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EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge announced his immediate resignation Tuesday afternoon following an admission that he had engaged in communications of a sexual nature with a person not connected to the firm. Read more »


Uber Ariz. Fatality Sparks Self-Driving Car Setbacks

A fatal pedestrian accident in Arizona involving an Uber self-driving car will likely set back the rollout of fully autonomous vehicles as automakers and developers fine-tune the still-experimental technology to enhance safety and tackle unpredictable road conditions — and some observers worry that regulators might rush to enact binding rules following the accident. Read more »

EPA's Regional Haze Rule Upheld By DC Circ.

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s move to incorporate its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule into regional haze regulations, a blow to green groups that challenged it as insufficiently protective and power industry groups that said it improperly wiped out states’ older pollution control plans. Read more »

6th Circ. Sides With EPA In Mich. Road District Permit Row

The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a Michigan road district’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers alleging the agencies improperly blocked a permit for the construction of a new road, finding the road district was to blame for abandoning the permitting procedure. Read more »

Orbitz Says Potential Breach Impacted 880K Payment Cards

Orbitz LLC announced Tuesday that a potential breach may have compromised two years’ worth of data relating to purchases made on one of its legacy travel-booking platforms, including roughly 880,000 payment cards and other personal information like consumer names, addresses and phone numbers. Read more »

Big Oil Says Courts Are No Place For Climate Change Fight

BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday urged a California federal judge to nix Oakland's and San Francisco's suits to hold the oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, saying climate change is not an issue that belongs in a courtroom. Read more »


Air Charter Co. Founders Stole Passenger Payments, Jury Told

A prosecutor told a New Jersey federal jury Tuesday that two co-founders of a defunct public air charter operator stole millions in passenger payments by lying and falsifying documents, but defense counsel said the onetime executives legitimately sought money that was owed to the company. Read more »


Lopsided Takata Recall Repair Rates Worry Senate Panel

A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday expressed concern over uneven rates in automakers’ recall repairs of cars equipped with potentially deadly Takata airbags, as millions of cars with the defective airbags are still on the road years after the country’s largest recall in history. Read more »

FTC Forces CDK To Abandon Auto/Mate Buy

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that CDK Global Inc. had abandoned its planned purchase of fellow automotive dealer software vendor Auto/Mate Dealership Systems after the agency filed an administrative complaint alleging their tie-up would “reduce competition in an already concentrated market.” Read more »

Navistar Wins Latest Round In Fight Over Ex-VP's Benefits

A former vice president of truck engine manufacturer Navistar was struck a blow in Illinois federal court Monday in his fight for a larger benefits package after his termination when a federal judge found no evidence for his argument there was a "change in control" of the company prior to his exit. Read more »


Ill. Railroad Co. Sued Over Worker's Exposure To Chemicals

A conductor who has worked with Illinois Central Railroad Co. for nearly two decades hit the railroad with a suit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, claiming Illinois Central was negligent in exposing him and other employees to toxic chemicals during the course of his work, which he said resulted in his diagnosis of a respiratory disease. Read more »

Stocks Can Be Taxed Like Currency, Gov't Tells High Court

The U.S. government urged the country’s highest court to affirm a Seventh Circuit ruling in a $13.3 million lawsuit that nonqualified stock options are taxable, saying in a brief Monday that stocks are the “practical equivalent” of currency. Read more »


Va. Agencies Ask 4th Circ. To Toss $3.5B Pipeline Challenge

Virginia regulators on Monday urged the Fourth Circuit to reject environmental groups' challenge to a state permit granted to the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, arguing that the organizations lacked standing since the decision was not a factor in the project's approval. Read more »

Yankton Sioux Tribe Loses Bid To Pull Dakota Pipeline Permits

A D.C. federal judge on Monday rejected the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s bid to pull the permits issued by the federal government for the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, saying the tribe hadn't shown that the government hid the overall impact of the project by fracturing its environmental review. Read more »

Gov’t Litigation Tactics ‘Kafkaesque,’ 9th Circ. Judges Say

A Malaysian woman who was wrongfully placed on the U.S. “no fly” list appeared to convince some Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday that the government litigated the decadelong case in bad faith and she is entitled to $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, with two judges calling the federal legal strategy "Kafkaesque." Read more »


How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP. Read more »


National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst. Read more »



How Female GCs Help Women Advance Their Law Careers

At the beginning of her career, Helen Browne said she wasn't allowed to wear pants and colleagues often questioned her employment since she was married to a working man. Now, as group general counsel of French multinational insurance firm AXA, she said it's hard to believe how much has changed. Here, Browne and other female GCs share how they're transforming their departments and other women's professional lives. Read more »


15 Minutes With PayPal’s General Counsel

Shortly after she joined PayPal in 2015, Wanji Walcott initiated her second pro bono program in the corporate legal realm, this time across the world. Here, the online payment company’s general counsel and senior vice president discusses with Law360 how she explains complicated legal matters to nonlawyers and which book she recommends to attorneys hoping to enhance their craft. Read more »

White & Case Reports 24% Gender Pay Gap In London

White & Case LLP became the first U.S. law firm on Monday to report its gender pay gap data to the U.K. government under a new law, revealing a 24 percent divide between what the average man and average woman earns in its London office. Read more »

Akin Gump Reps Tippee Pro Bono In Insider Trading Case

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has agreed to take up the defense of a computer analyst charged with trading on confidential merger information gleaned from a former Bank of America executive pro bono, according to notices filed Friday in New York federal court. Read more »

Judge OKs Eagan Avenatti's Exit From Ch. 11

A California bankruptcy judge has approved a settlement ending the bankruptcy of defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — owned by the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — that allows a former partner to collect $4.85 million to resolve his claims of allegedly unpaid fees. Read more »

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