Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC on Tuesday told a California federal judge the National Credit Union Administration is withholding documents it has subpoenaed for its defense of the federal government’s $5 billion suit alleging it knowingly inflated ratings on residential mortgage-backed securities.
Square Inc. launched a lawsuit in California federal court on Monday in which it insists its online marketplace product does not infringe on a pair of patents owned by data encryption company Protegrity Corp., in response to a letter it received from the company.
A California federal grand jury hit Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a superseding indictment Tuesday over its role in the fatal 2010 San Bruno natural gas explosion, tacking on 16 new criminal counts, including obstruction, and pegging potential penalties at up to $1.1 billion.
A San Francisco supervisor on Tuesday introduced a proposed ordinance that would require retail, hotel, bank and restaurant chains operating in the city to provide more work hours for part-time employees before hiring additional staff members.
A California federal judge on Monday denied a bid by Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to force several plaintiffs to fork over settlement agreements in multidistrict litigation over cathode ray tubes price-fixing, finding the discovery request was premature.
An Illinois magistrate judge on Monday recommended rejecting Vizio Inc.'s motion seeking attorneys' fees from Oplus Technologies Ltd. as a sanction for what Vizio called a baseless patent suit, citing a February ruling by a different court denying Vizio fees in a closely related case.
A California appeals court has upheld a $2 million verdict in a mesothelioma victim's suit alleging he was exposed to asbestos through brake parts manufactured by Pneumo Abex LLC, rejecting the company’s argument that it was prejudiced during the trial by the application of an appeals court ruling.
HTC Corp. on Tuesday lost a bid to move to California a lawsuit that alleges the company — and several others, including Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. — infringed on patents that Apple Inc.-based Rockstar Consortium US LP bought for $4.5 billion.
FedEx Corp. on Tuesday pled not guilty in California federal court to a 15-count criminal complaint accusing it of helping illegal online pharmacies ship generic versions of Valium, Xanax and other drugs, the first step in a legal defense with potentially enormous financial stakes.
U-Haul International Inc. has been slapped with a putative class action by a California consumer alleging the moving-truck rental company falsely advertises its prices without including mandatory "environmental fees" of $1 to $5 to its daily rates.
CarMax Auto Superstores California LLC on Monday urged a California federal judge to bar plaintiffs in a putative wage-and-hour class action that was sent to arbitration from bringing identical claims in state court, arguing they are trying to avoid the arbitration order by filing the new suit.
A California federal judge has ordered a former Hewlett-Packard Co. sales representative to pay about $166,000 in attorneys' fees and court costs for filing a since-dismissed class action for unpaid bonuses that the court ruled wrongly relied on a state labor code amendment.
The Gap Inc. on Monday lost its bid to extinguish a proposed class action brought by a former employee in California who claims the clothing retailer doesn't fully compensate its staff members for all of their work.
Jackson Lewis PC said on Tuesday it picked up a former partner of Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo PLC whose practice has focused on advising, representing and defending employers across a wide array of industries, including health care, insurance, finance, professional services, manufacturing and real estate.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday tossed '70s rocker Todd Rundgren's suit contending JPMorgan Chase Bank NA is liable for defunct Washington Mutual Bank FA's allegedly fraudulent handling of his $3 million mortgage, saying the musician failed to exhaust his administrative remedies before suing.
Polling and public opinion research company Mountain West Research Center LC on Monday agreed to a $1.5 million settlement that will resolve class action claims that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the course of contacting consumers by phone.
Blue Shield of California has asked the California Supreme Court to overturn a decision in a proposed class action saying the insurer must pay for two women's residential treatment of eating disorders, arguing the treatment goes beyond state law requirements that insurers treat mental and physical ailments equally.
A putative class of California consumers hit Macy's Inc. and Foot Locker Inc. with separate suits in federal court on Monday alleging that their personal information was illegally collected at in-store checkouts.
A California magistrate judge on Monday denied Apple Inc.’s bid to quash a German patent holding company’s subpoena for specific licensing agreements for use in an appeal of a €1.6 billion ($2.15 billion) suit against the iPad maker over a wireless network access patent, saying the plaintiff’s subpoena was timely.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Teikoku Seiyaku Co. Ltd. and Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. urged a California federal judge on Monday to dismiss several suits in multidistrict litigation accusing them of illegally agreeing to delay a generic version of the Lidoderm pain relief patch, arguing the deal was perfectly lawful.
In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.
As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Despite the employee-friendly nature of California courts and their occasional rendering of arbitration agreements as unenforceable, two recent Ninth Circuit rulings in Davis v. Nordstrom Inc. and Johnmohammadi v. Bloomingdale’s Inc. may make challenges to class-claim waivers a thing of the past, says Lori Phillips of Sherman & Howard LLC.
A few weeks ago, for the first time in 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidance on pregnancy discrimination in response to a flood of pregnancy discrimination complaints. What followed was truly weird, says Joan Williams of the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
In light of the California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., employers should not continue to employ workers after discovery of unauthorized status because doing so may expose them to further liability, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.
Do you think your employees are hired to invent? A California federal judge's recent ruling in Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. v. RF Micro Devices Inc. serves as a reminder that oral agreements are insufficient and employees who perform general engineering, development or other activities will likely fall outside the scope of the hired-to-invent doctrine, say Michael Bunis and Vanessa Arslanian of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
Judge Jed Rakoff’s recent ruling in the case of Madoff Securities gives comfort to foreign investors that the proceeds of their indirect investments in U.S. companies will not likely be clawed back, but it does not come without certain warnings and limitations — especially considering a contradictory Ninth Circuit ruling issued a mere three days prior to Rakoff’s decision, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The prosecution of FedEx Corp. for allegedly failing to heed signs that illegal Internet pharmacies were using its facilities represents a significant expansion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to outsource law enforcement to private third parties and then go after these third parties when they fail to meet an undefined standard of compliance, rather than focus on the criminals, say attorneys with Bingham McCutchen LLP.
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.