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In Gay Rights 'Gamechanger,' Appeals Court Bars Employment Bias Based on Sexual Orientation

By Ben Hancock |

Overruling years of precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday concluded that discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act.

Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo Will Appeal $5.4M OSHA Whistleblower Award

By Sue Reisinger |

Wells Fargo plans to appeal a federal regulator's order to pay a large award to a fired manager at a Los Angeles bank branch and reinstate him. The filing of the complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was unusual, experts said.

Tennessee Judge Cason Moreland

Nashville Judge's Federal Corruption Case Alleges Sex With Defendants, Bribery

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Tennessee judge's text messages tell the tale in a federal indictment accusing him of trading justice for sex.

Plaintiffs lawyer Evan Fray-Witzer attached a photo of his cat in the court filing.

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

You won't believe what lawyers suing BuzzFeed in Miami court attached to a recent filing.

Football

Supreme Court Rejects NFL Settlement Challenge

By Max Mitchell |

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked efforts by a group of retired professional football players to challenge the NFL’s $1 billion settlement over concussion-related litigation.

Cassie Sadowitz and Megha Parekh

How a Young Lawyer Landed a Pro Football GC Job

By Stephanie Forshee |

When the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, Cassie Sadowitz will be cheering them on. But she's not just any fan. She's the team's general counsel.

Clarence Thomas.

Justice Thomas to Fed Society: Scalia's Work Is 'Prologue'

By Tony Mauro |

At a convention buoyed by the Republicans' election sweep, Justice Clarence Thomas called on hundreds of Federalist Society members to continue the work of the late Antonin Scalia in promoting originalism and limited government.

Your New Partner, Mr. Robot?

By Ian Lopez |

As the information age unfolds, lawyers are turning to the technology they once strongly turned against. LTN explores in this week's AI roundup.

The General Counsel's Role in Briefing the Board Postelection

By Michael W. Peregrine |

While much of the current discussion is speculation, corporate leadership should be encouraged to begin briefing the board right now on potential policy implications.

Josh King is the Chief Legal Officer at Avvo, Inc.

Is It Time to Liberalize Attorney Advertising? One In-House Lawyer Says Yes

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Bar associations have dramatically limited what attorneys can say in advertisements. Josh King, chief legal officer of the online legal marketplace Avvo Inc., thinks that it's time for that to stop.

Baker Donelson “Accelerates” Cybersecurity Startups

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

In building investment in Atlanta’s cybersecurity scene, the law firm found its second start-up partner in Authomate.

U.S. Supreme Court.

11th Circuit’s Pryor Leads ‘Fantasy’ Poll to Predict Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

By Tony Mauro |

A "Fantasy SCOTUS" poll launched Tuesday to predict President-elect Donald Trump's first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has put federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge and William Pryor in the lead.

Reince Priebus.

Law School Classmates Call Priebus a 'Voice of Reason' for Trump White House

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fellow students from Reince Priebus' University of Miami days said they hope he'll be the even-keeled yin to Donald Trump's unpredictable yang.

Petco Animal Supplies.

Amid Leadership Shake-Up, Petco Announces New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For nearly six years, in-house lawyer Alan Tse has been helping run the Kentucky Derby. Now he'll be lending his talents to another animal-centric company, the retailer Petro Animal Supplies Inc.

GCs Play Big Role in Handling Data Breach Compliance, Survey Finds

By Jan Wolfe |

An increasing number of companies view the general counsel as the go-to person for handling compliance issues arising from a data breach, according to a recently releaaed survey of risk management officers.

Petco Animal Supplies.

Amid Leadership Shake-Up, Petco Announces New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For nearly six years, in-house lawyer Alan Tse has been helping run the Kentucky Derby. Now he'll be lending his talents to another animal-centric company, the retailer Petro Animal Supplies Inc.

Cybersecurity Madness: 3 Things that Really Matter and 3 That Don't

By Diane D. Reynolds and Leonardo M. Tamburello |

Here's a road map for corporate legal professionals seeking to cut through the jargon and marketing hype and develop a rational and cost-effective means of managing risks related to data privacy and online security.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C.

How GCs Should Prepare for Trump's ACA Repeal

By Kristen Rasmussen |

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, well, more affordable. Beyond that broad declaration, though, Trump has been less than forthcoming with details about what exactly he would do, leading to widespread uncertainty in the health care industry. Nonetheless, there are many things companies, health care and otherwise, can be doing now to prepare for the potential dismantling of the six-year-old law, experts say.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sartorial Dissent? Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Neckwear After Trump Election

By Marcia Coyle |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday appeared to sport her "dissenting" jabot—the one she wears when she reads from her dissenting opinion. The style and color differ than her more usual white neckwear.

Hillary Clinton, left, and Donald Trump, right.

Behind Clinton and Trump, an Army of Lawyers on High Alert

By Jenna Greene |

If post-election litigation erupts, both sides have lawyers at the ready in key battleground states.

Attorney General Janet Reno, center, flanked by Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard, gestures during the National Summit on Children Exposed to Violence, Thursday June 24, 1999, in Washington.

'In the Room' With Janet Reno: Remembering the AG in Action

By Zoe Tillman |

She had zero tolerance for politics and was driven by the impact her decisions had on real people, say the lawyers who worked with Reno at Main Justice.

Attorney General Janet Reno testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on 1996 campaign finance investigation, June 27, 2000

Janet Reno Dies After Long Battle with Parkinson’s

By John Pacenti and ALM Staff |

Janet Reno was many things. A South Florida icon. The first woman U.S. attorney general. And the first woman state attorney for Miami-Dade County. Reno died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 78.

No Privilege Ruling Alarms General Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

In a blow to in-house lawyers, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that communications between corporate counsel and former employees are not privileged and are freely discoverable. 
The 5-4 decision states that attorney-client privilege doesn't exist because the former employee no longer has an ongoing principal-agent relationship with the corporation.

Hillary Clinton. Shutterstock

Understanding the Reality of Review in the Clinton Email Investigation

By Ian Lopez |

The data set is relatively small, but other factors may push answers beyond Election Day.