Roger Stone’s Day in Court, Microsoft Discrimination Case on Appeal, Michigan State Still Mopping Up: The Morning Minute


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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

ROGER THAT – The criminal trial begins Tuesday in D.C. against former Trump ally Roger Stone, who, among other things, is charged with making false statements during testimony with the House Intelligence Committee about his contacts with WikiLeaks in 2016. Stone’s indictment was part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is expected to appear as a witness for the government.

BOOTING UP – Lawyers for plaintiffs alleging Microsoft systematically discriminates against women in pay and promotions go before the Ninth Circuit today, hoping to reinstate their nationwide class action against the tech giant. A federal judge in Seattle refused to certify the class action, concluding that plaintiffs failed to point to a practice or policy of discrimination, as required under the 2011 SCOTUS Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes decision. Oral arguments pit Microsoft’s Lynne Hermle at Orrick against plaintiffs’ attorney Anne Shaver of Lieff Cabraser.

NOW LISTEN – The twists and turns in the DLA Piper #MeToo mess is the subject of Law.com’s latest Legal Speak podcast. Reporter Dan Packel provides updates on the drama following allegations of sexual assault by partner Vanina Guerrero against former firm rainmaker Louis Lehot. Packel also talks with communications pro Gina Rubel, who says the public mudslinging in the matter has brought Big Law #MeToo scandals “to a whole new level.” She also explains what firms should do to address the #MeToo problem.


EDITOR’S PICKS

Should More Partner Compensation Systems Include Punishment for Misbehavior?

Chuck Cooper to Take Over as Counsel to Epstein Accuser in Defamation Lawsuit Against Alan Dershowitz

Michigan State Legal Fees Keep Spiraling as Ex-President Ordered to Face Criminal Trial

How Fashionable Is Your Firm’s Diversity Program?

Here’s What Worries In-House Leaders the Most About Financial Restructuring


 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

LAWMAKERS – More than half of the world’s legislative policies that target the global tech sector have originated in Europe. Simon Taylor reports on a study from Hogan Lovells that examined legislation in 16 legal jurisdictions in the first half of 2019. Only 28% of legislation comes from the U.S., and 8% from Asia.


WHAT YOU SAID

“Every penny I have today I earned myself. Nothing was given to me.”

— 
Chelsea Grayson, former general counsel and CEO of American Apparel Inc. and former interim CEO at True Religion Apparel, who is
now with Chelsea Grayson Consulting in L.A.

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