Wake Up Call: Foley & Lardner Merges with Texas Law Firm

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• The women of Wall Street got a boost Friday with a judge’s ruling allowing a group of as many as 2,300 female employees of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to pursue claims they didn’t get paid or promoted like their male counterparts. (Bloomberg)

• Foley & Lardner and Gardere Wynne Sewell agreed to merge, effective April 1, creating an 1,100 lawyer firm with 24 offices in the U.S., Mexico, Asia and Europe. (Texas Lawyer)

• Anyone ruminating over the elevated role of in-house lawyers might consider the case of Facebook. Its top two lawyers, Colin Stretch and Paul Grewal, have both played dual roles as lawyers and spokespeople as the social media giant confronts a dizzying number of legal issues, which are besieging the Wild West of data privacy at tech companies. (BLB)

• Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman be disqualified from representing Continental Service Group Inc. in its protest of a $400 million contract award to Performant Recovery Inc., which Pillsbury previously represented. (Bloomberg Law)

• James Gatta, recent chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, is rejoining Goodwin Procter. (American Lawyer)


Legal Actions

• The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to drop a pending case over government access to emails stored overseas, saying a new federal law has stripped the case of any practical significance. (Bloomberg)

• Exxon Mobil Corp.’s attempt to derail a multistate fraud investigation into the company’s public comments about climate change flamed out in a New York court. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan on Thursday dismissed Exxon’s lawsuit claiming officials in New York and Massachusetts conspired with environmental groups in planning the securities-fraud probe and making up their minds about its outcome before it started. (Bloomberg)



• The president of the American Bar Association is calling on law firms to emphasize the importance of mental health with their attorneys after a Quinn Emanuel partner published a column in the New York Law Journal about coping with depression. (American Lawyer)