• 21st Century Fox Inc. is stinging from a $179 million arbitration award in an entertainment arbitration case over the hit TV series “Bones.” Fox said it plans to fight the $128 million punitive damages portion of the award, and has turned for help to O’Melveny litigator Daniel Petrocelli, who successfully defended the AT&T/Time Warner merger. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • The award is a huge win for Kasowitz Benson Torres, which represented “Bones” actors Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and two producers, who claimed they were ripped off for their share of profits from the series. The arbitrator in the case, a retired judge, seemed to agree. He reproached Fox for alleged “intentional acts of fraud and malice” in licensing “Bones” for artificially low fees to its sister networks and the Fox affiliated streaming platform Hulu. Munger Tolles & Olson represented Fox earlier in the arbitration. (AmLaw Litigation Daily) (BN)

  • Last week, Tesla’s top lawyer, Dane Butswinkas, quit the automaker after only two months to return to Washington-based Williams & Connolly. Now, Tesla is replacing Williams & Connolly as the firm representing Musk in the SEC case over his tweeting habits. That job has now gone to L.A.-based Hueston Hennigan, according to a filing. (BN via BLAW)

  • Amidst the Trump administration’s clamp-down on foreign investments in strategic U.S. companies, London elite firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a former U.S. official who played a significant role in implementing recent overhauls to the federal foreign investment review process. (BLAW via BLB)

  • O’Melveny posted record growth in profits per equity partner in 2018, on revenues that surged 8.5 percent, to top $800 million. (American Lawyer) Wilson Sonsini had its sixth-straight year of revenue growth in 2018, up 7.5 percent, to $857 million. PEP rose 6.3 percent, to $2.35 million. (The Recorder)

  • The SEC has its first chief risk officer to help it face cyber and other threats. It named Gabriel Benincasa, a senior adviser at financial industry consulting firm Patomak Global Partners LLC, to the job. (National Law Journal)

  • Chicago-based Ediscovery software maker Relativity grabbed its new chief technology officer, Keith Carlson, from Amazon Web Services. At AWS, Carlson was manager for payments and fraud prevention. Relativity also announced plans to add over 300 staff this year. (Crain’s Chicago Business) (ArtificialLawyer.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • A New York judge ordered the state’s former Governor Eliot Spitzer to pay half the reproduction cost of discovery, almost $133,000, in a defamation lawsuit filed against Spitzer by former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg. (New York Law Journal)

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hired West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Jack Goldberger to defend him from two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution in Florida. Goldberger was among attorneys who defended Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund billionaire, from sex trafficking and abuse charges. (Daily Business Review)

  • A California federal judge sanctioned Fox Rothschild partner Lincoln Bandlow for missing deadlines in copyright cases in which Bandlow is representing a litigious producer of pornography. (American Lawyer)

  • Cooley said it advised Socure, which provides technology for ID verification services, which got $30 million in new financing for its cloud-based solution for fighting identity theft. (Venturebeat.com)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced a California federal lawsuit on behalf of its client Multiple Energy Technologies LLC, maker of Redwave-brand bioceramics, accusing Hologenix LLC of making false and misleading claims about its competing product, Celliant. (Manatt.com)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher launched a web-based application for multinational companies, attorneys, and compliance professionals to get free, real-time news and practical guidance on regulatory compliance risks that companies face worldwide. (Willkie Compliance Concourse)

  • Withers is representing Connecticut all-girls prep school Miss Porter’s in negotiations related to an all-women artist benefit auction scheduled for today at Sotheby’s. Benefits from the Oprah Winfrey-promoted event, titled “By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women,” are to go to financial aid for Miss Porter’s. (Forbes) (Withersworldwide.com)

  • A new report from DLA Piper and Petroleum Economist forecasts 2019 will be a record year for new liquefied natural gas projects. (Petroleum-Economist.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough said labor and employment attorney Mitch Boyarsky joined the South Carolina-based firm as a partner in its New York office. Boyarsky was previously head of the New York labor and employment practice at Gibbons P.C. (NelsonMullins.com)

  • DLA Piper hired L.A.-based Milbank finance partner Melainie Mansfield as a corporate partner for its Chicago office. Mansfield is leaving Milbank after 24 years at the firm. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Dykema hired veteran executive manager Paul R. Boken as its new chief operating officer, to replace Richard Holdrup, who is retiring at March’s end. Boken, who was previously COO at Dinsmore & Shohl, a 500 attorney firm based in Cincinnati, will primarily work out of Dykema’s Chicago office. (Dykema.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Delta Air Lines Inc., advised by Morgan Lewis, will pay $2.3 million to settle class claims by job applicants who allege it improperly obtained their credit reports, according to a deal that won preliminary approval. (BLAW)