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Acosta Labor Department May Go Light on Litigation

Acosta Labor Department May Go Light on Litigation

By Chris Opfer, Bloomberg BNA Labor secretary nominee R. Alexander Acosta has shown an interest in enforcing laws without costly courtroom battles. That may signal a kinder, gentler DOL for employers if he’s confirmed to the post. The employer community has been expecting the Labor Department to take a more collaborative approach to enforcement of

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Groupon is Creating Scorecards to Evaluate Outside Law Firms

The latest tool that corporate legal departments are using to curb outside counsel costs is something that TGI Friday’s and other restaurant chains have been using for years to maintain their level of service — evaluation cards. That’s our latest technology, said Matt Miller, vice president and deputy general counsel of Groupon, at a Big Law

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Tips on Resisting Trump Shared as Federal Lawyer Closes Career

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg News Before closing his 30-year career as a U.S. government lawyer last week, Eric Nagle delivered parting advice to his colleagues now working for Donald Trump: “You serve the president, but you don’t serve his every whim.” On the day he retired from the Interior Department, Nagle authored a widely

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Anthem Lobbyist Among Contenders for Top Antitrust Job in U.S.

By Zachary Tracer and Jef Feeley, Bloomberg News One of the Trump administration’s contenders for a top antitrust job is a lobbyist who’s worked for health insurer Anthem Inc. on its proposed megamerger with Cigna Corp., a deal that regulators sued to block under former President Barack Obama last year. Makan Delrahim became a registered

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Are Cyber Lawyers Poised to Play Bigger Role in M&A?

While speaking at a conference in Texas last month, Vinson & Elkins partner Devika Kornbacher asked two in-house lawyers who specialize in privacy law whether they sit at the table when their companies participate in M&A deals. They said no. Kornbacher thinks privacy lawyers are poised to take on a bigger role in M&A deals,

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Shkreli’s ‘Tornado of Chaos’ Has His Ex-Lawyer Running for Cover

By Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg News What’s almost as bad being dubbed the “Most Hated Man in America?” How about being the guy who has to go on trial with him? Martin Shkreli’s former lawyer, Evan Greebel, is doing all he can to distance himself from the brash former pharmaceutical executive, most recently begging a judge

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Two From Big Law On Trump’s Labor List

By Chris Opfer and Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA Three lawyers are on the Trump administration’s shortlist to fill a pair of vacancies at the National Labor Relations Board, sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg BNA today. Marvin Kaplan (Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission), William Emanuel (Littler Mendelson) and Doug Seaton (Seaton, Peters &

Attorney Evan Greebel exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Greebel is accused of conspiring with Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, who was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Photo by John Taggart/Bloomberg

Shkreli Blamed Lawyers, Now Lawyer Blames Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager accused of defrauding shareholders while CEO of Retrophin Inc, has spent months blaming his lawyers, and now one of them is hitting back. Evan Greebel, the former Kaye Scholer partner who was outside counsel to Retrophin and was indicted in December 2015 alongside Shkreli for allegedly participating in three

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Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Likely to Bring Lawsuit Flood 

By Erik Larson and Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg News President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. The Department of Homeland Security is pushing ahead

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Wake Up Call: Philadelphia Taps Dechert in Immigration Battle

• With the Trump administration set to plow ahead with controversial immigration policies, Philadelphia has hired a team of attorneys from Dechert to advise it on how to handle expected legal clashes over its status as a city offering sanctuary. The city is also reported to be talking with attorneys from Hogan Lovells. (Legal Intelligencer) • Legal behemoth Norton

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