We are focusing closely on the issue of whether insurance companies should be designated “systemically important financial institutions” under the Dodd-Frank Act. This is one of the most significant issues facing MetLife and the industry as a whole right now, says Ricardo Anzaldua, executive vice president and general counsel of MetLife Inc.
The impact of increasing trade protectionism popping up around the globe is serious and growing. At HP, we are convinced this damaging trend will have a chilling effect on global IT innovation if it is not reversed, says John Schultz, executive vice president and general counsel for Hewlett-Packard Company.
Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera AB on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Circuit misapplied jurisdictional standards when it reversed TeliaSonera’s win in an action enforcing a $932 million merger-related arbitration award against Turkish holding company Cukurova Holding AS in New York.
Where some companies may frown upon strong personal relationships between inside and outside counsel, we have created an environment that encourages those relationships. Many of our outside counsel have worked for Caterpillar for 20 or more years. Like us, they bleed yellow blood, says James Buda, chief legal officer of Caterpillar Inc.
New York Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey K. Oing talks to Law360 about Martha Stewart, mingling with his constituents and what he learned while redrawing New York's electoral map.
Technical excellence is the cornerstone of any legal career — inside or outside. But if you go in-house, a greater premium will be placed on business savvy, management and leadership than was likely placed on you as an associate at a law firm. If those ideas do not excite you — don’t jump, says Susan Blount, executive vice president and general counsel at Prudential Financial Inc.
In the average case, Microsoft preserves the equivalent of 60 million pages of documents. In the same case, we produce about 87,500 pages, and industry statistics tell us that for every thousand pages produced, one gets used as a trial exhibit. Discovery is important, but it’s hard to say things aren’t out of whack, says David Howard, deputy general counsel of Microsoft Corp.
We have a strong law department and pride ourselves on doing the hard work in-house. So when we go outside, it is usually for a special item where the stakes are high. It is a rifle, not shotgun, approach, and close doesn’t count, says William Casazza, executive vice president and general counsel of Aetna Inc.
The current patent reform legislation is critical to restore balance in the patent system and eliminate a “shakedown” patent environment that now suppresses rather than encourages innovation in America’s technology industry, says Mark Chandler, general counsel of Cisco Systems Inc.
Finland-based Nokia Corp. is turning to a bilateral investment treaty that Finland shares with India to clear up a multimillion-dollar tax dispute that has ensnared the telecom giant and India's government, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Miami-based Diaz Reus & Targ LLP has expanded its footprint with the opening of an office in Madrid and the addition of an international attorney who will serve the firm's clients in litigation, mediation, arbitration and contracts, it said Tuesday.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra talks to Law360 about suing the sovereign, keeping pace with technology and his surprising journey from the seminary to the federal bench.
MassMutual demands that our outside counsel be committed to ensuring that as a firm they represent the population of our customers at all levels. There have been times during my career when I have ended relationships with firms that did not meet our expectations in this area, says Mark Roellig, general counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group.
Because we operate one of the world’s largest airlines, the case of Northwest Inc. v. Ginsberg could have had significant implications for our company. Ultimately, the Supreme Court decided in a way that helps us in terms of enforcing the federal preemption over state laws for some issues, says Teri Plummer McClure, chief legal officer for United Parcel Service of America Inc.
Advice to an attorney considering the jump to in-house legal work? Among other things, you are going to find out we don’t always follow outside counsel’s advice. No apologies, says Charlie Wunsch, general counsel of Sprint Corp.
It seems that some folks are threatening to make the Video Privacy Protection Act into a cottage industry, so that's one issue that has my attention, says Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel for 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
Washington, D.C., District Judge Paul L. Friedman talks to Law360 about Walter Cronkite, John Hinckley Jr. and the unique challenges of holding court in the nation's capital.
In some parts of the world, consumers have for some time demanded to know whether the food they eat contains genetically modified organisms, and in some cases have regulated or actually sought to ban GMOs. This trend is increasingly manifesting itself in other developed and developing countries. We’ve seen no persuasive evidence that GMOs are harmful, but this is an area where consumer perceptions can drive reality, says Cameron Findlay, general counsel of Archer Daniels Midland Company.
When I first came to AIG in 2010, the firm owed the government $182 billion. Today, we have paid that back with a profit of $22 billion. The legal and compliance department played a very prominent role in making that happen, although this was something that most Americans, including members of Congress, once thought impossible, says Thomas Russo, general counsel of American International Group Inc.
California Central District Judge S. James Otero talks to Law360 about sparring with Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, navigating the isolating life of a trial judge and cutting loose with his law clerks to cope with the burdens of presiding over the nation's largest federal district.