• Covington & Burling, Jones Day, Reed Smith, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius are among Big Law firms listed as representing defendants in a filing that seeks the removal of Cleveland federal judge Dan Polster in the huge opioid liability case he’s overseeing. The companies, which include drug wholesale company AmerisourceBergen Corp., Rite Aid, McKesson Corporation, Walgreen Co., and Walmart Inc., contend that the judge is likely biased against them. No drugmakers participated in the motion. (BN) (Cleveland.com)

  • Two New York Times reporters have written a book adding to sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. (NYT)

  • President Donald Trump defended Kavanaugh against the allegations in tweets on Sunday. (BN via BLB)

  • Attorney General William P. Barr plans to give one of the Justice Department’s highest awards to lawyers who worked on Kavanaugh’s nomination process, the Times reported. (NYT) In response to the report, former New York federal prosecutor Elie Honig, now a Lowenstein Sandler white collar defense special counsel, tweeted “What a joke,” noting that the award typically goes to prosecutors who help win convictions of terrorists, corrupt politicians, and organized crime. (Mother Jones)

  • PG&E Corp. agreed to pay $11 billion to settle insurance claims for 2017 and 2018 wildfires blamed on its equipment, a key step in the effort to resolve liabilities that pushed the utility into bankruptcy. (BN via BLAW) PG&E’s legal team has included Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Jenner & Block, among other firms. (BLB)

  • O’Melveny & Myers, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is set to fight a $54 million malpractice suit in federal court alleging that O’Melveny made errors in its work for a now-bankrupt client. (American Lawyer)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said Big Law arbitrator and mediator Fred G. Bennett joined its Century City panel in California. Bennett arrives most recently from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he was chair of the firm’s international and U.S. arbitration practice. Before that, Bennett was at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a senior partner and served as head of the firm’s worldwide ADR group. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Tennis star Naomi Osaka, represented by Quinn Emanuel, beat a Florida’s trainer’s lawsuit alleging that he was entitled to a 20% cut of her lifetime earnings. (Law.com)

  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton won a ruling in California federal court that a 2 million euro ($2.21 million) French judgment could not be enforced against publishers of a Pablo Picasso reference work. A DLA Piper partner provided expert opinion in the case. (The Recorder)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Foley Hoag is the latest firm to add a director of diversity and inclusion role. The firm hired Rosa Nunez from public relations firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Former FedEx Express litigation chief and senior vice president Connie Lensing joined the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as counsel. Recently retired from FedEx after 30 years, she says she lost her first law firm job because the senior partner didn’t want women lawyers at the firm. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Lawyers helped “enable” Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse of women, a new book by two other Times reporters contends. (The Conversation) (Vice.com)

  • Baker McKenzie cut a half dozen staff jobs in London, raising to 21 the number of staff layoffs the firm has made in London so far as part of a three-year plan to increase efficiency. (American Lawyer)

Deals

  • Morrison & Foerster represented SoftBank on its investment of about $250 million in QuintoAndar, a Sao Paulo-based real estate technology developer that invented a marketplace tool that allows searching, booking, renting, and advertising rental properties in Brazil. (TechCrunch.com) (Mofo.com)

  • French group Bolloré, advised by French firm Taj, agreed to sell its 55% stake in wireless internet service provider Wifirst, advised by Paris-based Scotto Partners, to Amundi Private Equity Funds, Bpifrance, and Socadif Capital for about 115 million euros ($127 million). Paul Hastings advised buyers in the deal, according to a French report. (PitchBook.com) (ScottoPartners.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Former French Minister of Economy Michel Sapin, who at age 67 has never worked as a lawyer, got special permission to join the Paris bar association without taking the certification exam and has joined law firm Franklin in Paris as a senior adviser on public and anti-corruption matters, according to reports. (LeMondeduDroit.fr) (LePoint.fr) Mayer Brown added former Deutsche Bank in-house lawyer Chadron Edwards in New York. He joins the firm as counsel in its banking & finance practice, where he will focus on infrastructure matters. According to his LinkedIn, Edwards was previously at Chadbourne & Parke, which is now part of Norton Rose Fulbright. (MayerBrown.com)