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  • December 14, 2018

    Walmart Compliance Chief Jay Jorgensen To Step Down

    Walmart Inc. told its employees Friday that former Sidley Austin LLP partner Jay Jorgensen, leader of the retailer’s global ethics and compliance program, is leaving the megachain to pursue other opportunities, according to an internal memo provided to Law360.

  • December 14, 2018

    SG Rips 'Routine' Nationwide Injunctions Of Trump Policies

    U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco went after the “disturbing but accelerating trend” of trial courts striking down President Donald Trump's policies with nationwide injunctions while trying to preserve the military’s recent transgender ban in new filings to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • December 14, 2018

    Texas Judge Strikes Down Entire ACA

    In a shocking decision, a Texas federal judge ruled late Friday that the entire Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its individual mandate, a cornerstone of the landmark law, will soon become unconstitutional.

  • December 14, 2018

    ‘No Need’ To Delay CVS-Aetna Merger, DOJ Says After Rebuke

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to keep CVS and Aetna apart while reviewing a proposed merger settlement the judge had blasted as having been pushed through without adequate judicial scrutiny, arguing that a delay is unnecessary and beyond the court’s authority.

  • December 14, 2018

    Lyft Driver Says He Can Sue Because He Declined Arbitration

    A Lyft Inc. driver looking to bring a class action against the ride-hailing company for classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees said in a Boston federal court filing Friday that Lyft's attempt to send the dispute to arbitration should be denied because he opted out of an agreement earlier this year.

  • December 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Pares Nationwide Block Of ACA Birth Control Rules

    A split Ninth Circuit panel has narrowed a lower court’s nationwide ban on Trump administration rules exempting employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act, but agreed that the states’ Administrative Procedure Act claims were likely to succeed.

  • December 14, 2018

    NY AG Settles Cases With Equifax, Others Over App Security

    New York's attorney general's office announced Friday that it has settled cases with five companies, including Equifax Consumer Services LLC and Priceline.com LLC, whose mobile apps had security gaps that could have allowed hackers to intercept users' credit card and Social Security numbers.

  • December 14, 2018

    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Mergers Of 2018

    The legal sector was rocked by announcements of six massive law firm mergers in 2018, adding to a string of behemoth combinations over the past decade that many believe are leading to the consolidation of the industry into a handful of giants.

  • December 14, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    In-house counsel named six law firms as superior at providing value for their dollar, a report showed this year has been the legal industry's best for growth in almost 10 years, and Google's CEO testified before the House Judiciary Committee amid tracking and bias concerns. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • December 14, 2018

    A Year On The Brink: Trump's Trade Battle With China

    The past year has seen President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade posture toward China shift from mere rhetoric to actual policy, sparking a massive tariff battle that has stretched into nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of how we got here.

  • December 14, 2018

    FCC GC Sees Transparency As Best Rulemaking Defense

    For the Federal Communications Commission's general counsel, transparency in the government rulemaking process goes a long way toward making controversial agency decisions — like last year's net neutrality repeal — less likely to tank in the courtroom.

  • December 13, 2018

    USCIS Reaches H-2B Visa Cap For First Half Of Fiscal Year

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Wednesday that it had swiftly reached the congressionally prescribed cap of 33,000 on H-2B temporary nonagricultural visas for the first half of the 2019 fiscal year.

  • December 13, 2018

    Sam Adams Pa. Brewers Can Organize Alone, NLRB Says

    A National Labor Relations Board official said a group of brewing operators at a Pennsylvania brewery can unionize without including workers in other positions in the unit, rejecting the employer’s arguments that only a wall-to-wall unit is appropriate.

  • December 13, 2018

    NY AG Sues Target, Walmart Over Toxic Lead In Kids' Toys

    New York’s attorney general sued Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. in state court Thursday, alleging the retail giants sold jewelry-making kits for kids that contained illegally high levels of lead and saying “no parent should have to worry that their child’s toy may be toxic.”

  • December 13, 2018

    Proposed BEAT Rules Give A Break For Costs With Markups

    The U.S. Department of Treasury on Thursday proposed regulations that clear up ambiguities regarding the federal tax overhaul’s base erosion and anti-abuse provision, such as providing a break when intercompany costs have markups, but left terms under pre-existing law untouched.

  • December 13, 2018

    6 Things That Rocked The Legal Industry In 2018

    From a pitched battle over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination to a sea change in the way that legal employers consider their attorneys' mental health and well-being, these were some of the most significant events and trends to hit the legal industry in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    New Philly Fair Workweek Law May Face Court Fight

    A recently launched legal challenge to New York City's so-called Fair Workweek Law requiring fast-food and retail workers to receive advance notice of their work schedules signals what experts say could be a tough road ahead for a similar ordinance adopted by the Philadelphia City Council last week.

  • December 13, 2018

    The Biggest Benefit Policy Changes Of 2018

    President Donald Trump's cabinet and federal courts from red states chipped away at two key Obama-era benefit policies this year, authorizing the expansion of Affordable Care Act-eschewing health care plans and torpedoing a 2016 regulation intended to protect retirees from self-interested investment advisers.

  • December 13, 2018

    The Biggest Securities Decisions Of 2018

    From district courts to the highest court, judges decided major issues in 2018 affecting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement process, the protections afforded to whistleblowers and the ability of investors and corporate defendants to pursue and defend themselves against securities claims.

  • December 13, 2018

    Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2018

    From Beyonce to "Honey Badger" to Converse's Chuck Taylor, 2018 was chock-full of major court rulings on trademark law. Here are the 10 biggest you need to remember, plus four more that didn't make the cut.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • What To Know About DOL's Proposed Retirement Plan Rule

    Deborah Hembree

    A rule recently introduced by the U.S. Department of Labor addressing the multiple employer provisions of President Donald Trump's executive order on retirement regulations would provide clarity for employers, but the changes are not without limits, says Deborah Hembree of Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 5 Business Takeaways From The Midterms

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    Now that the midterms are over, business leaders have a little insight into the future of taxes, trade and other policy issues affecting the economy. Still, companies should remain agile as, come January, a new and divided Congress will begin to chart its course, says Mary Moore Hamrick of Grant Thornton LLP.

  • High Court Junk Fax Case Is Not Just About Junk Faxes

    David Gettings

    Depending on the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual decision in PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic — a case involving junk faxes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — the outcome could have a profound impact on TCPA litigation nationwide, say David Gettings and Alan Wingfield of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Employer 'Glassdoor Wars' Will Carry On After Tech Co. Win

    Alexander Batoff

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. IXL Learning — where in California federal court the EEOC unsuccessfully alleged a fired transgender employee suffered unlawful retaliation — is far from the first example of a Glassdoor review taking center stage in an employment-related lawsuit, and it certainly will not be the last, says Alexander Batoff of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Perspectives

    Class Cy Pres Settlements Are A Troubling Practice

    Mary Massaron

    Class actions are often touted as a powerful mechanism for access to justice, but is this true when there is zero chance of recovery for class members? asks Mary Massaron, a partner at Plunkett Cooney PC and former president of Lawyers for Civil Justice.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.