• Preet Bharara

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.23.15

    * Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was recently referred to as the “most dangerous man in American politics.” Why’s that, you ask? It’s because he’s “a federal prosecutor who doesn’t give a f*ck.” Damn straight. [BuzzFeed]

    * Just when you thought the Alan Dershowitz sex scandal couldn’t get any more intense, the investigative sleuths over at Gawker found flight records that allegedly place the professor as a passenger on a billionaire bad boy’s pedo plane. [Gawker]

    * Dewey know which former chairman of a failed firm had to beg to get a refund on his bail money because he couldn’t otherwise afford to pay the expert witnesses for his upcoming criminal trial? Aww. Poor, poor Steven Davis. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fried Frank’s chairman says that completely pulling the firm out of Asia was a “difficult but necessary decision.” On the other hand, an ex-partner at the firm says this move had basically been “inevitable” since at least 2009. Hmm. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you want advice on how to pick a “cost-efficient” law school, the first thing you should realize is that your scholarships may come back to bite you in the ass. Go on, read the fine print — after all, you want to be a lawyer. [U.S. News & World Report]

    35 Comments / / Jan 23, 2015 at 9:13 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.22.15

    * Dentons is on the verge of finalizing a mega-merger that would make the combined firm the largest in the world, beating out even Biglaw behemoth Baker & McKenzie. Which law firm is Dentons wooing this time? [Wall Street Journal]

    * “We say law school is expensive, but it’s not expensive for everybody.” People who do poorly on the LSAT finance their classmates’ schooling, and thanks to this chart, now we know what the cost of a low LSAT score really is. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * Senate hearings for Loretta Lynch are scheduled to begin next week, but thus far, she’s only received eight letters in support of her nomination for AG. Eric Holder, who is apparently far cooler than she is, received tons of ’em. Aww. [National Law Journal]

    * The next edition of the Am Law 100 will soon be released, but until then, Am Law is sating our desire for rankings with little tidbits of interesting information. This just in: Apparently Weil Gotshal posted a major, double-digit increase in PPP. [Am Law Daily]

    * Nixon Peabody has had the urge to merge for quite some time, and now the firm has finally found a willing partner. If everything works out, the firm will gobble up Ungaretti & Harris, and everyone will be a winner! [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * “There is a large overhang of unemployed law graduates looking for jobs. Whether employers will hire them over 2015 grads is hard to predict.” Which is the lesser of two evils: dumber law grads or law grads with huge résumé gaps? [CBS News]

    19 Comments / / Jan 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    How To Win A China Arbitration

    Chinese companies are increasingly requiring their commercial contracts with American companies provide for disputes to be resolved by arbitration in China. How can you prevail?

    / Jan 12, 2015 at 10:17 AM
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    Is Facebook Censoring Posts To Please China?

    A recent incident suggests that as China’s soft power increases, so does its ability to influence even the most powerful of Western online companies.

    4 Comments / / Jan 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM
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    China Legal 2015: More, More, More

    Foreign companies in China should be increasing their guard against these listed items in 2015, most of which result from the slowing economy.

    / Jan 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.05.15

    * Per recent reports, human rights attorney Amal Clooney was threatened with arrest after she pointed out major issues with the Egyptian justice system in a paper sponsored by the International Bar Association. She was able to escape because officials feared the wrath of George Clooney. [The Telegraph]

    * Uh oh! It looks like Alan Dershowitz got himself mixed up in a lawsuit involving a salacious underage sex scandal. In his own defense, the famed Havard Law prof said, “It’s a completely, totally fabricated, made-up story. I’m an innocent victim of an extortion conspiracy.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The price of the billable hour may have risen by more than 10 percent over the course of the last four years, but according to the chairman of one Biglaw firm, “[t]he question is: Is anybody ­paying that?” Hahaha, yeah right. [National Law Journal]

    * That was quick. The Bitcoin Foundation hired a global policy counsel who lasted there for less than a year. It seems the policy and regulation aspects of the digital currency’s existence were viewed as a “distraction.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Chicago Biglaw and midsized firms are brushing up on their Mandarin language skills because Chinese investment in the Windy City hit more than $3 billion last year. FYI, senior associates, these firms may have a job for you. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Did she get SLC punk’d? Another woman was just nabbed for allegedly pretending to be a lawyer. It seems that Utah resident Karla Carbo reportedly impersonated a member of the bar at least three times in the past six months. [New York Daily News]

    12 Comments / / Jan 5, 2015 at 9:06 AM
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    China, Intellectual Property

    Own A Company Or IP In China? What Makes You So Sure?

    If you have any reason to doubt your China registrations, you probably should have them checked out.

    / Dec 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM
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    China Compliance: Are You Ready For War With Your Own Staff?

    If you are a foreign company planning to commence or strengthen your China operation’s legal compliance program, you should be prepared for a fight.

    / Dec 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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    China Anti-Corruption Compliance: What’s Peeing Got To Do With It?

    If you want to keep operating in China and stay out of legal trouble, the time is now to get your China house in order. But how?

    / Dec 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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    How To Deal With China’s Foreign Company Double Standard

    If your profits in China depend on your operating on the compliance margins, you should figure out now how to change.

    / Dec 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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    China, International Law

    Doing Business In China: 10 Minutes To Legal Mastery

    What should American companies be thinking about if they are looking to go into China and vice versa?

    / Dec 1, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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    China, International Law

    China Demand Letters: Because They Work

    Demand letters work in China because they’re viewed as more important, unusual, and serious. Why?

    / Nov 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    China, International Law

    China Guanxi: You Don’t Have It

    The value of guanxi for foreign companies doing business in China is overrated. Why?

    / Nov 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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    China, International Law

    Doing Business In China: Don’t Trust, But Verify

    When the rewards are high and the consequences of getting caught are low, people will cheat.

    11 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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    China, Intellectual Property, International Law, Patents, Trademarks

    How to Protect Against China Counterfeiting

    If you sell or outsource your products to China, you should anticipate infringement of your intellectual property.

    5 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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    China, International Law

    How To Sue A China Company (Part 4)

    How can you arbitrate against Chinese companies in the U.S and in China? How can you litigate against Chinese companies in China’s courts?

    0 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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    Morning Docket: 10.22.14

    * Squire Patton Boggs may be lobbying for Ebola drugs, but Reed Smith has launched a Global Ebola Task Force. Don’t worry, folks, the firm doesn’t want to “sensationalize” the outbreak. [Washingtonian]

    * Hong Kong is great for lawyers interested in corporate misconduct. “I’ve barely had a weekend off for the last eight months,” says this partner who’s really excited about a not having a life. [Bloomberg]

    * As we noted, New York is considering adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. Touro Law’s dean thinks the format change could be “jolting” for students, but the head of the NY BOLE doesn’t agree. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Wayne State Law is freezing tuition and giving a scholarship to incoming student that’s equal to a 14 percent tuition cut. That’s one way to combat a 13 percent drop in enrollment. [Detroit Free Press]

    * Whittier Law is one of the “most challenged” when it comes to its graduates’ ability to obtain legal employment. Just one in four students gets to be a lawyer after graduation. [Orange County Register]

    13 Comments / / Oct 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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    China, International Law

    How To Sue A China Company (Part 3)

    This post discusses litigation strategies against Chinese companies and enforcing judgments against them.

    9 Comments / / Oct 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM