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Alphabet, HP, Cisco and Tesla in Top 10 of 'Cleanest' Global Companies

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:56

The Carbon Clean 200 ranks publicly traded companies that are leading the way on clean energy issues in the first quarter of 2020 and offers several key takeaways for general counsel and their companies.

         

Federal Circuit Tosses Patent Lawsuit Against Google Over Lack of Jurisdiction

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:05

In a reversal from a prior decision against Google earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that while a shelf or server rack could be considered a place of business, it's not enough to determine venue without the presence of an employee.

         

Higher Law: Cannabis Shareholder Class Actions | A New Cannabis IP Group in Chicago | Cannabis on the Brink in Connecticut

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:00

Welcome to Higher Law, our snapshot of happenings in the cannabis space. This week we're looking at the spike in cannabis securities actions, and scroll down for Who Got the Work, headlines and more. Thanks for reading, and keep sending me your pitches!

         

An NFL Alum at Fried Frank Basks in His Brother's Super Bowl Win

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:39

Professional football runs in Vincent Fuller's family—including his brother on the Kansas City Chiefs—and that's paid off in the law.

         

High Court Orders Apple to Pay Workers for Time Spent Searching Their Bags

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:11

Thursday's ruling by the California Supreme Court comes more than two years after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sought clarification in a class action brought by Apple store workers in California who sought pay for time spent during searches of their bags before leaving work.

         

Stunning Reinhardt Sexual Harassment Allegations Prompt Talk of Next Steps on Judicial Misconduct

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:07

Former law clerk Olivia Warren's testimony about alleged sexual harassment from the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt is helping to spur members of Congress to act further on judicial misconduct.

         

Amazon Wins Early Order Blocking $10B Cloud Contract Awarded to Microsoft

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:03

A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday issued a sealed preliminary injunction, an early win for Amazon and its lawyers at Morrison & Foerster and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

         

McClatchy Looks to Skadden as Old-Media Woes Continue

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:35

Skadden, Paul Weiss and Choate Hall are among the firms gearing up for fees from the latest big newspaper industry bankruptcy.

         

PayScale Names New Top Lawyer as Firm's First General Counsel Departs

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:36

Kristin Boraas will join PayScale next month as general counsel after having most recently served as senior director in the corporate legal department of Tableau Software in Seattle. Earlier in her career, she worked as a lawyer for Expedia Group.

         

Sex in Exchange for Legal Services? Miami Lawyer Arrested on Bribery Charges

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:51

The attorney was taken to Miami-Dade jail, where he posted bond.

         

My Weekday Workout: Freeborn & Peters' Robert Stines

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:58

"Nothing releases stress like defending against someone who is trying to break my arm. After a training session, most of my stress melts away."

         

Former Law Clerk Alleges Repeated Sexual Harassment by Late Judge Stephen Reinhardt

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:07

The claims came during testimony at a House subcommittee hearing on sexual misconduct in the federal judiciary.

         

Perkins Coie Opens in Austin With Vinson & Elkins, Wilson Sonsini Partners

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:28

It's the second Texas location for Perkins Coie, which has been in Dallas since 2010.

         

Trump Watch: All the President's Angry Lawyers + Beryl Howell Defends Roger Stone's Judge

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:00

This week's spectacular meltdown over Roger Stone's sentence is just the latest incident of Trump being less-than-thrilled with DOJ lawyers.

         

Roger Stone Judge's Weird Situation, Lawyers Scramble Amid Coronavirus, Cat Breeds: The Morning Minute

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:00

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

         

Labor of Law: DOJ Wants Job-Bias Ruling Reversed | PwC Loses ERISA Rehearing | AB5's Still Standing | Who Got the Work

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 00:00

Catch up on new petitions at the US Supreme Court in a job-bias dispute; PwC might head to the high court in an ERISA case; a California judge won't enjoin AB. Scroll down for Who Got the Work, notable moves and more. Thanks for reading!

         

Australian Lawyers Sign Up for Massive Bush Fire Pro Bono Effort

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 20:45

Among the many lawyers who have volunteered to help when their pro bono services are needed are lawyers with large global law firms, including Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst.

         

General Counsel Pondering How to Handle China's Force Majeure Claims

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 18:10

Experts told Corporate Counsel on Wednesday that outside companies and their general counsel have three options: grant the exemption, fight the exemption in court, or try to negotiate a compromise.

         

Inside Track: Using Legal Department Data. Plus, How Relocation Impacts Diverse In-House Job Candidates.

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 18:05

Where legal departments are analyzing data for better efficiency. Also, when legal departments try to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace, relocation may be a hurdle to getting the candidates they want.

         

Could Federal Preemption Blow Up a $289M Roundup Verdict?

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:48

California's First District Court of Appeal ordered additional briefing on Monsanto's defense of federal preemption—an issue that could have wide ramifications for all Roundup lawsuits. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus brief supporting plaintiffs' claims against federal preemption.

         

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