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Which litigation powerhouse just upped its signing bonus for federal law clerks?
* In the wake of fired CEO Martin Shkreli’s arrest for securities fraud, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company will be repped by Hogan Lovells (and likely won’t be charged 4,000 percent more than it should be). [Reuters]
* “Not all of it is law at its grandest but all of it is the practice of law.” Yet another contract attorney’s suit for overtime pay has bitten the dust with a recent dismissal. This time, Quinn Emanuel was the Biglaw firm victorious in keeping doc reviewers downtrodden. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Since Dechert decided to up the ante on first-year associate salaries, other Philadelphia Biglaw firms have responded in kind. Drinker Biddle has matched, while Pepper Hamilton and Cozen O’Connor are following close behind. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
* Facebook needs a “dislike” button: The social media titan’s suit against DLA Piper and Milberg for their defense of alleged con man Paul Ceglia in a fraudulent breach of contract case versus Zuckerberg’s first baby was dismissed. [Buffalo Business First]
* From “weird to wildly costly,” check out some of the craziest malpractice cases that were filed against Biglaw firms during the course of 2015. The McDermott Will & Emery elder abuse case here is particularly creative. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
Would these extra bundles of cash incentivize you to burn even more midnight oil than you already are?
* For the horde! If you thought Dentons was done gobbling up law firms to create its international legion of lawyers, then you were dead wrong. The firm will likely merge with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and 200-lawyer Singaporean firm Rodyk & Davidson in 2016. [Reuters]
* Thanks to this ruling, lawyers for model Janice Dickinson may depose Bill Cosby in the defamation case she filed against him after he denied raping her. Cosby’s former lawyer, Martin Singer, who the comedian recently dumped for Quinn Emanuel, may be deposed as well. [Los Angeles Times]
* If daylight saving time has been messing with your head, you’ll feel better to know that even the Supreme Court was having trouble with the time. Both clocks in the SCOTUS courtroom were hours behind thanks to an electrical malfunction. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Law school graduates have been having a rough time when it comes to bar passage in recent years, but Biglaw firms likely have nothing to worry about — in fact, many partners didn’t even know a problem like this was happening. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* “[T]he Harvard crest . . . should be a source of shame for the whole school.” According to a student movement at Harvard Law that’s been dubbed “Royall Must Fall,” the school was endowed by a “brutal” slaveowner and yet still bears his family’s seal. [Harvard Crimson]
* Bill Cosby switching his representation to some Biglaw big dogs. Wonder if it will help… [Law and More]
* Understanding the historical underpinnings of gun rights. [Slate]
* Trend Alert: Billing rates are increasing — noticeably. [Business of Law Blog]
* Yahoo! is terminally uncool. [Dealbreaker]
* To run a successful practice, don’t think [only] like a lawyer. [CodeX]
* The Reconstruction Era will never really end. [The Atlantic]
* Six years and you get a Bachelor’s degree and a JD? Not a terrible deal University of Tennessee, Knoxville. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville]
* Winning two NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships as an assistant coach WHILE attending Duke Law School is just showing off, Jay Bilas. [Hsu Untied]
* Now THIS is how you become divorce attorney to the stars! (It also doesn’t hurt to be born into it.) [Jezebel]
* If you can’t solve this, rethink your LSAT plans… [IFL Science]
* In defense of the end of summer associate programs. [Bloomberg BNA]
* Nick Gordon’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate, calling the accusations “conclusory, untrue, criminal.” [US Magazine]
* This is how contracts work in the real world, or at least in the legal world. [Concurring Opinions]
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