• December 01, 2023

    Trump Can't Invoke Presidential Immunity In Jan. 6 Case

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Friday firmly rejected Donald Trump's argument that "presidential immunity" shields him from the criminal charges stemming from allegations of election interference in 2020, ruling that Trump doesn't enjoy a "lifelong 'get-out-of-jail-free' pass" just because he was president.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Trump Shouldn't Go To Trial In Ga. Until After Term, Atty Says

    Former President Donald Trump's legal team argued in court Friday that the Georgia election interference case should be thrown out because it violates the First Amendment, and that if he wins the 2024 election, the trial would have to be postponed until the end of his second presidential term.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    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.

  • December 01, 2023

    Ga. Counties End Wells Fargo Mortgage Suit Without Settling

    Three Georgia counties that accused Wells Fargo of upholding discriminatory lending and foreclosure practices have asked the court to dismiss their suit with prejudice, noting that the dismissal is not the result of a settlement.

  • December 01, 2023

    Pa. 'Skill Games' Ruling Could Chill Gambling Crackdowns

    A state appellate court's ruling that "Pennsylvania Skill Games" aren't illegal gambling could have repercussions for the state's legal gambling industry, enforcers hunting illegal gambling machines, and "skill games" operators around the country, attorneys told Law360 Friday.

  • December 01, 2023

    Trump Gets More Experts In NY Fraud Trial, Can't Call Monitor

    A New York judge on Friday allowed Donald Trump to call more experts in his civil fraud trial defense case, including a real estate broker friendly with the former president, but rejected Trump's attempt to put the court's independent monitor on the stand.

  • December 01, 2023

    3 December Argument Sessions Benefits Attys Should Watch

    Physicians' groups will ask the Sixth Circuit to reinstate their suit claiming the federal government is illegally forcing them to provide gender transition-related care, while American Airlines pilots will try to get their military leave class action back on track at the Third Circuit. Here, Law360 looks at three appellate argument sessions that should be on benefits attorneys' radar in December.

  • December 01, 2023

    FisherBroyles Practice Leaders Depart To Launch Own Firm

    The litigation and corporate practice leaders at FisherBroyles resigned early last month to launch their own law firm, the partners confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Friday.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    'Lifer' At Arnall Golden Gregory Earns Managing Partner Role

    Atlanta-based Arnall Golden Gregory LLP has announced a veteran attorney and current financial partner at the firm will step into the position of managing partner beginning Jan. 1.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    Georgia Office Manager Admits To Embezzling $3.5M

    The office manager of an Atlanta-area commercial logistics company pled guilty Thursday to stealing $3.5 million from her employer and spending the money on vacations, a wedding and season tickets to college sports, according to a plea deal filed in Georgia federal court.

  • November 30, 2023

    Talent Manager Sues Lewis Brisbois For Costing Her Millions

    An entertainment industry attorney and talent manager filed a $10 million malpractice suit against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and one of its former attorneys, alleging the attorney's failure to perform caused her to surrender her rights to millions in compensation through a settlement agreement on later-dismissed ethics charges.

  • November 30, 2023

    Pentagon Contractor Seeks Probation For $8M Fraud

    A military contractor convicted of defrauding the government for around $8 million wants a Georgia federal judge to reject a lengthy prison sentence recommended by prosecutors, arguing instead that probation and community service are appropriate punishment.

  • November 30, 2023

    Pa. Appellate Court Says 'Skill Games' Aren't Gambling

    "Pennsylvania Skill Games" cropping up in bars, restaurants and storefronts around the Keystone State are not illegal slot machines or gambling devices, a state appellate court ruled Thursday.

  • November 30, 2023

    Software Flaws Exposed Sealed Court Docs, Researcher Says

    Soon after cybersecurity researcher Jason Parker began probing a court records website this year, they discovered they could easily access a sealed order granting children new names to protect them from an abusive parent, they said. Next, Parker was able to view an "extremely detailed" mental health evaluation from a doctor in a criminal case.

  • November 30, 2023

    11th Circ. Orders New Trial In Pill Mill Row Over Ruan

    The Eleventh Circuit gave a new trial to a Florida doctor accused of participating in a pill mill scheme after finding that the district court's jury instructions failed to properly instruct whether the doctor acted with criminal intent after new mens rea precedent in USA v. Ruan. 

  • November 30, 2023

    Red Roof Inns Wants Ga. Trafficking Claims Tried Separately

    Corporate and franchise owners of two Red Roof Inn locations near Atlanta asked a Georgia federal court this week to split up a lawsuit leveled by 11 people who allege they were sexually trafficked at the hotels, arguing that each plaintiff's allegations are so different that a combined case would confuse a jury.

  • November 30, 2023

    Gas Station Owner Tells 11th Circ. Pollution Cleanup Covered

    A Florida gas station operator urged the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a lower court's judgment relieving an insurer of covering cleanup costs for a pollution incident on the grounds that the incident was discovered before the policy's inception, maintaining the court misinterpreted "first discovered."

  • November 30, 2023

    Bojangles Frees Another Insurer Over Rape Suit Coverage

    Bojangles' largest franchise operator has settled with one of its insurers in a coverage dispute over litigation alleging one of the franchisee's employees raped a minor-age worker at a Georgia restaurant location, leaving only one insurer left to fight in the insurance action.

  • November 30, 2023

    Atlanta-Area Pediatrics Clinic Pays $39K To End Wage Lawsuit

    A Georgia nurse will accept $39,500 to drop allegations that her former employer failed to pay minimum wages and overtime, according to a settlement filed in Peach State federal court.

  • November 30, 2023

    NY Appeals Court Reinstates Trump Gag Orders

    A midlevel New York appeals court on Thursday reinstated gag orders issued by the judge overseeing the civil fraud trial of Donald Trump and others, which prohibit the former president from speaking publicly about the judge's court staff.

  • November 29, 2023

    Ga. Judge Regrets 'Harsh' Email's Wording, Not Its Message

    A Douglas County, Georgia, probate judge's contentious working relationship with the county's now-retired chief judge, who she suggested was a racist and should retire after her after-hours courthouse access was temporarily revoked, took center stage Wednesday as she testified in the state judicial watchdog's sweeping ethics case against her.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Ga. Appeal Shows Benefits Of Questioning Jury Instructions

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    A Georgia Court of Appeals’ October decision, holding a trial court erred in using pattern jury instructions that refer to a long-repealed standard of evidence, underscores the importance of scrutinizing language in established jury instructions and seizing the opportunity to push back against outdated patterns, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

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