Corporate

  • July 27, 2016

    Sony Sued Over 2014 Hack That Exposed Movie To Piracy

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc. breached a distribution agreement by failing to prevent a massive November 2014 data breach that exposed several movies to piracy, the maker of one of those compromised films claimed in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida federal court seeking millions in damages.

  • July 27, 2016

    Calif. McDonald's Workers Near Cert. On Unpaid Wage Claims

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively certified a class of thousands of workers at company-run McDonald’s stores alleging the company shorts them on overtime and doesn't reimburse uniform expenses, but tentatively decided not to grant certification on claims of missed rest and meal breaks.

  • July 27, 2016

    Ex-Sony GC Says FBI's Help Was Vital In Breach Aftermath

    A former Sony general counsel who played an active role in responding to a massive cyberattack that exposed employee and corporate data said Wednesday that one of her first moves was to call law enforcement, highlighting the value repeatedly stressed by the FBI head and others of building strong relationships with the government.

  • July 27, 2016

    Mylan Must Divest Two Generics To Buy Meda, FTC Says

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cleared the way for drugmaker Mylan NV’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Swedish drugmaker Meda AB, provided Mylan divests assets for two generic drugs in order to settle anti-competitive claims.

  • July 27, 2016

    Pokemon Go Gamer Sues App Developer Over Privacy Policy

    The developer of the popular “Pokemon Go” app, Niantic Inc., was sued in Florida court Tuesday by a user who says the game’s deceptive and unfair terms of service and privacy policy can’t be enforced because they violate state contract laws.

  • July 27, 2016

    EEOC To Boost Religious Bias Data Collection

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that it will bolster data collection efforts to better track trends in workplace religious discrimination.

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.

  • July 26, 2016

    Law360 Names Top 50 Firms For Litigation

    Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.

  • July 26, 2016

    Disney Comes Out Swinging In H-1B Visa Class Actions

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. on Monday blasted two class actions accusing Disney and two consulting firms of conspiring to replace employees with foreign workers through an abuse of the H-1B visa program, telling a Florida federal court that the plaintiffs’ responses showed the suits were “in search of a legal claim.”

  • July 26, 2016

    7th Circ. Revives Sex Discrimination Suit Against FedEx

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a Chicago-area woman’s sex and national origin discrimination lawsuit against employer Federal Express, saying she presented enough evidence to push forward claims she was not promoted based on her gender and Indian origin.

  • July 26, 2016

    Spokeo Props Up Consumers' Privacy Suit Against Microsoft

    Microsoft must face a putative class action alleging that its physical store receipts displayed too many digits of a customer's credit card number, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the lead plaintiff sufficiently established his alleged injury was concrete under the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision.

  • July 26, 2016

    Chobani Lands Former GC From Gilt Groupe

    Greek yogurt giant Chobani has nabbed a former top in-house lawyer from online shopping hub Gilt Groupe with nearly two decades of experience to come on board as its chief legal officer, replacing its former general counsel who stepped down in June.

  • July 26, 2016

    Qualcomm Agrees To Rare $19.5M Presuit Class Bias Deal

    Qualcomm agreed to pay $19.5 million and change policies to pay and promote women on the same scale as men to end a proposed gender discrimination class action before it even began in a “literally unparalleled” move, according to court papers filed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • July 26, 2016

    L’Oreal Tells 3rd. Circ Ex-Atty’s Patent Quota Suit Too Flimsy

    L’Oreal on Tuesday pushed the Third Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a former in-house patent attorney’s allegations that he was fired for taking issue with the cosmetic giant’s patent application quota, arguing he has no viable claim under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

  • July 26, 2016

    Biz Groups Back Macy's In 5th Circ. Bargaining Unit Fight

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a slew of other business groups sided with Macy’s on Monday in the retail giant’s bid to convince the Fifth Circuit to reconsider its approval of the National Labor Relations Board decision to certify a collective bargaining unit for workers at a Massachusetts department store.

  • July 26, 2016

    Disney Unit Pleads Guilty In Harrison Ford's 'Star Wars' Injury

    Disney-owned British production company Foodles Production admitted on Tuesday to two health and safety violations related to the filming accident on set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" that badly injured Harrison Ford.

  • July 26, 2016

    Urban Outfitters Stays Clear Of ZIP Code Suit At DC Circ.

    A putative class of customers who say Urban Outfitters Inc. and Anthropologie Inc. violated credit card laws when the retailers asked them for ZIP codes after transactions saw their suit killed on Tuesday by the D.C. Circuit, which ruled their case never had legs.

  • July 26, 2016

    DOL Blasts Insurer's Challenge To Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

    The U.S. Department of Labor has shot back in Kansas federal court at an insurance agency’s bid to nix exemptions to the department’s new fiduciary rule for financial professionals advising retirement accounts, saying an injunction would prolong ongoing harm to retirement investors.

  • July 25, 2016

    Ex-Citibank Worker Who Brought Down Networks Gets 21 Mos.

    A former Citibank employee was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison by a Texas federal judge for freezing most of Citibank’s networks across North America in 2013, prompted by an urge to “wake the upper management up,” as he’d later text a coworker.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At UK's 2nd Deferred Prosecution Agreement

    Kevin Robinson

    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office recently announced that it had secured its second deferred prosecution agreement. One of the most significant features of the financial settlement is that the as-yet-unidentified U.K. company’s U.S. parent has been made responsible for funding almost the entirety of the penalty, says Kevin Robinson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • ‘Ban The Box’ Goes Beyond The Application In Austin

    James H. Kizziar Jr.

    Although referred to colloquially as “ban the box,” a newly enacted ordinance in Austin, Texas, regulates much more than just application questions. Amendments to the city code direct the entire hiring process and prohibit soliciting or inquiring about criminal histories until a conditional offer of employment is made, say James Kizziar Jr. and Amber Dodds at Bracewell LLP.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 4 All-Star MDLs

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of the recent Major League Baseball All-Star Game, this month’s column will name its own all-star team — four multidistrict litigations, across various categories, that changed or are changing the game, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • When Minority Stockholders Take Control

    Samuel Waxman

    It is a mistake to assume that a stockholder that does not own 51 percent of a company’s equity is free from the constraints that apply to controlling stockholders. Recent Delaware cases provide key insight into when minority stockholders can be deemed controlling stockholders, and the level of judicial review that applies to agreements with affiliates of the controlling stockholders, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Latest FCPA Deal Validates Pilot Program

    William Steinman

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent decision to close its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of Johnson Controls without charges provides a glimmer of hope that self-disclosure under the so-called pilot program might just be worthwhile, says William Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers LLP.

  • How Employers Can Prepare For The Perils Of 'Pokemon Go'

    Keith A. Ashmus

    With the recent release of "Pokemon Go," employers may now be less concerned about "Candy Crush" distractions and more concerned about team Pokemon hunts in the office. The game has the real potential to create significant pitfalls for corporate employers, who must prepare for Pokemon mishaps from both employees and trespassers, says Keith Ashmus at Frantz Ward LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Internal Investigations: Don't Give Law Firm A Blank Check

    John McDermott

    We have heard increasing complaints from general counsels about the runaway costs of internal investigations by outside counsel. GCs and clients — be it the company, the audit committee or a special litigation committee — are uniquely positioned to play an important role in defining and controlling the scope and costs of an investigation, say John McDermott and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.