Wake Up Call: Paul Weiss Partner is Trump Pick to Head FCC

• Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison antitrust partner Joseph Simons is President Donald Trump’s pick as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. If confirmed, Simons would be appointed to a seven-year term and take over from Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, who has been running the agency on a temporary basis since January. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Angela B. Styles, the outgoing chair of Washington, D.C.-based Crowell & Moring, decided to leave her firm shortly after colleagues voted her out of the top spot. (BLB)

• The Federal Communications Commission named a new general counsel: Thomas Johnson Jr., a former of counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and most recently deputy solicitor general for West Virginia’s attorney general. The FCC said acting GC Nick Degani will go back to being senior counsel to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Ex-GC Jennifer Tatel left earlier this year for Washington, D.C., law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer. (B&C) (Linkedin) (FCC)

• Hogan Lovells lured three partners from Bracewell’s New York office, including its securities practice co-chairman, Michael C. Hefter. Hefter, Seth M. Cohen and Ryan M. Philp, whose practices focus on complex commercial litigation related to corporate governance issues, will all join as partners. (BLB)

• Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. will send their top lawyers to testify in front of Congressional committees investigating how Russian state actors used social networks and online platforms to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A spokeswoman for Google said the company will also testify, but did not comment on whom it will send. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Facebook, Google and other internet companies are gearing up to fight an effort by Republican Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators to force them to reveal who buys political advertising on their sites. (New York Times)

• D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland made a rare decision to livestream audio in arguments for a case over the federal government’s refusal to allow a detained undocumented teenage immigrant woman to get an abortion. (National Law Journal)

 

 

 

General Counsel Appointments and Other Moves

• Marriott International, Inc. said Rena Hozore Reiss will be its next executive vice president and general counsel starting Dec. 4, coming from Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she had a similar role. Reiss, a Harvard Law Graduate, replaces Ed Ryan, who recently said he is retiring. (Markets Insider)

• The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks has poached the league’s veteran EVP and assistant general counsel Michelle Leftwich to advise the team’s general manager Travis Schlenk on key matters, in particular player salary caps and league rules. (New York Times)

• SRC, Inc., a New York-based not-for-profit research and development company, said it has promoted Mary Snyder to executive VP and general counsel. (SRCInc.com)

• Western Nevada College said it appointed its former general counsel, P. Mark Ghan, to serve as the school’s acting president while it searches for a permanent leader. (WNC.edu)

 

 

 

Legal Market

• Law firms are increasingly going for “big ticket” real estate space in new developments as the prospect grows for a shift to more “tenant favorable” conditions, according to a recent report. (The American Lawyer)

• The NBA’s veteran deputy general counsel, Ayala Deutsch, manages the league’s commercial legal affairs and intellectual property matters, of which a big one is an upcoming apparel deal with Nike. A profile. (New York Business Journal)

• Despite a federal judge’s skepticism of a drugmaker’s attempt to shield patents by selling them to an Indian tribe, the tribe’s lawyer is inviting other organizations to take advantage of the idea. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• “Club 1973,” the new social networking group started by Reed Smith London corporate partner Laura Brunnen for women in the private equity industry, is named for the year in which women first gained access to the London Stock Exchange trading floor. (Am Law Daily)

• While Northern California continues to burn, lawyers are already combing through the destruction to make a case that power company PG&E Corp. is to blame. (Bloomberg)

 

 

Legal Actions

• A federal judge rejected a bid by former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to get his criminal record cleared, despite Trump’s pardon. (Washington Post)

• Former Dean Foods Co. Chairman Tom C. Davis was sentenced to two years in prison in an insider trading-plot, despite helping prosecutors convict disgraced Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters. (Bloomberg)

• Red Kite Management Ltd., the world’s largest metals hedge fund, is suing Barclays Plc in London for alleged market abuse in the copper market that it claims cost the firm at least $850 million. (Bloomberg)

• The Los Angeles hotel workers’ union plans a wages class action lawsuit against Lowe Enterprises, a real estate investment firm whose private equity arm developed and now controls the luxury resort Terranea. (Bloomberg)

• Lawsuits filed by Tesla workers allege the electric car leader failed to stop anti-LGBT threats, insults, and racial abuse at the company. (The Guardian)

 

 

Regulators and Enforcement

• A lawsuit says U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s guidance on how universities should handle student claims of sexual assault violates federal law and may discourage victims from filing complaints. (Bloomberg)

• Companies have to comply fully– “all or nothing”–with Justice Department investigations in order to get credit for cooperation, a top Justice Department official said at a recent conference. (Bloomberg BNA)

• The Treasury Department’s independent watchdog has begun reviewing whether the unusual employment status of banking regulator Keith Noreika has expired. (Bloomberg)

• The legal expertise of U.K.’s former attorney general and current chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, Dominic Grieve, make him the country’s “most important man on Brexit” whom no one has noticed, lawmakers said. (Bloomberg)

 

Technology

• The EU’s comprehensive data protection regulation set to take effect next May will put a heavy burden on U.S. companies operating in Europe, Apple Inc.’s top lawyer Noreen Krall warned at a recent event. (National Law Journal)

• Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said he will fight an FCC plan to downgrade broadband standards for rural areas. (Government Technology)

 

Legal Education

• California law deans reacted with disappointment to the state Supreme Court’s decision not lower the bar exam passing score. (The Recorder)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.