• October 27, 2016

    Elite Gymnast Names Karolyis, National Team In Abuse Suit

    Former national gymnastics team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi fostered an abusive environment in which a team doctor was able to quietly sexually abuse elite child gymnasts in training, according to a suit filed in California state court on Thursday.

  • October 27, 2016

    Climate Change Projections Gain Credence As ESA Metric

    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling that 100-year climate change projections could factor into the National Marine Fisheries Service's decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species solidifies the government’s authority to rely on similar forecasting for future Endangered Species Act listings, experts say.

  • October 27, 2016

    Panasonic, Buyers Tussle Over Antitrust Suits’ Timing

    Panasonic and other electronics companies urged a California federal judge at a hearing Thursday to dismiss antitrust claims brought by a proposed class of electrical component buyers on the grounds they were filed too late, but an attorney for the buyers countered that they were sufficiently pled and “still fresh."

  • October 27, 2016

    SpaceX Ignored Harassment Of Welder, Jury Told

    Counsel for a woman accusing SpaceX of permitting sexual harassment said Friday during closing arguments that the company ignored clear signs of harassment and then refused to accommodate her psychological disability caused by the harassment, while SpaceX countered that the woman's claims are delusions spawned by a mental disorder.

  • October 27, 2016

    Qualcomm Taps 4 Firms For $37.7B NXP Semiconductors Deal

    Qualcomm leaned on four law firms in the lead-up to its $37.7 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors, ensuring it had global corporate and tax expertise on tap for the largest-ever acquisition in the semiconductor space.

  • October 27, 2016

    Purina Dog Food Suit May Lack Proof Of Harm, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Thursday seemed skeptical about whether a group of dog owners had enough evidence to bring Nestle Purina PetCare Co. to trial, saying scientific proof the putative class cited might not prove causation between pets eating Beneful dog food and getting sick.

  • October 27, 2016

    Ex-CEO Of Hollywood Payroll Co. Found Guilty Of Tax Evasion

    A California federal jury on Wednesday returned a guilty verdict against the former head of one of Hollywood’s largest payroll services for tax evasion and other charges for diverting at least $5.1 million in company funds before the firm’s collapse in 2008, according to court filings.

  • October 27, 2016

    Chemical Co. Makes Deal After $18M Asbestos Verdict

    A chemicals distributor accused of contributing to a man’s cancer from exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc agreed on Wednesday to settle the case, allowing it to avoid the punitive damages phase of a trial that had already yielded an $18 million jury verdict in California state court.

  • October 27, 2016

    Facebook’s Spokeo Bid To End Privacy Suit Faces Skepticism

    A California federal judge told Facebook Thursday that he is skeptical that a proposed class action alleging the social media giant unlawfully collected biometric data with its facial-recognition features can be tossed for failing to show concrete injury under the high court’s Spokeo decision.

  • October 27, 2016

    Calif. Tribes Seek Quick Win In Gambling Pact Expiration Row

    Two Native American tribes have moved for a quick win in their lawsuit alleging the expiration dates on their gambling compacts with California are inconsistent with federal law and cripple the tribes' ability to expand casino operations.

  • October 27, 2016

    Lieff Cabraser Blasts Small Firm's Fee Ask In Volkswagen MDL

    The lead counsel for vehicle owners in multidistrict litigation against Volkswagen over its emissions-cheating scandal on Wednesday offered harsh words for a small Texas firm seeking to collect attorneys' fees, saying its work in the case was duplicative, unnecessary and undeserving of any award.

  • October 27, 2016

    Ford Asks 9th Circ. To Nix Fees In Throttle Defect Suit

    Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn an award of more than $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees to a woman who accused the automaker of failing to disclose an acceleration defect in 150,000 vehicles, saying that she failed to prove her lawsuit led the company to fix the vehicles.

  • October 27, 2016

    Dropbox Asks Judge To Trash Thru's Trademark Challenge

    Dropbox Inc. told a California federal judge Thursday that electronic file transfer rival Thru Inc. can't challenge the registered mark on its name, arguing Thru brought its challenge too late and that Dropbox has spent millions on marketing and brand cultivation.

  • October 27, 2016

    Allstate, Lawyer Fight Sanctions After Late Court Arrival

    An attorney for Allstate Insurance Co. in a California case fought back Wednesday against sanctions against her and the insurer that partly stem from her late arrival to a settlement conference because she got stuck at a train crossing after dropping her children off at school.

  • October 27, 2016

    BFI Takes New Shots At NLRB Joint Employer Rule In DC Circ.

    Waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries again urged the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to reject the National Labor Relations Board’s recently revised joint-employer standard, saying that it will jeopardize a litany of third-party business agreements.

  • October 27, 2016

    GNC Tries To Throw Out 'Slack Fill' Protein Containers Suit

    Health products retailer GNC Holdings Inc. asked a California federal court on Wednesday to toss a proposed class action accusing the company of underfilling its protein powder tubs, saying some "slack fill" is unavoidable and par for the course when it comes to packaged products.

  • October 27, 2016

    University Of California Hits St. Jude With IP Suit

    St. Jude Medical Inc. is copying patented technology from a doctor at the University of California with a series of products used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, a life-threatening heart condition, the school’s regents said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • October 27, 2016

    Bid To Drop Molycorp Mine Ch. 11 Insurance Nixed

    Surviving businesses of bankrupt rare earth mineral producer Molycorp Inc. lost a bid to cancel insurance on a left-behind, 2,200-acre California surface mine Thursday, and got a chiding in the bargain from a Delaware federal judge over the “chutzpah” behind the motion.

  • October 27, 2016

    UnitedHealth Patients Denied Cert. In Surgery Coverage Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday denied certification of a proposed class of patients who were denied UnitedHealth insurance coverage for a certain type of “unproven” back surgery, saying the named plaintiff’s claims were not typical of the proposed class.

  • October 27, 2016

    House Members Urge DOD To Fix National Guard Bonus Issue

    A group of 108 House lawmakers called on the U.S. Department of Defense to create a permanent fix after the Pentagon temporarily halted the clawback of bonuses erroneously given to thousands of California National Guard troops, saying that the recipients bore no responsibility for the payments.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Unclaimed Property Change For Banks, Customers​

    Michael Giovannini

    An update to California's Unclaimed Property Law ensures that bank accounts used for automated withdrawals and deposits will not be erroneously escheated to California, causing problems for consumers. But the change may require many banks to adjust their systems to track and monitor electronic recurring transactional activity, say Michael Giovannini and Samantha Bautista of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    C. Boyden Gray

    Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.

  • Post-Spokeo, Standing Challenges Remain Unpredictable

    Ronnie Solomon

    Since Spokeo, a number of courts have weighed in on whether an alleged statutory violation of a state statute — as opposed to a federal one — suffices as a concrete injury in fact. But the treatment of the issue has not been uniform and the procedural quirks that have arisen add further uncertainty to an already convoluted area of the law, say Ronnie Solomon and Tyler Newby of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Setting A Standard For Additional Enviro Review In Calif.

    Cynthia L. Burch

    The California Supreme Court's decision in Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College resolved the question of who decides whether the subsequent review provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act apply. The ruling recognizes that restarting the environmental review process with every changed circumstance is onerous and wasteful, say attorneys at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • Cities' Transaction Taxes Threaten Digital Content Cos.

    Stephen Kranz

    In California, Alabama and Colorado, cities are bypassing the legislative process and using administrative guidance and aggressive audit positions to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital content. In some cases it will be difficult, if not impossible, for companies to comply with such regimes, say Stephen P. Kranz, Mark Yopp and Eric Carstens of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • How Pharma Cos. Can Shape The Drug-Pricing Landscape

    Robin Adelstein

    While pharmaceutical companies should be able to price their products at whatever level they determine is appropriate without government intervention, the industry would benefit by getting ahead of government regulation and public backlash. Taking action now will prove that drug companies are a part of the solution to rising health care costs, say attorneys at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

  • A Look At Federal Preemption Of State Drone Laws

    Andrew Zimmitti

    It may be only months before we see litigation challenging restrictive state and local drone laws that encroach upon the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulatory mandate. Industries including utilities, real estate, retail delivery and entertainment/media are likely to be among the first to pursue litigation, says Andrew Zimmitti of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.