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903 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

Weekly Briefs: Coca-Cola ex-GC’s $12M deal criticized; DOJ mostly loses first of six wage-collusion cases

Coca-Cola’s $12M deal with former GC is criticized

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis & Co. is advising shareholders to vote against Coca-Cola’s executive compensation plan because of the beverage company’s…

SCOTUS should not restrict counsel’s investigations in death penalty cases, ABA says

In an amicus brief filed Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that counsel representing habeas petitioners should be able to investigate new evidence without first proving that the evidence will provide relief to their clients.

Chicago Park District seeks to seal lawyer’s suit claiming mayor defamed him in obscenity-laced Zoom call

The Chicago Park District is seeking to seal a lawsuit filed by a former park district lawyer contending that Mayor Lori Lightfoot defamed him by questioning his legal ability in an obscenity-laced Zoom call.

Coca-Cola never adopted diversity plan for law firms; group that threatened suit targets other companies

Coca-Cola never implemented a directive that required its outside law firms to use diverse lawyers for at least 30% of their billed attorney time on new matters.

Surveyed lawyers report they experience burnout in their jobs more than half the time

Lawyers are experiencing more burnout and a decline in well-being, according to a Bloomberg Law survey taken in the last quarter of 2021.

Darryl Wilson shares love of cooking with others during COVID-19 pandemic

Darryl Wilson, an in-house attorney at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas, has used cooking as a form of therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. He launched his own Instagram account, where he regularly posts photos of his dishes, and taught two virtual cooking classes to members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. “We always have to find things that make us happy and that are fulfilling or rewarding to us,” he says. “Mine just happens to be cooking.”

Airport’s general counsel resigns amid reports that he slapped subordinate

The general counsel at the Denver International Airport has stepped down amid accusations that he repeatedly slapped a colleague at a holiday party.

Former legal chief at Farmers Insurance awarded $150M in punitive damages in firing suit

The former legal chief for Farmers Insurance was awarded $150 million in punitive damages Thursday in a wrongful termination lawsuit claiming that he was wrongly blamed for a sex-bias suit filed by female attorneys.

20% of surveyed corporate lawyers were highly exhausted, and most in that group wanted to switch jobs

Among the highly exhausted group, 41% showed signs of psychological distress; 68% were looking to leave their organization; and 61% frequently delayed, scoped down or killed projects in which they were involved.

Why an online legal marketplace has added tech companies and other alternative providers

“We are creating a much more connected ecosystem, so that in-house teams can find the right solution in one place,” says Basha Rubin, CEO and co-founder at Priori, who was also a 2018 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.

Litigator calls ‘trickery’ allegations ‘ludicrous’ in spat with NFL team’s ex-general counsel

The litigator who led a National Football League investigation into sexual harassment at the Washington Football Team is denying a claim by the team’s general counsel that she used “trickery” to learn the details of a 2009 confidential settlement, according to redacted legal filings unsealed Wednesday.

Software company CEO discusses challenges, benefits and evolution of sourcing outside counsel

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Jim Delkousis, the founder and CEO of Persuit, a software platform that facilitates a competitive process for sourcing outside counsel.

Lawyer finds two words that doom billion-dollar case

A lawyer with a BigLaw firm was able to thwart a billion-dollar qui tam case against the Lennar Corp. when she found a California real estate developer’s name on a change-of-counsel form.

Law firms ‘cannot long endure a remote work model,’ says Morgan Stanley chief legal officer

Morgan Stanley’s chief legal officer, Eric Grossman, has reportedly warned the investment bank's outside law firms that their lawyers should return to the office to avoid a decline in client service.

US lawyer in Hong Kong is convicted for trying to stop beating by man who turned out to be cop

An American corporate lawyer in Hong Kong is planning to appeal after his assault conviction last week for intervening when a man attacked a commuter.

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