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Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

What to Expect From Neil Gorsuch on IP, Patents and Trade Secrets

By Scott Graham |

Though Gorsuch's views on patents are mostly unknown, the Tenth Circuit judge has had plenty to say in other areas of intellectual property. And attorneys see signs that he might scale back some procedures created by the America Invents Act.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

The Cloud Conundrum: Explaining Divergent Google, Microsoft Search Warrant Rulings

By Ricci Dipshan |

Though coming to contrary conclusions, both court rulings offer guidance of how counsel can safeguard cloud data and how cloud technology is straining conventional legal thinking.

Some In-House Departments Start Encrypting Emails

By David Ruiz |

Amid news of a growing number of law firm data breaches, more in-house legal departments are starting to encrypt their emails with outside counsel on sensitive matters, including litigation and high-stakes mergers.

Jim Wagstaffe.

James Wagstaffe Defeated Bio-Rad With Storytelling

By David Ruiz |

Trial lawyer James Wagstaffe describes his winning strategy in the wrongful termination suit by whistleblower Sanford Wadler, former general counsel of Bio-Rad Inc. Wadler was awarded more than $15 million.

Google Lawyer Says New Laws Needed to Govern Cloud Data

By Ben Hancock |

Companies responding to records requests from law enforcement often face conflicting mandates, said Google's chief counsel for law enforcement and security.

Drone Group Airs Concern About Trump's 2-for-1 Regulatory Rollback

By C. Ryan Barber |

For many businesses, President Donald Trump's order to cut two existing rules for every new rule was a welcome harbinger for an era of fewer regulations. But the fledgling commercial drone industry—still sorting out the rules federal regulators rolled out in August—isn't so sure Trump’s 2-for-1 plan is a good deal.

Richard Lara of Spanish Broadcasting System Inc.

'Stars Aligned' for New General Counsel at Spanish Broadcasting

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A trial victory led to a meeting with the chairman of Miami-based Spanish broadcasting system and Richard Lara's appointment as the company's general counsel.

Feds Propose Rule to Stabilize Marketplaces During ACA Repeal

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Federal health officials released a proposed rule on Wednesday that would significantly shorten the amount of time individuals would have to enroll in health insurance plans in 2018. It is an attempt to incentivize insurers to stay in the marketplace while the Trump administration dismantles the Affordable Care Act.

A World of Evolving Competencies for General Counsel

By E. Leigh Dance |

Think about the competencies you need to develop to achieve your own professional objectives, and the competencies that your team needs to be able to perform at their best.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, Northern District of California

Judge Blocks Privacy Suit Over Warriors App

By Ross Todd |

The ruling from an Oakland federal judge is the first to deal with privacy issues related to beacon technology used in apps.

Artificial Intelligence.

The Actual Cost of In-House Artificial Intelligence Adoption

By Rhys Dipshan |

The time, capital and personnel required to get basic AI technologies running in-house underscores why such implementation is limited to legal teams.

Alex Acosta.

Law Dean Alexander Acosta Picked for Labor Secretary

By Melanie Waddell |

President Donald Trump wasted little time in naming R. Alexander Acosta on Thursday as his new labor secretary nominee to replace Andrew Puzder, who withdrew his nomination amid opposition in the U.S. Senate. Acosta would become Trump's first Hispanic cabinet nominee.

Chris Laia.

Equity Crowdfunding GC Talks Regulations, Job Challenges

By Stephanie Forshee |

Chris Laia, general counsel and chief compliance officer of RedCrow, a health equity crowdfunding startup, is tackling a fast-changing regulatory environment.

Andrew Puzder.

Puzder Withdraws From Labor Secretary Nomination

By Melanie Waddell, ThinkAdvisor |

Mounting opposition and Puzder being 'very tired of the abuse' led to him bowing out.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

The Low-Down on E-Discovery in Germany: Where the Growth's at and the Cases in Question

By Zach Warren |

Consilio's Michael Becker chats e-discovery's German growth, key differences in European discovery and more.

The Low-Down on E-Discovery in Germany: Where the Growth's at and the Cases in Question

By Zach Warren |

Consilio's Michael Becker chats e-discovery's German growth, key differences in European discovery and more.

Survey Says In-House Counsel Double Down on Quality in Patent Programs

By Stephanie Forshee |

More in-house counsel are focusing on the quality of their patent programs, a new survey from IP management and analytics software company Lecorpio says.

Pay Transparency Is Here to Stay

By Connie N. Bertram and Amy L. Blackwood |

Is pay transparency the next big litigation risk for employers? Maybe. But employers can take steps to minimize risk and create a compensation culture that is race- and gender-neutral.

Vapor IO and SoundCloud Hire New GCs

By David Ruiz |

Cloud computing company Vapor IO based in Austin, Texas hired Catherine Bedell as general counsel this week. Audio hosting platform SoundCloud hired Amazon veteran Merritt Farren as GC.

GE Taps Former Interim Senator to Lead Litigation and Legal Policy

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

William "Mo" Cowan, who once served as an interim member of the U.S. Senate, is joining General Electric as vice president of litigation and legal policy.

Regulate That Hairbrush? Cyberlaw Experts Say Maybe

By Sue Reisinger |

In 2003 there were an estimated 500 million internet-connected devices. By 2020 it is predicted there will be 50 billion. Travis LeBlanc, recently resigned chief of enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, says the profusion poses privacy and security risks for individuals, companies and countries.

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

TCL is asking Judge James Selna to set a FRAND rate and award damages for Ericsson's alleged breach of FRAND commitments.

Joshua Rosenkranz

5 Takeaways From Oracle's Appeal of Google's Jury Win

By Scott Graham |

Oracle has renewed its copyright clash with Google in a return trip to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The software giant submitted its opening brief Friday from its unsuccessful trial bid to recover $8 billion for Google’s copying of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) into its Android operating system.

R. Alexander Acosta.

Five Things You Should Know About Alexander Acosta

By Karen Sloan |

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated the Florida International University College of Law dean to become labor secretary.

Six Steps to Protecting Your Reputation Online

By Cliff Zatz, Joe Meadows and Laura Aradi |

Should you litigate an online defamation? The answer depends on the circumstances and your overall goals.

Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Reaches $9.1M Settlement With Telecom Companies

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it has reached a $9.1 million settlement with two telecommunications companies that provide relay services for people with hearing and speech disabilities.

Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Reaches $9.1M Settlement With Telecom Companies

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it has reached a $9.1 million settlement with two telecommunications companies that provide relay services for people with hearing and speech disabilities.

Ethics Rule Has Lit Funders Treading Carefully in Class Actions

By Ben Hancock |

Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.