• Amazon.com Inc. hired Greenberg Traurig partners Edward Wallace and Mark Weprin amidst mounting organized opposition to the retail giant’s plan for a new headquarters in New York’s Long Island City, and incentives it got from the city. (New York Law Journal)

  • Women lawyers at K&L Gates left the firm after complaining about sexual harassment, gender discrimination, or other misconduct, while the partners they accused kept their jobs, says a report. (Legal Intelligencer)

  • Elite North American law firms have managed to stay profitable despite reluctance to adapt to evolving legal technology and markets, but other well-known firms face a “do or die” decision to embrace those changes, according to a report ranking the continent’s most innovative law firms and lawyers. (Financial Times)

  • The report says San Francisco-based Orrick is North America’s most innovative firm, citing, for example, its resourcing approach using proprietary technology to help Microsoft Corp. achieve its goal of getting external law firms to stop billing by the hour. It ranks McGuireWoods tops for business of law innovation, Cravath for legal expertise, and electronics and manufacturing giant Honeywell best for in-house legal innovation. (Financial Times)

  • With potential exposure risks looming from the U.K.’s March 2019 exit from the European Union, K&L Gates, Haynes and Boone, and Dechert, are among firms launching services aimed at helping clients navigate chaos around Brexit. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Lowenstein Sandler, Kirkland & Ellis, and Blank Rome advised buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management on its agreement to acquire defense electronics maker Sparton Corporation, a Mayer Brown client, for a reported $181.5 million. A transatlantic deal involving Sparton was scuttled earlier this year after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a negative antitrust review. (Washington Technology)

  • As Uber Technologies Inc. and its ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc. rush toward initial public offerings, top lawyers at both companies, Uber Chief Legal Officer Tony West and Lyft General Counsel Kristin Sverchek, are working in a process that’s new to them. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher is opening a new office in Palo Alto, California, aimed at expanding services for tech clients. It grabbed two Paul Hastings corporate partners to open the office, Tiffany K. Lee and Matthew D. Berger, to be joined by Willkie lawyers relocating from New York, and associates and partners hired later. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Don’t badmouth the bench. A New York lawyer had his license suspended for a year for trying to bully one judge and accusing another judge of “egregious” behavior. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is headed for prison, while the president’s current personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is traveling abroad seeking lucrative consulting contracts for his own firm, Giuliani Security and Safety. (New York Times)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Shearman & Sterling said it advised European scrap-metal recycling company Groupe Ecore on a 255 million euro ($290.4 million) senior secured notes offering and the related implementation of a 40 million euro renewable credit. (BusinessWire.com)

  • Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, a Virginia-based intellectual property firm, said it promoted patent attorneys Aldo Martinez, John F. Presper, and Ryan W. Smith to partner in its Alexandria office effective Jan. 1, 2019. (Oblon.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Sidley Austin-client Beiersdorf Inc. faces a revived class action alleging its Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion is falsely labeled. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Bankrupt Toys “R” Us, advised by Kirkland & Ellis, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, and “key stakeholders” in the bankruptcy case have settled disputes related to the sale of the toy store’s Asian business operations. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Johnson & Johnson is reportedly willing to pay over $400 million to settle some of the thousands of consumer allegations that the company sold defective artificial hips and hid the health risks of the devices. (Bloomberg via BLB)

  • Catalina Marketing, the unit of Checkout Holding Corp. known for doling out cash-register coupons for products, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. It’s advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges. (Bloomberg via BLB)

  • CBS News settled a lawsuit related to three former employees’ allegations they were sexually harassed by “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose. (Bloomberg via BLB)

  • American Airlines Inc. shorts the pension benefits of certain married workers, a new Texas federal lawsuit claims. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)