U.S. Sen. Al Franken came under fire Thursday after a radio newscaster recounted being groped and kissed by the former comedian during a USO tour of the Middle East in 2006, three years before the Minnesota Democrat took office. Less than 24 hours earlier, Franken was speaking out about sexual harassment to make his case against forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that can silence victims of abuse.
A Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr counsel in Washington who specializes in regulatory and government affairs plans to divest interests in six major U.S. companies if he's confirmed to lead enforcement and compliance efforts at the U.S. Commerce Department. Kessler said in his ethics agreement he would divest holdings in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Ford Motor Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft Corp., Walt Disney Co. and Zimmer Biomet within 90 days of his confirmation.
Steven Bradbury, a Dechert litigation partner in Washington and former top U.S. Justice Department lawyer, narrowly won confirmation Tuesday as general counsel to the U.S. Transportation Department after a rebuke for his role in writing memos that justified the use of harsh tactics against detainees in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused Glassdoor Inc.'s effort to quash a grand jury subpoena that would require the web company to reveal identifying information about eight anonymous users who posted reviews about another company. Glassdoor had argued that compliance would violate privacy and anonymous speech rights.
Princeton University and Microsoft Corp. on Friday sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over the planned rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. Jenner & Block's Thomas Perrelli filed the complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has at least one cooperator: George Papadopoulos, who formerly advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign on foreign policy matters. Papadopoulos, represented by the Chicago-based firm Breen & Pugh, secretly pleaded guilty to a false statements charge in October. His plea agreement requires him to continue to talk with investigators.
Andrew Wheeler, nominated on Oct. 5 as deputy administrator under Secretary Scott Pruitt, revealed his law firm compensation and clients in an ethics pledge and a financial disclosure posted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
As Equifax navigates the halls of Congress to contain the breach fallout, DLA Piper, a firm that was itself the victim of a hack this year, gets a piece. Susan Estrich of Quinn Emanuel represents ex-Equifax CEO Richard Smith in his personal capacity.
Stephen Vaden, a former Jones Day associate in Washington who was on the Trump administration's landing team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is now in line to lead the agency's legal team. Vaden, a Yale Law School graduate, has regularly spoken on administrative law and regulatory issues, and he formerly was an associate for several years at Squire Patton Boggs.
The Trump administration is moving forward with a spate of new nominees for the U.S. Justice Department and regulatory agencies, pulling lawyers from Big Law and in-house legal departments for top positions.
Curtis J. Mahoney, a Williams & Connolly partner who is the Trump administration's pick for a deputy U.S. trade representative post, reported $833,000 in partnership income from the Washington firm, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics publicly released Tuesday. The disclosure offers a rare look inside the storied Washington partnership.
The U.S. Labor Department late Monday urged a federal appeals court to largely uphold Obama-era regulations that confronted and sought to curtail conflicts of interest in the retirement-investment market. The government asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to vacate one provision that restricts class-action waivers.
An adult entertainment club in the Florida panhandle is being sued by the EEOC for allegedly refusing to hire a male bartender. The club, Sammy's, subsequently hired at least two female bartenders at the club's Fort Walton Beach location, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency said in a statement that "employers must realize that no person, male or female, can be denied employment based on sex." A representative for Sammy's wasn't immediately reached for comment.
Lawyers for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday asked a federal appeals court to freeze for another 90 days a dispute over billions of dollars in insurance industry subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, a delay that could further unnerve the health insurance markets.
Escape the daily flood of Trump news dominating the Washington headlines with this roundup of big regulatory developments. Zillow is facing CFPB scrutiny, Amazon mulls a pharmaceuticals play, Democratic state AGs move to defend a key part of Obamacare, and the SEC is boosting its ranks in new hires from Big Law. And here's a story about ducks at the U.S. Capitol.
A senior U.S. national bank inspector punished in the aftermath of the Wells Fargo sham-accounts scandal sued federal banking regulators on Tuesday for information about their investigation of him. The examiner, Bradley Linskens, who joined the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 1993, filed the public-records lawsuit in Washington federal district court.
Brent McIntosh, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner nominated to be general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, reported earning nearly $2.9 million in income from the firm last year, according to his financial disclosure on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
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