A Kansas federal judge gave final approval Friday to Syngenta AG's $1.5 billion deal to resolve claims filed on behalf of 650,000 corn producers over the agricultural giant's genetically modified corn seed, a deal that handed class counsel a $503 million cut.
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Attys Get $503M In Fees For Syngenta GMO Corn Settlement

A Kansas federal judge gave final approval Friday to Syngenta AG's $1.5 billion deal to resolve claims filed on behalf of 650,000 corn producers over the agricultural giant's genetically modified corn seed, a deal that handed class counsel a $503 million cut. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

Thrift Preemption No Help For Chase In Calif. Suit: Judge

A San Francisco federal judge ruled Friday that Chase must face a proposed class action over its alleged failure to comply with a California mortgage escrow interest law, finding the preemption once enjoyed by the failed federal thrift originator of the plaintiffs' mortgages doesn't cover Chase's subsequent handling of the loans. Read full article »

VW Tells 9th Circ. Counties' Emissions Claims Preempted

Volkswagen AG has told the Ninth Circuit that counties in Florida and Utah cannot revive their claims the German automaker violated local rules by tampering with emissions software in certain diesel vehicles, insisting they’re preempted by the Clean Air Act. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

SERIES SPOTLIGHT

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. Read full article »

ENFORCEMENT

Student Loan Co. CEO Arrested On Charges Of $28M Fraud

A California financial services executive was arrested while trying to board a flight out of the country and charged with wire fraud for allegedly running a phony student loan debt relief scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a statement issued Thursday. Read full article »

CFPB Settles With State Farm Over Credit Reporting Errors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday settled claims that State Farm Bank FSB improperly obtained consumer reports and gave inaccurate information to credit-reporting agencies, ordering the federal savings association to implement corrective policies without any fines imposed — a move that's drawn the ire of consumer advocates. Read full article »

LITIGATION

2nd Circ. Asked To Hear Appeal Of $300M Fees In Forex Deal

The Second Circuit has been asked to hear an appeal of a New York federal court ruling awarding more than $300 million in attorneys' fees to the firms representing an investor class in securing $2.3 billion in settlements over claims 15 banks plotted to rig benchmark exchange rates in the foreign exchange markets. Read full article »

NJ Justices To Review $6.3M Jury Award For Kia Brake Class

The New Jersey Supreme Court will consider whether a jury properly calculated damages when it awarded $6.3 million to a class of Kia Motor Corp. customers who sued the company over claims certain models had defective front brakes, the court said in an order made public Friday. Read full article »

Bulk Of TD Bank Investors' Fraud Claims Survive Bid To Toss

A New Jersey federal judge upheld the bulk of a proposed class action alleging TD Bank and its executives made filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that didn't disclose how certain revenue growth was spurred by illegal business practices, ruling that the investors adequately pled that confidential witnesses supported their claim. Read full article »

7th Circ. Won't Revive Containerboard Price-Fixing Claims

A class of containerboard purchasers’ price-fixing claims against two manufacturers that remained in the suit after others settled were correctly tossed because the purchasers had insufficient evidence of a conspiracy, the Seventh Circuit said Friday. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Georgetown Tech Hub Hires Ex-FTC Commish, Covington Atty

Georgetown Law has nabbed a top Covington & Burling lawyer and former Federal Trade Commission member who worked on antitrust and consumer protection matters for the school’s tech law hub, who will join as a distinguished fellow. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

A Look Back At Mulvaney's CFPB, And What's Ahead In 2019

With Kathy Kraninger now confirmed as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP offer an in-depth look at how the agency has changed under acting Director Mick Mulvaney and what it may look like going forward. Read full article »

Calif. Privacy Act Will Increase Data Breach Liability

The California Consumer Privacy Act's statutory damages provision will likely generate significant litigation and require courts to weigh in on various aspects of this important new remedy, say Grant Davis-Denny and Alex Gorin of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP. Read full article »

State Net

More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

John Gibbons, Former 3rd Circ. Chief Judge, Dies At 94

John J. Gibbons, a Gibbons PC name partner and former Third Circuit chief judge known as a champion of civil liberties, staunch constitutionalist and fierce critic of the death penalty, died Sunday at the age of 94, the law firm said. Read full article »

Interview

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. Read full article »

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