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Layoffs Rattle British Law Firms—Will U.S. Firms Be Next?

Law firm layoffs are running rampant, with Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, and Eversheds all confirming office closures, outsourcing to back offices or other overhauls affecting dozens of lawyers and staff, mainly in Europe. “As pricing pressure from clients continues, firms have become less tolerant of chronically underperforming lawyers, practice areas, and offices,” says Zeughauser […]

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Avoiding law school in droves

It looks like one for the record books. As of mid-January, the number of applicants for seats in American Bar Association-accredited law schools has fallen by 20 percent since last year. If the trend holds through the final months of the admission cycle, law schools could see a drop of 38 percent from a peak […]

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D.C. Circuit declares NLRB recess appointments unconstitutional

The D.C. Circuit has declared unconstitutional a series of recess appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board, setting up a potential government request that the U.S. Supreme Court weigh the scope of presidential appointment power. The ruling was a major blow to the Justice Department, which defended the appointments as a valid […]

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Securities bar predicts White will be 'tough sheriff' at SEC

The nomination of Debevoise partner Mary Jo White as the next head of the Securities and Exchange Commission means the agency will continue with an aggressive approach to Wall Street enforcement, financial regulation attorneys say. As the first female U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, she became known for taking down white-collar […]

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Kmart Replaces Winston Team for Next Round of 'Suitable Seating' Litigation

After achieving mixed results in its first suitable seating class action trial, Kmart is betting on new counsel to handle what could be a much larger battle. The head of Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco labor and employment group is off the case, along with two other partners, according to a court filing. A Paul […]

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'Segwaying While Intoxicated' Not a Crime, Says Minn. Court of Appeals

You drive your Segway scooter to the local bar. You drink. You get drunk. It gets to be last call, and perhaps the bar owner plays the song “Closing Time” (“You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here”) as he pushes you out the door. Can you drive your Segway home despite […]

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Former Wilmer Attorney Accuses Firm of Gender and Age Discrimination

A former attorney with Wilmer Culter Pickering Hale and Dorr has filed a $5 million discrimination suit against the firm, in which she alleges that the firm retaliated against her taking leave to adopt a child. The complaint alleges discrimination “because of her age, sex and family responsibilities,” as well as for retaliation and wrongful […]

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Ban on social media for sex offenders unconstitutional, court rules

A federal appeals court has struck down an Indiana law that imposes broad social media restrictions on most registered sex offenders, finding it unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the law — which bars most registered sex offenders from using social networking websites, instant messaging services and chat programs […]

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