• Volkswagen AG is paying $175 million to plaintiffs’ attorneys in the $10 billion settlement over the “clean diesel” litigation. But many lawyers who say they worked on those cases will get nothing. A federal judge ruled that only attorneys picked as class counsel in the consolidated litigation, and attorneys working on assignments from class counsel, are entitled to attorneys’ fees. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Willkie snagged former federal prosecutor and White House lawyer Michael J. Gottlieb away from Boies Schiller Flexner. He’ll be in the firm’s Washington office as a litigation partner and a leader of the firm’s crisis management practice. (Willkie.com)

  • Former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s general counsel, Thomas Hungar, is returning to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in its appellate and complex trial litigation practice. (National Law Journal)

  • MasterCard Inc. was fined 570.6 million euros ($648 million) by the European Union for allegedly jacking up credit card fees in the region. (Bloomberg News via Bloomberg Law)

  • Baker McKenzie expanded its legal service delivery team by hiring two prominent consultants, getting Casey Flaherty as director of legal project management and Jae Um as director of pricing strategy. Flaherty, a former Holland & Knight associate, was most recently a principal at Procertas, which provides technology training and benchmarking for the legal industry. Um, previously at Seyfarth Shaw, was most recently founder & executive director of Six Parsecs, which provided legal business analytics. (Legaltechnews.com)

  • Stores that sold hydroponic equipment to marijuana growers can’t benefit from the federal bankruptcy code, because pot sales remain illegal under federal law, a Colorado judge ruled. (Bloomberg Law)

  • International Business Machines Corp.'s retirement plan committee, advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell, failed to get a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision last month reviving a proposed class action by workers who say they lost out on retirement savings when the company’s stock price fell 7 percent. That decision bucked a recent pro-defendant trend in 401K cases. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Facebook, advised by Orrick, will get $79,640 in damages in its successful Computer Fraud and Abuse Act suit against a social media aggregator, a federal court found. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James said she and 45 other state attorneys general reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson of allegations that J&J unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. (MarketWatch.com)

  • Attorneys for an Uber-owned bikeshare company are challenging Lyft’s alleged monopoly on bike-share programs in San Francisco. (SFExaminer.com)

  • The American Bar Association tried and failed to pass tougher bar exam pass standards for law schools in 2017. It’s about to try again. (Law.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Cozen O’Connor said its bankruptcy and corporate lawyers advised on the successful acquisition of bankrupt New York-based luxury coffee shop chain FIKA by a newly formed acquisition vehicle. (ABL Advisor)

  • Morrison & Foerster client San Francisco Equity Partners, a private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in “clean beauty” brand jane iredale. (MoFo.com) (PE Hub)

  • InhouseBlog.com posted an M&A guide for in-house counsel. (InhouseBlog.com)

Laterals, Moves

  • DLA Piper hired away Baker Mckenzie tax partner Daniel Robyn based in both Los Angeles and Northern California offices. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Morrison & Foerster grabbed the London-based chair of Reed Smith’s European private equity real estate practice, Oliver s’Jacob, as a partner in its real estate practice in London. (MoFo.com)

  • BakerHostetler hired Capital One in-house leader Eulonda Skyles as a partner on its privacy and data protection team in Washington. At Capital One Skyles was associate general counsel, and she was previously litigation counsel at Orrick, and before that at Yahoo!. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Carlton Fields hired real estate attorney Yelena Abalmazova Chan as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Sheppard Mullin hired Sidley Austin partner Allison Fulton as a partner in its Washington office on its life sciences and Food and Drug Administration team. (SheppardMullin.com)

  • Dorsey & Whitney said Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner corporate trust lawyers Helena Nathanson and Paul Regan joined its London office as partners in the firm’s finance & restructuring group. (Dorsey.com)

  • DLA Piper said Kate Brown De Vejar is joining the firm as a litigation partner in Mexico City and New York, and as global co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice, with Paris-based co-chair Michael Ostrove. She joins from Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. (DLAPiper.com)


  • Haynes and Boone promoted 10 lawyers (five women) to counsel in the firm’s New York, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Richardson, Texas, offices. (HaynesBoone.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw promoted 24 lawyers (15 women) to partner. (Seyfarth.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • L.A. litigator Thomas Girardi, husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, is getting sued by Law Finance Group, represented by Eisner PC, over $15 million in allegedly unpaid loans. The suit also names Girardi’s law firm. (The Recorder)

  • Nissan North America Inc. won’t get an early exit from a proposed class suit over allegedly dangerous transmissions in 2013 and 2014 Altimas. Drinker Biddle & Reath represents Nissan. (Bloomberg Law)

  • Fans of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints are suing over an allegedly blown pass interference call they contend robbed their team of a win in an NFC championship game with the Rams. (NPR.org)