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Three Little-Noticed Wins for Corporations at the Supreme Court

Three Little-Noticed Wins for Corporations at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court wrapped up its 2016–17 term this week, with decisions on two high-profile cases on religion and gay rights, and the announcement that this fall it will hear arguments regarding President Donald Trump’s 90-day ban on immigration from six mostly Muslim countries, which it partially revived in the meantime. For corporations threatened by

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Microsoft’s Legal Department is Piloting AI Right Now

Article by Yin Wilczek, Bloomberg BNA; Video by RJ Jewell, Bloomberg BNA Microsoft Corp. is testing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in contract management—a move that ultimately may cut down the work for its in-house attorneys. In a pilot slated to end in June, the Redmond, Wash.-based software provider is using AI to analyze

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Google, CBS, Viacom Back Legal Shield for Gay Workers

Dozens of major U.S. companies are encouraging a federal court to declare discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal, even if that decision could increase the firms’ vulnerability to employee lawsuits. Microsoft Corp., Google, CBS, Viacom Inc., IAC, Lyft, and Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Inc. are among the 50 companies and organizations that signed papers supporting

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Uber Made an Unusual Legal Pledge to the Head of Its Driverless Car Project

By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg News Uber made an unusual commitment to the engineer it hired to lead its driverless car project: It would cover the costs of legal actions against him over information stored in his head from his previous job at Waymo. That promise — buried in the fine print of an otherwise straightforward

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Syngenta Loses $218 Million Verdict in First GMO Trial Test

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Tim Bross, Bloomberg News Syngenta AG was ordered to pay $217.7 million to a group of Kansas farmers who claimed the company carelessly marketed its genetically modified corn seed, causing contamination of U.S. crops and a rejection of export sales to China by officials there. A Kansas jury issued the

A sign hangs outside a Barclays Plc bank branch, opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, U.K., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Barclays Plc and four former executives were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud during the bank’s 2008 capital raising from Qatar as it sought to avoid a bailout amid one of the most turbulent periods in financial history. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Barclays Qatar Case Bright Light Amid Bleak Future for SFO

By Suzi Ring, Bloomberg News A U.K. Serious Fraud Office decision to charge Barclays Plc and four of its former executives this week could be a last hurrah for the embattled agency, targeted for closure by the Prime Minister. The SFO charged Barclays along with former Chief Executive Officer John Varley, former chairman of investment

Round Up: Newly Appointed GCs, Growing Litigation Teams and Other Moves

Below is a round up of the latest lateral partner moves and general counsel appointments from the past week. New Leadership at the NYC Bar Association The New York City Bar Association announced on June 15 the results of its annual elections. John S. Kiernan, of Debevoise & Plimpton, will return as President, and Elizabeth Donoghue

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DraftKings’ Planned Merger With FanDuel Faces Challenge by U.S.

By Sara Forden, Bloomberg News The proposed merger between fantasy sports rivals DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. is facing a challenge from the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of California and Washington, who say the combined company would control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for paid daily fantasy sports. “This

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Ex-UBS Compliance Officer in Court on $1.8 Million Insider Case

By Suzi Ring, Bloomberg News A former UBS Group AG compliance officer and a day trader charged by U.K. regulators with insider trading appeared in a London court for the first time to face allegations that they made 1.4 million pounds (1.8 million) illegally trading shares of Elizabeth Arden Inc. and four other companies. Fabiana Abdel-Malek,