Corporate

  • September 23, 2019

    Apple Says Tariff Relief Cleared Way For US-Made Mac Pro

    Apple Inc. said Monday that it will keep making its "most powerful computer ever," the Mac Pro, in the United States, a move the tech giant attributes to the Trump administration's decision to give it relief from tariffs on several component parts made in China.

  • September 23, 2019

    Seattle Tech Co. Chef To Stop Working With ICE, CBP

    Software company Chef announced Monday it will not renew its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, citing opposition to the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies and employee backlash over the deals.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Skeptical Jury Had To Hear 'Taurus' In 'Stairway' Case

    An attorney accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure song faced resistance from the Ninth Circuit on Monday to his argument that the jury should have heard the recorded version of the less-famous song during a trial.    

  • September 23, 2019

    Twitter, Airbnb, Other Tech Cos. Back Bill To End Travel Ban

    Thirteen tech companies told Congress they support an immigration bill that would repeal President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, saying the order is harming the U.S. economy.

  • September 23, 2019

    PwC Settles SEC’s Auditor Independence Charges For $8M

    Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has agreed to pay nearly $8 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that the firm and one of its partners violated auditor independence rules, the SEC said Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    House Dems Question Trump, DOJ On Car Emissions Probe

    House Democrats are launching a formal inquiry into whether the Justice Department’s antitrust arm has been politicized by the White House for use against automakers that struck a deal with deep-blue California over emissions standards for vehicles.

  • September 23, 2019

    Hertz Workers Strike Out For 3rd Time On $1.75M Wage Deal

    A California federal judge has rejected for a third time a $1.75 million settlement to end break and wage claims by a proposed class of more than 2,000 Hertz Transportation Inc. workers, while warning the workers they may only get one more chance to seek his approval of the deal.

  • September 23, 2019

    NFL Hires Ex-21st Century Fox Atty As Deputy GC

    The National Football League announced Monday that it has brought in as deputy general counsel for media and league business affairs an attorney with more than 20 years' experience working at 21st Century Fox.

  • September 23, 2019

    15 Minutes With Chobani's General Counsel

    Kathy Leo plays a critical role in Chobani's corporate responsibility, which she recently told Law360 includes supporting veterans and signing on to Supreme Court amicus briefs that support progressive policies. Here, the yogurt company's top lawyer shared a lesson about leadership, a responsibility she thinks about daily and her efforts to diversify the legal industry.

  • September 23, 2019

    Thomas Cook Execs Face Investigation Over Collapse

    The U.K government announced it will launch a "fast-track" inquiry into the conduct of senior managers at Thomas Cook after the cash-strapped tour operator entered compulsory liquidation proceedings on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Nissan, Ex-CEO Pay SEC $16M To End Compensation Claims

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its former CEO Carlos Ghosn agreed Monday to pay $15 million and $1 million, respectively, to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims related to the alleged concealment of more than $140 million in retirement compensation.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-JPMorgan Banker Again Convicted In Insider Trading Case

    Former JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners investment banker Sean Stewart on Monday was again convicted of insider trading over a purported scheme to leak confidential information about health care company mergers for his father to trade on.

  • September 20, 2019

    'Bored At Work' Baggage Handler Settles SEC's Scam Claims

    A former Nevada airline baggage handler has agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $204,288 to settle claims he lied about the legitimacy of his "Bored at Work" business in Facebook posts and duped hundreds of clients into letting him manage their retirement investments worth $172 million.

  • September 20, 2019

    Del. AG Sues To Dissolve 15 Crime-Tied Biz Entities

    Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed six Chancery Court actions late Thursday aimed at dissolving 15 Delaware-chartered business entities based on their ties to a range of criminal enterprises varying from drug distribution networks to politically connected white collar criminals and a longtime African strongman.

  • September 20, 2019

    So The CFPB Says It Has A Constitutional Flaw. Now What?

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that it doesn’t think its single-director independent structure is fully constitutional after all and wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look. But where does that leave the agency and the financial services providers it regulates?

  • September 20, 2019

    Challenge To Musk's $55B Pay Package Beats Dismissal Bid

    Delaware's Chancery Court on Friday allowed a proposed class of Tesla Inc. stockholders to go forward with most of their challenge to the approval of a 10-year compensation plan for CEO Elon Musk that's worth up to $55 billion.

  • September 20, 2019

    EEOC Nets Nearly $1M In Wave Of Disability Bias Deals

    Over the past week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission scored court approval for settlements totaling almost $1 million that end disability bias suits the agency filed on behalf of workers and job applicants, including a refinery worker with vision loss and a paraplegic PacSun applicant.

  • September 20, 2019

    9th Circ. OK Of LinkedIn Data Scraping May Curb CFAA

    The Ninth Circuit has found that scraping information in bulk from public LinkedIn profiles likely does not breach the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in a closely watched ruling that could rein in the reach of the oft-challenged anti-hacking law.

  • September 20, 2019

    Bancorp, Execs Settle SEC Record-Keeping Claims For $1.5M

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday it has settled claims against bank holding company The Bancorp Inc. and two of its executive officers for $1.5 million, stemming from the company’s alleged failure to keep proper records in connection with its commercial loan portfolio.

  • September 20, 2019

    What Benefits Attys Need To Know About DOL Nominee Scalia

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Eugene Scalia has handled some closely watched ERISA suits, helping Walmart ax a state health care law and defending the University of Southern California against accusations it mismanaged its retirement plan. Here's what benefits lawyers need to know about the labor secretary nominee's record and what he might do if appointed.

  • September 20, 2019

    Internet Society Urges IoT Regulation Prioritizing User Control

    Policymakers must ensure that the so-called internet of things is governed by regulations that protect consumers’ privacy and give them more control over their devices, services and the management of their data, the nonprofit group Internet Society said in a recent policy brief.

  • September 20, 2019

    Vimeo's Facial Scans Violate Ill. Biometric Law, User Says

    Vimeo Inc. is creating and storing “face templates” from videos and photos uploaded by users of an image-editing application without obtaining their consent, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois state court Friday.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J's Litigation Bravado In Sharp Relief After Epic Opioid Trial

    Johnson & Johnson's decision this year to risk a $17 billion penalty in the nation's first opioid-crisis trial added one of the most dramatic chapters yet to the company's increasingly remarkable willingness to spurn settlements and litigate financially perilous cases all the way.

  • September 20, 2019

    HBO Must Face Workers' Claim $8M OT Deal Bred Retaliation

    HBO can't shake a claims it punished production assistants who participated in collective and class action suits alleging the company cheated workers out of overtime pay and breaks, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying she is skeptical the workers can ultimately make their case.

  • September 20, 2019

    GCs Unveil $5M Plan For BigLaw Diversity 'Laboratories'

    A group of 26 general counsel and other high-ranking corporate legal officers at major corporations on Friday announced a $5 million initiative aimed at developing new strategies to increase diversity in BigLaw, saying that progress in this area has lagged both in firms and in corporate legal departments.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Injunctive Relief Standard In Harassment Suits Is Fact-Specific

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    The Eleventh Circuit's decision in Furcron v. Mail Centers Plus demonstrates that the standards for injunctive relief in sexual harassment cases are flexible and allow creative remedies, but there are some legal constraints, says Matthew LaGarde at Katz Marshall.

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    Bill Limiting Forced Arbitration Is Critical To Real Justice

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    Real justice means having access to fair and independent courts, but that will only be a reality when Congress bans predispute, forced arbitration under federal law with the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, which passed the House on Friday, says Patrice Simms at Earthjustice.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • Bargaining Rights Ruling Is A Major Change In NLRB Doctrine

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    The National Labor Relations Board's decision in M.V. Transportation, which abandons its long-standing requirement for a clear and unmistakable waiver of union bargaining rights before an employer can make unilateral changes, effects historic change in every collective bargaining relationship, with many immediate and long-term consequences, says Keith McCown at Morgan Brown.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • SEPs In The Wake Of Qualcomm: 4 Enforcement Issues

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    As demonstrated by recent court decisions such as Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, standard-essential patent infringement suits are hardly straightforward. But these cases as well as statements from government agencies reveal key factors that SEP holders should keep in mind when seeking to enforce their patents, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • Classification Ruling Exhibits NLRB's Stance On Contractors

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent Velox Express ruling that misclassifying workers does not violate the National Labor Relations Act shows that, unlike many other agencies and courts facing the issue, the board sees the independent contractor relationship as a legitimate alternative to the employer-employee model, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

  • Calif. Dynamex Law Shifts Employment Landscape Drastically

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    With its hodgepodge carveout of job categories, a law signed Wednesday that codifies the California Supreme Court's worker classification decision in Dynamex is far from clear and will likely result in increased litigation with potentially devastating consequences for noncompliant businesses, says Eve Wagner at Signature Resolution.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Calif. High Court Ruling May Curb PAGA-Only Suits

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    The California Supreme Court's decision in ZB v. Superior Court that employees cannot recover unpaid wages under the Private Attorneys General Act imposes a serious limit on the law's scope and generates important questions for employee-side counsel when filing claims exclusively under PAGA, say Rafael Tumanyan and Michele Beilke at Hunton.

  • Third Point's FTC Fine Displays Antitrust Rule Quirk

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    Although the Federal Trade Commission determined Third Point inadvertently missed Hart-Scott-Rodino Act filings associated with its investments in newly merged DowDuPont, the FTC's enforcement action underscores the need for attention to compliance with the antitrust law, even when the trigger is another company's transaction, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Utah Blazes Trail With Law Shielding Data From Gov't Search

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    Utah's recently enacted Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act and other states' laws that follow it will change long-standing practices in how companies that collect or store users’ personal data respond to law enforcement requests, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Top 5 Modern Tax Challenges For Digital Health Companies

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    As jurisdictions around the world adapt and modernize to capture revenue that would otherwise escape taxation under frameworks put in place long before today’s technology existed, digital health companies face rising tax uncertainty, say Kathleen Gregor and Elizabeth Smith of Ropes & Gray.