Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: D.C. Council Member Reprimanded for Soliciting Business from Law Firms

March 20, 2019, 11:36 AM
  • A long-serving Washington, D.C., Council member, Democrat Jack Evans, got a council reprimand yesterday and faces further sanctions for allegedly using his government staff and email to solicit business from law firms that lobby the city. The Post identified the firms Evans approached as Nelson Mullins, Venable, K&L Gates, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, which hired him. Evans, a former Patton Boggs lawyer, is also the target of a federal criminal investigation. (WaPo)

  • After a San Francisco federal jury yesterday found that Monsanto Co.’s Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a Northern California man’s cancer, the trial moves on to a second phase to decide the company’s liability, among other things. The ruling is Bayer AG’s second major defeat in U.S. litigation over claims the weed killer causes cancer, after last year’s $289 million verdict in San Francisco Superior Court, later reduced to $78.6 million. The company faces more than 11,000 lawsuits over cancer in U.S., legal woes that it inherited by acquiring Monsanto. (BN via BLAW)

  • In the current case, Monsanto’s Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz lawyers argued that plaintiff Edwin Hardeman had other risk factors for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including his age, weight, and a long-term Hepatitis infection. (The Recorder)

  • Facebook announced a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union in which the social media network will make major changes to its rules for advertisers in order to settle a string of lawsuits alleging the network enables discrimination in housing, credit and employment. As part of the deal, Facebook will pay around $5 million in legal fees and compensation to consumers and job-seekers allegedly excluded from opportunities advertised on the platform. (BN via BLAW)

  • Quinn Emanuel appellate attorney Christopher Landau will be President Donald Trump’s nomination for U.S. ambassador to Mexico, the White House said. Landau joined Quinn in 2018, after 20 years at Kirkland & Ellis, where he led the appellate practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher snagged Kirkland & Ellis veteran M&A partner William Sorabella as a partner in New York. (GibsonDunn.com)

  • The first class action suit filed over the national college admissions scandal presents a novel legal argument that just might work. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Latham & Watkins added former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner Justin Hamill, the third M&A and private equity partner to join its New York office this year and the second former Paul Weiss attorney. (American Lawyer)

  • With a leadership change on the horizon, New York-based Schulte Roth & Zabel saw gross revenue rise to $439.97 million in 2018, a 3.7 percent gain compared with 2017, while profits per equity partner expanded 8.2 percent, to $2.77 million, early data show. (American Lawyer)

  • Haynes and Boone is representing tax-preparation software company Blucora Inc. in its $180 million acquisition of 1st Global Inc., a tax-focused wealth management company based in Dallas that specializes in working with large accounting firms. (HaynesBoone.com) (InvestmentNews)

  • Some trending issues that began impacting the structured finance and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities spaces late last year will play a more prominent role in 2019, according to a Mayer Brown report. (MayerBrown.com)

  • Compliance with certain federal regulations linked to Medicare program participation cost inpatient psychiatric facilities an estimated annual $1.7 billion nationwide, according to a report by Manatt Health commissioned by the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare. (PRNewsire.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Jackson Walker said former Texas Court of Appeals Justice Jennifer Caughey joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s trial and appellate litigation practice. A Harvard Law grad, Caughey previously spent time as an attorney Baker Botts, and Gibson Dunn, according to her LinkedIn. (JW.com)

  • Michael Best said former Deloitte Tax transactional attorney Nicholas Boerke re-joined the firm as senior counsel in Milwaukee, where he’d spent a year and a half as an associate. (MichaelBest.com)

  • Holland & Knight got former DLA Piper private equity and M&A lawyer Omari Sealy as a partner in Miami. (HKlaw.com)

  • JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services provider, said retired San Diego Superior Court Judge Gerald Jessop, a family law specialist, former law firm partner and bank probate trust officer, joined its San Diego panel. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Advisory and consultancy firm Duff & Phelps said former Akin Gump senior counsel Adam August joined the firm as a Dallas-based director in its compliance and regulatory consulting practice. (DuffandPhelps.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • More than a dozen banks face renewed allegations that they conspired to fix prices in the $550 billion secondary market for unsecured bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (BLAW)

  • Florida law firm Amlong & Amlong P.A. must pay over $422,000 in sanctions for filing frivolous employment law cases and withholding documents, a federal appeals court ruled. (BLAW)


  • How can the broker-dealer industry comply with SEC investor protection rules on custody of digital securities on a blockchain? A recent Sidley Austin white paper makes proposals. (Sidley.com)

  • Wide use of online dispute resolution for legal cases will likely face big hurdles, according to a recent U.S. survey of attitudes toward the technology. (Artificial Lawyer)

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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