Wake Up Call: Big Law Attorney Gets on TV’s Jeopardy!

• It took appellate lawyer Jon Eisenman five tries, but he finally got on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” The former Akin Gump asssociate, now at L.A.-based Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, won a fourth game yesterday, according to his Twitter feed. (The Recorder, Twitter, Jeopardy)

• A new Federal Trade Commission policy aims to shield its staff lawyers and other employees from personal liability stemming from enforcement actions they took on behalf of the agency. The move comes as two FTC lawyers are fighting in a U.S. appeals court to overturn a ruling that exposes them to liability. (National Law Journal)

• Law firm mergers and acquistions dipped to 24 in the second quarter from 28 in 2017’s Q2, but they are still on track for a strong year, new data show. (BLB)

• Detroit-based Clark Hill plans to acquire Morris Polich & Purdy, a nearly 100-lawyer firm with offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, to create a firm with nearly 450 lawyers in 16 offices nationwide. (Am Law Daily)

• Martin Shkreli’s impromptu trial discussions with reporters at the Brooklyn federal courthouse are over as the judge overseeing the case ordered the former pharmaceutical executive to stop talking about it in and around the building. But he can go on discussing it on the internet. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Harvard Law School said a private grant-making foundation has endowed a professorship in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia, a 1960 graduate of the school. (Harvard Crimson)

• Earle K. Shawe, who founded Baltimore firm Shawe & Rosenthal LLP and was known as the “dean of labor lawyers,” died last week at age 104. (Baltimore Business Journal)

 

 

Law Firm Business

• Global giant Dentons said it opened an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after bolting on 10-lawyer local firm Avent Advokat. (Legal Week)

• Immigration lawyers for nonprofit organization Santa Fe Dreamers Project are using an RV as a traveling office in their efforts to help undocumented immigrants in rural areas. (Remezcla.com)

• A Houston appeals court ruling let a six-lawyer Chicago law firm off the hook in a civil fraud suit, finding that its unwitting deposit of a Chinese bank scammer’s phony check is not justification enough for a bank to sue the firm in a Texas court. A Texas-based lawyer for the firm said the case has “great ramifications for any lawyer who gets paid by a client in another location.” (Texas Lawyer)

• After hiring a nonlawyer director away from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London, Hogan Lovells launched a financial services regulatory consulting business in the U.K. (Legal Week)

 

Legal Market

• Newegg Inc. won attorneys’ fees in a federal appeals court ruling that struck at the practice of winning settlements by suing many parties for infringing the same patent. (Bloomberg BNA via BLB)

• The U.K.’s biggest banks, asset managers and insurers say flexible immigration rules are among their top priorities to ease the pain of Brexit. (Bloomberg)

• In a policy proposal inspired by Brexit, investment firms may have to move thousands of jobs to the European Union after regulators said “letterbox entities” nominally based in the EU but run from abroad will not be tolerated, lawyers and advisers say. (Bloomberg) The debate over Brexit is bringing together major London-based law firms. (The Times)

• State-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos has hired an unspecified independent law firm to review company contracts with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA and petrochemicals affiliate Braskem SA amid a U.S. Department of Justice probe into those companies, the Mexican company’s legal director said. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

The Trump Administration

• Special counsel Robert Mueller’s “suicide squad” of lawyers has President Donald Trump worried. (GQ)

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• Trump’s election integrity commission should be allowed to collect voter information, the administration told a court, opposing a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center challenging the panel’s work. (Bloomberg)

• A former Morgan Stanley dealmaker in Paris told a French employment tribunal that the lender unfairly withheld $1.5 million in deferred pay a year after he raked in more than $100 million in fees while advising a telecom and media group owner on a $23 billion acquisition. (Bloomberg)

• Dana Gas PJSC, a United Arab Emirates-based natural gas producer, won an extension of a London court order blocking investors from taking action over $700 million in disputed Islamic bonds until after a trial scheduled for as soon as October. (Bloomberg)

• The five countries working together in the investigation of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 have picked the Netherlands as the country where suspects will be prosecuted. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

Technology

• The company Space Data recently got a boost for its David vs. Goliath patent infringement lawsuit against Alphabet’s project that uses balloons to bring internet access to remote areas. That was when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled most of one of the Alphabet project’s foundational patents and said Space Data came up with the idea first. (Wired)

• EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has called 2017 her “G year” to hammer Google. Last week, EU regulators hit the company with a record penalty for its shopping-search services, and their probes into Google’s AdSense advertising service and Android mobile-phone software could produce more fines later this year. (Bloomberg)

• Uber may have shortchanged its drivers in New York by hundreds of millions of dollars due to miscalculation of state taxes. (New York Times)

• London-listed consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser reported that last week’s “Petya” malware attack will hurt its sales outlook. (Financial Times)

• The U.K. data regulator inappropriately let off a National Health Service hospital and Google without any fine after finding that an arrangement to transfer data on 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind violated the country’s data protection law, lawyers said. (Business Insider UK)

• ATMs in the Chinese gambling city Macau are using facial-recognition technology as part of an effort to control capital outflows. (Bloomberg)

• Ohio became the fifth U.S. state to pass a law allowing delivery robots to use the state’s sidewalks and crosswalks. The other states are Florida, Wisconsin, Idaho and Virginia . (Recode)

 

 

Legal Education

• Opinion: Young people considering law school because they want to see justice served in police shooting cases should consider other, less-expensive career choices to accomplish their goals. (Above the Law)

 

Miscellaneous

• Two Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are fighting in federal court over trademark infringment claims and a satiric television ad that depicts a lawyer falling off an eighteen wheeler. (The Advocate)

• A Brazilian operation aimed at targeting corrupt lawyers is said to have tracked down a photogenic fugitive attorney who was allegedy working as a “carrier pigeon” for the drug cartel. (JD Journal)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.