An Affymetrix shareholder will settle proposed class claims alleging the biotech’s $1.3 billion buyout by Thermo Fisher resulted from a curtailed sales process due to a conflict of interest with its financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, according to a letter in California federal court.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., producer of the popular “Hunger Games” franchise and “Orange is the New Black,” will buy premium television company Starz Entertainment LLC in a $4.4 billion cash and stock deal, announced Thursday, creating a company with a 16,000-title film and television library.
The U.S. government has forgiven $170.7 million in federal student loan debt incurred by students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc., according to a U.S. Department of Education report released on Wednesday.
A California federal judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a putative class action from condo owners claiming air conditioners made by a Daikin unit are defective and require repairs, but indicated she’d grant a fourth chance to make claims based on a warranty the owners only recently obtained.
A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to let a Time Warner Cable LLC sales representative alleging wage violations by the cable giant avoid federal jurisdiction, saying the amount in controversy clearly meets federal standards and thus denying a motion Time Warner has called “outlandish” and sanctionable.
A California federal judge handed a trademark win to Pom Wonderful LLC on Wednesday, saying Oregon-based beverage maker Pur Beverages Inc. couldn’t prove the word “pom” was generic, while also ruling Pom Wonderful’s use of a heart-shaped “o" did not deviate far enough from its "POM" trademark to constitute abandonment of the mark.
A California federal judge on Wednesday refused a bid by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to block a swath of evidence from its criminal trial over claims it deliberately mishandled records of a San Bruno pipeline, leading to a deadly 2010 explosion, calling it premature and chastising the utility for seeking to revisit a prior order.
Two U.S. citizens can’t represent a proposed class of immigrants who say Los Angeles County officers held them unlawfully based on federal detainment orders, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told a California federal court Tuesday.
Facebook asked a California federal court Wednesday to toss a consolidated suit filed by account holders in Illinois who allege the social network’s facial-recognition and tagging features violate their state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, saying there’s no proof the features caused anyone any real harm.
A woman who purchased the allegedly ineffective weight loss supplement Lipozene asked a California federal court Wednesday to certify a class of buyers in a suit accusing the supplement's maker and marketer of ignoring a 2005 injunction to stop making false claims about its efficiency.
A California judge on Wednesday rejected Disney’s request for costs in a tossed suit from a former executive alleging he was booted after 26 years due to his age, saying the case wasn’t “objectively without foundation” as required under the state high court’s recent Williams decision.
In an environment where clients have many options for counsel and little tolerance for waste, it’s become more important than ever for law firms to trim the fat. Here, experts offer their advice on when it’s time to cut an underperforming partner loose.
A systems engineer suing Google Inc. for allegedly discriminating against older individuals in the hiring process asked a California federal judge Wednesday to conditionally certify the proposed class and order the tech company to produce names and contact information for potential class members.
Two married couples who secured $2.7 million in discovery fraud sanctions against Goodyear and a Fennemore Craig PC attorney in a tire liability suit have told the Supreme Court that the two haven’t presented any compelling reasons for the high court to take up the suit and overturn the sanctions.
Facebook Inc. defeated a class certification bid by a group of users who allege the company breached a privacy agreement by sharing their user information with third-party advertisers, according to an order in California federal court Wednesday.
Less than six months after being promoted to head of securities enforcement in a western region of the U.S., C. Dabney O’Riordan has been named co-chief of the Asset Management Unit in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, the regulator said on Tuesday.
Fitbit Inc. told a California federal judge on Tuesday that its competitor Jawbone is misrepresenting the way its own products work in an attempt to skirt patent infringement claims, furthering an ongoing intellectual property rivalry between the wearable tech manufacturers.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday accused the brother of an executive at fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec Inc. of insider trading on information it says he heard about the company’s 2012 acquisition by Apple.
Hanergy America Solar Solutions pressed a federal court on Monday to rule that a company newly purchased by PSEG Solar California LLC must cough up more than $9.63 million under a contract for a solar electric generating plant.
Consumers who bought optical disk drives and computers containing those components asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to approve $124.5 million worth of settlements, including newly unveiled deals with Sony and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, in litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme.
The U.S. Environmental Agency's position regarding its recently proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program makes it challenging for states and the regulated community to understand and implement Clean Power Plan requirements, and is also contrary to relevant precedent, say attorneys at Jones Day.
In a pair of recent decisions, a California appeals court endorsed a practical approach to California Environmental Quality Act compliance for public-private partnerships, which could be applied to a wide range of agreements between public agencies and private entities, say Norman Carlin and Emily Burkett at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Plaintiffs attorneys have recently begun suing retailers for advertising products as discounted in outlet stores when those products were not sold at full price in nonoutlet stores. However, the decisions issued to date show that different federal courts have reached somewhat different conclusions, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.
Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 provides defendants with the ability to make an offer of judgment in order to pressure plaintiffs to settle. Jonathan Trafimow at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP outlines whether and how to make an offer of judgment in employment cases, the potential benefits and disadvantages, and the various state and federal laws that govern Rule 68.
When faced with claim construction decisions from other districts or judges, many courts give “reasoned deference” to the earlier opinion, and have applied a similar rubric to evaluating Patent Trial and Appeal Board claim construction decisions. Others, however, appear to have amplified the deference. Still others have refused to give any deference, says Andrew Sommer of Winston & Strawn LLP.
When it comes to protections for medical marijuana users, the tide appears to be turning as some states are revising their laws to include specific discrimination protections for employees. Amanda Wingfield Goldman at Coats Rose Ryman Yale & Lee PC provides practical steps for drafting drug testing policies in states where medical marijuana is legal, and states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal.
If, as Vermont's new drug pricing law itself expresses, transparency is merely the first step to health care cost control, patients need and deserve to know: What is the next step? Vermont will eventually be faced with more daunting questions around what actions it will take to rein in these costs and what impact those changes will have on patients, say attorneys at Dentons.
Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.
While California courts have entertained the notion that an insurer’s conduct during coverage litigation may be considered evidence of bad faith under extremely limited circumstances, they more consistently recognize that an insurer — like any litigant — is entitled to a fair day in court, as illustrated by a California federal court's recent decision in Genesis Insurance v. Magma Design, says Jennifer Williams at Wiley Rein LLP.