California

  • July 28, 2016

    No Easy Answer On Class Arbitration, Calif. High Court Says

    The California Supreme Court on Thursday held that trial courts must decide on a case-by-case basis whether they, or an arbitrator, should decide if an arbitration agreement permits class claims, affirming the revival of a Los Angeles Toyota dealership employee’s discrimination class action.

  • July 28, 2016

    Pryon Cashman Nabs Trial Pro From Abrams Garfinkel In LA

    A former Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Begson LLP partner and trial veteran with experience in intellectual property and media litigation has joined Pryor Cashman LLP as a partner in the firm’s growing Los Angeles office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Elizabeth Banks Can't Stroll Past $500K 'Walk Of Shame' Suit

    A California judge Thursday denied Elizabeth Banks' bid to ditch a state court contract suit alleging she and others pilfered from a writer's screenplay for the movie "Walk of Shame," delivering the actress a setback following her August victory against a federal copyright suit over similar allegations.

  • July 28, 2016

    High Court Told $2.7M Sanction Doesn't Match Harm

    An Ohio attorney who, along with Goodyear and a Fennemore Craig PC attorney, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a $2.7 million sanction for withholding discovery in a tire liability suit said on Wednesday that arguments for keeping the sanctions rewrite history.

  • July 28, 2016

    Airborne Pollution Claims Have Wings Clipped By 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit this week shot down claims seeking to hold a Canadian mining company liable for airborne emissions that allegedly drifted across the U.S. border and polluted land and water in Washington state, and experts say the appeals court's decision will make it extremely tough for similar aerial pollution claims to get off the ground in the future.

  • July 28, 2016

    Ikea Customer Raises DC Circ. Ruling In ZIP Code Remand Bid

    A consumer accusing Ikea of illegally collecting ZIP codes doubled down on her bid to move the putative class action to state court, telling the Ninth Circuit that a new D.C. Circuit ruling that cited the Spokeo precedent in nixing similar data collection claims supported her effort.

  • July 28, 2016

    Dem Lawmakers Push Obama For DNC Hack Details

    A pair of Democratic lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to release details related to a recent hack of the Democratic National Committee followed by the release of thousands of internal emails by WikiLeaks, and specifically on the investigation into alleged Russian involvement.

  • July 28, 2016

    Millennium Fights $5M HIPAA Coverage Loss At 9th Circ.

    Millennium Laboratories on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to undo a California federal judge’s decision to let its insurer off the hook for $5 million in coverage of a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act investigation, saying the ruling essentially rendered its policy meaningless and conflicted with California law.

  • July 28, 2016

    'No Question' Google Copying Java Not Fair Use, Oracle Says

    Oracle fired back Wednesday at Google’s attempts to stub out its bid for a new trial after a high-profile jury verdict that found Google’s use of Oracle’s copyright Java software code was protected by fair use, saying “there’s no question” the jury got it wrong.

  • July 28, 2016

    MoneyMutual Wants To DQ Class Attys In Payday Loan Suit

    Two lawyers representing a class against payday lender MoneyMutual LLC and talk-show host Montel Williams have been offering “consulting services” to payday lenders the attorneys previously litigated against and should be disqualified, the lender told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • July 28, 2016

    2 Emissions Cases Against Daimler Consolidated In Calif.

    A California federal judge has consolidated two class actions against Daimler AG over emissions testing “defeat devices” in certain Mercedes models and has approved Labaton Sucharow LLP as lead counsel.

  • July 28, 2016

    NFL Agent Asks Judge To Deny 'Fee Tails' To Former Agency

    National Football League sports agent Douglas Hendrickson told a California federal court in two separate filings on Wednesday that his former agency has no right to assess "fee tails," which pass the rights to players’ agency fees from one owner to another, after a noncompete agreement that barred him from working for another sports agency expired.

  • July 28, 2016

    EPA Issues Final Regs On Formaldehyde In Wood Products

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled a final rule regulating formaldehyde vapors from domestic and imported composite wood products, saying it worked with California regulators to keep the national regulations consistent with California’s.

  • July 28, 2016

    Baker & McKenzie Snags Former Top Calif. US Atty

    Baker & McKenzie LLP has snared a top federal prosecutor with almost two decades in the U.S. Department of Justice for its litigation and government enforcement practice, the firm announced Thursday.

  • July 28, 2016

    SeaWorld Knew Movie Hurt Ticket Sales, Investor Says

    An investor who filed a putative class action suit against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. for allegedly failing to tell shareholders a critical 2013 documentary caused an attendance drop at its theme parks told a California court Wednesday that the company clearly knew the film would hurt its business.

  • July 28, 2016

    Costco's Calif. Claims Can't Proceed In Antitrust MDL

    A California federal court on Thursday dismissed claims brought by Costco Wholesale Corp. under California law in antitrust litigation regarding an alleged conspiracy to price-fix cathode ray tubes used in TVs and computer monitors, saying Washington law governs the claims.

  • July 28, 2016

    Couple In EB-5 Probe Seek Shield Against Self-Incrimination

    A couple the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused of using the EB-5 immigrant investor program to scam nearly $27 million from Chinese investors in a cancer clinic asked a California federal judge Wednesday to free them from disclosing financial documents and investor funds they say could be incriminating.

  • July 28, 2016

    Atty Can't Duck 46-Month Tax Evasion Sentence At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday upheld a 46-month prison sentence for a Sacramento attorney accused of failing to pay taxes on about $2.6 million in income, saying in a published opinion the lower court and jury correctly qualified the money taken under a partnership draw from his law practice as salary.

  • July 28, 2016

    DOJ Watchdog Warns 'Sanctuary Cities' Risk Fed. Funding

    The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice released the results of an investigation Thursday that found several so-called “sanctuary cities” could be putting millions of dollars of federal funding on the line by refusing to comply with request for cooperation from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. 

  • July 28, 2016

    Felony Not Grounds For Citizenship Denial, 9th Circ. Says

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service can’t deny the naturalization application of a Chinese woman convicted of trafficking in counterfeit Microsoft software, as her crime may not rise to the level of an aggravated felony, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday in a published opinion.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Cases Shaping Renewable Energy Projects

    Thomas C. Perry

    Based on decisions in four recent cases, it is clear that renewable energy projects sited on or across federally administered lands will be carefully reviewed by federal courts. From these rulings, key considerations emerge for developers, says Thomas Perry at Marten Law PLLC.

  • Corporations In The Crosshairs Of Product Liability Claims

    Stephanie E. Parker

    More than in past presidential campaigns, the leading candidates have targeted American corporations, taking turns outbidding one another in appealing to anti-corporate sentiments. And the plaintiffs bar has been trying to leverage the mood across a broad front — from changes in jury selection to trial strategy to the types of claims they bring, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 4 All-Star MDLs

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of the recent Major League Baseball All-Star Game, this month’s column will name its own all-star team — four multidistrict litigations, across various categories, that changed or are changing the game, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Common Mistakes Employers Of Calif. Domestic Workers Make

    Scott Liner

    Despite the fact that it has been over two years since California's Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was enacted, many household employers are still unaware of their employment obligations and the associated risks. As a result, there are a growing number of claims and lawsuits alleging substantial amounts of unpaid wages and owed penalties, say Scott Liner and Tiffany Caterina at Liner LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • EPA Wants More Control Over State-Issued Discharge Permits

    Ronda L. Sandquist

    Proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Permit System would make minor revisions to program definitions and the contents of permit fact sheets, and major revisions that will expand the EPA’s ability to object to permits administratively continued by a state program, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Feeding The Future World: The Israel Outlook

    Meital Stavinsky

    While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.