• In-House Privilege Claim Stumbles Before Skeptical Judge

    A magistrate judge had a stern message for lawyers from Adidas and to in-house lawyers generally, as he denied a claim of privilege for certain in-house attorney emails in a breach of contract/IP case in the Eastern...

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  • Public Defender Workloads Make “Right To Counsel” A Dead Letter

    Studies in a number of states find that public defenders are overwhelmed and that they should be spending from between two and five times more hours on each case in order to make a reasonably effective defense....

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  • Changing Views on Privacy

    A pronounced cultural shift in attitudes regarding privacy is making demands on both lawmakers and companies. For companies, one immediate effect is that boilerplate consent forms will no longer be sufficient. In the legislative arena, there is...

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  • Two Prominent Law Firms Accused, As $100M Ponzi Scheme Gets Unwound

    Mississippi law firm Butler Snow and the law firm Baker Donelson are alleged to be partly liable for the “negligent and reckless acts of their agents.” That’s according to the court-appointed receiver in the matter, in a...

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  • “Unexplained Wealth” Now Corruption Target In UK

    Last month the first unexplained wealth order (UWO) in the UK was made public. The target was one Mrs. Zamira Hajiyeva, who is a recent purchaser of “two properties worth £22 million, a property in Knightsbridge and...

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  • Respectful Investigation Of Sexual Misconduct

    A process that was difficult but more or less routine has become a minefield, with uncertain outcome and potential legal liability from multiple directions. There is, among other things, the risk of a defamation suit, as well...

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  • What Law Firms Can Learn About Cybersecurity From Other Industries

    In some respects, law firms are at an advantage. Other industries, notably health care, have been hit earlier and harder, and for law firms, there are lessons to be learned. Among them: Encryption is a good investment....

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  • Law Firm Trounces Legal Malpractice Claimant; She Could Get Jail Time

    A seldom invoked Massachusetts law has allowed a law firm to win a $175,000 judgment against a physician to recoup legal fees it paid to defend itself against her legal malpractice suit. The physician, Dr. Nataly Minkina,...

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  • Is Asbestos Litigation Breathing Its Last?

    Hardly, but it appears to be on a downward trend, or possibly at “top of the bell curve” to be followed by “a long, slow, gradual decline,” according to Mark Behrens, a defense attorney and co-chair of...

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  • Suspended: First He Repped Sexual Assault Victims, Then One Of The Accused

    A Philadelphia lawyer has been suspended for one year by the state supreme court’s disciplinary board. According to the Order in Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Raul I. Jauregui, in 2013 Jauregui was representing Swarthmore students who...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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