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Big Law’s Bane, In the House, Trump’s Judges: The Morning Minute



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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING



 

BUSY - Big Law has a big problem, and it’s called Sanford Heisler Sharp. The $200 million gender discrimination suit filed against Jones Day by associates on Wednesday marks the latest in a string of similar suits for the 50-lawyer firm, which has also targeted Morrison & Foerster, Proskauer Rose and Ogletree Deakins, among others. The firm, which has six offices including in New York, D.C. and San Francisco, also filed a separate gender bias suit against Jones Day last year on behalf of former partner Wendy Moore.

IN-HOUSE BOOST - A rush of public offerings is expected to heat up the San Francisco Bay Area's demand for in-house counsel. Caroline Spiezio reports that with Lyft's already-launched IPO, and with Uber, Slack, Pinterest and Airbnb hot on the ride-hailing company's heels, recruiters are anticipating the need for in-house counsel in the region to grow.

ON AGAIN - The vote scheduled last week that would’ve paved the way for President Trump to gain his fifth and sixth judicial appointments to the Ninth Circuit is rescheduled for today. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the confirmations of Daniel Collins, a partner at Munger Tolles, and Kenneth Lee, a partner at Jenner & Block. California’s Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have declined to return blue slips that indicate their sign-off. If confirmed by the full Senate, Collins and Lee will join four other Trump appointees to the Ninth Circuit, which has 29 judicial slots. The court currently has four vacancies.



EDITOR’S PICKS



 

New Take on ‘Mansfield Rule’ Sets In-House Diversity Goals

Willkie's Gordon Caplan Appears in Court to Face College Admissions Charges

Marred by Scandals, University of Southern California to Replace Its Top Legal Officer

Trademark Lawsuit Targets Upcoming Showtime Miniseries on Roger Ailes

Meet the Record-Setting Number of Incoming Women Law Deans

Chicago Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot Eyes Tax on Past Employer: Big Law



WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING



 

GRINDR MINDER - A Chinese online game developer has confirmed that it is in talks with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. regarding a potential divestment of its U.S. subsidiary Grindr, Anna Zhang reports. Kunlun Tech Co. said that it is negotiating with CFIUS over its ownership of the gay dating app but has not reached an agreement. CFIUS reportedly is concerned that Kunlun's ownership of Grinder poses national security risks.



WHAT YOU SAID



“Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure that my fiduciary duties are met, I believe it is in the best interests of the class to relinquish my role as lead class counsel at this time.”



—  MICHAEL AVENATTI, FORMER LAWYER FOR STORMY DANIELS IN HER SUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WHO FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES OF EXTORTION AND BANK FRAUD, IN A DECLARATION  STEPPING DOWN AS LEAD PLAINTIFFS COUNSEL IN A CLASS ACTION IN WHICH HE WON A $454 MILLION VERDICT.







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