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The fallout from Wells Fargo's fake account scandal continued this week, as California suspended its business relationships with the bank and former employers filed two class actions lawsuits, alleging that they were illegally fired for abiding by the law and not opening fake accounts in consumers names.

Earlier this month, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $185 million in fines after it was revealed that the banks employees had created millions of fake accounts in order to meet internal cross-selling goals. Additionally, Wells Fargo's CEO John Stumpf forfeited $41 million in unvested stock awards. But, as this week's developments have shown, the aftermath is far from over.

Fox wants to keep its executives from streaming over to Netflix, and it's calling on its lawyers to help it out. 21st Century Fox sued Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday, accusing the online video streaming company of engaging in a "brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives."

Such a lawsuit is unusual in the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles Times notes, where back-and-forth hiring of executive talent is common. But Fox thinks the lawsuit is worth it, saying that Netflix "is defiantly flouting the law by soliciting and inducing employees to break their contracts."

Litigation costs are a major part of most in-house legal department budgets. After all, outside counsel aren't cheap and corporate legal disputes can drag on for years and years.

But you can help reduce those costs, and help increase your department's cost-effectiveness, in several ways. Here are three tips on how to bring down your litigation spend, without compromising your legal position.

Hotels Accuse Expedia, Orbitz of Deceit, 'Bait and Switch'

A small hotel has brought a suit against travel company Expedia alleging that it used underhanded tactics in order to siphon booking business to its partner hotels instead.

The case is currently in the courts being reviewed for class action certification. Causes of action include false advertising, unfair competition and -- of course -- "bait and switch" business tactics.

Univision, the Spanish-language broadcast company, won the auction to buy Gawker Media yesterday, for an offer of $135 million. Univision will take over Gawker after outbidding the digital media company Ziff Davis, by $45 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gawker Media, whose network of websites pioneered the gossipy, confessional medium of blogging, declared bankruptcy last month, after the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $140 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against them. The sale should be approved by a bankruptcy judge sometime this week.

Is Obesity a Protected Disability Under the ADA?

As America's waistline has gotten bigger, so too have the number of lawsuits that have asked the very important question: is obesity a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Well, the short answer is no, but the more lawyerly answer is "yes, practically."

Below we get into the weeds of obesity and its relationship with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

OSHA's Multi-Employer Citation Policy: Intro for In-House Lawyers

In-house attorneys are generally aware that workplace safety can be one of the most pressing concerns for a business client, but they might be less familiar with the implications of OSHA's Multi-Employer Citation Policy.

If you're wondering, what is OSHA's Multi-Employer Citation Policy? Then you're in luck. This quick overview is for you.

Roger Ailes isn't the only (alleged) sexual harasser in corporate America. Ailes stepped down as head of Fox News recently, following a harassment lawsuit by former Fox star Gretchen Carlson and an internal investigation that "sealed his fate." And he's got company. The EEOC alone took nearly 40,000 sexual harassment enforcement and litigation actions in 2014.

Those sexual harassment claims can expose businesses to significant liability, even when all the proper policies are in place. Thankfully, there are a few steps companies can take to mitigate their liability, should a member of the company, be it a CEO or janitor, be accused of harassment.

Airbnb Hires Eric Holder for Damage Control

In order to develop a 'world-class anti-discrimination policy,' Airbnb recently hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. This move follows rather coincidentally after the company became tangled up in a lawsuit alleging discrimination by hosts against guests based on their sex or ethnicity.

Social media can be a great way for a company to expand its reach and build consumer loyalty. REI's Instagram photos of kayaks and mountains have garnered a following of more than 1 million. Coca-Cola has nearly 100 million likes on Facebook. That's more followers than the population of Germany. And General Electric (yes, that General Electric, the one with the dishwashers and refrigerators) has been named one of the best brands on Snapchat.

So, social media has its benefits. But, of course, it also has its drawbacks, including potential legal liabilities. Here's what they are and how you can avoid them.