Neil Gorsuch, standing before an audience of conservative lawyers in Washington several years ago, decried the thousands of federal criminal statutes on the books. "And the spigot keeps pouring, with hundreds of new statutory crimes inked every few years," Gorsuch, now President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, said then. Gorsuch's confirmation would bring some comfort to the white-collar defense bar and business advocates.
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Rod Sorensen, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of Payne & Fears, a defense litigator for technology companies, in a Q&A, says the big verdict in the whistleblower retaliation lawsuit by fired general counsel Sanford Wadler against his former employer, Bio-Rad, could lead to more such suits. He also says taking such cases to a jury is risky in the current environment.
In an age of mass shootings and terrorist attacks, entertainment venues have a responsibility to implement stronger security measures to protect patrons.
Law firms are founded with the expectation of success. Partnership agreements are drawn up with beneficial interests in mind. Business development plans are set into motion. Staff and other attorneys are recruited with growth in mind. The concept of firm failure is usually not entertained in the same way.