Reed Smith LLP said Tuesday it has picked up a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney who has counseled Silicon Valley companies on technology transactions and intellectual property issues, and worked on renewable energy matters for the firm’s office in the region.
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. took aim at each other's patent infringement and invalidity allegations in a San Jose courtroom Thursday, each hoping to convince a California federal judge to grant it a win that could narrow or halt a March jury trial in their closely watched patent fight over newer smartphones.
Longer delays in bringing cases to trial due to years of crippling budget cuts in the California courts are putting pressure on some law firms’ bottom lines, and driving attorneys to tackle information sharing with opposing counsel more proactively and to take other steps to bring suits to a speedy resolution, lawyers say.
A California appeals court ruled Wednesday that a courtroom is the proper venue for South Bay Hospital Management Co. LLC’s allegations that a former Tri-City Medical Center executive and his management company owe $3.33 million for mistreating employees and receiving kickbacks, despite South Bay's arbitration agreement.
A Naval law enforcement officer is expected to plead guilty in California federal court Tuesday, in a major Navy corruption scandal in which he is accused of providing sensitive information to a Malaysian businessman in exchange for bribes, according to court documents.
A California federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss Netgear Inc.'s antitrust and false advertising suit alleging Taiwanese electronics company ASUSTeK Computer Inc. reported misleading information related to its network routers’ signal strength, in violation of Federal Communications Commission regulations.
California’s highest appeals court on Wednesday agreed to review a lower-court decision wiping out most of a $19 million punitive damages award against Stonebridge Life Insurance Co. for denying coverage to a paraplegic former Marine for an extended hospital stay.
A New York state judge ruled Thursday that he won't wade into a bitter leadership fight in California between two factions of an Native American tribe, saying his only role is to protect the holders of $250 million in bonds backed by the tribe's casino.
A nonprofit medical center violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when it fired an office associate who had been diagnosed with breast cancer instead of allowing her more medical leave, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in California federal court Wednesday.
A California appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s decision dismissing class action claims that a LendingTree LLC subsidiary used its special relationship with LendingTree to hoard loan prospects, interfering with the contractual relationship between LendingTree and a member of its loan network.
The U.S. is looking to seize a California software magnate's 24,000-square-foot mansion and Rembrandt paintings to satisfy an $18 million tax lien, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Wednesday.
Embattled Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods Inc. has been dealt another setback as the California Department of Public Health ordered a 30-day hold on any new shipments of the popular condiment.
A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's accounting fraud allegations against two former executives of Basin Water Inc., finding the SEC hadn't met its burden of proof to show fraud had taken place.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and other technology firms on Wednesday agreed to pay $310 million to settle a series of class actions based in California federal court brought by individual purchasers and state attorneys general alleging a host of anti-competitive conduct in the dynamic random-access memory market.
Google Inc. executives were inadvertently given a deal of up to $5.3 million on jet fuel for the planes they keep at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., according to a report released Wednesday by NASA's inspector general.
A California federal judge has again tossed claims in a putative class action accusing Old Republic Home Protection Co. of ripping off homeowners who purchased its warranties, saying the named plaintiff has still failed to support his allegations that the company had a duty to disclose alleged unfair business practices.
A California appeals court has ruled that CBS Broadcasting Inc.’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation motion to dismiss discrimination claims over its television anchor-hiring practices was improperly denied, saying the claims are based on First Amendment-protected activity, according to a decision published Wednesday.
A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's judgment in favor of the city of San Francisco in a suit seeking to block its ordinance that expanded existing restrictions on the use of plastic “checkout bags” by retail establishments in the city.
A California federal judge Wednesday threw out a Chinese inventor's claims that Google Inc., Blockbuster LLC and others infringed his patent on a program that protects software from unauthorized use, finding that a payment-related limitation he added isn’t supported by the patent.
Optical components maker JDS Uniphase Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire computer networks manager Network Instruments LLC for $200 million in cash, the companies said Tuesday.
To comply with California's new privacy law — which goes into effect Jan. 14 — online businesses must make sure their privacy policies clearly and accurately reflect their practices, and those of any third parties they have contracted with, concerning collection and tracking of personally identifiable information. Unless a business bars California residents from visiting its website, it will need to address the law’s requirements, says Jane Hils Shea of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
We offer help with some insight on the more significant new employment-related legislation that, if not already addressed, should be given some thought prior to year-end. For instance, in light of California’s mid-year minimum wage increase, the thing to be careful about now is budgeting for the salary level of your lower-level exempt employees, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms — that employers of H-2 workers must reimburse most travel, recruitment and immigration-related expenses — deepens a circuit split on the issue. But the fact that Rivera was authored by strongly conservative Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain suggests that an opposite conclusion could simply be headed for obsolescence, says Melinda Pilling of Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP.
Although California courts after Apple v. Superior Court have declined to explicitly hold that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not apply to e-commerce, a practical implication of subsequent decisions is that the collection of personal information from online transactions is more likely to be excused because it can help prevent credit card fraud, say Thomas Brown and Kristin Hall of Paul Hastings LLP.
With a close decision on the question of cap and trade auctions as a tax and at least one appeal of the recent Sacramento Superior Court judgment likely, the fight over the California cap and trade program is far from over. Other states are closely observing legal challenges to California's sweeping AB 32 program and assessing its effectiveness and economic impact, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.
Recently, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources issued two key documents relating to hydraulic fracturing. Of keen interest is whether these new rules will permit development of the Monterey Shale in a manner that is competitive with the development of oil reserves elsewhere — or whether government involvement will delay development of the world’s largest, deep shale-oil play, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
A recent class certification denial in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's "naturally raised" meat claims seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds, say David Conway and Edward Boyle of Venable LLP.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
Texas, Nevada and other low- and no-tax states are trying to woo California’s high-earners and business owners, for whom Proposition 30’s passage in November 2012 was a “cross the Rubicon” moment. But moving one’s tax residence from California is not a simple matter of finding a crash pad in Vegas and sending a goodbye note to Sacramento, says Douglas Schwartz of Nossaman LLP.
Two important events this year make clear that California's anti-deficiency statutes not only protect borrowers in nearly all circumstances when dealing with a residential loan but also trump any separate agreement the lender may have with a borrower for the payment of any deficiency following either a foreclosure or a short sale, say Sylvia Arostegui and Eunice Majam-Simpson of Nossaman LLP.