California

  • July 22, 2014

    Donald Sterling Sues NBA, Wife To Block $2B Clippers Sale

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday filed a fraud suit against the National Basketball Association, his team, and his wife, seeking to block the team’s $2 billion sale even as the Clippers' CEO warned of a "death spiral" of fleeing sponsors and talent if Sterling stays.

  • July 22, 2014

    Weil, Goodwin Advise On Yahoo's $300M Deal To Buy Flurry

    Yahoo Inc. said Monday it would buy mobile analytics startup Flurry Inc. for a reported $300 million, with teams from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Goodwin Proctor LLP advising on either side of the deal.

  • July 22, 2014

    Apple Retail Workers Nab Class Cert. In Wage-And-Hour Suit

    A class of 20,000 retail and corporate employees of Apple Inc. won class certification Monday, in their long-running suit alleging the technology giant cheated them out of pay for skipped breaks and final paychecks, according to a brief order handed down by a California judge.

  • July 22, 2014

    Out-Of-State Accutane Users Shut Out Of Calif. Litigation

    A California judge stayed two suits in the consolidated injury litigation against Swiss drugmaker Hoffman-La Roche Inc. over its acne medication Accutane, saying Monday that California has a "miniscule interest" in the claims brought by the out-of-state plaintiffs who were prescribed the drug by non-California doctors.

  • July 22, 2014

    SF Board Puts Soda Tax On November Ballot

    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 6-4 Tuesday to put a 2-cent per ounce soda tax on the November ballot, opening the possibility of becoming the first city to adopt this kind of measure.

  • July 22, 2014

    John Travolta Must Face Alleged Ex-Lover's Lawsuit

    John Travolta must face a lawsuit brought against him by a man who worked for Travolta’s aircraft company approximately 30 years ago and is insisting he isn’t barred by confidentiality agreements from discussing an alleged intimate relationship with Travolta, a California appeals court held on Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Care1st Tells Judge Lost Data Didn't Harm Patients

    Care1st Health Plan on Tuesday urged a California judge to toss a putative class action alleging the managed care organization failed to encrypt members' private medical information on a computer disk that was misplaced, saying the proposed class can't show they were actually harmed by the purported leak.

  • July 22, 2014

    Panasonic, Samsung Accused Of 9-Year Price-Fixing Scheme

    Panasonic Corp. and a slew of other companies were hit with yet another class action in California federal court on Tuesday accusing them of conspiring to fix prices on a key component of electrical circuits over almost a decade.

  • July 22, 2014

    Chevron Puts Revised Refinery Plan Before Richmond Council

    Chevron Corp. has agreed to limit sulfur and keep flat the level of greenhouse gases produced from its $1 billion Richmond, California, refinery modernization, hoping to win local support for the long-contested project just as plans go before the Richmond City Council.

  • July 22, 2014

    HP, Palm Settle Trademark Suit Over 'Chubby Checker' App

    Chubby Checker has reached an undisclosed settlement with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Palm Inc. in a case accusing a penis size measurement app called “The Chubby Checker” of infringing the famous musician's trademark, according to papers filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    BSH Seeks Sanctions In Moldy Washing Machine Suit

    BSH Home Appliances Corp. on Tuesday urged a California federal court to sanction a putative class of customers alleging they paid elevated prices for defective washing machines, arguing the plaintiffs engaged in bad-faith litigation and knowingly manipulated expert evidence.

  • July 22, 2014

    Warner Bros. Can't DQ Greenberg Glusker In $80M 'Hobbit' Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.’s bid to keep Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP from representing J.R.R. Tolkien's estate in an $80 million copyright suit over "The Lord of the Rings"-themed gambling games, saying Greenberg made concessions that mooted the motion.

  • July 22, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: AIG, Zurich, Urban Compass

    AIG affiliates have loaned $113 million against a Lower Manhattan office property, while Zurich Alternative Asset Management has to pay $87 million for a California apartment complex and Urban Compass signs for 25,000 more square feet in New York.

  • July 22, 2014

    9th Circ. Snubs $200M Planned Parenthood FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a former California Planned Parenthood executive's False Claims Act suit alleging the nonprofit overbilled state and federal governments for more than $200 million for birth control, saying the complaint was flawed and the action was time-barred.

  • July 22, 2014

    Toyota Asks Judge To Transfer Calif. Engine Row

    Toyota Motor Co. on Monday slammed a putative class’ attempt to block its bid to transfer to a different district a consolidated action accusing the auto giant of concealing an engine oil consumption defect, telling a California federal judge the plaintiffs are improperly accusing it of “reverse forum shopping.”

  • July 22, 2014

    Guards Accuse SEIU Of Forcing Nonmembers To Pay Full Dues

    A San Francisco chapter of the Service Employees International Union is facing unfair labor practice allegations by a group of nonunion security guards who say they were improperly forced to pay for union activity, an organization representing the workers said.

  • July 22, 2014

    Hasbro Toy Buyers Relied On False Ads, Calif. Panel Told

    The dissatisfied buyer of a Hasbro Inc. Tinkertoy set urged a California appeals court Tuesday to revive her putative false advertising class action, saying a trial court erred in ruling consumers didn't rely on labeling showing models that couldn't be constructed with the set when making their purchases.

  • July 22, 2014

    BakerHostetler Lures Privacy Pro From InfoLawGroup In LA

    BakerHostetler has brought on a founding partner of InfoLawGroup LLP to serve as a partner in BakerHostetler’s privacy and data protection team in Los Angeles, marking the sixth major privacy attorney to join BakerHostetler so far this year, the law firm announced on Monday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Insurer Sues 23andMe To Duck Coverage Of DNA Test Suits

    An insurer for 23andMe Inc., the genetic testing service recently chastised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for selling an unapproved test that could lead to dangerous, false results, sought to distance itself Monday from false-ad claims and a government probe targeting 23andMe.

  • July 22, 2014

    Wachtell Reps CIT Group In $3.4B OneWest Bank Buy

    New Jersey-based financial holding company CIT Group Inc., run by former Merrill Lynch head John Thain, announced on Tuesday that it will pay $3.4 billion to acquire OneWest Bank NA parent company IMB Holdco LLC.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Is Particular About Secondary Exposure Liability

    Joel B. Crane

    Two California appellate courts recently decided cases that will significantly impact secondary asbestos exposure claims, differentiating between product manufacturers and premises owners, and may ultimately invite clarification from the California Supreme Court, say Joel Crane and Danila Toscano of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Combating Calif. Drought With More Recycled Water

    Alison B. Torbitt

    The obvious participants in California's recycled water program will be municipal wastewater treatment plants that already have the equipment and expertise to comply with treatment regulations — the program may even prove a good source of extra income for such facilities while they save scarce freshwater sources, says Alison Torbitt of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Lines Drawn In Tesla Direct Sales Battle

    Robert A. Zinn

    Given Tesla’s current tiny share of the U.S. auto market, the debate over Tesla’s direct sales to consumers may seem like much ado about nothing. But the direct sales model is also being studied by both new Chinese automakers and mainstream U.S. and global manufacturers as they plan their future U.S. marketing strategies, says Robert Zinn of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Thinks Inside The Bun In Taco Bell TCPA Suit

    Paul A. Werner

    A Ninth Circuit decision in Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp. provides much-needed guidance and a clear limitation on the vicarious liability concepts introduced by the Federal Communications Commission to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation mix, say Paul Werner and J. Aaron George of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • An Inventive Way To Remove Pure State Court Claims

    Michael E. Blumenfeld

    Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Calif. Retailers Are Not Required To Have AEDs, Yet

    Edward A. Stumpp

    The California Supreme Court's Verdugo v. Target Corp. is a reprieve — likely a temporary one — and falls short of providing guidance retailers can rely on in deciding whether to make automated external defibrillators available on their premises, say Edward Stumpp and Mitchell Langberg of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Ambiguities Remain Despite 9th Circ. AU Optronics Ruling

    Robert E. Bloch

    Unfortunately, the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act does not provide much guidance on how “direct” an effect on U.S. commerce must be for it to come within the scope of the Sherman Act, and subsequent case law — including the recent Ninth Circuit AU Optronics ruling — has not settled the issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • First MCDC Settlement Leaves Much To Be Desired

    Paul S. Maco

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s settlement with a California school district — the first under the new Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative — is significant for what it does not do, say attorneys with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

  • Minimum Wage Mania Among Cities And States

    James S. McNeill

    The trend of indexing minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index will have significant, long-term implications for states and municipalities, telling us two things: minimum wage rates will likely continue to rise annually and will bring with them an increase in potential wage liability exposure for employers, say James McNeill and Peter Stockburger of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.