Wake Up Call: Trump Lawyers Set to Meet Mueller

• President Donald Trump’s private lawyers have made it known that they’re cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. But with those lawyers set to meet with Mueller as early as this week, that cooperation may be starting to fray, as Mueller zooms in on Trump’s inner circle. (Bloomberg) (New York Times)

• As sexual misconduct accusations pile up against federal 9th Circuit appeals judge Alex Kozinski, the judge is represented by the co-chairs of Quinn Emanuel’s crisis law practice, Susan Estrich and William Burck.  Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. transferred an investigation of the charges to the 2nd Circuit judicial council, after the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Sydney Thomas, initiated the probe last week. (Bloomberg Law via BLB) (The Recorder) (Washington Post)

• Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is making its biggest addition of litigators in nearly a decade, acquiring 15 lawyers New York and Washington, D.C.  from white-collar defense boutique Morvillo LLP. The seven partners include prosecutors Amy Walsh and Andrew Morris; Daniel Nathan, formerly an enforcement official with the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as veteran litigator Ellen Murphy. Three counsel and five associates are making the move. (New York Law Journal)

• Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly hired people to spy on executives of overseas rivals, and had a team devoted to scraping competitor information from the internet, according to a letter from a former manager of the ride-hailing firm’s global intelligence unit to an in-house lawyer. (Bloomberg)

• A proposed class action alleging the National Football League is responsible for inflated Super Bowl ticket prices is back in action after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived it Dec. 15. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)


Russia Probes

• On Saturday, a lawyer for Trump’s presidential transition complained to two congressional committees about what he described as the “unlawful production” of tens of thousands of transitions emails to Mueller’s team by employees at the federal General Services Administration. But Trump said Sunday he’s not considering firing Mueller. (Bloomberg)

• Mueller’s prosecutors asked Deutsche Bank AG to hand over information about transactions that could be linked to former national security adviser Michael Flynn or entities connected to him. (Wall Street Journal)



Law Firm Business

• U.K. firm Osborne Clarke re-elected senior partner Andrew Saul to his second four-year term. (The Lawyer)

• Midwest-founded Polsinelli continued its expansion on the West Coast by grabbing five intellectual property litigators from McDermott Will & Emery in the Silicon Valley. (The Recorder)



Legal Market

• Alphabet Inc.’s Google won a permanent injunction against a Canadian court order to delist the U.S. search results of websites selling goods infringing a network equipment maker’s intellectual property, a California federal court said. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year. (Bloomberg)

• Big Silicon Valley companies including Facebook and Google are diverging from their peers elsewhere on certain measures of corporate governance, according to a recent study by law firm Fenwick & West. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Lawmakers scrambling to lock up Republican support for the tax reform bill added a complicated provision late in the process — one that would provide a multimillion-dollar windfall to real estate investors such as President Trump. (Bloomberg)



Legal Actions

• Alabama’s new Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Trump doesn’t need to resign over sexual misconduct allegations against him. (Bloomberg)

• A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate. (Associated Press via Bloomberg)

• An early investor in data mining startup Palantir Technologies Inc. is suing the company for allegedly sabotaging his attempt to sell his $60 million stake to a Chinese company. (Bloomberg)

• U.S. defense contractors are protesting a pilot program that would require losers in Pentagon competitions to pay the Defense Department’s costs if they challenge a decision and fail to overturn it. (Bloomberg)


Regulators and Enforcement

• Attorney General Jeff Sessions could get an opening to attack the booming legal weed industry if missteps in Congress over the spending bill allow federal protections for the industry to expire. (Politico)



The Trump Administration

• A long-running lawsuit between the Trump administration, House Republicans and Democratic attorneys general over billions of dollars of Obamacare subsidies has been settled, according to an agreement filed in federal court Friday. (Bloomberg)

• A lawyer nominated by Trump to be a federal judge has become an internet sensation after having difficulty answering basic legal procedure questions. (Associated Press via Bloomberg)



Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• Forcing Microsoft Corp. to turn over to U.S. law enforcement customer emails stored in Ireland would violate European Union and other international privacy laws, according to friend of the court briefs filed by the EU, Ireland, the U.K., and New Zealand in the U.S. Supreme Court. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• A provision banning the registration of “immoral and scandalous” trademarks is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, a federal appeals court ruled. Eric Brunetti sought to register the mark “FUCT” for his clothing line, but was rejected by the Patent and Trademark Office because of the provision. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• A former ethics attorney at the IRS pleaded guilty in New York federal court to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine. (New York Law Journal)




• The fate of internet domain .gay is one step closer to conclusion. Dotgay LLC, whose bid to control the domain is on hold, may finally find out whether it can operate the domain on behalf of the international gay community or whether it must compete for it at an auction. (Bloomberg Law)

• e-discovery service provider Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. said it acquired U.S. Legal Support Inc.’s e-discovery and computer forensics division. USLS focuses mainly on court reporting, record retrieval and trial services, and most of its clients are law firms. (Legaltech News)

• Twitter is set to begin enforcing new rules that will suspend accounts linked to hate groups–a policy that could produce a purge of alt-right users. (Recode)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.