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Wake Up Call: Big Firms’ Dublin Moves Make Ireland Brexit ‘Winner’

Sept. 14, 2016, 11:55 AM

• With several big law firms setting up in Dublin following the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Ireland looks to be the biggest legal services winner of Brexit,lawyers say. (The Lawyer)

• Volkswagen AG investors are preparing to flood a German court with more lawsuits over the carmaker’s emissions scandal to meet a deadline that lawyers say may be imaginary. (Bloomberg)

• Apple, Google and other big U.S. technology companies are resisting Indian pressure to adopt government-developed technology for a national biometric identity program for registration, encryption and security. (Bloomberg)

• A controversial financial reform bill aimed at replacing the Dodd-Frank Act and blocking the U.S. Labor Department’s fiduciary rule passed a U.S. House committee vote Tuesday. (National Law Journal)

• As McDermott Will & Emery gets ready to elect a new leader Thursday, the five candidates in the running are making their last pitches. The firm also identified more than a dozen new partner hires. (Big Law Business)

Legal Market

• David Sanford, the Sanford Heisler name partner representing a Chadbourne & Parke partner suing her firm for gender discrimination, said Chadbourne “ didn’t do their homework ” if they decided not to settle because they thought he wouldn’t file the case. (Law.com)

• Norton Rose Fulbright’s acquisition of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP shows that it has completed its Canada expansion , and that Vancouver might be winning the contest to become Canada’s second city for legal activity after Toronto. (Big Law Business)

• Perspective: A law firm partner confronting a challenging new stage of her career discovered to her surprise that a women’s bar association meeting put her in touch with a supportive group of “amazing women” facing similar challenges and, like her, not looking for special treatment.(Big Law Business)

• The new president of Florida-based firm GrayRobinson announced a 4 percent increase in gross revenue to $154 million for its latest fiscal year, citing growth for all the firm’s practice areas and offices. (Daily Business Review)

• Christopher Darden , prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder trial, former law school associate professor and legal commentator, says his firm Darden & Associates, Inc., which specializes in criminal defense and civil litigation, “doesn’t really need any more business right now.” Audio. (Adam Carolla Show/Big Law Business)

• A personal injury suit against Samsung Electronics Co. alleges an exploding battery in one of its smartphones caused third-degree burns to a man, in an incident that pre-dates the company’s recent recall of its Galaxy Note 7. (Law.com)

SCOTUS and Other Courts

• Rejecting calls from Ohio Democrats, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate a voting period known as “Golden Week,” when people could register and cast ballots at the same time. (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

• The Supreme Court rejected a petition by Backpage.com’s chief executive to block a congressional subpoena for business documents in a sex-trafficking investigation. (National Law Journal)

• The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is set to consider a company’s legal challenge to the FCC’s award of a lucrative contract for managing the national database of phone numbers that allows people to keep a phone number when switching carriers. (National Law Journal)

• In a case that took 11 years to reach court, former American International Group Inc. head Maurice “Hank” Greenberg is on trial on charges in New York state court that he and former Chief Financial Officer Howard Smith rigged the books with two sham transactions at AIG to hide the insurer’s true financial condition. (Bloomberg)

• A federal appeals court ruled against an FTC lawyer who sought to shield his Social Security number, rejecting his argument that a Maryland law requiring him to disclose the data violated his privacy rights. (WSJ Law Blog)

Laterals and Moves

• A new program at Davis Polk & Wardwell aims to improve the firm’s gender diversity by providing a return path for women who’ve left to raise children. (Am Law Daily)

• In the latest leadership change, Florida law firm Akerman announced Monday David I. Spector will succeed Andrew M. Smulian as chair and CEO on Feb. 1, 2018. (Big Law Business)

Perkins Coie hired a four-lawyer investment team away from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, including that firm’s financial services head Carl Frischling, to expand its New York office. (Am Law Daily)

• The online brokerage ETrade Financial Corp. has elevated its general counsel Karl A. Roessner to chief executive, as part of a larger restructuring of its executive management team. (Big Law Business)

• Morrison & Foerster’s hire of Katie Thomson, former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation and chief counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration, brings expertise in hot legal fields including environment, aviation, data security and driverless cars. (National Law Journal)

• Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based video game development company, said it has a new general counsel, getting Ruth Ann Keene, who leaves as Autodesk Inc.'s vice president and assistant general counsel. Keene worked previously for MoFo as a technology transaction lawyer. (The Recorder)

• A former Google staff lawyer has joined BlackStone Discovery as the Silicon Valley-based discovery company’s director of client solutions. (Legaltech News)

Technology

• In a leaked email former Secretary of State Colin Powell insisted he never told Hillary Clinton to use a private home server for her email. (Politico)

• Technology-driven shifts in jobs can be painful for workers but, with the right policies, new technologies like automation, online tools and big data can also produce new jobs, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs Group. (Bloomberg)

• New York state is proposing new rules requiring banks and insurance companies to establish cybersecurity programs and designate an internal cybersecurity officer, in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo described as the nation’s first effort to codify cyber safety policies . (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

• A California federal court is considering a wireless industry group’s suit aimed at blocking a Berkeley “right to know” law that requires retailers to warn customers against keeping cellphones too close to their bodies. (The Recorder)

• As the first anniversary of amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure approaches, many corporate counsel attorneys still lack clear guidance on what the amendments mean, a practitioner said ahead of a panel to look at the new FRCP rules ’ impact on e-Discovery rulings. (Legaltech News)

• U.S. and international anti-doping authorities said Russian hackers have published confidential medical data belonging to a handful of high-profile American athletes including Serena Williams and Simone Biles. (Bloomberg)

• Some unhappy participants in Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program have filed a proposed federal class action because they weren’t allowed to preorder the new iPhone 7. (Law.com)

Legal Education

• As Republican House members consider launching impeachment proceedings against IRS commissioner John Koskinen, a group of constitutional scholars said the move would be “literally unprecedented” as well as dangerous. (WSJ Law Blog)

• Live frugally, read everything and don’t forget to ask for help: tips for new law students, from an associate dean at University of the District of Columbia School of Law. (Big Law Business )

Miscellaneous

• Deborah Broyles, the director of global diversity and inclusion at Reed Smith, died Saturday at age 53. (Big Law Business)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Gabe Friedman.

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