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Corporate

  • October 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Children's Nestle 'Slave Labor' Suit

    The Ninth Circuit revived a proposed class action brought by alleged victims of human trafficking who accuse Nestle and Cargill of abetting child slavery on African cocoa farms by paying off slave owners, finding Tuesday that the allegation falls within the scope of the Alien Tort Statute’s language on torts committed in violation of the law of nations.

  • October 23, 2018

    Yahoo Email Users Seek OK For $50M Data Breach Deal

    Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million to settle proposed consumer class claims in California federal and state courts over three data breaches that affected billions of U.S. and Israeli accounts, a deal that the consumers said would provide "by far, the largest available cash fund for data breach class members in history."

  • October 23, 2018

    3 Tools To Help In-House Attys Manage Stress

    Chronic stress plays into physiological and psychological disorders that in-house lawyers might experience, but there are ways to handle various demands, according to a Tuesday presentation during the Association of Corporate Counsel's annual meeting. Here, Law360 looks at three ways in-house lawyers can try to deal with stress and anxiety.

  • October 23, 2018

    AI Is No Substitute For Good Lawyers

    While artificial intelligence enables in-house counsel to stop performing routine, repetitive and mundane tasks and focus their energy on practicing law at a higher level, it won't replace them, GE Digital Chief Commercial Counsel Bert Kaminski predicted Tuesday at an in-house lawyer conference.

  • October 23, 2018

    Red Robin Workers Win Cert. Of 18,500-Person Wage Class

    A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of more than 18,500 Red Robin workers, saying there's sufficient evidence to support classwide allegations the restaurant chain underpaid wages, failed to reimburse employees for work expenses and didn't offer employees time to eat.

  • October 23, 2018

    Trans Worker Wrongly Fired For Glassdoor Post, Jury Told

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a California federal jury during trial openings Tuesday that an educational technology company wrongly fired a transgender worker for posting a Glassdoor review that accused his employer of discrimination, while the company said he was fired for claiming it defrauds job candidates.

  • October 23, 2018

    DOL Rule Encourages Workers To Buy Own Health Insurance

    The Trump administration issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would make it easier for workers to buy their own health insurance and get reimbursed by their employer.

  • October 23, 2018

    InBev, SABMiller Deal Tweaks OK'd, Easing Gov't Enforcement

    A D.C. federal judge has approved tweaks to the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2016 deal clearing Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $100 billion purchase of SABMiller that lower the burden of proof for government attorneys to show the company has violated terms of the government's merger approval.

  • October 23, 2018

    HBUS Nabs First Female African-American GC In Crypto

    HBUS Inc., the U.S. strategic partner of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has hired an attorney with in-house experience at Intuit, Google and Yahoo as its general counsel, making her the first African-American woman to serve in that role for a digital currency marketplace, the company announced Tuesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    Mayer Brown Lands Mortgage Banking, Financial Services Pro

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired a partner with significant experience in the mortgage and consumer financial services industries, handling compliance, licensing, regulatory examination and enforcement defense work, the firm recently announced.

  • October 23, 2018

    Fairness Concerns Doom Deal In Goldman Director Pay Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday rejected a proposed settlement to resolve a shareholder challenge to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. nonemployee director compensation on grounds that the deal would release the claims without fair consideration to the company.

  • October 22, 2018

    Landmark Roundup Verdict Survives, But Cut Down By $211M

    A California judge on Monday slashed roughly $211 million from the $289 million jury verdict won by a groundskeeper who alleged that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his lymphoma, ruling that the jury’s punitive damages award must be limited to protect the agrochemical giant’s due process rights.

  • October 22, 2018

    When Bad News Hits: How GCs Can Help Weather The Storm

    The ability to handle a crisis, including breaking unfavorable news to CEOs or other executives, is a skill set in-house counsel must attain and nurture, according to a Monday panel at the 2018 Association of Corporate Counsel's annual meeting.

  • October 22, 2018

    DOL Proposes Easing Retirement Plan Regulations

    The U.S. Department of Labor moved Monday to make President Donald Trump’s executive order on retirement regulations a reality, proposing a rule that would make it easier for companies and the self-employed to join existing retirement plans or band together to create new ones. 

  • October 22, 2018

    Attys Cheer Iancu Patent Troll Speech, Tech Groups Dismayed

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu’s speech arguing that decrying patent trolls weakens the patent system has been welcomed by attorneys and inventor groups for its defense of patent owners, while tech groups say it ignores the harm of abusive patent litigation.

  • October 22, 2018

    DoorDash Driver Must Arbitrate Misclassification Suit

    A DoorDash Inc. delivery driver must arbitrate his putative class action claiming the app-based food delivery service misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, a California federal judge ruled Monday, saying just because a single driver opted out of arbitration doesn’t mean all drivers did.

  • October 22, 2018

    Alibaba Gets Injunction In Cryptocurrency Trademark Fight

    A New York federal judge on Monday granted Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s renewed attempt to block the promoters of a cryptocurrency called AlibabaCoin from using the Chinese e-commerce giant's trademarked names and symbols, ruling that newly produced evidence that at least one New Yorker had used the cryptocurrency was enough to allow the court to entertain the dispute. 

  • October 22, 2018

    Canada Prepares WTO Summit To Address US Criticisms

    Canada will convene a summit this week aimed at reforming and improving the beleaguered World Trade Organization, which has been inundated with criticism and stonewalling from the Trump administration, the country announced Monday.

  • October 22, 2018

    FTC Drops $4B False Ad Suit Against DirectTV Midtrial

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday abandoned its $4 billion false advertising suit against DirecTV Inc., after a California federal judge paused a bench trial and found the agency didn't have evidence strong enough to meet the "extraordinary ambition" of showing that more than 40,000 ads deceived consumers.

  • October 22, 2018

    4 Recent PTAB Decisions Attys Need To Know

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has in recent months emphasized the importance of timing when accused infringers challenge a patent and also indicated it will look closely for interested parties in reviews. Here are four recent PTAB decisions attorneys need to know.

Expert Analysis

  • New SEC Cyber Report Puts Spotlight On Accounting Controls

    George Garvey

    In light of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's cybersecurity report last week, the consequences of a business email compromise attack may now extend beyond financial losses. Public companies must revamp their accounting controls to prevent such losses — as well as SEC enforcement actions, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Deciding Class Action Removal Rights At High Court

    Archis Parasharami

    An overbroad interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shamrock Oil & Gas v. Sheets has created a loophole for avoiding the Class Action Fairness Act to pursue interstate class actions in state court. However, in Home Depot USA v. Jackson, the court will address two questions that have the potential to close it, say Archis Parasharami and Daniel Jones of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • How Employers Can Address Secret Workplace Recordings

     Jackie Ford

    Secret recordings allegedly made by President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman provide a useful vehicle for reviewing the ethics and legality of surreptitious taping, and may be instructive for employers concerned about limiting such recording in the workplace, says Jackie Ford of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Beware Laws Intersecting Benefit Concierge Services

    Kendra Roberson

    Benefit concierge services can help employers realize a greater return on investment by increasing employees’ awareness of available benefits. However, they raise several legal issues, including considerations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, say Kendra Roberson and Chris Lowther of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • ​Are You Ready For Your Congressional Investigation?

    Brian Smith

    ​The Democratic Party is ​expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year,​ ​which​ will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for ​the ​private sector.​ Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology ​companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

    Margaret Grover

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP.

  • Are You An Inadvertent US Shareholder In A Foreign Corp?

    Saren Goldner

    Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland LLP provide a practical approach to evaluating ownership of non-U.S. entities under the new Subpart F rules and to dealing with the consequences of becoming a U.S. shareholder in a CFC in which you have no control.

  • The A-List For Managing Employment Law Risks And Costs

    Brendan Sweeney

    For most employers, the value of a class action waiver far outweighs the negatives of arbitration, but proactive in-house lawyers can do more than simply avoid class actions. The risk and cost of individual arbitration cases can be managed effectively with early case assessment and alternative fee arrangements, says Brendan Sweeney of Jackson Lewis PC.