•  The Justice Department Monday filed a suit accusing Volkswagen AG  of installing illegal devices meant to defeat emissions testing on nearly 600,000 vehicles and the department is also investigating the German automaker for possible criminal conduct related to the devices. (Big Law Business/Bloomberg News)

• Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has hired the chair of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s insurance recovery practice in Washington, along with six colleagues. (Big Law Business)

• Cybersecurity insurers may see premiums gross income rise by 300 percent or more in the next five years, even as the product’s pricing and composition continue to evolve, insurance specialists and others said. (Bloomberg BNA,subscription req’d.)

• Buyers spent a record $3.8 trillion on mergers and acquisitions in 2015, and companies look to be even more optimistic about pursuing M&A this year. (Bloomberg)


Legal Market

• In 2016’s second big law firm tie-up,  Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, has swallowed New York- and Palo Alto, California-based Waldman Law LLC. (American Lawyer)

• Law firm mergers, expansion to China, diversity and use of new legal technology were among pressing issues affecting the profession in 2015.  (Big Law Business)

• Lawyers are opposing a District of Columbia  paid-leave proposal  on behalf of their clients, but most Washington-based law firms have been mum on the issue. (National Law Journal)

• A federal judge in Washington has  dismissed a complaint  filed against Barclays plc by a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner, the latest unsuccessful effort by ex-Dewey partners to sue Barclays over capital contribution loans provided to partners at the fallen law firm. (American Lawyer)

• The American Museum of Tort Law,  which was started by consumer activist Ralph Nader, is fighting what it calls “false perceptions” that the U.S. is too litigious . (Financial Times)

• Davis Polk & Wardwell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have played major roles in Deutsche Bank’s sale of its holding in Chinese lender Hua Xia Bank to Chinese insurance group PICC, in a deal worth as much CNY 25.7 billion ($3.97 billion). (The Lawyer)


Laterals and Moves

• Baker & McKenzie said it has hired away Hogan Lovells commercial and financial litigation veteran Hugh Lyons, in another move to expand Baker’s London disputes practice. (The Lawyer)

• Hogan Lovells has promoted 24 lawyers to partner worldwide, matching last year’s tally. (The Lawyer)

• A former litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton is now New York City’s arguably best-known lawyer advocate for bicyclist and pedestrian rights.

Cooley has hired the former chair of O’Melveny & Myers’ global mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice as a partner in Silicon Valley, the firm announced Monday. (Big Law Business)



 Cloud-based electronic discoverysolutions are now mature enough that law firms should begin to evaluate them for potential increased cyber security and cost savings associated with the discovery process. (Big Law Business)

• A talk with PayPal Holding Inc’s new general counsel, Louise Pentland, who was previously Nokia’s top legal officer. (The Recorder)

• A new 100-page guide by the Electronic Discovery Institute aims to help judges easily grasp the complex current state of discovery . (LegalTech news)

• The European Union’s data protection supervisor released guidelines including what it called “ practical advice " for organizations to integrate data protection principles in their management of email, internet and telephony for work purposes. (EDPS)

• A recent paper by legal software provider Mitratech considers how legal departments can address  increasing compliance challenges,in particular linked to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  (LegalTech news)


Legal Education

• The Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center sent acceptance letters to people who had not applied to the school. (Above the Law)



• The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office faces a racial discrimination suit filed by an African-American woman who alleges that management failed to take action after a colleague addressed her with a racial slur. (The Recorder)

• A journalist has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice seeking access to emails between former and present U.S. solicitors general and U.S. Supreme Court justices, assuming they exist. (National Law Journal)

• The National Football League’s Cleveland Browns said it has hired a lawyer as executive vice president of football operations — former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr associate Sashi Brown. (American Lawyer)

• Hillary Clinton has evaded Republican lawmakers so far, but they  still have several investigations of her underway. (Politico)

• A top Chicago city lawyer resigned  after a federal judge charged that he hid evidence in a fatal police shooting. (Washington Post)

• Experts say the Justice Department suit against VW keeps the door open to separate criminal charges against the company and individual executives, but it could also pave the way for  a global settlement resolving both civil and criminal claims. (Law360)