• Washington firm Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz said it is representing Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations by a woman who identified herself yesterday. Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in California, says Fairfax, who is also a Morrison & Foerster partner, assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Her law firm, Katz, Marshall & Banks, advised Christine Blasey Ford, who last fall accused then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades earlier. Kavanaugh was advised by Wilkinson Walsh. (National Law Journal) (The Hill)

  • Virginia’s top three Democrats face a widening scandal that combines race and #MeToo. (BN)

  • KPMG’s global legal services branch said it had record revenue growth over 30 percent and added 20 new partners in 2018. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Justice Department is launching an investigation into a “sweetheart” plea deal that critics say Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta gave hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a decade ago when Acosta was a Miami federal prosecutor and Epstein was facing sex abuse and trafficking allegations. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Stanford Law School’s next dean will be human rights scholar Jenny Martinez, the university announced. Martinez on April 1 will take over from Elizabeth Magill, who is leaving the job after seven years to become provost of the University of Virginia. (The Recorder)

  • Scores of class actions filed against Marriott International Inc. over the compromise of personal data for 500 million of its guests will be consolidated in federal court in Maryland, where the company is headquartered and most of the cases so far have been filed, a judicial panel said. Marriott International is advised by Baker Hostetler. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Watch out for an increase of big cross-border cybersecurity incidents, a new Mayer Brown report warns. (Corporate Counsel)

  • In the wake of the EU pharmaceutical regulator’s move from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit, Sidley Austin announced it hired the agency’s former top legal official. Georgia Gavriilidou, who was senior legal adviser at the European Medicines Agency, joined Sidley as a London-based member in the firm’s global life sciences practice. (Sidley.com)

  • Sony Music Entertainment Inc.'s refusal to let musicians reclaim copyright ownership under the Copyright Act is “lawless behavior,” three Blank Rome-advised musicians said in a putative class action lawsuit. Their complaint could clarify the definition of “work made for hire,” and the ability of music publishers to stop artists from regaining control of their work. (BLAW via BLB)

  • U.S. Bank N.A., advised by Kasowitz Benson Torres, failed to recoup over $1.1 billion lost in the mortgage-lending crisis. The New York federal appeals court said the suit was untimely. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Cooley advised hotel tech provider Travel Tripper on its merger with Pegasus, another hospitality tech provider, in a deal backed by private equity firm Accel-KKR, advised by Goodwin. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Cypress LLP advised Pegasus. Deal terms weren’t disclosed. (Hospitality Technology) (Skift.com) (PR Newswire)

  • Morrison & Foerster, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and Indianapolis firm DeLaney & DeLaney LLC filed a federal class action lawsuit in Indiana, accusing the state of violating the constitutional rights of abused and neglected children by failing to provide them with legal representation in dependency proceedings. (The Indiana Lawyer)

Laterals, Moves

  • Perkins Coie said experienced real estate, land use and energy attorney Camarin Madigan joined the firm’s real estate practice group in San Francisco, arriving from Morgan Lewis. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw said worklaw attorney Richard Chen joined the firm’s labor & employment department in L.A., arriving from Ogletree Deakins. (Seyfarth.com)

  • White & Case grabbed O’Melveny & Myers London debt-finance partner Sherri Snelson, who’s moving to join her new firm’s banking practice in New York. (New York Law Journal)


  • Brown Rudnick said it promoted four lawyers to partner, including one women, effective Feb. 1, in London, Boston, and New York. (BrownRudnick.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • A federal appeals court said its 40-year-old precedent that federal civil rights law doesn’t apply to gay workers also means that transgender workers aren’t covered. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Amazon.com Inc. asked a federal court in California to toss out Williams-Sonoma Inc.‘s lawsuit alleging Amazon is diluting its trademarks by misrepresenting itself as an authorized Williams-Sonoma seller. Durie Tangri represents Amazon. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe represents Williams-Sonoma. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Rent-A-Wreck of America Inc., advised by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and others, escaped having to pay a franchisee a penalty for filing an unwarranted Chapter 11 bankruptcy and trying to cut ties with him. (BLAW)

  • Michael Best client Custom Dynamics LLC, maker of LED lighting and other electronic equipment for motorcycles, won a $325,000 judgment and permanent injunction against Lite Cycle for trademark infringement. (CourtListener.com) (MichaelBest.com)

  • Walgreens, Rite Aid Corp., and Walmart Inc. want federal courts to dismiss proposed class suits alleging they deceived consumers about the speed of “rapid release” acetaminophen pain relievers, which are the retailers’ versions of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.'s Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gels. Foley & Lardner represents the three defendants. Greenberg Traurig also represents Walmart. (BLAW)

  • Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., a Greenberg Traurig client, must notify consumers that a class action was certified over deceptive labeling claims on its website, but it doesn’t have to use social media to do it, a federal court said. (BLAW)


  • The New York Police Department’s legal department wrote to Google demanding that it remove drunk-driving checkpoints from its Waze navigation apps, according to reports. (StreetsBlog NYC) (The Verge)