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Axiom Spinoff Retooled, Wiley Drops 'Rein', Impeachment Moves Ahead: The Morning Minute

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:00

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


Wiley Rein Drops 'Rein,' Adds New Look and Moves to .Law Domain

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:00

The firm is just the latest to shorten its marketing moniker, but it says it's the first Am Law 200 firm to migrate from the "overcrowded and unregulated" .com domain.


VW Declined to Hire Louis Freeh for $15M. Now He's on the Other Side—and VW Is Crying Foul

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 01:29

In a motion to disqualify filed in San Francisco federal court, the VW team from Sullivan & Cromwell argue that Freeh's 'conflict of interest and receipt of confidential information' should bar him from serving as an expert witness for the plaintiffs.


Justice Ming Chin Announces Retirement From California Supreme Court

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 00:56

"The judicial system has faced some major challenges in my time on the bench, but I believe the branch is now in a strong position," Justice Ming Chin said.


Michael Avenatti, 1 Week Before NY Trial, Is Arrested for Bail Violations in LA

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 23:32

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan told a federal judge Tuesday night that Michael Avenatti had been arrested for violating the terms of his pretrial


Skilled in the Art: Neal Katyal Asks SCOTUS for the Big Kahuna + Lawyers React to Section 101 Silence + Another Multimillion-Dollar Verdict for Irell

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 22:26

A few outtakes from the trademark damages arguments in Romag v. Fossil at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Michael Flynn Wants to Scrap His Guilty Plea Ahead of Sentencing

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:39

Federal prosecutors this month said they were recommending a prison sentence of up to six months for the former Trump national security adviser.


Compliance Hot Spots: 'Endemic Problem' at SEC | Greenberg Traurig Snags Mueller Lawyer | Amazon Will Seek PI in Cloud Case | FDA Warns of 'Unprecedented' Discovery Demand

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly briefing on white-collar, regulatory and compliance. We're looking today at whistleblower delays at the SEC, and scroll down for Who Got the Work, all the new moves and much more. Thanks, always, for reading!


Treasury Dept. Enacts Final Rules on Foreign Investment: Key Takeaways for In-House Counsel

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:16

Final regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department governing national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States were issued Monday, with importance for general counsel in many industries—including venture capital—whose companies are involved in cross-border dealmaking.


After Johnson & Johnson Lawyer Scolded By Judge, Talc Trial Resumes With New Defense Team

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:28

Allison Brown of Skadden and Morton Dubin of Orrick were in Middlesex County Superior Court to represent Johnson & Johnson at openings in the punitive damages phase of the case.


1st Dept Erases $46M Verdict, Orders New Trial in Hedge Fund Managers' Decadelong Legal Dispute

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:07

Tuesday's ruling revived a long-running and nasty dispute between Touradji Capital and its former portfolio managers, Gentry Beach and Robert Vollero Jr.


Judge Links Fate of House's Bid for Trump Tax Returns to DC Circuit Ruling on McGahn

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:00

It's not exactly clear why U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden is linking the two cases, although standing played a role in the D.C. Circuit arguments over McGahn's testimony.


Houston Astros Playbook Now Includes Major Lessons on Ethics and Corporate Governance

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:34

Lawyers discuss the fallout of the MLB scandal and how in-house counsel in every industry should pay attention to compliance.


Tesla Employees Suing Over 'Jim Crow Era' Workplace Seek Sanctions

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:22

The workers assert that "in a staggering show of gamesmanship and discovery abuse," Tesla is skirting a court order demanding the auto company turn over fellow employees' names and contact information.


Theranos Prosecutors: 'Common Sense' Only Thing Needed to Understand Charges Against Holmes

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:14

Federal prosecutors took aim at defense motions to dismiss the wire fraud case against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arguing that they charged the case in a way that doesn't require them to point to specific false statements.


Ahead of the Curve: So You Want To Be a Law Dean?

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 15:23

Legal educators discuss how to land that dean gig and what pitfalls trip candidates up, plus this year's crop of incoming and interim deans are a diverse group thus far.


David Drummond Gets a Wrist Slap

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:57

If you expected that Alphabet, Google's parent, would use the occasion of its chief legal officer's departure to make a strong statement as a sort of #MeToo reckoning, you were so wrong.


Former IBM Watson's Brian Kuhn's New Role: Creating a Legal Tech GitHub

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:48

Brian Kuhn, who has now become the vice president of Elevate's new Digital Strategies and Solutions business, discusses how personalization and apps stores are becoming forces to be reckoned with inside the legal tech market.


Subway Remains Quiet About New Chief Legal Officer

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:46

The sandwich chain has confirmed Ilene Kobert's appointment as the company's top lawyer, but has yet to officially announce her hiring or provide further details about her role at Subway, which is grappling with declining sales and thousands of store closures.


Ex-Vedder Price Shareholder Accused of Faking Invoices, Double-billing

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:22

Attorney disciplinary authorities say Robert Hankes was fired from the firm after he allegedly used fabricated invoices to channel more than $130,000 into a bogus account.