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Compliance Hot Spots: Major US Firms Picked Up PPP Loans | New & Notable FARA Filings | Which Firm Turned Down Jeff Sessions | Who Got the Work | Akin Gump's New Hires

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, and good evening from Washington. We've got some new reporting on the firms that got PPP loans, and check out new and notable FARA registrations. Scroll down for major white-collar and regulatory headlines, and Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading!


Federal Circuit Continues Expanding Appointments Clause Decision

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:20

Patent applicants whose appeals were rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will now be entitled to new hearings, the court ruled Tuesday. Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in later this year.


Big Law Firms Got Millions of Dollars to Preserve Payroll. Some Made Cuts Anyway

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:40

At least nine Am Law 200 firms that received PPP loans cut jobs or salaries before or after they received the loans.


How Bridgeport Attorney Overcame Police Report Allegedly Minimized His Client's Injuries

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:37

Bridgeport attorney Peter Reynolds helped get a $100,000 settlement for his client.


Grand Jury Summonses Will Be Sent Out as Phase Three Begins for NYC Courts

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:02

The grand jurors will return to courthouses outfitted with acrylic barriers, hand sanitizer and markings to promote physical distancing.


Lack of Standing Foils Fox Shareholder's Lawsuit Against Officers in Del. Court of Chancery

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:57

Chancellor Andre Bouchard wrote that a Fox stockholder hadn't adequately proven that about $82.4 million in stock given to Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch interfered with the company's sale to Disney and therefore didn't have standing to bring derivative claims.


While Judiciary Grapples With Resumption of Jury Trials, State Bar Raises Constitutional Questions

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:26

The state bar report expresses a wary view of any expanded use of technology in jury trials, and expresses concerns that unequal access to technology in society could lead to jury pools that are less representative of the population.


Legal Departments Continue to Spend More on Class Action Litigation

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:57

"Over the last several months the plaintiffs' bar has been extremely active. We thought the activity might have slowed down because of the pandemic and the opposite has happened," Julianna McCabe, a shareholder at Carlton Fields in Miami and director of the firm's class action survey, said.


These 25 Connecticut Law Firms Got Millions in Federal PPP Loans

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:00

Twenty-five Connecticut law firms received at least $1 million in PPP loans that the federal government made available to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hughes Hubbard Lays Off Attorneys and Staff After Receiving PPP Loan

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:51

The firm received between $5 million-$10 million from the SBA in April to save more than 400 jobs.


5 Challenges Legal Departments Are Still Having With the CCPA Post-Enforcement Deadline

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:42

While some may be playing the waiting game—anxious to see just how aggressive regulators will be in their enforcement—others could still be struggling to understand certain key provisions of the CCPA that are hindering their efforts to remain in good standing.


'Small Acts of Courage': Hershey General Counsel Damien Atkins on Driving Diversity

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:26

"It is one of those crucible, fulcrum moments that come around every 20 or 30 years."


Marriott Can Bring Third Parties Into Sex Trafficking Lawsuit, US Judge Rules

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:10

The ruling, however, left open the question of whether, before trial, Marriott's claims against alleged third-party traffickers should be severed from the plaintiff's cause of action against the hotel chain.


FisherBroyles Gains Media Law Partner From Duane Morris

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:53

Veteran media lawyer Cynthia Counts said FisherBroyles "affords greater flexibility and autonomy for me and my practice."


Firms Are Designing New Offices With COVID-19 in Mind

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:48

Health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus require firms to have more flexibility in how their space can be used.


Secret Electronic Surveillance Records Must Be Released, DC Circuit Rules

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:32

"Precluding public access because of the personnel-hours required to produce those records is no more warranted than precluding public access to high-profile trials because of the costs of crowd control," the court ruled.


A Dozen Legal Education Entities Snagged PPP Loans, Including LSAT Maker

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:27

The Law School Admission Council used its $5.3 million government loan to help create the LSAT-Flex, an online version of the LSAT.


Georgia Chief Justice Threatens Discipline for Judges Violating COVID-19 Orders

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:15

The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia said he will issue a fourth order this week extending the statewide judicial emergency and requiring the state's judges to adhere to COVID safety guidelines put in place by the state health department and the CDC.


'It Was Very Personal': South Florida Attorney Secures $1 Million Settlement Over Childhood Friend's Murder

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:00

"Every single day this case was on my mind," said Fort Lauderdale attorney Josiah Graham.