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.
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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 »

Walmart Settles Texas Store Hiring Discrimination Claims

Walmart has agreed to settle allegations that a Texas store violated federal immigration law by requiring noncitizens to provide specific types of documents that it did not ask citizens to submit when verifying authorization to work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. Read full article »

Neiman Marcus Accused Of Funneling $1B To LBO Sponsors

Neiman Marcus Group Inc. was hit with a suit in Texas state court Monday alleging the company orchestrated a plot to loot its own luxury department store and online retailer of about $1 billion and transfer the cash to indirect owners Ares Management LP and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Read full article »

Justices Flush Kimberly-Clark's Appeal In Wipes Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a putative class plaintiff to seek injunctive relief over claims the consumer products giant falsely advertised its wet wipes as “flushable.” Read full article »

MVP: Sheppard Mullin's Craig Cardon

Craig Cardon of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has spent his year serving as Sonic Drive-In’s lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over the fast food chain’s 2017 data breach and working to bring a nearly decade-old data suit against Williams Sonoma to a close, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2018 Retail & E-Commerce MVPs. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

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Narrowed EU Digital Tax Delays Pain For Nondigital Firms, Too

The European Union’s decision to drastically limit the scope of its digital tax proposal was welcome news to large multinational corporations in the online sector — as well as those that likely don’t consider themselves digital companies. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Fashion Retailer To Pay $3.5M To Button Up EEOC Probe

A retailer of women’s fashion and accessories has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a systemic U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the company’s handling of accommodations for pregnant employees and workers with disabilities, the agency announced Monday. Read full article »

Best Buy Investors Fight To Keep Stock-Drop Suit Alive

Best Buy investors challenged the electronics retailer's bid to win their stock-drop class action in Minnesota federal court Friday, arguing its sole grounds for summary judgment is the shareholders' alleged inability to prove reliance on misleading information, yet the investors have been prevented from presenting new evidence to that effect. Read full article »

J&J To Face Bulk Of Buyers' Claims In Remicade Antitrust Suit

A Pennsylvania federal judge largely refused Friday to toss antitrust claims from buyers of Johnson & Johnson immunosuppressant Remicade, concluding that only sham litigation allegations and some state law consumer protection accusations must go while maintaining most of the suit alleging J&J compelled insurers not to cover competing biosimilars. Read full article »

NY Investment Adviser Cops To 18-Year, $9M Ponzi Scheme

A longtime retail investment adviser pled guilty in New York federal court on Monday to mail and wire fraud over an 18-year-long Ponzi scheme in which he solicited more than $13 million from elderly investors who ultimately sustained roughly $9 million in losses. Read full article »

Home Depot Can't Keep Drywall Suit Out Of Antitrust MDL

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation overruled Home Depot’s objections Monday and lumped the retailer’s drywall price-fixing claims into related litigation consolidated in Pennsylvania federal court, finding the tie-in would be the most efficient way to handle the new suit even if the MDL is winding down. Read full article »

Acosta Sales Unit Agrees To $3M Deal To End OT Suit

An Acosta Sales & Marketing unit has agreed to pay $3 million to end a class action alleging it stiffed thousands of workers on overtime pay for work they did before and after their shifts, according to a document filed Friday in California federal court. Read full article »

Pharmas Say FTC Pushing Subpoena Limits In AndroGel Row

The Federal Trade Commission can't justify its call for nationwide subpoena power in the agency's suit alleging the makers of testosterone drug AndroGel cut deals with generic companies to delay competition, two drugmakers argued in Georgia federal court. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Stradling Nabs Ex-Sheppard Mullin M&A Partner

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC has hired a Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner with years of experience representing private equity firms, medical device makers and technology clients in mergers and acquisitions. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

US Legal Industry Saw Best Growth In Nearly 10 Years

This year has been the U.S. legal industry’s best for growth in nearly 10 years, with firms at the large and small ends of the scale reaping the vast share of the rewards, according to a report released Tuesday. Read full article »

Legal Hiring Poised For Boom In 2019

Nearly half of U.S. lawyers in charge of hiring say their law firm or corporate legal department is poised to expand in the next six months, with the majority predicting that litigation will be the biggest driver of that growth, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday. Read full article »

Microsoft Honors Davis Wright Tremaine For Diversity Efforts

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday recognized Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as the top-performing law firm participating in its diversity program, as the technology company celebrates the 10th anniversary of its effort to address diversity issues in the legal industry. Read full article »

California's Harris To Keep Senate Judiciary Seat

California is set to have both of its senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, as a leadership deal allowed potential presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to keep her spot on the panel. Read full article »

Court Reporting Co. Must Follow Calif. Regs.

A California state appeals court refused Friday to revive a court reporter's unfair competition suit against major court-reporting firm U.S. Legal Support Inc., but held that a lower court incorrectly absolved the company of the obligation to comply with California regulations for licensed professionals. Read full article »

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