Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say.
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Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say. Read full article »

Sealing The Deal

Ropes & Gray Can Breathe Easy With Toshiba Deal Sealed

Ropes & Gray LLP’s Tsuyoshi Imai recalls finally being able to take a breath when Bain Capital, a longtime client and the lead in the buyer group for Toshiba Memory, finally overcame its last hurdle — regulatory clearance in China — to seal its complex, controversial and critically time-sensitive 2.3 trillion yen ($20.8 billion) takeover of the business. Read full article »

6th Circ. Revives Kyocera's Challenge To Supply Contract

A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday resurrected Kyocera Corp.'s attempt to nix what it says is a coercive provision in its supply contract for material used in solar panels that requires it to pay for the material even if it chooses not to buy any. Read full article »

SAP Unit To Develop New Business Travel System For DOD

The U.S. Department of Defense will work with SAP's Concur unit on a prototype system intended to replace its current "aging and inefficient" travel system and cut down on the billions of dollars and millions of hours the department spends on arranging business travel each year, the DOD announced Thursday. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Facebook Backs Bid For FCC To Make Internet Airship Rules

Facebook has backed a startup’s recent bid for the Federal Communications Commission to begin writing rules for regulating airships that could beam down the next generation of 5G mobile internet service, arguing that under the Communications Act, the FCC must usher in new technology that could improve affordable access. Read full article »

DOD Contract Review Agency Botched Own Deal, Report Says

The U.S. Department of Defense agency tasked with overseeing DOD contracts made a number of significant mistakes when implementing contracts for its own software project meant to help with its oversight duties, as part of a broader systemic problem within the defense agency, an independent watchdog group claimed in a new report. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Retailers Can't Escape Duracell's TM Suit, Judge Says

An Illinois federal judge has greenlighted Duracell's trademark suit against retailers alleging that they unlawfully sell its batteries that are not approved for sale in the U.S., finding that the nation's largest battery brand showed that the sale of "gray market" batteries would likely cause confusion among consumers. Read full article »

Scammers Are Extorting 'Sugar Daddies,' Dating Site Claims

The owner of the so-called sugar daddy dating website SeekingArrangements.com sued the operators of a half-dozen internet sites in California federal court Thursday in a bid to stop what it said was an international scheme in which scam artists pose as single women looking for romance and then extort legitimate male users. Read full article »

HUD Claims Facebook's Housing Ads Are Discriminatory

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has hit Facebook Inc. with an administrative complaint that accuses the social media giant of using discriminatory advertising practices to target home buyers, according to New York federal court documents filed Friday in a related lawsuit. Read full article »

DEALS

Taxation With Representation: Akin Gump, Wachtell, Kirkland

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Diamondback snapped up Energen for $9.2 billion, Federal Street Acquisition Corp. bought Universal Hospital Services for $1.7 billion, Cabot Microelectronics Corp. bought KMG Chemicals for $1.6 billion and Best Buy acquired GreatCall for $800 million. Read full article »

ENFORCEMENT

ITC Launches Probe Of Nikon Lithography Machines

The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched two investigations into whether imports of certain lithography machines, specifically by Nikon Corp., infringe German lens maker Carl Zeiss AG’s intellectual property rights. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Amerra Capital, Google

Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy 18.2 acres in Miami, private equity shop Amerra Capital is said to be subleasing 12,750 square feet in New York and Google is reportedly close to a deal to lease nearly 14,000 square feet in Chicago, where it plans to open a retail store. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Health Hires: Dorsey & Whitney, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker Green, Spencer Fane LLP, Minerva Neurosciences and Carlton Fields are among the latest firms to boost their health and life sciences offerings with new hires.  Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP. Read full article »

Series

Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense. Read full article »

Feature

3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts. Read full article »

Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Partners Can't Duck Fee Arbitration

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP reiterated on Thursday in New York court that its former partners who launched Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot escape arbitrating a dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm. Read full article »

Stinson Leonard Grows In St. Louis With IP Boutique Tie-Up

Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued its expansion streak Thursday, announcing plans to acquire 28-strong St. Louis intellectual property boutique Senniger Powers LLP, following up on two new office openings earlier this year. Read full article »

Feature

3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a foreign language may seem daunting, but the challenge can offer big rewards, including career opportunities and personal satisfaction, for attorneys willing to take it on. Here, Law360 looks at three reasons why lawyers should learn languages other than their own. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The Sixth Circuit ruled the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t on its own thwart arbitration agreements, consumer groups fought back against industry attempts to amend a hastily enacted landmark privacy law in California and British police warned of an increase in cryptocurrency fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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 full article »

Podcast

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Disabled Attys Fight For A Place In BigLaw

The legal profession can be a lonely place for attorneys with disabilities. They are often overlooked in diversity discussions, and may feel pressure to downplay their disability out of fear of facing bias and stigma. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we dive into these challenges and highlight how disabled attorneys are fighting for their place in the law.  Read full article »

Kavanaugh Will Meet With Top Senate Opponent

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his opposition Monday as he sits down with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lawmaker leading the fight against his confirmation. Read full article »

Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys. Read full article »

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Airbnb Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

Apple Inc.

Archdiocese of Washington

Bank of America Corporation

Best Buy Co.

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

CBOE Holdings Inc.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

Carl Zeiss AG

Consumer Federation of America

Dell Technologies Inc.

Development Bank of Japan Inc.

Diamondback Energy Inc.

Duracell Inc.

EMD Serono Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Energen Corporation

Epic Systems Corp.

Facebook

Foxconn

GTCR LLC

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Google Inc.

GreatCall Inc.

HOYA Corp.

HSBC Holdings PLC

Hansen Medical, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KMG Chemicals, Inc.

Kelly Services, Inc.

Kingston Technology Co.

Kyocera Corporation

Lennar Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Monsanto Co.

NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.

NBCUniversal Inc.

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Governors Association

New York University

Nikon Corp.

Novartis AG

Pfizer Inc.

Quicken Loans Inc.

Robert Half International Inc.

Rockwell Collins Inc.

SAP AG

SK Hynix Inc.

SanDisk Corporation

Seagate Technology

Stallergenes Greer PLC

State Bar of California

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The ERISA Industry Committee

The Internet Association

Thomas H. Lee Partners LP

Toshiba

Twitter Inc.

Universal Hospital Services Inc.

Villanova University

WeWork LLC

Western Digital Corporation

Westinghouse Electric Corp.

LAW FIRMS

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Anderson Kill

Baker Botts

Ballard Spahr

Bartlit Beck

Boies Schiller

Braun Kendrick

Buchalter PC

Butler Rubin

Carlton Fields

Cohen Seglias

Cooley

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Dentons

Dorsey & Whitney

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Emery Celli

Epstein Becker Green

Estes Thorne

Eversheds Sutherland

Fenwick & West

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Gibson Dunn

Goodwin

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Greenberg Traurig

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Hughes Hubbard

Johnson & Bell

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Lackey Hershman

Latham & Watkins

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Locke Lord

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

Meyer Darragh

Mintz Levin

Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster

Munger Tolles

Neville Peterson

Nishimura & Asahi

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Olsson Frank

Orrick Herrington

Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

Peterson Russell

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Buseck

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Rimon PC

Robins Kaplan

Ropes & Gray

Rumberger Kirk

Saul Ewing

Selendy & Gay

Senniger Powers

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

Stinson Leonard

Stradley Ronon

Vladeck Raskin

Vorys Sater

Wachtell Lipton

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