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Labor of Law: Ex-SCOTUS Clerks Sue Jones Day | Federal Employees Challenge Speech Restrictions | Coca-Cola Resolves OFCCP Claims | Notable Moves & More

Thu, 2019-08-15 00:00

Welcome to Labor of Law -- your weekly snapshot of L&E news and trends. New York's "drastically" changed the landscape for harassment and discrimination litigation, and scroll down for Who Got the Work and major headlines—including new developments in labor-and-employment suits against major US law firms. Thanks for reading!


Prospective Greg Craig Jurors Are Pressed About Any Mueller Bias

Wed, 2019-08-14 19:57

There were lawyers, consultants, at least one teacher, an anthropologist and a political consultant, all facing the possibility of serving on the jury that will weigh the government's evidence against the former Skadden partner and ex-Obama White House counsel.


California Defends New Law Requiring Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns

Wed, 2019-08-14 19:26

Separately, US District Judge Morrison England Jr. has set a Sept. 19 hearing in Sacramento to hear three related suits challenging the law.


In-House Lawyer Charged with Murder Hires Prominent Criminal Defense Attorney

Wed, 2019-08-14 18:31

Bryan Schmitt, an in-house attorney at tech company Manhattan Associates, remains in a Georgia county jail on murder, felony murder and aggravated assault charges.


Inside Track: Best Due Diligence Practices. Plus, A New FCPA Ruling.

Wed, 2019-08-14 18:10

A general counsel describes how his company checked for cybersecurity risks during a recent acquisition. Also, a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ruling may affect future actions against corporations.


Former Alito Clerk Steven Menashi Gets Trump Nod for 2nd Circuit

Wed, 2019-08-14 18:07

The Senate will weigh the ex-Alito clerk and former Kirkland & Ellis partner for the circuit judgeship. Another new nominee, Sarah Pitlyk, was a former clerk to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit.


Hundreds of Child Victim Suits Filed in NY; Lawyers Say It's Just Beginning

Wed, 2019-08-14 18:03

More than 400 cases were filed under New York's new child-victims law, and plaintiffs lawyers say they have hundreds in the pipeline.


Rivals Scoop Up LeClairRyan Lawyers as Clock Ticks on Dissolution, Insurance Coverage

Wed, 2019-08-14 17:17

As lawyers depart for Clark Hill, Lewis Brisbois and elsewhere, LeClairRyan has said it doesn't have to provide Cobra benefits for health insurance coverage. “A lot of people are not very happy about it," said one lawyer leaving the firm.


Amgen Has 10 Billion Reasons to Cheer Patent Validity Ruling

Wed, 2019-08-14 16:51

Sidley Austin and Walsh Pizzi help drug maker defeat Sandoz's validity challenges to blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug.


Experienced Finance Attorney to Lead Legal Department at Transamerica

Wed, 2019-08-14 16:45

Karyn Polak served as the deputy general counsel of PNC Bank in Philadelphia and also served as chief counsel of the bank's asset management group.


How Drama Is Helping Dechert Shrink Its Gender Gap

Wed, 2019-08-14 16:30

Firm leaders credited two outside interventions, including from a theater-based organization called Steps, for a shift that has included an influx of new women partners.


Allegations Against Burford Could Muddy the Waters for Litigation Funding, Law Experts Argue

Wed, 2019-08-14 15:50

Some legal experts argue the litigation funding industry is poised for change after the Burford-Muddy Waters showdown.


After Extended Delay, Judge Approves $32.5M Settlement in Uber 'Safe Rides' Class Action

Wed, 2019-08-14 15:04

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, however, denied plaintiffs attorneys' requests for 25% of the settlement, or $8.125 million, finding that the settlement should be treated as a coupon settlement under Class Action Fairness Act.


Antitrust Claims Reinstated Over NFL's Sunday Ticket Package

Wed, 2019-08-14 14:43

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a class action alleging the NFL and DirecTV conspired to monopolize the market for live television broadcasts of professional football games through their Sunday Ticket subscription package.


Critical Mass: Could Monsanto Really Pay $8B to Settle Roundup Cases? Lawyers Target Walmart Over El Paso Shooting. Which Firm Represents JUUL As Lawsuits Spread?

Wed, 2019-08-14 14:18

That's the dollar figure floating around for a potential settlement of lawsuits brought over Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, but the plaintiffs' bar quickly denied the rumor.


Ex-SCOTUS Clerks Sue Jones Day, Alleging Anti-Male Bias

Wed, 2019-08-14 14:07

Two married former associates who clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer say the firm discriminates against fathers by providing them eight fewer weeks of parental leave than mothers.


Skilled in the Art: Sidley Gives Amgen a $10 Billion Boost + PTAB Still Leery of Ride Hailing Patent

Wed, 2019-08-14 14:01

No damages are in play in Immunex v. Sandoz, but Amgen's market cap popped $10 billion Monday on news that it successfully defended two patents on its rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel.


Soaring Debt Loads and Plunging Bar Pass Rates: Legal Education by the Numbers

Wed, 2019-08-14 14:01

The average debt load of law graduates has hit $145,500 according to figures compiled by the American Bar Association. Meanwhile, bar pass rates have sunk and far fewer people are applying to law school.


Civil Litigation Is Complicated by Jeffrey Epstein's Death, Mysterious Estate

Wed, 2019-08-14 13:42

Epstein's death brought a sudden and unexpected close to the criminal case against him, and came as a blow to his accusers, who had hoped to confront their alleged abuser in court.


ABA President: 'When One Lawyer Talks It Can Make a Difference'

Wed, 2019-08-14 13:16

Newly sworn-in ABA president Judy Perry Martinez sat down with to talk about the organization's priorities for the next year, including its policy proposal to make the judicial process for immigrants mirror Article I courts.