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Wake Up Call: Georgia Mistakenly Flunked 90 Bar Exam Takers

Sept. 7, 2016, 11:46 AM

• Georgia’s Board of Bar Examiners said it mistakenly flunked 90 people who took the exam in July 2015 or February 2016. (WSJ Law Blog)

• Peter Kalis will step down as chair and global managing partner of K&L Gates in February 2017, the firm said Tuesday, in an announcement that follows recent partner departures. (Big Law Business)

• Finding a successor to Kalis, who has led the firm since 1997, will be a tough task , current and four former partners said. (Law.com)

• President Barack Obama nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Abid Qureshia, a top partner at Latham & Watkins, who would be the first American Muslim to serve on the federal judiciary, if he is confirmed. (Big Law Business)

• U.K. and U.S. law enforcement authorities are losing the battle against white collar crime, and revelations in the recent Panama Papers leaks could actually make matters worse, delegates to a recent conference said. (New York Times DealBook)

The Fox News Settlement

• Fox News reached a $20 million settlement with former news anchor Gretchen Carlson in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Carlson’s claims in the suit sparked a widespread internal probe and led to the ouster of Roger Ailes. (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

• In his effort to resolve his legal problems and stymie media coverage of them, Ailes, the Republican political strategist who built Fox News into the most-watched U.S. cable news network, has hired a legal team that includes a prominent feminist, an ex-prosecutor, and the lawyer who successfully represented Hulk Hogan in a lawsuit that crushed Gawker Media. (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

• Some lawyers said the settlement with Carlson could prompt more litigation by women employees of Fox News. (Law.com)

Legal Market

• Greenberg Traurighas appointed London chair Rick Maher as its global vice-chairman, but dropped Maher from its name there, in addition to a number of other changes. (The Lawyer)

• Fox Rothschild managing partner Mark Silow, who oversaw 12 years of growth at the firm, is stepping down to become chair and will be replaced in April 2017 by Mark Morris, a real estate lawyer in Philadelphia. (Big Law Business)

• Dentons has finished overhauling its management structure in China after electing a new board for the region. (The Lawyer)

• Goldberg Segalla is the latest law firm to face a gender discrimination lawsuit, as a former associate alleges she was fired after complaining a partner harassed her upon returning from giving birth. (Above The Law)

• Two Virginia law firms, Roanoke-based Woods Rogers and Lynchburg-based Edmunds & Williams, said they plan to merge on Oct. 1 into a firm with 78 attorneys across five offices. (Virginia Business)

• U.S. prosecutors are considering a criminal charge against a unit of HSBC Holdings Plc related to conduct on its foreign-exchange desk, according to people familiar with the matter, in news that threatens an earlier deal that let the bank avoid prosecution. (Bloomberg)

• The Massachusetts attorney general has launched an investigation of major firearm makers based on her state’s expansive consumer-protection law. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

• The FTC has received applications from big law firms competing for a contract to be the independent compliance auditor of Herbalife Ltd. after its $200 million settlement in a consumer deception case. The applications shed light on firms’ billing rates and strategies for winning such lucrative contracts. (Law.com)

• New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating whether EpiPen-maker Mylan N.V. committed antitrust violations to win sales contracts with schools, his office said Tuesday. Mylan was hit with a class-action in Ohio over its EpiPen pricing. (Law.com/Reuters)

• The U.K.'s biggest sports retailer Sports Direct International Plc and its founder, billionaire Mike Ashley, are facing questions in an internal review of the company’s treatment of workers and corporate governance. (Bloomberg)

Whistleblower reports made to the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority dropped nearly 20 percent in 2015, according to a Pinsent Masons report that comes out as new U.K. rules aimed at encouraging whistleblowers are due to take effect. (Wall Street Journal)

• PayPal Holdings Inc. and MasterCard Inc. announced an agreement aimed at ending years of squabbling between the companies. (Bloomberg)

SCOTUS and Other Court Rulings

• U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday issued a temporary stay of enforcement of a congressional subpoena that seeks information from Backpage.com on how the online classified ad company polices third-party content, as part of a sex-trafficking investigation. (National Law Journal)

Eight significant cases that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is hearing this fall, with issues ranging from climate change, Guantánamo Bay, gun rights, terrorism and campaign finance. (National Law Journal)

• A lawyer for Volkswagen AG walked out of Irish court proceedings Tuesday in a challenge to the court’s right to a hear a case over cheating on diesel emissions tests. (Bloomberg/Big Law Business)

Laterals and Moves

• U.K. firm Allen & Overy has lost its second corporate partner in a week in Germany , this one to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. (The Lawyer)

• Cadwalader’s loss of a top executive compensation partner to McDermott Will & Emery is the latest in a string of departures for the two-century-old New York firm. (Big Law Business)

• Sullivan & Cromwell and Goodwin Procter hired attorneys specialized in cyber crime, privacy and security, while Holland & Knight hired a Washington-based antitrust lawyer,plus there were more moves on a busy Tuesday after Labor Day. (Big Law Business)

• Plaintiffs boutique Hausfeld, which gained renown for its antitrust litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, has opened an office in Boston as part of a push to expand its mass tort practice and open offices in cities in Europe and the U.S. (Am Law Daily)

• San Francisco-based Twist Bioscience Corp. hired Mark Daniels as its first general counsel , getting him from Broadcom Corp., where he most recently served as vice president and deputy chief corporate compliance officer. (The Recorder)

Technology

• The ABA’s Report on the Future of Legal Services comes amidst a de facto deregulation of the market for legal services that sees lawyers held to basic regulatory standards that have governed since the 1960s, while alternative providers of legal services “blossom basically unregulated,” writes a law professor and author. (Big Law Business)

• Spotify is considering new limits on access to free music for users of its streaming service, as a possible concession to record companies with which it is negotiating for licensing. (Financial Times)

• New regulations that allow commercial drone flights look likely to generate litigation ranging from privacy suits to patent fights. (Law.com)

• The Justice Department’s five-year-old National Security Division has had success fighting cybercrime linked to terrorism , but it needs more help from corporate America. (Law.com)

• A South Florida condominium association is suing the companies behind Pokémon Go claming that trespassing by “out-of-control crowds” of people playing the game have forced property owners to hire security officers. (Law.com)

Legal Education

• After closing when Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee last week, Florida State University College of Law remained closed Tuesday, while three other northern Florida law schools re-opened. (Law.com)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Gabe Friedman.

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