Wake Up Call: First Female Dean at Berkeley Law Dies at 82

• Herma Hill Kay, the University of California at Berkeley law school’s first female dean, died June 10 in San Francisco at age 82. (New York Times)

• Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and the smaller New York-based law firm Chadbourne & Parke have merged, and Chadbourne’s 115-year run as a stand-alone law firm is history. The tie-up creates a new firm named Norton Rose Fulbright, with 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries and an estimated $2 billion in revenue. (BLB) The plaintiffs attorney in a $100 million sex discrimination and pay inequity lawsuit against Chadbourne said he plans to formally add Norton Rose Fulbright as a defendant. (New York Law Journal)

• The Securities and Exchange Commission said it is moving to ease the registration process for initial public offerings, in hopes of reenergizing capital markets. (Bloomberg via BLB) As Trump appointee Walter J. Clayton’s first big policy move as SEC chairman, it expands a program that lets private companies keep some information about their finances and business strategies secret early on in the IPO process. (New York Times DealBook)

• LinkedIn’s lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson fought a bid by data mining company hiQ to get a court order to let it keep “scraping” public LinkedIn profiles. hiQ’s lawyers, Deepak Gupta and lawyers from Farella Braun + Martel, want the federal judge in the case to reject LinkedIn’s contention that that mining violates LinkedIn’s terms of service and risks federal civil and criminal penalties. (The Recorder)

• Fisch Sigler LLP was looking to hire a literary-minded lawyer with a bent for persuasive writing, and it didn’t want to “buy a problem” by choosing the wrong person, says founding partner Alan Fisch. So, the Washington, D.C. intellectual property boutique required applicants to write three-paragraph essays discussing whether Saul Bellow deserved his 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature. (Bloomberg BNA via BLB)

• Immigration-focused law firms may no longer be in crisis mode, but on the eve of the Trump Administration’s “Travel Ban 2.0,” they were gearing up for more uncertainty. BLB asked lawyers at immigration firms Fragomen and Berry Appleman & Leiden how they’re adapting to the latest policy change. (BLB) Although winners and losers in the policy regime created by President Donald Trump’s short-term executive order may be obvious, there may also be some surprises. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

 

Law Firm Business

• The most common source of legal malpractice claims are conflicts of interest stemming from lateral hires, according to a new survey of legal malpractice insurers that also makes recommendations on how to sidestep such pitfalls. (Am Law Daily)

• New York City’s legal market is the most lucrative in the country, but the failure rate for outside firms trying to break into it is “astronomical,” says a new report. (Am Law Daily)

• A year after launching in Italy, U.K. firm Fieldfisher opened its fifth office in the country. (The Lawyer)

 

 

Legal Market

• Michigan has had to shell out $14 million in legal fees to 31 law firms for litigation and criminal probes into lead poisoning and other health problems linked to Flint, Michigan’s water supply. And legal costs will likely keep piling up as the the state’s attorney general prosecutes current or former state employees in the scandal. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

• A reworked deal by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc to buy 2,186 Rite Aid Corp. drugstores will still have to get past antitrust regulators, who are likely to review whether a smaller Rite Aid can remain competitive in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

• A coalition backed by billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson has asked the U.S. Justice Department to reconsider a 2011 decision that cleared the way for states to allow online gambling. But the group’s choice of lobbyist has complicated that request by forcing the recusal of a potential ally for online-gambling opponents: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said earlier this year the decision should be reviewed. (Bloomberg)

• New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’ll bill taxpayers for about $2 million to reimburse the lawyers who defended him during more than a year of criminal and administrative agency probes into his fundraising practices. (Bloomberg)

• The general counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority said it is giving nine law firms the chance to vie for work advising it on complex matters related to employment, workplace investigation, torts, transactional and worker’s compensation. The authority has faced criticism for allegedly favoring one law firm when handing out work, a firm with links to the authority’s disgraced former leader. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

 

 

The Trump Administration

• The U.S. Labor Department plans to revise the Obama-era rule that made millions of workers eligible for overtime pay but will continue to defend its authority to create and enforce such a regulation, it said in a brief filed in a lawsuit challenging the rule. (National Law Journal)

• LGBTQ advocates said Trump’s appointment for senior adviser to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bethany Kozma, is a “vehement” anti-LGBTQ activist. (LGBT Weekly)

• Trump fired off a tweet Saturday aimed at the growing number of secretaries of state resisting a broad request for data by his voter-fraud commission. (Bloomberg)

• The “Trump world” went on a white-collar lawyer hiring spree to deal with probes into links between Trump advisers and Russia. A diagram of past and former administration officials, and who’s advising them. (Axios)

 

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• Barclays Plc and four former executives will appear in a London court for the first time today to face allegations they conspired to commit fraud over a 2008 bank capital raising with Qatari investors at the height of the financial crisis. (Bloomberg) The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may take action against bankers from Barclays Plc and Morgan Stanley for their roles in Puerto Rico bond sales before a worsening fiscal crisis sent it hurtling toward bankruptcy. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Prosecutors are going back to the beginning, putting on display for jurors Martin Shkreli’s entire business career, a more than decade-long stretch allegedly marked by zeal and deception. (Bloomberg via BLB)

 

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• Kraft Heinz is looking for an “English-qualified” general counsel for the U.K and Ireland, with expertise in general commercial contractual work and preferably will have experience with international contracts, IP and/or competition law, among other things. (Kraft Heinz)

 

 

Technology

• A new German investigation into how Facebook Inc. collects and profits from users’ person information could take the EU’s antitrust campaign against U.S. tech companies up another notch. A Dechert attorney called new probe “more radical the EU’s Google case,” because it asserts that privacy concerns can be antitrust concerns. (Bloomberg)

• DLA Piper’s U.S. operation is recovering slowly after last week’s global ransomware attack knocked out its phones and email for three days. (Am Law Daily)

• Authorities said a suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois visited an “Abduction 101” forum on a popular sexual fetish website. (AP via Chicago Tribune)

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

• Fireworks safety tips from the Texas Law Hawk, Bryan Wilson. Video. (Above The Law, and this one.)

• Unauthorized people listened in as Guantánamo prisoners talked with their lawyers at a special meeting site, but they didn’t do it on purpose and didn’t really hear anything, a Navy prosecutor told a court, in comments that stoked controversy over attorney-client privacy at the military prison. (Miami Herald)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.