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Compliance Hot Spots: Ex-DOJ Lawyers Fume at Barr | Wachtell's 2020 Predictions | New FARA Registrations | Kirkland's Mark Filip Picked for Compliance Post in Antitrust Case

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, and thanks for reading! Kirkland's Mark Filip lands a compliance monitor post, a team from Wachtell offers its views on 2020, and former DOK lawyers are concerned about current leadership. Scroll down for Who Got the Work, and all the big moves.


War of Words Follows Class Action Retreat in MoFo 'Mommy Track' Suit

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:01

Morrison & Foerster said a decision by two former lawyers to drop their class action claims "validates" the firm defense. But attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp say they still allege systemic discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers.


Kansas Federal Judge Will Resign Amid New Scrutiny of Workplace Harassment Claims

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:26

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia said he offered his resignation "with a heavy heart and profound apologies, out of respect for the federal judiciary, my colleagues, my community and—most importantly—my family."


Boeing Resists Deposition Over Max 8 Docs Given to Congress

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:13

Boeing goes to court on Wednesday to fight a subpoena to depose one of its executives in lawsuits brought over last year's Ethiopian Airlines crash involving its grounded 737 Max 8 aircraft. Plaintiffs' lawyers want to know why Boeing produced certain discovery materials to Congress but not to them.


Notes from China: Keep Calm and Carry On

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:07 International's Hong Kong bureau chief, Anna Zhang, had been visiting her family in mainland China when the coronavirus outbreak occurred. She is still there. She filed this report late last week:


Judge Denies Sanctions Against Tesla in 'Messy' Discovery Spat

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:16

U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California said he'll deal with the discovery dispute, which plaintiffs counsel alleges has dragged on for nearly a year, at a pretrial conference.


Batter Up: Lawyers Come Out Swinging Against Major League Baseball

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:39

The cases so far, which have been trickling in since late January and may not be the last, include plaintiffs who are online sports betters, a Houston Astros season-ticket holder and a former Major League Baseball pitcher.


Saddled With Abuse Claims, Boy Scouts of America Taps Sidley for Chapter 11

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:17

A key battle in the bankruptcy will likely be over abuse claimants' access to billions of dollars in assets controlled by local Boy Scouts chapters.


DOJ Proposes Kirkland's Mark Filip as Live Nation-Ticketmaster Compliance Monitor

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:57

Kirkland & Ellis, the Justice Department lawyers said Tuesday in a court filing, was "well-qualified" to support Mark Filip as the monitoring trustee.


Bar Exam Pass Rate Jumps to 80% Nationwide for First-Timers

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:48

The increase, though not unexpected, is welcome news in the legal academy, which has been plagued with falling or stagnant bar pass rates for the past five years.


Familiar ALSPs Are Risking Unfamiliarity With Name Changes. So Why Rebrand?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:00

Legal service providers can benefit from updating their brand name to reflect the opportunities and problems that dominate an ever-changing legal market, but leaving behind an established brand will always have its risks.


Who Is Jeff Jensen, Ex-Husch Blackwell Partner and Barr's Point Person on Mike Flynn Case?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:53

The U.S. attorney in St. Louis was a leading Husch Blackwell partner up until his confirmation in 2017. In one case in private practice, Jensen was on a defense team that alleged FBI misconduct.


Judge in Harvey Weinstein Trial Issues Gag Order in Wake of Defense Lawyer's Op-Ed

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:36

"I would caution you about the tentacles of your public relations juggernaut," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke said in court.


4 Ways Firms Can Keep Compliant With the CCPA

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:00

From updating their websites to understanding exemptions, lawyers offer their suggestions on how law firms can meet their new CCPA requirements.


More Linklaters Lawyers Sign Up for 40 Hours Per Week Contract

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:24

The plan, which allows German nonpartners to take a reduced salary in return for a fixed 40-hour week, has doubled in size since it launched in 2017.


Big Law's Egg-Freezing Trend, Stone Prosecutor's Somber Resignation, Big Tech Antitrust Probes: The Morning Minute

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.


Are Women Getting Snookered By Those Latest Fertility Perks?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 05:58

It seems half of the female lawyers I know are having babies through IVF or thinking about it.


Meet Cynthia Rufe, Who Leads the Group of Federal Judges Holding an 'Emergency Meeting' on Roger Stone

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:36

The meeting comes amid fallout from Main Justice's intervention last week in Roger Stone's sentencing.


ABA Approves Innovation Resolution, With Revisions to Limit Regulatory Changes

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 19:26

By a near-unanimous vote, the ABA House of Delegates approved the resolution after revising it to address concerns raised by the New York State Bar Association and others.


'A Loss to the Pursuit of Justice': Praise for Roger Stone Prosecutor Who Resigned

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:20

"In terms of morale, it's taken a hit. No one wants to see their colleagues feel compelled to withdraw or resign from the office," one longtime former leading assistant U.S. attorney in Washington said about the office in the aftermath of the Roger Stone sentencing controversy.