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'Speaking the Same Language': Leaders From Big Law Make the Case for Metric Sharing

By Ian Lopez |

Companies and their outside counsel are both collecting useful information that they're not sharing with one another. Should both parties be more transparent to achieve their goals?

Jenny Kim, vice president, law and policy group and associate general counsel, corporate legal group, at Intel Corp

Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Top in-house lawyers at a Silicon Valley event focused on women and compensation in the legal industry shared this advice on how to get paid more.

An Employee Spoke Out on, and Now the EEOC Is Suing His Company

By Erin Mulvaney |

The EEOC on Wednesday sued IXL Learning Inc. over claims the company violated federal law and retaliated against a transgender employee who'd posted anti-discrimination comments on the job recruiting website The case could serve as the latest example showing how companies and courts are grappling with protections for employees as technology platforms evolve.

The New Short-Term Solution: Inside the Growing Legal Gig Economy

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Legal contract and temporary work has exploded as attorneys face layoffs and a desire for flexibility, but not all is rosy for startups in the space.

CFPB director Richard Cordray.

The CFPB Is Fighting for Its Life. Here's What to Know

By C. Ryan Barber |

From the day it was born out of the Dodd-Frank reforms, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has faced questions over the constitutionality of its independent, single-director structure. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will take a step toward providing an answer, as a full panel of 11 judges will hear arguments in the mortgage provider PHH Corp.'s appeal of a $109 million penalty. Here are seven things to know.

David Blass

Ex-SEC Associate GC Joins Simpson Thacher in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who spent nearly the past three years as general counsel for the Investment Company Institute, as an investment funds partner in Washington, D.C.

US Companies Are Biggest Spenders on Legal Services Globally

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Companies in the U.S. spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world, findings from U.K.-based market research company Acritas Research Ltd. show.

Hui Chen

Protected Speech? DOJ Compliance Expert Tweets Anti-Trump Messages

By Sue Reisinger |

The contracted compliance counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, Hui Chen, has been posting anti-Trump messages on her Twitter account. Labor and employment attorney says the law is continuing to evolve about this sort of activity.

Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment

By Stephanie Forshee |

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC are among the more than 40 banks and financial firms that announced Tuesday they would invest in R3's distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology.

EEOC Fights Ninth Circuit Ruling That 'Institutionalizes' Gender Pay Gap

By Erin Mulvaney |

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said a recent federal appeals court decision "institutionalizes" the gender pay gap by allowing employers to pay women less than men based on previous salaries.

Helgi Walker of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Under the Hood of Gibson Dunn's Regulatory Team on Major CFPB, SEC Cases

By C. Ryan Barber |

Two Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher lawyers will argue Wednesday against the CFPB and the SEC in rare, back-to-back full-court argument sessions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. We recently caught up with Gibson Dunn partner Helgi Walker, co-chair of the firm's administrative law and regulatory practice group, about the preparation for the two cases and the firm's approach to the new regulatory climate under President Trump.


Chief Compliance Officer Fined, Barred From Work as Banamex Reaches NPA

By Sue Reisinger |

Once again, the federal government has held a chief compliance officer personally liable for failing to stop a company's misconduct. The CCO worked at Banamex USA in Los Angeles, a banking subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. that just signed a nonprosecution agreement on Monday, but agreed to pay a $97.4 million penalty for money laundering and other criminal violations.

President Donald Trump

Trump's DOJ Can't Quickly End Suit Over Rule-Rollback Order

By Marcia Coyle |

A lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's order that agencies eliminate two existing regulations for each new one will go forward despite the U.S. Justice Department's effort to end it quickly on procedural grounds.

Doron Goldstein, Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Facebook Fine Could Slow Future EU Launches

By David Ruiz |

Katten Muchin Rosenman's Doron Goldstein discusses how Facebook's recent $122 million fine by EU regulators could affect future expansion efforts in the region.

Bikram Choudhury, front, founder of the Yoga College of India and creator and producer of Yoga Expo 2003, leads a yoga class at the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on Sept. 27, 2003.

Bikram Yoga Founder Faces Arrest Warrant Over Former Legal Adviser’s Fight to Recover Damages

By Stephanie Forshee |

As of Wednesday, there is a warrant out for the arrest of Bikram Yoga founder Bikram Choudhury who has failed to pay the more than $7 million in damages owed to the global yoga business’ former legal adviser.

U.S. Labor Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.

'Yes, at Google,' a Fiduciary Rule Compliance Checklist, and CFPB Faces New Challenge in 9th Circuit

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a new challenge in the Ninth Circuit over the Obama-era agency's structure. Uber's paying tens of millions to drivers in New York who were shortchanged on the amount they received for rides. Lobbyists prepare to ramp up a new fight against against the Obama administration's retirement-savings rules that put a new focus on client interest ahead of profit. And Google employees are sharing workplace complaints on an anonymous bulletin board. This is a roundup of regulatory and compliance news from ALM and other publications.

Law Firms, Staff Wait for Answers on Employee Overtime Rules

By Miriam Rozen |

By this time next month, law firm staff and other U.S. workers may know whether the Trump administration wants them paid overtime pay for overtime hours, even if they haven't qualified previously.

Ranking Firms on Motion Success, Ravel Law Launches Firm Analytics Tool

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The legal metrics platform provides law firms and legal departments a way to assess performance and compare law firms.

John Rabiej.

MDL Critic Pushes Plan to Break Up Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

It's time to give judges clear rules for managing MDLs, says John Rabiej, director of Duke Law School's Center for Judicial Studies. For starters, he'd spread the biggest cases across more judges.

Danforth Newcomb and Cynthia Kassis of Shearman & Sterling

How Companies Can Keep Calm and Carry On While Under Investigation

By Sue Reisinger |

Shearman & Sterling has published a 34-page white paper describing steps a company needs to take to continue operating during high-profile corruption cases.

U.S. Justice Department in Washington

DOJ Will Assist UK Agencies Pursuing Corruption, Fraud

By Sue Reisinger |

In a first for the U.S. Department of Justice, the agency is sending an anti-corruption prosecutor to work in a U.K. agency on white-collar crimes. Acting principal deputy assistant attorney general Trevor McFadden, in remarks prepared for a May 24 speech in Brazil, said it was part of the DOJ's growing cooperation with foreign prosecutors.

Target to Pay $18.5M to States Over Data Breach

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

California will receive more than $1.4 million from the settlement, the largest share of any state.

In-House IP Attorneys Not Surprised by Reported Growth in Brand Protection Spend

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Law departments often focus on cutting spend, but in-house IP attorneys aren't shocked that more funds may be going toward trademark policing.

The Top-Five Critical Security Controls to Consider for Corporate Counsel Evaluations

By Joe Kelly, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Corporations consider many different factors when deciding whether to hire a law firm. Security wasn't usually a major factor, and law firms used to fly under the radar when it came to questions about keeping client data secure. That has all changed.

An Interview with Stanford's Amanda Packel on Educating Corporate Boards

By Ryan McConnell |

Amanda Packel is the managing director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, where she coordinates and executes the center's programs and projects and serves as co-director of Stanford Directors' College, an executive education program for board members and senior executives of publicly traded firms.

Mary Jo White

Former SEC Officials Say Don't Bank on Big Regulatory Disruption

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Be happy about the prospect of regulatory upheaval in Washington, D.C. Don't worry. That was the sentiment shared by former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White and JPMorgan Chase & Co. vice chairman Stephen Cutler at a legal summit.

Orange Is the New Hack: Protecting Against Vendor Cyber Breaches

By Scott Lyon |

Crime doesn’t pay, and apparently neither does Netflix, as evidenced by their refusal to pay the bitcoin extortion demand of a hacker or hacking group calling themselves “thedarkoverlord.”

Mark Perry of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Future of SEC In-House Trials at Stake in DC Circuit. Here's What Happened

By Cogan Schneier |

An en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit must decide whether the way SEC administrative law judges are hired is unconstitutional.

Death, Taxes and the Oracle Audit: How to Prepare

By Arthur S. Beeman, Joel T. Muchmore, Nathan Biggs and Bob Lindquist |

It is undisputed that Oracle is the industry leader in the licensing of high-quality business enterprise software and that Oracle's market penetration is unparalleled. And, pursuant to the standard terms of Oracle's controlling master agreements (the contemporary version is titled the "Oracle Master Agreement"), Oracle has the right to audit each of its customer's use of licensed software in order to ensure compliance with the terms of the licensing agreement.

The FTC sent letters to companies and celebrities reminding them of their obligation to disclose the business relationships behind product promotions on social media.

How In-House Lawyers Responded to the FTC's 'Influencer' Letters

By C. Ryan Barber |

The National Law Journal obtained several responses from companies that received letters from the FTC this year urging greater disclosures of any paid relationships that involve so-called social media "influencers." The agency and consumer advocacy groups have raised concern that influencer advertising can give the impression of an organic endorsement when, in fact, there is a business relationship behind the product promotion.

K. Randolph Peak, senior counsel with Perkins Coie.

A Security Check a Day Keeps the Lawsuit Away: The Differences with Healthcare Data

By Zach Warren |

Former healthcare GC Randy Peak, now at Perkins Coie, talks cybersecurity concerns in healthcare, data sharing among physicians, and what to ask vendors about data rights.

The Legal Landscape on Employer Dress Code and Appearance Policies: A U.S. and European Prospective

By Greg Grisham, partner at US law firm FordHarrison |

Personal dress and appearance is a common way individuals express their personality, including their political and religious views. Unfortunately, the personal choices individuals make in attire, hairstyle and other personal appearance factors may collide with workplace rules, creating conflicts.

Answers to Critical Questions About Enforcement of the EU's New GDPR Privacy Law

By Matthew Oliver and Steven Llanes |

The GDPR introduces a host of new obligations and restrictions for companies and the information they collect and maintain, as well as increased liability if data is not maintained and transmitted in accordance with the new regulations.

Leading General Counsel Mull Over Mediation

By Mitchell Auslander |

During a recent Business Roundtable hosted by The CPR Institute, General Counsel from Visa, Assurant, Estée Lauder and Fluor discussed some of the challenges they face—and opportunities they’ve found—in utilizing mediation to prevent and resolve their business disputes.

May is for M&A, but Where Does It Leave E-Discovery Staffing?

By Zach Warren |

E-discovery veteran Pete Smith gives his vantage point on e-discovery’s major changes and his new role at TRU Staffing Partners.

Editor's Top Picks From Executive Insights

By Heather D. Nevitt |

Check out these three informative articles on the FCPA, risk management for the retail industry and how M&A differs in the U.K. from's Executive Insights, an online resource sharing content from legal industry leaders.

Podcast: Google’s Courtroom Collision with Uber

By Ben Hancock |

The lawsuit by Waymo, Google’s autonomous car division, against Silicon Valley rival Uber is not your normal trade secrets case. The litigation has moved at a breakneck clip since being launched at the end of February. Waymo has alleged an elaborate plot by Uber to steal highly valuable technology and cover its tracks. A top engineer at Uber has invoked the Fifth Amendment. And the judge has flagged the case to federal prosecutors for a possible criminal investigation.