California’s high court will review the constitutionality of the state’s $250,000 cap on damages in medical malpractice suits, less than a month after voters summarily rejected a measure that would have raised the cap to $1 million, according to a consumer advocacy group on Wednesday.
Bill Ackman said that his Pershing Square Capital Management LP could realize $6 billion when pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc. closes its sale to rival Actavis PLC, after his pressure led to the agreement to sell last week.
California retailers and restaurants open on Thanksgiving and Christmas will have to pay workers double wages under a proposal announced Wednesday by a state legislator, as Democrats across the country voice opposition to growing holiday hours.
November was a relatively slow month for attorneys moving between the public and private sectors, with only four job-hoppers, in comparison to last month's dozen and a half. But the crop still included stars like a top lawyer for the state of New Jersey and a leading aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A Warner Music Group Corp. unit and the plaintiff alleging the unit’s copyright for “Happy Birthday to You” is bunk each asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to gift them a quick win in the putative class action over the ubiquitous song.
A California appellate panel on Tuesday ruled that Greenberg Traurig LLP can't force a group of real estate developers to arbitrate a $10 million breach of contract suit arising from the botched sale of a Downtown Los Angeles building, saying the firm's arbitration provision only covered conflict of interest claims.
A California appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s ruling that a name partner of bankrupt law firm O’Reilly & Collins should be on the hook for nearly $4.4 million owed to a former partner for unpaid wages and breach of contract, saying the order didn’t violate a bankruptcy court’s automatic stay.
A California federal judge ordered Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick and two other executives Wednesday to hand over emails to the plaintiffs in a proposed class action accusing Uber of misleading passengers regarding what portion of their tips go to the drivers.
A chorus of technology companies, news organizations and online rights groups threw their support behind Google Inc. on Tuesday, telling the Ninth Circuit to overturn its controversial ruling that forced the tech giant to pull an anti-Islam video from YouTube.
Netflix Inc. has accused a former executive who was recently hired as chief information officer at Yahoo Inc. of taking kickbacks from vendors through his consulting company on contracts he was in charge of negotiating and approving at the video streaming company, according to a suit filed in California court.
Two New York investors bought a majority interest in San Francisco’s Parkmerced from its private equity owners, valuing the project at $1.35 billion, after a plan to expand the apartment complex cleared legal hurdles, an Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP partner involved in the deal told Law360 on Wednesday.
A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Apple Inc. is entitled to ongoing royalties from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. following a patent infringement verdict this year, closing the book on the district court case and spurring an immediate appeal from Samsung.
A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Tuesday that Phillips 66 violated federal labor law during the course of a union organizing campaign at a California refining facility, finding the company threatened employees and unfairly restricted workers from talking to the media.
Days before the annual Black Friday sales rush, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation that extends benefits to part-time employees and aims to make retail work schedules more predictable.
A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action claiming Merck & Co. Inc. overcharges for its Coppertone sunscreen products with sun protection factors of 55 and above, saying that the U.S. Federal Drug Administration has primary jurisdiction.
A California federal court was urged to find Mercedes-Benz USA liable for making and selling defective engines in certain vehicles, with a putative class arguing the automaker knew of the defect and chose to not disclose it to consumers, in violation of state consumer protection and unfair competition laws.
A California federal court has ordered the Pentagon to cough up never-seen subcontracting data on Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to an organization representing small businesses, saying the information was not exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosure because it did not expose privileged financial or business information about Sikorsky.
A California appellate court on Tuesday overturned an order that Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP must produce documents in a malpractice suit stemming from a privacy row against the Daily Mail tabloid, saying attorney-client privilege applies to communications within a firm about a client, when the client later sues the firm.
A California appeals court has thrown out a $200 billion proposed transportation plan developed by the San Diego Association of Governments, finding the plan doesn’t adequately consider future impact on air quality as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
A California federal judge rejected a motion Tuesday to send to state court a proposed class action accusing Supervalu Inc. of not paying pharmacists minimum wage and overtime, unpersuaded by the argument that the case missed the $5 million threshold for staying in federal court.
Technology workers from Bangalore, software instructors from Arizona and Colorado, truck drivers in San Diego, and cucumber harvesters in Gilroy, California ... Cases involving workers as varied as these have helped form a body of wage-and-hour law that all California employers, and out-of-state employers sending employees to work in the state, must understand, say Elizabeth Roth and Barbara Tanzillo of GCA Law Partners LLP.
Given the Ninth Circuit decision in Harris v. Amgen Inc., practitioners should be advising their clients of a considerable change in the judiciary’s approach to the responsibilities of fiduciaries in employment plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
A review of recent district court opinions assessing motions for attorneys' fees under Section 285 provides some support for the prediction that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Octane Fitness would result in an increase in attorney fee awards to prevailing defendants, say Megan Woodworth and Megan Wood of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
With 17 states having enacted legislation against bad-faith patent infringement assertions and 12 reviewing proposed legislation, states are sending a clear message that the current patent demand letter business model is insufficient to protect companies from unscrupulous patent holders, say Michael Martinez de Andino and Matthew Nigriny of Hunton & Williams LLP.
The initial legal question surrounding the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is whether long-standing principles of federalism allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compel states to enforce a federal program like it — legal precedent establishes that the EPA cannot, say Scott Oostdyk and Duncan Getchell Jr. of McGuireWoods LLP.
AB 1897 will make it easier for California workers to pursue claims against "client employers" and their "labor contractors" because they will not need to litigate the fact-specific inquiry of employer control and it will no longer be necessary to evaluate the degree of supervision exercised by the client employer, thereby eliminating one obstacle to class certification, say Anthony Amendola and Grant Goeckner-Zoeller of Mitchell S... (continued)
Though implementation of President Obama's announced changes to U.S. immigration policy on Nov. 20 will take some time and may be slowed by legal action or accelerated by Congress enacting immigration reform, the president's executive action will give hope and relief to millions, which is cause for celebration, says Robert Whitehill of Fox Rothschild LLP.
If you are a drone manufacturer, operator or enthusiast in California, you will want to know what’s going on in your city because, in the absence of federal and state law, city governments have taken notice of drone use and are starting to take action. 2015 will be an interesting year for drone law, says Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP.
Not only does the Ninth Circuit decision in Burton v. Infinity Capital Management create a circuit split, but it also exposes lawyers who act at the direction of judges to potential liability — and thereby has the potential of undermining what is ordinarily an orderly process to assist in the administration of the judicial system, says Matthew O’Hara, co-leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's lawyers professional liability practice group.
In addition to establishing limits on the equitable mootness doctrine in bankruptcy, the Ninth Circuit’s Mortgages Ltd. decision last week confirms that the tightened federal pleading standards ushered in by Twombly and Iqbal do not give courts license to summarily disregard a party’s factual allegations at the pleading stage simply because they choose not to believe those allegations, say Steven Wilamowsky and Alix Brozman of Bing... (continued)