The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostTue, 25 Apr 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdBose being sued for tracking and selling habits of headphone usersA proposed class action has been filed in Chicago against Bose for allegedly tracking the listening habits of its headphone users and then selling the information to third-party companies without permission., 24 Apr 2017Lawyers face £500 million payout for homes that cannot be soldUK Lawyers could be forced to pay more than £500 million compensation for leaving clients stranded in leasehold homes they cannot sell., 24 Apr 2017Panama Papers scandal law firm partners get bailThe partners of the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal have been granted bail pending further legal action over allegations they helped launder money related to a huge Brazilian bribery case., 24 Apr 2017Glasgow Chamber President takes law firm role at Anderson StrathernPresident of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Neil Amner has joined Anderson Strathern in a cross-departmental role in efforts to help the law firm boldster relationships in the business community., 24 Apr 2017Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in criminal fineVolkswagen must pay a $2.8 billion criminal fine for deliberately creating a diesel engine equipped with software to cheat greenhouse gas emissions tests - the largest criminal fine ever negotiated by the US government for a carmaker., 24 Apr 2017Jenner & Block expands London head's roleCharlie Lightfoot gains a role managing the firm's worldwide international arbitration practice., 21 Apr 2017Luxury celebrates legal leadershipLuxury's legal stars are set for recognition at this year's Luxury Law Awards on 16 May when some of the top names in the luxury marketplace descend on London., 21 Apr 2017India could follow Japan in bitcoin adoptionLess than two weeks after Japan adopted bitcoin as legal currency it looks like India could be next to follow suit., 21 Apr 2017JWK Solicitors wins £1m for former BHS employeesUK law firm JWK Solicitors has won £1 million worth of compensation for 112 former employees of retail store BHS., 21 Apr 2017Corrs Chambers Westgarth patents new technologyLaw firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has patented a cloud-based document reading technology it says will cut processing time and costs in half., 21 Apr 2017Bircham Dyson Bell advises on £107m IPOBircham Dyson Bell acted for Ten Entertainment Group, parent company to Tenpin Ltd in connection with its admission to the premium segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of just over £107 million., 21 Apr 2017Whittier Law School closes doors to new studentsWhittier College is to close its law school. The revelations come in an announcement from the establishment stating that it will no longer admit students., 21 Apr 2017Law firm diversity programmes fail to retain womenDespite an increasing number of law firms putting gender diversity programmes in place, women account for just over 30 per cent of lawyers in the 200 largest firms in the US by revenue - a share that has not improved in the past five years., 20 Apr 2017Law change brings Monaco-style Grand Prix hope to LondonThe idea of a Monaco-style grand prix taking place on the streets of London has moved a step closer after a law change which allows motorsports to take place on public roads., 20 Apr 2017Linklaters and Baker McKenzie advising on £1.4bn Weetabix saleLinklaters, Baker McKenzie, Ropes & Gray and Mills & Reeve are advising on the £1.4bn sale of Weetabix Limited to US cereal firm Post Holdings., 20 Apr 2017New Vice Dean for University of Virginia law schoolLeslie Kendrick, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, is to take up the position of new Vice Dean at the school from 1 July., 20 Apr 2017Regulator wants greater transparency from law firmsThe Legal Services Board (LSB) expects frontline regulators to introduce compulsory 'minimum disclosures' by law firms on price, service, redress and regulatory status as it does not believe that change can come from within the legal fraternity., 20 Apr 2017Clifford Chance partner elected as next Law Society PresidentClifford Chance partner Simon Davis has been elected as the Law Society's next President - a role he will officially take up in 2019., 19 Apr 2017Pinsent Masons set for Madrid launchPinsent Masons is to launch its third international office in less than a year with a Madrid presence to open in May., 19 Apr 2017South Sudan welcomes first international law firmPan-African legal services provider Centurion Law Group has entered into a strategic alliance with South Sudanese law firm Awatkeer Law Chambers in Juba, making it the first international law firm to enter the country., 19 Apr 2017Dentons implements 'partner cull' in the USDentons is reported to have cut some 20 US-based partners this year over what is claimed to be fall-out following the McKenna Long merger., 21 Apr 2017Asia-Pacific and The Americas top M&A global league tableMid-market M&A deals valued up to $500 million totalled $201.6 billion for the first quarter of 2017, down five per cent from last year. Asia Pacific led the way in terms of deal worth and The Americas in deal volume., 19 Apr 2017Berkeley reaches legal settlement over harassment claimA legal settlement has been reached between Berkeley, the former dean of its law school and his former assistant who alleged he sexually harassed her, an announcement from the university has revealed., 18 Apr 2017New technology measures value of external lawyersA newly launched cloud-based platform promises to measure value and facilitate conversations between law departments and their external legal providers ., 18 Apr 2017Attorney General moves to block Tony Blair war trial private prosecutionAttorney General MP Jeremy Wright has launched a legal fight to stop Tony Blair being charged over Iraq war deaths after former chief of staff of the Iraq army General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat tried to prosecute him for the crime of 'aggression'., 18 Apr 2017Law firms up marketing spendMore than two-thirds of lawyers and business development professionals say their firm is increasing its emphasis on marketing and business development - and yet clients are unhappier than ever., 18 Apr 2017Lead firms in oil spill litigation set for $87 million eachA committee of lawyers involved in litigation arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has made its recommendation for dividing some $700 million in fees among 122 law firms involved - with two set to secure almost $90 million each., 18 Apr 2017Legal pitfalls of social media in a luxury worldLuxury brands engage with social media at different levels but not all are prepared for risk and reputation issues., 18 Apr 2017Law Deans call for investigation of California Bar Exam passing scoreThe California Accredited Law Schools (CALS) and the California Law School Council have asked the California Supreme Court to allow a representative help investigate the lowest reported bar pass rate in 32 years last July., 13 Apr 2017Capita appoints 21 firms to legal panelCapita has appointed a total of 21 law firms after the company reviewed its commercial legal panel for the first time in two years., 13 Apr 2017Big law firms fail to please clients on business acumenNew research demonstrates 'unambiguous evidence' of a flagrant disconnect between large law firms clients where 'not a single client interviewed was satisfied with what law firms provide'., 13 Apr 2017Two Chicago law firms hired by doctor dragged off United flightThe doctor dragged off a United plane looks set to sue for millions after hiring two sets of prominent Chicago lawyers., 13 Apr 2017President Trump 'not above the law'President Trump is not 'above the law' and must respond to a former Apprentice contestant's lawsuit like any other American, argue new papers that say a seat in the Oval office does not grant immunity., 13 Apr 2017Andersen Tax & Legal debuts in ItalyAndersen Tax & Legal has debuted in Italy with the Italian member firm of Andersen Global, Noda Studio, formally adopting the Andersen name., 12 Apr 2017Boies Schiller Flexner merges with Caldwell Leslie & ProctorBoies Schiller Flexner is to merge with West Coast litigation firm Caldwell Leslie & Proctor next week., 12 Apr 2017Federal Judge rules on Texas voters discrimination caseA US Federal Judge has ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show identification before casting ballots was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters., 12 Apr 2017King & Spalding's Los Angeles office adds litigation partnerKing & Spalding has announced that Joseph Akrotirianakis has joined as a partner in the business litigation practice based in the firm's Los Angeles office., 11 Apr 2017Baker McKenzie's city profits up £176 millionBaker McKenzie's London office has seen its revenue increase more than 20 per cent with turnover up to £176 million in 2016 from £145.2m a year earlier - significantly higher than the firm's global growth rate. For others, news has not been so good., 11 Apr 2017Hogan Lovells launches global fintech mentoring schemeHogan Lovells has launched a global fintech mentoring programme to fintech start-ups the UK, US, Germany and Hong Kong in efforts to bring new ideas to market., 11 Apr 2017Fox retains Paul Weiss to investigate Bill O'Reilly harassment claimsThe parent company of Fox News, 21st Century Fox, has hired law firm of Paul Weiss to look into sexual harassment claims against TV host Bill O'Reilly., 11 Apr 2017Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman moves into new Miami officeGlobal legal services firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has moved into its new 10,566-square-foot office at Brickell World Plaza in Miami as it expands in South Florida in a leasing deal search that took less than three months to complete., 11 Apr 2017Appeals Court rules that legal aid cuts for convicts are illegalCuts to legal aid for prisoners were dramatically overturned yesterday, April 10, as unlawful with judges saying that refusing to allow certain categories of inmates access to public money to fight legal cases was 'inherently unfair'., 11 Apr 2017Private equity set to boom in AfricaAfrica looks set for a bright future on the private equity front with activity on the rise, according to a new report which predicts that around a billion dollars could be invested in the next five years., 10 Apr 2017School launched to turn former child sex workers into lawyersThe Free a Girl Movement has opened up the first of a kind school to educate former victims of child prostitution in law in order to create the public prosecutors to challenge India's legal system from within., 10 Apr 2017UK forces companies to publish gender figuresFor the first time thousands of employers in the UK will have to publish gender figures under new measures aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women., 10 Apr 2017Herbert Smith Freehills promotes 21 lawyersHerbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has promoted 21 lawyers to partner across its global network including nine in London, six in Australia, three in Asia, two in Paris and one in Madrid with six of the total being women., 10 Apr 2017US fashion companies face immigration challengeThe US fashion world is up in arms over proposed changes to immigration rules which could harm innovation., 10 Apr 2017Law firm rates rising at fastest pace since 2008 recessionOverall law firm rates are on the up with average year-over-year lawyer rate increases reaching their highest levels since 2008., 07 Apr 2017Supreme Court rules parents can be prosecuted for term time family holidaysIn a landmark case that is to affect families all across Britain, the Supreme Court has ruled that parents who take their children out of school for term time holidays can be prosecuted., 07 Apr 2017Hogan Lovells snaps up Silicon Valley four from Weil GotshalHogan Lovells has wooed a team of four high-profile Silicon Valley lawyers who have worked together for almost 20 years at Weil Gotshal. The renowned Silicon Valley team of four will be based in the firm's Menlo Park and San Francisco offices., 07 Apr 2017Pepsi Ad faces legal action from San Fran Police DepartmentThe now infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad may have stepped over a legal line with the San Francisco Police Department, which is now considering taking legal action overuse of its emblem., 07 Apr 2017Fast start for law firm merger market in 2017Law firm mergers and acquisitions got off to a blistering pace in the first quarter of 2017 with 28 mergers announced in the US thanks to demand for small firms, international expansion and mega-mergers, according to Altman Weil MergerLine., 06 Apr 2017Brexit sees London new law firm leasing plummetNew London leases taken by large law firms in London fell more than 50 per cent last year largely as a result of Brexit and as 70 per cent of law firms get set to offer flexible working policies in the next 12 months - from today's 30 per cent., 06 Apr 2017Apple taken to court by Australian consumer watchdogThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACC) has launched legal action against Apple for allegedly refusing to look at or attempt to fix defective devices repaired elsewhere., 06 Apr 2017Chicago law firms' tiff escalates to litigationTwo Chicago law firms are taking each other on after litigation boutique Johnson & Bell sued Edelson, a specialist in privacy and technology class actions for defamation, after claims it had inadequate protection against cyber attacks., 06 Apr 2017ACC issues guidelines for law firm cyber security measuresThe Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has issued safety guidelines for outside counsel who have access to sensitive company data as part of their engagements with corporate law departments., 05 Apr 2017Irish Law Society warns small number of firms hiking PI actionsA small number of lawyers are responsible for a huge number of personal injuries actions, the Law Society has been warned, with unusually high numbers of spurious claims clustered around a small number of towns, where certain law firms are based., 05 Apr 2017DLA Piper continues LatAm expansion in deal with Peruvian firmDLA Piper LLP (US) has established a cooperation agreement with Peruvian firm Pizarro, Botto & Escobar Abogados in its latest LatAm expansion move. Together the firms will operate as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar., 05 Apr 2017Singapore and Malaysian law firms launch fintech practiceTwo prominent regional law firms in Singapore and Malaysia have joined forces to establish dedicated fintech practices, which will work together collaboratively., 05 Apr 2017Linklaters success in its first US Supreme Court amicus curiae briefIn a death row case, the test applied by Texas Criminal Appeals Court for determining which individuals are intellectually disabled in capital cases was found to violate the US constitution., 04 Apr 2017London Commercial Court rules on luxury Dubai developmentBaker McKenzie has won a major litigation case for Dubai Islamic Bank against a company planning a luxury resort in Dubai, raising issues from the volatility of the Dubai property market to interplay with Sharia law., 07 Apr 2017Facebook pushes minority agenda at law firmsFacebook is using its weight to force law firms that represent the company to embrace diversity in the workplace., 04 Apr 2017Motion picture industry wins landmark legal caseMembers of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) have won an injunction against three pirate websites providing film and television content illegally to Irish consumers., 04 Apr 2017LexisNexis announces first legal tech accelerator participantsLexisNexis has announced the first five participants in its new Silicon Valley legal tech accelerator programme created to give startups a leg up in the legal tech industry and transform the business of law., 04 Apr 2017Slaughters takes stake in AI due diligence companySlaughter and May has taken a five per cent stake in Luminance with partners at the law firm being given a share of the business now valued at $20 million as part of their work developing the product., 04 Apr 2017Morgan Lewis client departs over links to President TrumpMorgan Lewis & Bockius' decision to represent controversial US President Donald Trump has prompted one investment client to show the firm the door., 05 Apr 2017Bar starts to license Alternative Business StructuresThe Bar Standards Board has begun licensing Alternative Business Structures from today., 03 Apr 2017Royal Commission sees law firms swamped by historical child sex abuse casesAustralian legal firms are experiencing unprecedented demand from people who have suffered alleged child sexual abuse in institutions such as churches, schools and youth groups after statute of limitations is lifted., 03 Apr 2017Law firms banned from touting for business in hospitalsPersonal injury lawyers are to be banned from touting for business in hospitals from 2017/18 under new plans unveiled by the UK's National Health Service (NHS)., 03 Apr 2017Quarter of London's law firms hacked in 2016A quarter of all legal firms have been the subject of a cyber-attack with London-based firms suffering most., 03 Apr 2017US lawyers targets of multi-million cheque fraudLawyers and law firms across the US have been cheated out of tens of millions in a cheque fraud scheme and are being warned that the rouse could be ongoing., 03 Apr 2017Visual reality becomes a reality for fashion lawyersFashion designers are introducing more technology into their creations, opening up a new world of fashion technology legal issues., 31 Mar 2017IP firms merge to secure position for BrexitTwo British IP firms have joined forces to strengthen their offerings in the run-up and aftermath of Brexit., 31 Mar 2017Freshfields hires UK's former European CommissionerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has recruited the UK's former European Commissioner for Financial Services Jonathan Hill as a senior adviser only a few months after it attracted former HM Treasury lawyer Anthony Parry as a full-time consultant., 31 Mar 2017Trump too busy to deal with sexual harassment lawsuitPresident Donald Trump's legal team have said that dealing with a sexual harassment lawsuit would 'distract the president from his duties' and called for the case to be set aside until the end of his term in office., 31 Mar 2017Allen & Overy launches legaltech incubatorThe latest move by a law firm to innovate sees Allen & Overy launching a legaltech incubator where lawyers, technologists and clients will collaborate on new and developing ideas., 31 Mar 2017Bryan Cave further expands German IP teamBryan Cave has expanded its German IP practice with IP and IT lawyer Dominik Weiss who joins as counsel, following hot on the heels of the arrival of trademark law specialist Dr Andreas Hentschel who also joined the Hamburg office earlier this year., 31 Mar 2017Call to increase retirement age for UK judgesThe UK's most senior judge is calling for change to allow judges to sit beyond the age of 70 in order to address the challenge of recruitment to the bench., 30 Mar 2017Carson McDowell launches information law teamBelfast firm Carson McDowell has created the first information law team in Belfast due to increased demand in the sector and in preparation for new Data Protection Act laws being enforced next May., 30 Mar 2017Jenner & Block launches new aviation and aerospace practiceJenner & Block has formed a new aviation and aerospace practice group with the addition of three well-known and established global industry professionals who join as partners and will serve as group co-chairs., 30 Mar 2017Kirkland Morrison O'Callahan rebrands to K3 Legal LimitedKirkland Morrison O'Callahan has rebranded to K3 which it feels will resonate better with both a New Zealand and Chinese market., 29 Mar 2017Reed Smith snaps up Olswang Munich Tech and Data Protection TeamGlobal law firm Reed Smith has appointed Dr Andreas Splittgerber as a partner in the IP, Information and Innovation group in Munich who joins from Olswang with three colleagues as part of its continued strategic expansion of German practice., 29 Mar 2017Pinsent Masons takes stake in new law start-upPinsent Masons has acquired a minority stake in 'New Law' start-up business Yuzu., 29 Mar 2017McCarthy Denning granted ABS statusMcCarthy Denning has been granted Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status allowing it to make its non lawyer co-founder and CEO Warren Wooldridge a director and shareholder as the firm embarks upon the next stage of its ambitious growth strategy., 28 Mar 2017India's lawyers to strike en masseIn an ironic twist, lawyers all over India will go on strike on 31 March to protest against a proposed bill that bars solicitors from going on strike., 28 Mar 2017Singapore launches new schemes to spawn tech smart lawyersLaw firms in Singapore have received another boost to get tech smart with two new initiatives launched by the Law Society of Singapore this week., 28 Mar 2017Integreon appoints Gogel as Chair of the BoardThe global outsourcing company has made a raft of changes following a recent injection of private equity from NewQuest Capital Partners which acquired Integreon at the end of last year., 27 Mar 2017Law firm launches anti-piracy business backed by governmentA Cardiff-headquartered law firm is set to launch a specialist anti-piracy business creating more than 70 jobs and backed by investment from the Welsh Government., 27 Mar 2017Lawyers could be banned from quizzing rape victims about sexual historyLawyers could be banned from questioning rape victims about their sexual history under a change to the law being proposed., 27 Mar 2017Lloyds Bank slashes legal departmentLloyds Banking Group is cutting 22 in-house legal roles as part of a major restructuring of the company., 27 Mar 2017PwC settles $3 billion lawsuit in New YorkPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has settled a $3 billion negligence lawsuit over its alleged responsibility for the 2011 collapse of MF Global Holdings., 27 Mar 2017Companies face a sustainability nightmare down the trackCompanies are having to take a renewed interest in sustainability as the pace of regulation increases and social trends change., 24 Mar 2017Being a lawyer is a total boreLawyers and people employed in the legal sector are the most bored in the workplace with 8 out of 10 admitting they find their job a humdrum drudge., 24 Mar 2017Positive trends in law firm flexibility, but bias impedes usageWhile the availability of flexible work arrangements has increased in law firms, not all lawyers and staff are using the policies for fear it would adversely affect their careers., 24 Mar 2017Hong Kong's legal sector set for shake up as top brass steps downHong Kong's legal sector is set for a major shake up as those at the helm of the city's courts and the Justice Department are expected to leave within the term of the next chief executive., 24 Mar 2017Brexit could see UK lawyers banned from EU workA House of Lords report has highlighted the harsh reality of Brexit for the UK legal sector, which it says will suffer if Government does not strike a trade deal., 24 Mar 2017Italian and Indian law firms team up to boost cross-border businessItalian Law Firm CBA Studio Legale e Tributario has entered into a joint venture with Singhania & Co after signing an agreement at the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai., 23 Mar 2017Akin Gump to move HQ to Dallas' Union projectInternational law firm Akin Gump has confirmed its corporate office will move to three floors within The Union Dallas, a mixed-use development under construction near Uptown Dallas leasing about 68,000 square feet of office space., 23 Mar 2017M&A activity in the Baltics hit record high last yearThe resilience of the Baltics was reflected in M&A activity, which reached record-breaking levels in 2016., 23 Mar 2017Last week to enter the Luxury Law AwardsDo you know of a general counsel in the luxury law sector who deserves to be acknowledged for their contribution to the company's success or are you part of a legal department which has excelled? If so, why not enter for the Luxury Law Awards., 27 Mar 2017