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Wake Up Call: Arent Fox Notches Settlement in Dispute Over Rothy’s Flats

Sept. 20, 2019, 11:52 AM
  • A shoe company made famous by Meghan Markle, Rothy’s Inc., said its Arent Fox lawyers have resolved its intellectual property infringement lawsuit that accused a competitor of making ballet flats too similar to its shoes. The confidential settlement enjoins OESH Shoes, a unit of JKM Technologies, LLC, from manufacturing, marketing, and selling the “accused” shoe after December 31, 2019, according to Rothy’s. That looks to be a win for Rothy’s, which is expected to make over $140 million in 2018 revenue. But OESH Shoes said it’s also happy, as the deal lets it continue to make, distribute, and sell a redesigned version of the “Dream Flat.” (BLAW)

  • A lawyer who has represented clients accusing Google and Twitter Inc. of discriminating against people with conservative views just got a new gig representing the federal government’s labor relations agency in court and advising it on legal issues. According to Noah Peters’ LinkedIn page, his former jobs include three years as a worklaw attorney for Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. He started at the Federal Labor Relations Authority in August. (BLAW)

  • Selendy & Gay, the litigation boutique founded by two former Quinn Emanuel partners, is the latest firm to drop a requirement for attorneys to sign binding arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. Critics say the clauses can allow large law firms to conceal accusations of racism, sexual harassment, and assault. (New York Law Journal)

  • President Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. after Vance demanded eight years of the president’s tax returns in a probe of whether the Trump Organization falsified business records. (BN) Meanwhile, a California law targeting trump’s tax returns was blocked by a judge. (Bloomberg Tax)

  • One of Trump’s go-to law firms for his personal business, Kasowitz Benson Torres, beat a Puerto Rican real estate developer client’s lawsuit accusing the firm of taking too long to sue the client’s former lawyers at another firm. (American Lawyer)

  • PayPal Holdings Inc., advised by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, beat an investor class suit alleging the online payments firm knowingly misled them about a subsidiary’s 2017 data breach. (BLAW)

  • Nestle USA Inc.'s Mayer Brown lawyers couldn’t get the company out of facing a proposed California federal class action alleging it violated California law by mislabeling Coffee mate and other products as containing “No GMO Ingredients.” (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A few weeks after Allen & Overy’s merger talks with O’Melveny & Myers fizzled out, the London elite firm hired former federal prosecutor Julian Moore as a partner in New York. Moore arrives most recently from investigative and advisory service firm K2 Intelligence, where he was senior managing director. (American Lawyer)

  • Former Amazon.com in-house lawyer and Morrison & Foerster associate Cecilia Ziniti got hired as the first general counsel, and only lawyer, at Lambda School, which trains people to get jobs in the tech industry. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said it’s expanding its Century City, California, resolution center to be a hub for entertainment and complex commercial matters. (JAMSadr.com) JAMS also said that former Missouri Court of Appeals chief judge, Lawrence E. Mooney, joined its St. Louis panel. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Winston & Strawn lawyers working pro bono for two HIV-positive U.S. Air Force airmen urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s injunction preventing the men from being discharged. The men are also represented by Lambda Legal and the Modern Military Association of America. (Advocate.com)

  • Validity Finance added former Big Law trial lawyer Ronit Cohen, who was previously at Simpson Thacher and O’Melveny, as a portfolio counsel based in New York. Cohen arrives most recently from a rival litigation funder, Bentham IMF. Validity also said it recently got $50 million in new capital commitments. (Validity-Finance.com)

Deals

  • Milbank advised Unifrutti Financing, a subsidiary of a global producer, marketer, and distributor of fresh fruit, on its debut offering of 140 million euros (about $155 million) senior secured amortizing notes due 2026. (Milbank.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Vinson & Elkins hired a former co-chair of Paul Hastings’ global compliance and disputes department, Palmina Fava, as a New York-based partner in its government investigations and white collar defense practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Blank Rome said McKool Smith insurance recovery lawyer Anna K. Milunas joined the firm’s L.A. office as an associate in its insurance recovery group. (BlankRome.com)

  • Former LeClair Ryan cross-border finance and capital markets lawyer Ying Wang joined Reed Smith’s practice real estate in New York as a partner. (ReedSmith.com)

  • California-based cannabis company Natura Life + Science hired former a former in-house lawyer at medical devices company, Gabriel García, as its first general counsel. (Corporate Counsel)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Frost Brown Todd and other lawyers won a retrial for a technology consulting firm CEO who was convicted on federal criminal charges he failed to pay his employees’ Social Security and Medicare taxes. (BLAW)

  • Jury selection is due to start Monday in the Florida trial of two defendants charged in the 2014 murder of a Florida State University law professor Dan Markel. (Daily Report)

Technology

  • Lawyers taking calls on their mobile phones need to be alert to risks of so-called deep fake phone phishing scams, but fraudsters are still more likely to use email and other methods for their attacks. (Legaltechnews.com)

Legal Education

  • University of California, Irvine School of Law’s graduate tax program announced a partnership with computer software company Alteryx Inc. in which students can get training to use an Alteryx data analytics platform to give data-based legal tax advice. (Law.UCI.edu)

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; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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