• Shearman & Sterling is advising GlaxoSmithKline plc on its deal to acquire Massachusetts-based oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company TESARO Inc. for about $5.1 billion. GSK is also getting advice from U.K. firm Slaughter and May, while Tesaro is advised by Ropes & Gray and Hogan Lovells. Willkie is advising Centerview Partners, a financial adviser to Tesaro. (GSK.com)

  • The U.S. bankruptcy trustee for Sears is trying get Chicago-based intellectual property boutique McAndrews, Held & Malloy dumped from advising the retailer in its Chapter 11 case, on grounds the firm’s employment application seeks improper retainers, among other reasons. Trustee William K. Harrington also questioned why IP lawyers should be treated differently than other employment professionals that are unsecured creditors of the bankrupt company. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Paul Weiss represent Sears. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Cooley client MightyHive, a San Francisco-based specialist in programmatic advertising, was acquired by digital advertising and marketing services company S4 Capital in a $150 million deal. S4 is owned by Martin Sorrell, the British founder of WPP plc, the world’s largest advertising and PR group. (Adweek) (MightyHive)

  • Workers at companies that automate may be vulnerable to economic dislocation, but workers at companies that don’t automate may face a far bleaker outlook, according to a recent roundtable of industrial leaders held by worklaw firm Littler. (Littler.com)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas defeated, at least for now, a lawsuit by 49 physician groups that accuse the insurer of underpaying more than 250,000 claims for reimbursement for emergency medical services. King & Spalding and Winstead PC represent the physician groups. Kirkland & Ellis and Hedrick Kring PLLC represent the insurer. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Kirkland & Ellis client Toys “R” Us Inc. took another step toward selling its Asia unit, after a Virginia bankruptcy court overseeing the toy seller’s liquidation approved a settlement with Hong Kong company Fung Retailing Ltd, a Davis Polk client that had opposed the sale. Other creditors, including Oracle Credit Corp., have filed objections to the sale. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Miller & Chevalier said tax policy specialist Jorge Castro, a former counselor to the Internal Revenue Service commissioner and previously on the staff of senior Democratic members of both the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means, joined the firm as a member. (MillerChevalier.com)

  • Senate lawmakers want answers from Marriott International Inc. about the massive data breach that exposed information of up to 500 million guests. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips grabbed Skadden entertainment and media lawyer Neil Sacker as a partner. Sacker, a former executive and attorney at Warner Bros and Miramax Films, has been a special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, and was earlier a litigation associate at Paul Weiss. (Manatt.com)

  • DLA Piper said capital markets lawyer Jason Harmon re-joined the firm as a partner in its corporate practice in Baltimore. (DLAPiper)

  • South Carolina headquartered Nelson Mullins added life sciences and M&A attorney David Mannheim as an equity partner in its Raleigh, North Carolina, office. He arrives from Wyrick Robbins. (NelsonMullins.com)

  • Foley Gardere hired Polsinelli real estate veteran Clifton Dugas as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group, in its Dallas office. (Foley.com)

  • King & Spalding added healthcare litigation and dispute resolution lawyer Amanda Hayes-Kibreab as a partner in its Los Angeles office. She’s the third partner and eighth attorney to recently join King & Spalding from healthcare-focused boutique Hooper, Lundy & Bookman. (KSLaw.com)

  • New York-based litigation funder Validity Finance poached two experienced trial lawyers from rival Bentham IMF, where Validity founder & CEO Ralph Sutton was previously chief investment officer. Validity said former Gibson Dunn litigator David Kerstein joins as chief risk officer, while former Boies Schiller lawyer Julia (Hamilton) Gewolb joins as director of underwriting. (Validity-Finance.com)

Legal Actions

  • A consumer class action alleging Proskaueur client Monini North America Inc.'s truffle oil doesn’t contain truffles was properly dismissed, a federal appeals court ruled. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Regulators and Enforcement

  • The Federal Trade Commission invited financial institutions and creditors to suggest changes to two federal rules designed to help companies avoid identity theft. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)


  • Microsoft is making its Azure machine learning tools available to scientists and developers, according to a report. (ZD NET)

  • Google, Amazon.com, and other companies and groups have been invited by lawmakers to a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting to discuss potential legislation to rework the definition of patent eligibility. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • LawGeex and Today’s General Counsel are holding a Dec. 13 webinar on contract review automation. (LawGeex)