Which lawyers were honored on this year’s list? And why are female attorneys so poorly represented? Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Akin Gump, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP,Show More Summary
(Todd Zywicki) Interesting commentary in The Atlantic Monthly on the rising cost and decreasing quality of higher education: HIGHER education has long been growing more rational. Yet there is a widespread feeling of discontent with the present ideal of academic culture which sometimes degenerates into down- right pessimism. It must be conceded that education costs too much [...]
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West defended the U.S. Department of Justice's record with whistleblowers Thursday, testifying on Capitol Hill that his leadership led to the recovery of more taxpayer money than at any other time in American history. "The...
Does DRM stop (or even slow down) piracy? This question's hardly hypothetical. It's been answered with a resounding "no" all over the internet. Of course, it's been argued that DRM was never about piracy prevention, but instead was a vehicle for content owners to control the technology in the hands of the end users. Show More Summary
Not for the first time, and probably not the last, I find myself reading reports from the legal marketplace and wondering why lawyers are asleep at the switch. The latest head-scratcher comes courtesy of Altman Weil and its fifth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey of 238 US law firms. Show More Summary
When economist Dambisa Moyo writes about the challenges facing African nations, she draws in part on her own roots and the great distance she has traveled since growing up in Zambia in the 1970s. She left her native country midway through college and went on to pursue graduate degrees at Harvard and Oxford. Show More Summary
Rebellion Developments Ltd. v. Stardock Entertainment, Inc., 2013 WL 1944888 (E.D. Mich.) H/T Eric Goldman. Rebellion sued Stardock alleging that Stardock’s game, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion infringed its registered trademark for a game development company. Show More Summary
Despite the differences, Biglaw trials and Boutique law trials have a lot in common… and are both equally rewarding. Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, Small Law Firms, Trials
H/T The Trademark Blog H&R Block Eastern Enterprises, Inc. v. Intuit, Inc., No. 13-0072-CV-W-FJG (W.D. Mo. May 22, 2013) An anti-trademark-expansionist twofer: claim against comparative ad dismissed on the pleadings, and a holding that “confusion” doesn't mean just any kind of confusion. Show More Summary
We've had plenty of stories of dumb criminals being caught in surprising ways thanks to new technology. Particularly common are the criminals who confess via the internet. However, this next one is a new one: a Florida man named Scott...Show More Summary
Arkansas Republican tries to blame sons for the sins of their fathers… Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: 5th Amendment, Corruption of Blood, Fifth Amendment, International Law, Iran, Politics, Tom Cotton
When you're single and going on lots of dates, you start to wish you had some sort of dating superpower. Perhaps a Spidey sense to help you differentiate Ms. Right from Ms. Wrong. Or a charm spell to win over that dreamy person who's out of your league. Or—for efficiency's sake—the capacity to be on three dates at the same time.
Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, Inc. v. Georgia-Pacific LLC, --- F. Supp. 2d ----, 2013 WL 2177974 (D.N.J.) Parker sued GP on behalf of a putative class alleging violations of the New Jersey Products Liability Act (PLA); breach of express warranty; and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA). Show More Summary
The State Department's Office of Chief of Protocol has provided a list of the goodies federal government officials received from foreign officials in 2011 and 2010.
Yesterday, the Senate HELP Committee approved all five NLRB nominees. The Republican nominees (Johnson and Miscimarra) got unanimous support; Chairman Pearce (a Dem) had four Republicans vote against him; and Members Block and Griffin (Dems) had all Republicans except for...
Rayner NJLRA executive director Marcus Rayner testified before the state’s highest court on Tuesday, May 21st. Rayner asked the justices to consider amending the state’s Rules of Evidence to ensure that evidence permitted in New Jersey courtrooms are of comparable caliber to evidence permitted at trial in other jurisdictions. Show More Summary
Pacific Rim law firm King & Wood Mallesons has appointed real estate lawyer Sue Kench as managing partner for its Australian arm, capping a management shakeup that emerged earlier this week.
The U.S. Senate will consider two nominees for District of Columbia Superior Court following a favorable vote yesterday by a Senate committee. Nominees Robert Okun and Michael O'Keefe appeared a week ago before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...
Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart this morning set out her office's goals for PIPEDA reform. The last attempt to reform the private sector privacy law stalled in he House of Commons with Bill C-12 still technically alive...Show More Summary
Sources report significant lawyer and staff layoffs at Dickstein Shapiro. What might be driving the cuts? Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Biglaw, Bruce N. Saffran, Bruce Saffran,Show More Summary