ALM is the publisher of legal industry news outlets including The Recorder, The National Law Journal, Law.com and The American Lawyer. Ben has been a San Francisco-based reporter for ALM covering litigation, technology, and finance since March 2016. He has won awards for reporting on the lack of diversity in the private arbitration industry, legal battles against Uber on behalf of drivers, and other topics.
Blockchain Startup Tezos Faces Class Action Over $232M ICO
A novel lawsuit alleges Tezos violated U.S. securities laws and misled investors regarding its blockbuster $232 million initial coin offering. This story was a scoop. The Recorder, Nov. 2, 2017.
How Jones Day Unmasked a Litigation Funding Deal and Won
A gas rig explosion off the coast of Nigeria ignited a class action against Chevron—but as the energy company’s lawyers probed into the plaintiff’s financing, the suit went up in smoke. A deeply reported enterprise piece that gave an inside look at the emerging litigation funding industry. The American Lawyer, Oct. 29, 2017.
Why Google Is Losing the Battle Over Foreign-Stored Data
Despite a legal victory for tech companies last year in the Second Circuit, a series of decisions has gone against Google. This piece explained the legal and technological reasons behind the trend and previewed a looming battle at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Recorder, Apr. 27, 2017.
ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity
It’s no secret that Big Law firms and courthouses around the country have struggled with diversity. But amid incremental progress on those fronts, alternative dispute resolution has been a stubborn enclave of homogeneity. 2017 Winner of The American Society of Business Publication Editors’ Regional Gold Award and National Bronze Award for online investigative journalism. Law.com, Oct. 5, 2016.
In Uber, Lyft Fights, Class Action Lawyers Turn On Each Other
As fellow plaintiff attorneys complained that she reached an $84 million deal with Uber to cheaply, the settlement that Shannon Liss-Riordan reached on behalf of drivers seemed almost certain to be rejected by a federal judge. The Recorder, June 6, 2016.
Inside U.S. Trade
Inside U.S. Trade is an online and print newsletter on U.S. trade policy that serves a global audience of government trade officials, legislative staff, trade lawyers and lobbyists. Below are handful of stories from during Ben’s time as a reporter and managing editor there from 2011-2016.
Auto Industry Objects To Some Results Of TTIP Equivalency Study It Financed
U.S. and European Union automobile industry representatives are objecting to some of the results of a study they commissioned in the hope of showing that safety regulations for crashworthiness and crash avoidance on either side of the Atlantic are effectively equivalent. May 8, 2015.
South Korea Weighs Potential TPP Entry After Negotiations Are Concluded
A senior South Korean trade official said in an exclusive interview his government is weighing the prospect of requesting entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the negotiations are completed but before major parties like the United States have ratified the deal. Sept. 19, 2014.
Publicly Funded German NGO Is Key Player In TTIP Opposition Movement
One of the driving forces behind the groundswell of organized opposition against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels is a small and relatively little-known foundation linked to a leftist German political party and financed by the German government. July 25, 2014.
The Christian Science Monitor
The Monitor is an online and weekly print news outlet with a long tradition of independent journalism focused on global affairs. Although it is owned by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, it is not a religious publication (FAQ). Ben wrote for the publication as a regular freelance contributor from Seoul, South Korea, from 2009-2010.
Helping South Korea’s foreign workers win fair treatment
Using a message of love, Kim Hae Sung provides legal counseling, language training, and schools to help foreigners fit into a tight-knit society in South Korea. Nov. 22, 2010.
Single moms: In South Korea, adoption remains priority, but attitudes are shifting
In South Korea, societal pressure still leads most unwed mothers to give up their children for adoption. But more are keeping their kids, sparking a debate about how to offer support. Nov. 25, 2009.
The Diplomat is a web magazine focused on current affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. Originally published in Australia, it later moved its base of operations to Tokyo and most recently to Washington D.C. Ben was a South Korea-based freelancer for the publication from 2009-2010.
US Forces OK in ROK—For Now
A US handover of wartime control of forces to its South Korean hosts has locals torn between sovereignty and security guarantees. Mar. 2, 2010.
A close-up look at a redevelopment struggle dividing a Seoul neighborhood, and what it says about a country that is racing to make itself appear more modern. Nov. 27, 2009.