• WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took a step toward facing U.S. charges of conspiring to hack government computers and violating espionage law. The British home secretary, Sajid Javid, said today he has signed a warrant allowing Assange to be extradited to the U.S., and the decision now goes to the courts. A lawyer called the signature an “important though merely procedural step.” (Financial Times) (The Guardian)

  • Women suing Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in one of the era’s biggest Wall Street gender-discrimination lawsuits asked a federal judge this week to stop the bank from forcing more than 1,000 of them into arbitration. (BN via BLB) Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Berstein and Outten & Golden are serving as plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in the suit. (Goldmangendercase.com)

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers got hit with a 4.55 million-pound ($5.8 million) fine by the U.K.’s accounting watchdog over failings in its work for a technology firm. The case adds ammunition to critics calling for a breakup of the so-called Big Four audit firms, PwC, Deloitte, EY, and KPMG. (BN)

  • After dumping his Covington & Burling lawyers, former national security adviser Michael Flynn has hired a hardcore conservative critic of special counsel Robert Mueller as his new legal counsel. Flynn’s due to be sentenced for lying to U.S. investigators in Mueller’s Russia probe. (BN via BLAW)

  • Columbia Law School lecturer and New York prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer pointed to publicity from a Netflix series as sparking her decision to leave the school, after students demanded her ouster because of her involvement in the so-called Central Park Five case. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Over 100 law students, plus legal educators and lawyers, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to make state annotated codes of law and certain other state and local legal materials free nationwide. Vinson & Elkins is representing the state of Georgia, which sued nonprofit Public.Resource.Org for alleged infringement after it posted volumes of the annotated code online. (National Law Journal)

  • White & Case named a new leadership team as the global firm seeks to cap off a five-year growth plan. (BLAW via BLB)

  • San Francisco worked with Stanford University to create a tool to filter out racial and age information from police reports to ensure implicit bias doesn’t affect decisions about charging people with crimes. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Dentons hired DLA Piper lawyer Ceasar C. Mitchell, who is a former Atlanta city council president and vice-mayor, as a public policy partner and head of its government solutions group. He also advises on real estate transactions. (AtlantaDailyWorld.com) According to his LinkedIn, Mitchell has been at DLA Piper since 2011. (LinkedIn.com)

  • A New Jersey class action accuses a half dozen Texas and New Jersey law firms of illegally using retainer agreements to charge excessive contingency fees in pelvic mesh lawsuits. (New Jersey Law Journal)

  • Archer Public Affairs LLC, the government and external relations affiliate of law firm Archer & Greiner, opened a new office in Pennsylvania’s state capital, Harrisburg, to expand its regional reach. (ArcherPublicAffairs.com)

Deals

  • Cole Schotz advised client RFI, LLC, a food wholesale distribution company, in a cannabis-related deal. The firm said it advised RFI on an agreement for a strategic partnership with hemp-extract industry leader Elixinol Global Limited to create a company--Colorado-based entity, Infusion Strategies, LLC,--that makes tinctures, powders, capsules, and other food-related products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, extracts from cannabis and hemp. (Finance.Yahoo.com)

  • TPG Sixth Street Partners, a global finance and investment business, announced a new partnership with Houston-based private oil and gas company Glendale Energy Ventures, which is a client of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The partnership calls for an initial $500 million in capital commitments to develop and acquire of upstream oil and gas assets around the country. (BusinessWire.com)

  • DLA Piper advised Texas-based cybersecurity firm Critical Start, which received a $40 million minority investment Bregal Sagemount, a private equity firm based in New York City. (PitchBook.com) (DLAPiper.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft hired former Maryland attorney general (2007 to 2015) Douglas F. Gansler as a Washington-based partner in its global litigation group and white collar defense and investigations practice, and head of its state attorneys general practice. A former federal prosecutor, Gansler joins Cadwalader from BuckleySandler, where he was a government enforcement and litigation partner. (MarylandMatters.org)

  • Zipwhip, which provides a texting platform for business, hired in-house veteran Faye Ricci as its senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Ricci, a former of counsel at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, has been a vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase Bank. According to her LinkedIn, she was most recently VP legal at Limeade, which provides an employee engagement platform. (BusinessWire.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw added multifamily-housing finance attorney Alonso J. Cisneros in the firm’s real estate department and structured & real estate finance practice group as a partner in Washington. A former U.S. Marine Corps major and legal officer, Cisneros arrives from Troutman Sanders, where he was counsel. (Seyfarth.com)

  • Kobre & Kim brought on international commercial disputes lawyer Nick Cherryman as a partner in London. He arrives from King & Spalding. (KobreKim.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Vedder Price client Bodum USA Inc.'s $2 million win in a trade dress infringement case involving its Chambord French press coffeemaker was upheld by a federal court. (BLAW)

Technology

  • Legal tech company Zylpha teamed up with LEAP, a practice management software provider, to launch an integrated “pay as you go” document bundling system for law firms. (Virtual-Strategy.com)

  • France’s three-year-old “right to disconnect” employment law, aimed at easing tech-related burnout, doesn’t apply to most lawyers, because they are independent contractors. But applying the concept could relieve some of the stress of being a lawyer, provided that clients and others are on board, too, a partner said. (Legaltech News)