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Wake Up Call: Hired by Uber, Gibson Dunn Team Asks Court to Show Quinn Emanuel the Door

Jan. 9, 2019, 12:24 PM
  • Uber Technologies Inc. hired a Gibson Dunn team led by Theodore Boutrous Jr. to defend it against an antitrust suit filed by SC Innovations Inc., successor of ride-hailing app Sidecar. Gibson Dunn’s first move was to ask a court to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan lawyers for SC Innovations on grounds that Quinn Emanuel has previously represented Uber in about 20 lawsuits nationwide. (The Recorder)

  • Costco Wholesale Corp., advised by Debevoise & Plimpton, lost a federal court bid to reverse or reduce a $19 million judgment against it for allegedly selling counterfeit Tiffany & Co. engagement rings. And now Costco has to pay Tiffany another $6 million or so for legal costs, even as its appeal advances. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • In a politically tinged clash of Big Law firms, the Democratic National Committee and its Perkins Coie and Genova Burns lawyers lost their federal appeal trying to get a court’s discovery limitation lifted in the DNC’s fight with the Republican National Committee over alleged voter suppression. King & Spalding’s Bobby Burchfield was among attorneys representing the RNC. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • DLA Piper hired former Federal Trade Commission data privacy and ID protection lawyer Tracy Shapiro as a San Francisco-based partner in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. She arrives from Wilson Sonsini. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Dealmakers are starting to feel pain from the partial U.S. government shutdown. Skadden’s global head of capital markets, David Goldschmidt, told Bloomberg that a Feb. 14 “window to price” is nigh. “People typically go out in early January with IPOs because if you price after February 14, you need your audit for 2018.” (Bloomberg News via BLB)

  • A U.S. judge overseeing a veteran’s multimillion-dollar negligence lawsuit in Puerto Rico rebuked the Justice Department for trying to use the partial government shutdown to put the case on ice, calling the request “laughable.“ (Bloomberg News via BLB)

  • Littler Mendelson client Wells Fargo Bank beat a federal appeal by a Florida employee who said she was sacked for refusing to participate in the illicit sales practices that drove a 2016 national scandal and led to $185 million in penalties. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • U.S. bankruptcy filings fell for the ninth-straight year in 2018, according to new data. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Kirkland & Ellis, with help from the Trump administration, is arguing for a Crow Tribe member at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case in which justices are trying to determine if native American tribal hunting rights from a 19th century treaty still exist. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Kirkland & Ellis also represented the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency which beat back a federal appeal of a jury verdict in its favor in a suit alleging it defrauded the U.S. Department of Education. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Laterals, Moves

  • Baker Botts expanded its London office, with capital markets lawyer Richard Brown joining the firm’s corporate practice as a partner from Latham & Watkins, while finance and global projects lawyer Nick Collins, arrived as a partner from Jones Day. (BakerBotts.com)

  • Loeb & Loeb added former Baker McKenzie corporate partner Rose Zhu to the firm’s Hong Kong office, where she’ll focus on capital markets, M&As, and financing transactions. (Loeb.com)

  • Reed Smith added three in Houston. Energy attorney Mariano Ornelas López, former legal director for a Mexican government entity that manages natural gas transportation and storage, joined as Houston-based counsel on the firm’s 50-attorney Latin America business team. It added ex Stuart PC litigator Hollie Reiminger as counsel in its labor & employment group, and former Jennings Teague data security and privacy lawyer Haylie Treas as associate. (ReedSmith.com)

  • Litigation boutique Eimer Stahl said former Wisconsin Chief Deputy Solicitor General Ryan J. Walsh joined as of counsel. Walsh, who clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and spent time as a Jones Day associate in Washington, will focus on complex and appellate litigation. (EimerStahl.com)

  • Eversheds Sutherland said Baker Botts commercial litigator Michael B. Bennett joined as a partner in Houston, focusing on the energy sector. (EvershedsSutherland.com)

  • Locke Lord hired ex-Norton Rose Fulbright lawyer Juan Redín in L.A. as senior counsel focused on public finance. (LockeLord.com)

Promotions

  • Finn Dixon & Herling promoted three lawyers, including two women, to partner, and one to counsel. (Fdh.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • The Neiman Marcus Group LLC agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with 43 states and the District of Columbia over a 2013 data breach of customer payment card information. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

Technology

  • Apple Inc. hired a Facebook nemesis as a new product manager for its data privacy team. Sandy Parakilas, a former privacy compliance employee at Facebook who later worked at Uber, is one of the social network’s biggest critics. (Financial Times)

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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