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Kerrie Campbell, a litigation partner in Chadbourne’s Washington, D.C., office, filed a lawsuit accusing the 400-attorney New York-based law firm of systematically excluding female partners from positions of decision-making authority and underpaying them. (Credit: Getty)

Chadbourne Partner Hits Firm With $100M Gender Bias Action

A media and consumer protection partner hit Chadbourne & Parke LLP Wednesday with a $100 million proposed class action lawsuit in New York on behalf of all female partners at the law firm, alleging the firm's male-centric culture results in gender disparity in pay and bonuses.

  • 2nd Circ. Vacates $655M Jury Award For Terror Attack Victims

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday overturned a $655 million Anti-Terrorism Act judgment against the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization in a suit claiming they rewarded and promoted employees who engaged in violence against Americans, saying a New York federal court didn't have general jurisdiction.

  • MetLife, Units Hit With $15M In Punitives For Ponzi Scheme

    MetLife and various subsidiaries were hit with $15 million in punitive damages on Wednesday evening after a verdict blaming the insurer and others for the disappearance of about $280,000 in retirement savings in a Ponzi scheme.

  • Wal-Mart Must Face Truck Driver Class Action Over Wages

    A California federal judge on Tuesday issued a mixed-bag ruling that ultimately refused to decertify a class of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. truck drivers suing the big-box retailer for wage violations, finding that Wal-Mart's legal arguments were not strong enough to warrant decertification.

  • DOJ Challenges Deere's Purchase Of Monsanto Planter Co.

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit in an Illinois federal court to block Deere & Co.'s acquisition of Monsanto Co.'s Precision Planting LLC out of concerns that the deal would harm the more than $1 billion market for high-speed precision planting systems.

  • AstraZeneca Will Pay $5.5M To SEC Over FCPA Claims

    AstraZeneca PLC agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments by overseas sales staff to state-controlled health care providers in China and Russia.

  • SEC Hands Ex-Monsanto Exec $22M For Accounting Fraud Tip

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission granted a $22.4 million award to a former Monsanto Co. financial executive for reporting alleged accounting fraud around the agribusiness giant's Roundup weed killer, a lawyer for the whistleblower said on Tuesday.



Exxon Global Warming Fight Opens New Frontier For Corporate Speech

By Ed Beeson

The oil giant’s use of the First Amendment in a bid to block government investigations into its statements about climate change is pushing the concept of corporate free speech into new territory.