Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, lawyers in the Crescent City are still feeling the effects of the storm. Leigh Jones reports that many of the thousands of attorneys who saw their practices upended by Katrina maintain a powerful devotion to New Orleans.
Amanda Bronstad takes a look at the $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and whether it will deter litigation. Hint: Probably not.
Tony Mauro and Carrie Levine teamed up to examine the video game industry's push to win the hearts and minds of state attorneys general in the run-up to a major Supreme Court case testing the constitutionality of limits on the sale of violent video games. Representatives of the video game industry, with $10 billion in annual sales nationwide, have been in contact with state AGs to persuade them to support the industry by filing a brief in the case, set for argument on Nov. 2. At issue: whether California's 2005 law banning sale or rental of violent video games to minors violated the First Amendment.
This week's edition of The National Law Journal also includes a special report on how small and midsize firms weathered the economic storm. The report found that rough economic winds battered small and midsize firm revenues during 2009 — though cuts in expenses helped those firms eke out small increases in profits.
In Washington, Jeff Jeffrey has a story about McDermott Will & Emery's $24 million suit against its client Eastman Kodak Co. over what the firm says are unpaid contingency fees. McDermott represented Kodak on a long-running tax matter that resulted in Kodak receiving a $581 million tax refund related to an unsuccessful business venture the company had made.
In Inadmissible, Clemens can't talk, Walton can; long line for NBC/Comcast merger; Nickles' assistant AG faces disciplinary hearings; assigned seats in Metro crash hearing; law student challenges accrediting system; a class in upfront flat fees; and shell-shocked egg lobbyists wait and see in this week's column..