Author Archives: Rick Mitchell

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Wake Up Call: Linklaters to Spin Off Chinese Law Firm

Wake Up Call: Linklaters to Spin Off Chinese Law Firm

• Linklaters said it has Chinese regulatory approval to launch an independent “best friends” firm able to practice under Chinese law. Linklaters said its joint firm staffed by three Chinese partners and 16 lawyers spun off from the U.K. firm will be legal to advise on Chinese law from their office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. (Legal Week). •

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Wake Up Call: Foley & Lardner Said to Mull New York Tie-Up

• Foley & Lardner is said to be talking to New York-based Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman about a tie-up that could nearly double the Milwaukee firm’s Manhattan presence. Last year Foley cut off merger talks with British firm Eversheds, which later ended up merging with Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennanz. (Am Law Daily) • Kirkland & Ellis is set to


Wake Up Call: Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GSK Case

• A Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of former Reed Smith corporate partner Stewart Dolin, finding GlaxoSmithKline plc responsible for Dolin’s 2010 suicide. Stewart’s widow argued that the pharmaceutical giant failed to warn her husband’s doctor of risks linked to paroxetine, the anti-depressant Stewart was taking when he stepped in front of a Chicago subway train. (Chicago Tribune)

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Wake Up Call: O’Reilly Ouster Said to Be Influenced by Paul Weiss Report

• In deciding to give Fox News’ top-earning host the boot, Rupert Murdoch, chairman and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox Inc., and his sons, were said to be swayed by findings from Paul Weiss’ internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations targeting Bill O’Reilly. (Bloomberg) Accusations flew Wednesday between lawyers for O’Reilly and those representing women who made the

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Wake Up Call: Paul Weiss Investigates New Claims Against O’Reilly

• Prospects are dimming for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s return to the network after new sexual harassment allegations came out against him this week, though Fox has yet to make a final decision on his future. At the center of the drama is Paul, Weiss, which is investigating the allegations, and Marc Kasowitz, who is representing O’Reilly. (Bloomberg)

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Wake Up Call: Dentons Partners Reportedly ‘Forced Out’

• Global giant Dentons has pushed out as many as 20 or more U.S.-based partners since January, after the firm missed its 2016 budget targets, but the 7,600-lawyer firm says it is still adding attorneys. (Am Law Daily) • Only a week after being sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch took the bench next to

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Wake Up Call: Soros Hit by $10 Billion Defamation Suit

• Companies controlled by Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz sued billionaire George Soros, claiming he cost them at least $10 billion through a defamation campaign that stripped them of rights to an iron ore deposit in Guinea and other business opportunities around the world. (Bloomberg) • UC Berkeley’s former law school dean Sujit Choudhry gets to keep

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Wake Up Call: February Bar Exam Scores Drop to New Low

• The average score on the multistate bar exam hit a record low in February, suggesting another fall in overall bar passage rates, the American Bar Association reported. (ABA Journal) • The death of New York appeals judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was likely a suicide, police said. (New York Daily News) Abdus-Salaam made a significant impact on

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Wake Up Call: Police Investigate Death of New York Judge

• New York City police are investigating the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s highest state court. She was found dead Wednesday in the Hudson River. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., a Columbia Law School friend of Abdus-Salaam’s, attended her swearing in ceremony in 2013. (Bloomberg, New York

An employee works at the Yahoo! Inc. Customer Care Center of Excellence in Amherst, New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Yahoo Inc., a $40 billion Web portal, is expected to release third quarter earnings on Oct. 21. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Yahoo Sued for Helping Chinese Find Dissidents

• Yahoo! Inc. failed to keep financial and humanitarian commitments made a decade ago after it admitted to helping the Chinese government find dissidents who were later jailed, according to a lawsuit against the web company. (Bloomberg) • Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis’s 2016 gross revenue rose 15 percent from a year ago, to $2.65 billion, so