The 2024 Pro Bono Scorecard: National Report - Legal news - NewsLocker (2024)

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NYU Settles Antisemitism Suit, as Kasowitz Pushes Other Universities to 'Follow Their Lead' Judge Says a Jury Should Decide Whether 'Oral Agreement' for Base Salary Existed Between Attorney, Former Firm Law Firm Faces Libel Suit After Reposting News Article About Its Case Advertisem*nt Senate Confirms Nancy Maldonado as First Hispanic Judge to Serve on 7th Circuit The Supreme Court Protected Domestic Violence Victims This Term. Will it Continue? AltaClaro Launches New Training Programs to Tackle Mounting Pressure on Associates Weil Launches Offices in LA and SF, Recruiting Latham Private Equity Partners Advertisem*nt Norcross, Law Firm Leader Co-Defendants Enter Not-Guilty Pleas to Criminal Charges Involving Camden Waterfront Scandal Alaska Federal Judge Resigns as Investigation Sustains Sexual Misconduct Complaint Bankruptcy Filings Surged in First Half of 2024 Amid Uptick in Big Chapter 11 Cases Will 7th Circuit Ruling Make Mass Arbitrations 'Too Onerous' for Plaintiffs Firms? Singer Ariana Grande Challenges USPTO's Denial Over 'One Love Manchester' Trademark 'Strong' Legal Theory or 'Oxymoron'? Experts Eye FTC Antitrust Suit Against Mattress Merger 'Intent of Deceiving': Fed. Judge Voids $1.14M Insurance Claim That Was Based on 'Illusory Estimate,' Orders Plaintiffs to Pay Back $300K Data Breach Class Actions Begin to Pile Up Against Prudential Insurance As Organ-Transplant Industry Draws Scrutiny, FDA Alleges Eye Bank Accepted Donors With Sepsis Pa. Gymnastics Camp Agrees to Pay $8M to Minor Sexually Assaulted by Coach 'Jury Did Not Get It Right': Florida Judge Vacates $10.2M Verdict, Denies Retrial French Elections Yield Hung Parliament and Possible Tax Hikes How I Made Partner: 'Take Time to Explore and Learn What You Want to Do,' Says Utibe Ikpe of Meland Budwick Paxton AI Releases AI Citator—And Publicizes Its Benchmarks on GitHub Boeing Agrees to Felony Plea, as CLO Brett Gerry Strives to Contain 737 Max Crisis Office Subleasing Deals in Big Law Gain Traction, With Brownstein and Cozen Moving to New DC Offices Lockstep Compensation Isn't Just for the Most Elite Law Firms With a 7-Figure Book Deal and TV Adaptation on the Way, This Dechert Associate Remains Committed to Her Day Job Kirkland's $40 Million Haul from Rite Aid Bankruptcy Doubles Initial Compensation for Opioid Victims DOJ's Cyber Fraud Initiative: A Wake-up Call That Keeps Ringing Robocar Startup Backed by Altman and Gates Hires CLO
  • 09-07-2024 17:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Jenner & Block knocked Covington & Burling out of their top spot in this year's Pro Bono Scorecard.

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  • NYU Settles Antisemitism Suit, as Kasowitz Pushes Other Universities to 'Follow Their Lead'

    09-07-2024 22:20 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Marc Kasowitz is also representing student plaintiffs in other Title VI antisemitism cases against Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

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  • Judge Says a Jury Should Decide Whether 'Oral Agreement' for Base Salary Existed Between Attorney, Former Firm

    09-07-2024 21:48 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "Specifically, Freeland's pay statements demonstrate some discrepancies between pay periods, contrary to his assertion that he was always paid consistently. For instance, Freeland's pay statements show that there were several pay periods when Freeland received nothing in regular pay salary," wrote U.S. District Judge Nancy L. Maldonado for the Northern District of Illinois.

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  • Law Firm Faces Libel Suit After Reposting News Article About Its Case

    09-07-2024 21:07 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Although Javerbaum Wurgaft's client has his own suit against Holtec, the litigation privilege does not apply because the law firm made defamatory statements that went beyond those in the complaint, Holtec's suit claims.

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  • Senate Confirms Nancy Maldonado as First Hispanic Judge to Serve on 7th Circuit

    09-07-2024 17:41 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Maldonado, who was confirmed in a 53-45 vote, will be the first Hispanic judge to sit on the Chicago-based appeals court.

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  • The Supreme Court Protected Domestic Violence Victims This Term. Will it Continue?

    09-07-2024 17:28 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    It's possible the decision may spur other states to pass laws similar to the one in California.

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  • AltaClaro Launches New Training Programs to Tackle Mounting Pressure on Associates

    09-07-2024 17:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    As law firms face pressure to head into mediation earlier and earlier, junior associates feel the need to hit the ground running quicker than ever before. The new AltaClaro training series is hoping to speed up the process with real-life litigation simulations.

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  • Weil Launches Offices in LA and SF, Recruiting Latham Private Equity Partners

    The full buildout of its new offices will be a combination of some existing Weil personnel from its Silicon Valley office, which it intends to maintain, and other U.S. offices, as well as lateral hires, the firm said.

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  • Norcross, Law Firm Leader Co-Defendants Enter Not-Guilty Pleas to Criminal Charges Involving Camden Waterfront Scandal

    09-07-2024 07:48 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    On Tuesday, George Norcross III, along with his brother, Philip A. Norcross, a managing shareholder and CEO of Parker McCay, and William M. Tambussi, a partner with Brown & Connery, among others, pleaded not guilty before Mercer County Judge Peter Warshaw Jr.

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  • Alaska Federal Judge Resigns as Investigation Sustains Sexual Misconduct Complaint

    09-07-2024 03:47 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    In a 30-page order, the council said Joshua Kindred bombarded his clerks with hundreds of texts containing "crude, sexual, personal and vulgar messages" about his and their personal lives.

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  • Bankruptcy Filings Surged in First Half of 2024 Amid Uptick in Big Chapter 11 Cases

    09-07-2024 01:32 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "Commercial filing trends continue to show strong double digit percentage increases in year-over-year filings, while individual filings increased at a much lower rate compared to commercial filings in the first half of 2024," said Michael Hunter, vice president of the Epiq AACER bankruptcy data platform.

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  • Will 7th Circuit Ruling Make Mass Arbitrations 'Too Onerous' for Plaintiffs Firms?

    09-07-2024 01:15 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "The decision should put a significant dent in the current mass arbitration model, at least as it has been addressed in the reported decisions," said Allen Garrett Jr., a Kilpatrick Townsend partner.

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  • Singer Ariana Grande Challenges USPTO's Denial Over 'One Love Manchester' Trademark

    09-07-2024 01:12 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    The complaint stems from GrandeAri's several attempts to register "One Love Manchester," following a deadly bombing attack that occurred at Grande's concert in Manchester, England, in May 2017.

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  • 'Strong' Legal Theory or 'Oxymoron'? Experts Eye FTC Antitrust Suit Against Mattress Merger

    09-07-2024 00:45 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "The likelihood and degree of potential foreclosure is significant, as shown by Tempur Sealy's internal documents, its past attempts to exclude other suppliers from Mattress Firm, and the projections of third-party investors," the FTC alleges in its antitrust complaint attempting to block the proposed mattress merger.

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  • 'Intent of Deceiving': Fed. Judge Voids $1.14M Insurance Claim That Was Based on 'Illusory Estimate,' Orders Plaintiffs to Pay Back $300K

    09-07-2024 00:28 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "Critically, when asked for their 'proof' of that figure, the Pittsfield entities claimed that they 'have a proposal from a contractor that says it,'" wrote U.S. District Judge Nancy L. Maldonado of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Data Breach Class Actions Begin to Pile Up Against Prudential Insurance

    08-07-2024 23:41 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    ALPHV Blackcat, the "notorious" cybercrime group, is likely behind the attack, the complaint contended. The group is known for ransomware and data extortion. The personal data will also likely be sold on the dark web, the plaintiffs alleged.

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  • As Organ-Transplant Industry Draws Scrutiny, FDA Alleges Eye Bank Accepted Donors With Sepsis

    08-07-2024 22:58 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    The Food and Drug Administration said five donors either had a sepsis diagnosis or showed clinical signs of sepsis. But the Indiana Lions Eye Bank countered that blood cultures from all five tested negative. "There is still only one gold standard for the diagnosis of sepsis, and that is a positive blood culture," it said.

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  • Pa. Gymnastics Camp Agrees to Pay $8M to Minor Sexually Assaulted by Coach

    08-07-2024 22:47 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    The plaintiff alleged that the Woodward Camp in State College knew that her abuser had a history of inappropriate behavior toward minors but continued to hire him as a coach anyway.

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  • 'Jury Did Not Get It Right': Florida Judge Vacates $10.2M Verdict, Denies Retrial

    08-07-2024 21:34 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "A new trial is one thing," said Lewis Murphy, a partner at Murphy and Walker. "But a judgment notwithstanding a verdict—particularly after a three-week trial—is a rarer occurrence."

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  • French Elections Yield Hung Parliament and Possible Tax Hikes

    08-07-2024 21:25 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    France's left Nouveau Front Populaire coalition has come out on top in snap elections that President Macron called in June to the dismay of his own party.

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  • How I Made Partner: 'Take Time to Explore and Learn What You Want to Do,' Says Utibe Ikpe of Meland Budwick

    08-07-2024 18:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "Young associates should take time to explore and learn what they want to do. Once they figure that out, seek out assignments in that area, and it is okay to ask someone you admire to be your mentor."

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  • Paxton AI Releases AI Citator—And Publicizes Its Benchmarks on GitHub

    08-07-2024 16:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Paxton AI seeks to reduce costs and pull back the curtain on an opaque legal research marketplace with its new release.

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  • Boeing Agrees to Felony Plea, as CLO Brett Gerry Strives to Contain 737 Max Crisis

    08-07-2024 15:35 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Families of 737 Max crash victims already are vehemently opposing the deal, saying it goes way too easy on Boeing, and will urge federal Judge Reed O'Connor to reject it.

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  • Office Subleasing Deals in Big Law Gain Traction, With Brownstein and Cozen Moving to New DC Offices

    08-07-2024 13:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Brownstein Hyatt and Cozen O'Connor have inked to sublet spaces from Venable and Buckley, respectively, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

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  • Lockstep Compensation Isn't Just for the Most Elite Law Firms

    08-07-2024 13:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "There's no fighting over the origination or billing status," noted one midsize firm leader about lockstep pay.

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  • With a 7-Figure Book Deal and TV Adaptation on the Way, This Dechert Associate Remains Committed to Her Day Job

    08-07-2024 12:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    "There are aspects of legal work I would really miss if I left it behind," said Isabel J. Kim, whose unpublished debut novel "Sublimation" has been picked up by Universal International Studios.

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  • Kirkland's $40 Million Haul from Rite Aid Bankruptcy Doubles Initial Compensation for Opioid Victims

    08-07-2024 12:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    Opioid claimants are set to receive $20 million upon the bankruptcy's conclusion, plus $27.5 million in deferred payments.

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  • DOJ's Cyber Fraud Initiative: A Wake-up Call That Keeps Ringing

    08-07-2024 07:03 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    DOJ's Cyber Fraud Initiative has been a wake-up call for companies to prioritize cybersecurity and adhere to stringent standards. By leveraging the FCA, DOJ has used a powerful enforcement tool to target a wide range of cybersecurity failures and misrepresentations. The increasing focus on cybersecurity by enforcement agencies means that robust cybersecurity practices are becoming a standard expectation, not just a best practice.

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  • 06-07-2024 23:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    M&A deals valued at over $10 billion were up 70% from last year to $363.4 billion, while private equity-backed M&;A was up 36% to $369.5 billion.

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  • Robocar Startup Backed by Altman and Gates Hires CLO

    06-07-2024 17:00 via feeds.feedblitz.com

    JoAnn Covington, who has three decades of Silicon Valley experience, is taking the legal reins of Gldyways, which aims to operate self-driving cars on a dedicated track. apid transit system" with its own dedicated track and robo cars that can carry up to four passengers at a time; a customer experience it likens to "ride hailing, but at public transit prices."

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