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Forget Alphabet or Moore's Law or artificial intelligence: when it comes to big news in tech, families are taking center stage. Less than a week ago, Netflix announced a new, generous parental leave policy, giving new parents as much paid time off as they need. Then Microsoft followed suit, announcing that employees could take five months of leave. Yesterday, Adobe caught up, offering over six months of paid leave.

Apparently, parental leave has become the new hot commodity when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent and proving one's commitment to employees and family. Should your company follow suit?

Happy Shark Week, in-house counsel! As Discovery celebrates sharks for the 28th year, we at FindLaw are highlighting the sharks in the legal profession. This topic raises the question: who's the head shark of Discovery's legal team? Meet Bruce Campbell, General Counsel and Chief Development Officer at Discovery Communications.

Campbell has been Discovery's GC since 2010 and has seen everything from the creation of the classic film "Sharknado" to the channel's partnership with Oprah Winfrey. We're sure he's seen his share of shark-bite related matters as well.

It's a whole new world for the sharing economy, as the Philippines issued new regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, last week. Though other countries have taken action on ridesharing services -- Uber has been banned everywhere from Eugene, Oregon, to all of Thailand -- the Philippines is the first nation to develop ridesharing specific regulations, according to Reuters.

In an industry that has often operated by bumping up against the margins of the law, the new regulations could help further institutionalize the sharing economy. If successful, they may be a model adopted by other jurisdictions looking to regulate such services.

What Should In-House Lawyers Read? (Besides FindLaw)

After I fire up my computer every morning, I have some special alone time with my RSS feeds and my cup of coffee. I get oriented by reading about what's going on in the world (being in California means the rest of the country has already been awake for two to three hours, so a lot has happened).

In-house counsel need to stay up to date, as well. So what should you be reading (in addition to FindLaw's In House, of course)? Here are some of our favorite sites for GCs.

March is Women's History Month. So it's quite fitting that this month, Michelle Lee joins the league of female pioneers as the first female director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Congratulations Ms. Lee!

But who is Michelle Lee? Here are nine things you may not know about the USPTO's fearless new leader:

Reign in Those Investors, Uber: Leave PR to the PR People

America is still murmuring about Emil Michael, the Uber executive who developed a case of foot-in-mouth disease at a dinner party last week. BuzzFeed reported that Michael wanted to create a team within Uber to dig up dirt on journalists critical of the ridesharing service and publicly embarrass them.

That went about as well as you'd expect, with angry customers claiming they'd deleted the app and Senator Al Franken asking more questions about what Uber does with all of that private data.

So what's a company to do?

Handling Negative Yelp Reviews: Bombard With Negativity?

By now, you've probably heard the "tin foil" theories about Yelp: The site, which has a filter for spam, allegedly filters out positive reviews until you become a paid customer, after which, they'll boost your positive reviews.

It's all allegations for now, and the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that even if it were all true, it wouldn't amount to extortion under California law. Your best bet, if you have negative Yelp reviews, is to respond with professionalism and niceties.

Or, you could just embrace the suck and tank your Yelp reviews, aiming for a one-star review.

Ex-Xerox GC Sentenced to 15 Years for Ex-Wife's Brutal Beating

Back in July, John Michael Farren was found guilty of attempted murder for beating his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, nearly to death at their Connecticut mansion in 2010. Farren was a former deputy White House counsel for the George W. Bush administration who, at the time of the assault, was general counsel for Xerox.

But it wasn't over yet. In December, we blogged about the outcome of Farren's civil suit. He was found liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress to the tune of $28.6 million.

Farren represented himself -- apparently not that successfully -- at both the criminal and civil trials.

Last week, we looked at a Gallup study that looked at the effects of "stay[ing] connected to the workplace outside of their normal working hours" and found that it was a "somewhat or strongly positive development," according to 79 percent of employees surveyed.

However, when the Harvard Business Review read those results in the context of an earlier Gallup report, "State of the American Workplace," HBR concluded that "workers will view their company's policy about mobile technology through the filter of their own engagement."

So that got us thinking, how can your company increase employee engagement? And, does it need a Chief Happiness Officer to effectuate that change? Let's find out.

OkCupid Experimented On Its Users. Why Does Nobody Care?

Facebook experimented on its users by peppering their home pages with depressing status messages. Users were mad. The FTC is investigating. This is old news.

Or at least it was. On Monday, OkCupid, a freemium online dating site, announced proudly on its blog that it runs experiments on users too. Some of these seem like no big deal (removing all pictures from the site for a few hours), while others seem like a very big deal (lying to users about compatibility ratings to test the effectiveness of their matching algorithm).

And yet, nobody is mad at OkCupid. Why? And where should the line be drawn for research on your company's customers?