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    5th Cir. resets independent contractor fight as new rule looms

    DOL will get a second chance to defend its withdrawal of a Trump-era rule.

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    How generative AI could alter the staffing mix in legal departments

    The emerging tech will result in more data-focused hires and lawyers becoming a minority on in-house legal teams, a KPMG global leader predicts.

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    Capital One-Discover deal may spark antitrust concern

    While the $35 billion acquisition is expected to prompt antitrust concerns related to consumer card lending, regulators may see competition benefits in the card network arena.

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    FTC mulls making companies liable for enabling illegal impersonations

    Recent rulemaking aims at deepfakes, other deceptions, and also seeks to speed up equitable relief.

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    Leading general counsel team up to support generative AI adoption

    A collaboration spearheaded by Factor includes participation from executives at companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Adobe and Ford.

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    Companies struggle with decarbonization due to internal governance, data issues

    Most organizations are committed to decarbonization, but a siloed approach, bureaucracy and data challenges stand in the way of success, an Engie report says.

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    DOJ plans to up penalties for misconduct involving AI

    The agency has launched a six-month initiative to assess how the technology impacts its work, but in the meantime it’s treating it like a stepped-up threat. 

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    Republicans say proposed rule would disincentivize apprenticeships

    The lawmakers’ complaints focus on administrative requirements, including mandatory disclosures and required adoption of a time-based model.

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    DOJ to scrutinize Disney-Fox-Warner sports streaming deal

    An antitrust challenge could be based on the joint venture’s impact on the market for sports rights as well as consumer harm, says a report by Bloomberg Law, which first reported on regulators’ concerns.

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    Employers with California workers must submit pay data by May 8

    Employers need to recognize that even if they have only one employee in California, they must abide by the state’s pay data reporting requirements, a Fisher Phillips partner said.

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    Curbing risk while lowering costs using remote attorneys

    As long as the right structure is in place, general counsel can take advantage of lower-cost legal work outside the United States without imposing outsized risk, a legal executive says.

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    Lululemon accused of greenwashing in anti-competition complaint

    Advocacy organization Stand.earth is asking the Competition Bureau Canada to investigate the athleticwear company’s conduct over environmental claims.

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    Using AI to estimate claim exposure

    By combining their legal insight with technology’s ability to speed through complex calculations, in-house attorneys can help ensure their claim reserves are accurate.

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    Multiple lawsuits target Johnson Controls across the US

    The most recent suit, filed in a New York City federal court, alleges that the company is refusing to pay sales representatives commissions they are due.

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    Kroger-Albertsons merger faces lawsuit by Colorado attorney general

    The suit claims the deal violates the state’s antitrust act and alleges the grocers have a “history of collusion” with unlawful no-poach and non-solicitation agreements.

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    California privacy agency can enforce updated regulations, court rules

    Businesses are urged to review their privacy practices to make sure they are in compliance with all elements of the California Consumer Privacy Act.

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    SEC subpoena as ‘black box’ puts D&O insurers on the hook, at least for now

    Providers must advance defense costs to a company until it becomes clear whether former officials’ potential misconduct occurred before, or after, the company changed hands.

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    Tyson rejects shareholder call for audit into child labor allegations

    Critics have accused the meat and poultry processing giant of not taking the issue, which is being investigated by the Labor Department, seriously enough.

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    IRS could hit companies if they charge too much for affiliate loan

    If an outside lender would underwrite a loan at a lower rate because of the borrower’s affiliation with a strong parent, then an intragroup loan should reflect that, an IRS memo says.

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    Data broker used phone location info to track Planned Parenthood visits, senator says

    Sen. Ron Wyden urged federal regulators to crack down on a data broker that allegedly used location data to track visits to clinics and target users with anti-abortion ads.

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    Law firms raised rates 6.5% to close 2023, report finds

    Outside counsel also reduced their growth in expenses, which helped firms achieve profitability last year, according to Thomson Reuters.

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    61% of organizations faced regulatory proceedings in 2023, report finds

    Survey respondents said state and federal regulatory changes are contributing to fears about increased exposure to regulatory disputes, according to Norton Rose Fulbright.

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    Few mergers emerge unscathed from FTC, DOJ second requests

    Although antitrust enforcers seek detailed reviews in only a fraction of proposed deals, those transactions that are subject to them are likely to end up changing — if not abandoned altogether.

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    Employers must deliver noncompete disclosures to California workers by Wednesday

    Two state laws took effect this year that void noncompetes for California workers.

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    HP seeks to recoup $4B from former founder, CFO of Autonomy

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise attorneys want the founder and ex-CFO of Autonomy to pay for the steep losses HPE faced after acquiring their firm.