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Law.com Trendspotter: In the Law Firm Associate Pay War, the Only Thing That Can't Be Bought Is Loyalty

‘Tis the season (one of them anyway) in which law firms are shelling out major money in the hopes of attracting and retaining top associates. But it’s becoming clear that no amount of money or even contractual obligations can guarantee a firm’s ability to lock in sought-after young talent for any significant length of time. […]

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Judge Grants Roundup Fee Order, Despite 'Totally Out of Control' MDL Compensation System

In a Monday order, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria significantly scaled back the request, originally estimated to give $800 million to lead counsel in the Roundup multidistrict litigation. He also found the common fund doctrine inapplicable in the cases and called on a federal rules committee to consider new methods to compensate lead counsel in […]

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Judge Sanctions 3M's Attorneys in Earplug Trial for 'Willful Disregard' of Court Orders

U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers imposed a $10,000 sanction on one attorney and $2,000 sanction against another defense lawyer. “Today these proceedings and the integrity of the court were degraded, they were disrespected by the willful violation of my orders by 3M’s counsel,” the judge said June 18, hours before a jury issued a […]

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