• In 2009, Microsoft Corp. hired an upstart North Dakota-based alternative legal services provider, Integreon Inc., to help manage a relatively small chunk of its procurement contracts. Since then, the tech giant’s relationship with Integreon has grown dramatically, and some law firms see that as evidence that alternative legal providers pose a serious threat to them. But others say that risk is overblown. (BLAW)

  • Nixon Peabody CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher grew up in a working-class Massachusetts neighborhood and was the first in his family to attend college, he told the Journal in a recent interview. Glincher said he asks a lot of questions to satisfy a thirst for knowledge. “I don’t learn much by what comes out of my mouth.” (WSJ.com)

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison hired former WilmerHale partner Jeannie Rhee--who most recently served two years as a prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s special counsel Russia investigation--as a partner. She joins Paul Weiss in Washington in its white collar litigation practice. (National Law Journal)

  • Seattle-based Perkins Coie is expanding in New York City, with an emphasis on matters linked to the blockchain industry and emerging companies, rather than areas the city is better known for, such as finance, M&A, and real estate. (New York Law Journal)

  • Apple Inc., advised by Morrison & Foerster and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, fought off a third try by plaintiffs seeking class status for their suit alleging the company concealed a device-fatal touchscreen design defect on its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. (BLAW)

  • Latham & Watkins client Adobe Systems Inc. got a federal judge to scrap a $1.75 million jury award in an encryption patent lawsuit that has gone on for nine years. TecSec Inc., a company founded by a former director of the CIA’s Cryptographic Center, argued at trial that Boeing had paid $10 million for a license and Microsoft paid $16.5 million to settle previous litigation. (National Law Journal)

  • The gender discrimination suit against Jones Day got another female plaintiff. Amazon Studios lawyer Katrina Henderson, a former Jones Day associate, asked to join the suit against her former firm. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Hertz Corp.'s former top lawyer, Jeffrey Zimmerman, asked a federal court dismiss a lawsuit accusing him and two other former top executives of owing the rental car giant over $200 million in legal fees and other costs related to misstating company income. Zimmerman is represented by Mayer Brown. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Law firms and consultants say they are getting flooded with requests from U.S. companies looking for legal help getting around the costs of President Trump’s China tariffs. (Financial Times)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Washington, followed by Houston and Tallahassee, are the best U.S. cities for lawyers, according to a new ranking that considers cities’ cost of living index, average annual salaries for lawyers, density of jobs for lawyers. New York City comes in at 11th. (Above The Law)

  • Two partners from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are getting sued by a Houston legal recruiting firm, alleging they violated a year-long search contract by excluding the recruiters from a deal to launch their firm’s Houston office. (Texas Lawyer)

  • The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and New York Law School are co-sponsoring a series of conferences in which attorneys, activists, journalists, academics, and community leaders will discuss racial justice. Retired federal judge Shira Scheindlin, now of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, is among speakers scheduled for the first one, at the law school this Wednesday. (Lawyerscommittee.org)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Troutman Sanders hired intellectual property litigator Ben Wagner in San Diego as a partner. He was previously at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. And more moves and news at prominent IP firms and IP-related organizations. (BLAW)

  • Barnes & Thornburg added civil and criminal litigator Michael S. Bergerson Jr. as a partner in South Bend, Indiana. He arrives from Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office, where he was an associate. (BTLaw.com)

  • Mayer Brown grabbed Hogan Lovells litigator Ulrich Helm as a partner in Frankfurt, Germany. (LegalWeek.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Holland and Knight client Tiger Natural Gas Inc. and consumers got a judge’s OK for their $3.7 million class settlement settling claims that the company illegally recorded sales calls with PG&E Corp. customers. Manatt Phelps & Phillips client Community Gas Center Inc. was also named in the suit as the telemarketing company Tiger hired to promote its capped-rate program. (BLAW)

  • Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. over the seizure of telecommunications equipment by American officials who were investigating whether the gear required an export license to leave the country. (BN via BLAW)