Wake Up Call: The Lawyers Getting Work From ‘#MeToo’ Accusations

• Adam H. Schuman, who prosecuted crimes related to the infamous “Wolf of Wall Street” securities fraud, and former special counsel for public integrity for New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has joined Perkins Coie as a partner in its white collar and investigations practice. (BLB)

• Law firm performance declined in the third quarter, as demand softened and collections took longer, according to Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group’s new report. Citi’s survey of 129 of the nation’s largest law firms and 54 boutiques found the quarter’s anemic growth was driven by increased billing rates, not demand or other factors, which may not bode well for law firms. (BLB)

• Lawyers and firms are keeping busy from a flood of Harvey Weinstein-inspired “#MeToo” accusations and revelations about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. (American Lawyer)

• AT&T Inc. will try to dig into whether the White House influenced the Justice Department’s review of the company’s planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. if the government sues to block the deal, according to people familiar with the matter.  The Department is said to want AT&T Inc. to address antitrust officials’ concerns about the deal before the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving holiday. (Bloomberg) (Bloomberg via BLB)

• The simmering debate over whether big internet companies are breaking antitrust rules to extend their dominance gained a new front as Missouri’s attorney general announced an investigation into practices by Google. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

Trump Administration

• President Donald Trump picked former Eli Lilly & Co. executive Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency’s past chief resigned amid blowback over his taxpayer-funded private jet travel. (Bloomberg)

• Hospitals and several of their trade organizations sued the Health Department to stop cuts to a Medicare program that lets facilities that serve low-income patients buy drugs at a discount and then get reimbursed at a higher rate. (Bloomberg)

• Trump’s controversial pick for a federal judgeship in Alabama, Brett J. Talley, did not disclose that he is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II. (New York Times)

• Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s eldest son, said he had direct communication with WikiLeaks in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election, arming Democrats with what they say is evidence of a proxy link between his father’s campaign and the Kremlin. (Bloomberg)

• Pressured by Trump and other Republicans, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is mulling a possible appointment of a second special counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and a controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia under the Obama administration. Sessions is to appear today in a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. (Washington Post)

 

Legal Market

• International law firm Hausfeld LLP found a new way to get around Germany’s limits on class action lawsuits. That could have major implications for small businesses and consumers throughout Europe seeking to recover losses from illegal cartels. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• A woman accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore Monday of sexually assaulting her when she was 16, hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believed Moore’s other accusers and called on the former Alabama judge to drop out of the campaign. (Bloomberg)

 • Tesla Inc.’s production floor is a “hotbed for racist behavior,” an African-American employee claimed in a lawsuit. (Bloomberg)

• Steve Jurvetson resigned from his venture capital firm DFJ and took a leave of absence from the boards of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., vowing to fight sexual misconduct claims against him. (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

Regulators and Enforcement

• Be lawyers first, not lobbyists, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta told a recent gathering of labor and employment attorneys. (Bloomberg Law)

• Federal law enforcement agencies have expanded rapidly in recent decades but made little progress on reducing their gender gap, according to a survey. (Politico)

 

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• The U.S. Supreme Court will hear three First Amendment cases, including one considering whether people have a right to wear political T-shirts and buttons when they vote. Another considers the constitutionality of a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-counseling clinics to tell patients they might be eligible for free or discounted abortions. (Bloomberg)

• “Rapid” Ruth Ginsberg strikes first in this term’s battle to determine who the fastest opinion writer will be among the Supreme Court justices. And more from the latest Read That Back Blog. (Read That Back Blog via US Law Week)

• Yelp Inc. can’t shield the identity of an anonymous reviewer who posted allegedly defamatory statements about a tax preparer, a California state appeals court ruled, in a setback for websites. (Bloomberg)

• A corruption trial of three former members of FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, began Monday in a Brooklyn courtroom with the trappings of an organized-crime prosecution. (Bloomberg)

 

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• Stroock & Stroock said that, following a recent firmwide strategic review, it appointed longtime New York-based transactional partners Christopher Doyle and Jeffrey Lowenthal as new co-chairmen of its national corporate law group. (Stroock.com)

 

 

Technology

• Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it’s committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion. The sale is intended to comply with Chinese government regulations and improve service, it said. (Bloomberg)

• Fake news has become “almost overwhelming,” the European Commission warned as it weighed steps that may help it assess how far the likes of Facebook Inc. and Google have stemmed the tide of online misinformation. (Bloomberg)

 

 

Legal Education

• South Texas College of Law Houston is the latest of four law schools across the country that are offering animal law clinics for their students. (Texas Law Journal)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.