• The American Lawyer named Morgan Lewis labor and employment practice head Grace Speights “attorney of the year,” asserting that her work “redefined” employment lawyers’ role in the #MeToo movement. (American Lawyer)

  • During its legal industry awards last night, the publication also named Kirkland & Ellis law firm of the year. Among other things the publication noted the firms’ "incredible” 19 percent revenue surge that helped the firm pass the $3 billion mark and displace Latham & Watkins as the world’s biggest firm, and its 126,000 hours of pro bono work. (American Lawyer)

  • Columbia Law School students will help monitor trials worldwide to find human rights violations in proceedings, as part of a joint initiative between the school and American Bar Association, backed by a foundation started by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her movie star husband George. (New York Law Journal)

  • Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada, for potential extradition to the U.S. over alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. The arrest provoked outrage from China and complicated thorny trade negotiations. (Bloomberg via BLB)

  • Facebook Inc. wielded user data like a bargaining chip, providing access when it saw benefits for itself, and imposing strict limits where it saw a potential competitive threat, emails show. (Bloomberg)

  • Gibson Dunn, the ACLU, and Southern Poverty Law Center are representing a Philadelphia-born, New Jersey-raised Florida man who is suing the Monroe County sheriff for holding him in jail for weeks and telling him he would be deported to Jamaica. The ACLU said the case sheds light on an arrangement under which the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pays Florida sheriffs $50 for arresting “criminal aliens.” (Washington Post)

  • AT&T faces a second potential pregnancy class action by one of its retail store workers over the company’s attendance policy for sales employees. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, Cohen & Malad LLP, and the American Civil Liberties Union represent the Indiana worker and the proposed class. Paul Hastings represents AT&T. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Stephen Kohn, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who heads the National Whistleblower Center, argues that the near extinction of doll-faced porpoises known as “vaquitas” can be blamed at least partly on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to implement a whistleblower program, despite getting $13 million in federal money to do so, according to an article. (EarthIsland.org) (LexBlog)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Simpson Thacher is representing KKR in its investment of up to 500 million Singapore dollars ($364.8 million) for a stake in Singapore-based luxury lifestyle and wellness brands group V3 Group Limited. (PE Hub) (STBlaw.com)

  • Cole Schotz represented the V. Paulius family of companies in connection with the $90 million acquisition and financing of Port Carteret, an industrial complex located on the Arthur Kill in Carteret, New Jersey. (ColeSchotz.com)

  • Seattle-headquartered Perkins Coie said it is relocating the 40 lawyers at its eight-year-old San Diego office Dec. 10, to a new 37,000-square-foot space in the city. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • Invention marketing scams like the one U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been linked to have been around for decades, despite efforts by federal and state authorities to shut them down. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • ALM said it expects over 8,000 legal professionals for its Legalweek New York event, Jan. 28-31, 2019, which will open with a fireside chat with former Attorney Generals Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales. (ALM)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Winston & Strawn promoted 21 attorneys, including six women, to partner, across five practice areas, eight U.S. offices and Paris. (Winston.com)

  • Locke Lord promoted seven attorneys to partner across five offices, including two women. (LockeLord.com)

Legal Actions

  • Walmart Inc. has settled a West Virginia woman’s slip-and-fall case following a mistrial. The federal court overseeing the case was at least the ninth to have sanctioned the retailer over the last five years for losing or destroying evidence, mostly video footage relevant to slip-and-fall cases. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Big Four accounting firms Deloitte & Touche LLP, PwC, EY, and KPMG have expressed concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan aimed at simplifying debt offering reporting rules. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • ADP LLC and other payroll processors shouldn’t be liable for errors that employees of other companies may claim on their paychecks, Morgan Lewis attorneys for ADP told the California Supreme Court. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • The Fortnite video game uses rapper 2 Milly’s popular Milly Rock dance without his permission, according to a federal complaint filed in California by 2 Milly, who is advised by Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)