Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Trump Lawyer Who Led Aggressive Push on Mueller Probe Leaving

June 3, 2019, 11:59 AM
  • White House lawyer Emmet T. Flood, who managed President Trump’s aggressive response to Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, is leaving the job this month, Trump tweeted Saturday. Flood, who previously worked at Williams & Connolly, also worked in the White House Counsel’s Office under George W. Bush. No word yet on where he might be headed next. (Politico) (NYT)
  • Johnson & Johnson said it will appeal a Manhattan jury’s order last week to pay $300 million in punitive damages to a woman who blamed her rare asbestos-related cancer on decades of daily use of the company’s talc-based products. The ruling brings to $325 million the amount the state-court jury said J&J must pay Donna Olson and her husband over her cancer that she blamed on J&J’s baby powder and its former Shower-to-Shower product. Kirkland & Ellis; Paterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; and others represented J&J. Levy Konigsberg among others represented plaintiffs. (BN via BLAW)
  • The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to open an antitrust investigation into Google, a report says. (BN via BLAW)
  • High-level Trump administration officials have been publicly criticizing judges’ use of nationwide injunctions as judicial power grabs, raising the stakes in the DOJ’s decades-long effort to curb such orders. (BLAW)
  • With cannabis sales still illegal under federal law, the DOJ has resisted efforts by failing pot businesses to reorganize or liquidate under the federal Bankruptcy Code. Now pot companies are hoping a recent federal appeals court ruling could be a sign that bankruptcy may soon be an option for them. (BLAW)
  • Tax issues, stock-exchange listings, and getting directors & officers insurance: those are some of the legal challenges faced by a growing cannabis company, the general counsel of California-based cannabis company Orchid Ventures Inc., Jennifer Clifton, said in a recent interview. (Corporate Counsel)
  • Martin Shkreli is in jail but that didn’t stop him from suing the former CEO of Retrophin Inc. and two other executives for at least $30 million, claiming they “unceremoniously and illegally” ousted him from his own company in 2014. (BN via BLAW)
  • Most U.S. Big Law firms in China have chosen to locate in either Beijing, the country’s regulatory and political capital, or Shanghai, which has the Chinese headquarters of many multinationals, as well as the Free Trade Zone. But most firms don’t locate in both cities, according to a report. (Asian Lawyer via American Lawyer)
  • The last all-paper Law School Admission Test is being administered across the country today, after a 71-year run. The Law School Admission Council announced last summer that it would move toward an all-digital version of the test, making it the final graduate-level entrance exam to move to computers. (Law.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • An increasing number of lawyers are combining law practice with side-jobs as TV legal commentators, and they are really busy. (ABAJournal.com)
  • Foley Hoag lawyers for Massachusetts district court judge Shelley Joseph, who was suspended without pay after being indicted on federal obstruction charges, asked a court to reinstate her salary, as she has not been convicted of any crime. The lawyers are working pro bono for Joseph, who is accused of helping an undocumented immigrant escape detention. (BostonGlobe.com)
  • One way to better address the scourge of mental illness and addiction in the legal profession is to teach attorneys about well-being as early as law school, according to a group of experts. (BLAW via BLB)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Longtime Skadden partner Cliff Sloan, who was an Obama special envoy and a Clinton administration lawyer, left the firm last week to take a job at the Georgetown University Law Center. A Washington litigator who has argued seven times at the U.S. Supreme court, Sloan has been in the news recently over his links to ex-Skadden partner Greg Craig, who’s on trial on charges he lied to investigators about his work for Ukraine. (National Law Journal)
  • Buchalter said California-based in-house veteran Michael C. Flynn joined the firm as a member of its corporate group in L.A. Flynn’s previous jobs include acting general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and top lawyer at Flagstar Bank and PNC Mortgage. (Buchalter.com)
  • Brown & Toland, an Oakland, California network of independent doctors, added insurance industry in-house leader Kara Ricci as its chief legal officer and general counsel. (Yahoo Finance)

Legal Actions, Decisions

  • Oracle Corp., advised by Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, will face a judge trial, not a jury trial, in a 70,000-person class action targeting the investment options in the company’s $12 billion 401(k) plan, a Colorado federal judge ruled. The case is the latest ERISA suit targeting 401(k)-style plans to be denied jury trial on grounds that it seeks equitable relief. (BLAW)


  • As automakers tout the safety and convenience benefits of the modern, connected car, their efforts to sell users’ personal data are exposing them to similar legal risks to the ones that have ensnared big tech companies like Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc. (BLAW)

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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