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Coinbase Hire Signals Growing Need for Digital Currency Lawyers

July 13, 2020, 11:01 AM

There’s growing demand for legal talent in the crypto world as digital currencies gain legitimacy in the eyes of financial institutions and federal regulators.

Last week, digital currency exchange company Coinbase Inc. announced that Paul Grewal would be its new Chief Legal Officer. Previously, Grewal served as Facebook Inc.’s deputy general counsel after nearly six years as a federal judge in California.

Grewal’s move is the most recent of a series of prominent hires in the crypto-legal world, which many experts say is a sign that crypto is gaining wider acceptance and indicates the industry’s growing need for legal talent. Ruiqi Chen has the story.

COMPLIANCE

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‘Dreamers’ Denied Jobs Explore Reach of Hiring Bias Protections
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Unions to Organize Mass Walkouts in ‘Strike for Black Lives’
A coalition of unions plans to lead walkouts in more than 25 U.S. cities July 20, demanding that companies change internal policies to combat racial inequities.

ANALYSIS: Rosy Employer Union Outlook May Have Wilted in 2020
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PRACTITIONER INSIGHTS

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Employers have a duty to provide a healthful workplace and may consider requiring vaccinations to stem diseases, like Covid-19. University of Illinois College of Law Professor Matthew Finkin warns they might face legal challenges from applicants and incumbent employees based on religious objection, objection due to a medical condition, or objection based on ethical or ideological grounds.

INSIGHT: Tech and Black Lives—Firms Can Mitigate Discrimination in Tech
Tech companies that want to lead in the Black Lives Matter movement should look beyond the standard company responses and proactively identify and seek to mitigate any unintentional disparate impact that their technologies may have on the basis of race, color, or another protected characteristic, Orrick attorneys say.

INSIGHT: Employers Have Options to Deal With Immigration, Trump’s Visa Suspension
Along with the effects of the pandemic, employers are dealing with the Trump administration’s recent immigration restrictions. Yasmin Mirreh, of Erickson Immigration Group, looks at other countries’ immigration actions to find takeaways for U.S. employees on how to deal with the restrictions and gives practical tips for employers.

INSIGHT: Your Next College President May Be the GC Next Door
The number of former general counsel leading colleges and universities has increased seven-fold over the last 20 years. Touro Law’s Patricia Salkin says campus general counsel could be the perfect candidate for a school’s next president, given the proliferation of statutory requirements, regulatory regimes, and legal claims and risks.

BUSINESS & PRACTICE

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Amazon.com, Inc. is turning to a former federal prosecutor to bust counterfeit product sellers, as the online retailer fends off criticism from Congress and potentially costly trademark lawsuits.

Misfits Market Snags Warby Parker Lawyer
A subscription box company selling “ugly” fruits and vegetables hired its first in-house counsel from online glasses retailer Warby Parker as food delivery surges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Drug Companies Reserving Seat for Patent Lawyers at Deal Table
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Company Funding Lawsuits Sees Profit Outlook Brighten Amid Virus
Analysts have rapidly lifted their earnings forecasts for a global litigation financier on expectations that the coronavirus pandemic could spark more legal disputes.

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LEGAL NEWS

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that broadened its test for excluding employees of religious institutions from the protections of anti-discrimination laws bolsters employer arguments that those workers aren’t covered by federal wage law, employment attorneys said.

Bayer to Alter Plan for Handling Future Roundup Cancer Suits
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EBay Pig-Mask Stalking Prosecution Adds a Seventh Defendant
A seventh former eBay Inc. employee was charged with taking part in a bizarre cyberstalking campaign against a suburban Boston couple who published an online e-commerce newsletter critical of the company.

Equifax Loses Bid to Drop Data Breach Claims Under New York Law
Equifax Inc. has to face claims tied to its 2017 data breach of violating New York consumer protection law in failing to protect the information, a federal court ruled.

GM Suffers Blow in Bid to Punish Fiat Chrysler Over Union Bribes
General Motors Co.’s efforts to take a rival to task for allegedly inflating its labor costs suffered a major blow with the dismissal of its racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

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