The Italian revenue agency Agenzia delle Entrate said on Friday it reached an agreement with Amazon.com Inc., in which the online retailer will settle allegations that it avoided paying taxes in the country.
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Amazon Pays Italy €100M To Settle Tax Claims

The Italian revenue agency Agenzia delle Entrate said on Friday it reached an agreement with Amazon.com Inc., in which the online retailer will settle allegations that it avoided paying taxes in the country. Read more »

Unions, Fashion Brand Settle Bangladesh Fire Safety Accord

Two international labor unions said Friday they had reached a settlement in arbitration proceedings with an unnamed global fashion company that will ensure the Bangladeshi supplier factories used by the brand are brought up to the safety standards laid out under the country’s Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Read more »

Luxembourg To Appeal €250M Amazon Tax Recovery Order

Luxembourg’s finance ministry said Friday that it had decided to appeal a state aid decision handed down by the European Union’s antitrust enforcer earlier this year that ordered the country to recover €250 million ($294 million) in corporate income taxes from Amazon.com Inc. Read more »

Final GOP Tax Bill Settles On 21% Corporate Rate

Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax cut bill on Friday that would impose a 21 percent flat rate on corporations, set the maximum individual tax rate at 37 percent and largely adopt the Senate’s proposal for pass-through businesses. Read more »

Funko Dolls Can't Rock Out With Tiny Les Pauls, Gibson Says

Gibson Brands Inc. sued Funko on Thursday in California federal court, arguing that it owns the trademark for the Les Paul guitar, including the use of its likeness in toys, and that the pop culture toy company didn't seek permission for its wildly popular vinyl figures to hold Gibson-design guitars. Read more »

Ann Taylor To Pay $6M To End False Discount Class Action

A New York federal judge issued preliminary approval on Thursday of a $6.1 million settlement between Ann Taylor's parent company, Ann Inc., and a class of consumers who say the clothing retailer misrepresented discounts marked down from “phantom” prices that never existed at its factory and outlet stores. Read more »

MVP: Sidley Austin's David Teitelbaum

This year, Sidley Austin LLP's David Teitelbaum worked with Apple to bring Apple Pay to consumers and with PayPal to establish a credit service, playing a big role in the world of financial technology and earning a place as one ofLaw360's 2017 Retail and E-Commerce MVPs. Read more »

LITIGATION

HP's $6.5M Defective Laptop Deal Held Up Near Finish Line

A California judge on Friday held off on granting final approval to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $6.5 million settlement resolving long-running class allegations that it sold laptop computers with defective screens, saying he wouldn't rule on its fairness until after the claims deadline to see if requests exceed available funds. Read more »

6th Circ. Asked To Ax Tesla Info Grab In Direct Sales Row

Three Michigan auto dealers made moves Friday to get the Sixth Circuit to let them off the hook of having to give Tesla information about their lobbying efforts supporting a state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers. Read more »

Neiman Settles Price Compare Suit After 9th Circ. Revival

Following the revival by the Ninth Circuit of a California woman’s putative class action against The Neiman Marcus Group LLC over allegedly misleading price tags at their Last Call line of stores, the parties have agreed to an undisclosed settlement, according to court documents. Read more »

DEALS

Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Cravath, Shearman

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Disney shelled out $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Unibail snapped up Westfield for $15.7 billion, and Corning bought most of 3M’s communication markets business for $900 million. Read more »

BANKRUPTCY

Aeropostale Files Ch. 11 Plan, Says Lenders Are On Board

Bankrupt clothing retailer Aeropostale filed an amended restructuring plan Thursday, more than a year after it was sold to a group of commercial real estate owners and other companies, saying its lenders have agreed to its proposed wind-down and distribution arrangement. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »

Opinion

Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

Q&A

A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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3M Company

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Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

Ann Inc.

Apple Inc.

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

Australian Securities Exchange

Authentic Brands Group LLC

Big Ten Network LLC

Burberry Group

Burlington Coat Factory

Corning Inc.

Facebook

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Fox Entertainment Group

Funko LLC

General Growth Properties

Google Inc.

HBR Consulting LLC

Kohls Corporation

LifeLock Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.

Neiman Marcus Group

PayPal Inc.

Pindrop Security Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Robert Half International Inc.

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Spokeo Inc.

Starbucks Corporation

Sycamore Partners Management LLC

TJX Companies Inc.

Tesla Motors Inc.

The Gap Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Twitter Inc.

Unibail-Rodamco

Washington Post Co.

LAW FIRMS

Akin Gump

Bartlit Beck

Carlson Lynch

Colombo & Colombo

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Drinker Biddle

Gibson Dunn

Haug Partners LLP

Holland & Hart

Holland & Knight

K&L Gates

Katten Muchin

Kershaw Cook

Kirtland & Packard

Lightfoot Franklin

Milbank Tweed

Miller & Chevalier

Morgan Lewis

O'Melveny & Myers

Ogletree Deakins

Orrick Herrington

Pachulski Stang

Paul Weiss

Quinn Emanuel

Rimon PC

Scott + Scott

Shearman & Sterling

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Sullivan & Cromwell

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