• Jones Day is getting out of Russia, closing the office it opened in Moscow 16 years ago, according to a report. (The Lawyer)

  • Boies Schiller Flexner, lawyers for institutional investors in Glencore Plc, said they will sue the commodities trading giant for share price drops that followed bribery investigations in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. The suit is “expected to run into the billions,” the firm said. (BN via BLAW)

  • The former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Alex Kozinski, retired from the bench about two years ago under a cloud of allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. Now, he’s set to return to the same court as a lawyer in a copyright lawsuit. (The Recorder)

  • A handful of law firms are dominating the booming market for initial public offerings of special purpose acquisition companies. (BLAW via BLB)

  • And in Texas, Kirkland & Ellis, Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins are dominating the market for M&A deals. In the last 13 years, those three firms have accounted for some 2,000 deals worth close to $2 trillion, according to this report. (Texas Lawbook via Chron)

  • Facebook Inc., represented by Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review class status in a suit alleging its facial-recognition software violated an Illinois law by gathering and storing personal data without users’ consent. The suit could potentially expose the social media giant to billions in liability. (BLAW)

  • Big Four accounting firm Deloitte’s law arm launched a new program to boost legal tech start-ups. Major law firms are taking note of this latest move onto their turf. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Oracle Corp. and the Labor Department are locking horns over the regulator’s $400 million pay bias claims against the company in an administrative trial that started yesterday in California. Oracle’s Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe lawyers filed a suit last week accusing the DOL of a “power grab” in the case. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Google’s in-house lawyers have had a stressful week.(Corporate Counsel) For example, a complaint filed Tuesday accused the company of terminating staff in retaliation for activism about working conditions. (BN via BLAW) And Google is facing a U.K. investigation into its $2.6 billion takeover of data company Looker Data Sciences Inc. (BN via BLAW)

  • A California federal court sanctioned a rival of CrossFit Inc. for nearly $4 million after it committed discovery misconduct in a false ad suit that was “as egregious as anything” the court “has ever seen.” Troutman Sanders and Latham & Watkins represent CrossFit. (BLAW)

  • Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor signed a lease for 77,000 square-foot space at 3 World Trade Center, in plans to consolidate its two Midtown offices in New York City. Florida-headquartered Akerman signed a lease to relocate its New York office to a 100,000-square-foot office in a building on Avenue of the Americas. (New York Law Journal)

  • A California plaintiff’s lawyer is facing possible sanctions after sending messages filled with expletives and threats of violence to Allstate’s Sheppard Mullin legal team in an insurance dispute. (Above The Law)

Deals

  • Paris-based hotel chain Accor, a Proskauer client, agreed to sell an approximately 5% stake in Shanghai-based hotel operator and franchiser Huazhu Group Ltd. for about $451 million. (HotelManagement.net)

Pro Bono

  • Two documentary film organizations, represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and others, filed a Dec. 5 federal lawsuit challenging new rules that require nearly all visa applicants to register their social media handles with the U.S. government. (BrennanCenter.org)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Mayer Brown hired oil and gas lawyer Vera de Gyarfas as a partner in its corporate & securities practice in Houston. She was previously a partner at King & Spalding. (MayerBrown.com)

  • Kobre & Kim said offshore litigator Ulrich Payne will join the firm as a partner in its Cayman Islands office, in January 2020. He’s a former Kirkland partner and arrives most recently from Ogier. (KobreKim.com)

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough added cybersecurity attorney Kevin Mekler in Tampa. He was previously managing director and counsel at insurance company Travelers. (NelsonMullins.com)

Elections, Promotions

  • Locke Lord’s L.A. office managing partner, Nina Huerta, was reelected to a fourth term as president of the Mexican American Bar Foundation. (LockeLord.com)

  • King & Spalding promoted 21 lawyers, including seven women, to partner across six U.S. offices and London, effective Jan. 1, 2020. It promoted four lawyers, including one woman, to counsel. (KSLaw.com)

  • Stroock promoted three lawyers, including one woman, to partner, and nine lawyers, including four women, to special counsel, effective Jan. 1. (Stroock.com)

Legal Actions

  • Facebook faces an appeal of the Philadelphia transport authority’s investor lawsuit seeking records related to a major scandal involving the social media giant’s advertising rates. (BLAW)

Technology

  • At many law firms, poor communication of outside counsel guidelines to their lawyers can lead to steep bills for clients, and reduced or rejected invoices for law firms, according to a recent report. (American Lawyer) Better processes and tech solutions can help avoid these problems, says the report. (Artificial Lawyer)

  • Texas-based global law firm network Lex Mundi published a report on how general counsel handle corporate liability, regulatory, and other challenges linked to using artificial intelligence technology “in an era of economic nationalism.” (LexMundi.com)