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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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The Litigation Storm Around President Trump

By Paul Barrett and Dune Lawrence, Bloomberg News Liberal activists are thrilled to be suing President Donald Trump. “The reason you’re seeing a proliferation of lawsuits against President Trump is that he brought his lifelong contempt for the rule of law with him to the Oval Office,” says Norman Eisen, the chief White House ethics

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Shkreli Meets Potential Juror for Trial Who Sees ‘A Snake’

By Patricia Hurtado and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, Bloomberg News Martin Shkreli is infamous. That’s making it tough to find a jury of 12 for his criminal fraud trial — even in Brooklyn. The first potential juror interviewed Monday, a young woman in her 30s, called Shkreli “an evil man.” Another woman said she knew he’d been

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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

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose during their formal group photograph in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Seated left to right; Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing left to right; Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The Senates confirmation of Gorsuch in April restored the generally conservative majority that existed before Justice Antonin Scalias death last year. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Top Court Largely Revives Trump Travel Ban, Will Hear Appeal

 The U.S. Supreme Court cleared much of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect this week and agreed to hear arguments in the fall, giving the president at least partial vindication for his claims of sweeping power over the nation’s borders. Trump called the decision a “clear victory for our national security.” The ban

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Uber Said to Hire Law Firm O’Melveny & Myers on India Rape Case

By Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg News Uber Technologies Inc. has hired the law firm O’Melveny & Myers to conduct internal fact-finding and handle any litigation in the San Francisco-based company’s defense in a civil suit brought by a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India, a person familiar said. Eric Alexander, Uber’s former

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Wake Up Call: Chevron Seeks $32 Million in Legal Fees From NY Lawyer

• After Chevron Corp. notched a big win at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, the energy giant’s Gibson Dunn attorney Randy Mastro is asking a federal court to force the lead lawyer for Ecuadorian villagers to fork over $32 million to cover the company’s attorneys’ fees. The Supreme Court declined to take up a case that began with an effort to hold the

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, gestures during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA  / Getty Images

Chevron Shielded From $9 Billion Verdict as Court Rejects Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a ruling that protects Chevron Corp. from having to pay $8.6 billion in a decades-long battle over oil pollution in Ecuador, rebuffing an American lawyer who was found to have committed fraud in the South American country’s court. The attorney, Steven Donziger, said a federal appeals court had exceeded

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