Daily Dicta by Jenna Greene

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.

Elisabeth

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.

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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.

Elizabeth Cabraser, left, and Robert Giuffra, right.

Litigators of the Week: One for the History Books

By Jenna Greene |

It’s a truism that litigation is a zero sum game--there’s a winner and a loser. But not this week. For the first time that we can remember, the Litigation Daily is naming opposing counsel as our co-litigators of the week, a historic honor that goes to Robert Giuffra Jr. of Sullivan & Cromwell and Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.

Andrew Bart of Jenner & Block.

Shout-Out: Jenner & Block Hits a High Note in Appellate Copyright Win

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Jenner & Block delivered an appellate win worth millions to its record label clients in a long-running copyright infringement suit against a pair of online music websites.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Michael Weston, right, and Cynthia Tidler, left, on their wedding day.  Mr. Weston was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 26, 2009.

Remembering the Heartbreaking Loss of Two Best Friends at Harvard Law

By Jenna Greene |

Seven years ago today, Michael Weston died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. A 37-year-old Harvard Law graduate, he had joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a special agent. Five months before, he’d married a fellow member of the Harvard Law class of 1997, Cynthia Tidler. Whose first husband, Weston's best friend, was also from the class of '97 - and who also died in Afghanistan.

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015 file photo, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. Prosecutors have replied to former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's appeal of his more than 15-year sentence with a court filing Monday, April 18, 2016, that includes text messages illustrating his efforts to find teenagers for sex. The texts were part of Fogle's November's sentencing hearing. He had pleaded guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography and traveling out of state to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Why Jared Fogle’s Ex-Wife's Suit Against Subway Is Hard to Swallow

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s a rule of thumb: if you’re going to marry someone, do your own due diligence about his or her sexual preferences. Don’t expect a heads-up from their employer.

Donald Trump and Gloria Allred

Nasty Women, Legal Edition

By Jenna Greene |

If Donald Trump follows through with his threat on Saturday to sue all 11 women who have accused him of groping, he’ll find opposing counsel spoiling for a fight. All I can say is, pass the popcorn.

The Right Way to Hold Judges Accountable (Hint: It’s Not an Online Petition)

By Jenna Greene |

It’s hard to defend any judge who thinks 60 days in jail is an appropriate punishment for a father who raped his 12-year-old daughter. Still, there’s something ominous about what seems to be a new pattern: a judge issues a lenient but legal sentence, and the mob descends.

Amal Clooney, left, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right.

Is Amal Clooney Out as Lawyer to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange?

By Jenna Greene |

Of all her clients, Amal Clooney has represented one nearly as famous as she is: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But apparently no more.

Latham & Watkins.

Latham Ducks Disqualification in Nasty Insurance Fight

By Jenna Greene |

Latham & Watkins on Tuesday dodged a motion to disqualify in a nasty spat in the Eastern District of Missouri. Although Senior U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber squarely sided with Latham, he admonished both sides to behave themselves.

This Lawsuit Gives Me a Headache

By Jenna Greene |

They say there are no stupid questions. But that’s definitely not true when it comes to lawsuits. On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York dismissed one of the dumber ones of late, booting a would-be class action against Advil maker Pfizer Inc.

Jenny-Yang-EEOC

If Trump Wins, What Happens to the EEOC’s New Vow to Defend Muslims and Immigrants?

By Jenna Greene |

It's hard to imagine a federal agency that would be less in sync with the priorities of a Trump administration than the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Sullivan & Cromwell partner Sharon Nelles.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Sharon Nelles on VW, Opposing Counsel and Taking Work-Life Balance ‘One Day at a Time'

By Jenna Greene |

Sullivan & Cromwell star litigator Sharon Nelles spoke with the Lit Daily about her work on the $14.7 billion VW settlement, the key to effective negotiation and how she’s managed her work/ life balance at Sullivan & Cromwell, where she's a member of the executive committee.

CFPB director Richard Cordray testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, addressing the scandal relating to Wells Fargo's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Yes, the CFPB is Unconstitutional--But Its DC Circuit ‘Loss’ is Actually a Win

By Jenna Greene |

In some ways, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a win on Tuesday when it found the agency’s structure was unconstitutional. Look past the red meat rhetoric about 'massive unchecked power' and focus on the remedy.

Kathy Shelton, left, and Hillary Clinton, right.

Why It's Wrong to Criticize Clinton for Representing an Accused Child Rapist

By Jenna Greene |

It’s true. As a young lawyer, Hillary Clinton once defended a man accused of brutally raping a child. But that’s no reason to castigate her. If anything, she should be praised for doing her job to the best of her ability. Because that’s how our justice system works.

Donald Trump, left, and J. Cheney Mason, right.

New Firepower in Shocking Suit Against Trump

By Jenna Greene |

If you thought the presidential election couldn’t get any uglier, guess again. Because a suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl has new life.

Comedian Bill Cosby(2nd-L) speaks with his attorney Angela Agrusa as they arrive at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a pretrial conference related to aggravated indecent assault charges on September 6, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania..Cosby is expected to face trial on charges stemming from an encounter with Andrea Constand in 2004. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the L.A. Lawyer Who Just Might Save Bill Cosby From Criminal Conviction

By Jenna Greene |

“I view myself as a lawyer who happens to be a woman,” said Angela Agrusa, the head of litigation at Liner LLP in Los Angeles, who recently stepped in as lead counsel for Bill Cosby in both his civil and criminal cases. “What I really believe in is our justice system.”

Hamster Wars: Hasbro, Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner Settle Spat Over Toy Name

By Jenna Greene |

Harris Faulkner is a perfectly fine name for a Fox News anchor--but it's a terrible choice for a hamster toy. Hasbro Inc. found out the hard way.

Not Even Rudy Giuliani's Partners at Greenberg Traurig Support Trump

By Jenna Greene |

If there’s one law firm that stands to gain by a Trump victory in November, it would seem to be Greenberg Traurig, where top campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani is a partner. But apparently that’s not enough to persuade many of Giuliani’s law partners to back the Republican nominee.

Leaping Laterals: Firms Grab Obama Administration Litigators; Appellate and International Aces

By Jenna Greene |

September saw more than its share of big-time lateral moves. Here are the top 10.

Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York, on Sept. 11, 2001.

Why the 9/11 Victims Law is a Terrible Idea

By Jenna Greene |

You’ve got to wonder how many members of Congress who voted on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia actually think it’s a good idea. Because it's not.

U.S. Supreme Court building

SCOTUS Preview: Four Cases You Should Know About

By Jenna Greene |

The new Supreme Court term is just around the corner, kicking off on October 4. In anticipation, four experts on Tuesday offered insights on cases to watch as well as the court’s composition and future.

VW to Foreign Plaintiffs: Quit Fishing and Do Your Own Discovery

By Jenna Greene |

On behalf of the secretaries and administrative assistants and file clerks of the world: discovery sucks. Which is why when foreign plaintiffs requested copies of all the documents--20 million pages--that Volkswagen has produced as part of multi-district litigation in San Francisco federal court, my initial reaction was 'Sure, hand ‘em over.' Except it's not that simple

Wait, How Is Dentons a More ‘Fearsome’ Litigation Opponent Than Quinn Emanuel?

By Jenna Greene |

For three years in a row, the same quartet of firms topped BTI Consulting Group’s 'Fearsome Foursome' list of most-feared opponents in court. Until now, when Dentons displaced Quinn Emanuel at the top. Except....why?

Congratulations, You’re a Great Lawyer--and You’re Not a Jerk

By Jenna Greene |

The legal world is full of lists and rankings. I should know, I help compile some of them. But there’s one honor that stands apart: the American College of Trial Lawyers. Being a member amounts to a stamp of approval from your peers that not only are you an excellent lawyer, you’re also not a jerk. Who are the 2016 inductees?

Yellow pills forming shape to C alphabet on wood background

Letting Chinese Companies Play by Their Own Rules in U.S. Courts

By Jenna Greene |

The first-ever antitrust trial of a Chinese company in the U.S. didn't end well. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday let a Chinese vitamin C maker off the hook for price fixing, even though the company admitted that it did it. Credit another first: the Chinese government's unprecedented foray as an amicus, represented by Sidley's Carter Phillips.

No More Secrets: These New Apps Dive Deep Into Law Firm Performance

By Jenna Greene |

Like a kid in a candy shop. That’s how I feel about two new apps by Lex Machina that launch this week, the Law Firms Comparator and the Courts & Judges Comparator.

This Kasowitz Qui Tam Suit Could Be the Biggest Law Firm Payday of All Time

By Jenna Greene |

Plenty of law firms represent whistleblowers. But in a new $90 billion qui tam case, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman is the whistleblower. The 350-lawyer New York-based litigation powerhouse is going after four of the country’s largest chemical companies for allegedly failing to inform the EPA of serious health injuries caused by a common chemical. As the relator, the firm could--at least in theory--be entitled to as much as 30 percent of the recovery, or $27 billion dollars. They just have to win.

Kody Brown with his wives, of TLC's

Yes, Even Polygamist Reality TV Stars Have Privacy Rights

By Jenna Greene |

It takes a certain shamelessness for a reality television star to claim a constitutional privacy violation. But in a new cert petition, 'Sister Wives' reality television stars Kody Brown and his four wives make a persuasive case that Utah's anti-bigamy law crosses the line.

(l-r) John Kiernan, David W. Rivkin, Donald Donovan and Deborah Enix-Ross of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Tired? Busy? Hate Going to Meetings? These Debevoise Lawyers Show Why You Should Join a Bar Association Anyway

By Jenna Greene |

Deborah Enix-Ross remembers the first time she attended a bar association meeting many years ago. “I looked around, and not only was I the only woman in the room, I was the youngest person by 25 years,” she said. “I thought ‘Why am I here?” She and three other prominent Debevoise & Plimpton lawyers explain why it's worth it.

Premonition co-founder Toby Unwin.

Ranking Winning and Losing Litigators (Do You Want to Know How You Stack Up?)

By Jenna Greene |

Litigation is the original zero sum game--there are winners and losers. But ask a litigator about his or her win/loss record, and more often than not, you get hemming and hawing. Now, a new legal analytics company called Premonition is trying to quantify it.

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The Birds, the Bees and the Second Circuit

By Jenna Greene |

Hey fellow parents--Are you dreading having The Talk with your son or daughter? No need to rush out and buy 'Our Bodies, Ourselves.' You can just give your kid a copy of an opinion on Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It’s all pretty much there, thanks to a slightly absurd false advertising suit between two pregnancy test makers.

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Law Profs Attack TPP’s ‘Rigged Pseudo Court’--and They Have a Point

By Jenna Greene |

A sham. A disaster. A disgrace. That’s how opponents describe the legal process for resolving disputes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Lateral Litigator Report: August’s Hottest Moves

By Jenna Greene |

Antitrust lawyers were hotter than a Washington, D.C. sidewalk this month, accounting for multiple high-profile moves. But it wasn't the only practice area in demand.

This Texas Judge Gets Five Stars for Tossing Yelp Libel Suit

By Jenna Greene |

A pet sitting company sued a couple who gave the business a one-star review, seeking $1 million in damages for libel and for violating a non-disparagement clause. A Texas judge gets five stars for tossing the suit.