Corporate

  • January 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of January

    January's notable legal department hires included new general counsel at multimedia content publisher XO Group Inc., biopharmaceutical company MyoKardia Inc. and security services group Securitas AB.

  • January 31, 2018

    CFPB Structure Is Constitutional, DC Circ. Says In Reversal

    An en banc panel of D.C. Circuit judges on Wednesday overturned a ruling that would have allowed President Donald Trump to fire the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s director at will, preserving the agency's current structure and setting up a potentially messy process before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 31, 2018

    Only 33% Of Global Execs Prepared For GDPR, EY Warns

    Just one in three global business leaders has made plans to deal with Europe’s sweeping information protection regime, which comes into force in four months, Ernst & Young warned on Wednesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Trump Reaches Out To Reluctant Dems In State Of The Union

    President Donald Trump kept a spotlight on his partisan year-one achievements during his first State of the Union on Tuesday night, touting tax cuts and deregulatory actions even as he sought to reach out to reluctant Democrats on issues like infrastructure and immigration.

  • January 30, 2018

    Trump's State Of The Union Breaks Little Ground On Trade

    President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address late Tuesday offered only broad overtures on trade policy as he talked up his administration’s ongoing effort to negotiate with trading partners and strictly enforce U.S. trade laws.

  • January 30, 2018

    2017 M&A Suits Push Securities Class Actions To Record High

    A surge in federal class action suits targeting companies involved in mergers and acquisitions in 2017 led to a second straight record year for the overall number of federal securities class actions, according to a report released Tuesday, a trend legal experts say could be attributed to a migration of M&A suits out of the Delaware Court of Chancery and into federal jurisdictions where the potential for success is seen as greater.

  • January 30, 2018

    As Uber-Waymo Trial Nears, Judge Highlights MoFo's Impact

    On the verge of Waymo’s highly anticipated trade secret trial against Uber, a California federal judge made clear Tuesday that jurors will hear about Morrison & Foerster LLP’s role in Uber’s acquisition of a self-driving car company that allegedly funneled secrets to Uber, saying “You can’t try this case” without explaining the law firm’s involvement.

  • January 30, 2018

    Aegerion Sentenced To Pay Patients In Twist On $36M Plea

    Patients harmed by a specialty cholesterol drug they were unnecessarily prescribed will get a slice of a $36 million forfeiture from Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. instead of the government, a Massachusetts federal judge decided Tuesday in a criminal sentencing.

  • January 30, 2018

    Canada Says US Can Leave NAFTA Disputes Deal

    Canada and Mexico are prepared to continue in a bilateral investor-state dispute settlement process and let the U.S. opt out of the current agreement under NAFTA, Canada’s foreign affairs minister said Monday following the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations.

  • January 30, 2018

    ‘Excessive’ Chipotle Class Fees Cut From $3.2M To $600K

    A Minnesota federal judge slashed an attorneys' fee request of $3.2 million to $600,000 in a class action alleging Chipotle required employees to work off the clock, calling the ask “excessive” in light of the results: a $62,000 settlement for two restaurants' workers.

  • January 30, 2018

    4 Things To Know About Ad Hoc Vs. Institutional Arbitration

    Choosing the rules that will govern a potential arbitration with a business partner might seem like a tiresome task that's best left until a dispute arises, but experts say leaving this decision to the last minute can be a huge mistake. Here, Law360 takes a closer look at the differences between letting an institution administer an international arbitration and freestyling with an ad hoc proceeding.

  • January 30, 2018

    Ailes Watched Fox News Anchors Undress, Ex-Host Says

    A former Fox News anchor who last year alleged in New York federal court that the company cyberstalked her to pressure her into keeping quiet about sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes has added claims that the network’s former boss recorded female on-air talent as they undressed in its offices.

  • January 30, 2018

    Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway To Start Health Co.

    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase are planning to form an independent health care company that would initially serve their U.S. employees but could eventually become available to all Americans, the three companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    NLRB Nominee Has Repped Tech Titans As Morgan Lewis Atty

    National Labor Relations Board nominee John Ring counts Google, Amazon.com and more than two-dozen other high-profile companies as clients, the Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner revealed in ethics filings obtained by Law360 Tuesday, agreeing to sit out cases involving them or his firm if confirmed.

  • January 29, 2018

    New DOJ Memo Will Make Waves In Fraud Cases

    A new U.S. Department of Justice memo is signaling lighter enforcement of the government's informal policy views on fraudulent billing, but the memo's impact on civil and criminal cases was already being hotly debated on Monday.

  • January 29, 2018

    3 Misconceptions GCs Hold About International Arbitration

    Advising general counsel to include an international arbitration clause in an important contract can get dicey if the latest gossip about an arbitration gone wrong or a lack of familiarity with the process has caused certain misconceptions to take root. Here, Law360 lays out three common misconceptions GCs may hold about this dispute resolution method.

  • January 29, 2018

    Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Tools As New EU Law Looms

    Facebook Inc. on Monday published online for the first time a list of privacy principles and launched a set of data management tutorial videos as the company prepares for a stringent European Union data protection law coming into effect in May.

  • January 29, 2018

    The 2 Biggest Worries Keeping GCs Up At Night

    Data security and regulatory shifts are the two biggest concerns of corporate counsel, according to a new survey of chief legal officers. Here, we look at what that means for in-house lawyers in 2018.

  • January 29, 2018

    DC Circ. Gives NLRB 2nd Crack At Restaurant's Work Rules

    The D.C. Circuit on Monday remanded most of a restaurant chain's appeal of a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a slew of the chain's workplace rules violated federal labor law, granting the board’s request to reconsider whether several of those rules are still illegal under a new standard the NLRB created last month.

  • January 29, 2018

    App Could Give Workers Safe Space To Report Harassment

    A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched Monday and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Apple’s Unsuccessful Test Of SEC Proxy Guidance

    Arthur Kohn

    Many commentators assumed that new guidance released in November for excluding shareholder proposals from proxy materials signaled a new willingness by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to defer to companies. However, Apple’s recent unsuccessful request indicates that a citation of board process will not give companies an automatic pass, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Back To The Future For The NLRB

    Stephen Roppolo

    The National Labor Relations Board recently overturned several fairly short-lived, Obama-era precedents during the last week of outgoing Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s tenure. Of those decisions, two in particular stood out: Specialty Healthcare and DuPont, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.

  • Considerations For Financial Disclosures After Tax Reform

    Laura Richman

    Based on guidance recently issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, companies should consider their approach for disclosing the accounting impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act before filing their financial statements, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • New Year's IP Resolutions For Companies

    Ann Fort

    As we all look to improve in the new year, there are seven best practices that everyone with a patent and trademark portfolio should put on their to-do list, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.