Wake Up Call: Google Has GC Opening After Walker Promotion

• Google’s general counsel and senior vice president, Kent Walker, is getting a promotion to senior VP for global affairs, putting the company in the market for a new top lawyer, according to a report. The news comes in the wake of the $5 billion antitrust penalty the company was hit with by the European Commision this month. (CorpCounsel.com) (CNBC.com) (Bloomberg)

• Law school applications for the upcoming academic year are up 8 percent compared with the previous year, the first significant increase since 2010, according to new data from the Law School Admission Council. The council said it is increasing the number of LSAT test dates from six to 10 and will switch to a computerized version of the exam in the spring of 2019. “I’ve heard from a number of schools that this year they are worried about, not under-enrollment, but over-enrollment,” LSAC president Kellye Testy said. (Law.com)

• Claims under the National Football League Players’ concussion injury litigation class action settlement have reached $502 billion, surpassing the NFL’s 10-year projection in less than 2 years since the process started in March 2017, according to a report by the court-appointed claims administrator. (NFLConcussionsettlement.com)

• Morgan Lewis expanded its U.S. dispute capability by poaching a seven-partner intellectual property litigation team from McDermott Will and Emery, along with several associates, with a focus on life sciences and technology industries. Five partners—Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta, and Kevin Shortsle are in Chicago; Partner Natalie Bennett is in Washington, and Brent Hawkins is in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. (MorganLewis.com)

• Recently retired from a 35-year career at Latham & Watkins, insurance lawyer G. Andrew “Andy” Lundberg has taken a job as an adviser at litigation finance heavyweight Burford Capital. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• The trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank and tax fraud charges starts today in Virginia. (Politico)

• Perkins Coie said former Amazon senior counsel Andrew Moriarty rejoined the firm as a partner in its labor and employment group in Seattle. He was previously with Perkins Coie from 1998 to 2013. (PerkinsCoie.com)

• The Trump administration is being sued for taking too much time to process waivers to its travel ban, according to a lawsuit filed by advocacy nonprofit Muslim Advocates. (National Law Journal)

• The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct against former personnel chief Corey Coleman, according to a report. (Washington Post)

 

Kavanaugh Nomination

• Six years before President Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh sided with Trump Entertainment Resorts’ successful effort to thwart a unionization drive at one of its casinos. (Bloomberg via BLB)

 

Lawyers and Law Firms

• Sidley said a team of its corporate lawyers represented marketing execution services company InnerWorkings, Inc. in an “amicable” resolution of the company’s potential proxy contest with Engine Capital, L.P. and certain of its affiliates. Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP is serving as legal advisor to Engine Capital. (MarketWatch)

• Morrison & Foerster is hosting a webinar on the California Consumer Privacy Act on Tuesday, led by L.A.-based partner Purvi Patel and Washington-based partner Nathan Taylor. (MoFo.com)

 

Laterals, Moves

• Cozen O’Connor said it hired prominent California-based franchise law attorney Susan Grueneberg to lead its global franchise practice. Grueneberg, previously a partner at Snell & Wilmer, advises large area developers, sub-franchisors, and multi-unit franchisees, as well as startups. She joins the firm’s IP department as a member in its Los Angeles office. (Cozen.com)

 

Legal Education

• During a recent bar exam in Denver, Colorado, ceiling tiles rained down on test takers because of a leak in the HVAC system. Testing resumed after a 40-minute break. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.