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1. Google faces age-bias lawsuit from rejected job seeker

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

A 64-year-old software engineer who applied to Google in 2011 has filed a lawsuit claiming that his age played a role in the company's decision not to hire him. The lawsuit seeks to enlist as plaintiffs every rejected job seeker older than 40 who applied to Google after Aug. 13, 2010. Ars Technica (04/25)

2. Ex-Goldman programmer seeks mistrial due to juror concerns

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

The lawyer for Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs Group programmer, has requested a mistrial after two jurors expressed concerns about their ability to be impartial as deliberations continue. The jurors' concerns come amid threats and allegations of food tampering. Aleynikov is accused of stealing Goldman's high-frequency trading code. Bloomberg (04/28) Reuters (04/28)

3. Am Law releases latest gross-revenue rankings

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Latham & Watkins has become only the fourth law firm to reach the highest ranking on The Am Law 100. Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom rounded out the top four. American Lawyer magazine online, The (04/27)

4. Why traditional time-management strategies don't work anymore

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Traditional time-management strategies do not prepare workers for the modern pace of business life. Companies need to offer training that helps workers understand their roles, deal with distractions and manage workflow. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (04/22)

5. SEC moves forward with disclosure rule for exec pay

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted 3-2 to propose a requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the compensation of top executives and connect it with corporate performance. The rule, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, is part of the SEC's efforts to address executive compensation. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/29) Hill, The (04/29) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (04/29) National Public Radio (04/29)

6. Abercrombie & Fitch ends appearance-based hiring policy

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Abercrombie & Fitch has ended its "appearance and sense of style" hiring rule, which had been cited in several lawsuits. The company plans to maintain certain restrictions on makeup and jewelry. Bloomberg (04/23)

7. Why recruiters are dropping the cover letter

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Cover letters are losing favor, as new technologies and predictive software help deliver more customizable results to recruiters, Gerry Crispin writes. Before abandoning the cover letter altogether, recruiters should consider how including it in the application process affects candidates' view of the company, he writes. (04/25)

8. Free Friday Makes a Case (Law)

PLI SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

At the free on-demand presentation of Litigation and Case Law Issues for Licensing Lawyers, taken from Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, learn about strategic drafting considerations to account for litigation risks, pitfalls and examples of sloppy wording, and the impact of recent cases on drafting and negotiating.

9. SEC rapped for "deficiencies" in financial-reporting controls

PLI SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission has "continuing and new deficiencies" in its financial statements, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. In particular, the SEC's controls over accounting for penalties and return of money from defendants in civil cases led to a $4.4 million overstatement, the report said. Bloomberg (04/30) Financial Advisor online (04/30) Reuters (04/30)

10. FINRA chief: Nature of spoofing makes detection difficult

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Richard Ketchum, head of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, said it is difficult to detect the type of market manipulation allegedly used by the U.K. trader accused of contributing to the 2010 "flash crash." However, Ketchum said that because Navinder Singh Sarao's behavior was identified in 2009, the allegations are "somewhat surprising." Reuters (04/24)

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