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Gibson Dunn settles with joke-book editor that ripped off Leno, others.
The firm Gibson Dunn has settled with Judy Brown and her publisher in a case that began in 2006. Ms. Brown had, allegedly, used jokes from Jay Leno and other comedians without permission in some of her joke book series.

The Settlement involves Ms. Brown ceasing sales of the offending books and pay compensation to Leno and others.

Some of the compensation is being donated to charity.

01-24-2008

Paul Hasting's raises salary's in Atlanta
Paul Hasting's announced increase in the base pay rates in their Atlanta office today. This starts on Feb. 1 2008.

Selected amounts follow:
Base pay for new attorneys is now $160,000 per year. The Class of 2003 will get $185,000 yearly, and the class of 2001 will get $215,000 annually.

Not too shabby!

H/t Abovethelaw.com

01-23-2008

O'Melveny sorry for missing 700,000 emails in discovery
O'Melveny & Myers has not had the best week. They've been hammered by a bankruptcy examiner, and had to apologize to a bankruptcy judge for failing to turn over more than 700,000 emails to the examiner.

That's a large mistake.

01-23-2008

Juicy: Former head of IP at Kasowitcz fired for "extremely innappropriate personal conduct"
Or so claims the firm. But Morgan & Finnegan, who hired Jeremy Pitcock, claims that Pitcock's hiring was "an outstanding addition to our successful litigation process."

Fun! No one seems to know what this alleged personal conduct was, at least not quite yet. It is to be hoped we find out soon. It's not often that the dirty laundry gets aired like this.

01-23-2008

Almost half of Anderson Kill joins Reed Smith
Word comes that 55 (out of 126) of Anderson Kill's attorneys have joined the big firm Reed Smith. Reed Smith and Anderson Kill had been in merger talks for a while, but those talks never were finished.

In brief, Anderson Kill has cut loose a chunk of it's practice to Reed Smith. This includes Anderson's CEO and also name partner Lawrence Kill.

01-22-2008

Skadden Arps hockey team wins for charity
Skadden Arps recently played a hockey game against a team from the law firm Proskauer Rose, winning 7-2. The event raised around $20,000 for a group in Harlem.

Apparently Skadden's hockey team plays regularly in a league. Who knew?

01-21-2008

Milberg Weiss denies obstructing Fed investigation
Milberg Weiss has filed several motions to dismiss the Fed's charges of kickbacks against the firm. Prosecutors allege that Milberg Weiss and seven of it's attorneys, including the founder Melvyn Weiss, paid more than $11 million in illegal kickbacks to lead plaintiffs in many of the lawsuits Milberg has dealt with over the years.

01-21-2008

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