Wake Up Call: European Cities Vie for London Court Cases Post-Brexit

• For decades, London has been the go-to jurisdiction for big commercial disputes in Europe, but Brexit has emboldened European cities including Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Brussels to vie to lure those cases to their own courts. The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, is urging the British government to negotiate a Brexit deal that would protect the status of U.K. courts. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

• Munger Tolles & Olson LLP announced it hired Department of Justice attorney Elaine J. Goldenberg, continuing its hiring streak and firming up its place as a U.S. Supreme Court powerhouse. (BLB) Gibson Dunn also recently added to its Supreme Court practice. And other moves. (BLB)

• The Supreme Court refused to re-insert itself into the smart-phone patent battles, leaving intact a $120 million award Apple Inc. won from rival Samsung Electronics Co. over features that include slide-to-unlock. (Bloomberg)

• Kirkland & Ellis and other law firms are handling litigation for the powerful National Rifle Association in the aftermath of a tide of mass shootings in the United States. (National Law Journal)

 

Paradise Papers

• The activities of Glencore Plc, the world’s biggest commodity trader, are under scrutiny after a massive leak of confidential information from offshore law firm Appleby Global Group Services Ltd. (Bloomberg)

• Appleby has a long record of “compliance failures,” according to a report. (Irish Times)

• The offshore legal industry mostly sidestepped a regulatory crackdown after the Panama Papers. Will its luck hold out after the Paradise Papers? (American Lawyer)

 

 

Legal Market

• Wells Fargo & Co. added $1 billion in the third quarter to what it says the bank may face in possible legal expenses. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Broadcom Ltd.’s $105 billion takeover bid for Qualcomm Inc. will have to overcome regulatory scrutiny across the globe over the chipmakers’ supply of key components for smartphones, a review likely to be made tougher by Qualcomm’s history of run-ins with antitrust enforcers. (Bloomberg)

• A whistle-blower trial over whether JPMorgan Chase & Co. fired a wealth manager for raising fraud and money laundering concerns about a client ended with each side accusing the other’s main witness of lying. (Bloomberg)

• A Thanksgiving Day panel in London will consider why U.S. law firms are thriving in the city and that expansion’s impact on firms’ recruitment of law-school graduates. (Legal Cheek)

 

 

 

Legal Actions

• Airbnb Inc. faces a lawsuit by a corporate-size landlord seeking to stop the residence-sharing site from enabling tenants to illicitly sublet their apartments at complexes across the U.S. (Bloomberg)

• Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is giving a controversial female libido pill business it bought for $1 billion back to its original owners for almost nothing, in a deal to end a lawsuit. (Bloomberg)

• Taylor Swift’s lawyer got skewered by the American Civil Liberties Union over a letter he sent threatening to sue a blogger who’d criticized the singer for not being more critical of white supremacists. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

Regulators and Enforcement

• Uber and Lyft have new supporters in their argument against a Seattle law that lets ride-hail drivers join unions: the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. (Bloomberg BNA via BLB)

• Text messages suggesting that a suspected Ponzi schemer was in cahoots with a high-ranking Justice Department official threatened to undermine testimony by the government’s star witness in a fraud trial. (Bloomberg via BLB)

 

The Trump Administration

• A Russian lawyer who met with President Trump’s eldest son last year says Trump Jr. indicated that a law targeting Russia could be re-examined if his father won the election and asked her for dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (Bloomberg)

• Former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his co-defendant in a money-laundering prosecution, Rick Gates, won’t be allowed to travel internationally even under revised bail terms, a federal judge said. (Bloomberg)

• A Virginia cyclist who was photographed giving President Trump’s motorcade the finger is considering legal action after she got fired because of the picture, widely posted across social media. Does she have a case? (National Law Journal)

 

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• Big Pharma and the Chamber of Commerce are pushing for regulation of advertising by attorneys in drug class actions; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas talks turkey; and more from this week’s Read That Back Blog. (Read That Back Blog via US Law Week)

• The Supreme Court has dozens of state attorneys general and interest groups knocking on its door to take up the issue of states’ taxing authority over remote retailers. (Bloomberg BNA)

• A federal jury began deliberating whether Senator Robert Menendez took bribes from a Florida eye doctor in a case that could have implications for the composition of the Senate and the ability of the Justice Department to prosecute corruption cases. (Bloomberg)

• Lawyers for the state of Texas are due to appear in a New Orleans federal appeals court to defend the state’s new immigration enforcement law against charges that it violates the U.S. Constitution. (Texas Tribune)

 

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• DLA Piper said it hired two new associates, Nicole Daya and Cary Kotcher, for the seventh class of its fellowship program that allows associates to dedicate their first year at the firm exclusively to pro bono work. (DLAPiper.com)

• Truth Initiative, a major anti-tobacco non-profit, said it appointed veteran healthcare attorney Robert Falk as general counsel to replace the retiring Ellen Vargyas. Falk, a Yale Law School grad, previously served 11  years as GC and corporate secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTQ civil rights organization, and was counsel 16 years at Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy. (PR Newswire) (Linkedin)

 

 

 

Technology

• The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration has produced a 44 percent spike in administrative challenges to applications for H-1B temporary visas for high-skilled workers. (Bloomberg)

• China enacted sweeping changes to a business competition law to address fraud in the e-commerce industry. (Bloomberg)

• Consumer worries about cybercrime are a looming threat to visions of booming Christmas sales for the e-commerce retail industry. (Bloomberg BNA)

Miscellaneous

• Former Rep. Anthony Weiner reported to prison Monday to begin the 21-month sentence he got for sexting with a 15 -year-old girl. (AP via Bloomberg)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.