Connecticut Pulse

  • Court Trims Atty Fee Bid For Xerox Workers' $4.1M ERISA Deal

    After a $4.1 million Connecticut ERISA settlement, a federal court has awarded more than $1 million in fees to attorneys who represented a class of nearly 40,000 Xerox workers, determining a one-quarter fee amount was more appropriate than the requested one-third cut.

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    Litigation Finance Becoming Commonplace In BigLaw

    When Michael Lackey first pitched others at Mayer Brown about using litigation funding for a matter, he got a less-than-positive response, he recalled.

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    Arbitrator Ken Feinberg Doesn't Shy From Litigation Funders

    Well-known arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg, speaking at a conference on Monday, said that he doesn't automatically wrinkle his nose when he hears that a litigation funder is part of a complex legal matter that he is attempting to find a resolution to.

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    Insiders See Litigation Funding's Appeal Overcoming Its Risks

    With higher interest rates and fights over disclosure rules on the horizon, the litigation finance industry is in a tenuous place, but it's not slowing down, a series of experts said at the International Legal Finance Association 2024 Conference on Monday.

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    Microsoft, Walmart CLOs Recognized For Integrity, Creativity

    The legal chiefs at Microsoft and Walmart are among about a dozen leading corporate lawyers who soon will be recognized at the Burton Awards as "Legends in Law" for their track records of addressing complex matters and creativity in solving challenges.

  • Conn. Attorney Says She'll End Defamation Lawsuit For $750K

    A Connecticut attorney who accused an acquaintance of commissioning and disseminating a background check that falsely called her a convicted drug dealer has told a Constitution State court that she would be willing to resolve her defamation claims if that acquaintance agrees to pay her $750,000.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after an Illinois federal jury found that Amazon owes $525 million in damages for infringing three patents covering cloud data storage technology.

  • Vermont Attys Can't Be Sued In Connecticut, Court Says

    Two Vermont firms that handled the sale of a Connecticut man's second home near a Vermont ski town cannot be sued in Connecticut because the lawyers' business models and the disputed cash transfers that spurred the litigation were not sufficiently directed toward Connecticut, a three-judge appellate panel ruled on Friday.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Hagens Berman being named interim lead counsel of a rent price-fixing proposed class action and Seward & Kissel's work on a finance industry acquisition lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 29 to April 12.

  • Marshall Dennehey Adds Liberty Mutual Atty In Training Role

    Marshall Dennehey PC expanded its professional services team this week by adding an attorney who left his role as counsel for Liberty Mutual to lead the firm's professional development team.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    Law360 Pulse covered the biggest legal news this week, including new reports on law firm attrition, gender parity in law firms' real estate practice groups, and first quarter law firm combinations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Longtime Hogan Lovells Transport Head Joins Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the former head of Hogan Lovells' transportation practice as a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-leader of its global automotive and mobility practice.

  • 3 Firms Vie To Lead RTX Stockholder Suit Over Engine Cracks

    Saxena White PA and Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP on Thursday sought appointments as co-lead counsel in pension fund lawsuits alleging RTX Corp.'s stock fell when it revealed that cracks in a subsidiary's jet engines cost billions to repair, with Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP also seeking to lead the case for an individual investor.

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    Law Firms Slowed Pace Of Hiring In First Quarter Of 2024

    Despite a modest recovery in the latter half of last year, law firm lateral recruitment tapered off once again in the first quarter of 2024, with the hiring of associate candidates dropping the most during that period, according to Firm Prospects LLC.

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    Recently Retired Pitney Bowes CLO's Comp Topped $1.7M In '23

    The longtime top legal officer for shipping and mailing technology company Pitney Bowes Inc. saw his compensation rise to over $1.7 million in 2023, continuing growth since 2021, a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed.

  • Conn. District Court Approves Annual Atty Registration Fee

    All attorneys admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut must now pay an annual registration fee each summer in order to remain an active member of the court's bar following revisions to a local rule.

  • Conn. Attorney Accused Of Unreasonable Fees In VW Case

    Connecticut's attorney disciplinary authority has accused an attorney of charging an unreasonable fee to a plaintiff in a 2022 defective product claim against Volkswagen of America and not providing documentation to support the fee, in violation of professional conduct rules.

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    30 Law Firms Lead On Client Service Amid Wider Decline

    When interviewed about client service, corporate legal decision-makers praised a select few law firms, even as the overall satisfaction of corporate clients has fallen in recent years, according to a report released Wednesday by BTI Consulting Group.

  • Conn. Ethics Panel Finds 'No Reason' To Reinstate Atty Early

    The Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, an arm of the state's judicial system tasked with ethics complaints, slammed a disbarred lawyer's reinstatement bid, stating that his application is 12 years early and that he still owes $146,031 in restitution for the embezzlement that got him disbarred.

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    BigLaw Real Estate Varies Widely On Gender Diversity

    In March, Women's History Month, Law360 looked at gender diversity among the real estate groups at 20 large law firms and found that those firms vary widely on that point.

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    Barclay Damon Hires 3 IP Attys From Murtha Cullina

    Barclay Damon LLP announced Tuesday it added a Hartford, Connecticut-based, five-person intellectual property group, consisting of two partners, one counsel, a patent agent and a paralegal, from New England law firm Murtha Cullina LLP.

  • Atty Gets 5-Year Suspension After Tax Fraud Conviction

    Citing the case's harm to the reputation of lawyers, a Connecticut state court judge has suspended a real estate, personal injury and criminal defense lawyer for five years over a federal income tax fraud conviction, issuing a punishment beyond what disciplinary authorities suggested.

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    Legal Lags Behind Other Professionals Using AI

    Despite increased demand for artificial intelligence, most professionals are not using this technology at work, with legal professionals lagging behind other sectors, according to a new survey on Tuesday.

  • Attys Have Duty To Defend Judges, ABA President Says

    The American Bar Association's president on Monday warned that attacks on judges and the U.S. court system have skyrocketed in recent years and urged lawyers to stand up for the judicial process by defending judges who are unjustly criticized.

  • District Judge Upholds Kwok Daughter, Law Firm Sanctions

    A Connecticut federal judge has upheld a bankruptcy judge's $83,370 sanction against the daughter of bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok, saying the record is "abundantly clear" that she, her company and her lawyers stalled and tried to avoid subpoenas from Kwok's bankruptcy trustee.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

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