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BigLaw firm underpaid female partner, allowed male peers to ostracize and obstruct her, lawsuit says

A former nonequity partner at Reed Smith has alleged in a lawsuit that her male colleagues treated her unfairly, and the law firm allowed it to happen.

Some law firms that took paycheck protection loans banked the money, consultant says

More than 600 law firms received forgivable loans of more than $2 million under the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.

More law firms are announcing bonuses, and some are giving above-market money to top performers

Law firms are continuing to roll out their bonus announcements with some differentiation emerging. Baker McKenzie kicked off BigLaw bonus season in November, when it announced plans to pay bonuses to its U.S. associates ranging from $15,000 to $100,000.

Afternoon Briefs: 10 states file antitrust suit against Google; SCOTUS sides with churches

Antitrust suit targets Google as ad middleman

Texas and nine other states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google that contends that the search engine company suppressed competition in…

How much do partners make? The average at larger firms tops $1M, survey finds

Partners in the nation’s top 200 law firms earned an average of $1.054 million in 2019, an increase of 10% from 2018, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Summer associate programs continue to shrink, new NALP survey says

Summer associate class sizes continued to shrink in 2020, mostly because of smaller programs in law firms of more than 700 lawyers, according to a survey released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-Jones Day lawyers drop class action claims; ‘Grim Reaper’ lawyer fights sanctions bid

Ex-Jones Day associates drop class action claims in bias lawsuit

Former female associates suing Jones Day for alleged bias have agreed to drop their class action claims of systemic…

Afternoon Briefs: Prison contraband hidden in footballs; Kamala Harris’ husband gets teaching job

Sensing technology detects football contraband tossed into prison

Footballs and packages tossed into a Mississippi prison yard early Monday morning contained cellphones, marijuana, cigars and barbecue chicken wings. Officials at…

Law firms mostly fall in line with associate bonus scale; Boies Schiller offers 2 options

Most of the larger law firms that announced year-end associate bonuses this week fell in line with the prevailing bonus scale. Typically, law firms are paying bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, based on class year. Many are adding special bonuses.

Afternoon Briefs: Suits accuse Facebook of ‘buy or bury’ approach; House bill makes PACER records free

State and FTC lawsuits accuse Facebook of stifling competition

Facebook is accused of stifling competition in two lawsuits filed Wednesday. One suit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission, and…

Afternoon Briefs: Top state court rejects election appeal; judge allows lawyer’s bias suit against bank

Wisconsin turns down direct appeal in election lawsuit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump campaign could not challenge election results in that court without first taking the…

Which law firms announced bonuses this week?

The law firm bonus scale set by Baker McKenzie this year is gaining acceptance as more law firms announced bonuses this week. Larger firms are paying year-end bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, and many are adding special bonuses.

Law school debt is delaying plans for recent grads

Some new attorneys delay buying a home or a new car. Others reluctantly postpone marriage and having children while altering the career plans they had going into law school. These are among the personal and professional sacrifices young lawyers often make due to their sizable student loan debt.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Cravath announces two bonuses of up to $140K and Paul Weiss follows

A BigLaw firm known for setting the market rate for associate bonuses announced Monday that it will pay two bonuses this year. Cravath, Swaine & Moore will match last year’s scale for year-end bonuses.

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