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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 05:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/Pool/Getty Images)

Wake Up Call: NBA Players’ Lawyer Leaves Orrick for Dechert

Wake Up Call: NBA Players’ Lawyer Leaves Orrick for Dechert

• Big Law Business interviewed M&A and legal industry icon Marty Lipton about his law firm’s beloved client memos, which reach an enviable distribution list: a who’s who of top Wall Street executives, general counsel, as well as business, finance and legal professionals. “Not one of these memos goes out without his approval,” said Wachtell

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Wake Up Call: Kasowitz Donated to Cy Vance During 2012 Trump Probe – Report

• In 2012, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., were close to being indicted for criminal fraud for allegedly misleading investors about a Trump real estate project, according to a report by the New Yorker, ProPublica, and WNYC. The report says that after Trump senior’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, made a $25,000 donation to the reelection campaign of Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus

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Wake Up Call: EU Hits Amazon With $294M Back-Tax Bill

• was hit with a $294 million back-tax bill to Luxembourg, as the world’s biggest online retailer becomes the latest U.S. giant to fall afoul of the EU’s state-aid rules. The European Commission also said it’s suing Ireland for foot-dragging on collecting the record 13 billion-euro bill the EU executive body last year ordered it to get from Apple

The CBS Corp. Television City studio complex stands in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. CBS is scheduled to release earnings figures on August 7. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: CBS Fires Attorney for Comments on Las Vegas Shooting

• CBS fired a company lawyer after she posted on Facebook that some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting are “Republican gun toters” who don’t deserve sympathy. The company said her comments “are deeply unacceptable.” Hayley Geftman-Gold, who was vice president and senior legal counsel at CBS in New York, apologized for her “shameful” post. (Washington Post) • Accounting giant KPMG said

Views Of The Capitol As Senate Adopts Budget With Cuts That Don't Privatize Medicare

Wake Up Call: Venable Hired by Lawyers Charged with Bribery

• Federal prosecutors charged two lawyers from Alabama law firm Balch & Bingham and a coal company executive with bribing a state legislator to oppose an environmental cleanup plan. (Washington Post) Balch & Bingham hired W. Warren Hamel, chairman of Venable’s investigations and white-collar defense group, to represent it in the case. (Am Law Daily) • Investigating sex abuse

Wake Up Call: WilmerHale Lawyer Mistakenly Leaks Secret Docs to WSJ

• A WilmerHale lawyer inadvertently handed a Wall Street Journal reporter a scoop on an SEC investigation into the dismissal of PepsiCo’s former general counsel Maura Smith in 2012.  The lawyer “mistakenly” emailed the reporter confidential documents intended for other lawyers at the firm. PepsiCo denied it violated whistle-blower laws by firing Smith in retaliation, amidst allegations of wrongdoing at the company. (Wall Street Journal)

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Wake Up Call: California Firm Hits Uber With Securities Fraud Suit

• Lawyers from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd filed the first securities fraud lawsuit against Uber, accusing the company and former CEO Travis Kalanick of causing investors billions in losses by covering up “illicit business tactics.” (Bloomberg) (The Recorder) The ride-hailing company also faces a female driver’s sexual discrimination suit in the U.K. (Bloomberg) • Clifford Chance and Ropes

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Wake Up Call: Winston & Strawn Hit by Gender Bias Suit

• IP lawyer Constance Ramos has filed a gender bias lawsuit against Winston & Strawn, the latest of several such suits targeting Big Law firms. Ramos, who left the firm in August to start her own California-based intellectual property boutique, was a Honolulu high school classmate of former President Barack Obama. ( • Dentons is again the top

Wells Fargo & Co. signage is displayed on the exterior of a bank branch in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Monday, July 10, 2017. Wells Fargo & Co. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 14. Photographer: Cooper Neill/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Wells Fargo Said to Hire Sidley as Senate Hearing Looms

• As the chief executives of Wells Fargo & Co. and Equifax Inc. get ready to testify before the Senate Banking Committee in October, Wells Fargo is said to have hired law firm Sidley Austin to lead the preparation of Chief Executive Tim Sloan for his appearance. (Bloomberg BNA) (Reuters) • Uber has a plate-full of