year-over-year through the first nine months of 2023, but what do those numbers mean when you really break them down at the high and low end?
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Clifford Chance LLP are among the latest firms to release their year-end bonus and 2024 salary figures, matching the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
Caterpillar is moving for sanctions in its long-running antitrust dispute with International Construction Products, telling a Delaware federal judge that the now-defunct equipment supplier, which is accusing Caterpillar of tortious interference and boycott claims, failed to preserve important documents as employees left and the company shuttered.
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.
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.
UPDATED DEC. 8 -- Large law firm associates are feeling the cheer this year with a round of both bonuses and base pay raises announced by market leaders starting in late November.
Covington & Burling LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Montana federal judge granted TikTok and its users' bid to block a new law that would ban the Chinese social media app within the state's borders.
A handful more law firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Baker Botts LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and O'Melveny & Myers LLP, have joined the bonus season as of Friday, matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and associate salary scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.
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.