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Afternoon briefs: Google launched third antitrust action; more problems for Girardi Keese

Google is hit with third antitrust lawsuit

Google faces a third lawsuit alleging anti-competitive behavior. The new lawsuit – filed Thursday by 35 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia – alleges that Google has used its dominance to maintain monopolies in search and search advertising services. The lawsuit follows lawsuits brought by the US Department of Justice and a separate group of 10 states who also allege that Google has removed the competition. (Politico, New York Attorney General Press release, on Dec. trial)

No more problems for Girardi Keese, who secured $ 1.5 million in PPP loans

The problems continue to mount for Girardi keese according to company founder Tom Girardi was accused of embezzlement of settlement money. Three former partners, including Robert Keese, filed a lawsuit on Monday, claiming they owed $ 2.3 million in lost income and equity on a partnership property that Girardi used as collateral for 7.5 million dollars in loans. On Wednesday, a lawyer said creditors plan to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition against Girardi and the law firm. At the same time that Girardi allegedly stole the settlement funds, Girardi Keese accepted a loan of $ 1.5 million from the government’s paycheck protection program. (Law360, Law.com, the Recorder)

Quinn Emanuel fights the biased costume

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan denies allegations by a former partner who alleged she was fired in retaliation for raising concerns about a hostile environment within the law firm. Crystal Nwaneri alleged in a modified lawsuit, filed for herself in September, that the law firm tolerated and even welcomed a “frat house atmosphere” in which partners engage in racist and sexually explicit discussions. Quinn Emanuel said Nwaneri was fired for poor performance. (The National Law Review, Nwaneri’s modified pursuit, By Quinn Emanuel motion to dismiss)

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