The U.S. Supreme Court fight over California’s Proposition 8, viewed by gay-rights advocates as a historic opportunity to establish same-sex marriage nationwide, may not even settle the issue in the state.
International Business Machines Corp. is being probed by the U.S. Justice Department over corruption allegations in Poland, Argentina, Bangladesh and Ukraine, adding to bribery charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ropes & Gray LLP added four new corporate partners. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP lawyers Jonathan Gill and Robb Tretter join the firm in New York as partners in the private-equity practice, focusing on distressed investing. Mark Wesseldine, previously of Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP will be joining the firm as a finance partner in London. Victoria Lloyd, a capital markets and mergers and acquisitions lawyer also from Fried Frank, is joining Ropes & Gray in its Hong Kong office.
Baker & McKenzie LLP will merge with United Arab Emirates 40-lawyer law firm Habib Al Mulla on July 1, to create Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. The firm will advise clients on local and international law in its Dubai offices and, with regulatory approval, in Abu Dhabi.
A challenge to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring oil and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments must first be handled by a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said.
New York livery car groups lost their lawsuit seeking to stop a pilot program that would enable people to hail and pay for a ride in one of the city’s 13,000 yellow taxis using location-based smartphone applications.