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Wake Up Call: Nunes Said to Sue Twitter for $250M, Alleging Bias, Defamation

March 19, 2019, 11:34 AM
  • Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is suing Twitter and three of its users for $250 million in damages for alleged defamation and other grievances stemming from the social media network, Bloomberg and others report. The Virginia suit contends that Twitter, on which Trump has 59.1 million followers, is biased against conservatives and lets users abuse Nunes. (BN via BLAW) (NYT)

  • London-based Bird & Bird re-elected its longtime chief executive David Kerr to another three-year term, until 2022. Since Kerr took over as head of the firm in 1996, it has grown from about 70 lawyers across three offices, to 1,300 across 29 offices. (

  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips is suing Brown Rudnick to get what it calls its fair share of a $10 million settlement in a case that its former litigation partner Benjamin Chew took with him when he switched firms in April 2018. (National Law Journal)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s suspended co-chair, Gordon Caplan, has added Ropes & Gray to the legal team defending him against charges in the national college admissions scandal. Foley Hoag, Boies Schiller, Pepper Hamilton, and Latham & Watkins are among major law firms representing some of the 32 named defendants in the scandal. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore is being sued over its role in a $1.36 billion grocery chain buyout by a former public shareholder of the chain. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Chicago-based Schiff Hardin’s revenue shrank 3.5 percent, to slightly under $193 million, in 2018, the firm’s third straight yearly revenue decline, early data show. But with an 8 percent smaller equity partnership, its profits per equity partner jumped 13 percent, topping $1 million. (American Lawyer)

  • Philadelphia-based Blank Rome, which got a new managing partner Jan. 1, saw gross revenues rise 2.7 percent, to $443 million, in 2018, while profits per equity partner grew to $931,000, up 1.6 percent from 2017, according to early data. (

  • Proskauer said in-house privacy veteran Bonnie L. Yeomans arrives as special privacy counsel in its corporate department, starting April 2. Yeomans spent over 27 years at CA Technologies, including close to 15 as chief privacy officer and assistant general counsel and also served as VP for software licensing and regulatory compliance. ( (LinkedIn)

  • Morrison & Foerster grabbed two partners and one associate from WilmerHale to expand its investigations and corporate governance team in Berlin. Partner Roland Steinmeyer has, among other things, advised Daimler AG’s supervisory board on investigations by German and U.S. authorities into diesel emissions. (

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Novartis eye-care subsidiary Alcon said yesterday that it acquired PowerVision, which developed innovative intraocular lenses for people with cataracts, for $285 million. Cooley advised California-based Powervision. (

  • The Actors’ Equity Association said it hired former AFL-CIO general counsel Lynn Rhinehart as special counsel, effective immediately. (

  • U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard reelected senior partner Charles Penney to his second three-year term. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler added veteran litigator Janell Ahnert as a shareholder in its Birmingham, Alabama, office. She joins from Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. (

  • Foley & Lardner said corporate lawyer Clyde Wilson Tinnen Jr. joined the firm’s business law department and transactions practice group as a partner in Milwaukee. He arrives from Withers Bergman. (

  • Miller & Chevalier got back employment tax lawyer Tom Cryan, who re-joins the firm as a Washington-based member from Littler, where he’s been since 2017. According to his LinkedIn, Cryan, a former Baker McKenzie of counsel, practiced at Miller & Chevalier from 2008 to 2012, when he left for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. (

  • Sidley Austin got Goodwin Procter’s energy and environment practice chairman Laurence Kirsch, who joins the firm as a partner in Washington. (

  • Michael Best said transactional lawyer Drew Whiting joined the firm’s corporate practice as senior counsel in Chicago. White was previously a member at Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis. (

  • Kasowitz Benson Torres added Greenberg Traurig real estate shareholder Marlene C. Guzzino as special counsel in the firm’s real estate transactions group in New York. (

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Tech companies Ericsson Inc., Qualcomm Corp., Nokia Corp., and Koninklijke Philips N.V. urged the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to side with the Justice Department in disputes over standard-essential patent licensing. (BLAW)

  • Cozen O’Connor said it won a motion to dismiss for its clients Geoinvesting, LLC, Christopher Irons, Daniel E. David, FG Alpha Management, LLC, FG Alpha Advisors, and FG Alpha, L.P, in Eros International’s New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division lawsuit alleging market manipulation. Case was Eros International PLC v. Mangrove Partners, etc, Docket No. 653096/2017. (Justia)


  • Consumer privacy and data security is the top legal risk stemming from developing immersive technologies, including augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality, according to a survey report by Perkins Coie with the XR Association. (

Legal Education

  • Washburn University School of Law said students admitted in the fall 2019 or later will have the option to complete their final year in its “Third Year Anywhere” externship program that allows them to get real-world experience working 20 hours per week in one of six sectors: corporate, government, higher education, judicial, law firm, or public interest. (

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