Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Amazon to Sue Pentagon Over $10 Billion Contract to Microsoft

Nov. 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
  • Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to sue the Defense Department over its decision to award Microsoft Corp. a cloud-computing contract worth as much as $10 billion over a decade. (Bloomberg News via BLAW) The contract had already been delayed several months because of a lawsuit filed by Oracle, that one alleging Amazon had conflicts of interest. (FederalTimes.com)

  • Wells Fargo & Co. top lawyer Allen Parker, who served as interim CEO at the bank for about six months, is leaving the company March 31 “to pursue other business opportunities,” the company said. Parker, who spent decades at Cravath, Swaine & Moore before joining the bank, became its interim CEO in March, when Tim Sloan stepped down under pressure. Some senior insiders had proposed that Parker take the CEO job permanently, and he reportedly wanted it, but the bank instead hired Charlie Scharf, ex-head of Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BN via BLAW)

  • The associate bonus announcement parade continued yesterday, with Debevoise & Plimpton and Shearman & Sterling the latest firms to match the scale announced last week by Milbank, which ranges from $15,000 for first-year associates up to $100,000 for the most senior associates. (BLAW via BLB) Skadden Arps announced a scale matching Milbank, and adding an extra $10,000 for senior associates who’ve had “extraordinary performance.” Meanwhile, Ropes & Gray’s bonus memo is clear for what junior associates will get but vague for midlevel and senior associates’ take. Plus, the firm is the first this year to include billable hour “stipulations” in its memo, reports Above The Law. (AboveTheLaw.com)

  • Kirkland & Ellis has lost two London private equity partners in a week. Goodwin Procter said it got Kirkland PE and M&A partner Carl Bradshaw as a partner. (GoodwinLaw.com) Baker McKenzie hired PE partner Justin Hutchinson from Kirkland in the city. (LegalWeek.com)

  • BakerHostetler said it launched a new contingent workforce team to advise on legal risks faced by companies that hire temporary and mobile workers, independent contractors, and other gig economy employees. Employment law partners Todd Lebowitz, in Cleveland, and Mark Zisholtz, in Atlanta, are co-leaders of the team, which so far lists 23 lawyers across multiple practice areas and offices. (Bakerlaw.com)

  • President Trump yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to keep his tax returns secret. (Bloomberg News via BLB)

  • Trump federal court nominee Mark Scarsi reported that he earned $3.3 million in partnership compensation for 2018 as Milbank’s L.A. office managing partner and an IP litigator and tech lawyer. That’s according to his disclosure form to the U.S. Senate. (The Recorder)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Honigman said it is using technology and other innovations to offer clients flexible and transparent staffing options, customized project management, “creative” pricing, and other service enhancements to better address their specific legal needs. (Honigman)

  • Weil Gotshal & Manges was awarded about $11.25 million in fees and expenses by the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of mortgage servicer Ditech Holding Corp. Ernst & Young and Alix Partners were among other professional and law firms getting a piece of the almost $25 million in fees awarded by the judge, “on an interim basis.” (BN via BLAW)

  • The University of Chicago ‘s lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis are trying to get a court to dismiss claims that its medical center violated privacy laws by selling patient data to Google. They allege plaintiff’s attorney, Jay Edelson, has a conflict of interest as an investor in another analytics company. Cooley is advising Google in the case. (BLAW)

  • O’Melveny & Myers is advising a special committee that is reviewing UCLA’s policy and other responses to sexual misconduct allegations raised by patients and employees of the school’s hospitals, clinics, student health services. The school said the review goes beyond its response to complaints against former UCLA gynecologist James Heaps, who was charged earlier this year with sexual battery. (UCLA.edu)

  • European employers are outdoing their American counterparts on initiatives to boost equal pay, but American employers are doing more than European companies to address workplace sexual harassment, according to recent survey reports from management-side worklaw firm Littler. (Littler)

  • Seyfarth Shaw released a desktop reference addressing what it says are the most-asked questions that businesses have about legal status of non-compete agreements and trade secrets across the 50 states. (Seyfarth.com)

  • A Manatt Phelps & Phillips complex commercial litigation partner is getting flak for filing a complaint in L.A. County Superior Court on behalf of a jilted friend suing his ex-girlfriend for $225,000. (Am Law Litigation Daily)

  • McGuireWoods said the Illinois office of its public affairs unit, McGuireWoods Consulting, has established a strategic partnership with Springfield, Illinois-based government affairs firm Cook-Witter, Inc. (McGuireWoods Consulting)


  • Locke Lord represented National Oilwell Varco, Inc. in a $500 million public bond offering and related credit transactions. (Businesswire.com)

  • DLA Piper represented SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, as the sole lead arranger, and SunTrust Bank, as administrative agent, in closing a $60 million syndicated corporate credit facility for L.A.-based production company Electric Entertainment. (PRNewswire.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Holland & Knight’s private wealth services group added estate-planning lawyer David W. Thal as a partner in Stamford, Connecticut. He was previously a principal at Cummings & Lockwood. (HKLaw.com)

  • Blank Rome hired litigation associate Oliver R. Katz in Philadelphia. He was recently assistant corporation counsel in New York City Law Department’s labor and employment law division. (BlankRome.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Philadelphia’s city council passed a right to counsel bill, under which evicted tenants will be able to get free legal representation. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Legal Education

  • Law schools can get a lot of money by naming themselves after big donors. (Law.com)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Tom P. Taylor at ttaylor@bloomberglaw.com

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