Crossclaim Survives In Placement Fee Litigation

In litigation over payment of placement fees, the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department agreed with the lower court that the law firm's counterclaim should not be dismissed The plaintiff, National Recruiting Group, LLC, is a staffing... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, National Recruiting Group LLC

Election (Not Starring Reese Witherspoon)

The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has imposed an agreed upon reprimand for a misdemeanor conviction. The Detroit Free Press reported in September 2019 It might seem to be petty theft — a quick snatch of cardboard and metal worth well... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Reese Witherspoon, Michigan, Detroit Free Press, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Bank Absolved In Defrauded Law Firm Claims

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the dismissal of a defrauded law firm's action against the bank that had wire transferred funds on a counterfeit instrument The plaintiff, Sarrouf Law LLP (Sarrouf), was the victim of a fraud perpetrated by... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Legal Profession Prof, Sarrouf Law LLP Sarrouf

'Could be a bit strange': New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm's length

No live music, no bar, table service only, and a ‘visible’ police presence but excitement bubbles at the chance for a night outDancing, hook-ups and bar banter will be off the menu as New Zealand’s pubs and bars reopen on Thursday night, with some saying the social distancing requirements will make for a “sad and strange” atmosphere in the nation’s party hotspots.Last week, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, moved the country from coronavirus lockdown level 3 to level 2, meaning most shops and ...
Tags: Society, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus outbreak

5:22 a.m.

Good night! Think good thoughts! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Government asks court to block Ohio COVID-19 prisoner transfer

Just a few hours after the Supreme Court granted his request to temporarily block the release of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco was back at the court with a . This time the filing was on behalf of the federal Bureau of Prisons and federal prison officials, asking the justices to put a temporary hold on an order by a federal district court that would require the BOP to remove or transfer as many as 800 elderly ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Sonia Sotomayor, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Elkton, Robert Mueller, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, What's Happening Now, FCI, Noel Francisco, Emergency appeals and applications

Jones Day Has A Decision To Make — See Also

Anatomy Of A Settlement: Jones Day is going to have to produce its black box comp... so expect this lawsuit to wrap up with an agreement quickly. Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash: State Department upheaval came after investigating whip wielding protocol chief. Learning All The Wrong Lessons: People are definitely going to use the LSATs struggles to squash an online bar exam. Podcast Time: We've got a new podcast covering COVID specifically. Check it out. Best Places To Work: As layoffs mount, here ...
Tags: Law, State Department, See Also

Live From DC, It’s Information Overload!

Ever since Washington, DC, shut down two months ago, I have been inundated with offers of free Zoom webinars and all sorts of interesting virtual meetings. I will attempt to point out some of the more relevant and interesting information that has come to me, with a focus on legal information sources and a bit of personal enrichment. My friends at the Law Library of Congress have continued to update and provide legal research support through their Ask a Librarian service. The main Li...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, US, Washington Dc, British Museum, Adam Feldman, Jill Lepore, Legal Information, Law Library of Congress

Sunrise at 5:22.

Actual sunrise time: 5:28. This is the type of sunrise you need beat by at least 5 minutes to enjoy at its best. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Justices block release of secret Mueller grand jury materials

Today the Supreme Court blocked the disclosure to the House Judiciary Committee of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Department of Justice had asked the court 13 days ago to put the release of the materials on hold while it appeals a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that would require it to provide portions of the Mueller report that had been redacted, along with grand jury transcripts and materials that had...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Fbi, House, Department Of Justice, Doj, Trump, D C Circuit, Howe, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Robert Mueller

Guest Post: Spurring and Clearing the Path for Open COVID Innovation Through Contextual Patent Disclosure

Guest Post by Colleen V. Chien and Evan Hastings, Santa Clara University School of Law* The COVID pandemic has created an urgent need for innovation to protect against, treat, test for, and eventually, inoculate against the virus. To save time and lives requires collaboration, making it an opportune time to strengthen the capacity of the patent system, as one part of the much larger innovation ecosystem,[1] to coordinate and include, among multiple innovators, not only to protect and exclude. A ...
Tags: Japan, Microsoft, Law, China, US, Italy, Korea, Uspto, Who, SEC, Ibm, Fda, Houston, Wipo, Canon, Patent

Online LSAT Is Glitchy… So OBVIOUSLY The Takeaway Is To Never Try Online Bar Exams

This is unacceptable, but it's part of the process.
Tags: Technology, Law, Law Schools, LSAT, Bar Exams

"The Supreme Court blocked Congress from receiving grand-jury materials from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election."

"The court, in a written order Wednesday, granted an emergency request by the Trump administration to keep the materials secret while it mounts a full high court appeal against their release. The high court’s action increases the chances that the information will remain shielded through the 2020 election.... The Justice Department argued that disclosure of the grand-jury materials would mean its secrecy would be irretrievably lost. For the grand-jury process to work, secrecy must be assured for ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Russia, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

Lawyers deny British army to blame for veterans' illegal immigrant status

Judicial review claim by eight Commonwealth soldiers facing unemployment, homelessness and deportation Government lawyers have rejected a claim brought by eight Commonwealth army veterans, dismissing their allegations that, on discharge, officials failed to assist them with complex, unaffordable immigration rules, leaving them classified as illegal immigrants.The soldiers, all of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan and spent between seven and 12 years in the British military, say they have been ...
Tags: Politics, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Afghanistan, Military, Home Office, British Army, Commonwealth

Biglaw Firm Announces More Austerity Measures — Attorney Layoffs And Salary Cuts

Am Law 100 firm makes more austerity cuts.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Biglaw, Dorsey & Whitney, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Salary Cuts

PSA: Getting the First Mechanic’s Lien on a Project is a Plus

As those that read this construction law blog are aware, I am a big fan of mechanic’s liens as a way to get paid.  These powerful and tricky beasts are a great way to get an owner’s attention and to put payment pressure on those that owe you money. Recently I was reminded that getting a lien prepared and recorded both carefully and quickly can be key to getting paid on a problem project.  Not only should construction professionals keep the 150-day rule and the 90-day rule in mind, but they shoul...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Construction, Richmond VA, Lien, Construction Law, Mechanic's Liens, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Virginia Mechanic's Lien, Construction Mediator, Mechanic's Lien Priority

Don’t Pick A Law School With The Expectation Of Transferring

Many questions are especially tricky to answer given the complexities of the current environment.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Jordan Rothman, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The Top Law Firms For Gender Equity & Family-Friendly Policies (2020)

Plus, details on firms that require employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements and nondisclosure agreements.
Tags: Family, Gender, Kids, Parenting, Parents, Law, Rankings, Gender Equality, Women's Issues, Biglaw, Yale Law School, Pregnancy / Paternity, The Jabot, Family Friendly Law Firms, Yale Law Women, Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Michael Cohen reportedly really getting released to home confinement now

According to this new AP piece, "President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press."  Here is more: Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. He will be released on furlo...
Tags: New York, Law, Congress, Ap, Donald Trump, Irs, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, FCI, Otisville, William Barr, Michael Cohen Prez Trump, The Associated Press Here

TRAC data report provides snapshot into impact of COVID-19 on referrals for federal criminal prosecution

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has this great new online report under the title "How Is Covid-19 Impacting Federal Criminal Enforcement?". The figures in the report are worth checking out by clicking through, but this introductory text highlights the main story: Law enforcement agencies across the country have been referring fewer criminal cases to federal prosecutors since the coronavirus pandemic began.  While weekly referrals for federal prosecution during February and...
Tags: Law, Trump, TRAC, Douglas A Berman, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse TRAC, COVID

Half of evangelicals believe Trump is anointed by God

Evangelical support of President Trump has baffled many who find his conduct at odds with core Christian values.A recent survey found that 49 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe Trump was chosen by God.Additional data found evangelicals are mixed on his moral character but view him as critical to political victories. For non-Trumpists, one of the most baffling qualities of his presidency is the overwhelming support received from evangelical Christians. A record 81 percent of white ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Obama, Government, Religion, America, Barack Obama, Society, David, United States, Rick Perry, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Fox News, Jesus

McRO Returns to Federal Circuit: Valid but Not Infringed

by Dennis Crouch McRO, Inc. (Planet Blue) v. Bandai Namco Games (Fed. Cir. 2020) This case has returned to the Federal Circuit. In 2016, the court issued an important legibility decision in the case — finding the algorithm for syncing anime lip-movements with various sounds to be patent eligible. McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 837 F.3d 1299 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (McRO I). Less than four years later, McRO I has been cited by over 2000 PTAB decisions as well as 200+ court decisions. Th...
Tags: Law, Patent, Fed, Alstom, Lee, Microsoft Corp, Federal Circuit, Baldi, Dennis Crouch, Cuozzo Speed Techs LLC, McRO, Enfish LLC, Electric Power Group LLC, McRO Inc Planet Blue, Bandai Namco Games Fed, McRO Inc

Jones Day’s ‘Black Box’ Compensation One Step Closer To Being Blown Open

Litigation against the firm will move forward.
Tags: Law, Gender Discrimination, Biglaw, Jones Day, The Jabot, Sanford Heisler Sharp

Featured Resource: Ultimate Guide to Corporate Legal Case Management Software

I noted last week the launch of the LawSites Resource Center, a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. Each week, we’ll highlight one of the library’s resources. This week’s featured resource: The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Legal Case Management Software. Description: In this guide to corporate legal case management software, we’ll provide the ultimate know-how for choosing a platform that best meets yo...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, LawSites Resource Center

Qualifying Employers Entitled to Refundable Credits for Funding Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave (FS-2020-6) [Sponsored]

The IRS has urged qualifying employers to utilize the tax credits they are entitled to for covering the costs associated with providing paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tags: Law, Irs, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

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