Corporate

  • February 12, 2018

    15 Minutes With The General Counsel Of PNC Bank

    Gregory B. Jordan joined the world of in-house at PNC following a nearly 30-year career at Reed Smith LLP. He spoke with Law360 about the changing legal industry, what convinced him to go in-house and the biggest regulatory issues his organization is grappling with.

  • February 9, 2018

    Waymo Settlement With Uber Ends Wild Ride

    Waymo and Uber reached a settlement Friday to end their blockbuster trade secrets fight over self-driving car technology, capping off a year of contentious discovery disputes, shocking revelations and numerous delays. Here's a play-by-play of how we got here.

  • February 9, 2018

    DOJ's No-Poach Stance Attaches Big Risk To Nuanced Issue

    Looming criminal prosecutions from the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division targeting employment issues, including agreements by companies not to hire each other's workers, show that the area is a serious concern for the new administration, meaning companies need to be on notice about the heightened risks associated with criminal charges and where to look for problems.

  • February 9, 2018

    TSCA Rule Would Help Fund Broader EPA Chemical Program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new fee structure for its Toxic Substances Control Act program would bring much-needed revenue to an agency facing dramatically increased responsibilities under recent amendments to the law, although environmentalists say companies would get off easy.

  • February 9, 2018

    GrubHub Win Doesn't Settle Debate Over Gig Workers' Status

    A first-of-its-kind ruling holding that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee was a victory for gig economy employers who hope the decision bodes well for their chances of defeating similar lawsuits, but experts say businesses shouldn't get too excited.

  • February 9, 2018

    Sen. Murray Asks Trade Groups For Sex Harassment Data

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Friday called on a dozen top business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, to turn over information about the way their industries and members handle sexual harassment allegations.

  • February 9, 2018

    Apple, Cisco Venture Could Fuel Cyberinsurance Market Surge

    Apple and Cisco recently announced they are teaming with two insurers to offer discounted cyberinsurance policies for companies that use the tech giants' products to help guard against digital threats, a partnership that experts say could spur the sale of cyber coverage among reluctant businesses scared off by high premiums and daunting deductibles.

  • February 9, 2018

    What's Next In The WTO Tussle Over Trump's Safeguards

    Major U.S. trading partners have begun to push back against the Trump administration’s newly minted safeguard tariffs at the World Trade Organization using a tactic that, for now, stops short of a full-on dispute but could enable those aggrieved countries to strike back against the duties more swiftly.

  • February 9, 2018

    Market Volatility Threatens To Stall IPO Momentum

    Sudden stock market volatility threatens to stall an initial public offerings market that was just beginning to show momentum, experts say, likely resulting in fewer deals and lower offer prices, though it’s premature to say IPOs will shut down entirely.

  • February 9, 2018

    Employers Eagerly Await EEOC Sexual Harassment Guidance

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's hotly anticipated sexual harassment enforcement guidance remains stalled at the Office of Management and Budget, but experts say its eventual release will provide much-needed clarification to employers during a time when the #MeToo movement has them taking a fresh look at workplace harassment policies.

  • February 9, 2018

    Co. Says Ruling Means It Can Scrape Data From LinkedIn

    Data company 3Taps Inc. on Thursday hit LinkedIn Corp. with a suit in California federal court, arguing that a ruling in a separate case that allowed a job search startup to scrape data off the networking site’s public profiles should allow 3Taps to do the same.

  • February 9, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to create a cybersecurity bureau in his department, three congressional Republicans worked on a paid parental leave proposal and the American Bar Association passed a policy change aimed at how legal industry employers handle sexual harassment and retaliation claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 9, 2018

    Uber, Waymo Settle Trade Secret Case Amid Trial

    Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement of their self-driving car trade secret row a third of the way through trial, with Uber agreeing to give Waymo a slice of the ride-hailing company's $72 billion equity worth approximately $245 million.

  • February 8, 2018

    GrubHub Driver In Gig Economy Case Is A Contractor: Judge

    A California federal judge ruling in a bellwether case concerning the rights of workers who participate in the so-called gig economy said Thursday that a former GrubHub Inc. meal delivery driver was an independent contractor and not the company’s employee.

  • February 8, 2018

    Smoking Gun Or Red Herring: Waymo, Uber Debate 14K Files

    Waymo’s attorneys questioned a small army of computer experts in a California federal court Thursday in a bid to show that 14,000 files a former employee downloaded from Waymo’s server evidenced corporate espionage meant to speed up Uber’s race toward self-driving cars, while Uber’s attorneys countered the downloads were automatic and meaningless.

  • February 8, 2018

    State AGs Urge High Court To Review Google Privacy Deal

    Attorneys general from Arizona, Texas and more than a dozen other states on Wednesday backed a class action fairness group's bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review a privacy case involving Google where class members stand to receive none of the $8.5 million settlement, arguing that such cy pres pacts hurt consumers.

  • February 8, 2018

    Coke Bottler Defends Ax Of Striking ‘Dissidents’ At DC Circ.

    A Puerto Rican Coca-Cola bottler and beverage distributor urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend National Labor Relations Board findings that it interfered with the protected rights of striking Teamsters workers the company says went rogue and deserve no protection from termination.

  • February 8, 2018

    $3B Tax Trial Will Focus On Royalties, Coca-Cola Says

    Long-standing royalty agreements between Coca-Cola and six foreign subsidiaries will be the company's main focus at trial in its $3.3 billion transfer pricing dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, Coca-Cola said in a 161-page trial brief filed Wednesday at the U.S. Tax Court.

  • February 8, 2018

    Apple Sanctions Nixed In Qualcomm Antitrust Battle

    A California federal judge on Wednesday lifted a $300,000 sanctions order against Apple Inc. for missing a document production deadline in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against Qualcomm Inc., ruling that a magistrate judge cited unclear authority in issuing the order.

  • February 8, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Ignored Claims Of Steve Wynn Misconduct: Suit

    Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has been hit with a shareholder suit claiming the company and its board of directors breached their fiduciary duties and exposed shareholders to damages by ignoring decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

Expert Analysis

  • How Cos. Can Take Advantage Of DOJ False Claims Act Memo

    Aileen Fair

    The U.S. Department of Justice memorandum made public on Jan. 24 is a sensible clarification of government policy concerning the False Claims Act. If followed, it could deter qui tam relators from filing meritless FCA claims, say Aileen Fair and Harry Sandick of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Back In The Shop With Encino Motorcars V. Navarro

    Michael Hepburn

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, following the Ninth Circuit’s decision on remand. The case has become the legal equivalent of a “lemon” and the court seemed no closer to a decision than it was after Navarro’s first appearance at the Supreme Court in 2016, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Takeaways From BlackRock’s 2018 CEO Letter

    Shaun Mathew

    Early media coverage of BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink's 2018 letter to CEOs suggests that BlackRock suddenly prioritizes social issues over profits, but the letter’s actual message is less controversial and more nuanced, say Shaun Mathew and Sarah Fortt of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Finding Your Groove In Chinese Dealmaking

    Kerry Houghton

    Responding to the enormous growth and expansion of the Chinese economy, elite Chinese law firms have stepped up their games. For international law firms advising on Chinese deals, this means they must hire and retain people with not just conventional legal skills, say Kerry Houghton and Kai Wang, former in-house counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

  • Key Components Of The 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction

    Douglas Tapp

    The much discussed 20 percent deduction enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not available to all pass-through entities. It is essential that tax advisers are aware of key provisions in the law to know if their client's choice of business entity is the most tax efficient. Employees may see changes reflected in paychecks as employers adjust withholdings according to new tax tables, say Douglas Tapp and Daniel Gibson at EisnerAmper LLP.

  • Understanding SEC’s Mixed Guidance On Apple Proposals

    Kimberly Myers

    Recent, seemingly disparate actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Apple may leave some confused as to whether companies can exclude corporate social responsibility-related shareholder proposals from their proxy materials. Upon closer inspection, however, the SEC’s actions appear consistent with recently issued guidance, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Assessing Leave Of Absence Accommodations Under ADA

    Colleen Coveney

    Even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has long stated that in certain circumstances a leave of absence can constitute a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, many courts have disagreed. The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft highlights the ongoing conflict, says Colleen Coveney of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • When Attorneys Get Ensnared In FCPA Misconduct

    Louis Ramos

    The prosecutions of veteran lawyers at two multinational corporations — Keppel and PetroTiger — offer a sobering truth: Those responsible for protecting their companies from corruption-related risks can be held criminally accountable for their lapses in judgment. Recently unsealed court documents shed light on potential pitfalls for both legal and compliance professionals, say Louis Ramos and Benjamin Klein of DLA Piper.