• October 25, 2016

    BuckleySandler Nabs Ex-Fifth Third GC For Banking Practice

    BuckleySandler LLP has picked up Heather Russell to lead the firm’s growing financial institutions regulation, supervision and technology practice, about three months after the attorney was fired as general counsel at First Third Bank over a romantic relationship with Fannie Mae’s CEO.

  • October 24, 2016

    9th Circ. Revives Bloomingdale's Break Row, Citing Iskanian

    An ex-Bloomingdale’s saleswoman will be able to pursue her claims against the retailer for allegedly denying her meal breaks, the Ninth Circuit said Monday, vacating an earlier decision that ended her case and citing the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation.

  • October 24, 2016

    Bio-Rad Says Ex-GC Whistleblower Testimony Privileged

    Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. asked a California federal judge on Friday to bar testimony from its former general counsel who is accusing the life sciences company of firing him for raising potential bribery allegations, saying all evidence the lawyer obtained through the course of his work is privileged.

  • October 24, 2016

    AT&T-Time Warner Deal Poses Privacy Threat, Group Says

    AT&T's $85.4 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Time Warner Inc. unveiled over the weekend raises privacy concerns that demand attention from the Federal Communications Commission, according to open-internet advocacy group Public Knowledge.

  • October 24, 2016

    AARP Sues EEOC Over Wellness Program Incentives

    The AARP sued the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in D.C. federal court Monday seeking an injunction against its wellness program regulations, saying they violate anti-discrimination provisions by punishing employees who choose to keep confidential health information private.

  • October 24, 2016

    Tough Scrutiny Ahead For AT&T's $85.4B Time Warner Buy

    AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner is poised for an intensive antitrust review further complicated by the current political environment, with the outcome hinging on how effective the conditions placed on Comcast’s NBCUniversal acquisition are seen to be, experts say.

  • October 24, 2016

    Justices Asked To Reconsider States' Franchise Tax Compact

    Just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear The Gillette Co.’s case opposing California’s breakaway from an interstate agreement for calculating corporate franchise taxes, Kimberly-Clark Corp. filed its own petition hoping to prevent Minnesota from doing the same.

  • October 24, 2016

    Uber Settles FCRA Suit Over Employee Screening Methods

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday administratively dismissed a putative class action accusing Uber and background check company Hirease Inc. of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting unlawful checks, noting that the companies have agreed to settle the suit filed by Uber job applicants.

  • October 24, 2016

    Oracle FSS Withdrawal Highlights Increasing Contractor Woes

    Oracle Corp.’s decision to no longer contract with the government through the Federal Supply Schedules is the most prominent FSS withdrawal in a decade, but it is hardly alone in feeling squeezed, attorneys say, reflecting a set of compliance burdens and risks imposed by the U.S. General Services Administration that have grown sharply over time.

  • October 24, 2016

    Jones Day Adds Former Staples GC To Boston Privacy Group

    A former Staples associate general counsel joined Jones Day's Boston office on Monday to serve as partner in the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection and government regulation practices. 

  • October 24, 2016

    Providence Health To Pay $352M To End ERISA Suit

    Providence Health & Services has agreed to pay nearly $352 million to settle a proposed class action accusing the nonprofit hospital chain of trying to skirt Employee Retirement Income Security Act requirements by claiming it fits under an exemption for churches, according to papers filed in Washington federal court.

  • October 24, 2016

    EEOC Says Recent Tyson Ruling Irrelevant In Bass Pro Fight

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal judge in Texas Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Tyson decision doesn't affect its ability to bring hiring discrimination allegations against Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC, because they are different actions.

  • October 24, 2016

    Wal-Mart Can't Decertify ZIP Code Collection Class Action

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to decertify a class action accusing Wal-Mart of unlawfully collecting shoppers’ ZIP codes, saying the case will answer a common question as to whether the big box retailer requested and required ZIP codes for certain credit card transactions.

  • October 24, 2016

    Trump Vows To Block $85.4B AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump said that if he were elected, he would not approve AT&T Inc.’s proposed $85.4 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Time Warner Inc., adding his voice to a chorus of policy makers opposed to 2016’s hugest deal.

  • October 24, 2016

    CWA Beats Verizon Suit Over Arbitration Award, For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has temporarily dismissed a Verizon subsidiary's efforts to undo an arbitration panel's decision favoring the Communication Workers of America in a case over the interpretation of a collective bargaining agreement, finding that the court can't review an award that is not yet final.

  • October 21, 2016

    Tilton, SEC Prep For Unprecedented Face-Off In $200M Case

    Private equity magnate Lynn Tilton and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will finally face off Monday over claims Tilton and her firm overcharged investors by more than $200 million, and both sides are preparing for a fight befitting what could be the largest case ever heard by an SEC judge as Tilton raises a host of new claims the agency acted improperly.

  • October 21, 2016

    Feds' Cybersecurity Plan Gives Boards, Vendors Bigger Role

    A trio of federal banking regulators recently moved to require that the largest banks and their service providers do more to ensure they can quickly respond to cyberattacks and limit their spread, a shift that would crank up the pressure on boards of directors and third-party vendors to play an active role in dealing with increasingly prevalent cyberthreats.

  • October 21, 2016

    Russian Indicted For Hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Others

    A Russian man stands accused of hacking into computers belonging to San Francisco-based tech companies LinkedIn Corp., Dropbox Inc. and Formspring Inc. and stealing information and user credentials, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Wells Fargo fallout continues, the antitrust agencies set their sights on hiring practices, and communications with your nonattorney patent agent may soon be privileged. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • October 21, 2016

    7th Circ. Rules Against Fired Worker Who Sued Colleagues

    As long as a statement is substantially true it cannot give rise to a claim for tortious interference under Wisconsin state law, the Seventh Circuit said Thursday, upholding a lower court’s ruling against a man who sued former colleagues after he was fired from a Wisconsin medical research institution.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations When Hiring Executive Branch Employees

    Christopher E. Babbitt

    The traditional exodus that accompanies the end of a presidential administration creates opportunities for the private and nonprofit sectors to recruit talented individuals with unique experience. However, without appropriate controls this process can create legal and reputational risks for prospective employers and employees alike, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Nevada High Court's Unyielding Approach To Noncompetes

    Patrick H. Hicks

    The Nevada Supreme Court's recent decision in Golden Road Motor Inn v. Islam provides additional guidance on the concept of “reasonableness” for employers to keep in mind when drafting noncompete agreements. Employers are well advised to evaluate whether such agreements extend beyond what is necessary to protect legitimate business interests, say Patrick Hicks and Kathryn Blakey of Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Calif. High Court Scrutinizes On-Call Rest Breaks

    Barbara L. Harris Chiang

    The California Supreme Court's decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services may have a huge impact on how employers handle rest breaks. If the court of appeal’s decision is reversed, employers who have on-call policies, or informal requirements that employees be reachable during breaks, may face substantial liability for past and future practices, say attorneys at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Not Quite Final: The Fight Over DOL's New Overtime Rules

    L. Julius M. Turman

    While some welcome the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime pay requirements, others believe the revisions ignore the type of work performed in favor of doubling the salary threshold for overtime exemption. Although many employers are wondering if recent challenges to the rules will stop them from coming into force, they are advised to take necessary steps to ensure compliance, say Julius Turman and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Evolving Deposition

    Reuben A. Guttman

    In an age of email and video recording of unedited, real-time events, the significance of depositions may be, to some degree, becoming moot, say attorneys with Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.