From the monthly archives:

May 2012

TweetThe recent collapse of the now-infamous New York City firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, which at the height of its popularity had over 1,000 lawyers, has had many consequences. One of the more notable ones is the disruption caused to the job market for attorneys as a result of the laying off of all Dewey attorneys. […]

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TweetAlmost a year after the now-infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, in a New York hotel room, a judge ruled that the maid’s civil lawsuit against the disgraced public figure can proceed to trial in Bronx State Supreme Court in the case entitled  Nafissatou Diallo v. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Index No. 307065/11 […]

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TweetIn November 2010, Skype became aware of a security flaw in its system which allows someone to surreptitiously track the location of its customers—and it has done absolutely nothing about it.   Skype is now owned by Microsoft.  This is an especially troubling problem for businesses that use the Skype platform.  In 2011, approximately 37% of […]

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TweetGuaranteed multi-year partner compensation contracts, in an open system where all partners know what everyone makes, was probably ground zero of the Dewey & LeBoeuf disaster. High partner compensation, with no tie to the firm’s realization rate and without an escape clause to allow for adjustment in a declining market, no doubt sealed Dewey’s fate. […]

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TweetWhat do four bottles of wine, Thomas Jefferson, and Christie’s auction house have in common? Plenty, if you ask billionaire William Koch. Approximately, twenty-five years ago, Koch paid over $300,000 for four bottles of wine purportedly coming from the wine cellars of Thomas Jefferson.  He later discovered that the wine bottles were not from the […]

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TweetIn the latest twist to the long-standing case brought by, among others, the Authors Guild (“Guild”) and the American Society of Media Photographers (“Society”) in 2005 against Google for the damages the plaintiffs claim they suffered as a result of Google’s unauthorized online book-scanning project (entitled Authors Guild v. Google, 05-08136 and American Society of […]

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Tweet Would you even consider citing to Wikipedia in a brief or other legal document?  Well, Federal Appeals Courts have cited to it nearly 100 times in the past 5 years according to The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The Law Blog decided to research this trend after the recent decision of the Richmond-based U.S. […]

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TweetA recent disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of New York offers a cautionary tale about attorneys who leave essential work to a non-attorney and fail to supervise the non-attorney’s work.  In a case entitled Matter of Thomas F. Cusack III, an attorney and counselor-at-law, D35005 (N.Y App. Div. 2nd […]

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TweetThe California Supreme Court is considering whether to admit an illegal immigrant to the practice of law. Having passed a written test and moral evaluation, the State Bar of California certified Sergio Garcia and sent his paperwork to the Court noting that he was an undocumented alien. Garcia came to the United States from Mexico with […]

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TweetIn the recent Southern District of New York case Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 11 Civ. 1279 (U.S. Dist. Ct., SDNY) (Decision April 25, 2012) the court was called upon to decide whether the use of computer-assisted coding in the discovery process was proper.  The court held that it was indeed perfectly appropriate. Background The plaintiff […]

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