Contractors who perform building maintenance for California oil refineries sued Thursday to block a recently passed safety law that they claim is actually aimed at shifting work to members of particular unions, saying the statute is unconstitutional and preempted by federal law.
Samsung Electronics Corp. should pay Apple Inc. $15.7 million in attorneys' fees following Apple's $930 million victory in two patent infringement and damages trials between the smartphone rivals, the company argued in a motion Thursday.
A California federal judge overseeing multidistrict price-fixing litigation against lithium-ion battery manufacturers on Friday ordered Panasonic Corp. to hand over documents used in a separate grand jury investigation that led Panasonic subsidiary Sanyo Electronics Co. Ltd. to plead guilty to antitrust charges and pay $10.7 million.
An en banc Ninth Circuit panel reversed a district court’s dismissal of a personal injury suit brought against Austria and its national railway, holding Friday that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not protect foreign operations that conduct business in the U.S.
Air New Zealand Ltd. asked a California federal court on Thursday to grant summary judgment in its favor on all claims in a multidistrict litigation where a putative class is accusing it of unlawfully fixing prices on passenger fares and surcharges, arguing that the remaining damage claims are barred by the filed rate doctrine.
Chevron is again pushing back development plans for a $6.4 billion gas venture it shares with PetroChina, while a federal official warns a prospective Comcast-Time Warner merger would be hard-pressed to clear a regulatory review.
Apple Inc. on Wednesday blasted a request for nearly $16 million in fees by attorneys who guided a class of 4,000 consumers to a pending $53 million California court settlement over a warranty coverage dispute, saying the amount significantly outweighs the level of work performed.
Los Angeles launched two suits Thursday accusing Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. of flooding minority neighborhoods with discriminatory mortgage loans that decimated local property values, sending property tax revenues down and government services costs soaring.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the conviction and lengthy prison sentence of a Las Vegas businessman who attempted to avoid paying payroll and income taxes by paying his employees' wages in gold and silver coins, finding he had been given enough notice that the pay scheme was illegal.
The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance placing restrictions on the sales of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday, claiming the devices may pose a health hazard.
Former WNBA player for the Connecticut Suns Adrienne Johnson cannot bring a workers' compensation suit in California for injuries suffered during her playing career because she did not suffer a specific injury in the state and only played one game there, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The trustee for folded law firm Howrey LLP launched an adversary complaint in a California court against Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Wednesday, seeking to recover money made by former Howrey lawyers when they took their unfinished business to Seyfarth.
Warner Bros. asked a California federal judge Wednesday to shut down a suit brought by a producer who says the company stole his script for its 2012 hit “Trouble With The Curve,” arguing the original script was written in the 1990s by a film student.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and a class of consumers urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive their separate antitrust suits over an alleged patent-licensing cartel among Panasonic Corp. and other flash memory card makers, arguing that a district court judge incorrectly found both sets of claims time-barred.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld the award of nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees to a former United Parcel Service Inc. employee in her discrimination case against the company, ruling California law allowed for the disparity between the fee award and her $27,000 damages award.
The American Civil Liberties Union hit the Federal Housing Finance Agency with a suit alleging Freedom of Information Act violations in California federal court Thursday, claiming the agency has collaborated with the financial industry to block cities from using eminent domain to prevent foreclosures.
A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge found Wednesday that a California-based realty company’s mandatory employment documents for new and existing employees, which included an arbitration agreement containing a class waiver, violated federal labor law under D.R. Horton.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss an antitrust suit accusing patent aggregator RPX Corp. and several Android device makers of conspiring to refuse patent licenses from Cascades Computer Innovation LLC, finding that Cascades had sufficiently bolstered its previously dismissed complaint.
Investment firm Land and Buildings called on BRE Properties Inc.'s board of directors Thursday to consider selling the company amid reports earlier this week that competitor Essex Property Trust has offered to buy the company for about $5 billion.
Consumers who allege Mattel Inc. designed a baby seat with poor ventilation that is prone to unhealthy mold growth asked a California federal judge Wednesday to certify a class in the lawsuit.
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.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The decision in County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court of Santa Clara was based on policy, not statute. The California Supreme Court was convinced by the theory that government attorneys could maintain control over private counsel retained by contingency fees. The reality of the experience with the Orange County Water District emphatically demonstrates otherwise, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 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.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
A recent California appeals court decision provides a benchmark for plaintiffs to plead and prove claims under the California Medical Information Act that is consistent with prior nonhealth-care decisions. Plaintiffs must do more than plead mere loss of data, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The stars of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" recently succeeded in convincing the California labor commissioner to side with them in a dispute against their former manager/producer. The case provides a valuable lesson for managers who have side agreements with others in connection with their clients’ projects, says David Mark of Buchalter Nemer PLC.