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Lawsuit Claims Walmart Issued Misleading E-Commerce Results

As if general counsel didn't have enough hats to wear already, the stock market cap is coming out for Walmart's in-house attorneys.

Walmart shares fell as much as 2.45 percent after news of a whistleblower suit, alleging the company "issued misleading e-commerce results." A wage dispute by warehouse workers might have been better because this lawsuit comes from the former director of business development.

Tri Huynh said he was wrongfully fired for raising concerns about the company's "overly aggressive push to show meteoric growth in its e-commerce business by any means possible -- even, illegitimate ones." That's right, clean up on aisles 1 through 22.

#MeToo, Microsoft? Big Numbers in Gender Discrimination Case

Women at Microsoft in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to newly released court records.

In a proposed class action, the plaintiffs cite the numbers to allege the company routinely denies pay raises and promotions to women. With up to 8,000 possible plaintiffs, the numbers are daunting.

For a company with 124,000 workers worldwide, however, the complaints represent less than two tenths of a percent of the total workforce. Still, in the #MeToo times, it's enough to make general counsel take a second look.

Life for billionaire Steve Wynn has certainly taken a turn. After accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him, and $7.5 million paid out in related settlements, shares of Wynn's company plummeted by 10 percent, or more than $2 billion. Wynn personally lost a quarter billion. And it gets worse from there.

A settlement was reached in Wynn's ongoing litigation with Universal Entertainment to the tune of $2.4 billion. Universal filed suit to force the redemption of shares in Wynn's company after Wynn and Kazuo Okada, his former business partner, had a falling out.

Spotify Files for 'Risky' Public Offering

When it comes to making money in the stock market, timing is everything.

"Buy low, sell high" is an oversimplification for the average investor. Indeed, the market can become quite complicated in an age when companies can make or lose billions in one day of trading.

Spotify, the music streaming service, just revealed it hopes to trade at least $1 billion in shares in an initial public offering. Could a $1.6 billion lawsuit have anything to do with it?

3M to Pay $850 Million to Settle Water Contamination Lawsuit

Many cases settle on the courthouse steps, but not many of those settle for $850 million.

Even fewer pay up in two weeks. And who pays it all in one lump sum? That would be 3M in a settlement with the State of Minnesota.

The settlement is reportedly the largest in the state's environmental case history. And it all started with drops of water.

GE's Mounting Legal Troubles May Cost Billions

Sometimes general counsel has to be the kid with a finger in the dike.

It may not stop the inevitable, but at least people will tell a good story about you. That's what the attorneys may feel like when it's all over at General Electric Co.

The company reported a $15 billion hole in its financials last month, and the repercussions are deep. Now the attorneys are scrambling for cover.

When litigants warn courts that ruling a certain way will result in the litigation floodgates opening, most probably aren't referring to actual, literal floods. However in recent months, more and more lawsuits have been filed against oil producers as a result of damage caused by climate change. Interestingly, it's now the plaintiffs warning the courts about floods.

As climate science continues to improve and courts continue to recognize the validity behind that client science, oil producers can likely expect to face lawsuit after lawsuit. The oil producers steadfastly claim that the alleged damages can't be traced to any one company, and that they're not responsible because they did not burn the oil they produced, but rather their customers did. However, these arguments could go up in a puff of smoke (like they did for big tobacco), particularly with the recent developments in attribution science.

Company's Loss Turns Into Lawyer's Nightmare

There is a sleepless night in every lawyer's career.

For Donald J. McNeil, that night has probably lasted a long time. McNeil and company took the brunt of a heavy-handed slap in federal court.

If the lawyers weren't awake during the trial and appeal, they should be now. The appeals court blamed them for a $340,000 loss and sanctioned their client with opposing counsel's fees, too.

Does Uber App Cheat Drivers?

There's an app for that, but not for that lawsuit.

At least, that's what Uber might say. A class action, however, says the Uber app is cheating drivers out of money.

It's a little more complicated than that, but it comes down to numbers. When your company uses a money-making program, make sure the accountants have worked out the details.

Former GE Lawyer Suspended for Disclosing Company Info to Reporters

When a reporter calls, it's a good idea to answer rather than be identified as the "no-comment" lawyer.

That's like pleading the Fifth, and it doesn't go well in the court of public opinion. When you do talk to the media, however, be careful about what you say.

M. Adriana Koeck learned that lesson the hard way. She has been suspended from law practice for 60 days because she disclosed confidential company information.