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Corporate

  • August 21, 2018

    DLA Piper Lands Corporate Law Pro In Mexico City

    DLA Piper has further expanded its Mexico City office with the addition of a corporate law jack-of-all-trades and former Diaz de Rivera & Mangino SC managing partner who counts private equity, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and foreign investment among his specialties, the firm said.

  • August 20, 2018

    Calif. High Court Says Background Check Laws Can Overlap

    California's highest court ruled Monday in favor of a class of current and former bus drivers who accused their employers and two investigative consumer reporting agencies of conducting background checks without permission, clearing up compliance guidelines that involve two overlapping state laws.

  • August 20, 2018

    NLRB Tells Sears To Re-Recognize Backroom Workers Union

    Sears Roebuck and Co. must recognize and bargain with a union representing its backroom associates after a National Labor Relations Board judge found that the company violated federal labor law by relying on a decertification petition that was circulated too early when withdrawing its recognition. 

  • August 20, 2018

    Allergan, Tribe Want PTAB Immunity Denial Reheard En Banc

    The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Allergan PLC on Friday asked the Federal Circuit court to reconsider en banc its ruling last month that tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which rejected the drugmaker’s attempt to shield patents for its dry-eye medication Restasis by transferring them to the Native American tribe.

  • August 20, 2018

    Littler Adds Acting EEOC Chair's Top Atty To Policy Shop

    The chief of staff for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission acting Chair Victoria Lipnic is leaving the agency to join management-side powerhouse Littler Mendelson PC’s labor, employment and benefits lobbying arm, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 20, 2018

    4 USCIS Policies Changing The Face Of Business Immigration

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued several new policies this summer that may increase the burden of proof on visa applicants and threaten to put certain employment-based visa holders and foreign students at risk of deportation. Here, we examine those policies and how they have changed immigration attorneys' strategies.

  • August 20, 2018

    Wash. AG: More Fast Food Giants To Ax ‘No-Poach’ Clauses

    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday that eight restaurant chains, including Applebee’s and IHOP, agreed to drop their practice of using no-poach clauses to prevent employees from moving between franchise locations, adding to a recently announced list that included Carl’s Jr. and McDonald’s.

  • August 20, 2018

    Are Federal Paid Leave, Scheduling Laws On The Horizon?

    Federal lawmakers have introduced competing bills aimed at making sure private businesses give workers time off to care for themselves and their loved ones and allow them more control over their schedules. The measures have fueled a conversation that could eventually culminate in employers being able to craft uniform nationwide leave and scheduling policies instead of having to navigate a patchwork of state and local laws. Here, Law360 takes a look at what’s on the table.

  • August 20, 2018

    Apple Site Violates ADA For Those Who Are Blind, Suit Says

    A woman with visual impairments hit Apple Inc. with a proposed class action in New York federal court Sunday, claiming that the tech giant’s website isn’t fully compatible with screen readers, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • August 20, 2018

    Gov't, Industry Back Apple In High Court App Store Fight

    The federal government and industry groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court to side with Apple Inc. and toss a proposed consumer class action claiming the technology giant's app store illegally monopolized the iPhone app market, arguing that only "direct purchasers" — here, app developers themselves — can bring such claims.

  • August 20, 2018

    Comcast Beats $75M Antitrust Suit Over Ad Platform

    An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to Comcast in a $75 million suit alleging the cable giant refused to do business with advertisers unless they used the company’s own advertising system, finding it wasn’t anti-competitive for Comcast to refuse to do business with a smaller advertising firm.

  • August 20, 2018

    15 Minutes With Plated's General Counsel

    Tina Mohanty didn't envision making an in-house transition until the co-founders of meal kit maker Plated approached her with an opportunity she couldn't refuse. Here, the company's first general counsel shares how her plan to remain in private practice transformed into an almost four-year career — and which is her go-to recipe.

  • August 20, 2018

    More China Tariffs Loom As USTR Opens Marathon Hearings

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday began a week’s worth of daylong public hearings on its proposal to hit $200 billion of Chinese goods with new duties, the most aggressive salvo yet in its ongoing battle with Beijing over intellectual property and technology acquisition policies.

  • August 17, 2018

    Disney May Not Be Magical For Autistic Guests: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit revived 30 consolidated lawsuits alleging Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. fails to properly accommodate guests with autism by making them wait for rides, ruling Friday that a bench trial should decide whether those visitors have access to the same experience as nonautistic patrons.

  • August 17, 2018

    HUD Claims Facebook's Housing Ads Are Discriminatory

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has hit Facebook Inc. with an administrative complaint that accuses the social media giant of using discriminatory advertising practices to target home buyers, according to New York federal court documents filed Friday in a related lawsuit.

  • August 17, 2018

    DOL Urges 2nd Circ. To Revive PwC Retirees' ERISA Fight

    The U.S. Department of Labor threw its support behind a class of former PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP employees attempting to revive their Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims against the company at the Second Circuit, arguing that there were remedies for the retirees under the statute.

  • August 17, 2018

    NLRB Dems Fight Post-Epic Review Of Wage Suit Ruling

    Republican members of the National Labor Relations Board have wiped out an April ruling that a Texas restaurant group illegally fired a worker who brought a wage suit against it, drawing objections from the board’s Democrats.

  • August 17, 2018

    Trump Call For SEC To Study Reporting Rules Sparks Debate

    President Donald Trump on Friday called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to study ending quarterly reporting requirements for public companies and switch to a six-month system in order to cut costs and spur growth, a major policy shift that experts say would likely be embraced by many businesses but resisted by investors.

  • August 17, 2018

    Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

    Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say.

  • August 17, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hershey, Unilever, 'Game of Thrones,' NFL

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hershey and Unilever try to break the "Ice," HBO tries to burn an application for a mythical dragon word from "Game of Thrones," and the NFL's New Orleans Saints defend the city's area code.

Expert Analysis

  • Policing Bad Claims In Consolidated Litigation: Part 1

    Danielle Bagwell

    With the proliferation of consolidated litigation, courts have lamented the lack of scrutiny often given to individual cases in these proceedings. Recent federal court decisions demonstrate an increased willingness to police meritless claims by assessing whether counsel’s pre-suit investigation was adequate, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Turns Up The Heat On Oil Cos.

    Mike Biles

    A Texas federal judge's decision last week in Ramirez v. Exxon Mobil — the first climate change-related securities class action against a major oil and gas company — is strikingly pro-shareholder and departs from opinions of numerous federal courts, say Mike Biles and Jessica England of King & Spalding LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Plan Sponsors Should Consider Pension De-Risking

    Elliot Dinkin

    For some plan sponsors, the prospect of engaging in a pension risk transfer may seem cost-prohibitive. However, the cost of transferring risk is lower than what many sponsors perceive, says Elliott Dinkin of Cowden Associates Inc. 

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Tax Enforcers Unite Against International Tax Crime

    Kyle Womboldt

    In light of the launch of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement alliance against transnational tax crime and money laundering, it is more important than ever for corporations and professional services firms to carefully manage their exposure to higher risk clients and business activity, say Kyle Wombolt and Jeremy Birch of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • A Teachable Moment On Adequate Disclosures

    Marc Casarino

    Full and accurate disclosure of information by a corporation to its stockholders is a basic component of obtaining consent to mergers and other fundamental transactions. But the Delaware Supreme Court's decision in Morrison v. Berry is a stark reminder that implementing adequate disclosures is easier said than done, say Marc Casarino and Lori Smith of White and Williams LLP.

  • A Close Look At IRS Proposed Pass-Through Deduction Rules

    Stephen Looney

    Last week, the IRS proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 199A, providing guidance on the new deduction available to pass-through entities and sole proprietorships. Mostly taxpayer friendly, the lengthy proposed regs are likely to undergo some changes before becoming finalized, say Stephen Looney and Edward Waters of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capouano & Bozarth PA.

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.