• A woman has hired Covington & Burling for a possible criminal case alleging that litigation finance firm Burford Capital and one of its executives violated U.K. revenge porn laws by trading documents for a sex tape, according to a report. The accusations, previously made in a $91 million lawsuit filed in London, relate to a sex tape acquired by Burford in Miami during its enforcement work on a judgment. (Financial Times)

  • DLA Piper launched a white collar practice in Chile, to be led by attorney Ignacio Schwerter, who joined the firm a few days ago as counsel. The practice will complement the office’s existing litigation and compliance practice areas and will coordinate with DLA Piper’s U.S. and global White Collar practices, the firm said. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Los Angeles-based Buchalter is adding a Portland, Oregon, office via an Oct. 1 merger with Ater Wynne. The tie-up adds 22 attorneys in the Northwest, giving Buchalter about 300 lawyers across nine U.S. offices. (Buchalter)

  • LinkedIn Corp., represented by Munger Tolles & Olson, came up short on its effort to topple a court’s preliminary injunction allowing data analytics company hiQ to access publicly available LinkedIn member profiles. (BLAW)

  • Facebook Inc.'s Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorneys failed to convince a California federal court yesterday to toss the bulk of consumer claims that it collected their data—including videos, photos, and political beliefs—and then shared it with third parties without permission. The case stems from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (BLAW)

  • Former King & Spalding partner Zack Harmon is back at his old firm following a stint as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s chief of staff working alongside FBI Director and fellow former King & Spalding attorney Christopher Wray. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Stroock & Stroock grabbed Kirkland & Ellis intellectual property litigator Timothy Gilman in New York to lead its patent litigation practice. (Stroock.com)

  • McGuireWoods has hired several ex-federal prosecutors for its white collar team recently. Former Illinois federal prosecutor Rodger Heaton, who joined as a partner in Chicago, also spent time as chief of staff to former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Heaton’s been a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson and at Kirkland & Ellis. (McGuireWoods.com)

  • McGuireWoods also added former California federal prosecutor Kevin M. Lally in L.A. as a partner to the team. (McGuireWoods.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Law firm growth is on track to be pretty healthy in 2019, just not as robust as in 2018, which was the best year in a decade, according to a new Wells Fargo report. (American Lawyer)

  • Most legal marketers and business pros say they are under-appreciated, stressed out, and that their law firms ignore their mental health needs, according to a new survey. (American Lawyer)

  • Former Trump administration lawyer Anthony Campau, who was chief of staff at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, took a job as director of government regulation at Clark Hill, based in Washington and Detroit. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The new XFL football league, which plans a February 2020 launch, hired sports lawyer Mali Friedman as its vice president of business and legal affairs. Friedman, a former Covington & Burling associate in San Francisco, was most recently assistant GC at that city’s NBA team, the Golden State Warriors. Before that, she was senior counsel at the National Hockey League in New York. (Corporate Counsel)

  • London-based Clyde & Co lost five partners from its global marine group who left to start their own marine trade and commercial litigation boutique firm. (Global Legal Post)

  • K&L Gates now has three offices participating in its program that allows summer associates from diverse backgrounds to get experience working both at the firm and in-house at one of its clients. Participating companies include Amazon.com, Lockheed Martin, and Blackbaud, Inc., and offices include Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina. (KLGates.com)

Deals

  • Hogan Lovells advised IFM Therapeutics on its subsidiary IFM Due’s deal with Novartis, in which Novartis agrees to collaborate on developing a group of immunotherapies and in return gets an option to acquire IFM Due for up to $840 million. (BioSpace)

  • Seward & Kissel advised Kudu Investment Management, LLC, which provides capital solutions to asset and wealth managers, on its minority investment in EJF Capital LLC, an alternative asset management firm that was advised by Fried Frank. Terms weren’t disclosed. (PR Newswire)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Proskauer Rose expanded its private funds team in London, getting partner Warren Allan from U.K. firm Stephenson Harwood, special counsel Brendan Gallen from Fried Frank, and tax attorney Katerina Heal from Morgan Lewis. (Proskauer.com)

  • Proskauer also added Cole Schotz construction lawyer Stuart Rosen as special counsel in its New York-based real estate department. (Proskauer.com)

  • Winston & Strawn said civil trial attorney Sandra Edwards, a former assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, joined the firm as a partner in the city, focused among other things on representing corporate clients in multidistrict litigation. She joins most recently from Farella Braun & Martel. (Winston.com)

  • Frost Brown Todd said privacy and data security lawyer Gene Price, a Navy rear admiral, returned to the firm in Louisville, Kentucky, as a member after serving as a Navy intelligence officer. (FrostBrownTodd.com)

  • Ropes & Gray tax partner Benjamin Rogers moved from Boston to the firm’s San Francisco office, where he’ll advise corporate clients on transactions. (RopesGray.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Greenspoon Marder said it and another firm obtained a $6.75 million settlement for a Florida woman who suffered permanent disablement a few days after getting physical therapy for her injuries in a motor vehicle accident three months earlier. (GMLaw.com)

Legal Education

  • The average national score on the July 2019 bar examination multiple choice portion was up and that bodes well for an increase in overall scores for the two-day exam, the head of the National Conference of Bar Examiners said. (Law.com)