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Shannon Liss-Riordan

Litigator of the Week: Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan

By Scott Flaherty |

She’s been labeled a scourge of the sharing economy and a protector of its workers. Either way, Liss-Riordan isn’t going away.

Robert Bennett of Hogan Lovells. June 2, 2008. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Will the Feds Fall Flat in Fraud Case Against Doctor--and His Superstar Lawyer?

By Jenna Greene |

Hogan Lovells litigation legend Robert Bennett faces off against the feds in Kentucky. His client, a prominent cardiologist, is accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures. Will he leave DOJ lawyers brokenhearted?

FluMis Vaccine Credit: Olivier Douliery/MCT/Newscom

Flu Mist Caused This Boy's Liver to Fail, But It's No Ordinary Tort Case

By Jenna Greene |

He was a healthy 10-year-old boy until he got the Flu Mist vaccine. Within a month, he had total liver failure and needed a transplant. More likely than not, Flu Mist was to blame.This isn’t a crazy anti-vaxxer theory. It’s the conclusion of an obscure tribunal within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Report: Who Won (and Lost) the Most Big-Ticket Trials in 2015

By Jenna Greene |

Big Law litigators love to boast that their firms are ready and willing to take cases to trial. So it’s interesting to look at the top 100 verdicts of 2015 to see what firms are actually making good on their threats. The answer is probably not who you’d think.

27 December 2015: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass during the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire/Newscom

Brady ‘Deflategate’ Decision Shows the Problem With Arbitration

By Jenna Greene |

If Tom Brady and his legal dream team can’t overturn an arbitration decision, you know the rest of us don’t have a prayer. Not even a Hail Mary.

Eddie Bolden takes his first steps as a free man outside the Cook County Jail, after his release from prison on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Chicago. A Cook County judge threw out the murder convictions of the long-time inmate, and prosecutors declined to retry him. 
CREDIT: Erin Hooley/TNS/Newscom

Beyond The Am Law 100: A Reminder of Why There’s More to Practicing Law

By Jenna Greene |

The Am Law 100 comes out today, and it will be eagerly scrutinized by thousands of readers who want to know who made the most money. But it’s not the be-all, end-all of being a lawyer. Just ask Ronald Safer, a name partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, who got a man wrongly convicted of murder set free last week.

Rick Richmond

Litigator of the Week: Rick Richmond of Jenner & Block

By Scott Flaherty |

Richmond's $940 million jury verdict for Epic System is one of the largest ever in a trade secrets case.

law student Kellie Ann Kulka and Squire Patton Boggs senior associate Colter Paulson (HANDOUT)

How This 3L Won a Precedent-Setting Sixth Circuit Case

By Jenna Greene |

Some lawyers wait years for the chance to argue before a federal court of appeals. Kellie Kulka did it as a third year law student--and just won a precedent-setting decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Credit Squire Patton Boggs with the opportunity.

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The Hardest, Least Lucrative (But Potentially Most Important) Job Discrimination Suits

By Jenna Greene |

A class action alleging that the Census Bureau’s criminal background check policies had a disparate impact on black and Latino applicants settled on Tuesday for $15 million. For plaintiffs lawyers, such suits are perhaps the most difficult and least lucrative to bring, but they're also incredibly important.

Anthony Franze HANDOUT

For Arnold & Porter Litigator/ Novelist, a Sometimes Blurry Line Between Fact and Fiction

By Jenna Greene |

All good litigators have two things in common: They’re excellent writers and natural storytellers. Which makes writing a novel a natural pursuit for those inspired to do so. In a new thriller, Arnold & Porter partner Anthony Franze offers a fascinating window into Big Law life and the appellate bar.

Joseph McLaughlin (HANDOUT)

Shout-Out: Simpson Thacher Scores Class Reversal for Best Buy

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett won a groundbreaking appellate decision reversing class certification in a securities action against firm client Best Buy Co. Inc.

Stuart Singer, left, and Carl Goldfarb of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

For Boies Schiller, Florida Medicaid Win Was 10 Years in the Making

By Scott Flaherty |

A decade after they began fighting to reform the way Florida delivers Medicaid services to kids, partners Stuart Singer and Carl Goldfarb can finally claim a hard-won victory.

Michael Paskin, attorney for Argentina, leaves the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, April 12, 2016. The court on April 13 cleared Argentina to make payments on its debt, paving the way for the country to settle its long battle over bonds defaulted in 2001.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Paskin of Cravath and Paul Clement of Bancroft

By Scott Flaherty |

After a change in government and a change of lawyers, the end of Argentina’s long battle with bondholders may finally be near.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Ex-Client Sues Dentons Over ITC Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Dentons client RevoLaze claims the firm owes more than $50 million for allegedly mishandling an ITC case that saw the firm disqualified last year.

Battle Brewing Over Subpoena, ‘Intimidation’ in State AGs’ Climate Probe

By Scott Flaherty |

Baker & Hostetler and the Competitive Enterprise Institute may be the face of the energy industry’s first courtroom response to claims that oil companies misled the public about climate change.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray.

Argument Preview: Gibson Dunn's Olson Takes Aim at CFPB

By Scott Flaherty |

Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convince an appeals court that director Richard Cordray is no tyrant?

James Hurst.

This is Why Kirkland’s Hurst Gets the Big Bucks

By Jenna Greene |

When James Hurst moved from Winston & Strawn to Kirkland & Ellis in late 2014, he was dubbed “Biglaw’s $9 Million Man” for his reportedly enormous new salary. The star life sciences litigator appears to be earning his keep. On Thursday, he and Kirkland partner Andrew Kassof co-led a trial team that delivered a blockbuster win on behalf of Abbott Laboratories.

Fish Scores Total Reversal on Appeal of Patent ‘Death Squad’ Decision

By Jenna Greene |

They call it the death squad, where patents go to die. But that doesn’t mean the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board always gets it right.

Mark Cheffo

Litigator of the Week: Mark Cheffo of Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

Product liability litigation against drug companies often hinges on the science. But when it comes to convincing a judge that the science is bad, it’s all about the lawyers.

Photo © John Swanda

Shout-Out: MoFo Saws Off Multibillion-Dollar Suit Against Lumber Liquidators

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Morrison & Foerster won a bench trial in California state court on behalf of Lumber Liquidators, which was accused of failing to warn consumers that 26 of its laminate flooring products contained cancer-causing formaldehyde.

Fate of Halliburton’s $35B Deal Lies With These Two Antitrust Litigators

By Jenna Greene |

The weight of Halliburton Co.’s $35 billion bid for Baker Hughes Inc. rests on the shoulders of O’Melveny & Myers partner Richard Parker and Baker Botts partner Stephen Weissman,who have been tapped to defend the contested merger in court against the Justice Department.

The Walking Dead.

Bite Me: 'Walking Dead' Creator in Restaurant Trademark Fight

By Jenna Greene |

This is what the people eat in “The Walking Dead”: food from cans. A raw turtle. Possum. Cheez Whiz. Bob’s leg. This is what the zombies eat: people. Which makes a Walking Dead-themed restaurant either a terrible idea or brilliantly hilarious. Either way, the man who created the franchise doesn’t appreciate it.

Spring Forward: What Top Litigator Lateral Moves Tell Us About the Market

By Jenna Greene |

Demand for litigators seems to be lagging behind corporate, regulatory and transactional specialists--consistent with predictions by some consultants earlier this year. So what do recent lateral moves tell us about the market for litigators?

Au Pairs in the Crosshairs: Boies Schiller Suit May Upend the Program

By Jenna Greene |

So long as you don’t mind, say, a 22-year-old from Sweden living in your house, having an au pair seems like a great bargain--45 hours a week of child care for $4.35 an hour. But a class action in Denver federal court threatens to upend the program.

Park guests watch as a killer whale flips out of the water at SeaWorld Orlando's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, March 7, 2011.

Simpson Spears SeaWorld Suit Over ‘Blackfish’ Effect

By Jenna Greene |

Did the documentary "Blackfish" hurt attendance at SeaWorld? A federal judge last week ruled that plaintiffs in a putative securities fraud class action couldn't prove that it did.

Eugene Scalia.

Litigator of the Week: Eugene Scalia of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Jenna Greene |

Eugene Scalia has long been known as a regulation killer, the go-to lawyer for attacking government overreach. This week, the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner slayed one of his biggest dragons yet: the designation of MetLife Inc. as a “systemically important financial institution.”

The New York Times offices in Manhattan. Sept. 14, 2014.

Dueling Letters: How Paul Weiss and NFL Tussle with New York Times

By Scott Flaherty |

What happens when a powerful business is upset with a potentially damaging news article? Letters from lawyers fly, as shown by the NFL's reaction to an investigative article by the New York Times.

Alex Kozinski.

When a Bench Slap Is a Public Service

By Jenna Greene |

When U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski blasted a lawyer for poor performance, he earned my gratitude. Not for the schadenfreude of a bench-slap (actually more like a pummeling), but for warning the public about a lawyer. More judges should follow his lead.

Health Care Groups Lawyer Up for Battle Over Statistical Sampling

By Scott Flaherty |

With statistical sampling at the heart of a False Claims Act case over hospice charges, lawyers at Reed Smith and Hogan Lovells are sounding the alarm for the medical industry.

Winston & Strawn, Boldly Going Where No Pro Bono Case Has Gone Before

By Jenna Greene |

When you say ‘pro bono,’ most lawyers might think of a death penalty appeal or assisting an undocumented immigrant or helping a tenant fight an eviction. Then there’s Winston & Strawn’s work for the makers of a 'Star Trek' fan film.

Shout-Out: Sidley and Manatt Win a $25M Jury Verdict in Corporate Spy Case

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers from Sidley Austin and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips scored a $25 million jury verdict on behalf of a California-based mortgage bank that said its ex-employees illegally transferred hundreds of private consumer loan files to a competitor.

Steven Zalesin

Litigator of the Week: Steven Zalesin of Patterson Belknap

By Scott Flaherty |

Regrouping after a setback at the Supreme Court, Steven Zalesin cleared Coca-Cola of long-standing false advertising claims by juice-maker POM Wonderful.

Stephen Korniczky, left, and Martin Bader, right.

Shout-Out: Sheppard Mullin and Morgan Lewis Dial Up Pressure in IP Battle

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers for TCL Communication Technology Holdings are celebrating the latest turn in a worldwide IP battle against Ericsson.

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

How Many Ways Can You Lose a Lawsuit? Ask Donald Sterling

By Jenna Greene |

Remember Donald Sterling, the former owner of the L.A. Clippers? His lawsuit against the NBA and his wife over the forced sale of the team turned out to be the legal equivalent of throwing a brick. See how a Los Angeles federal judge systematically shredded his claims.

Exclusive: Feds Paid Judges $350M in Back Pay

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government has spent more than $350 million to settle back pay claims by federal judges, a Lit Daily investigation has found.

Mark Lanier, left, and John Beisner, right.

In Hip Implant Suits, Two Bellwethers, Two Outcomes--And a $500M Question

By Jenna Greene |

Bellwether trials can sometimes be about as reliable as a bunch of sheep following the one with a bell. Case in point: a $500 million verdict delivered by a Texas federal jury last week in a case involving hip implants.

Jonathan Youngwood.

Shout-Out: Simpson Spikes Lehman Brothers Suit

By Jenna Greene |

A team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett led by new litigation practice co-head Jonathan Youngwood scored an appellate win on Friday for former members of Lehman Brothers’ Benefits Committee.

Kannon Shanmugam.

The Case That Ate the Appellate Bar

By Jenna Greene |

If it wasn’t apparent that an appellate decision on Friday against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. involving the (deceptively sleepy-sounding) exercise of personal jurisdiction was a big deal, the list of lawyers alone should make it obvious.

Kurt Pankratz.

Shout-Out: Baker Botts Bests Quinn Emanuel in IP Battle

By Jenna Greene |

In his first trial to verdict as first chair, Baker Botts IP partner Kurt Pankratz successfully defended his client against a $59 million patent infringement claim. And he did so against one of the titans of the bar.

Litigator of the Week: James Rouhandeh of Davis Polk

By Scott Flaherty |

Rouhandeh’s persistence paid off in lingering litigation tied to $7 billion Ponzi scheme, to the great relief of his law firm client, Proskauer Rose.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland speaking after President Barack Obama announced his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court at the Rose Garden.  March 16, 2016.

Garland Pick: Qualified, Yes. Exciting, No.

By Jenna Greene |

It’s hard to imagine a less controversial candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court than Merrick Garland. But is that the best criteria for a nominee?

Dressing for Deception: When Ads Cross the Line to Fake News

By Jenna Greene |

The sundress is cute, no question about it. But the way Lord & Taylor allegedly marketed it, paying for Instagram posts without disclosing the compensation and passing off an advertisement as a news article, stands as a warning to all businesses.

P. David Lopez.

With Ninth Circuit Win, EEOC Is Back on Top Again

By Jenna Greene |

The EEOC scored a major win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a sexual harassment class action involving prison guards. Thank Mach Mining.

How Do You Market Litigators, Anyway?

By Jenna Greene |

In some ways, selling beer and selling lawyers isn't so different.

Jared Genser, of Freedom Now, at a press conference for the UN and the Unfair Trial of President Nasheed of the Maldives, at Doughty Street Chambers in London, England.  October 5, 2015.

Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators, DLA Piper and the World’s Worst Prisons

By Jenna Greene |

No lawyer in the world has a client list like Jared Genser. A former partner at DLA Piper, the human rights lawyer spoke with The Litigation Daily about his work, including his recent partnership with Amal Clooney to free the ex-president of the Maldives, and how law firms can help.

John Neuwirth

Litigator of the Week: John Neuwirth of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Scott Flaherty |

In his second securities class action win for drugmaker Sanofi this year, Neuwirth dissuaded the Second Circuit from taking a plaintiffs-friendly view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare.

Carmine Zarlenga, left, and Dale Giali, right.

Mayer Brown Sinks Coffee-mate Class Action

By Jenna Greene |

Plaintiffs in a would-be class action called coffee creamer Coffee-mate illegal and dangerous, not to mention unfit for human consumption. Mayer Brown lawyers used pre-emption to get the suit against Nestlé tossed.

Melinda Haag.

Meet Melinda Haag, Orrick’s New Litigation Head

By Jenna Greene |

Big firms don’t often hire lateral partners directly from the government, let alone bring them in to head their largest practice. That should tell you a lot about how highly Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe regards Melinda Haag, the new head of the firm’s 425-lawyer litigation department. What are her plans?

Shout-Out: Crowell and Jones Day on Top in $200M Antitrust Fight

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers from Crowell & Moring and Jones Day scored a win in a $200 million antitrust suit involving medical and surgical supplies for acute care providers.

Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg in the Hot Seat: Skadden’s Quest to Depose the Facebook CEO

By Jenna Greene |

On the list of things that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want to do, being deposed apparently ranks high. But even billionaires can’t sidestep the federal rules of civil procedure forever.

Hulk Hogan.

The Wrestler, the Sex Tape and the First Amendment

By Jenna Greene |

Can Gawker claim First Amendment protection for publishing a secret recording of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with his friend’s wife?

Republican candidate for president Donald Trump.

Trump the Scorched-Earth Litigant

By Jenna Greene |

The way Donald Trump uses the court system says something about his character—and it’s not good.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The Day Gibson Dunn Took Over the Second Circuit

By Jenna Greene |

It was practically Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher day at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday.

Lori Alvino McGill.

Wilkinson Walsh: ‘We Are Literally Turning Business Away’

By Jenna Greene |

It’s been just four weeks since litigation boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz opened its doors, and the firm, which just added its seventh partner, says business is booming.

Kathleen Sullivan.

Litigator of the Week: Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

After half a decade, the smartphone patent wars may be winding down without an unqualified winner. But not without unqualified wins.

Letter to the Editor: iPhones, the State and Privacy

Baker & Hostetler partner John Moscow weighs in on the fight between Apple and the FBI over iPhone decryption.

Daniel Volchok.

For Wilmer, a High Court ‘No’ Means a Client 'Yes'

By Jenna Greene |

Most of the time, getting the Supreme Court to deny cert isn’t much of an accomplishment. After all, the justices say no about 99 percent of the time. But sometimes, it is a big deal.

International Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Kirkland Notches a Quirky Win in a Quirky Forum

By Jenna Greene |

“The most interesting case I've ever seen.” That’s how U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge Thomas Pender described a fight over cutting-edge battery technology. But the best moments of the hearing came when the plainspoken judge called it like he saw it.

Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc., testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Why Apple Should Unlock iPhones for Evidence

By Jenna Greene |

Until now, there has been no basement or attic, no safe or file cabinet, that’s been immune from a lawfully executed search warrant. It doesn’t feel right that iPhones should be an exception.

Delaware Court of Chancery.

M&A Litigation Isn’t Dead—Though Bottom Feeders May Lose Out

By Jenna Greene |

Not all plaintiffs lawyers are bemoaning a series of decisions from the Delaware Chancery Court cracking down on disclosure-only M&A settlements.

Orrick, Quinn, Irell Among California Litigation Department of the Year Winners

By Jenna Greene |

Lit Daily sibling publication The Recorder on Monday announced its picks for litigation department of the year in 2016. Who came out on top?

Leaping Litigators: February’s Biggest Lateral Moves

By Jenna Greene |

It’s the shortest month of the year, but February saw plenty of big-time lateral action. Here are some that caught our eye.

Michael Scarborough

Litigator of the Week: Michael Scarborough of Sheppard Mullin

By Scott Flaherty |

When patent and antitrust laws collided for Samsung Electronics Co., Sheppard Mullin's Michael Scarborough pulled out an important victory.

Matthew Larrabee, left, and Joshua Hess, right.

After an Eight-Year Fight, Dechert and Quinn Knock Out Class Against Schwab

By Jenna Greene |

Schwab was sued for investing too aggressively during the financial crisis. The key question for Judge Lucy Koh: Was the suit precluded by the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act?

An Obscure Law and a Novel Complaint May Finally Kill LGBT Conversion Therapy

Will the Federal Trade Commission use a consumer protection statute to do away with "conversion therapy" treatments that purport to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identification? They should.

Ex-Dickstein Lawyers Make a Splash at Blank Rome with Big Win

By Jenna Greene |

Here’s one way to make a good impression on your new partners: Win a huge case right after you merge into their firm.

Talk Too Fast? Say Um? Forget Something and Panic? 10 Ways to Be a Better Oral Advocate

By Jenna Greene |

For litigators, it’s not enough to know what to say. You also have to know how to say it.

Kesha.

Trial by Twitter: Kesha v. Dr. Luke

By Jenna Greene |

Music producer Dr. Luke may well prevail in a truly ugly breach of contract suit against the singer Kesha. But in the meantime, he’s getting clobbered in the court of public opinion. What happened? And could the lawyers have played it differently?

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

Glaxo Whistleblower Behind $3B Settlement Loses Battle Over Firing

By Scott Flaherty |

Has GlaxoSmithKline finally seen the last of whistleblower Blair Hamrick?

(l-r) Joshua Rosenkranz, Douglas Greenswag, and Patrick McElhinny.

Litigators of the Week: Douglas Greenswag and Patrick McElhinny of K&L Gates and E. Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick

By Scott Flaherty |

The trio’s efforts in a high-stakes fight for Carnegie Mellon University paid off this week to the tune of $750 million.

Crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill that washed ashore at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Florida.

Quinn Emanuel Scores Key Ruling for BP Cleanup Defendants

By Scott Flaherty |

Five years after the BP oil spill fouled the Gulf of Mexico, a judge ruled for the first time that companies involved in the cleanup effort deserve the same immunity afforded to government agencies—even through the companies weren’t working under government contracts.

What's Next for Class Actions After Scalia?

By Scott Flaherty |

Justice Antonin Scalia penned three majority opinions that left an indisputable mark on class actions, but now the court must grapple with key issues that linger.

Lynn Hughes.

This Federal Judge Should Be Ashamed of Himself

By Jenna Greene |

Judges can be heroes, dispensing justice and righting wrongs. Or they can be bullies. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in Houston came across as the latter in his shameful treatment of Justice Department lawyer Kashyap Patel.

The Life and Death of Antonin Scalia: ALM Coverage

By Jenna Greene |

The Washington bureau of Lit Daily sibling publication The National Law Journal has extensive coverage of the unexpected death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday. Here are some highlights.

Lawyers in Love: Litigation Power Couples

By Jenna Greene |

Litigators are an intense breed. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re inspired to ask: What happens when they fall in love? Meet four litigation power couples who are living happily ever after.

Diane Sullivan

Litigator of the Week: Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Scott Flaherty |

Everyone knows class action trials are rare. After a win for Sullivan this week, an unusual type of class action facing the tobacco industry may soon be extinct, at least in Massachusetts.

A caddy waits for tee off on ten during the second round of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA, on September 26, 2015.

Skadden Slices PGA Tour Caddy Class Action

By Jenna Greene |

Sorry, caddies. That was a whiff. A San Francisco federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a would-be class action by 168 pro golf caddies who protested that they’re wrongly forced to wear “bibs” with corporate logos during tournaments.

Diane Sullivan.

Shout Out: Weil, Latham Trial Aces Snuff Smokers Class Action

By Jenna Greene |

A Massachusetts federal jury on Wednesday sided with Philip Morris USA, rejecting a demand for medical monitoring by smokers in the state.

Mark Cuban.

Why the SEC Must Wish It Never Went After Mark Cuban

By Jenna Greene |

When some people beat charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, they just want to put the whole ordeal behind them. Then there’s Mark Cuban.

3M World Headquarters.

Covington Wins Conflict Fight With Ex-Client 3M, But It’s Ugly

By Jenna Greene |

It’s hard to see who has the moral high ground in a brutal conflict of interest fight between Covington & Burling and its former client, 3M Co.

Gabriel Colwell.

SEC to Squire Patton Boggs Client: Sorry, Never Mind

By Jenna Greene |

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Squire Patton Boggs client Haijian Luo in Manhattan federal court for insider trading in June 2015, it seemed like an open-and-shut case. Except the SEC got it wrong.

Bert Deixler.

Little Firm, Big Heart: Boutique Donates Entire Pro Bono Fee to Legal Charities

By Jenna Greene |

Litigation boutique Kendall Brill & Kelly settled a major pro bono case that will desegregate Arizona’s prisons, and it pledged to give its entire court-awarded fee to public interest organizations.

Pallbearers carry the casket of Quintonio LeGrier during his funeral in Chicago, Illinois, January 9, 2016.

Cop Sues Estate of Young Man He Kills, Citing Emotional Trauma

By Jenna Greene |

It’s only February, but we’ve already got a strong contender for worst lawsuit of the year.

Mental Illness and the Courts—A Sister’s Perspective

By Jenna Greene |

My brother has schizophrenia. He’s been ill for almost 30 years, and he has little to no awareness of this fact. Some localities have passed laws that allow judges to order severely mentally ill people to undergo outpatient treatment. It's controversial—but it's also right.

Daniel Petrocelli.

Shout-Out: O’Melveny's Petrocelli Keeps Fox’s ‘Empire’ Intact

By Jenna Greene |

Twentieth Century Fox Television can keep the title of its hit show “Empire” after O’Melveny & Myers trial practice head Daniel Petrocelli led a team of firm lawyers to beat back a trademark challenge.

Brad Caldwell

Litigator of the Week: Bradley Caldwell of Caldwell Cassady & Curry

By Julie Triedman |

The software patent gravy train is still chugging for VirnetX and its lawyers, who won a $625.6 million infringement verdict against Apple this week.

Tara Lee.

No Wonder Quinn Emanuel Wanted This Lateral Litigator

By Jenna Greene |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan boasts that firm lawyers have tried more than 2,400 cases, winning 88 percent of them. New lateral partner Tara Lee, who joined the firm from DLA Piper, should fit right in. This case is one reason why.

Scott Gilbert.

The Unlikely Insurance Lawyer Behind the Release of U.S. Prisoners in Iran and Cuba

By Jenna Greene |

Scott Gilbert made his name as a star insurance litigator who has helped clients recover more than $50 billion in claims. But he's also the lawyer behind the releases of Amir Hekmati in Iran and Alan Gross in Cuba. It's all about the ability to broker a settlement.

When Opting Out Goes Bad: One Company’s Story

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes opting out of a class action can backfire. That’s what happened last week to The Valspar Corp., which came up empty=handed in a huge price fixing suit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. What went wrong?

Meet Simpson Thacher’s New Litigation Co-Head

By Jenna Greene |

Securities litigator Jonathan Youngwood is stepping up to co-head the litigation practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm announced Monday. What are his plans for the 200-plus lawyer group?

Judge Judy Sheindlin presides over a case as her bailiff Petri Hawkins Byrd listens on the set of her syndicated show

Five Hilarious Things Litigators Can Learn From Judge Judy

By Jenna Greene |

Yes, I know, you’re a real lawyer, and you don’t watch Judge Judy. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lessons to be learned from the Hon. Judith Sheindlin. Because this lady has seen it all—and she’s quick to say what other judges may only think.

Arvin Maskin, left, and Edward Soto, right.

Shout-Out: Weil Snuffs Product Liability Class for HVAC Giant

By Jenna Greene |

A team of Weil Gotshal & Manges litigators rebuffed a bid for class certification in a product liability suit, handing client Nortek Global HVAC a win on Thursday in Miami federal court.

Richard Godfrey, left, and Mike Brock, right.

Litigators of the Week: Richard Godfrey and Mike Brock of Kirkland & Ellis

By Scott Flaherty |

In the first GM ignition switch trial, the automaker’s lawyers exploited an unexpected advantage.

Michael Robertson.

Where Did $190M Go? MP3tunes Founder Accused of Separating From Wife to Shield Assets in Suit

By Jenna Greene |

Michael Robertson made a fortune—more than $190 million, he testified at trial in 2014. But now that he’s got a $15.8 million judgment for copyright infringement hanging over his head, the money is … gone. Plaintiffs lawyers think his estranged wife might be hiding it.

They’re Baa-aack: Securities Class Actions Jump

By Jenna Greene |

Securities class action filings last year hit the highest level since 2008, according to a new report. What's behind the numbers?

Anna Rotman.

With Litigation Lateral, Kirkland Makes a Play in Houston

By Jenna Greene |

Kirkland & Ellis is stepping up its litigation practice in Houston with the addition of lateral partner Anna Rotman from top trial boutique Yetter Coleman.

Alexandra Walsh of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Alexandra Walsh on Why She and Beth Wilkinson Left Paul Weiss to Form New Trial Boutique

By Jenna Greene |

The litigation landscape has a new power player: boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. Name partner Alexandra Walsh spoke to The Lit Daily about how the firm came into being, its market niche and why going to her kids' soccer games makes her a better litigator.

With a Pro Bono Army, Greenberg Traurig Rescues Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Jenna Greene |

Big Brothers Big Sisters was in big trouble. After more than 2,000 hours of pro bono work by 21 lawyers in 10 offices, Greenberg Truarig brokered a $1.6 million settlement with the government to resolve allegations that the charity failed to properly account for grant money.

Dirty Water, Dirty Pool in Flint Lawsuits

By Jenna Greene |

The toxic drinking water in Flint, Michigan is a disgrace, a profound public failure. But a new class action lawsuit going after lower-level officials because those at the top have blanket immunity isn't the answer.

Lawyer Amal Clooney embraces the deposed President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed as he arrives at Heathrow airport in London, January 21, 2016.

Amal Clooney for the Win (But Would You Expect Anything Less?)

By Jenna Greene |

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.