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Spotify’s GC on Moving from Microsoft to the Music Streaming Service

Spotify’s GC on Moving from Microsoft to the Music Streaming Service

When Horacio Gutierrez left Microsoft Corporation last year to lead the law department at Spotify, he placed a bet on the music streaming company’s future. The 52-year-old lawyer had spent 18 years working up the ranks of the technology giant, earning himself a promotion to General Counsel and Corporate Vice President just six months before

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Pai, a Republican lawyer who was nominated yesterday by U.S. President Donald Trump to serve a second term at the agency, has been on the commission since 2012 and the agencys chairman since being designated by Trump in January. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

FCC Chief Sparks Clash With Call to Repeal Net Neutrality 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai discusses his plan to roll back net neutrality rules. He speaks on “Bloomberg Technology.” By Todd Shields, Bloomberg News The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed rolling back the Obama-era net-neutrality rule, prompting the regulation’s defenders to vow a “tsunami” of resistance. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he would

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Trump Orders Review of 1906 Monument Law to Help Oil, Mining 

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg News President Donald Trump ordered a review of as many as 40 large national monuments that have been declared over the past two decades, beginning a process that could lead to the repeal of protections for those lands and new opportunities for oil and mining companies. Trump gave Interior Secretary Ryan

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump Vows to Fight After Court Loss on Sanctuary Cities 

By Kartikay Mehrotra and Erik Larson, Bloomberg News The Trump administration vowed to keep fighting to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities and accused the federal judge who blocked its plans of ignoring immigration law. The ruling Tuesday bars President Donald Trump from withholding funds from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal agencies to

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes as he leaves the News Corp building, July 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Fox News Faces Added Claims of Employee Race Bias in New Suits

By Bob Van Voris and Erik Larson, Bloomberg News Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action race-bias lawsuit accusing the company of turning a blind eye for years to systemic abuse of workers with darker skin in an attempt to cover for the alleged behavior of Bill O’Reilly and others. The company’s

Snap Inc. signage is displayed on the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company's initial public offering (IPO) in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

U.S. IPOs Start Year Strong; Energy & Tech Show Promise

By Michael Greene, Bloomberg BNA Snap Inc. and other stock issuances from the first quarter may signal that the U.S. initial public offering market is rebounding. Thirty-seven companies priced IPOs and raised $14.12 billion in the first quarter of 2017, according to Bloomberg Law data. In the first quarter of 2016, only 14 companies priced

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Justice Antitrust Pick Pledges Anthem Recusal Ahead of Hearing

By Liz Crampton, Bloomberg BNA President Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division has promised to step aside from issues involving his past work as a lobbyist, which could help with expected questions from lawmakers in his Senate confirmation hearing set for April 26. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), ranking Democrat on the Judiciary

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MetLife Seeks to Delay Systemic Risk Tag Due to Trump Review

MetLife Inc. asked a federal appeals court to pause its legal fight with the Financial Stability Oversight Council over regulators’ decision to label the insurer a “systemically important financial institution.” MetLife’s April 24 filing came three days after President Donald Trump ordered the FSOC not to designate any new companies as SIFIs and to review

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Is There a Right to Appellate Counsel? Justices Take a Look

By Jessica DaSilva, Bloomberg BNA The Sixth Amendment guarantees a right to effective criminal representation at trial, but whether that guarantee extends to appellate counsel was the focus of circular questioning at April 24 U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments. Defendant Erick Daniel Davila argued that his appellate counsel was deficient for failing to argue what

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How Lawyers Can Bring Customer Service to Their Organizations (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Central Region Enterprise & Partner Group and is based in Chicago.  By Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation A lot has been written and discussed lately about some of the customer service challenges that various companies with high-profile brands have had