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)

• Anton R. “Tony” Valukas, who oversaw the investigation into General Motors’ handling of a defective ignition switch in 2014, has stepped down as chairman of Jenner & Block, the law firm said. No replacement is expected for Valukas, who as former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois is also known for his 2009 lead role in producing the 2,200-page Valukas report, which examined the demise of Lehman Brothers during the financial crisis. (BLB)

• A “couple dozen” departures from an 7,600-lawyer firm should be viewed in the big picture, Denton’s global chairman, Joseph Andrew, said after reports yesterday that the firm had pushed out 20-plus partners. In an interview with BLB, Andrew said Dentons doesn’t just want to be the world’s biggest law firm, it wants to lead. “We are going to continue to tailor our offerings,” and sometimes that means letting people go, he said. (BLB)

• The woman who accused UC-Berkeley’s former law school dean of sexual harassment is reportedly getting $1.7 million in a settlement with the school. (The Recorder)

• Prepard card company Netspend has emerged as a major opponent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in particular the bureau’s pending rules for the prepaid card industry, which the Georgia-based company says will cost it as much as $85 million if they take effect. (National Law Journal) A group that advocates for keeping Wall Street firms accountable and supports the CFPB regulation is suing for information on Republican efforts to reverse the rule. (New York Times)

 

 

Law Firm Business

• Baker McKenzie has been hit with a rare loss in London, as Weil Gotshal & Manges has snagged infrastructure financing partner Paul Hibbert. (The Lawyer)

• Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has lost the chairman of its International Trade Commission group and co-chairman of its technology industry practice to Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. Intellectual property partner Alexander Hadjis, who had been at Cadwalder’s Washington, D.C., office will work out of Oblon’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. (Am Law Daily)

• Davis Polk & Wardwell has hired former New York federal prosecutor Patrick Sinclair away from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner in Hong Kong in that firm’s government enforcement practice. Sinclair represents companies on matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission and advises clients on compliance and investigative protocols for their Asian units. (Global Lawyer News via Law.com)

• South Texas energy law practices are breathing a little easier, for now, amid signs that Mexican demand for U.S. natural gas remains strong and that the Trump administration is dialing back on its rhetoric against the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Mexico. (Texas Lawyer)

• Opinion: Malpractice reform should begin with improving medical practices, not changing the legal system, writes a professor of pediatrics and blogger on health policy and research issues.  (New York Times)

• Pinsent Masons said it plans to open an office in Madrid, with a five-lawyer team including former Telefónica deputy general counsel Diego Lozano. The launch is the firm’s third new international office in a year. (The Lawyer)

 

 

President Trump’s First 100 Days

• A public watchdog group that sued President Donald Trump in January added additional allegations and plaintiffs to bolster its claims that his business dealings violate the Constitution. (Bloomberg)

• What is the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and how might it cause legal headaches for President Donald Trump? A Q&A. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Industry groups with links to EPA chief Scott Pruitt are said to be mulling a big shift in strategy in their fight to get the Environmental Protection Agency to gut the Obama administration’s controversial water regulation. The idea — getting Pruitt to hire private lawyers for the job, as way to bypass the EPA staffers who wrote the rules in the first place — is doable but raises a lot of ethics questions, said legal experts. (Politico)

• A former employment attorney at Ogletree and Mike Pence adviser is being mentioned as a possible Trump choice to fill a critical federal appellate court vacancy that could shape the future of labor law. The National Right to Work Committee recently lobbied on the potential nomination of Asheesh Agarwal, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Revenue, for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, according to the committee’s lobbying report. (Bloomberg BNA via BLB)

 

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• As Justice Neil Gorsuch joins the bench, what kind of record does the U.S. Supreme Court have on job bias cases over the last three decades? Of the 98 employment-discrimination cases decided by the court from Justice Antonin Scalia’s ascent in 1986 to the present, 19 were mixed results, while 44 were clear wins for workers and 35 clear wins for employers. (Bloomberg BNA)

• Supreme Court justices signaled Tuesday they will scale back the “disgorgement” power of the Securities and Exchange Commission to recoup illegal profits. (Bloomberg)

• New York highest appeals court is set to hear a challenge to a $3 billion project to redevelop the former site of the New York Mets, Shea Stadium. (New York Law Journal)

• U.S. wildlife officials don’t have legal authority to block interstate trade of giant exotic snakes such as Burmese pythons, a federal appeals court ruled. The ruling does not affect a federal ban on importing the snakes or other harmful species, or change state laws like Florida’s ban on keeping pythons as pets. (Associated Press via Law.com)

 

 

 

Technology

• China’s internet giant Baidu said it plans to gradually make its self-driving vehicle platform open source, to help advance development of autonomous cars. (Tech Crunch)

• Advances in mobile telephone and tablet cameras and cloud technology could soon allow for a big upgrade in video deposition services. (Legaltech News)

• Plans by automakers to add car dashboard apps that let drivers pay for services like parking and fuel will add convenience but also legal risks linked to data collection and privacy, practitioners said. (Corporate Counsel)

• “Uberization” has become a catch-all phrase in France, trotted out by trade unions, CEOs and politicians to describe threats from tech-driven rivals. (Bloomberg)

• Malware code hidden in a “funny video” app targets hundreds of Android banking apps available on the Google Play market, in an effort to steal account information, according to a report. (Graham Cluley)

• Donald Trump’s 10 most-engaged Twitter followers over the past 30 days include five confirmed robots and three accounts that appear to be bots. But he has plenty of human followers, too. Here’s a look at the seven types of people who tweet back at Trump. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

 

 

Legal Education

• The Trump administration’s travel bans and other anti-foreigner policies could scare foreign students away from advanced degree programs that bring in about $350 million annually to the more than 100 U.S. law schools offering them. (Legal Intelligencer)

 

Miscellaneous

• Florida county Judge Eleni Derke, chairwoman of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s health committee, leads a once-a-month yoga class on the courthouse lawn. (Florida Times-Union)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.

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