The ABA Journal reports about Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter:

Personal injury associate J. Craig Smith couldn’t turn down his father’s request to take on the case of his cousin Norman, who was fired from his job as a supervisor in a carpet manufacturer after alleging the company was hiring undocumented aliens.

"When my father

The Inquirer reports on a hearing I attended on Tuesday in The Inquirer’s bankruptcy:

In a scathing rebuke, the judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C. yesterday described the investigation of an unauthorized taping of a meeting between the company and its senior lenders as a "fine mess."

The investigation of the taping, done

Following up on their own post a month ago, the dynamic defense duo at Drug & Device Law posted:

A couple of weeks ago, Herrmann noted in passing that, although many big firms now sponsor blogs, none of the ten firms with the highest profits per partner (that much-despised, but oft-cited metric) do. …


The AmLawDaily reports Study: Law Firms Have "Little or No Interest in Change," CLOs Say:

Altman Weil’s 2009 Chief Legal Officer Survey received responses from 183 CLOs–about 15 percent of the 1,222 corporate law departments invited to participate. Sixty-two percent of respondents worked for companies with over $2 billion in revenues. …

The study

Buried in this NYTimes article about the massive layoffs at White & Case, and the general reductions at big corporate law firms, is this critical fact:

That wall [i.e., the slowdown of work after Lehman Brothers’ collapse] was especially hard because — remarkably like such ventures as the Mafia or the ice-cream vendor — many large

I’ve written before about Contingent Fee Business Lawyers As Venture Capitalists and Lawyers Who "Don’t Take Possible Losers," so I was thrilled to read the NYTimes yesterday:

Richard W. Fields says he has come up with a win-win financial strategy for the downturn. He is investing in lawsuits.

Not in trip-and-fall cases, mind

In the middle of an otherwise good article in The Legal Intelligencer about the creative solutions local biglaw firms (Eckert Seamans, Ballard Spahr, Fox Rothschild) have taken to the shrinking supply of corporate legal work is this absurdity:

In response to the current economy and a clear shift to a buyer’s market, firms are moving