• Dutch lawyer Roger Cox argues that climate change advocates should use the courts to force governments to take policy actions to fight global warming .In a recent ruling, a Dutch court accepted most of his arguments and now Cox is taking his case to courts in other countries. (American Lawyer)

• In the latest sign of a law firm  automating legal services ,Akerman has announced it will operate a data center that allows corporate clients to quickly look up data privacy and security regulations without having to consult a human lawyer. (Big Law Business)

• But a new survey suggests that corporate law departments have been slow to adopt “game-changing” technological innovations,lagging in particular on use of predictive coding for electronic discovery and hosting data on internal servers. (Big Law Business)

• Former Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared in court on Tuesday to dismiss charges against him after being indicted for felony securities fraud. (WSJ Law Blog/ Reuters)

 

Legal Market

• The UK Solicitors Regulation Authority is pushing for the power to levy  much larger fines on Magic Circle law firms that break code-of-conduct rules. (Financial Times)

• A list of 16 comments solicited by Above the Law provides additional evidence that sexism still exists in Big Law. (Above the Law)

•   White & Case  has a new five-year strategic plan. (American Lawyer)

• In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme found that a California woman who was injured in an Austrian train accident is not entitled to use U.S. courts to sue the railroad simply because she bought her Eurail pass on the internet in the United States. (National Law Journal)

• The UK Serious Fraud Office’s joint head of bribery and corruption Tuesday told lawyers that the deferred prosecution agreement that the SFO reached with two law firms and their bank client does not mean that the body will stop  prosecuting companies for wrongdoing. (The Lawyer)

 

Laterals and Moves

• Sidley Austin has hired media and technology transactional partner Russell Weiss for its   Los Angeles office, continuing an expansion it begin in the spring. Weiss leaves Morrison & Foerster after 16 years. (The Recorder)

•  Paul Hastings has been hiring lawyers for a new office in São Paulo, Brazil ,despite the dismal economic news coming out of the country. (Big Law Business)

 

Technology

• In a House committee hearing Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s top enforcement official and Google Inc.’s information-security director resumed their disagreement over a proposed bill that would modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.  (National Law Journal)

• Staples has been experimenting with an online platform that allows comparing outside law firms' cost proposals for projects, said Stephanie Shores Lambert, associate general counsel at the company, in a recent interview. (Big Law Business/Bloomberg BNA)

 

Miscellaneous

• An interview with Jami McKeon, chair of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, in which she reflects on how her firm and the law business in general have evolved since she graduated Villanova University School of Law, in 1981. (Big Law Business)

• A photo look at the garb of some attorneys at “white-shoe” law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which until recently shared headquarters with the fashion editors of publisher Condé Nast. (New York Times)

• Consultants propose five tips for lawyers to tackle the year-end collections crunch, including sending personal notes to clients. (American Lawyer)