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October 13 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 13, 2017

Shon Hopwood's Amazing Legal Journey to be Featured on '60 Minutes'

Shon Hopwood, who broke the law in Nebraska, learned the law in Washington state, and now teaches law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., will be featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday October 15.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Cooley, Boies Schiller, Kaplan Sue White Supremacists Over Charlottesville

Lawyers including Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn sued white supremacy groups for conspiracy in connection with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Veteran DC Whistleblower Lawyer Says She Reps 'Good Guy' in Weinstein Scandal

As Harvey Weinstein became engulfed in scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, Washington-based whistleblower lawyer Debra Katz found herself representing a longtime executive who reportedly had confronted the influential Hollywood producer about his alleged misconduct.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Trump's Regulatory Repeals Endanger Another Case in the Supreme Court

A U.S. Supreme Court case that raises a technical, but critical issue about a Clean Water Act rule may disappear from the docket as the justices grapple with the fallout from the Trump administration’s effort to repeal Obama-era regulations.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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Santa Clara Superior Court Implements Electronic Search Warrants

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Santa Clara County Bar Association Elects 2018 Officers and Trustees

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

 
 
 

 

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October 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

76 Companies Urge Supreme Court to Support LGBT Workplace Protections

Major U.S. companies and organizations, including tech giants, financial institutions and sports teams, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to create uniform federal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

David Boies to Stay the Course for Longtime Client Weinstein

The Boies Schiller Flexner chairman has adopted a conciliatory tone about Weinstein's negotiations with the film studio that bears his name.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

SCOTUS Finally Faces Issue of Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to reckon with a question that global businesses and human rights groups want answered.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Donald Verrilli Returns to SCOTUS in New Gay Rights Challenge

Former Obama administration U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is returning to the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time since leaving government last year, advocating on behalf of the challengers to a Mississippi law that allows religious objectors to refuse services to gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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October 10 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple's Bruce Sewell: 'I'm Done With Being a GC'

Sewell, whose departure from Apple was announced last week, reflected on the company's evolving legal department, iPhone privacy controversies and "The Cellphone Wars."
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 

Can Arbitration Solve Tech Sector's Litigation Cost Concerns?

A recent report identifies budgeting and time as major concerns for tech companies during litigation. Arbitration is an answer, says the report, but pros and cons exist for both dispute resolution mechanisms.
Read the full story at The Recorder


Morning Coats and First Arguments: Female SCOTUS Lawyers on Breaking Barriers

Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Supreme Court and appellate practice, Judge Patricia Millett of the D.C. Circuit and Sarah Harrington of Goldstein & Russell reflect on the evolution of the Solicitor General's Office, and women arguing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over New Contraception Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its decision to drop a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers offer employees free contraception.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

How Companies Are Reacting to Overtime Rule Uncertainty

Companies have open questions about the fate of the Obama-era overtime regulations, despite a Texas federal court ruling nixing rules that would have doubled the salary threshold for workers eligible for time and half pay and extended greater pay to millions of more workers.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Hillary Smith, Square

Smith, general counsel and corporate secretary of the mobile payment company, led legal and regulatory efforts in Square's offering of convertible notes resulting in almost $390 million in net proceeds to the company.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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October 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 6, 2017

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Nikki Stitt Sokol, Facebook

Sokol has helped lead the company's successful fights against class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and New Jersey's Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Orrick Taps Consulting Firm for New Diversity, Inclusion Head

The firm has brought on attorney and career coach Joi Bourgeois to serve in a newly created role.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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October 5 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Charges Against San Diego Cannabis Attorney Alarm Industry Lawyers

The prosecution of San Diego attorney Jessica McElfresh has raised alarms among lawyers who serve the cannabis industry both for the charges she is facing and the wide scope of documents that prosecutors have sought to look at.
Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 

Jeff Sessions Memo, Reversing Transgender Protections, Further Inflames Divisions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the U.S. Justice Department's stance that transgender employees should be protected in the workplace, a move that clashes with federal appeals court decisions and another government agency's interpretation of civil rights laws.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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October 4 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Email Prankster Targets Another Jared Kushner Lawyer

A D.C. noodle house co-owner and a UK emailer were behind efforts to dupe Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Lawyers Suing Over Flint Crisis Want Compensation Fund

Lawyers suing over Flint’s contaminated drinking water want a fund established to compensate more than 100,000 victims of a public health crisis that they insist government officials and two engineering firms created and then covered up.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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October 3 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wells Fargo CEO, Facing Senate, Resists Call to End Forced Arbitration

Wells Fargo & Co. chief executive Tim Sloan defended the bank's use of mandatory arbitration as he appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, drawing stiff criticism from Senate Democrats who are resisting a Republican effort to repeal a new regulation that bars the financial industry from forcing consumers to waive their right to file class actions. A Sidley Austin team helped prepare Sloan for the congressional hearing.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justices Show Their Colors in SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case

In a case that could end extreme gerrymandering, Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the swing vote, a role he often plays. Other justices also assumed their customary roles during the closely watched argument.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Will the Supreme Court Sacrifice Workers' Rights to Arbitration?

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard what may be the most important workers' rights cases in over 80 years. The employers' arguments dismiss the National Labor Relations Board, gut the labor laws, and falsely make eliminating class actions the "core" of the Federal Arbitration Act. Their implications, moreover, are staggering.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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Just Resolve CEO Rob Christopher Speaks on Indemnity Law at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Legal Education Seminar

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 2, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif.Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Just ResolveFounder and CEO Rob Christopher joins respected panelists from the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) Insurance Law Committee to speak at a minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) seminar about indemnity agreements. Rob also serves as General Counsel for Christopher Ranch LLC, and has nearly 40 years of experience as a litigation and trial attorney. The event takes place on October 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT and will address fundamental issues regarding preparation and interpretation of contractual indemnity provisions.
Read the full story at Business Insider 

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