Wake Up Call: Trump Eyes Five Candidates to Take Sessions’ Job as AG, Report Says

• President Trump is considering as many as five possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions later this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper names candidates including former AG Bill Barr, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and Janice Rogers Brown, a retired appeals court judge on the District of Columbia Circuit. (Wall Street Journal)

• New York City prosecutors abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein after evidence surfaced that a police detective coached a witness to stay mum about evidence that cast doubt on allegations of one of his earliest accusers. (Bloomberg)

• Two female-owned law firms are battling in Texas federal court over who has rights to the trademarked slogan “Ever Argued With a Woman?”  One of the firms is in Florida and the other in Texas. (Texas Lawyer)

• German sportswear company Adidas hired a new general counsel: Jan Heinemann, Bayer’s former U.S. head of law, patents and compliance. Heinemann is set to take over Nov. 26 from Paul Ehrlich, Adidas’ general counsel for global brands, who has been filling in as top lawyer since Frank Dassler retired earlier this year. (Corporate Counsel)

• Tesla Inc. and the Securities and Exchange Commission have put aside an insulting tweet by Elon Musk and asked a judge to accept a settlement of the fraud suit against the electric-car maker and its CEO. (Bloomberg)

• Eversheds Sutherland US said the Treasury Department’s former top employee benefits tax counsel Robert J. Neis rejoined the firm’s tax practice group as a partner in Washington after spending six years at Treasury. Before moving to Treasury, Neis spent 22 years at Atlanta-based Sutherland, which merged with U.K.-based Eversheds in February 2017. (Eversheds Sutherland)

• Health-care providers looking to avoid Medicare and Medicaid fraud lawsuits may need to worry about a new type of whistleblower: the attorneys they face in unrelated litigation. (Bloomberg Law)

 

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

• Women’s recent gains on major law firms’ leadership committees are a bright spot in an otherwise dismal picture for their fight to close the gender equity gap at law firms, the National Association of Women Lawyers says. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• The Senate confirmed Eric Dreiband, a Jones Day attorney who defends companies accused of discrimination, to lead the Justice Department office that enforces anti-bias laws and investigates police civil rights cases. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• SEC lawyer Steven Seeger in Chicago is closer to joining the federal bench after a Senate panel endorsed his nomination. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Rick Gates, the government’s star witness in the trial of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, was sued by his former lawyers at Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack for $369,000 they claim he owes them. (Bloomberg)

• Willkie said it advised energy company Silver Creek Midstream LLC, which yesterday announced it closed its acquisition of Genesis Energy’s Powder River basin crude gathering, storage, and rail assets, as well as a new joint venture. (Oil & Gas Journal)

 

 Laterals, Moves

• Morrison & Foerster poached Jones Day capital markets partner John Owen in New York, getting his 17 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in complex capital markets transactions. (MoFo.com)

• Carlton Fields said it added real estate in-house counsel and investment pro Michael H. Jo in New York. Jo is former managing director and head of commercial real estate finance-legal for Kroll Bond Ratings in New York. (CarltonFields.com)

• Fox Rothschild said franchise attorney John B. Gessner joined the firm in Dallas as a partner in its corporate department. Gessner previously spent nine years as general counsel and corporate secretary of Texas restaurant development company Front Burner Restaurants LP. (FoxRothschild)

 • Cleary said it hired its first chief talent officer, human resources executive Hy Pomerance, who was previously at global insurer QBE Holdings in London. (American Lawyer)

 

 

Legal Action

• Lime, the electric scooter company backed by Uber Technologies Inc., is accusing San Francisco of scooter discrimination. (Bloomberg)

 

Technology

• Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company supports national privacy legislation, making the software company the latest tech giant to seek federal action over state-by-state efforts. (Bloomberg via BLB) Meanwhile, Kim Keenan, co-chairwoman of the DC-based Internet Innovation Alliance, says that, amidst the onslaught of recent hack attacks to hit the sector, the internet is waiting for U.S. Congress to take action on privacy. (Bloomberg Law)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.