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Corporate

  • June 20, 2018

    CBS Investor Suit To Continue Alongside Directors' Claims

    A minority investor in CBS Corp. will be allowed to pursue its suit against controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc. after a Delaware Chancery Court judge declined to stay the proceeding Wednesday and said the case could progress in coordination with an earlier-filed suit from the directors of CBS over their efforts to issue a stock dividend.

  • June 20, 2018

    BakerHostetler Nabs Brown Rudnick Corporate Partner In OC

    BakerHostetler has hired a veteran corporate attorney in Orange County, California, from Brown Rudnick LLP with significant experience handling complex transactions with a focus on emerging companies in the life sciences, software and semiconductor sectors, the firm announced.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Wyden Presses Ross For Views On ZTE's Cyberthreat

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross evaded questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on the cybersecurity threats posed by ZTE Corp. on Wednesday as the lawmaker probed for answers about the Trump administration’s decision to give the Chinese telecom giant a reprieve for its sanctions violations.

  • June 20, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Silicon Valley VC Atty In West Coast Push

    DLA Piper has hired an attorney from the venture capital firm Oak Investment Partners to work at its Silicon Valley office, a sign of the firm’s ongoing West Coast growth.

  • June 20, 2018

    Mintz Levin Adds Ex-MoFo Corporate Partner In San Diego

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired a former Morrison & Foerster partner who advises insurers, software clients, and medical device and life sciences companies in billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and corporate governance, Mintz Levin announced recently.

  • June 20, 2018

    NY, Mass. AGs To Sue Over Association Health Plans Rule

    The attorneys general for New York and Massachusetts on Wednesday said they will sue the Trump administration over the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule on association health plans that they say will shrink "critical consumer health protections."

  • June 19, 2018

    NLRB Wants To Tackle Union Group's Class Waiver Questions

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to remand a Hobby Lobby appeal over whether its arbitration agreements pass legal muster, saying that while the blockbuster Epic Systems ruling wiped out the board's initial rationale, numerous unanswered questions remain. 

  • June 19, 2018

    Bloomberg, Workers Move For $54.5M Settlement In OT Suit

    Bloomberg LP and a class of help desk representatives moved for a $54.5 million settlement in New York federal court Tuesday in a suit alleging the company wrongfully excluded them from overtime pay, according to the joint motion for settlement.

  • June 19, 2018

    Del. Class Slams UnitedHealth's Appeal On Books Access

    Class attorneys accused UnitedHealth Group on Tuesday of “manufacturing” an appellate legal dispute and raising issues before the Delaware Supreme Court that were never argued in its failed Chancery Court challenge to a books and records demand targeting Medicare overbilling allegations.

  • June 19, 2018

    Apple Pushes Monopoly Concerns In Qualcomm ITC Fight

    Apple attorneys questioned an expert witness for Qualcomm on the potential competition effects of the chipmaker’s bid to ban Intel-equipped iPhones from the U.S. during a hearing Tuesday at the International Trade Commission, pressing a claim that a ban on imports of the phone could hand Qualcomm monopoly power and push Intel out of 5G development.

  • June 19, 2018

    High Court's Vitamin C Ruling Leaves Work For Lower Courts

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an antitrust case over Chinese vitamin C exports that U.S. courts are not bound by another country's description of its own laws, but the justices only provided a few hints about how much weight to give competing evidence about what a foreign law requires, leaving trial courts to parse the deference due in future cases.

  • June 19, 2018

    Amazon Accused Of Stiffing Delivery Workers On Overtime

    Amazon was hit Monday with a proposed nationwide collective action in Florida alleging the company violated federal labor laws by shorting employees on overtime pay when they delivered packages for the giant e-commerce site.

  • June 19, 2018

    Keurig Inks $36.5M Settlement Over 2011 Stock Drop

    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has agreed to pay $36.5 million to settle a securities fraud suit that accused the company and two executives of misleading shareholders about sales and revenue expectations in 2011, according to papers filed Tuesday in Vermont federal court.

  • June 19, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Arbitration In Ex-CVS Worker's Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit ruled that a former CVS Pharmacy Inc. pharmacist must arbitrate his claims that the company didn't give him an appropriate seating accommodation and illegally fired him because he was close to qualifying for certain retirement benefits.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-NBA Union Atty Joins DC AG As Senior Litigation Counsel

    A former general counsel of the National Basketball Players Association who helped ink a $70 billion collective bargaining agreement for the union has joined the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia as senior counsel for litigation.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    EU Antitrust Chief Sees Global Progress Curbing State Aid

    The European Union’s top competition enforcer touted progress Tuesday in getting countries outside the EU to avoid picking economic winners and losers through “harmful subsidies,” part of her efforts to take the bloc's state aid rules global.

  • June 19, 2018

    DOL Blesses ACA-Skirting Association Health Plans

    The U.S. Department of Labor published its long-anticipated final rule on association health plans on Tuesday, relaxing the requirements for small businesses to band together to create health care plans that skirt certain Affordable Care Act requirements, in a move that drew sharp criticism from Democrats and cheers from Republicans.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

Expert Analysis

  • A Practical Method For Utility Property Interest Allocation

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    Certain utility companies are exempt from the 30 percent limitation on the deductibility of interest expenses under Internal Revenue Code Section 163(j), but the IRS has yet to define how companies involved in both exempt and nonexempt activities should allocate interest expenses on their tax returns. We suggest a practical approach consistent with congressional intent, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Life Sciences Cos. Must Be Careful With Donations

    Gary Giampetruzzi

    This year, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts has investigated several life sciences companies for their donations to independent copay assistance charities. As the list of investigations grows longer, life sciences companies should reassess their policies, procedures and monitoring regarding donations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • When Should Independent Directors Get Their Own Counsel?

    Christopher Kaufman

    With boards of directors facing greater scrutiny from investors and higher risks of litigation than ever before, independent directors should, in certain circumstances, consider having their own legal counsel. Christopher Kaufman, a retired partner of Latham & Watkins LLP, looks at six situations in which the interests of the various groups of directors may be misaligned.

  • 10 Steps To Modernizing Corporate Integrity Agreements

    John Bentivoglio

    A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights the important role corporate integrity agreements play in protecting federal health care programs when federal laws are violated. Given their central role in promoting compliance, it is time for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General to update its templates and approach, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

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    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Tax Reform Adds Value To IRS Accounting Method Changes

    Ellen McElroy

    The IRS’ annual automatic accounting method changes for 2017 and the 2017/2018 corporate tax rate differential created by last year's tax overhaul together provide companies with a unique opportunity to benefit permanently from changes that would otherwise be temporary, say Ellen McElroy and Michael Resnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Careless Employee: A Company's Biggest Trade-Secret Threat

    Audra Dial

    Companies clearly believe that training programs are the most meaningful way to reduce employee carelessness when it comes to protecting corporate assets. However, as new survey results demonstrate, these training programs are not enough to combat the careless insider, says Audra Dial of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • How Will Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Impact Accusers?

     Matthew LaGarde

    Due to the idiosyncrasies of American bankruptcy law, The Weinstein Company's recent bankruptcy filing could cause many of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers to receive pennies on the dollar relative to what they are owed under state and federal laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment, say Matthew LaGarde and Jessica Westerman of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Opinion

    Oregon Should Reinstate Its Tax Haven Law

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    Repeal of the Oregon tax haven provision was an unwarranted giveaway to profitable multinational corporations that are exploiting foreign tax havens to shift profits earned in Oregon beyond the tax reach of the state. The law should be reinstated, says Michael Mazerov of the Council on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.