Corporate

  • June 29, 2022

    Bradley Adds M&A Specialist To Growing Dallas Office

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired a new partner to its corporate and securities practice group for its Dallas office – which has tripled in size over the last three years.

  • June 29, 2022

    Feds Scrap Trade Secrets Case Against Ex-ADI Worker's Wife

    Federal prosecutors in Boston dismissed charges against the wife of a former Analog Devices Inc. engineer after the husband largely beat a case alleging he stole company trade secrets to jump-start his own computer chip business.

  • June 28, 2022

    1st Circ. Affirms Whole Foods Win In Workers' BLM Mask Case

    The First Circuit on Tuesday said a Massachusetts federal court was correct to throw out Whole Foods workers' discrimination claims stemming from the disciplining of employees who wore Black Lives Matter face masks to work, holding there could plausibly be non-race-related reasons for the dress code enforcement.

  • June 28, 2022

    Texas AG Investigates Walmart's Opioid Sales Practices

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday said his office is investigating Walmart for potential violations of the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act in the retail giant's sales of prescription opioids.

  • June 28, 2022

    No Escrow Payout For Exec After Trade Secret Conviction

    A Texas drilling executive who was convicted and sent to jail for conspiring to steal trade secrets won't be able to collect his half-million-dollar share of a drilling company he sold to the global engineering firm WS Atkins Inc., after an appeals court in Houston on Tuesday reversed his initial win in a lower court.

  • June 28, 2022

    CFPB Urged To Scrap Anti-Bias Revamp Of Exam Manual

    Major banking trade groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called Tuesday for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to scrap new examination policies that broaden the scope of the agency's anti-discrimination policing, hinting at a potential for legal action if the agency doesn't reverse course.  

  • June 28, 2022

    China Accused Of Influence Campaign Targeting Mining Cos.

    Chinese state actors posed as local residents in Texas and Oklahoma as part of an unsuccessful influence campaign targeting rare-earths mining giants that compete with Chinese companies, the cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    FTC Claims Walmart Facilitated $197M Money Transfer Fraud

    The Federal Trade Commission sued Walmart in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, claiming the retail giant allowed its money transfer services to be used by fraudsters who cheated customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • June 28, 2022

    Ex-Toys R Us Officers To Face Claims In Ch. 11 Suit

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge has allowed most of the claims lodged against former executives and officers of retailer Toys R Us to survive, saying in an opinion that there are material facts in dispute that need the benefit of a trial.

  • June 28, 2022

    Davis Polk Brings On Ex-Cooley Capital Markets Partner

    Corporate firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP said Monday it has hired former Cooley LLP partner and capital markets veteran Nicole Brookshire, bolstering its New York practice.

  • June 28, 2022

    Atari Asks 9th Circ. To Revive IP Suit Against Redbubble

    Atari wants the Ninth Circuit to let it have a new trial after it was dealt a loss in its suit alleging Redbubble sold merchandise with images stolen from its signature video games, saying the jury was given incorrect instructions.

  • June 28, 2022

    SEC Wins Default Judgment In Ex-Herbalife Exec's Absence

    A New York district court judge ordered a former executive at the Chinese subsidiary of California-based health supplement company Herbalife Ltd. to pay $550,092 in civil penalties after he was charged with plotting to bribe Chinese officials.

  • June 28, 2022

    Becerra Says 'All Options Are On The Table' After Dobbs

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the agency will do everything it can within the confines of federal law to ensure that women continue to have access to safe abortion care after the U.S. Supreme Court erased the constitutional right to it.

  • June 28, 2022

    Former Ann Taylor Execs Beat Claims Of Duping Investors

    Former executives with the onetime owner of the Ann Taylor retail clothing brand defeated class claims alleging that they overstated the company's value before unveiling a roughly $1.3 billion impairment, with a New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday concluding that their "rosy" estimates did not amount to duping investors.

  • June 28, 2022

    McDonald's Defeats Ex-Workers' No-Poach Claims

    An Illinois federal court on Tuesday granted a bid from McDonald's to escape claims from ex-workers over the fast-food chain's alleged past use of no-poach provisions in its franchise agreements, saying there was too much competition for their labor to support an antitrust case.

  • June 28, 2022

    Chancery Urged To Consider Firms' Bid To Lead Ionis Suit

    An Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. investor is urging a Delaware vice chancellor to consider his bid to consolidate two suits and have his counsel lead litigation filed over allegedly excessive company director pay, arguing that the request should be considered even though a settlement is already pending in one of the suits.

  • June 28, 2022

    Feds Ask For Vigilance On Russian Export Sanctions

    Bureaus of the U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Commerce Department urged financial institutions Tuesday to monitor for efforts of Russia and Belarus to evade export sanctions related to the invasion of Ukraine, providing some pointers that could help keep certain equipment out of the hands of Russia's military. 

  • June 28, 2022

    Benefits Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2022

    In the second half of the year, benefits attorneys will be keeping a close eye not only on legal battles hinging on familiar themes such as class certification and preemption, but also cases dealing with emerging issues such as cybersecurity and cryptocurrency.

  • June 27, 2022

    As Opioid Trial Ends, Judge Jokes Of 'Generous' Time Limits

    A San Francisco federal judge who put strict time limits on a bellwether bench trial in multidistrict opioid litigation noted Monday that both sides wrapped up their cases within their allotted 45 hours, prompting him to wonder to courtroom chuckles if he "was just too generous."

  • June 27, 2022

    Illinois To Become Abortion 'Oasis' In Wake Of Dobbs Ruling

    Abortion providers and officials in Illinois are preparing for potential interstate conflict and litigation as they expect a flood of patients to cross the state's borders following Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade that could clear the way for every surrounding state to outlaw the procedure.

  • June 27, 2022

    Fla. Consumer Tells Jury Experian Ran Afoul Of FCRA

    A Florida consumer whose Experian credit report falsely stated he was delinquent on a mortgage told jurors Monday that the credit reporting giant failed in its statutory duty under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to ensure "maximum possible accuracy" of the information in its reports.

  • June 27, 2022

    Chancery Nixes Aerojet CEO's Bid For Neutral Counsel

    Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.'s board chairman will preside over an upcoming meeting where shareholders will vote for directors, the Delaware Chancery Court ruled Monday, rejecting a bid from the chair's rival, the company's CEO, for neutral counsel to conduct the meeting.

  • June 27, 2022

    Balwani's Trial Features Tears, Tension And Holmes' Shadow

    On the heels of ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' high-profile trial and conviction, former Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani's criminal fraud trial has had its own memorable moments, from contentious exchanges between defense counsel and the judge to emotional witness testimony.

  • June 27, 2022

    Meta Says Section 230 Bars Suit Over Girl's Death By Suicide

    Meta Platforms Inc. has urged a California federal judge to toss claims that bullying and sex trafficking on its allegedly addictive platforms caused a minor's death by suicide, arguing it can't be held liable for the conduct of third parties.

  • June 27, 2022

    High Court Turns Away Teamsters Fund's $58M Pension Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined a Teamsters pension fund's request on Monday to review a ruling that let a wholesale grocer avoid paying $58 million the fund claimed it was owed after a warehouse operator stopped contributing.

Expert Analysis

  • Investment Adviser ESG Lessons From BNY Mellon Case

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    With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent $1.5 million settlement with BNY Mellon over environmental, social and governance disclosure violations, we appear to be at the dawn of a new era of enforcement — which means investment advisers should take new compliance steps, say attorneys at Saul Ewing.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Highlights ERISA Determination Deadlines

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    As seen in the Second Circuit’s recent McQuillin v. Hartford decision, the deadlines for deciding Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims and appeals have teeth, and there are consequences when a plan administrator fails to comply, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.

  • What's At Stake In Justices' FCA Qui Tam Dismissal Review

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    The Supreme Court's decision next term in U.S. v. Executive Health Resources could hold that the government cannot dismiss a qui tam action in which it initially declined intervention, which would mean the government must expend more resources vetting False Claims Act cases and give relators free rein as prosecutors of their cases, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Signals Judicial Shift On SEC Admin Process

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    The Fifth Circuit’s decision in Jarkesy v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission signals a growing discomfort in the judiciary with the SEC's administrative process, and those dealing with enforcement actions should bring their constitutional challenges early and often, say Benjamin Daniels and Trevor Bradley at Robinson & Cole.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Resolve FCA Cases' Rule 9(b) Circuit Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to hear three related False Claims Act cases and resolve the circuit split over the level of detail Rule 9(b) requires in qui tam complaints, or the viability of such actions will increasingly depend on where they are filed, say Kenneth Abell and Katherine Kulkarni at Abell Eskew.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • The Case For Company-Directed Offensive ESG Litigation

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    Rather than treat environmental, social and governance litigation as a source of liability, there is a serious benefit for companies and their lawyers to evaluate and pursue offensive ESG litigation, says Bob Koneck at Woodsford.

  • Sears Bankruptcy Case Shows Modification Disclosure Is Key

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    The recent New York federal court decision in Transform Holdco v. Sears Holdings highlights the importance of seeking approval of any material modifications to a purchase agreement in a bankruptcy, as historical setting can be a factor if any dispute arises later between a debtor and a buyer, say Frank Grese and Reginald Sainvil at Baker McKenzie.

  • Employer Abortion Policy Considerations In A Post-Roe World

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    Restricted abortion access in many states after the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected reversal of Roe v. Wade may cause corporate recruitment and retention concerns, but before implementing policies that help employees access reproductive care, employers should consider their workforce’s values, legal risks and potential political backlash, says Meredith Kirshenbaum at Goldberg Kohn.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • SEC Crypto Unit Expansion Is A Warning To Industry

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent decision to expand its Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit is a clear signal that federal regulators may increase enforcement against those violating securities laws in the digital asset space, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • Enforcement Trends To Watch After SEP Remedies Withdrawal

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    Patent holders and implementers will need to consider several key issues in light of the new case-by-case federal enforcement stance following the withdrawal of the 2019 policy statement on standard-essential patents and the recent decision not to implement a new policy statement, say Alexander Okuliar and John Lanham at MoFo.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • 2 Years Since Liu, Disgorgement Case Law Is Favoring SEC

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    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Liu v. the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit courts have weighed in to answer the decision's open questions, and recent cases suggest that courts are unwilling to disrupt disgorgement orders, even where the awards would not survive Liu scrutiny, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

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