Corporate

  • May 16, 2018

    Novartis GC Steps Down After News Of Cohen Payments

    The group general counsel of pharmaceutical company Novartis AG stepped down on Wednesday, the Swiss drugmaker said in a press release, in the wake of news reports that the business made monthly payments to an organization owned by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

  • May 15, 2018

    Fox News Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuits

    More than a dozen former Fox News employees have settled a putative class action in New York state court alleging systematic racial discrimination by the network news giant, according to the employees' attorneys.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber's Move Away From Arbitration Falls Short, Attys Say

    Uber won plaudits Tuesday with its announcement that it would no longer steer sexual misconduct claims into arbitration, but critics were quick to pump the brakes on the praise, noting that the ride-hailing giant can still use arbitration to keep class actions from seeing their day in court.

  • May 15, 2018

    Venue ‘Loophole’ For Foreign Cos. Open, But Limited

    The Federal Circuit’s refusal to limit where foreign companies can be sued for patent infringement clarifies a lingering question left open by the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision, but attorneys don’t expect it to open a venue free-for-all.

  • May 15, 2018

    Dell To Pay $3M To End DOL Pay Discrimination Claims

    Dell Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay nearly 500 female and African-American employees $2.9 million to settle allegations that four locations in California and North Carolina paid women and some minority workers less than their white male counterparts, the U.S. Department of Labor’s federal contracts watchdog announced Monday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Work-Hungry Firms Cede Ground On Security Retainer Fees

    The retainer fee has largely survived the financial push-and-pull between firms and corporate clients over the last decade, experts said, but some evidence is emerging that even companies with cash-flow problems have leverage to negotiate smaller upfront payments with their counsel.

  • May 15, 2018

    IBM Urges Congress Not To Adopt GDPR-Style Privacy Law

    More than 100 IBM executives have a clear message for Congress on data privacy as they meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week: The U.S. should not pass its own version of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Some Lawyers Seen As Change-Averse In Dispute Resolution

    Seven out of 10 people polled during a recent conference series believe that private practice lawyers are the primary obstacles to changing how commercial disputes are resolved, while in-house counsel are broadly perceived as "change enablers," according to a new study published on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    FCC Rethinking Autodialer Definition After Court Loss

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for suggestions as it comes up with a new definition for autodialers that will be banned from making robocalls, after the agency’s previous definition was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit as being too broad.

  • May 15, 2018

    IRS Escapes Facebook’s $7B Suit Over Blocked Tax Appeal

    A California federal judge has granted the Internal Revenue Service’s motion to dismiss a $7 billion lawsuit brought by Facebook Inc. that alleged the IRS unjustly denied the social media company’s right to appeal the agency’s decision to adjust its taxes after an audit of its returns.

  • May 15, 2018

    Yahoo Not Covered In TCPA Suits, AIG Tells 9th Circ.

    An AIG insurer on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a California federal court’s ruling that the insurer owes Yahoo no defense in several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, saying the lower court properly applied case law in finding that the underlying actions did not allege a potentially covered privacy violation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber, Lyft Vow Not To Push Arbitration For Sex Assault Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. said Tuesday that they will no longer push arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment against riders, drivers or employees, clearing the way for such claims to be heard in court.

  • May 14, 2018

    5 Points To Consider As Overseas Disclosure Program Ends

    While the IRS' termination of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program has left many hopeful it will be extended or replaced, potential violators who have yet to disclose their foreign bank accounts need to weigh their options, with the most important question being whether to enter the program before it shuts down. Here are five topics for tax practitioners and their clients to discuss.

  • May 14, 2018

    AT&T Biased Against Pregnant Sales Staff, Ex-Workers Say

    Two former employees of AT&T's mobile phone subsidiary have accused it of discriminating against pregnant retail store employees by having a companywide policy that penalizes them for absences or lateness related to pregnancy or childbirth, according to court papers filed Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    DoorDash, Boston Driver Clash On Legality Of Class Waiver

    Counsel to restaurant-delivery service DoorDash and a Boston-area driver who filed a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly lost wages wrangled in a Boston courtroom Monday over the legality of a contract clause waiving workers’ rights to collectively sue their employer.

  • May 14, 2018

    Seattle Council OKs Lower $50M Annual Head Tax On Big Biz

    After weeks of controversy during which online retail giant Amazon paused the planning of construction on a major city project, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a scaled-down, nearly $50 million annual head tax on large corporations.

  • May 14, 2018

    New FTC Commish Wants Tighter Grip On Repeat Offenders

    Freshly sworn-in Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra called Monday for his agency to pursue more forceful penalties against companies that flout the type of consent orders signed by corporate giants such as Google, Facebook and Uber, including holding accountable individual executives at "recidivist" companies.

  • May 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Punt In Airline Wage Row Leaves Carriers On Edge

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent request that the California Supreme Court clarify how far-reaching the Golden State’s wage laws really are puts the airline industry on edge that it may face additional administrative burdens of complying with a patchwork of state wage-statement statutes, industry observers say.

  • May 14, 2018

    Inside The Downfall Of The $6.1B Xerox-Fuji Merger

    Xerox walked away from its planned $6.1 billion combination with Fuji and ousted several board members and its CEO in a settlement with activist investor Carl Icahn and fellow Xerox shareholder Darwin Deason, in the latest twist in a battle that has heated up in the five months since the tie-up was announced. Here, Law360 recounts the drama leading to the merger’s downfall.

  • May 14, 2018

    CBS, Intent On Blocking Viacom Tie-Up, Sues Shari Redstone

    CBS Corp. and five directors asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday to keep Shari Redstone from interfering in a board meeting this week where they hope to deflate her voting power, saying she’s jeopardized the company by trying to force its merger with Viacom Inc., a deal the directors recommended rejecting over the weekend.

Expert Analysis

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Inside The New DOJ Policy On Coordinated Enforcement

    Suzanne Jaffe Bloom

    A recent policy announcement by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears to be an express acknowledgement by the U.S. Department of Justice of the need to mitigate the disproportionate and harmful consequences that can result when multiple enforcement authorities seek to investigate and punish the same conduct, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Apple Just The Beginning As EU And US Clash Over Taxes

    Catherine Robins

    In the latest twist of the saga of European Commission challenges to the very low levels of tax paid in the European Union by U.S.-owned multinationals, Apple Inc. was ordered to repay $15.5 billion to the Irish government. However, this is not the only move that puts the European Union on a collision course with the U.S. in the arena of international taxation, says Catherine Robins of Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • Gender Pay Data: Impact Of European Laws In The US

    Lynne Bernabei

    Although American and European equal pay laws often develop on parallel tracks, the U.S has not kept pace with the EU in terms of pay transparency. However, new European laws may have the unintended consequence of pushing multinationals with U.S. employees to publish pay data to keep up with their European counterparts, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • Facing The Homestretch Of GDPR Prep: Part 2

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    The EU General Data Protection Regulation implementation date — May 25 — is two weeks away, and many companies are wrestling with how to prioritize efforts. In this video, Brian Hengesbaugh of Baker McKenzie discusses preparation for first-tier audit inquiries.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Growing Caregiver Benefits In The US Workplace And Beyond

    Louise Balsan

    As Mother's Day approaches and more initiatives in the U.S. and around the world are aimed at increasing opportunities at work for working mothers (and caregivers more generally), attorneys with Baker McKenzie discuss recent benefits made available to these employees and review updates multinational employers need to know.

  • Calif. Case Brings Guidance On Post-Dispute Arbitration Pacts

    Margaret Maraschino

    A California appellate court's recent decision in Nguyen v. Inter-Coast International Training provides valuable guidance to employers that may wish to introduce post-dispute arbitration agreements while seeking to avoid an unconscionability finding, says Margaret Maraschino​​​​​​​ of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Elbit Settlement Shows Breadth Of FCPA Accounting Rules

    Alice Hsieh

    In March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a settlement with Elbit Imaging Ltd. related to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The lack of confirmation that fees were in fact given to a foreign official is an example of the broad reach of the FCPA's accounting provisions, says Alice Hsieh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.