• Hours after Marriott International Inc. announced Friday the huge hack of its Starwood guest reservation database, the hotel chain was hit with the first consumer class action over the breach. The two guests filing the suit in Maryland federal court were attorneys Harry Bell and Ed Claffy, who contend better cybersecurity tools could have prevented the breach, which started in 2014 and exposed personal data of some 500 million guests. Representing Bell and Claffy is Morgan & Morgan’s John Yanchunis in Tampa, Florida, who was lead counsel in the Yahoo data breach litigation in October for $85 million, along with Baltimore-based Murphy Falcon Murphy. (Law.com)

  • Corporate legal departments still aren’t spending enough on legal tech tools to get the most they can offer, according to a survey of 300 law department executives from nine countries. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Linklaters launched a global working group aimed at reducing gender imbalances in the firm’s legal tech roles. (Artificial Lawyer)

  • Chas Rampenthal, general counsel for LegalZoom, says technology can widen access to legal services. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • DLA Piper named Manchester, England-based partner Liam Cowell to take over from outgoing Sandra Wallace as the firm’s U.K. managing partner. (Legal Week)

  • Digital publisher Quartz hired Slate Magazine’s GM and general counsel Ava Lubell as its new NYC-based general counsel and director of corporate operations, starting Dec. 17. Talking Biz News quotes the co-CEOs of Quartz as saying they hired Lubell as a “key step toward establishing standalone corporate operations for Quartz as part of our separation from Atlantic Media.” Atlantic in July sold Quartz to Japan’s Uzabase. (TalkingBizNews.com)

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb will have to answer Medicaid fraud allegations, a Pennsylvania court ruled. Bristol-Myers Squibb is represented by King & Spalding and Armstrong Teasdale. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Gibson Dunn client the University of Southern California asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a lawsuit challenging how it managed its workers’ retirement savings should go to arbitration or stay in court. Employees in the case are represented by Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Walmart Stores Inc. failed to provide interpreter services to two deaf workers at a District of Columbia store in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • A federal judge rejected Friday the Justice Department’s request to stay her injunction that blocks President Trump’s plan to ban military service by transgender people. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Shearman & Sterling client Sonatrach Group, which is Algerian state-owned and Africa’s biggest oil and natural gas producer, announced a $1.2 billion investment in a petrochemical plant in Turkey, in a deal with Turkish conglomerate Ronesans Holding. (Hurriyet Daily News) (Sonatrach.com)

  • Willkie advised the sellers in an agreement announced last week by New York-based Hospitals Insurance Company and FOJP Service Corporation--with Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and Maimonides Medical Center, to sell HIC and FOJP to The Doctors Company, the country’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, for $650 million. (FOJP.com) (Modern Healthcare)

  • Sidley Austin is representing restaurant chain Luby’s, Inc. in connection with the company’s review of the director nominations of Bandera Partners, an activist hedge fund seeking to take control of Luby’s. (PR Newswire)

  • Boies Schiller lawyers led by founding partner David Boies are set to go head-to-head with Nixon Peabody attorneys in an L.A. courtroom starting tomorrow in a fight over who owns a Nazi-looted painting by French impressionist Camille Pissarro. (The Recorder)

Laterals, Moves

  • L.A.-based firm Glaser Weil grabbed McKool patent litigator Lawrence “Larry” Hadley as a partner and chair of its intellectual property department. (GlaserWeil.com) (Linkedin)

  • New York-based firm Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff and Cohen, which specializes in hedge funds, hired former Schulte Roth & Zabel lawyer Christian Gloger as a partner. (American Lawyer)

  • Barnes & Thornburg added ex-McGuireWoods restructuring veteran James Van Horn as a Washington-based partner in its finance, insolvency and restructuring department. (BTLaw.com)

  • JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution provider, said insurance lawyer Lawrence Zelle, who has over 50 years of experience as an arbitrator, mediator, negotiator, and settlement broker, joined its panel in Minneapolis. (JAMSadr.com)

  • DLA Piper said a litigation associate in its Baltimore office, Darryl Tarver, was named chairman of the Maryland Legal Aid’s new Equal Justice Associates group. (DLAPiper.com)

Legal Actions

  • McGuireWoods client America Online Inc. will be in federal court to face a motion to vacate or modify an arbitration it won in a data privacy dispute, a federal appeals court said. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Bankruptcy and class action lawyers have new federal rules of procedure to follow on bankruptcy and class action cases, under amendments that were due to take effect over the weekend. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)