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BLB GC Column: Tech Company Lawyers In the Spotlight

BLB GC Column: Tech Company Lawyers In the Spotlight

Every week, BLB chronicles top news in the world of general counsel. Here are the highlights:   • On Nov. 1, general counsel from Twitter, Google and Facebook are slated to testify before Congress in relation to the ongoing Russia investigation. They are expected to be grilled on what they knew about Russian-linked entities purchasing ads and using

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 Lawyer, on Trial Himself, Seeks Distance From Shkreli

By Christie Smythe, Bloomberg News Evan Greebel, a lawyer who once advised Martin Shkreli, went on trial this week on charges that he helped Shkreli defraud the company he founded, Retrophin Inc. Greebel’s first hurdle is to distance himself from Shkreli. In opening statements on Friday, Greebel’s lawyer told jurors that the 44-year-old father of

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman and founder of Weinstein Co., arrives for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Technology companies from Silicon Valley are expected to take center stage at this year's Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley conference as tech and media converge. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Weinstein Saga Has Business Leaders Calling Their Lawyers

By Chris Opfer, Bloomberg BNA  The reverberations from movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace has some businesses—and their lawyers—taking another look at how a permissive office culture can allow sexual harassment to go unchecked. “I’m getting hit with a lot of calls,” Jonathan Segal, an attorney at Duane Morris who advises businesses on compliance

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Trump’s FTC Pick Known for ‘Energetic’ Antitrust Enforcement

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA Joseph Simons, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Trade Commission, might be more inclined than the agency’s acting chief to pursue enforcement against big firms like Qualcomm Inc., antitrust lawyers told Bloomberg Law. Simons is most likely to differ from acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen in non-merger enforcement,

The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump Picks Lawyer Simons to Lead FTC Amid Equifax Breach Probe

By David McLaughlin and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News President Donald Trump will nominate Washington antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, the White House said Thursday. Simons, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, would be appointed to a seven-year term and take over upon

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Facebook, Twitter Plan to Send Top Lawyers to Congress Hearings

By Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg News Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. will both send their top lawyers to testify Nov. 1 in front of Congressional committees investigating how Russian state actors used social networks and online platforms to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch and Twitter’s acting General Counsel

A file photo dated May 22, 2015 shows US producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and his wife Georgina Chapman (R) attending screening of the film 'The Little Prince' at the 68th international film festival in Cannes, France. Harvey Weinstein has been excluded from his production company over the sexual harassment allegations. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

How Lawyers Protect the Harvey Weinstein in Your Workplace

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg News A first-year associate at a Manhattan law firm brought her complaint of sexual harassment to the managing partner. Her male boss, she said, had told her to take off her clothing. After months during which she continued to work for the same man, she left, signing a nondisclosure agreement in

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Wake Up Call: Big Four’s Push into Legal Services Catches Regulators’ Eyes

• The large St. Louis-based Bryan Cave is in talks with London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner for a merger that would create a firm with 1,500 lawyers in 32 offices across 12 countries, covering markets on four continents, the two law firms said. (BLB) • Ever since PwC announced it would create a Washington, D.C. law firm in

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Law Firms, Regulators Keep Eye on Big Four Move to Legal Services

By Steve Burkholder, Bloomberg BNA The Big Four accounting firms’ moves into legal consulting services are capturing the attention of law firms wary of stronger competition and U.S. regulators keen to prevent such services from violating auditor independence rules. The announcement last month that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP launched its own branded law firm, ILC Legal LLP,

American Express Co. chip credit cards are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. American Express surged the most in more than seven years after posting third-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates and raising its full-year profit forecast. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

American Express Fee Accusations Get U.S. High Court Hearing 

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case that could roil the credit-card business, agreeing Monday to consider reviving government allegations that American Express Co. thwarts competition by prohibiting merchants from steering customers to cards with lower fees. A federal appeals court had thrown out the lawsuit, saying the U.S. government