• A California jury yesterday hit Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co. with an order to pay $2 billion in damages--including $1 billion in punitive damages for each plaintiff--to a California couple that claimed they got cancer as a result of using the company’s Roundup weedkiller for about 30 years. Monsanto is now 0 for 3 in California lawsuits over Roundup, as the previous two yielded combined damages of $159 million. (BN via BLAW) Monsanto’s legal team included lawyers from Hinshaw & Culbertson and Hollingsworth, among others. Plaintiffs were represented by Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and The Miller Law Firm. (The Recorder) The latest verdict adds pressure on Bayer to settle the thousands of other Roundup cases still pending. (BN)

  • Florida’s top financial regulator Ronald Rubin, a former enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission, was placed on administrative leave following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a female staffer. (BLAW)

  • A decade-long legal fight over a filing gaff linked to a $1.5 billion JP Morgan & Chase & Co. loan to the “old” General Motors looks headed for a settlement after a proposed deal was filed in New York federal bankruptcy court yesterday. Binder & Schwartz said its client Motors Liquidation Trust agreed to a $231 million settlement with JPMorgan, law firm Simpson Thacher, and hundreds of other financial-institution defendants. Defendants in the dispute, (Motors Liquidation Co. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., In re Motors Liquidation Co.), have been represented by a committee of law firms that included Wachtell Lipton, Jones Day, Davis Polk, Kasowitz Benson, Torres & Friedman, Kelley Drye, Munger Tolles, and others. (WSJ.com) (Reuters)

  • Four Big Law firms advised on an estimated $4.2 billion merger aimed at forming a listed, leading provider of analytics on intellectual property and scientific information to support innovation. Blank Rome and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison advised Churchill Capital Corp, a publicly traded investment vehicle, on its merger with innovation analytics company Clarivate Analytics Plc, which owns trademark research and brand protection companies CompuMark and MarkMonitor. Latham & Watkin advised Clarivate on the transaction, which creates the new company, also named Clarivate Analytics Plc., expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today. Ropes & Gray advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its participation in the deal. (Yahoo Finance) (World Trademark Review)

  • Former Justice Department national security chief David Laufman, who in 2016 managed investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and into Russian election interference, has joined Connecticut-based firm Wiggin and Dana as a partner in Washington. He’ll be co-chair of the firm’s national security practice group and a member of its white-collar defense, investigations and corporate compliance practice group and its international trade compliance group. (National Law Journal)

  • WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook and has some 1.5 billion users worldwide, said a loophole in the app allowed hackers to remotely install Israeli spyware that can turn on phones’ microphone and camera, go through emails and messages, and collect location data. (Financial Times)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Morrison & Foerster settled a Texas lawsuit accusing the firm of “egregious” over-billing practices. (Texas Lawyer)

  • E2open, which provides cloud-based software for managing supply chains, is acquiring Amber Road, Inc., which provides cloud-based global trade management software, for approximately $425 million. Willkie Farr & Gallagher is advising E2open, while Dentons US is advising Amber Road. (BusinessWire.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Recently re-branded firm Sullivan, until recently known as Sullivan & Worcester, added transactional lawyer Thomas Huszar as a partner in New York. Huszar’s the former chair of the corporate & securities department at New York-based Moritt Hock & Hamroff. (Sullivanlaw.com)

  • BakerHostetler expanded its worklaw practice in L.A., getting the former co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s L.A. labor and employment practice, Michael Chamberlin, who joins as a partner. (Bakerlaw.com)

  • Foley & Lardner said law firm marketing pro Melanie Zaletsky joined the firm as chief marketing & business development officer, based in Washington. She’s previously been at Crowell & Moring, Hogan Lovells, and DLA Piper. (Foley.com)

  • Goodwin got former California federal prosecutor and recent Baker McKenzie partner David Callaway as a partner in its white collar defense practice in Silicon Valley. In close to two decades at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Callaway, among other things, led the criminal division and white collar unit. (Goodwinlaw.com)

  • DLA Piper added Greenberg Traurig corporate practice shareholder Jasmine Zacharias to its finance practice, as a partner based in Miami. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Dykema said former Michigan state Senate general counsel Scott A. Hughes joined its government policy & practice group as a senior counsel in its Lansing office. (Dykema.com)

Legal Actions, Decisions

  • A group of several hundred Steak ‘n Shake managers who claimed to be owed overtime wages got their $3.03 million jury verdict doubled to about $6 million. Donelon P.C. represents the class. Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. represents Steak ‘n Shake. (BLAW)