Mondelez International Inc. is battling Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for $100 million in losses the snack food giant suffered in a 2017 cyberattack that the U.S. and its allies blamed on Russia, and experts say a ruling permitting the insurer to invoke a war exclusion to deny the claim could leave companies uninsured for similar hacks.
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Mondelez's $100M Fight With Zurich May Curb Hack Coverage

Mondelez International Inc. is battling Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for $100 million in losses the snack food giant suffered in a 2017 cyberattack that the U.S. and its allies blamed on Russia, and experts say a ruling permitting the insurer to invoke a war exclusion to deny the claim could leave companies uninsured for similar hacks. Read full article »


Ill. Subcontractors Get Some Relief From State's High Court

Construction subcontractors are the clear winners in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a 35-year-old case and said homeowners can’t directly sue subcontractors over problems with their new homes. Read full article »

Ill. Atty Must Arbitrate Exit Claims Against Former Firm

An Illinois federal judge has ruled that a Chicago attorney suing his former firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. will have to pursue his claims that the firm stiffed him on benefits in arbitration, despite his effort to keep the dispute in the courts. Read full article »


No Sanctions For Baseball League's Ex-Attys, Judge Says

An independent baseball league team owner who settled a suit with execs who allegedly cut him out of a new team deal can’t punish the league's former lawyers with $325,000 in sanctions for “vexatious” conduct, an Indiana federal court said Friday. Read full article »

CDK Dodges Late Discovery Request In Antitrust Suit

An Illinois federal judge shut down a discovery request made by companies accusing CDK Global LLC of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, saying that deadlines set by court orders are important. Read full article »

Gov't Escapes Air Force Worker's Sex Harassment Suit

The federal government won’t have to face claims that a U.S. Air Force bowling alley employee was sexually harassed at work, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, finding the Federal Tort Claims Act shields the government from intentional tort claims. Read full article »


Wis. Tribe Appeals To 7th Circ. Over Mich. Mine Ruling

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a Seventh Circuit appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed its suit over a Michigan state permit for a proposed zinc and gold mine, saying the federal government has abandoned its obligation to exercise jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act. Read full article »


White & Case Adds Former Justice Dept. Head, Gaming GC

White & Case LLP has beefed up it governance, disputes, sanctions and antitrust practices with the addition of an O'Melveny & Myers LLP former partner whose varied career includes being a presidential appointee supervising all Justice Department financial prosecutions and serving as general counsel to two different public gaming companies. Read full article »


State Net

How States Are Preparing For The Next Recession

It’s been nine and a half years since the last U.S. recession, and the economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that most seem reasonably well prepared for it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal. Read full article »

Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Read full article »



Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The plea deal announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »


For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »


Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »


Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »


Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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