• Embattled Chinese telecom Huawei Technologies Co. hired three Sidley Austin lawyers experienced in export controls and trade sanctions. The company has seen its U.S. sales shrink as it contends with a U.S. blacklisting case and President Trump’s widening trade war against China. Huawei already has Sidley Austin lawyers working on its criminal and other legal challenges in the U.S. It recently hired Steptoe & Johnson and Jones Day for lobbying work, after coming close to shutting down its Washington lobbying operation in late 2018. (BN via BLAW)

  • Verizon Communications agreed to sell blogging platform Tumblr to Automattic Inc., which among other things owns online publishing tool WordPress and is getting advice from Cooley. Tumblr has had three owners in six years, including Yahoo!, which paid about $1.1 billion for it in 2013. Verizon, which got Tumblr as part of its acquisition of Yahoo in 2017, is said to be selling it for a tiny fraction of that price. (BN) (Cooley.com)

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati grabbed top Supreme Court litigator Steffen Johnson, who was the co-leader of Winston & Strawn’s nationwide appellate and critical motions practice, as a partner in Washington. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Several big firms have recently added Supreme Court practices, which among other things can help enhance their brand. But with competition for high court cases getting increasingly tight, firms also need to build a broader appellate practice to get the most out of their Supreme Court practice, the founder of Paul Weiss’ new Supreme Court practice said. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Trump Administration yesterday ratcheted up its crackdown on immigration with a new rule targeting users of welfare benefits. (BN via BLAW) This comes the same day the American Bar Association’s incoming president, Judy Perry Martinez, told members gathered in San Francisco for the association’s annual convention that the U.S. must stand up for immigrants. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Taylor English Duma, which bills itself a “hybrid” firm, said it entered the New York market by adding blockchain and securities lawyer Chi-Ru Jou as a partner in its corporate and litigation practice groups. According to her LinkedIn, Jou is among other things a former Paul Weiss associate and arrives most recently from CKR Law, where she was a partner. Taylor English in 2017 announced plans to hire partners across the country to work from home with support from its Atlanta headquarters. It says it has about 170 attorneys. (TaylorEnglish.com)

  • Spanish bank Kutxabank hired former Madrid-based Baker McKenzie partner Ana García Rodríguez as its new general counsel and global corporate secretary. At Baker McKenzie, Garcia Rodríguez led the financial services and regulatory and insurance department for four years. (Law.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • A former Troutman Sanders secretary in New York filed a lawsuit against the firm and a male partner alleging that he persistently sexually harassed her and that he and the firm retaliated against her when she complained. (BLAW via BLB)

  • DLA Piper said its nonprofit affiliate, New Perimeter, in partnership with the East African Development Bank, recently held two regional sessions in Nairobi, Kenya, to train East African public sector lawyers and senior government officials on negotiating international contracts. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Cooley advised India-based marketplace startup Meesho on a financing round that raised $125 million. The company said it aims to help female entrepreneurs connect with customers on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram to sell their products. (Tech Crunch)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Goodwin Procter added corporate technology lawyer Ali Ramadan as a partner in London. Arriving from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Ramadan specializes in venture capital, cross-border M&A, and private equity transactions. (Goodwinlaw.com)

  • Goodwin also added former Dewey & LeBoeuf private equity lawyer Lauren King to its private investment funds practice as a partner in New York. King, who also spent time at Schulte Roth & Zabel, arrives most recently from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she was of counsel. (Goodwinlaw.com)

  • Morrison & Foerster said labor & employment litigator Oswald Cousins joined the firm as of counsel in Silicon Valley. According to his LinkedIn, he’s previously been a partner at Miller Law Group, Nixon Peabody, and Orrick, and a shareholder at Littler. (Mofo.com)

  • DLA Piper added veteran tax lawyer Ulf Andresen as a transfer pricing specialist in Frankfurt, Germany. Andresen joins with two other tax lawyers from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he headed the Frankfurt transfer pricing group since 2015 and also the German financial services transfer pricing Group since 2013. He previously spent close to a decade at Ernst & Young (DLAPiper.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • StarKist Co., advised by Kelley Drye & Warren, told a court that consumers challenging its “dolphin-safe” marketing have failed to allege a single instance in which a dolphin was harmed in its tuna catches. (BLAW)

Technology

  • The market for privacy technology tools is upward bound as companies look for help meeting consumer demand for more control over their data and to comply with new data privacy laws in the European Union, California, and elsewhere. (BLAW)