| SUPREME COURT REVIEW
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his nominee to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has narrowed down the pool of candidates to “around” five people, including two women.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the longest-serving active member of the U.S. Supreme Court, announced his retirement Wednesday after three decades on the high court. Here, Law360 analyzes his immense impact and what his departure means for the future of the court.
New Jersey’s high court bolstered policyholders embroiled in complex multiyear insurance disputes by ruling Wednesday that Honeywell International Inc. doesn’t have to help pay for asbestos injury suits filed after coverage for such claims became unavailable, with the court refusing to ax or limit a long-standing rule assigning liability for those periods to insurers.
A California jury held Friday that Landmark Worldwide owes its former firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP $133,000 for unpaid work on an employee’s discrimination suit, rejecting the self-help company’s allegation that the firm committed malpractice by not advising it to claim insurance in the case.
Travelers doesn’t have to pay out nearly $3 million to cover a consent judgment reached between an insured orange grove manager accused of stealing supplies and the grove’s owner, a Florida federal court ruled Thursday, finding the deal smacked of “collusion and bad faith.”
An Ohio state appeals court found Thursday that a shuttered coal mine owner’s insurers don’t have to pay $15 million to cover the cost of treating contaminated runoff, saying the expense is not a covered “occurrence” but a measure to stem future occurrences.
A Maryland appeals court ruled that Harleysville Preferred Insurance Co. must defend the restaurant Rams Head at Savage Mill in underlying litigation stemming from a camera that was hidden in a restroom, but need not defend the majority owner who hid it there, because of a policy exclusion for criminal acts.
Archer & Greiner PC has escaped legal malpractice claims in New Jersey over its alleged role in botching a Pennsylvania restaurant’s fire damage insurance suit after an appeals court said in a published opinion Friday that the claims were barred by a two-year statute of limitations in the Keystone State.
A New York federal court has denied U.S. Bank NA’s bid to pause a lawsuit by insurer Ambac Assurance Corp. alleging that the bank failed to prevent losses on billions of dollars’ worth of residential mortgage-backed securities, saying Friday that the federal action should be trimmed but is not parallel with two state proceedings.
The last week has seen more than a dozen U.K. municipal authorities lodge a derivatives suit against Barclays, a hedge fund accuse Portugal’s Novo Banco of tripping a default for billions of euros worth of debt and a dispute between a unit of troubled specialty reinsurer CBL Corp. and one of its former originating insurers.
In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Conagra bought Pinnacle Foods for $10.9 billion, Synnex and Convergys merged in a $2.4 billion deal, Sirius and Easterly Acquisition combined to create a $2.2 billion public company, and Lime Rock closed a $1.9 billion acquisition fund.
As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.
In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Latham & Watkins LLP said Friday it will be led by London partner Richard Trobman effective immediately, following a months-long succession process kicked off by the sudden resignation of previous chair and managing partner Bill Voge.
The two law firms were among those that recently said they are making compensation changes for U.S. associates, according to internal memos made public Friday.
A Miami landlord has filed suit in Florida state court against Sedgwick LLP, one of three complaints filed in recent months alleging that the now-shuttered firm defaulted on its lease termination agreements when it closed up shop earlier this year.
Baker McKenzie has created a new director position aimed at streamlining its delivery of legal services, and it hired former Archer Daniels Midland Co. legal operations director David Cambria to fill the role, the firm said Friday.
Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP has been fined £80,000 ($105,671) by The Solicitors Regulation Authority for inspecting and sharing unredacted confidential information and documents of 7,087 client matters of Quindell Legal Services Ltd. without the firm’s knowledge, according to a decision that was published Friday.
Among the U.S. Supreme Court’s list of decisions this week, the justices ruled that unions can’t require government workers to pay fees and upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Also this week, the president began his search to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who said he will step down from the bench on July 31. These are some of the stories you may have missed in the past seven days.
The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term this week was filled with fireworks. The high court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban and dealt a significant blow to public-sector organized labor, and then Justice Anthony Kennedy capped it all off by announcing his retirement, sparking a dizzying debate over both his legacy and his replacement. We’ll tackle it all on this week’s podcast.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.