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1343 ABA Journal Contracts articles.

Law firm CEO discusses new book, the evolution of contracts and where he thinks contracts are headed

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Alex Hamilton, the CEO of Radiant Law, a U.K.-based law firm focused on contracts, and the author of Sign Here: The Enterprise Guide to Closing Contracts Quickly.

9th Circuit tosses Massage Envy settlement, says judge must consider warning signs of lawyer collusion

A federal appeals court has tossed a $10 million voucher settlement and $2.6 million in attorney fees in class action litigation over increased membership fees charged by Massage Envy franchises.

One word in a purchase agreement leads to $310M malpractice suit against 2 BigLaw firms

A former corporate client suing two large law firms for $310 million contends that a plural word in a purchase agreement wrongly suggested that it was responsible for an accelerated payout in the event of a second purchaser’s bankruptcy.

Arbitrator holds Trump’s ‘unreasonable’ nondisclosure pact with Omarosa Manigault Newman is ‘unenforceable’

An arbitrator has ruled that former President Donald Trump cannot enforce a nondisclosure agreement with Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and a contestant on The Apprentice.

Jenner & Block settles with landlord in dispute over rent payments during pandemic

Jenner & Block has settled a rent dispute with the landlord for its Chicago building that stemmed from unused office space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agreement giving lawyers ‘sole discretion’ to settle client’s case violates ethics rules, appeals court says

A California appeals court has voided a provision in a contingent-fee agreement that gave personal injury lawyers the “sole discretion” to settle a client’s case.

Law firms team up to encourage racial equity and economic mobility in the Carolinas

Two dozen BigLaw, regional and local law firms have joined together to form the Carolinas Social Impact Initiative, a new effort that seeks to tackle systemic racism in the region.

Judge tosses Roy Moore’s $95M suit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

A federal judge has dismissed a $95 million defamation lawsuit brought against British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen by former Alabama chief justice and failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

California bar entered $3.8M contract with ExamSoft without justifying value, auditor report says

When the State Bar of California selected ExamSoft as the software provider for its October 2020 remote bar exam, the test was administered appropriately, but the bar did not follow a procurement policy for outside vendors, according to a state auditor report.

Lawyer wrongly cited golden rule, court says in overturning $1.1M verdict in suit against Fetty Wap label

A New Jersey appeals court has overturned a $1.1 million verdict against the record label for rapper Fetty Wap partly because the plaintiff’s lawyer asked jurors to put themselves in his client’s shoes when awarding damages.

Increasing revenue while cutting down on billable hours? ‘AI for Lawyers’ says it’s possible

As the founders of a company that provides AI-powered contract analysis software, Kira Systems' Noah Waisberg and Alexander Hudek are used to facing skepticism, fear and doubt from attorneys. Will AI steal their jobs? Would using it violate ethics rules? How can it be good for a business model that relies on the billable hour to cut down on the amount of time that it takes to review a contract?

BigLaw firm must face suit alleging it broke promise to retain lawyer as long as she ‘performed as an average associate’

A California appeals court has revived a lawsuit alleging that Drinker Biddle & Reath broke its promise to retain a lawyer as long as she "performed as an average associate."

Afternoon Briefs: Uber ordered to pay $1.1M to blind passenger; state supreme court overturns mask mandate

Uber must pay $1.1M after drivers discriminated against woman who is blind, arbitrator says

Uber has been ordered to pay a San Francisco woman—who is blind and uses a…

Hiring decisions based on first-year grades miss ‘exceptional students,’ according to new paper

Selective opportunities for law students, including law review membership, judicial clerkships and large law firm association positions, are largely based on first-year grades. And the tradition leaves out many "exceptional students," according to a March 22 working paper that studied classes between 1979 and 2019 at an unnamed top 20 law school.

A ‘disproportionate litigation offensive’ in lawyer’s remodeling dispute can justify lower fee, appeals court says

A lawyer who successfully sued his home remodeling contractor isn't entitled to full attorney fees requested because of a trial judge’s finding that he had overlitigated the matter, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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