• March 14, 2018

    Mars Inc. Names New VP And General Counsel

    Global food, beverage and candy giant Mars Inc. announced Tuesday that it has promoted the general counsel of its subsidiary Mars Wrigley Confectionery to serve as general counsel for the parent company, saying she will also serve on the private, family-owned company’s leadership team.

  • March 14, 2018

    Committee Begins Effort To Shore Up Multiemployer Pensions

    The congressional committee created by the 2018 budget act to propose a fix for a looming multiemployer pension system collapse met for the first time Wednesday, the same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a multiemployer pension plan advocacy group offered general principles for potential legislation.

  • March 14, 2018

    Value Of Securities Class Action Settlements Plunged In '17

    The total value of settlements in securities class actions was 74 percent less last year than it was in 2016, according to a new report by Cornerstone Research, reflecting both a surge of small-dollar cases coming to a close and a drought of blockbuster settlements.

  • March 14, 2018

    Senate Bill Takes Scalpel, Not Ax, To Dodd-Frank, Attys Say

    The bipartisan banking bill that cleared the U.S. Senate on Wednesday may be the banking industry's best hope yet for rolling back some of the Dodd-Frank Act's rules, but some attorneys say the legislation that's emerged doesn't exactly dismantle the landmark 2010 financial reform law.

  • March 14, 2018

    Family Dollar Pays Class $45M In Pay Bias Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $45 million settlement ending class action claims by more than 37,000 former and current female Family Dollar Stores Inc. managers alleging their employer paid them less than their male counterparts, ending a case that began nearly 15 years ago.

  • March 14, 2018

    Antitrust Enforcement By State AGs Continues To Evolve

    State attorneys general have long played an important role in helping enforce antitrust laws but often take a back seat to the federal government. However, a spate of recent actions have seen states band together on specific issues and either work without the help of the federal government or actually pursue legal actions that run counter to the Trump administration’s antitrust policies — a development that suggests the role of states in the nation’s enforcement regime is evolving. Here, Law360 takes a look at the current state of antitrust enforcement by state AGs and where it’s headed.

  • March 14, 2018

    Senate Passes Partial Dodd-Frank Rollbacks

    The Senate passed a rollback Wednesday of bank and other financial institution rules from the Dodd-Frank Act, with backers of the measure claiming it will remove the worst of the regulatory costs for smaller banks.

  • March 14, 2018

    5th Circ. Won't Revive GE's Trade Secret Fight With Ex-Exec

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a win for the former head of a General Electric distressed fuels team against claims she had taken intellectual property to her new job at a rival, but overturned a finding she was subjected to an unreasonable noncompete agreement.

  • March 14, 2018

    4 Important Insurance Decisions To Watch For This Spring

    Insurance companies and policyholders will be keeping an eye out this spring for courts' guidance on a slew of key insurance issues, including the Florida Supreme Court's decision on the requirements for holding an insurer liable for bad faith claims handling and a federal court's ruling on whether a traditional liability policy covers data breach losses. Here, Law360 looks at four rulings to watch for over the next few months.

  • March 14, 2018

    US Tax Law Boosting Global Economy, For Now, OECD Says

    The U.S. tax overhaul and a federal spending increase are key factors behind an uptick in the global economy, but rising trade protectionism could undermine growth, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • March 14, 2018

    Theranos CEO Holmes Settles Over $700M Fraud, SEC Says

    The founder and CEO of once high-flying Silicon Valley blood testing company Theranos has settled allegations she lied about nearly every aspect of the company’s business model and finances in a massive, yearslong fraud that raised more than $700 million from duped investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    How Legal Departments Can Prepare For The Upcoming GDPR

    Some multinational companies and their legal departments have been taking steps toward complying with the European Union’s upcoming data protection regime, while others have only just begun or aren’t even considering action before the regulation goes into effect in less than 75 days. Here, Law360 looks at how businesses and their legal departments can prepare for the approaching May 25 implementation date.

  • March 14, 2018

    Former Equifax Exec Indicted For Insider Trading

    Civil and criminal charges have been filed against a former Equifax executive accused of selling off shares before the public was informed of the company’s massive data breach, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    NLRB's Joint Employer Review Bid Premature, DC Circ. Hears

    Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that it was “premature” for the National Labor Relations Board to ask that an order remanding the company’s appeal of the board’s expanded joint employer test be revoked, but the NLRB stuck to its guns a day later by arguing the circuit should take the case back.

  • March 13, 2018

    EEOC Sees No Increase In Charges Since Start Of #MeToo

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hasn’t seen a surge in sexual harassment complaints since the start of the #MeToo movement, but more workers have been threatening to sue, acting EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic said Tuesday at a Society for Human Resource Management conference in Washington, D.C.

  • March 13, 2018

    Maryland Co. To Pay $2M Penalty For Bribing Russian

    Maryland-based Transport Logistics International Inc. has agreed to pay a $2 million criminal penalty to resolve charges it bribed an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp. to win contracts to ship uranium to the U.S., according to a Department of Justice announcement Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Amazon Settles With Job Applicants Over Background Checks job applicants told a Florida federal judge Tuesday that they had settled their claims against the e-commerce giant over consumer background checks they said were performed without following strict legal requirements.

  • March 13, 2018

    10th Circ. Sides With DOL In Row Over New Fiduciary Rule

    A Tenth Circuit panel Tuesday affirmed a decision upholding the U.S. Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers related to fixed indexed annuity sales, agreeing with the lower court that the rule’s critics were given an opportunity to comment on it.

  • March 13, 2018

    WilmerHale Atty Doesn't Recall Giving Up Ex-ConvergEx Exec

    A WilmerHale partner who represented the ConvergEx Group LLC board in a securities fraud investigation told a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday that he can't remember trying to get prosecutors to go after individuals and let the company go, as one indicted former executive claims he did.

  • March 13, 2018

    SEC Signals More Aggressive Stance On Crypto Exchanges

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent admonition urging cryptocurrency exchanges that allow trading of digital tokens resembling securities to get right with regulators — meaning such platforms should register as exchanges or seek exemptions — indicates more aggressive enforcement is coming against noncompliant venues, lawyers say.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Aspects Of SEC Guidance On Cybersecurity Disclosures

    Mark Krotoski

    For now, the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance on public company cybersecurity disclosures is controlling. But the commissioners' divergent views on whether more can and should be done suggest that the SEC will revisit the guidance, say Mark Krotoski and Kurt Oldenburg of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Value And Limitations Of Trade Compliance Policies

    Eric Sandberg-Zakian

    A corporate trade compliance policy that requires reporting and investigation is likely to serve as an important mitigating factor in a straightforward civil matter before a primary regulator. But in the face of a more searching grand jury investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, how the company implemented the policy will be far more important, says Eric Sandberg-Zakian of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Murphy’s Law: What Can Be, Will Be Taxed In New Jersey?

    Mitchell Newmark

    New Jersey's new governor is eager to change how his state taxes individuals and businesses, though similar proposals have been criticized or even defeated during past administrations. If he succeeds, Gov. Phil Murphy will significantly change the state's tax regime, say Mitchell Newmark and Eva Niedbala of Morrison & Foerster LLP. 

  • FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: Pilot Program Redux

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    Criminal resolutions during the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program likely would not have come out differently under the new corporate enforcement policy, but the revised policy makes the impact of self-disclosing possible FCPA issues slightly more predictable, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • How The E-2 Visa Aligns With Trump's Immigration Goals

    Matthew Minor

    Because several aspects of the E-2, or treaty investor, visa fit neatly with President Donald Trump's “Buy American, Hire American” policy, it is an excellent time for foreign nationals who may meet certain eligibility requirements to consider advancing a case in this visa category, says Matthew Minor of Hammond Law Group LLC.

  • The Securities Law Questions Raised By #MeToo

    Deborah Birnbach

    Although companies often do not disclose internal or government investigations generally, and there are no cases obligating disclosure of sexual harassment investigations specifically, companies are not impervious to litigation for failing to disclose such information, or for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with tolerating sexual harassment, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • How Newman's Own Got A New Life

    Allen Bromberger

    A new law allowing private foundations to own all of a business under certain conditions gives a new lease on life to the foundation that owns the company producing and selling Newman’s Own food products. More private foundations may take ownership of profitable businesses as a result of this law, says Allen Bromberger of Perlman & Perlman LLP.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.