• Fourteen women partners at Chadbourne & Parke sent a letter  rejecting their connection to a potential class-action lawsuit that accuses the firm of pay discrimination and retaliation against female attorneys. (WSJ Law Blog)

• Kirkland & Ellis announced it is hiring  17 lawyers from the Bancroft law firm, a Washington boutique specializing in U.S. Supreme Court cases, including Paul D. Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General and the firm’s founder, Viet D. Dinh, a former U.S. assistant attorney general for legal policy. K&E’s acquisition of conservatives’ favorite SCOTUS firm took two weeks to put together. (Big Law Business)

• Opinion: Airbnb’s new policy  prohibiting its hosts from discriminating based on “race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status” goes beyond what the law may or may not require, but it’s the right move. (Bloomberg View/Big Law Business)

• The NCAA said Monday it will move  all championship tournament games out of North Carolina this academic year in response to the state’s law curbing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (New York Times)

• Jack Chen, a legally blind lawyer for Google, relies on his sense of smell and hearing, his cane and mental map to guide him through train stations, the subway and busy sidewalks to the company’s offices in New York. Then he gets to work as product counsel in charge of Chrome. (Big Law Business)


Legal Market

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada announced it is combining with a 126-year-old Vancouver-based law firm, Bull Housser. (Big Law Business)

• The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil fraud charges against a chemical company general counsel for allegedly failing to disclose a U.S. Department of Justice investigation to the company’s shareholders. (Big Law Business)

• The U.S. Senate banking committee has scheduled a hearing to examine charges that thousands of Wells Fargo employees secretly opened accounts and enrolled customers in services without their consent. Wells Fargo agreed last week to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s largest-ever penalty. (National Law Journal)

• No one has explained how the huge Wells Fargo “sham” went unnoticed by management for so long, but the executive who supervised the 5,000-plus employees accused of participating in it is getting a $124.6 million retirement bonus. (New York Times DealBook)

• The Wells Fargo case shows that U.S. regulations fail to address bad behavior by banks and their executives. (The New Yorker)

• The House Financial Services Committee Tuesday is scheduled to begin considering the Dodd-Frank reform bill known as  the Financial CHOICE Act. (Forbes)

• California’s chief justice last week ordered the State Bar to present a budget adequate for the agency’s disciplinary work, but the dues order that its leaders voted Monday to request may go beyond that amount. (The Recorder)


SCOTUS and Other Court Rulings

• Eight Supreme Court appeals that have added to Bancroft’s reputation as  conservatives’ go-to law firm . (National Law Journal)

• Debevoise & Plimpton attorneys put around 70,000 hours into pro bono litigation to persuade a Connecticut judge to rule that the state’s public schools failed schoolchildren in its poorest districts, and last week it paid off with a landmark victory. The decision comes as several other school funding-inequity lawsuits are pending. (Law.com)

• A New York federal appeals court revived, for the second time, a whistle-blower lawsuit claiming JPMorgan Chase & Co. fired a wealth manager for reporting a client’s possible illegal behavior.  (Bloomberg)

• A California federal court threw out a locksmith’s suit seeking to hold Yelp responsible for negative reviews of his business on the site. (The Recorder)

• A Holland & Knight associate has a new album that features a catchy tune extolling Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice and considered instrumental in ending legal segregation. (Big Law Business)


Laterals and Moves

• In a busy day for law firm hiring , Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Dentons, Morrison & Foerster, O’Melveny & Myers and Covington & Burling announced additions to their staffs. (Big Law Business)

• Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP said it has elected  corporate lawyer Michael Gerstenzang as managing partner, to take over from Mark Leddy, an antitrust attorney, effective Jan. 1. (Big Law Business)

• As McDermott, Will & Emery prepares to elect its next chairman Thursday, five partners from five of the firm’s offices are vying for the job. (American Lawyer)

• Flex, the company that among other things makes Google’s Chromecast hardware dongle, announced Monday it has hired a new general counsel for its San Jose office. (Big Law Business)

• London-based Olswang has hired a consultant to work with the firm’s South Korea law firm partners as part of its effort to expand its Asia presence and regional IP-focus. (The Lawyer)

• Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Eversheds international arbitration chief Will Thomas for its  Paris office, which is recovering from a string of exits this year. (Global Legal Post)



• The Golden State Warriors have  brought in Cooley privacy lawyers to defend the basketball team against charges that its Android app unlawfully accesses fans’ smartphone microphones. (The Recorder)

• Facebook Inc. and Israel agreed to cooperate in the fight to prevent terrorists from using the social media network as a propaganda and recruiting tool. (Bloomberg)

• A lawsuit filed last week accuses LG Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. of conspiring to suppress wages by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees in Silicon Valley, where allegations of no-poaching pacts have haunted technology companies for years. (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

• LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is offering to donate as much as $5 million to veterans if Republican nominee Donald Trump releases his tax returns in time for the final presidential debate. (Bloomberg)

• Companies buying  cyberinsurance should be aware that these policies come with obligations that, if neglected, can jeopardize coverage, a BDO Consulting official said at a recent panel. (Legaltech News)

• San Diego biotech company Illumina Inc. has obtained a preliminary injunction that blocks Netherlands-based Qiagen N.V. from selling a competing gene- sequencing system. (Law.com)

Solo law firms are the least likely of small firms to use advanced practice management technology, according to a recent survey. (Above The Law)

• How the telling video quickly went viral Sunday after a woozy Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton needed help getting into a van. (Wired)


Legal Education • Two sports team owners -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert -- are donating $5 million eachto their law school, Wayne State Law in Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)



• The partner at Nashville law firm King & Ballow, who last year won a $7.4 million verdict in the copyright case targeting the hit song “Blurred Lines,” said he likes to be “ underestimated ." The song’s writers have hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan for their appeal. (Law.com)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Gabe Friedman.