| GLOBAL 20
What makes a law firm truly global? What does it take to handle the biggest and most complex cross-border matters? These firms know. Here, Law360 reveals its eighth annual ranking of the firms with the most international clout.
With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.
Setting up shop across the globe may seem impossible for smaller law firms, but it can be done — and it’s not the only way to get business overseas. Here, Law360 looks at what firms should think about when deciding whether, and how, to go global.
Barnes & Noble Inc. fired its second CEO in as many years, removing Demos Parneros from the helm of the bookseller for unspecified company policy violations and declining to pay him severance on the advice of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, the company said Tuesday.
Browning-Ferris Industries urged a D.C. Circuit panel in oral arguments Tuesday not to resume review of an Obama-era decision from the National Labor Relations Board against the company expanding the joint employer standard that controls when multiple companies can be deemed responsible for workers.
The Fair Labor Standards Act celebrated its 80th birthday last week, and legal experts on both sides of the worker-management divide say the landmark law is showing its age. Here, Law360 looks at how employment attorneys who represent workers say Congress should bring the statute into the 21st century.
Over the past week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched a suit accusing a Hawaii health plan of putting in place an illegal policy that barred disabled workers from taking intermittent leave and reached a $140,000 deal to end its suit accusing a California-based supermarket chain of discriminating against a clerk who was a Jehovah’s Witness.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rescinded 24 U.S. Department of Justice guidance documents that he considered “unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper,” striking down Obama-era stances on issues like affirmative action, refugees’ right to work and juveniles in the criminal justice system.
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. again escaped accusations of age and disability discrimination Tuesday, after an Eighth Circuit panel affirmed that a former employee was physically unable to do his job, even with accommodations, and couldn’t claim his firing was discriminatory.
The Third Circuit said in a published decision on Tuesday that jurors should decide whether a Pennsylvania county took reasonable care to protect employees from workplace harassment, and whether a woman who accused her boss of making unwanted sexual advances took full advantage of those protections.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday filed suit in Texas federal court against Halliburton Energy Services Inc. over accusations that it discriminated against two workers in part because of their Muslim religion, refusing to take action over racial insults and other derogatory treatment.
A pair of former The Weinstein Co. directors have asked a New York federal judge to let them out of a putative class action filed by actresses accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, saying they joined the company’s board too late to be held responsible for Weinstein’s alleged behavior.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a plan Tuesday that would enhance the commission’s enforcement resources to investigate discrimination in the communications industry.
WAGE & HOUR
The Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a restaurant shouldn’t be held in civil contempt for not turning over documents about its owners’ other businesses to the U.S. Department of Labor since it didn’t have those documents in its possession, adding that the agency isn’t allowed to use judicial contempt orders to essentially mount a “fishing expedition.”
General Assembly Space Inc. has agreed to pay 1,200 former and current instructors $1 million to settle allegations the for-profit online coding school misclassified them as independent contractors and as a result failed to pay them minimum and overtime wages, according to documents filed in California federal court Monday.
Months away from trial, trucking giant J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. moved Monday to slash claims and decertify a California federal class action alleging it shorted drivers on wages and rest breaks, saying there’s no proof of a uniform compensation system covering thousands of drivers.
A group of nonunion teachers in California — including one whose U.S. Supreme Court challenge over union fees sputtered in 2016 — asked a federal court to force educator-related unions to pay them back their “agency” fees after the high court’s ruling in Janus, according to a proposed class action on Monday.
Semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials Inc. filed a trade secrets suit Tuesday in New York federal court, accusing a former employee of violating employment agreements by illegally downloading proprietary information before leaving to join a competitor.
A Texas appeals court overturned a jury verdict awarding an offshore driller $2.8 million for injuries sustained when a defective cable snapped and dropped a 62-pound weight on his foot, ruling Tuesday that the case was tried under the wrong legal theory.
North American inventory management firm WIS Holding Co. Inc. sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware late Monday, aiming for a liquidation and wind-down while blaming employee class claims that short-circuited an earlier, more-than $223 million private foreclosure settlement.
Last month, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb clarified how he expects the agency’s regional directors will apply the 2017 Boeing Co. opinion when considering unfair labor practice charges concerning work rules and handbook policies. Unions and employees can take solace in the fact that the GC appears committed to case-by-case evaluation, say Steven Swirsky and Genevieve Murphy-Bradacs of Epstein Becker Green.
The five most highly compensated employees at a nonprofit may be subject to a new 21 percent excise tax thanks to last year’s tax overhaul. To successfully compete in hiring talent with for-profit companies, nonprofits should consider offering total compensation packages that include non-salary opportunities such as increased paid time off, schedule flexibility and low-cost benefits, says Elliot Dinkin of Cowden Associates Inc.
The Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled that stock-based compensation has to be included in the cost base of Israeli subsidiaries of multinational companies. Barbara Klementz of Baker McKenzie LLP discusses how companies can best obtain a tax deduction for awards granted to Israeli employees.
In telling Democrats and progressives not to melt down over the prospect of President Trump appointing another U.S. Supreme Court justice following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, the centrists make four main arguments. None of them are convincing, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.
Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.
Working across far-flung offices to secure hundreds of billions in deals that include Eastern and central Europe’s largest-ever telecom transaction while also fielding major cross-border disputes, White & Case LLP again earned a spot on Law360’s Global 20.
Unlike others considered favorites to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a voluminous judicial record after 12 years on the federal appellate bench — one that reflects his strong conservative views on the law.
President Donald Trump added another name to the latest round of speculation about who will fill Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat — interviewing Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, for the vacancy Monday, Lee’s office and the White House confirmed Tuesday.
The Big Four’s march into the legal industry has been relentless over the past decade, and leaders of Deloitte and EY told Law360 in recent interviews that onlookers should only expect a ramping-up of their expansion into the legal market going forward.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced on Tuesday that it would join the throng of firms offering associates base salary hikes according to the new market standard established in June, while international firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP made public the rollout of a new compensation system for British associates that focuses more on performance than seniority.