Weinstein Co. Hires Debevoise

  • United States
  • 10/10/2017
  • Bloomberg Law
  • Film production company Weinstein Co. hired Debevoise & Plimpton partner John Kiernan Friday to lead an investigation into allegations that its co-founder Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed women for decades. (Bloomberg) The company, which fired Weinstein Sunday, joins Uber and Fox News on a list of companies dealing with fallout after bosses misbehaved or didn’t do anything to stop misbehavior by others at their companies. (New York Times DealBook)
  • Fox News’ head lawyer, Dianne Brandi took “voluntary” leave, amidst a federal criminal investigation of the company’s and her handling of a raft of sexual harassment complaints against executives and other personnel at Fox. (New York Times) Even as Fox dumped one executive after another in the widening scandal, Brandi had seemed untouchable. (Vanity Fair)
  • Apple Computers said its longtime general counsel Bruce Sewell will retire at the end of 2017 and be replaced by Katherine Adams, the former general counsel of Honeywell. (BLB) Honeywell promptly announced a replacement for Adams, promoting Anne Madden, vice president of corporate development and global head of mergers and acquisitions, to the job. (GovCon Wire)
  • Winston & Strawn is seeking to force ex-partner Constance Ramos’ sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit into arbitration. (Law.com)
  • Atlantic Media general counsel Aretae Wyler is combating scammers posing as editors and senior staff. Read about top developments in the general counsel community in BLB’s weekly GC column. (BLB)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright reappointed Peter Martyr for a sixth three-year term as its global CEO. (Legal Week)
  • U.S. public companies are paying their top lawyers more, reflecting GCs’ increasing involvement in strategic decision-making, a new report found. (Bloomberg BNA via BLB)
  • California passed a law requiring pharmaceutical companies to explain their price increases, escalating states’ battle to force the industry to bring more transparency to its practices. (Bloomberg via BLB)