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Corporate

  • December 10, 2018

    NLRB Aims To Speed Up Case-Handling By 20 Percent

    The National Labor Relations Board is aiming to cut the time it takes to resolve labor disputes by a fifth over the next four years, according to a strategic plan the agency released Friday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Google Admits New Bug Exposed Info For 52.5 Million Users

    Google admitted on Monday the second data leak in three months on its social media site Google Plus — this time affecting about 52.5 million users — and announced plans to shut down the platform earlier than planned.

  • December 10, 2018

    House Committee Slams Equifax Over 'Preventable' Breach

    The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday bashed Equifax for what the lawmakers called an "entirely preventable" data breach last year that compromised more than 148 million consumers' personal information, saying that the credit reporting giant had allowed hundreds of security certificates to expire and was woefully unprepared to handle the incident.

  • December 10, 2018

    NLRB Extends Comment Deadline For Joint Employer Rule

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday again pushed back the deadline for public feedback on its proposed rule for analyzing whether two businesses jointly employ workers, giving potential commenters until mid-January to give feedback.

  • December 10, 2018

    Sonos Snags GC From Tribune A Week After Nexstar Deal

    Smart speaker maker Sonos Inc. named Tribune Media Co.’s executive vice president and general counsel as its new chief legal officer on Monday, a week after Nexstar announced a $6.4 billion deal to acquire the media company.

  • December 10, 2018

    Olympus Pleads Guilty, Fined $85M In Tainted Scope Suits

    Olympus Corp. and a former executive pled guilty in New Jersey federal court Monday to distributing medical scopes in the United States without disclosing known risks of infection, which will cost the company $85 million in fines and forfeitures, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • December 10, 2018

    Justices Flush Kimberly-Clark's Appeal In Wipes Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a putative class plaintiff to seek injunctive relief over claims the consumer products giant falsely advertised its wet wipes as “flushable.”

  • December 10, 2018

    Apple Faces Partial IPhone Ban In China After Qualcomm Win

    A Chinese court has ordered Apple to stop selling several different iPhone models in the country, saying the phones infringed two patents held by Qualcomm, the chip supplier announced Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Narrowed EU Digital Tax Delays Pain For Nondigital Firms, Too

    The European Union’s decision to drastically limit the scope of its digital tax proposal was welcome news to large multinational corporations in the online sector — as well as those that likely don’t consider themselves digital companies.

  • December 10, 2018

    EU Greenlights Controversial Cross-Border Data Access Bill

    The European Union is moving forward with a bill that will allow authorities in criminal proceedings to more easily reach across national boundaries for digital evidence, despite mixed support from member states and criticism from industry groups.

  • December 10, 2018

    15 Minutes With Gap's Global General Counsel

    Gap Inc. Global General Counsel Julie Gruber sees value in both formal and casual mentorship programs. Here, she describes how the company has made strides on diversity and inclusion and why being fast and flexible are crucial in the changing retail environment.

  • December 7, 2018

    Chinese Cos. Eluding US Scrutiny, Hurting Investors: SEC

    Wall Street regulators issued an unusually strong rebuke Friday of their counterparts in China for continuing to shield reports that could indicate whether public companies based there are playing fairly in U.S. exchanges.

  • December 7, 2018

    Facebook Health Site Tracking Legal, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has found that a lower court rightly dismissed a suit brought by Facebook users who claimed the company illegally scraped data about their visits to medical websites, finding the users consented to the tracking by agreeing to Facebook's privacy policy.

  • December 7, 2018

    Intricacy Of Interest Deduction Regs May Vex Multinationals

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to limit interest expense deductions for certain foreign affiliates of multinational corporations could force businesses to undertake complex calculations and puts them at a risk of paying more tax on global income.

  • December 7, 2018

    Meet The Rigorous Judge Overseeing The CVS-Aetna Merger

    The D.C. federal judge pumping the brakes on the fast-moving merger of CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. has a track record of aggressively scrutinizing government deals with big business, even if it means testing the boundaries of judicial power.

  • December 7, 2018

    Marriott Database Still Vulnerable To Hackers, Suit Claims

    Marriott’s database is still vulnerable to hackers a week after the hotel giant announced a massive data breach, according to a lawsuit filed in Maryland federal court by a plaintiffs firm that says its in-house researchers have discovered a key security flaw.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tesla Taps Williams & Connolly Chairman To Take GC Reins

    Williams & Connolly LLP chairman Dane Butswinkas will become the new general counsel at Tesla Inc., moving in-house after a decadeslong career at the prestigious Washington, D.C., firm, the automaker announced Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    More than a dozen privacy groups doubled down on efforts to persuade California lawmakers to refrain from watering down a landmark privacy law, the District of Columbia gave final approval to a post-Wayfair tax law, and the Marriott hack showed the risks of cyber diligence gaps in mergers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Uber Is Impeding Arbitrations By Refusing To Pay, Drivers Say

    Thousands of Uber drivers on Wednesday accused the ride-hailing service of employing stall tactics in their bid to force the company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations in California federal court, following recent Ninth Circuit rulings that determined such arbitrations are the only way for the drivers to resolve classification disputes.

Expert Analysis

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2018

    Steven Pearlman

    This year saw significant changes in the landscape of whistleblower and retaliation law, including a game-changing decision from the U.S. Supreme Court and the three largest bounty awards issued in the history of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say Steven Pearlman and Meika Freeman of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Why The High Court Will Hear Cochise Consultancy V. US

    Matthew Curley

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Cochise Consultancy v. United States ex rel. Hunt, which deepened the circuit split over how the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations applies in certain qui tam actions. The decision should bring sorely needed clarity, say Matthew Curley and Scott Gallisdorfer of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • Nonprofits And Volunteers: Understanding The Risks

    Ryan Portugal

    Nonprofit organizations commonly rely on volunteers to help achieve their mission. But circumstances in which volunteers can be treated as employees for purposes of tax, employment or negligence laws can have costly ramifications, says Ryan Portugal of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen.

  • Will High Court Avoid Deadlock In Lorenzo?

    Susan Hurd

    Oral argument in Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed clear divisions within the U.S. Supreme Court on the type of conduct that forms the basis of liability under Rule 10b-5, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Class Cert. Evidence Standard Likely Headed To High Court

    Thomas Richie

    With circuit courts irreconcilably split on expert testimony at the class certification stage, the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision not to reconsider Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center all but guarantees the issue will soon reach the U.S. Supreme Court, say Thomas Richie and John Goodman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Foreign Tax Credit Guidance Provides Limited GILTI Relief

    Yomarie Habenicht

    Last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released over 300 pages of proposed foreign tax credit regulations providing partial relief for corporate taxpayers by limiting expenses allocated to the global intangible low-tax income basket, say attorneys from Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • In-House Counsel’s Role As Whistleblower

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Devika Kewalramani

    In-house attorneys owe a duty of confidentiality to their corporate clients and are obligated to preserve attorney-client privilege. But they are also likely to be exposed to sensitive internal issues, thereby increasing the potential for circumstances where it might be appropriate to "blow the whistle," says Devika Kewalramani of Moses & Singer LLP.

  • A Few Ways Employers Can Avoid Holiday Legal Headaches

    Alex Aguilera

    Although legal compliance is a year-round job for employers, the end-of-the-year holiday season raises several additional considerations that make it more complicated, says Alex Aguilera of Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC.

  • 6 Lessons From Recent FMLA And ADA Decisions: Part 2

    Melissa Bergman Squire

    In the final part of this article, attorneys with Dechert LLP discuss recent Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act cases that offer insights into issues such as determining when leaves of absence are too long and understanding examples of FMLA interference.

  • A Closer Look At New Calif. Pension Fund Climate Law

    Kristie Blase

    Landmark California legislation going into effect in January requires the two largest pension funds in the U.S. to publicly report on their climate-related financial risks, which should result in more widespread adoption of financial disclosure recommendations from the Financial Stability Board, say attorneys with CKR Law LLP.