• Top lawyers from the Obama administration have formed a group to fight against ethics violations they expect the Trump government to make. ( Politico )

• Lawyers and lobbyists are Brexit’s biggest winners. ( New York Times )

• President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. ( Bloomberg via BLB )

• When a lawyer makes partner at a large law firm, is it news? Big Law Business takes a look at firms' latest public relations push in how they address diversity and inclusion. ( BLB )

• Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager accused of defrauding shareholders while CEO of Retrophin Inc, has spent months blaming his lawyers, and now one of them is hitting back. ( BLB )

• Yale Law School’s incoming dean, Heather Gerken, wants to keep the things that make the school “extraordinary,” while preparing students for the differences of practicing law in the 21st century. BLB talked to Gerken about her plans as Yale Law’s first woman dean, the role lawyers play in the face of the Trump administration, and other subjects. ( BLB )

 

 

Legal Business

• As Faegre Baker Daniels readied a leadership transition in 2016, the firm posted a 5 percent increase in gross revenue, to $489.5 million, and a 7.5 percent jump in profits per equity partner, to $860,000. ( Am Law Daily )

• Chugging along in a tough legal market, Sidley Austin’s gross revenue climbed 3.4 percent, to $1.928 billion in 2016, while profits per equity partner rose 3.1 percent, to $2.13 million. ( Am Law Daily )

 

Legal Market

• Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are said to be on track to win EU approval for their $74 billion tie-up as soon as next month, after tweaking concessions to allay antitrust concerns. The takeover, announced a year ago, is one of three mega-deals that would reshape the global agrochemicals industry. ( Bloomberg )

• The cyber insurance market is stuck in a “vicious circle” and insurers will need to rethink their approach to such coverage if the sector is to reach its potential, according to a new report from Deloitte. ( Financial Times )

• Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas companies, refiners and groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers to combat environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general, according to thousands of pages of e-mails released under court order Wednesday. ( Bloomberg )

 

 

President Trump’s First 100 Days

• Three lawyers, including two from Big Law firms, are on the Trump administration’s shortlist to fill a pair of vacancies at the National Labor Relations Board. ( Bloomberg BNA via BLB )

• The Trump administration Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. A look at the issue and what could happen next. ( Bloomberg )

• Changes Trump might make to his immigration ban to get around objections that federal courts have cited in blocking it. A Q&A. ( Bloomberg )

• Trump has yet to sign major legislation, and he has not put out a legislative plan on three of his main campaign issues: health care, infrastructure and tax reform. ( Bloomberg View )

 

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• A Brooklyn judge Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to turn over a list of travelers who were detained under the controversial travel ban it issued in January. That order may help plaintiffs’ attorneys identify people who U.S. authorities “unlawfully” detained after another federal judge blocked the ban. ( National Law Journal )

• In a unanimous decision that should be good news to U.S. companies with global manufacturing operations, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly interpreted a 1984 law that applies patent liability on components manufactured in the U.S. to be assembled abroad. ( Corporate Counsel )

• The Supreme Court has typically protected arbitration agreements from attack, but in questioning Wednesday several justices seemed to be singing a different tune in a case that looks at such arrangements used in nursing home contracts. ( National Law Journal )

• The Supreme Court ruled 6-2  that Duane Buck couldn’t be put to death for murders he was convicted of, because his defense-appointed psychologist testified that Buck was more likely to commit violent crimes in the future, because he is black. Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Samuel Alito, dissented. ( Above The Law )

• Editorial: Non-U.S. citizens involved in cross-border shootings should be allowed to sue in American courts. ( New York Times )

• Tom Hayes, the former UBS Group AG and Citigroup Inc. trader jailed for 11 years for conspiring to rig Libor, is challenging the U.K. financial regulator in court to overturn an order banning him from working in the industry. ( Bloomberg )

 

Laterals and Moves

• Latham & Watkins has hired the chair of Skadden’s West Coast litigation department. Thomas Nolan, a former federal prosecutor whose clients have included Toyota Motor Corporation, MGA Entertainment, Inc. and Allianz Life Insurance Company, will work for Latham in downtown Los Angeles. ( BLB )

• Two partners from Venable have joined Trump’s administration, including a former Republican chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee who was an outspoken critic of the post-crisis Dodd-Frank financial reforms. ( National Law Journal )

• U.K. elite firm Allen & Overy continued its effort to expand in the U.S. by picking up a three-partner finance and securities team from Paul Hastings, including former leveraged finance head Bill Schwitter. ( Am Law Daily )

• DLA Piper lost two partners from its pension team who left to join boutique firm ARC Pensions Law. ( The Lawyer )

 

 

 

Technology

• A Chicago federal judge recently rejected an attempt by prosecutors in a child pornography case to compel people in a particular building to push their fingerprints on screens of seized Apple devices to see if they would open them. ( Ars Technica )

• Microsoft Corp. and payroll services company Stripe Inc. urged federal banking regulators that are drawing up cyber risk governance rules for the largest banks to leave room in their guidelines for innovative technologies developed by third-party providers. ( New York Law Journal )

• Data from social media is becoming an increasingly important component of electronic discovery for litigation. But collecting such data presents new challenges for eDiscovery professionals. ( Legaltech News )

• Ever since Snap Inc. turned down Facebook Inc.'s $3 billion acquisition offer in 2013, the social media giant has churned out copycat features and full clones of Snapchat. ( Bloomberg )

• About a decade ago, EBay Inc. made a humiliating retreat from the Chinese auction business in the face of growing local competition. As it returns to an evolved Chinese e-commerce, the new EBay may be at the forefront of an important trend in online trade. ( Bloomberg View )

 

 

Legal Education

• As the dean of Florida International University College of Law, Trump’s latest nominee for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, added a personal touch to the school’s efforts to recruit top students. ( National Law Journal )

• A California assemblywoman says the state needs another law school, at the University of California, Riverside. The proposal, which comes in the context of a decline in applicants at existing schools, would likely face many hurdles. ( The Recorder )

 

Miscellaneous

• Messages said to be hacked from the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggest that he was targeted by a Russia-related blackmail attempt while he was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman last summer. ( Politico )

• Interview with Maggie Siff, who stars as Wendy Rhoades in the Showtime series, “Billions.” The drama centers on the battle between hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoads, the U.S. Attorney bent on exposing Axelrod’s corruption. ( Bloomberg )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.