At least 10 more partners have left Dewey & LeBoeuf in the wake of the embattled firm's Friday acknowledgement that the Manhattan DA is investigating possible wrongdoing by former Chairman Steven Davis, who has retained counsel. With the most recent defections -- from offices in Dubai, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. -- Dewey has now lost at least 83 partners since the start of the year. Dewey leaders, meanwhile, continue their scramble to find a solution to the firm's pressing financial problems.
A federal judge has doubled a jury award to the University of Pittsburgh in its patent suit against Varian Medical Systems, making the total amount $73.6 million. The judge also awarded attorney fees to the university in what he called an "exceptional" case. The total amount that Varian will likely pay is nearly $100 million.
Appellate lawyer Ruth Piller has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her former employer, Houston's Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering, alleging the firm discriminated against her on the basis of her gender and her neurological disorder-related disability.
Paul Weiss litigation partner Beth Wilkinson has been retained by the FTC for an antitrust investigation of Internet search giant Google. Paul Weiss hired Wilkinson three years ago from Fannie Mae, where she had worked since 2006 after seven years at Latham & Watkins, where she co-chaired the white-collar practice.
The state of Mississippi is asking that part of the proposed settlement with BP in the Deepwater Horizon litigation be declared null and void, because it excludes more than 200,000 people and businesses that illegally settled claims under an administrative process that forced them to waive all future economic damages.
Polsinelli Shughart, one of The Am Law 200's fastest-growing firms, confirmed last week that it has hired 14 lawyers from midsize St. Louis shop Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, a 36-year-old firm in the process of winding down its operations.
The Justice Department on Friday said it should not be forced to publicly disclose information about criminal cases involving cellphone tracking in which the defendant was acquitted or the case was dismissed, arguing in court papers that the individuals involved "should not be exposed to public scrutiny a second time."
Two days after being ordered by a federal judge to bare all, at least in regards to financial records and internal communications, adult website Perfect 10 chose to end its long-running copyright battle with Google. Perfect 10 had claimed that individuals could see free thumbnails of its content by using Google.
Companies that want to implement an effective antitrust compliance program need to do it themselves, rather than hoping for guidance from the Justice Department, says antitrust lawyer Theodore Banks. He outlines 10 key steps that companies should take to make sure their compliance programs make the grade.
Following a federal judge's suggestion, lawyers for Bank of America are hoping to use a rarely cited New York Court of Appeals ruling to knock out a huge chunk of AIG's multibillion-dollar claims over Countrywide mortgage-backed securities. If adopted, their interpretation could have implications for an untold number of New York plaintiffs.
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