• Wells Fargo said it hired a new chief compliance officer, bringing on board Michael Roemer from Barclays. Roemer is to take over from Yvette Hollingsworth in January and be based in San Francisco. At Wells Fargo, he enters a bank that is still dealing with the fallout from a scandal that came to light one year ago, in which employees created unauthorized bank accounts in customers’ names in order to meet sales targets. ( BLB )

• As Qualcomm Inc. turns to a Chinese court in its patent battle with Apple Inc., the task of deciding who prevails in a dispute that could affect a million workers falls to a relatively new arm of the country’s judiciary — The Beijing Intellectual Property Court. ( Bloomberg )

• Akin Gump has hired its first diversity and inclusion officer. Michele Meyer-Shipp, who joins the firm from Prudential Financial, spoke with Big Law Business about how she plans to go on “a listening tour” and then recommend a global strategy to take the firm’s practices to the next level, with respect to D&I. She marks the latest diversity and inclusion officer appointed at a major law firm. Earlier this month, Orrick announced that it had hired diversity consultant Joi Bourgeois as its first-ever global head of diversity and inclusion. ( BLB )

• President Donald Trump’s top candidate to head the Department of Health and Human Services is said to be Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive who served as the department’s general counsel during the George W. Bush administration. ( Washington Post )

• Marriott International Inc. said its veteran general counsel, Ed Ryan, will retire from that role in December, staying on as an adviser to the company’s top executive through 2018. ( Corporate Counsel )

 

• Trump struck out again with his third try at a travel ban, as a Hawaii federal judge temporarily blocked it from taking effect nationwide on Wednesday. ( Bloomberg ) Nine states are suing Trump seeking data on his immigration crackdown. ( Bloomberg )

 

 

Law Firm Business

• Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is considering a case that asks whether a law firm that handed off a case to a successor firm can recover its fees from the successor firm, or whether the initiating firm must sue the client to get paid. ( Legal Intelligencer )

• Dallas-based firm Gardere Wynne Sewell has 22 lawyers in Mexico City after acquiring five-attorney commercial arbitration and litigation shop Bufete Hernandez Romo. ( Texas Lawyer )

 

 

Legal Market/Actions

• Johnson & Johnson won its appeal of a $72 million verdict claiming its talc products cause ovarian cancer, as a Missouri appeals court found the case shouldn’t have been tried in a St. Louis city court. ( Bloomberg )

• In a hip implant bellwether trial involving a J&J subsidiary, a Dallas federal judge said he plans to call in U.S. prosecutors and the FBI to look into witness-tampering allegations made by plaintiffs attorney Mark Lanier. ( Texas Lawyer )

• Roy Price resigned as the head of Amazon.com Inc.’s movie and TV studio after producer Isa Hackett detailed her sexual harassment allegations in a news report. Amazon hasn’t explained why it acted against Price now when Hackett first filed a complaint in 2015. ( Bloomberg )

• Canadian marijuana stocks slumped Tuesday after the country’s largest stock exchange said it may delist pot companies that run afoul of U.S. federal law. ( Bloomberg )

• Three law firms’ legal seminar for victims of the California wine country fires raised eyebrows because the firms sought to sign up clients for a possible class action suit. ( San Francisco Chronicle )

• Johnny Depp is suing his former lawyers at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP, alleging they helped his ex-manager rip him off for $40 million. ( TMZ )

 

 

Regulators and Enforcement

• A top Federal Trade Commission official brushed off a push from consumer advocates to make it easier for the government to go after big companies that disrupt markets like Google Inc. or Facebook Inc. ( Bloomberg BNA via BLB ) Under the “Frightful Five” — Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft--the start-up economy has turned into a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose proposition. ( New York Times DealBook )

• The Senate Banking Committee scheduled an Oct. 24 hearing for SEC nominees Hester Peirce and Robert Jackson, bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission a step closer to a full complement of commissioners. ( Bloomberg BNA via BLB )

 

 

 

The Trump Administration

• Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that alleges the president violates the Constitution because his businesses take money from foreign governments. ( Associated Press via CNBC )

• It took him a few days but Ajit Pai, the head of the Federal Communications Commission, made comments suggesting Trump shouldn’t expect any help from him in punishing television stations for news reports the White House doesn’t like. ( Bloomberg )

 

 

Happening in SCOTUS and Other Courts

• The U.S. Supreme Court could shape how antitrust violations will be judged in complex markets, like health care or credit cards, when it rules on a case challenging American Express Co.’s merchant rules. ( Bloomberg BNA via BLB )

• An appeals court threw out a former hedge fund executive’s suit attempting to blame former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and more than a dozen of his deputies and FBI agents in 2015  for the demise of his company. ( Bloomberg )

• The U.S. Supreme Court dropped a scheduled securities-fraud clash after the two sides told the justices they are near a settlement. ( Bloomberg )

• A Manhattan federal jury convicted a company’s former CEO and general counsel of charges including fraud, money laundering and others related to a payday lending scheme. ( Above the Law )

 

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• Mayer Brown’s global brand management and internet practice co-chief Brian Winterfeldt left the firm, taking along four attorneys for his new intellectual property boutique in Washington, D.C. Joining Winterfeldt IP Group as senior counsel is Mayer Brown counsel Sarah Deutsch, who previously was at Verizon Communications as deputy general counsel and global IP head. The boutique also hired Fenwick & West’s trademark, brand and licensing counsel Christy Susman, and poached Kiran Malancharuvil away from software company MarkMonitor, where he was a specialist policy counselor. ( Am Law Daily ) ( Winterfeldt.law )

• Daily fantasy sports leader DraftKings said it hired R. Stanton Dodge to be its chief legal officer, to be based in Boston effective Nov. 6. ( BusinessWire ) Dodge was previously general counsel and executive vice president at Dish Network, which said it promoted senior VP Tim Messner to take Dodge’s place starting Oct. 23. ( Multichannel )

 

 

 

Technology

• Amazon.com Inc., EBay Inc. and other online marketplaces are failing to take seriously online tax fraud by vendors using their platforms, a panel of U.K. lawmakers said, calling on the companies to work with the government’s tax authority to tackle the problem. ( Bloomberg )

• Twitter Inc. failed to convince a California federal judge to throw out allegations that it misled investors by neglecting to show them key metrics about daily active users over a stretch in 2015 when the company’s stock price shrank 40 percent. ( The Recorder )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Casey Sullivan.