Affirmative action came under attack at the U.S. Supreme Court as Chief Justice John Roberts took the lead in questioning whether universities should continue to give special preference to racial minorities.
Beam Inc., the U.S. maker of Jim Beam, Canadian Club and Maker’s Mark, was sued for $100 million by an importer that claims Beam and its Cooley Distillery unit broke a contract to supply it with Michael Collins Irish Whiskey.
Neil Armstrong, who set mankind’s first steps on the moon during Apollo 11, the mission that finally made extraterrestrial travel seem real and gave the U.S. a lead in the Cold War space race, has died. He was 82.
Vinson & Elkins LLP advised Energy Transfer Partners LP, the pipeline company run by billionaire Kelcy Warren, which agreed to buy Susser Holdings Corp. for $1.8 billion. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP advised Susser. Bingham McCutchen LLP acted as tax counsel to Energy Transfer.
Google Inc. executive Mike Steib is courting customers such as Progressive Corp. and touting tools that let marketers create the snazzy, interactive ads that rival Apple Inc. has been using to snatch mobile-ad business.
Salesforce.com Inc., the largest maker of customer-management software, agreed to buy ExactTarget Inc. for about $2.5 billion, making its biggest acquisition ever to expand in online marketing. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP worked on the deal.