• November 25, 2015

    GSI Wins Nearly $1M At Calif. Trade Secrets Trial

    A federal jury in California found on Wednesday that a chip design company was liable for breach of contract in a trade secrets suit brought by chipmaker GSI Technology and awarded GSI nearly $1 million in damages, according to court documents.

  • November 25, 2015

    Incompetence Claims Motivated By Money, Redstone Attys Say

    Media mogul Sumner Redstone's attorneys fired back in California court Wednesday at a lawsuit filed by his ex-caretaker Manuela Herzer claiming he's a “living ghost” who can no longer care for himself, saying Herzer's bid for reinstatement as his health care agent is about “her personal financial agenda.”

  • November 25, 2015

    Quest Escapes Antitrust Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action alleging Quest Diagnostics Inc. monopolized diagnostic services in California by paying kickbacks, colluding with insurers and acquiring competitors, saying that their allegations of monopoly overcharging don’t have factual support.

  • November 25, 2015

    Embattled Calif. Tribe Comes Closer To Reopening Casino

    A California casino run by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is one step closer to reopening after the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday ratified a memorandum of understanding between the tribe and the county meant to resolve public safety issues, a casino official confirmed.

  • November 25, 2015

    SoulCycle Says Suit Misconstrues Classes As Certificates

    Stationary cycling chain SoulCycle Inc. told a California federal court Wednesday that a customer alleging the company violated legal restrictions for expiration dates on gift certificates fabricated the term "series certificates" to mischaracterize its sale of classes as gift certificates.

  • November 25, 2015

    Gov't Sees No Reason To Rethink Tribe’s Challenge To Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a California federal judge Wednesday to reject the Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community’s bid to resurrect its suit to block another tribe’s proposed casino project, claiming the Colusa tribe is rehashing its arguments and that the tribe greatly exaggerated the threat to its own casino business from the project.

  • November 25, 2015

    Shoppers Defend Cert. Bid In P&G, Kellogg False Ad Suit

    A pair of consumers defended their right to sue Procter & Gamble and Kellogg over labels indicating Pringles potato chips contain “0 trans fat” and vegetarian ribs use “evaporated cane juice,” respectively, telling a California judge on Wednesday that their testimony didn't undermine their bid for class certification as the companies had argued.

  • November 25, 2015

    Teikoku Loses Bid To Boot 12 Firms From Lidoderm MDL

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to disqualify 12 law firms representing retailers in pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation over the Lidoderm pain relief patch, saying plaintiffs’ attorneys’ use of a privileged document mistakenly handed over by Japanese drugmaker Teikoku did not warrant disqualification.

  • November 25, 2015

    Bio-Rad Will Ask 9th Circ. To Nix Whistleblower GC’s Claims

    Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. is planning to ask the Ninth Circuit to immediately review a California federal court’s recent refusal to toss claims in its former general counsel’s whistleblower suit alleging he was fired after reporting that company leadership potentially engaged in overseas bribery.

  • November 25, 2015

    Toyota Steers Deceptive Lease Class Action To Arbitration

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively sent to arbitration a putative class action alleging Toyota Motor Credit Corp. applies illegal fees when repossessing leased vehicles, noting that the plaintiff signed a lease agreement containing an arbitration clause not once, but twice.

  • November 25, 2015

    Justices Must Fix Circuit Split On Tribal Convictions, US Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a Ninth Circuit decision that tossed a Native American man’s domestic assault indictment, saying a circuit split over the use of tribal court convictions in federal prosecutions of repeat domestic violence offenders won't be resolved without the high court's intervention.

  • November 25, 2015

    Calif. City Loses Appeal Of Insurance Coverage Dispute

    A California appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that American Alternative Insurance Corp. owed no duty to defend the city of San Bernardino's water department in a breach of contract suit, saying the policy excluded such actions.

  • November 25, 2015

    Herbalife KOs Pyramid Scheme Suit In Latest Round

    A California federal judge permanently dismissed a securities class action against supplement company Herbalife on Tuesday after finding that multiple opportunities to amend didn't get investors any closer to plausibility on their allegations that the company lied when it denied being a pyramid scheme.

  • November 25, 2015

    Calif. High Court Will Weigh 'Vague' Background Check Law

    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to consider whether the state's Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act is unconstitutionally vague when applied to employee background checks because of its overlap with another California credit reporting law at issue in a labor suit against a school-bus company.

  • November 25, 2015

    Toyota, Ford, GM Topple Car-Hacking Claims

    Drivers accusing Toyota, Ford and GM of leaving their vehicles’ computers vulnerable to hackers had their proposed class action claims dismissed in California federal court on Wednesday, after a judge said they haven’t shown that they’ve suffered any actual injury.

  • November 25, 2015

    5 Influential Privacy Regulators That You Should Know

    With a range of federal and state regulators aggressively cracking down on companies for inadequate data security protections, attorneys who practice in the area would be wise to put on their radar key officials from the agencies that their clients are most likely to encounter in the case of a privacy misstep.

  • November 25, 2015

    Prime Violated NLRA During Union Negotiations, Board Rules

    Prime Healthcare Management illegally snubbed SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West during negotiations over health care plans for employees at a California hospital, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    FTC Slams DirecTV Bid To Trim 'Free Trial' False Ad Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny DirecTV's attempt to pare a suit alleging the provider failed to fully inform subscribers they'd be shelling out steep monthly fees after a promotional period ended.

  • November 25, 2015

    NLRB Orders Calif. Grocer To Nix Class Action Waivers

    The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday ruled that a popular upscale grocer in California has kept in place arbitration agreements that illegally forbid employees from pursuing actions on a class or collective basis, and rejected the company's bid to revise the arbitration pacts to clarify them as voluntary. 

  • November 25, 2015

    Microsoft Ditches Workers' Suit Over No-Poaching Deals

    Microsoft escaped a proposed class action accusing the software giant of conspiring with dozens of companies not to hire one another’s workers when a California federal judge found the employees had waited too long to file suit.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Data Collection Geography Beyond Banking

    Heather A. Kabele

    Over the last 15 months the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued five geographic targeting orders aimed at data collection that reach beyond the traditional banking sector into the armored car, common carrier and fashion sectors, says Heather Kabele at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Ins And Outs Of US Trusted Traveler Programs


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November plans to expand to citizens of the United Kingdom the benefits of the Global Entry program, which permits expedited processing through CBP upon arrival to the United States. Effective Dec. 3, 2015, the expansion represents the latest step in allowing U.S. immigration and security officials to focus on higher-risk travelers, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Zigzag On Zeig: When Is Exhaustion Really Exhaustion?

    Simone R. Bonnet

    The outcome of a dispute over primary policy exhaustion turns on some combination of policy language and public policy concerns, but the relative weight given to each of these factors seems to vary between states and jurisdictions, or even within a single jurisdiction, based on court interpretations of the influential Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance decision, says Simone Bonnet at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • State Statutes May Stymie Arbitration Of R&W Disputes

     Michael J. Gill

    There is a potential trap for parties choosing to arbitrate representations and warranties insurance disputes. In some jurisdictions, the parties to an R&W insurance policy may be unable to enforce the arbitration provision because of state laws. There is some good news, however, say Michael Gill and Alexandra Newman at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • OPINION: We're Still Failing Our Vets

    Lisa W. Borden

    In recognition of Veterans Day, flags were flown, green light bulbs glowed, parades were organized, and ceremonies were observed. It's right that we should honor the vital contributions of the military veterans we consider heroes. But the truth is that we are failing veterans on a massive scale, says Lisa Borden, pro bono shareholder for Baker Donelson and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • O’Bannon And Alternative Forms Of Injunctive Relief

    James P. Menton Jr.

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA raises important considerations on the type of evidence necessary to maximize the chances of retaining injunctive relief on appeal, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.