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  • Trafigura fined by CFTC for market manipulation and bad NDAs
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    Oil trading giant hit with $55M fine for market manipulation

    Trafigura engaged in insider trading to influence prices and misused NDAs to keep employees from coming forward, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission says.

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    EEOC releases anti-harassment guide for contractors

    The federal agency wants to empower the industry to make the jobsite safer for all workers, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels told Construction Dive.

  • KSL Resorts general counsel on in-house business knowledge
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    Don’t call your business colleagues ‘clients,’ GC says

    Doing so reinforces the idea that in-house legal isn’t part of the team, says a veteran corporate counsel.

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    Nextdoor’s new GC on AI, moving in-house and why outside firms are critical

    The hyperlocal social network promoted Sophia Contreras Schwartz to general counsel this spring amid a management overhaul.

  • Prices are displayed at an ExxonMobil gas station
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    Federal court dismisses ExxonMobil lawsuit against activist shareholder

    Judge Mark Pittman said “second time’s the charm” for Arjuna Capital, and ruled the case to be moot following the investor’s pledge to not submit climate proposals to the energy giant.

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    Ex-Synchronoss CFO to pay $125k fine for accounting misconduct

    Alongside the reimbursement of certain compensation to Synchronoss, the ex-CFO agreed to pay $125,000 in civil penalties without admitting or denying the SEC’s charges.

  • Starbucks-Labor Unions
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    Starbucks wins Supreme Court backing in unfair labor practice case

    The unanimous ruling makes it more difficult for the NLRB to force companies to reinstate workers fired for union organizing.

  • John Ring, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, gives testimony during a Congressional committee hearing.
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    Former NLRB chair Ring says agency is ‘rewriting’ federal labor law

    The remarks come at a pivotal moment in U.S. labor law after several successful union drives nationwide and with NLRB’s Chair Lauren McFerran up for renomination.

  • Careers in e-discovery for legal professionals
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    Picking the best path for a career in eDiscovery

    The eDiscovery space offers abundant economic and professional opportunities to those willing to put in the work.

  • Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, giving a speech in an auditorium.
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    Chopra raises alarm on ‘financial surveillance’ at Senate hearing

    “These plans to monetize sensitive financial transaction data are a reminder that the United States is slowly lurching toward more financial surveillance and even financial censorship,” CFPB Director Rohit Chopra said.

  • The headquarters of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C.
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    Honolulu restaurant, HR company settle EEOC suit claiming co-owner targeted gay workers for harassment

    The co-owner allegedly exposed his genitals at work, asked for oral sex and commented on male workers’ sexual orientation, EEOC said.

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    In-house counsel compensation rose 4%, in line with inflation

    Median compensation for in-house counsel rose modestly this year as the incidence of signing bonuses declined.

  • 2024 legal AI use survey
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    Lawyers see AI helping them with relatively simple tasks for now

    Most use of the technology is on the in-house side. Attorneys in law firms are more constrained, although they’re using it more, too, a survey shows.

  • Sterling Analytics lowers in-house counsel legal billing costs
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    How a third-party auditor helps GCs lower outside counsel spend

    In one business model, the service is said to be effectively free because the fee comes out of the savings that are generated.

  • Street signs for the intersection of Wall St. and Broad St., with the stripes of an American flag in the background.
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    SEC asks organizations to complete diversity self-assessment

    The agency said it will use the voluntary disclosures from its regulated firms to identify any trends and progress on diversity-related activities.

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    Construction giant promotes GC to CLO

    Melissa Beutler Withy, who has written and edited two books on construction law, first represented the company as a partner at a private law firm.

  • Boxes of General Mills cereal are displayed on a grocery store shelf on December 20, 2023 in San Anselmo, California
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    Georgia General Mills plant’s leadership operated racist ‘fraternity,’ suit claims

    One instance of intimidation against Black workers allegedly involved the use of General Mills’ brand mascots in a mural depicting them as generals for the Confederacy.

  • EEOC disparate impact lawsuit against Sheetz
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    Lawsuit says uniform employment screening can be discriminatory

    Companies are advised to review their practices after EEOC goes after Sheetz for the disparate impact of a policy that treats all job applicants the same. 

  • Wells Fargo branch exterior
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    Wells Fargo sued in alleged aid of $300M Ponzi scheme

    The proposed class action claims that the lender, from 2011 until 2021, knew of a scheme that duped more than 1,000 investors, most of whom were seniors.

  • legal operations key as general counsel focus on risk
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    As GCs focus on risk, legal operations grow in importance

    A dedicated legal ops role is seen as integral to freeing up the energy of in-house legal leaders, a report indicates.

  • Entrance to the FBI Building in Washington, DC.
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    FBI raids apartment manager as part of antitrust probe

    The Atlanta-based owner and operator confirmed the search but said the company and its employees are not targets of the investigation.

  • A group of flags on flag poles stand underneath one large blue flag, which features a circle of gold stars in the middle.
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    2 EU sustainability and human rights regulations enacted

    The rules, which ban destruction of unsold textiles among other things, aim to redefine product standards and promote sustainability.

  • The exterior of the New York State Capitol in August 2021 in Albany, New York.
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    New York races to pass BNPL bill

    State lawmakers are negotiating three separate proposals related to the buy now, pay later industry ahead of the end of the legislative session on Thursday.

  • In-house legal conferences second half of 2024
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    In-house legal conferences for the second half of 2024

    Legal Dive’s list of conferences can help corporate counsel learn where to go for the latest on technology, operations and the law. 

  • A group of young protesters marching fill the frame with signs that read "Planet Over Profit" and "Climate Justice" with a sunflower sprouting bottom to top as the "i" in climate and "t" in justice.
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    Sierra Club, NRDC drop legal challenges to SEC climate rule

    The two environmental groups have decided to focus resources elsewhere to improve climate-related financial disclosures.