North America/US

Orrick adds seven-lawyer healthcare regulatory team in DC, Boston

Trio of partners join from Wilson Sonsini and boutique Hooper Lundy & Bookman as Orrick continues life sciences push

US streaming platform Roku lines up Disney’s theme parks lawyer as next GC

Louise Pentland will replace Stephen Kay, who is retiring in November

Foley & Lardner opens in Raleigh after triple partner raid on K&L Gates

Raleigh office will target healthcare work and is top 50 firm’s 23rd US base

Harvard University hires former White House lawyer to end search for next GC

Jennifer O’Connor replaces Diane Lopez, who retired in February after 30 years at the university

Nirvana and Marc Jacobs to settle copyright dispute over smiley-face logo

Revered rock band and luxury fashion house are reaching settlement in long-running legal battle

US security business Allegion lines up replacement for GC

Ingevity GC Stacy Cozad to succeed Jeff Braun, who is retiring later this year

Linklaters points to US revenue growth as turnover climbs 10% to hit £2.1bn

Performance comes in landmark year for UK Magic Circle as A&O Shearman merger beds down

Latham, S&C among raft of firms guiding Paramount’s $28bn Skydance merger

Ropes, Cravath and Simpson Thacher also acting in deal to intended to turn Hollywood icon into a tech-media hybrid

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Deals | US

Robocar start-up Glydways hires former Electronic Arts lawyer as first legal chief

JoAnn Covington most recently served as CLO at electric bus-maker Proterra

Willkie Farr, Sullivan & Cromwell counsel Saks owner and Neiman Marcus Group in $2.65bn retail luxury acquisition

Deal marks efforts to boost the combined brands’ ability to compete in the luxury market

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News | US

Marketing X Generative AI: are GenAI ads protectable?

GenAI may be a boon to luxury brand advertising but Hogan Lovells’ lawyers Helen Trac and Rebecca Horton caution that copyright law may not protect some AI-generated campaigns

What luxury retailers should know – worker safety laws in California and New York

Morrison Cohen lawyers Keith Markel, Alana Mildner Smolow and Kayla West discuss a new Californian law and a similar proposal in New York that require retailers to take steps to ensure worker safety

In luxury, getting the right price can make all the difference

Taft Stettinius & Hollister lawyer Gene Zelek explains how luxury goods suppliers can use US and Canadian law to help them find and maintain the right price for their products

US builds international cooperation with UK Patent Office agreement, but goals are unclear

McKool Smith lawyer Warren Lipschitz examines US Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal’s MOU with the UK Patent Office on standard essential patents and how it fits in with her other actions since taking office

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Freshfields recruits Skadden New York head of tax

Steven Matays joins Magic Circle firm as it continues to push for more US market share

General Motors taps former Activision Blizzard legal chief as CLO

Grant Dixton is replacing Craig Glidden, who is now overseeing legal at GM’s autonomous vehicle business Cruise

Linklaters, Latham shepherd VW’s $5bn joint venture with Tesla rival Rivian

Linklaters acts for longtime client VW on proposed partnership that will see Rivian’s technology used in both companies’ electric vehicles

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Deals | US

Major record labels sue AI start-ups

Sony, Universal and Warner Records bring action against two AI song generators over alleged copyright infringement

Baker McKenzie completes 2024 partner promotions with 45-strong round

Summer tally follows 21 North and Latin America appointments in January with the overall proportion of women rising to more than half

Paramount terminates GC’s contract, elevates deputy to acting legal head

Christa d’Alimonte to exit after 12 years with the company, with Caryn Groce to stand in as her replacement