California

  • August 26, 2014

    Maker Studios Reneged On Pay, Showrunner's $19M Suit Says

    A former showrunner for Walt Disney Co.-owned Maker Studios Inc. claims the company’s executives reneged on a deal for stocks in exchange for most of his salary and now owe him as much as $19 million, according to a complaint filed in California Superior Court on Monday.

  • August 26, 2014

    Allergan Sets Special Meeting In $53B Valeant Takeover Bid

    Allergan Inc. said Tuesday it will hold a special meeting on Dec. 18 where shareholders can vote on a proposed board overhaul, part of a $53 billion takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., and will seek an order blocking Valeant, investor Bill Ackman and Ackman's hedge fund from voting their shares.

  • August 26, 2014

    WellPoint Rates MDL Should Have Many Classes, Court Told

    Health care providers and insurance plan subscribers on Tuesday urged a California federal judge to certify a host of classes in a multidistrict litigation alleging WellPoint Inc. illegally suppressed reimbursement rates including those paid to employee benefit plans, saying class members were uniformly paid less than the “reasonable” rates WellPoint promised.

  • August 26, 2014

    Ex-DuPont Engineer Gets 2.5 Years For Trade Secrets Theft

    A California federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former DuPont Co. engineer to two and a half years in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $750,000 in restitution and forfeitures for conspiring to sell trade secrets on the manufacture of titanium dioxide to Chinese government-owned companies.

  • August 26, 2014

    LG, Others Back Middleman Defense In LCD Price-Fixing MDL

    LG Display Co. and several other electronics companies accused of price-fixing liquid crystal display panels urged a California district court on Monday to dismiss direct purchaser allegations regarding panels first bought by intermediary companies, arguing the plaintiffs lack standing to bring these claims.

  • August 26, 2014

    Female Yahoo Exec Calls Engineer's Sex Claims 'Flat-Out Lies'

    An ex-Yahoo Inc. software engineer's suit claiming executive Maria Zhang coerced her into having sex is based on "flat-out lies," Zhang's attorney told a California judge on Tuesday, adding that his client "never had sexual relations" with the female worker. 

  • August 26, 2014

    Calif. Court Revives Ex-Ford Mechanic’s Firing Suit

    A California appellate court on Tuesday reversed the dismissal of a wrongful termination suit accusing a Ford Motor Co. dealer of firing a mechanic for blowing the whistle on false warranty repair claims submitted to the auto giant, saying the worker adequately pled he was fired in violation of law.

  • August 26, 2014

    Biotech Co. Zosano Puts IPO Plans On Hold

    Venture capital-backed Zosano Pharma Inc., the only company expected to brave an entry in the public markets this week, postponed its initial public offering plans Tuesday, but could revive its efforts in September when activity kicks back up, IPO investment firm Renaissance Capital said.

  • August 26, 2014

    Calif. OKs Bills Adding ‘Selfies’ To Revenge Porn Ban

    California lawmakers on Monday passed two bills seeking to extend a “revenge porn” statute that outlaws the posting of intimate images of unwilling or unaware people on the Internet, including a measure that would bar “selfies” from being posted without the person’s consent.

  • August 26, 2014

    Weatherman Rains On CBS Bid To Nix Sex Discrimination Suit

    A meteorologist alleging he was passed over for weather anchor jobs at CBS-owned television stations because he's not a young, attractive woman urged a California judge on Tuesday to keep alive his age and sex discrimination suit, saying he's made a sufficient evidentiary showing to survive a free speech law challenge.

  • August 26, 2014

    Kroger's Bread Has Chemical Used In Yoga Mats, Suit Says

    The Kroger Co. has been hit with a suit in California court for allegedly violating state health and safety laws by selling store-brand wheat bread that contains elevated levels of urethane, a carcinogen linked to cancer and birth defects that's formed from a chemical used in yoga mats.

  • August 26, 2014

    AUO Asks Full 9th Circ. To Rehear $500M Antitrust Case

    AU Optronics Corp. asked the entire Ninth Circuit on Monday to reconsider its appeal of a $500 million price-fixing fine the government won against the liquid crystal display maker, saying the recent panel decision upholding the penalty misinterpreted the evidence in the case.

  • August 26, 2014

    ​Law360 Talks To The Man With Airbnb's SF Fate In His Hands

    David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is looking to lift the city's ban on short-term housing rentals, allowing city homeowners and vacationers to rent short-term through platforms like Airbnb and VRBO or rent on their own. Here, Law360 sits down with the man who holds the keys to the opening of the city's short-term rental market.

  • August 26, 2014

    Browne George Gets Arbitration For Sargon Malpractice Suit

    A California judge on Tuesday sent to arbitration dental implant maker Sargon Enterprises Inc.'s malpractice suit alleging Browne George Ross LLP blew its shot at millions in a breach-of-contract fight, rejecting Sargon’s argument that the arbitration deal was invalidated by Browne George's involvement in Dreier LLP's dissolution.

  • August 26, 2014

    Biz Partner In 'Hangover Defense' Drink Co. Sues For $5M

    Noho Inc. was hit with a $5 million contract breach suit in California federal court Monday, by a man alleging he was cheated out of his rightful interest in Noho, which produces dietary supplement drinks designed to prevent hangover symptoms.

  • August 26, 2014

    Judge Blasts Irell & Manella's 'Train Wreck' IP Deposition

    Ruling that a B/E Aerospace Inc. employee evaded questions during a deposition in a patent case while his attorney from Irell & Manella LLP wasted time with inappropriate objections, a California federal judge has ordered B/E to reimburse plaintiff MAG Aerospace Industries Inc. for a deposition he called a "train wreck."

  • August 26, 2014

    Arch Defeats Coverage For Employees' Genital Exposure Suit

    A California appeals court on Monday freed Arch Insurance Co. from covering a lawsuit claiming that a manager at cosmetics manufacturer Jon Davler Inc. forced female employees to expose their genital area to determine who left a sanitary napkin in the women's bathroom.

  • August 26, 2014

    Graffiti Artists Sue Roberto Cavalli For Copying Mural

    A group of California graffiti artists sued fashion designer Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. and various retailers for copyright infringement and Lanham Act violations Monday, saying the company's unauthorized use of their San Francisco mural on apparel threatened to make them look like corporate “sellouts.”

  • August 25, 2014

    $1B Temblor Should Prompt Cos. To Revisit Quake Insurance

    The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Napa, California, early Sunday morning causing up to an estimated $1 billion in losses should serve as a wake-up call for companies to take a look at whether they need to buy a commercial earthquake insurance policy, despite concerns about the high cost and limitations on coverage, insurance lawyers say.

  • August 25, 2014

    Calif. Enacts 1st-Of-Its-Kind Smartphone Kill Switch Law

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation requiring AT&T Inc., Apple Inc. and other wireless companies and retailers to equip smartphones and tablets sold in the state with a "kill switch" that would render the devices inoperable if stolen.

Expert Analysis

  • EPA's Concern Over TCE Vapor Intrusion Is Misguided

    Richard C. Coffin

    A recently issued memo from a director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on short-term trichloroethylene exposure levels in Region 9 should be reconsidered — if there is a legitimate weight of scientific evidence supporting them then they should be applied to all Superfund sites, say attorneys of Barg Coffin Lewis and Trapp LLP.

  • Positive Trends in SoCal’s International Trade Growth

    Lindsey Martinez

    The Los Angeles area is poised to expand regional exporting efforts over the next few years. The region is uniquely positioned as the gateway to Asia, driving strong cultural, economic and business ties with Pacific Rim trading partners, says Lindsey Martinez of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 2

     Craig Auge

    Contracts for providing and obtaining technology establish important, often long-term relationships. When they involve mission-critical products and services, the impact of a flawed contract can be devastating, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 1

    Craig Auge

    Every business runs at least in part on technology — and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry. All parties can benefit from avoiding these situations, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Call And Record Me Maybe: The State Of CIPA Class Actions

    Ryan C. Nier

    The opinion in Young v. Hilton Worldwide Inc. signals a significant shift away from case law trending dangerously toward liability for California companies recording calls for service monitoring, say Ryan Nier and Elizabeth Dorsi of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Calif. High Court Case Has Not Made CEQA Obsolete

    Timothy M. Taylor

    Initial observations after the California Supreme Court's ruling in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court suggest that voter-sponsored initiative petitions under the Elections Code are not widely employed as an end-run around the California Environmental Quality Act, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.

  • How Website Operators Use CFAA To Combat Data-Scraping

    Aaron Rubin

    In light of recent cases, it seems that plaintiffs are likely to have more success asserting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims against scrapers where they clearly and unambiguously revoke authorization to access their websites and take affirmative steps to block the scrapers, say Aaron Rubin and Tiffany Hu of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Is Stuck In The '90s On Internet Terms Of Use

    Katherine Gasztonyi

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc. relies on the assumption that people don’t know about the existence of website terms of use. That might have made sense in, say, 1996, but this is simply no longer the case, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Recent FTAIA Cases Leave Important Questions Unresolved

    Jeffrey Jacobovitz

    In the last five months, three circuit courts have interpreted the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, with some staking out differing positions on important aspects — namely, the requirement that foreign anti-competitive conduct have a direct effect on U.S. commerce in order to fall outside the FTAIA's general exemption for foreign conduct, say Jeffrey Jacobovitz and David Hobson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Permit Ruling Could Affect Projects Nationwide

    Sandra Y. Snyder

    The Ninth Circuit's ruling in Sierra Club v. EPA may have broad implications for the timing of Clean Air Act preconstruction permitting, which may be compounded by a recent D.C. Circuit opinion that could ultimately require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply this precedent on a national scale, say Richard Alonso and Sandra Snyder of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.