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DLA Piper announces layoffs

Megafirm DLA Piper US LLP is laying off 180 employees nationwide. “Given market conditions, we have concluded with deep regret that we must reduce our US workforce by approximately 80 associates and 100 staff,” wrote DLA Piper spokesman Jason Costa ...

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…and we’re discreet, too.

Los Angeles-based business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is red-faced over its apparent disclosure of a confidential settlement amount in a firm brochure trumpeting its successes. The inadvertant disclosure is particularly ironic because the firm went to ...

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New tactic successful (access required)

Plaintiffs’ lawyers hope that a recent ruling will help turn the tide against a series of decisions that has hampered their efforts to win punitive damages from drunken drivers. The Jan. 13 ruling by Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Frederick G. ...

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Smoking ban will affect nearly all restaurants

Gov. Kaine and legislative leaders are announcing what they call a “landmark agreement” to pass a statewide smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants.  The only exceptions, they say, are for private clubs and restaurants with independently-ventilated smoking rooms.  The ...

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