• Fujifilm Holdings Corp. is suing Xerox Corp. for $1 billion in damages in Manhattan federal court, after Xerox backed out of a $6.1 billion takeover deal in May. ( Bloomberg ) Sidley Austin’s Andrew Stern is heading Fujifilm’s legal team, while information about Xerox’s counsel was not yet available. ( New York Law Journal )

• Legally besieged Theranos Inc. said its general counsel, former Munger associate David Taylor, is now its CEO, after company founder Elizabeth Holmes stepped down as chief a few days ago. Holmes and the company’s former chief operating officer and president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, face federal wire fraud charges linked to false claims about its blood tests. ( Corporate Counsel )

• Major U.S. companies including Microsoft Corp., Airbnb Inc., eBay Inc., and Viacom Inc., represented by Quinn Emanuel and a Missouri firm, are backing a worker in a Missouri federal appeals case that asks whether sexual orientation should be considered sex discrimination under federal civil rights laws. ( National Law Journal )

• Adobe Systems Inc. promoted Dana Rao, since 2012 a VP and associate GC of intellectual property and litigation, to take over as general counsel from the retiring Mike Dillon. ( Corporate Counsel )

• Harvey Weinstein wants jurors to decide whether Chubb Ltd. and other insurers are acting in “bad faith” by refusing to pay to defend him against nearly a dozen lawsuits accusing him of assaulting or sexually harassing women over a period stretching four decades. ( Bloomberg )

• Goodwin poached a Greenberg Traurig team of four technology intellectual property litigators with experience representing clients before the International Trade Commission as partners in its IP practice in Washington, D.C. Mark Davis, previously a shareholder and ITC practice chair at Greenberg, started yesterday.P.J. McCarthy,Ronald Pabisand Stephen Shahida will join over the next several weeks. ( GoodwinLaw.com ) The move comes weeks after Greenberg Traurig hired Scott Doyle from Fried Frank’s IP litigation practice to lead its ITC practice. ( American Lawyer )

• Eisner PC, an L.A.-based entertainment-law boutique, said it hired Blank Rome litigation partners Leslie Corwin and Simon Miller for its new Midtown Manhattan office, where, with current Eisner partners Doreen Small and Ali Grace Marquart, they will represent media and entertainment companies. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Apple Inc.’s bid to kill an antitrust lawsuit over the market for iPhone apps in a case that could shield e-commerce companies from consumer claims over high commissions. ( Bloomberg )

 

 

Lawyers, Law Firms, Laterals

• Management-side labor law firm Littler Mendelson and Prime Policy Group, a Washington lobbying shop, launched a group to help employers put their stamp on policy discussions about the future of work. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Cloud-based firm FisherBroyles said it added two partners to its Washington, D.C., office: Richard A. Kirby, a former Baker McKenzie litigator and SEC lawyer, and Beth-Ann Roth, a partner at investment management firm Capital Fund Law Group. ( FisherBroyles )

• Littler said Yusra Siddiquee joined the firm as a partner in Toronto, coming from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, where she led the business immigration and international mobility team in Toronto. ( Littler.com )

• Arent Fox said former federal prosecutor Glenn C. Colton and Michelle J. Shapiro, both previously at Dentons, joined the firm’s government enforcement & white collar practice as partners. ( ArentFox.com )

• Mintz Levin said corporate attorney Scott Stanton joined the firm as a member in its corporate & securities practice in San Diego, after spending 14 years at Morrison & Foerster, including as chair of the firm’s global corporate practice group from 2010 to 2013. ( Mintz.com )

• BakerHostetler added former Brown Rudnick corporate partner Numan Siddiqi to its business group in its Costa Mesa, California, office. ( BakerLaw.com )

• California-based Legal Aid of Marin said it hired Stephanie Haffner, a former litigation director at the Western Center on Law & Poverty, as its new executive director. ( LegalAidMarin )

• DLA Piper said Craig Lang joined the firm’s corporate practice as a partner in Silicon Valley, coming from venture capital firm Oak Investment Partners, where he served as vice president of legal affairs. Lang’sLinkedinpage says he previously spent nine years at Wilson Sonsini. ( DLAPiper.com )

 

 

Legal Market

• On a recent panel on false claims litigation, Judges Sara Ellis and Manish Shah, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, discussed their desire for an informed discovery plan from counsel on both sides in whistleblower cases. ( Bloomberg Law )

 

Legal Actions

• In a California court, Monsanto is facing a groundskeeper who blames the company’s Roundup weed killer for the cancer that is killing him. ( Bloomberg )

 

Technology

• Will blockchain turn out to be an ally-- or trouble -- for copyright holders? Podcast. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.