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Mark Smolik, DHL Supply general counsel

Pay for Associate Hours? More Companies Say 'No Thanks'

By Miriam Rozen |

DHL and other companies are experimenting more often with hiring their own freshly-minted law school graduates, rather than paying a premium for young lawyers at outside firms.

Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta.

Equifax Executives' Stock Sales Raise 'Fundamental Questions' Tied to Breach

By C. Ryan Barber |

Equifax Inc. has maintained that three executives were unaware of a massive data breach when they made stock trades on Aug. 1—worth more than $1 million—days after the company discovered the attack. Still, published reports about the stock sales raise "fundamental questions," two partners at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney said in an article published Friday at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

Uber CLO Salle Yoo

Where Will Uber CLO Salle Yoo Land Next?

By Stephanie Forshee and Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Salle Yoo is officially out at Uber. But where is she headed?

Janet Dhillon.

Corporate Friend or Balanced Perspective? EEOC Chair Nominee's Experience Is Debated

By Erin Mulvaney |

Business leaders are welcoming a would-be EEOC chair in longtime general counsel Janet Dhillon, whose background in corporate legal departments would provide a perspective "from the trenches" of the private sector. Labor and civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are spotlighting the nominee's role at a retail industry advocacy group that opposed the power of workers to challenge discriminatory practices. Dhillon's confirmation hearing is next week.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

The CFPB, Often a Winner in Court, Hit a Rough Patch This Summer

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned billions of dollars to consumers while confronting abuses carried out by large banks, mortgage lenders and law firms—successes that are reflected in the agency's court record and settlements. But the CFPB has also suffered a string of setbacks this summer. Proponents of the agency caution not to read too much into the losses—the CFPB, they say, is willing to litigate. Still, others see an agency that's still pushing the limits of its authority.

How Lost Case Led to Big Win for Yamaha In-House Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

Victoria Webster took a courtroom defeat and turned it into an award-winning article.

Janet Dhillon testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during her confirmation hearing to be Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on September 19, 2017.

EEOC Nominees Are Questioned About Workplace Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

By Erin Mulvaney |

The Trump administration's two nominees to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told U.S. senators Tuesday they were personally opposed to workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but they could not assure lawmakers that they would support the agency's view that adverse actions against gay or transgender workers violates federal civil rights laws.

Wanji Walcott, senior vice president and  general counsel, PayPal

PayPal GC Is a Top Advocate—for Her Business and Beyond

By David Ruiz |

Wanji Walcott, PayPal general counsel and senior vice president, brings passion for diversity, inclusion, pro bono work and tech transactions to the online payments company.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Peter Robb, Trump's Pick for NLRB General Counsel, Is Poised to Pivot Board

By Mike Scarcella and Erin Mulvaney |

The Trump administration is moving forward with the expected nomination of Peter Robb, a management-side labor law attorney in Vermont, to serve as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board as the agency nears a Republican majority for the first time in nearly a decade.

Facebook's Russia Problem Tests Government Affairs Team

By C. Ryan Barber |

Amid mounting scrutiny over Russian-funded web advertising during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc.'s internal government affairs team in Washington and the company's network of outside advocates will be tested like no time before. Here's a look at some of the key players, the money and connections.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco.

Uber May Name Expedia Alum to Lead Its Legal Department

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A report has surfaced that Burke Norton of will soon be headed to Uber as head of its legal department.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Boeing In-House Pay Gets Close-Up From Trump Pick for DOJ National Security Post

By C. Ryan Barber |

John Demers, the Boeing Company in-house lawyer picked to lead the U.S. Justice Department's national security division, reported earning a salary and bonus totaling nearly $1.8 million, and he anticipates receiving at least another $350,000 in incentive and performance awards, according to a financial disclosure released publicly on Tuesday.

Sally Yates

Sally Yates Finds Perch at Georgetown Law

By Karen Sloan |

The former acting U.S. attorney general has joined Georgetown University as a Distinguished Lecturer from Government, ending speculation about her next moves—at least temporarily.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California

As Trial Date Nears, Stakes in 'Waymo v. Uber' Hit at Least $2.6B

By Ross Todd |

The partial price tag is for just one of nine allegedly stolen trade secrets.

Conceptual Image depicting Regulatory ( Red Tape) Risk.

Business Execs Not Prepared for Regulation and Compliance Risks, Study Shows

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new Ropes & Gray report shows that regulation and compliance risks are still getting execs nervous.

Are the Chancery and Supreme Court Parting Ways on Del. Business Law in Wake of Personnel Change?

By Tom McParland |

As the Delaware judiciary emerges from a period of unprecedented turnover, the state Supreme Court is overturning Chancery Court decisions at a rate not seen in years, a significant departure for two courts known for their consistency when it comes to deciding matters of corporate and commercial law.

Equifax Atlanta HQ.

Former Equifax Counsel: It Won’t Be an ‘Easy Road Back’ After Breach

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Charles Hoff said Equifax can take a page out of its own playbook to try and regain public trust after the massive data breach.

Screen grab of Equifax’s website.

Lawyers Say More Regulation Is Likely to Follow Equifax Breach

By Josefa Velasquez |

Following the Equifax data breach, legal experts are considering what new regulations may result from the massive hack affecting 143 million Americans, and some others.

Obstruction of Justice

By Brandon Fox and Daniel Welsh |

When determining if a general counsel’s conduct amounts to obstruction of justice, the question is that of intent, and the answer may depend on the statute used by prosecutors and the federal circuit where the act occurred.

George Stamboulidis, left, and Patrick Campbell, partners with Baker & Hostetler.

4 Key Takeaways for GCs Concerned About Cross-Border Investigations, Enforcement

By Sue Reisinger |

A new report from Baker & Hostetler points out some key developments in this dynamic area.

Cheryl Davis,  managing director , FTI Consulting

Former NSC Cybersecurity Policy Director Explains the ‘Partnerships’ of Government Cybersecurity

By Ian Lopez |

On the heels of a move to FTI Consulting, Cheryl Davis chats on her career, cyber policies and her move to the private sector.

Whistle Aid was started by former State Department whistleblower John Tye

Federal Contractors Beware: There's a New Whistleblower Firm in Town

By Sue Reisinger |

Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit, nonpartisan law firm, will represent federal employees who want to reveal wrongdoing.

5 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Robo-Lawyer: Part 4

By Robert Kramer |

Whether good or bad, the law is used by some to obtain or retain advantages over others, like education, money and politics. Over short and medium time frames, access to AI—and access to better AI—will likely skew toward those who can afford to supplement quality human legal advice for their separate advantage.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

Federal Circuit: No More Loosey-Goosey Rules on Patent Venue

By Scott Graham |

The decision interpreting the Supreme Court's TC Heartland ruling will be cheered by tech companies and make it harder for patent suits to stick in the Eastern District of Texas.

Richard Walker.

Former Deutsche Bank GC Has Led Through Financial Meltdown, Technology Transformations

By Sue Reisinger |

Richard Walker, now at King & Spalding, has been around the block, with a resume that includes time with the SEC and and time in-house with Deutsche Bank.

HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise logos.

Age Discrimination Suit Over Layoffs at HP Sent to Arbitration

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge granted HP's request to compel arbitration on the basis of a release agreement signed by former employees.

The Waymo driverless car is displayed during a Google event, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo. The new identity announced Tuesday marks another step in an effort to revolutionize the way people get around. Instead of driving themselves, people will be chauffeured in robot-controlled vehicles if Waymo, automakers and ride-hailing service Uber realize their vision within the next few years.

Court: No Waymo to Uber's Assertion of Privilege on Pre-Litigation Investigation

By Eric M. Fishman and Ross M. Bagley |

You are defending a recently acquired company in a litigation. As part of pre-acquisition diligence, and prior to the litigation commencing, executives from your client and the company that acquired it shared analysis of facts relevant to the litigation. Now that the acquisition is complete, to what extent can these communications be protected by the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine or the common-interest exception to waiver?

Steve Gravely, Troutman Sanders partner

Nursing Home Tragedy a Grim Reminder of Looming Federal Deadline for Provider Preparedness

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A Nov. 15 deadline approaches for disaster preparedness under federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rules that apply to nursing homes like the one where eight residents died after Hurricane Irma in Florida.


Even After SEC Guidance, Compliance Blind Spot Remains for Cryptocurrency Trading

By Rhys Dipshan |

Given the nature of token and cryptocurrency trades, investment advisors may run afoul of SEC rules concerning employees’ personal trades.

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: A Checklist for In-House Counsel

By Terence Healy |

Every general counsel over the course of his or her career will face the need to conduct an internal investigation into events at the company. Many of these may be routine in nature, such as matters dealing with individual employees or human resources issues.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC's Cyber Breach Report Too Little, Too Late, Experts Say

By Sue Reisinger |

"What a doozy!" said one expert of the breach disclosed by the SEC this week.