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After Ban Threat From White House, TikTok Faces Privacy Class Actions. Plus: What Happened to the Roundup Settlement?

Wed, 2020-08-05 00:00

Plaintiffs' lawyers had split over where the TikTok cases should go: Illinois, home to the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act, one of the strictest statutes protecting biometric data; or California, where TikTok and its Beijing parent company, ByteDance, have U.S. locations.


Compliance Hot Spots: How DOJ Is 'Pushing Forward' Amid the Pandemic | Major SEC Pharma Settlement | DOJ Loses False-Claims Appeal | Notable Moves

Tue, 2020-08-04 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly snapshot of white-collar enforcement, regulatory and compliance, and big trends. Thanks for reading, and your feedback is appreciated!


Big Firms in Strong Position to Fight for Broader Lease Protections, Experts Say

Tue, 2020-08-04 18:50

Many firms and tenants are now negotiating temporary abatements in exchange for longer leases or heftier payments in 2021 and 2021, said Mark Weiss, of Cushman & Wakefield.


Latham Corporate Hire Spells Another Loss for Cooley

Tue, 2020-08-04 18:16

Haynes and Boone also announced Tuesday that Cooley's Richard Kanowitz joined the firm this week in New York.


Curb Your Enthusiasm for Diversity. (Or You Could Be Sued)

Tue, 2020-08-04 17:40

If there's liability for corporate hypocrisy, that'd be the end of American capitalism.


Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Unveils Company's 2030 Zero Waste Plan

Tue, 2020-08-04 17:24

"To address our own waste creation, Microsoft will reduce nearly as much waste as we generate while reusing, repurposing or recycling our solid, compost, electronics, construction and demolition, and hazardous wastes," Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.


Officer Charged in Rayshard Brooks Killing Sues Mayor, Police Chief Over Firing

Tue, 2020-08-04 17:10

The former officer, Garrett Rolfe, was fired the day after he shot Rayshard Brooks during a confrontation at a downtown Wendy's, and was later charged with murder.


Miami Lawyer in Hot Water With Florida Bar

Tue, 2020-08-04 17:04

The attorney is accused of violating three Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, governing misconduct, honesty and fitness as a lawyer.


TikTok's Other Trouble: An MDL of Privacy Class Actions

Tue, 2020-08-04 16:50

As the political debate deepens over who should own TikTok, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation sent nearly 20 privacy class actions against the Chinese-based media app to Illinois, which has one of the strictest laws protecting biometric data.


At Hearing, Jones Day Partner Defends Leave Policy Against Bias Claims

Tue, 2020-08-04 16:23

"It's not sex-based," partner Traci Lovitt said of the eight weeks of leave available to mothers who give birth but not to men. "Just because you're a woman, you don't get short-term disability leave. You get disability leave because you had a child."


Pa. Justices to Eye Warrant Requirement for Real-Time Cellphone Movement Data

Tue, 2020-08-04 16:21

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to consider whether prosecutors were properly allowed to track a suspect's cellphone location based on orders obtained under the state's Wiretap Act. David Pacheco, who was subsequently arrested and charged with drug offenses, says a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court opinion demands more.


Andersen Global Enters Chile, Expands Further in the Caribbean

Tue, 2020-08-04 15:21

Chile is a leading destination for international investment in Latin America.


Ditch In-Person Bar Exams During Pandemic, ABA Says

Tue, 2020-08-04 15:09

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 256-146 in favor of a resolution urging states to find alternatives to in-person bar exams amid the pandemic.


2nd Circuit Blocks Trump Administration's 'Public Charge' Rule, But Limits Scope of Injunction

Tue, 2020-08-04 15:04

The three-judge panel said that DHS had not provided "any factual basis" for its belief that noncitizens who use public benefits would be unable to meet their basic needs without government assistance.


$12.5 Million Donation Leads to Law School Renaming

Tue, 2020-08-04 11:45

The University of South Dakota's law school has been rebranded in honor of local attorney David Knudson, with the funds coming from a longtime client.


Law Firms and Other Businesses in Melbourne to Close After Virus Spike

Tue, 2020-08-04 11:31

Only essential businesses can remain open in Melbourne.


Law Firms and Other Businesses in Melbourne to Close After Virus Spike

Tue, 2020-08-04 11:31

Only essential businesses can remain open in Melbourne.


Ahead of the Curve: Bar Exam Missteps Pile Up

Tue, 2020-08-04 11:09

The week's Ahead of the Curve looks at the mounting problems surrounding the bar exam, as well as some positive news emerging from legal education at a challenging time.


ABA Adopts Best Practices For Third-Party Litigation Finance

Tue, 2020-08-04 10:35

In its first guidance on the booming tool since 2012, the group urged lawyers working with outside funders to be exacting and detail all arrangements in writing. But they stopped short of saying the arrangements should be disclosed to the court.


Fintech Startup Bison Trails Hires Former Goldman Sachs Lawyer as General Counsel

Tue, 2020-08-04 09:09

"I feel so passionate about the possibility of crypto and blockchain technology transforming the future and all the good it can do in leveling the economic playing field, especially in places in the world that are not as fortunate as we are here," said Elizabeth Ralston.