Corporate

  • November 25, 2020

    Monsanto, BASF Get $265M Dicamba Verdict Slashed To $75M

    A Missouri federal judge on Wednesday cut a punitive damages award that a Missouri farm won against Monsanto and BASF in a bellwether trial over claims the weedkiller dicamba ruined the farm's peach trees from $250 million to $60 million, ruling that the case involved only economic damages as opposed to physical harm.

  • November 25, 2020

    Amazon Nears Win In EBay Fight Over Poaching Top Sellers

    An arbitration panel has awarded Amazon.com a win against eBay's claims the Seattle-based online retail giant and its managers orchestrated a massive campaign to poach top sellers from eBay's online trading platform, according to documents filed in California federal court.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-SCANA CEO Cops To Fraud In Nuke Plant Plans Debacle

    The former CEO of South Carolina utility company SCANA Corp. pled guilty to federal and state charges of fraud stemming from his role in an alleged plot in which the company misled investors about plans for a $9 billion nuclear power plant expansion.

  • November 25, 2020

    What GCs Should Consider As They Hire Remote Attys

    The at-home work environment fueled by the coronavirus pandemic has pushed general counsel to expand their talent pools by considering permanent remote lawyers, but businesses should weigh issues like attorney licensing and virtual onboarding that can complicate the hiring of staffers who don't live near a company office.

  • November 25, 2020

    USPTO Urged To Bridge Gap Between PTAB And Examiners

    An advisory committee for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new report calling on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and patent examiners to share their data to ensure that each unpatentable invention is a "lesson learned" for the agency.

  • November 25, 2020

    What To Watch As High Court Takes On Computer Crime Law

    A computer crime law whose scope has been hotly debated since it was passed in 1984 will be in the limelight Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether a Georgia police officer violated federal law by abusing his access to an online government database. Here's a breakdown of three key questions that may arise and could decide where the court ultimately comes down.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coke Bottler Accused Of 'Glaring' ERISA Breach In 401(k) Suit

    Former employees of the country's largest Coca-Cola bottler have hit the company, its board and its benefits committee with a proposed class action in North Carolina federal court, alleging they mismanaged their retirement portfolio and participated in a "glaring breach" of their fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • November 25, 2020

    200,000-Member ERISA Class Certified In TIAA Lending Beef

    A New York federal judge certified a nationwide class of nearly 8,000 retirement plans covering more than 200,000 participants in a lawsuit alleging the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association unlawfully profited from its retirement loan program, appointing Berger Montague PC and Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP class counsel.

  • November 25, 2020

    UnitedHealth Fights 'Game-Changer' ERISA Class Action Loss

    United Behavioral Health is fighting a first-of-its-kind court order to reprocess 67,000 claims after a judge nixed the insurer's guidelines for covering behavioral health treatment, in a case that has huge implications for the future of Employee Retirement Income Security Act class actions over treatment denials.

  • November 25, 2020

    Calif. Walgreens Workers Bag $4.5M Wage Deal

    Walgreens and a class of workers have received a California federal judge's approval for their $4.5 million settlement to resolve claims that the pharmacy chain broke Golden State labor law by not paying all wages to employees at its distribution centers.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-Credit Suisse Regulatory Head Joins Libra Networks As GC

    The Libra Association has brought aboard a former Credit Suisse managing director and banking regulator to serve as general counsel for its operating subsidiary Libra Networks LLC as the organization pushes forward on its digital currency initiative.

  • November 25, 2020

    Mattress Co. Loses Bid For COVID-19 Shutdown Coverage

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a mattress company's lawsuit seeking coverage for losses it incurred through statewide COVID-19 shutdown orders but said the company can have another bite at the apple and replead its case.

  • November 25, 2020

    Facebook's $650M Biometric Privacy Deal Draws 1.5M Users

    More than 1.5 million Illinois Facebook users are seeking to claim a share of a proposed $650 million deal to resolve biometric privacy claims brought against the social media company in California federal court, according to a Wednesday filing by counsel for the parties, who had previously said that roughly 6 million consumers were eligible to participate in the settlement.

  • November 25, 2020

    NLRB Official OKs Mail-In Vote For Security Co. Dog Handlers

    Dog handlers for a security company will vote by mail on whether to continue being represented by a union, a National Labor Relations Board regional director has said, finding their employer's pitch for a hybrid mail and in-person election is impractical for scattered employees facing COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

  • November 25, 2020

    Media Co. IAC Promotes Lead M&A Atty To General Counsel

    Media conglomerate IAC, which owns companies including The Daily Beast, Care.com and Vimeo, is promoting its lead mergers and acquisitions attorney to senior vice president and general counsel after she helped steer some of its largest transactions, the company said Tuesday. 

  • November 25, 2020

    Longtime Greenpeace GC Exits For Children's Nonprofit

    Environmental nonprofit Greenpeace International's general counsel has departed the organization after 16 years heading its legal department, joining a nonprofit focused on children's well-being as a director of strategic litigation on its climate change team.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump's Exit Draws Fresh Battle Lines Over Tariff Power

    Lawmakers tried but failed to mount a meaningful challenge to President Donald Trump's aggressive use of tariffs over the last four years, but his ouster will not necessarily make Congress' goal to claw back more tariff power any easier.

  • November 25, 2020

    4 Key Insurance Appeals To Watch In December

    Appeals courts will take on several important insurance coverage issues in 2020's final month, with the Delaware Supreme Court set to weigh whether an excess insurer must contribute to Dole's $222 million settlements of stockholder suits and Indiana's high court primed to consider whether a ransomware attack is covered by crime insurance. Here, Law360 breaks down four insurance appeals attorneys will be watching in December.

  • November 25, 2020

    Biden Leaning On Labor In White House Transition

    Union leaders have had President-elect Joe Biden's ear early in his transition to the White House, signaling that the self-professed "union man" aims to live up to that title by pushing a pro-labor agenda that makes workers' needs a key plank of his coronavirus plan and other reforms, labor officials and advocates say.

  • November 25, 2020

    Do's & Don'ts For Policing Workers' Off-Duty Social Media Use

    With fierce debates and controversial content dominating social media feeds this chaotic year, employees' online activity can cause problems for businesses, even if workers are posting while off the clock. Here are four tips employers should keep in mind when an employee's social media posts cause unrest in the workplace.

  • November 24, 2020

    Restaurant Group Can't Halt LA County Outdoor Dining Ban

    A California state judge on Tuesday rejected a restaurant industry group's emergency bid to stop an outdoor dining ban from taking effect in Los Angeles County, ruling that not enough evidence was presented to halt the impending shutdown.

  • November 24, 2020

    Yellen At Treasury Could Set Stage For More Active FSOC

    The selection of former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary in the incoming Biden administration could position the Financial Stability Oversight Council to step up its scrutiny of the nonbank sector, a corner of the financial system that is drawing renewed concerns about its potential fragility.

  • November 24, 2020

    New Washington Football GC Joins Team Amid Turmoil

    Since last summer, the professional football team in Washington, D.C., has taken on a new name, a new coach, a new radio broadcast crew and a new president. Now it's adding a new general counsel.

  • November 24, 2020

    LGBT Rights, Virus Advice Top Priorities For EEOC's Samuels

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Jocelyn Samuels told Law360 in an exclusive interview that getting employers up to speed on the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster Bostock ruling, issuing fresh COVID-19 guidance and tackling the wage gap are among her top priorities for the coming year.

  • November 24, 2020

    DoorDash Delivers $2.5M Settlement In DC AG's Tips Suit

    DoorDash and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General's Office told a D.C. judge Tuesday they agreed to a $2.5 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging the food delivery company misrepresented how tips paid by customers would be distributed to couriers.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Ill-Fated Emergence Of The Bitcoin Balance Sheet

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    Other corporations may follow MicroStrategy's lead and invest in problematic Bitcoin, in what appears to be a new chapter of irresponsible corporate behavior, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • 5 Tips For In-House Counsel Anticipating Cyber Class Actions

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    In light of a 270% increase in data breaches this year, and the attendant class actions, in-house counsel can prepare to efficiently manage litigation by focusing on certain initial steps, ranging from multidistrict litigation strategy to insurance best practices, say David McDowell and Nancy Thomas at MoFo.

  • When It Comes To SEPs, Act Locally But Enforce Globally

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    Because recent standard-essential patent decisions in the U.S., the U.K., China and Germany may signal a trend toward a greater international influence on global royalty rates by individual national jurisdictions, potential licensors and licensees may need to adjust their enforcement strategies, says Mauricio Uribe at Knobbe Martens.

  • 4th Circ. Ruling Shows Limits To ADA Accommodation Claims

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    The Fourth Circuit’s recent denial of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim in Elledge v. Lowe's instructs employers on how to analyze accommodation requests and illustrates when disabled employees may not be entitled to special priority for reassignment, says Phillip Kilgore at Ogletree.

  • Del. Solera D&O Decision May Have Limited Impact

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    While the Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in Solera is a blow for companies in the state seeking protection for certain key appraisal proceedings, the ruling hinges on the insurers' narrow definition of a violation that will trigger directors and officers coverage for securities-related claims, making it unlikely that other jurisdictions will follow suit, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Expect Major Changes In Aerospace And Defense Under Biden

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    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • A Wage And Hour Compliance Reminder For Nonprofit Boards

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    As many nonprofits face budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Lynch v. Crawford reminds board-level volunteers that they could be found personally liable for wage violations, despite qualified immunity provided by federal and state law, say attorneys at Casner & Edwards.

  • DOJ's Visa-Plaid Challenge Shows Email Can Imperil A Deal

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    The U.S. Department of Justice used a trove of internal Visa email and other communications to show how the $5.3 billion Plaid merger might limit competition — providing a cautionary tale of how internal documents can endanger a transaction that shows few antitrust concerns on the surface, says Tammy Zhu at Medallia.

  • Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Related To Uighur Forced Labor

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    In light of recent U.S. actions concerning China’s purported forced labor of Uighurs — an ethnic minority long targeted by the Chinese government — companies should conduct human rights due diligence, implement grievance mechanisms to capture abuses in their supply chains, and review supplier contracts, says Betsy Popken at Orrick.

  • What To Expect From DOJ Enforcement Under Biden

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    Companies shouldn't fear a rapid uptick in overall corporate enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice under a new Democratic administration, but should anticipate a shift in focus away from immigration cases toward COVID-19-related fraud and civil rights reform, say Sandra Moser and Kenneth Polite at Morgan Lewis.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Tech Cos. Could Face Stiffer SEC Enforcement Under Biden

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    Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's appointment of a new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair, Silicon Valley should expect greater scrutiny of whistleblowers, earnings management, risk disclosures and insider trading — all potentially influenced by the federal courts in serving as a check on the agency's enforcement, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

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