A hacking group calling itself "The Dark Overlord" has released a cache of confidential files it says it stole from a law firm involved in litigation stemming from the 9/11 attacks, and is now offering more sensitive documents to the highest bidder in the latest frightening example of how the legal industry is a prime target for cyberattacks.
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'Dark Overlord' Hack Another Cautionary Tale For Law Firms

A hacking group calling itself "The Dark Overlord" has released a cache of confidential files it says it stole from a law firm involved in litigation stemming from the 9/11 attacks, and is now offering more sensitive documents to the highest bidder in the latest frightening example of how the legal industry is a prime target for cyberattacks. Read full article »

5M Walmart Workers Win Cert. In Background Check Suit

Roughly 5 million people who applied for a job at Walmart Inc. can pursue a class action alleging the retail giant added extraneous material to background check notices it issued to applicants and new hires in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a California federal judge ruled Thursday. Read full article »

Analysis

EEOC Pact With DOJ Underscores Focus On Harassment

The EEOC's recently announced partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice will allow for quicker action on harassment allegations against state and local government employers, putting those public employers more squarely in the EEOC's crosshairs and signaling to private businesses that harassment will remain a top enforcement priority, experts say. Read full article »

Moonves Demands CBS Arbitrate $120M Severance Denial

Former CBS chief Les Moonves is taking the network to arbitration over its denial of a $120 million exit package following his ouster last year over alleged sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a financial disclosure CBS filed Wednesday. Read full article »

Analysis

Shutdown's Delay On IPOs Will Ripple For Months

The government’s record-breaking shutdown, having already derailed the January schedule for initial public offerings, will cause ripple effects that could slow capital markets deals for months and leave many companies stuck in limbo with unappealing options. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Analysis

Barr Likely To Continue Sessions' Policy On LGBT Rights

Attorney general nominee William Barr backed the U.S. Department of Justice’s current interpretation of the Civil Rights Act during his confirmation hearing this week, along with other statements that advocates have said would be a continuation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ civil rights policies. Read full article »

NLRB Chair Rejects Dems' Call To Pull Joint Employer Rule

National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring pushed back Thursday against a request from two Democratic House lawmakers to pull back the board's proposed joint employer rule, saying that nothing in a recent D.C. Circuit decision in a case involving Browning-Ferris Industries short-circuits the board’s rulemaking process. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Del. Justices Overturn Chancery-Ordered Oxbow Carbon Sale

Delaware’s Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a Chancery Court order for a potential multibillion-dollar sale of William I. Koch’s Oxbow Carbon LLC, rejecting the lower court's finding that the forced sale was a justifiable fix for a gap in contract provisions for investors seeking to cash out. Read full article »

Walmart Can't Register 'American Jobs' Slogan, TTAB Says

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is refusing to let Walmart register the phrase "Investing in American Jobs" as a trademark, ruling that consumers would see it as a common expression of patriotism. Read full article »

AT&T Can Arbitrate Ex-Worker's Age Bias Suit, 1st Circ. Says

The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that a former AT&T employee in Puerto Rico who claims she was illegally demoted and fired because of her age must arbitrate her claims since she failed to complete the procedure laid out by the company to opt out of its arbitration program. Read full article »

Biz Groups Back GrubHub In 9th Circ. Gig Economy Row

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have told the Ninth Circuit that upending a California federal judge's finding that an ex-GrubHub driver was an independent contractor and not an employee would devastate internet and gig-economy businesses that rely on independent contractors. Read full article »

PEOPLE

StubHub GC Lands On Twitter's Legal Team

Tod Cohen, the former general counsel at StubHub Inc., will join the in-house legal team at Twitter Inc. as vice president and deputy general counsel, overseeing the social media giant's teams focusing on litigation, regulation, employment, law enforcement and safety, the company announced on Wednesday. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

5 Interview Questions Calif. Employers Should Skip In 2019

Although Michael Scott, a fictional character in "The Office," would have us believe there's no such thing as a bad question, in California that expression now holds less true than ever. Minal Haymond of Seyfarth Shaw LLP reviews new and updated legislation governing what employers can and cannot ask job candidates. Read full article »

A 2019 Field Guide To Calif. Class Actions

For those navigating the California class action landscape in 2019, it pays to know what happened in 2018. William Stern of Covington & Burling LLP looks back at the most important developments and discusses what to expect going forward. Read full article »

Nuts And Bolts Of The IRS' Proposed Anti-Hybrid Regulations

In December, the IRS proposed regulations under two new sections of the Internal Revenue Code aimed at hybrid arrangements — transactions by multinational companies subject to corporate income tax in one national jurisdiction but not another. Attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP discuss the scope of the rules and which transactions may be affected. Read full article »

2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 4

In the final installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP focus on corporate governance best practices such as disclosures related to board evaluations and virtual shareholder meetings; the status of Dodd-Frank and other U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule-making matters; and considerations in assessing social media policies. Read full article »

Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden First In BigLaw To Be Hit As DOJ Dusts Off FARA

There’s an old joke among attorneys who have specialized in the Foreign Agents Registration Act: The only people who ever get hit with violations are KGB officers and Washington, D.C., lawyers. Yet BigLaw powerhouse Skadden may have ruined the punchline Thursday with news it had settled FARA allegations brought by the government. Read full article »

Skadden To Pay $4.6M Over Ukraine Lobbying

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has settled claims by the U.S. Department of Justice over the firm's failure to register lobbying work for the Ukrainian government and agreed to pay more than $4.6 million in fees from the engagement, the DOJ announced on Thursday. Read full article »

How Skadden's Ukrainian Job Went Up In Flames

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's risky plunge into the Ukrainian criminal justice system ended Thursday with a $4.6 million fine from the U.S. Department of Justice over the firm's failure to register as a foreign agent. Here, Law360 examines how the seven-year episode went down. Read full article »

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Emanuel Retires After 3 Decades

Eric J. Emanuel, who co-founded Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in 1986, has retired from the firm, leaving John B. Quinn as the only active founding member, a firm spokesperson told Law360 on Thursday. Read full article »

Ill. Atty Admits To Overbilling Clients At Kirkland, Boutique

A partner at a boutique Chicago law firm admitted that he overbilled clients there and at his previous job at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to a complaint made public Thursday by the body in charge of registering and disciplining Illinois attorneys. Read full article »

Weinstein, Lawyer Officially ‘Part Ways’ After Split Rumors

Less than a week after rumors of a split emerged, Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman formally announced Thursday that Brafman will be withdrawing as counsel for the disgraced movie mogul in the sexual assault case playing out in New York state court. Read full article »

Del. Court Says It Will Stay Open During Shutdown

The U.S. District Court of Delaware issued an order Wednesday announcing that it will stay open and all staff will be required to keep working without pay, even if the court runs out of funds on Jan. 25 due to what has become the longest federal government shutdown in history. Read full article »

With Co-Founder Gone, Buckley Revamps Name, Leadership

Financial services law firm Buckley Sandler LLP has shortened its name to Buckley LLP and reorganized its governance structure and leadership team, according to a news release Thursday, almost a year after one of its co-founders left the shop. Read full article »

King & Spalding, Ex-Atty Spar Over Experts In Firing Suit

King & Spalding LLP and a former attorney suing the firm for wrongful termination traded blows Wednesday in a flurry of filings seeking to discredit each other's expert witnesses, with King & Spalding saying one expert's estimate that the attorney suffered $21 million to $49 million in damages was not backed up by evidence. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Gibson Dunn, McGuireWoods and Sidley Austin top this week’s legal lions list with a Federal Circuit patent win for mobile phone companies, while Armstrong Teasdale was among the legal lambs after a court tacked interest onto a $29 million medical malpractice verdict against its client. Read full article »

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Axinn

Buckley LLP

Covington & Burling

DLA Piper

Debevoise & Plimpton

Drinker Biddle

Fisher Phillips

Frankfurt Kurnit

Gibson Dunn

Goodwin

Greenberg Traurig

Haden Cowherd

Hogan Lovells

Ice Miller

Jackson Lewis

Jenner & Block

Jomarron Lopez

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Kupferstein Manuel LLP

Latham & Watkins

Lichten Liss-Riordan

Lightfoot Franklin

Mayer Brown

McGuireWoods

Mintz Levin

Morgan Lewis

Morris Nichols

Morrison & Foerster

Neal Gerber

O'Neill & Borges

Paul Hastings

Potter Anderson

Prickett Jones

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Richards Layton

Ropes & Gray

Ryley Carlock

Sandler Reiff

Seward & Kissel

Seyfarth Shaw

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Sullivan & Cromwell

Thompson Hine

Troutman Sanders

Vedder Price

Venable LLP

Wiley Rein

WilmerHale

COMPANIES

AT&T Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

AdRoll Inc.

Alvogen Group Inc.

American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Petroleum Institute Inc.

Apple Inc.

Bayer AG

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Cable News Network Inc.

CarMax Business Services LLC

CashCall Inc.

Charles Schwab Corporation

Chobani LLC

Citigroup Inc.

Civil Justice Association of California

Conagra Brands Inc.

D. R. Horton Inc.

Dynamex, Inc.

Ernst & Young

Facebook

First Data Corp.

Fiserv, Inc.

GameStop Corp.

General Motors

Groupe Danone

GrubHub Inc.

Henry Schein Inc.

Hilton Worldwide Inc.

Hiscox

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

Intellectual Ventures

International Business Machines Corp.

KKR Financial Holdings LLC

Kellogg Company

Kroger Co.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lyft Inc.

Mars Inc.

Mattel Inc.

Motion Picture Association of America

Murphy USA Inc.

National Federation of Independent Business

Netflix Inc.

New York Post

New York Times Co.

Oxbow Corp.

Parsons Corp.

Raytheon Co.

Renaissance Capital

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Scripps Health Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

Silverstein Properties Inc.

Square Inc.

Stein Mart, Inc.

StubHub Inc.

T-Mobile USA Inc.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Tinder Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Uber Technologies Inc.

United States Cellular Corporation

Virgin America Inc.

VirnetX Holding Corporation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Walgreen Co.

Yahoo! Inc.

ZTE Corp.

Zynga Inc.

eBay Inc.

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