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October 25, 2012 | By Shan Li
Discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has hired a global chief compliance officer and streamlined its ethics and compliance department as it faces continued scrutiny over alleged bribery in its Mexico subsidiary. In a company-wide memo on Wednesday, Chief Executive Mike Duke said starting Dec. 1, the retailer's  legal, investigations, ethics and compliance sections will be combined into one group that reports to Wal-Mart general counsel Jeff Gearhart, Reuters reports. The world's largest retailer also appointed Jay Jorgensen, a lawyer who once clerked for a Supreme Court justice, to the newly created position of global chief compliance officer.
May 21, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The newly formed SAG-AFTRA board of directors has confirmed David White as the merged union's sole national executive director. The national board of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly Sunday to select White for the job, approving a new three-year contract. White, the former Screen Actors Guild executive director, was expected to assume the new position as the chief administrative officer for the union of about 160,000 members. He had been serving as co-national executive director with former American Federation of Television and Radio Artists leader Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, who announced last month that she was resigning.
February 26, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Harry C. McPherson Jr., who served as special counsel and chief speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson from 1966 to '69 and was a valued advisor to the president on civil rights, the Vietnam War and other policy issues, has died. He was 82. McPherson, who later became a prominent Washington lawyer and lobbyist, died Feb. 16 of complications of cancer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., said Hedrick Smith, a family friend. "Harry McPherson was a 'can do' man with sound judgment and treasured loyalty who could be counted on by generations of Johnsons," Luci Baines Johnson, the president's youngest daughter, said in a statement.
June 9, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Time
Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs, the general counsel of media giant News Corp. and a confidant of Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, is leaving the company after 15 years. Jacobs, 56, played a key role in several major media deals over the years, including News Corp.'s acquisitions of the Wall Street Journal and the social-networking site MySpace. Besides his duties as general counsel, he was also one of seven executives who served in Murdoch's Office of the Chairman, which acts as an advisory board of sorts for the company's leadership.
February 23, 2011 | Reuters
The top attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission is being sued over allegations that his family's estate wrongfully received more than $1.5 million in phony profits from Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud. The lawsuit, filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard, targets David Becker, the SEC's departing general counsel, along with his brothers William and Daniel Becker. All three are coexecutors of the estate of their mother, Dorothy Becker, who died in June 2004. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the Becker estate received more than $2 million since Dec. 11, 2002, from Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.
February 9, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The embattled city of Vernon said it will announce today that it is hiring two prominent outside attorneys to conduct an ethics review of its municipal government, which has come under fire from lawmakers who are pushing to have the town disincorporated. The hiring of former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp and Robert M. Stern, former general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is the latest move by Vernon in its battle against legislation that would break up the industrial city south of downtown L.A. Vernon has been mired in several public corruption scandals in recent years, including the indictments of two city administrators and the conviction of the city's longtime mayor.
February 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL's top lawyer said Wednesday that the league and the players need to make a commitment to "intensive, serious and on-going" negotiations before the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. "Our focus is 100% on reaching an agreement with our union," said Jeff Pash , the NFL's executive vice president and general counsel. "We can reach an agreement. We will reach an agreement. We are committed to doing so, and committed to having uninterrupted football. That's our goal.
August 23, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The commissioner's office has resisted any substantive involvement in — or comment about — the Dodgers' divorce drama. That could change during the upcoming trial, with the commissioner's top lawyer scheduled to appear as a witness for Frank McCourt. Thomas Ostertag, the general counsel of Major League Baseball, would be expected to testify that McCourt is the sole owner of the Dodgers and that Jamie McCourt has no claim to ownership under baseball rules. Ostertag could also say Jamie had never been approved by MLB as an owner and in fact had prepared statements for MLB certifying Frank as the sole owner.
January 14, 2010 | By Alex Pham
Rob Glaser, the pull-no-punches founder of RealNetworks Inc., on Wednesday announced his resignation as chief executive. The Seattle pioneer of online media said it appointed general counsel Robert Kimball as interim CEO while its board seeks a permanent replacement. RealNetworks operates Rhapsody, an online music service that it jointly owns with Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, as well as RealArcade, a site for casual games. The company developed one of the first Internet music players, RealAudio, in 1995.
June 29, 2009 | Greg Miller
In his memoir, former CIA Director George J. Tenet described the agency's first course of action in a crisis. "Despite what Hollywood might have you believe," Tenet wrote, "you don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." For more than three decades, that almost always has meant making a call to John A. Rizzo. The acting general counsel at the CIA, Rizzo has guided generations of agency leaders on the legal contours of clandestine operations and the often-ensuing investigations.
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