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There's been a lot of talk about general counsel becoming a more integral part of the corporate leadership team. But nothing pushes in-house counsel into a position of influence like a significant legal crisis.

Case in point: Heather Dietrick, Gawker Media's president and general counsel. After joining the company three years ago, Dietrick has shepherded the online blog network through a series of legal defeats, as best as one can, and has found herself in a leadership position that's fairly unique among general counsel.

DropBox GC Ramsey Homsany Is Leaving

The latest in news on the in-house counsel front is that Ramsey Homsany will be leaving the GC seat of file-sharing company DropBox. He will be replaced by the company's head of regulatory and litigation affairs, Bart Volkmer.

Homsany apparently leaves DropBox behind without having another job immediately in the pipeline. But seeing as he is one of the most recognizable names in Silicon Valley, we're sure he'll land on his feet wherever he ends up.

Oracle Is in Court Again, Now as Defendant Against HP

It has not been a good recent set of weeks for Silicon Valley fixture Oracle. Only after a few weeks since Ellison's company lost a $9 billion API appeal (for now) against Google over allegations of copyright infringement, it now finds itself on the defense from a suit by HP.

Actually, that's a bit of a misnomer. The roots of the suit were kind of on the wall back when the two companies signed up to do business with each other back in 2010.

God bless the corporate scandal. Not only does it provide a bit of voyeuristic schadenfreude, it's a valuable teaching moment. "See kids, don't do what that white collar criminal did." And whether it's a Bank of America executive's claims that the bank has become a sexist "bro's club" or the continued fallout from Volkswagen's emissions fraud, there's plenty of lessons to be learned these days.

Here are some of our top corporate scandal takeaways for GC's and in-house counsel, from the FindLaw archives.

EEOC Clears up the Direction of 'Wellness' Programs

The EEOC cleared up some confusion surrounding the interaction of corporate wellness programs of other federal laws like GINA and the Americans with Disabilities Act by issuing rules concerning voluntariness. And the results have some upset.

In-house lawyers for most companies may be able to slip by without making major changes to legal compliance this time around, as the rules appear to have changed little from the proposed rules of last year.

Female Exec at BoA Sues, Alleges 'Bro's Club', Lies, Butt-Kissing

A high ranking female executive at one of the nation's biggest banks brought a wallop of a suit against her employer recently, alleging, among other things, a "subordinate 'bro's club' of all-male sycophants."

It's a damning set of allegations against a professional industry that has already lost a lot of its balance amidst frequent allegations of sex-related pay imbalances.

ADA Tort Reform Bill Could Mean Fewer Suits

California recently passed Senate Bill 269, a law that extends protections to small business owners, shielding them in some cases from penalties and fines arising from ADA violations.

Small businesses have generally let out a collective sigh of relief. But really, what are some of the effects of the new law? Fortunately, it all appears pretty simple.

Anti-Chinese Hacking Trade Secret Bill Goes to Obama's Desk

In these highly interconnected times, a company's intellectual property and trade secrets are more valuable than ever. With this in mind, both houses of Congress sent a bill which will, upon President Obama's signature, become the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

If passed, the newly minted federal law will open the door for companies to sue domestic and foreign violators in federal court in a streamlined litigation manner instead of having to navigate the state laws.

Ex-Vanguard In-House Gets Backing From the SEC in Whistleblower Case

A former in-house lawyer for Vanguard group has a friend in the SEC in his wrongful termination battle against the giant mutual fund. It is a great example of the sort of whistleblower situation that no lawyer should wish on another.

This is one more case in a recent series of relator suits against large financial institutions that've been accused to tax-shenanigans.

Airbnb Hires New General Counsel in Time for Worldwide Legal Headaches

The room rental company Airbnb, Inc. has just hired a new general counsel right in time to respond to an increasing number of legal headaches coming the company's way.

As Airbnb falls under the umbrella of the new "gig" economy, many of the legal issues will be new for in-house counsel.