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Starz' New GC Hits the Ground Running

Audrey Lee is not just stepping into the lead role as general counsel for Starz, the entertainment network.

Lee moved over from Lionsgate, the company's corporate parent where she served as deputy general counsel. In accepting the new assignment, she said she looks "forward to helping chart the course for business during a time of rapid change for our industry."

But just as soon as she walked into her office, Starz promptly filed for emergency injunctive relief against a cable company that turned off its programs. Lee has hit Beverly Boulevard running.

In the wake of the recent Apple iPhone throttling scandal, it is clear that even the most loved companies need to ensure that certain actions are not just transparent, but rather crystal clear.

If you are in the dark about the Apple controversy, and you use an iPhone 6, 6S, 7, or SE, you may want to turn your screen brightness down for this: Last year, Apple started throttling (or slowing down) older iPhones (the 7 was only recently added to the list of throttled devices) on purpose. This move has a perfectly rational explanation, but unfortunately when tech geeks discovered the slow down was intentionally caused by Apple, the conspiracy theories began flying, and Apple had a bit of a PR debacle.

Pizza Chief Steps Down Over NFL Speech; Should Companies Just Stuff It?

Football players kneel during the national anthem; you criticize the NFL for mishandling it; and people don't buy pizza.

That's the reality that led the founder of Papa John's Pizza to step down as chief executive officer. John Schnatter blamed slowing sales on the outcry surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

If the head cook thinks like that, maybe it is time to get out of the kitchen. And if you are the general counsel, you might want to say something about it.

Women GCs Making It Rain in 2017

Let's face it, counsel: it is about the money.

Especially when it comes to compensation, few professions rank as high as the legal profession in bowing to the almighty dollar. Make that at least a million dollars.

The homage goes for men and women alike, but this post is just about female lawyers. Here's to the highest-paid women general counsel:

Target Buys Food-Delivery Service for $550 Million

You just can't find a local grocery anymore, and it's going to get even harder to find one soon.

With mergers and acquisitions, small grocers and even chains have been losing ground to mega stores for years. But a new kind of acquisition is threatening now: the super stores are buying food-delivery businesses.

In an all-cash deal, Target is purchasing a grocery-delivery startup for $550 million. It probably won't get done before Christmas, but soon you'll be able to get their groceries the same day you order.

Executive Liability for Hiding Data Breaches

As data breaches go, Uber probably set the standard for doing too little too late.

The company recently revealed that hackers got personal information on 57 million riders and drivers -- last year. But instead of alerting Uber users at the time, the company paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the data and keep it quiet.

The U.S. Senate is now considering a bill to require companies to disclose such breaches within 30 days. But with too many hacks to count, it seems like that horse left the barn a while ago.

Uber Blew Tire With Data Breach Cover-Up

For all of its popularity with urbanites, Uber is losing its luster in the marketplace.

SoftBank is offering to buy the company for about $48 billion, but that is down 30 percent from the company's most recent valuation. What happened to the most popular ride-hailing service on the planet?

This happened: Uber tried to cover up a massive data breach affecting 57 million riders. For corporate counsel, it goes to show that paying for confidentiality is not always a good thing.

A recent labor strike has come and gone and you were likely none the wiser. Even if you use the app Instacart, you may not have even known that on November 19 and 20, there was a worker strike.

Using a closed Facebook group, Instacart shoppers organized a strike of sorts. Basically, their idea was to sign on, get offered pickups, and just continually deny them. Like blocking the roadways, the strike was intended to cause a slight service disruption to the individuals just trying to utilize a convenient service.

Baseball Star's Plane Crash Hits an Industry

When baseball star Roy Halladay crashed his plane and died, it was a tragedy for people and an industry.

It shocked family and friends who knew the 40-year-old, former major league pitcher. It also troubled makers of the ICON A5; it was the third fatality in the new design.

Amateur video showed that Halladay was flying dangerously close to the water, and witnesses said he was showboating. Still, the manufacturer is reeling from the impact of a sport plane that was the darling of the light aircraft industry.

DOJ Looks to Limit Corporate Penalties

The U.S. Justice Department is streamlining prosecutions to avoid doubling-up on corporations accused of misconduct, according to reports.

"Repeated punishment for the same conduct has the potential to undermine the spirit of fair play and the rule of law," said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

If only individuals -- straddling charges from multiple agencies -- could get the same break. That would be news, too.