Daily Dicta by Jenna Greene

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Akin Gump in the Crosshairs of Conservative Radio Host Alex Jones for Chobani Suit

By Jenna Greene |

Radio host Alex Jones is telling millions of listeners that Akin Gump was actually founded by George Soros--or as Jones calls him, the “Nazi collaborator demon.” That's how Jones explains the firm's representation of yogurt maker Chobani, which just sued him for defamation. Ridiculous? Yes. But a little bit scary too.

When the Second Circuit Says It’s OK to Call Your Boss a ‘Nasty Mother F---er‘

By Jenna Greene |

Is this the death of workplace civility? Open season against employers on Facebook? If you add “#Union” to a post, are you now free to say whatever horrible things you like? Calm down, not so fast. The Second Circuit offered a far more nuanced answer in upholding a controversial decision by the NLRB.

David Sochia.

McKool Smith MP on Market Doldrums, Winning on a Budget and Why Alternative Fees Aren’t the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

These are not the best of times for the business of litigation. The market is stagnant, with clients shying away from bringing new suits, keeping more work in-house and pushing back hard on costs. In a Q&A, McKool Smith managing partner David Sochia, an accomplished litigator who has taken on the mantle of law firm strategist, shares insights on how to thrive.

On her 16th birthday, Makenzie Wethington suffered major injuries from a skydiving accident in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Payday for 16-Year-Old Girl Whose Parachute Malfunctioned

By Jenna Greene |

Ah personal injury law. Where you take your worst fears and put a price tag on them. Here’s a particularly vivid nightmare: What’s it worth when your parachute doesn’t open? When you plummet 3,000 feet to the ground and somehow survive, but with multiple injuries? That was the question before an Oklahoma federal judge last week after a Texas girl’s 16th birthday celebration went horribly awry.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan

Bad News for Trump: Latest Travel Ban Case to Feature Live Testimony

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s a travel ban case with a twist: live witnesses in court. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. will allow testimony from witnesses including a Sheppard Mullin partner. The move seems distinctly advantageous to the plaintiffs, represented by an army of lawyers from Arnold & Porter.

Michael Imbroscio, left, and Paul Schmidt, right, of Covington & Burling.

The Massive Accutane Litigation Just Fell Apart After Judge Boots Expert ‘Hired Guns’

By Jenna Greene |

Any litigator knows a case can rise or fall on the testimony of an expert witness. A New Jersey state judge made that abundantly clear when he skewered the plaintiffs’ two experts in a long-running fight over the acne drug Accutane, banning their testimony and handing a huge win to Hoffman La Roche and Covington & Burling.

Why is Flying So Terrible? Blame These Antitrust Lawyers

By Jenna Greene |

You don’t have to be beaten and dragged off a flight to conclude that flying coach is a miserable experience these days. Wondering who to blame? Here’s a suggestion: antitrust lawyers--and yes, we're naming names. The ones who rammed through airline mergers--and the ones at DOJ who took the bait.

Lisa Bloom attends the world premiere of 'UNITY' at the DGA Theater on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Forget Paul Weiss: Lisa Bloom Wants NY State to Investigate ‘Cesspool’ Fox News

By Jenna Greene |

Arguing that Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison will not conduct an independent inquiry, high-profile plaintiffs lawyer Lisa Bloom on Tuesday asked the New York State Division of Human Rights to investigate sexual harassment at Fox News.

Surgical Gowns

A World of Hurt for King & Spalding in $454M Trial Loss

By Jenna Greene |

Say ouch. Kimberly-Clark Corp. and spin-off Halyard Health Inc. were hit with a $454 million fraud verdict in Los Angeles federal court on Friday in a lawsuit over surgical gowns that allegedly failed to protect medical personnel from infection.

President  Donald Trump.

A Tour of Trump Lawsuits: Flipped Out, Freaked Out and Just Plain Daffy

By Jenna Greene |

When you are president, people like to sue you. A lot.

L-R Lawrence Spiegel and Greg Litt, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & From, New York.

Shout-Out: Skadden Scores in FIFA Ethics Fight

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom convinced soccer’s international governing body to lift a one-year ban on Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation and Qatar Football Association.

Judge Gary Thomas in 1986. He was appointed to the Marin County bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1972. (Marin Independent Journal archives)

Prosecutor Left Paralyzed in Infamous Courthouse Hostage Fight Dies

By Jenna Greene |

The metal detectors, bag searches and armed bailiffs that are standard in courthouses today—this is where it started. In a courtroom in San Rafael, California in 1970 where a horrifying hostage standoff left a judge dead and an assistant DA paralyzed. But Gary Thomas, who went on to become a judge, was never bitter. "I feel blessed," he said.

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Ex-Snapchat Exec Goes Scorched Earth in Dispute with Company

By Jenna Greene |

A man who worked briefly at Snapchat before he was fired is making explosive claims that the company misled investors about user metrics in an effort to inflate its valuation before going public--never mind that the dispute is subject to (confidential) arbitration.

In Priest Sex Abuse Cases, a Sickening Calculation—and the Right Answer

By Jenna Greene |

Shouldn’t any diocese that turned a blind eye to pedophile priests be punished monetarily? But what if that means that church goes bankrupt, with no assets left to pay the victims? Is that justice? A federal bankruptcy judge in Minnesota wrestles with the issue.

Lateral Report: The Few, the Proud, the March Movers

By Jenna Greene |

There weren’t many run-of-the-mill lateral litigator moves in March, the kind where a mid-level partner at Big Firm A moves to Big Firm B, spouting something about platforms and synergy. Instead, the most notable March moves were propelled by something extra.

At Tesla, Doozy of a Lawsuit Met With Doozy of a Response

By Jenna Greene |

No namby-pamby ‘no comment’ for the electric car maker when it was hit with an employment discrimination lawsuit this week. Instead, Tesla practically litigated its entire case in a press release.

Deanna Rice, counsel at O’Melveny & Myers.

Behind an O’Melveny Lawyer’s SCOTUS Debut: Two Years, Four Moot Courts and a Plan of Attack

By Jenna Greene |

You always remember your first, whether it’s a kiss, a car, a parachute jump—or for a select few, your first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, O’Melveny & Myers counsel Deanna Rice will join the legal profession’s most elite club.

Keystone Approval: Bittersweet for Sidley Team?

By Jenna Greene |

All but lost in the hubbub over the failure of health care reform was news that the federal government on Friday formally greenlighted the Keystone XL Pipeline. Great news for TransCanada Corp., but perhaps bittersweet for its lawyers at Sidley Austin. A stellar team of litigators was poised to break new legal ground with two novel challenges.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Dan Fegan, Chandler Parsons and Matthew Chevallard attend a Del Toro Chandler Parsons Event at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Ave / Del Toro)

Foul Shot: Gibson Dunn Slams NBA Agent

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes you encounter a complaint of such breathtaking nastiness—like this beauty by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that evokes the movie "Jerry Maguire"—that you just have to stop and marvel.

Neil Gorsuch: The Yelp Reviews

By Jenna Greene |

If appellate lawyers wrote Yelp reviews, Neil Gorsuch would get five stars. At least that's the impression from lawyers who shared their memories of arguing before the Supreme Court nominee at the Tenth Circuit.

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This is the Most Terrifying Lawsuit Ever

By Jenna Greene |

It’s like something out of “The Terminator.” A Michigan woman who worked in an auto parts factory was killed by a robot that inexplicably left its section and came into hers, where it “hit and crushed [her] head between a hitch assembly.”

Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins.

This Latham Partner Had a Very Good Day

By Jenna Greene |

Five. That’s how many wins Latham & Watkins partner Matthew Moore racked up in a single day before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last week

John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

This New Litigation Boutique Has Big Law-Size Ambitions

By Jenna Greene |

For a firm that’s barely two months old, litigation boutique Pierce Sergenian is making some bold projections. “I’m a bold guy,” said co-founder John Pierce, a former partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Latham & Watkins, and—briefly— the co-head of litigation at K&L Gates.

Shout-Out: Kirkland Just Made Chipotle Feel A Lot Better

By Jenna Greene |

Beleaguered Chipotle Mexican Grill has one less thing to worry about, thanks to Kirkland & Ellis. The fast-casual restaurant chain is off the hook in a shareholder class action stemming from a rash of food poisoning outbreaks in 2015.

Left to right: Daniel Pascucci and Joseph Dunn Mintz Levin

When Hiding Assets Doesn’t Work: How Mintz Levin Recovered $20M for Cheated Client

By Jenna Greene |

Winning is great—but not if your client can’t collect. Faced with a defendant who tried just about every trick to hide assets, including a bankruptcy filing, off-shore fund maneuvering and dissolution of the business, a team from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Robert Bennett of Hogan Lovells

Bob Bennett Notches Surprise Win in Health Care Fraud Case

By Jenna Greene |

The legendary Hogan Lovells litigator scored a huge—and unexpected—win when a federal judge on Tuesday tossed out the jury’s guilty verdict, ruling that the Justice Department did not prove its criminal case that a prominent Kentucky cardiologist defrauded the government.

I Spy Trouble for Vizio

By Jenna Greene |

Vizio got off for peanuts last month in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, but the television maker may not be so lucky in a pending MDL.

Katie Marquart, left, and Robert Blume, right.

Gibson Dunn Wins Parole for Afghan Family Inexplicably Detained for Days at LAX

By Jenna Greene |

“The betrayal of this family by the U.S. government shocks the conscience,” wrote lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Public Counsel in a habeas petition.

Adam and Amber Briggle and their two children.

Cooley Submits a Powerful—and Personal—Brief in Transgender Bathroom Case

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes the best way to argue your case is to tell a story. Take the unconventional and deeply moving amicus brief that Cooley and the Transgender Law Center filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Republican candidate for president Donald Trump.

No, a Good Lawyer Could Not Make a 'Great Case' Out of Trump’s Wiretap Claim

By Jenna Greene |

Unless Obama used a slush fund to hire a rogue ex-spy to sneak into Trump Tower via the elevator shaft, Donald Trump probably shouldn't be making a fuss about his phones being tapped.

Milbank partners Chris Gaspar, left, and Michael Nolan, right.

Shout-Out: Milbank Wins Confirmation of Record-Setting Patent Arbitration Award for Bayer

By Jenna Greene |

In what Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy describes as the largest known arbitration award involving a patent dispute, partners Chris Gaspar and Michael Nolan won confirmation from the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for a $456 million-plus payment to their client, Bayer CropScience.

(l-r) Robert Khuzami, Erin Murphy, and John O'Quinn.

A Big Law Prognosis for FCPA, IP and White-Collar Enforcement Under Trump

By Jenna Greene |

Don’t expect a lot of record-setting penalties or “first-ever” prosecutions coming out of the Trump administration—but litigators who specialize in False Claims Act and IP cases should stay busy.

Lateral Love: Top Litigator Moves in February

By Jenna Greene |

Lateral litigator moves appear to have cooled a bit in February, but some big names still found new homes. Here are 10 of the month's most notable moves.

James Sandman.

The Single Worst Thing Trump’s Budget Could Do to Our Justice System

By Jenna Greene |

At a time when the ACLU is raking in donations and basking in high-profile love (those blue ribbons at the Oscars? OMG!), the Legal Services Corp. is like the mousy, overlooked sister—not nearly so glamorous, but doing work that is absolutely essential. We cannot allow it to be destroyed.

Flush With Cash, the ACLU Staffs Up—and Gets Ready to ‘Carpet Bomb’

By Jenna Greene |

Since the election, the American Civil Liberties Union has raked in $79 million in online contributions. Here's how it plans to use the money.

Don McGahn

For White House Counsel Donald McGahn, an Unwelcome Spotlight

By Jenna Greene |

If the president’s lawyer is in the news, that usually means something has gone very wrong. Just over three weeks into his tenure as President Trump’s White House counsel, Donald McGahn is discovering this first-hand.

Clara Shin.

Shout-Out: Covington Wins Trade Secrets Trial with $500M on the Line

By Jenna Greene |

With only five months before trial, a team of litigators from Covington & Burling parachuted into a trade secrets case against a division of McKesson Corp. with half a billion dollars at stake.

Pushing Back Against Imaginary Voter Fraud with a Real-Life Lawsuit

By Jenna Greene |

To the Trump administration and its surrogates: consider yourselves warned. You’ll have a fight on your hands if you try to take voting rights away.

Rudy Giuliani.

Will Rudy Giuliani's Loose Lips Sink the Travel Ban for Good?

By Jenna Greene |

Here are two cardinal sins for an attorney: saying something publicly that hurts your client’s case. And bad lawyering. Rudy Giuliani appears to be guilty of both

Volkswagen cars parked at a Volkswagen car dealership in Knoxville, TN.

Court Says ‘Nein’ to Overseas Discovery Bid in VW Case

By Jenna Greene |

Nice try. But no. This week, a magistrate judge in San Francisco sided with VW and rejected five applications by plaintiffs in Europe for access to 20 million pages of documents produced by the automaker in the U.S. MDL.

David Boies.

White Knight David Boies Takes on Backpage.com and Sex Traffickers

By Jenna Greene |

Working pro bono, Boies Schiller Flexner and Legal Momentum filed suits in Arizona and Florida federal courts against Backpage and its owners for participating in the trafficking of children and young adults for sex. Why they may succeed where others have failed.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why It Matters That More than 137,000 Listened to Travel Ban Appeal

By Jenna Greene |

This is what can safeguard our democracy. People—as many as possible—recognizing there is no such thing as a “so-called” federal judge. That our courts are legitimate and fair.

What’s It Worth If Your TV Spies on You? About 17 Cents

By Jenna Greene |

Electronics maker Vizio surreptitiously captured second-by-second viewing data of customers who bought 11 million of its internet-connected televisions. But as a Vizio TV owner, the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey AG leaves much to be desired.

Idaho Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker

An Idaho Judge Sentenced This 19-Year-Old Man to What?

By Jenna Greene |

Sentences that fit the crime can be great—the polluter who has to pick up litter, the vandal who has to clean graffiti off the wall. But this?

Behind the $500M Curtain: How Skadden Handed Wilkinson Her First Trial Loss

By Jenna Greene |

After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, addressing media during a meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), on February 1, 2017.

Senate Dems Should Pick Their Battles—And Blocking Gorsuch Isn’t One of Them

By Jenna Greene |

My mom used to tell me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” It’s a saying that some Democrats are apparently unfamiliar with. Because the fight over Neil Gorsuch is one that Dems aren't going to win--and Gorsuch is about as good as it's going to get.

New Year, New Job: Top Lateral Litigator Moves in January

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s a look at a dozen of the most noteworthy litigator moves in January.

Left to right, immigration lawyer Junaid Sulahry stands in the international arrivals hall of San Francisco International Airport with fellow attorney volunteers Julie Hiatt and Marianna, who declined to give her last name.

On the Bright Side, Lawyers Are Suddenly Popular

By Jenna Greene |

If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.

LeBron James, left, and Donald Trump, right.

For Trump’s Big SCOTUS Reveal, He Might Take Some Tips From LeBron James

By Jenna Greene |

It’s perfect, really. Our television ratings-obsessed, former reality star president is going to announce his Supreme Court pick live during primetime on Tuesday evening. He might look to NBA star LeBron James for pointers on how to announce "The Decision."

Beth Wilkinson, left, and P. Anthony Sammi, right.

Did Mark Zuckerberg Lie? Or is Facebook the Real Victim? It’s up to the Jury Now

By Jenna Greene |

It takes a certain finesse for a lawyer to plausibly argue that Facebook—a $350 billion company—got bullied by a videogame maker that almost no one has heard of. Just as it takes a certain audacity for videogame maker ZeniMax’s lawyer to imply Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lied under oath.

Shout-Out: Simpson Thacher’s Hat Trick

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett kicked off the year with a trio of wins, confirming the dismissals of a securities class action and a whistleblower complaint and winning a jury verdict in a patent infringement case.

The Bad-Ass Honor Roll of Securities Litigation: These Plaintiffs Firms Will See You in Court

By Jenna Greene |

According to a new report, only .3 percent of securities class actions are tried to verdict. These are the firms that have gone the distance.

Wait, Did Dentons Really Screw Up Its Conflicts Check in Feud Between CNN and Price?

By Jenna Greene |

At first glance, it looks like an embarrassing screw-up. Two Dentons lawyers on Jan. 17 sent a letter to CNN on behalf of Rep. Tom Price—President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services—demanding that the cable news network retract an unflattering story. Except CNN is also a firm client.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Will Standing Kill Suit Against Trump?

By Jenna Greene |

Standing. It wrecks all the fun lawsuits--including, perhaps, one by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claiming that President Donald Trump is violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause.


The Real Killers on Capitol Hill? Former Law School Profs

By Jenna Greene |

Ex-prosecutors can be scary, but there’s no one like a former law professor to hold someone’s feet to the fire. Just ask Betsy DeVos.

Des Hogan of Hogan Lovells.

Shout-Out: Hogan Scores $24M Settlement for Black Secret Service Agents

By Jenna Greene |

A pro bono team from Hogan Lovells working with lawyers from Relman, Dane & Colfa won a $24 million settlement in a long-running racial discrimination class action on behalf of more than 100 current and former African-American Secret Service agents.

Crystal Ball Department: Law Firms Line Up to Offer 2017 Litigation Predictions

By Jenna Greene |

It’s January. That means it’s time for the first round of litigation trend forecasts from law firms and other industry players. What kinds of litigation do experts think will be hot?

All-Star Lawyers Duel in Dallas Over Who Owns the Oculus Rift

By Jenna Greene |

The best litigators tell stories. Two masters are at work this week spinning opposite tales in a Dallas federal courthouse in a huge intellectual property fight over virtual reality technology that could revolutionize the $90 billion video game industry.

‘Real Cars,’ the BFG and the Right Way to Read Emails--a Texas Judge Tackles Tech in Oculus IP Case

By Jenna Greene |

Dallas federal judge Ed Kinkeade is not what you’d call a big computer guy. Some of his exchanges with the attorneys in the Oculus trial are are laugh-out-loud funny, as he wrestles to understand the technology and keep the lawyers in line.

(l-r) Scott Musoff, Bradley Klein, and Peter Morrison, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Shout Out: Skadden Scores Two Wins in Two Days for Two Asia-Based Issuers

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom scored two separate wins for two Asia-based issuers in two days, knocking out securities class actions in the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Will the Real Jeff Sessions Please Stand Up?

By Jenna Greene |

You can judge a man by the quality of his friends, the old saying goes. But what about the quality of his enemies? Day Two of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing gave us the chance to do both.

Steptoe partner Brigida Benitez

Meet the Lawyer Who Just Deposed Donald Trump

By Jenna Greene |

There are apex depositions--and then there’s the president-elect of the United States. Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Brigida Benitez deposed Donald Trump last week in connection with his lawsuit against chef José Andrés. In a way, it was perfect that the lawyer holding Trump’s feet to the fire is a Latina woman--the daughter of immigrants and the first member of her family to go to college.

A Case Study in How to Spin a Lawsuit: Jellyfish Memory Supplement Maker v. the FTC

By Jenna Greene |

Post-truth. It’s not just for politics anymore. Consider how Quincy Bioscience countered a suit filed against it on Monday by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Plaintiffs Firms Reel In Big Tuna With Price-Fixing Claims

By Jenna Greene |

Sorry Charlie. A San Diego federal judge allowed a massive MDL alleging that StarKist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea conspired to fix the price of canned tuna to move forward.

Philip Sechler of Robbins Russell.

Want to be a Full-Time Law Prof? Here’s One Big Law Litigator’s Experience

By Jenna Greene |

You’re swamped with deadlines, you’re constantly traveling, you’re dealing with obnoxious opposing counsel or a cranky judge. Wouldn’t it be great to be a law professor instead, pondering the majesty of the law and enlightening eager students? Here’s the story of one big-time litigator who made the move--and then came back.

Will X. Walters.

A ‘Soul Crushing’ Client Suicide in Gay Civil Rights Case

By Jenna Greene |

It’s easy to forget how intensely personal and stressful litigation can be--until the consequences of a loss become overwhelming. Now, a San Diego lawyer is grappling with the suicide of his client after losing a high-profile gay civil rights case in December.

2016 in Review: Litigators of the Week, Take a Bow

By Jenna Greene |

A look back at the Litigator of the Week winners in 2016, including the firms and lawyers that racked up the most honors.


2016 in Review: Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

By Jenna Greene |

Consumer protection lawsuits, while sometimes heroic, can also be uniquely dumb. Which is why suits targeting Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and Advil top my list of the year’s most ridiculous lawsuits. A close second: negligence suits where people try to blame anyone but themselves for terrible events.

2016 in Review: Game-Changing Lateral Moves

By Jenna Greene |

Not all lateral moves are created equal. A select few reshape the competitive landscape, changing who clients hire and why. Here’s a look back at some of them in 2016.

Donald Trump.

2016 in Review: Biggest Dud of a Lawsuit

By Jenna Greene |

In the end, it was the case that wasn’t. Jane Doe/ “Katie Johnson” accused Donald Trump of raping her when she was 13. The allegations were brutal, explosive--and unsubstantiated.

Serena Nunn, left, and Sam Sheldon, right.

This Public Defender Spent a Decade in Prison. Now She’s Been Pardoned With Help from Quinn Emanuel

By Jenna Greene |

Serena Nunn went from federal prison inmate to the University of Michigan Law School to Georgia public defender. The final chapter in her extraordinary journey: a pardon from President Obama--with help from Quinn Emanuel partner Sam Sheldon.

Secrets from the Other Side of the ‘V’--Plaintiffs Firms Open Up

By Jenna Greene |

Top plaintiffs lawyers share how they see themselves, how their work has changed and their biggest concerns for the future.

Trump Hotel Washington DC

Feds Must Stand Up to Trump on Hotel Lease Before It’s Too Late

By Jenna Greene |

You don’t have to be an ethics expert to see that the Trump International Hotel’s lease with the federal government presents a conflict of interest for the president-elect. The question is, what is the General Services Administration going to do about it?

Sydney Holland, left, and Sumner Redstone, right, attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night presented by Cadillac, Bing, Delta, Pandora jewelry, Qua, and Zenith, at Spago on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kirkland Litigators Take on Sumner Redstone in Ugly Fight Over Gifts to Ex-Lover

By Jenna Greene |

A pair of top litigators from Kirkland & Ellis struck back on behalf of the ex-girlfriend of media mogul Sumner Redstone in a court filing that veers from romantic to lewd to vaguely threatening. It’s a quite a read--and a reminder that while corporate litigation can be fierce, it’s nothing compared to the blood sport that is family law.

Paltry Justice in Food Poisoning Case as ConAgra Gets Off for Peanuts

By Jenna Greene |

Two companies. Two outbreaks of salmonella-tainted peanut butter. And two very different outcomes.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. offices on K Street.

How a Problem Client Stuck Two Am Law 100 Firms With His Unpaid Bills

By Jenna Greene |

Hold on. You can’t even get a smartphone without a credit check. How did two of the biggest, most sophisticated law firms in the nation do $800,000 worth of work without ensuring that they were actually going to get paid? Blame “a very convincing fraudster,” said Thomas Buchanan, the managing partner and head of litigation for Winston & Strawn’s D.C. office.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

DOJ Under Trump: Radical Change or More of the Same?

By Jenna Greene |

Time for a favorite post-election parlor game: What might we expect from the Trump administration’s Justice Department? In recent off-the-record conversations, former DOJ lawyers shared some insights. Their takeaway: the changes may not be so drastic after all

Kasowitz Wins One for Marine Who Tried to Save His Comrades in Afghanistan

By Jenna Greene |

In a year where emails and mishandling of classified information have loomed so large, this case stands as an example of misapplied justice.

What These Winning Litigators Know That You Might Not

By Jenna Greene |

When 23 of the top litigators in the country offer advice on how to succeed in court, it’s worth listening.

Left to right: James Fogelman and Jay Srinivasan

How Gibson Dunn Proved a Key Document Was Fake--And Won Big

By Jenna Greene |

Forgery. Perjury. Willful destruction of evidence. Litigators might sometimes suspect the other side of such shenanigans, but rarely do you get an unequivocal win as a result. On Friday, a team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher pulled it off, arguing successfully that a key plaintiffs’ document in a $12 billion fight was fake.

Leaping Litigators: November’s Biggest Lateral Moves

By Jenna Greene |

November is a great month for eating turkey and hunkering down until the end of the year. Still, there were a handful big lateral litigator moves. Here are some of the most notable, at firms including Perkins Coie, WilmerHale and Sheppard Mullin.

(l-r) Donald Trump, Jill Stein, and Hillary Clinton.

Why the Recounts Aren’t Pointless--Even if Trump Still Wins

By Jenna Greene |

The recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan won’t change the election results--we all know that, right? But they need to happen anyway.

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How a Class Action Against Purina Went to the Dogs

By Jenna Greene |

I’d like to think that the food that I buy for my two dogs won’t actually kill them. A decision by a San Francisco federal judge to toss a would-be class action against Purina is reassuring--but leaves some questions unanswered.

Get Ready for War: Hausfeld Sues 9 Companies Over Radioactive Contamination

By Jenna Greene |

Hausfeld on Wednesday launched what is likely to be a massive fight, suing nine companies including energy giant Exelon Corp. over radioactive contamination stemming from the Manhattan Project.

Krispy Kreme donuts.

There Goes My Plan to Live on Nothing but Doughnuts

By Jenna Greene |

News flash: doughnuts are not a health food. Which is why it’s hard to sympathize with Jason Saidian, who filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Los Angeles federal court last week.

Stephen Bannon.

Putting Stephen Bannon’s First Amendment Beliefs (or Lack Thereof) to the Test

By Jenna Greene |

Might Stephen Bannon be a moderating influence on the president-elect in favor of First Amendment protection? After all, Breitbart has talked the talk when sued for libel. But the publication's threat on Tuesday to sue a major media company for labeling it “white nationalist” is not an encouraging sign.

Mike Pence.

Pence and His Big Law Counsel Wage Their Own Email Secrecy Fight

By Jenna Greene |

Sorry Mike Pence--turnabout is fair play. You can’t spend weeks demanding that Hillary Clinton bare all of her emails and then think it’s A-OK to claim your communications as governor of Indiana should be shielded from disclosure.

Jury Room.

Take Our Trump University Juror Quiz

By Jenna Greene |

The Trump University fraud case is headed to trial on Nov. 28 --but how to pick a jury? We've got some ideas for what to ask prospective jurors.

In Trump Administration, Plaintiffs Lawyers to the Rescue?

By Jenna Greene |

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress and poised to pick the tie-breaking ninth Supreme Court justice, the plaintiffs bar is now one of the few checks on government power. Scary, I know.

FBI Director James Comey.

Job One for Obama on Nov. 9: Fire Comey

By Jenna Greene |

Now that the election is over, President Obama should do us all a favor and fire FBI Director James Comey. Not just because Comey recklessly disclosed the renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He has to go because he can no longer effectively lead the bureau and law enforcement community.

Hillary Clinton, left, and Donald Trump, right.

Behind Clinton and Trump, an Army of Lawyers on High Alert

By Jenna Greene |

If post-election litigation erupts, both sides have lawyers at the ready in key battleground states.

Donald Trump.

The Day the Trump Child Rape Case Almost Got Real

By Jenna Greene |

For a second there, it seemed liked the Trump child rape suit was going to get real. Nationally known plaintiffs attorney Lisa Bloom sent out a press release Wednesday morning announcing that the anonymous woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her when she was 13 was going to go public. It didn't happen.

October's Biggest Lateral Litigator Moves

By Jenna Greene |

Here are The Lit Daily's top picks for the biggest lateral litigator moves this month.

FBI Director James Comey.

When Good Lawyers Do Bad Things, James Comey Edition

By Jenna Greene |

If James Comey just handed Donald Trump the presidency over what turns out to be a bunch of ads from Pottery Barn and Linked In requests, I’m going to take to the bathtub with a bottle of gin for the next four years.

Simpson Thacher.

A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Simpson Thacher in Clinton Foundation WikiLeaks Dump

By Jenna Greene |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a guest star in the trove of Wikileaks emails involving the Clinton Foundation--a rare, unfiltered look at attorney-client correspondence that includes billing details, nitpicky rewrites and attempts to manage perception. But the biggest takeaway is that the firm identified potential pay-to-play conflict of interest issues--real or perceived--that have become a significant campaign liability for Hillary Clinton.