Google's parent company is on the hunt for a new top lawyer after its embattled chief legal officer announced he would leave next week. Experts say there are lessons others can learn as the tech giant hits the search button.
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What To Know As Alphabet Hits 'Search' On A New CLO

Google's parent company is on the hunt for a new top lawyer after its embattled chief legal officer announced he would leave next week. Experts say there are lessons others can learn as the tech giant hits the search button.

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Insys Founder John Kapoor Gets 5½ Years

Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor was sentenced to more than five years behind bars Thursday as victims decried him as a “mobster” and “murderer” who devastated countless families by bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid spray.

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Wells Fargo Ex-CEO Fined $17.5M For Role In Sales Scandal

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday that it is bringing enforcement actions against five former Wells Fargo executives and has reached settlements with three others over their alleged roles in the bank's sales practices scandal, including a $17.5 million fine for former CEO John Stumpf.

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Fight For $15 Convinces NLRB Judge Not To Toss McD's Case

A National Labor Relations Board judge decided Thursday to keep alive the Fight for $15 effort to find McDonald's jointly responsible for franchisees' labor violations until the board rules on a motion to consider new evidence.

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Solicitor General Weighs In On Age Bias High Court Case

The solicitor general told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that the federal government has a myriad of ways to remedy age bias in the workplace other than the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, but the federal employee who filed the suit said that law is the only substantive way to get judicial relief.

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LITIGATION

Analysis

Breaking Down Michael Avenatti's Nike Extortion Trial

Once plastered all over cable news screens, Michael Avenatti will soon be making his first of several planned appearances before a different audience: federal jurors. The embattled attorney and former Trump sparring partner will be facing an uphill battle next week in New York as he fights charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

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Insys VP Who Dressed As Dancing Opioid Gets 2 Years

Former Insys Therapeutics Inc. Vice President Alec Burlakoff, infamous for dressing as an anthropomorphic bottle of fentanyl spray and rapping about titration in a sales video, was sentenced Thursday to 26 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids.

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Google And Amazon Accused Of Selling Pirated Recordings

Google and Amazon are selling bootlegged copies of recordings by “virtually every well-known recording artist from the 1930s through the 1960s,” including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, side-by-side with legal recordings from legitimate record labels, according to six lawsuits filed this week in California and Washington federal courts.

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MetLife Says 'Slights' Against Ex-Exec Aren't Discrimination

MetLife has asked a New York federal court to toss a former executive's suit claiming she was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars less than some male colleagues, saying she failed to assert enough facts for her complaints to amount to more than "trivial and petty slights."

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Avon Pregnancy Bias Suit Ends In Settlement

A New York federal judge on Thursday closed the book on a proposed class action accusing cosmetics giant Avon and its North American spinoff of discriminating against pregnant employees after the parties said they had reached a settlement.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Capitol Hill's Diversity Efforts Are Rubbing Off On Wall Street

Increasing congressional support for leadership, programs and legislation that prioritize corporate diversity and inclusion is pushing financial services companies to recognize the importance of equitable performance metrics that focus on results, say Weldon Latham and Michael Hatcher at Jackson Lewis.

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Pro-Employer NLRB Rulings May Prompt Handbook Reviews

Three new National Labor Relations Board rulings that overturn Obama-era pro-worker precedents may indicate that now is a good time for employers to strengthen their workplace policies on nonbusiness email use, investigation confidentiality and union dues, say Charles Caulkins and Garrett Kamen at Fisher Phillips.

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FTC-DOJ Vertical Merger Guide Aims To Boost Transparency

New draft guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission clarify how the agencies will approach vertical merger inquiries and signal that parties will be held accountable for proving pro-competitive benefits, say former FTC acting commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and Christine Ryu-Naya of Baker Botts.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Ex-Trump Counsel Battling Subpoena Says Clients Call Shots

Former White House counsel Don McGahn told a New Jersey audience Thursday that it’s the client, not the attorney, who decides if a lawyer will testify in a legal matter, giving insight into his fight to kill a subpoena connected to the impeachment trial underway.

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California Bar Mulls Licensing Nonlawyer Professionals

California State Bar leaders took another step Thursday toward opening up the regulation of legal services in the state, launching the assembly of a task force to explore a licensing scheme under which paraprofessionals would provide certain legal services and advice to consumers.

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Ground Rules For Live-Video Testimony Spelled Out In NJ

A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday said judges should consider the substance of witness testimony, among other factors, in deciding whether someone can testify via live video at a civil trial, ending at least eight years of uncertainty about the parameters of testimony permitted by the state Supreme Court but unaddressed in state court rules.

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Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Shaw Keller is a legal lion this week for helping Teva Pharmaceuticals score the earliest generic license for Allergan's Linzess, while The Bloom Firm landed among the legal lambs after a judge declined to sanction a billionaire after a trial on a former employee's sexual battery claims.

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Podcast

Law360's The Term: The Larger Battle In A Montana Tax Case

On this week’s episode of The Term podcast, we explain the arcane insult that Chief Justice John Roberts reintroduced on his first day — and night — overseeing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and then bring on a special guest to dissect the high-stakes arguments in a Montana tax case questioning church and state boundaries.

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