California

  • February 11, 2016

    $12M Lyft Driver Deal Faces Tough Questions From Judge

    Lyft Inc. and a proposed class of drivers suing the ride-hailing service must clarify a few points of their proposed $12 million settlement after a California federal judge on Thursday questioned whether a provision refusing to classify the workers as employees defies the suit’s purpose.

  • February 11, 2016

    Emirati Bank, Calif. Tech Co. Must Talk Before Arguing Fees

    A California federal judge ordered a technology company and an Emirati bank on Thursday to confer on what body of law applies in a decision on whether the court can award attorneys’ fees following the company’s successful bid to arbitrate a contract dispute in the Golden State instead of Dubai.

  • February 11, 2016

    Live Nation Willfully Stole Run-DMC Photos, 9th Circ. Told

    Photographer Glen Friedman told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a district court erred in determining Live Nation Merchandise didn’t act willfully when it infringed his copyright by selling merchandise featuring his images of hip-hop group Run-DMC, saying the burden of proof shouldn’t have been his.

  • February 11, 2016

    Lack Of New Info Dooms Travelers' Billing Suit, Judge Told

    Payment administrator RGL Inc. told a California federal judge Thursday that Travelers Insurance can't revive claims against it in a lawsuit accusing it, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP and Centex Homes of fraudulently overbilling for defense coverage in construction defect litigation, because no new evidence has surfaced since the suit's 2013 dismissal.

  • February 11, 2016

    Uber To Pay $28.5M To End Class Action Over Safety Claims

    Uber said Thursday it will pay $28.5 million to resolve a proposed class action filed in California federal court that accuses the ride-hailing company of misleading consumers about its “safe rides fee” and the quality of its driver background checks.

  • February 11, 2016

    SEC Sues Calif. Atty For $6M 'Prime Bank' Investment Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a California attorney in Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, claiming he worked with an accused fraudster to take $6 million from investors by promising impossibly high returns on “prime bank” instruments that never existed.

  • February 11, 2016

    DC Circ. Rejects Bid To Edit Calif. Emission Law Ruling

    A D.C. Circuit panel declined Thursday to reconsider a clause in a ruling last year saying a California law aimed at reducing truck emissions could be adopted in other states, months after the panel decided the case belonged in the Ninth Circuit.

  • February 11, 2016

    Calvin Klein, Hilfiger Outlets Accused Of 'Phantom Markdowns'

    Anne Taylor, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other brands with popular discount chains were hit Wednesday with proposed class action allegations in California federal court by a woman claiming the slashed prices advertised in the retailers’ outlet stores were falsely inflated.

  • February 11, 2016

    Poultry Co. Wins $2.7M In Cockroach Shutdown Coverage Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday awarded Foster Poultry Farms $2.7 million in an insurance coverage trial against Lloyd's of London over losses it sustained when federal inspectors found cockroaches at one of its facilities, forcing it to shut its doors and destroy 1.3 million pounds of chicken.

  • February 11, 2016

    9th Circ. Blocks Workers' Bid For Double Pay In Tool Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday shut down a packaging contractor’s proposed class action alleging he should be paid double the minimum wage for having to bring his own tools to work, finding California wage laws don’t call for thousands of dollars in back pay.

  • February 11, 2016

    Animators Say Anti-Poaching Suit Deserves Class Cert

    A proposed class of animators accusing Disney and other studios of scheming not to poach each other’s workers laid out their case for class certification in a motion released Wednesday, telling a California federal judge that years of collusion affected animators across six studios.

  • February 11, 2016

    VW Says New Display System Patent Claims Still Abstract

    Volkswagen and Audi asked a California federal judge Wednesday to dispense with a lawsuit accusing the German auto giant of infringing patents on a display system, saying new patent claims were as baseless as some already rejected in the case for being abstract.

  • February 11, 2016

    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-Goodwin Procter Real Estate Pro

    Holland & Knight LLP on Wednesday said it has bolstered its real estate section with a former Goodwin Procter LLP partner, who the firm says is considered one of the top land-secured municipal finance attorneys in California.

  • February 11, 2016

    Calif. Tribe, Enviros Urge Court To End Steam Leases

    The Pit River Tribe and several environmental groups urged a California federal court Wednesday to grant them summary judgment in their challenge to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's 1998 decision to allow geothermal leases on California land sacred to the tribe.

  • February 11, 2016

    Calif. Judge Axes Nestle From Gerber Cereal Label Suit

    A California state judge, at the request of the mothers bringing the suit, recently dismissed Nestle USA Inc. from a proposed class action claiming that Gerber Products Co. exaggerates on its labels the amount of healthy ingredients in its toddler cereal snacks.

  • February 11, 2016

    Gulfsteam Founder's Wife On Hook In IRS Dispute, Son Says

    The son of Allen Paulson, the deceased founder of Gulfstream Aerospace, on Wednesday urged a California federal court not to free his father's wife from a claim he asserted against her in the Internal Revenue Service's suit seeking to hold a handful of family members liable for $10.26 million in unpaid estate taxes.

  • February 11, 2016

    Howmedica Staves Off Suit Over Toxic Spinal Implant

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a woman’s suit claiming that Howmedica failed to warn her that its experimental CerviCore spinal implant could seep dangerous metals into her bloodstream, finding that she didn’t provide crucial information about test results that established when she learned of that risk.

  • February 11, 2016

    Monster's Tablets Have Shoddy USB Ports, Suit Says

    Monster Inc.’s M7 tablet computers break down quickly and fail to charge, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court Thursday that claims the company failed to make good on its warranties.

  • February 11, 2016

    Nike, Ex-NFL Star Settle 'Lights Out' Trademark Dispute

    Nike settled a trademark infringement suit filed by former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman accusing the sportswear giant of improperly using the trademark for his nickname “Lights Out,” according to documents filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • February 11, 2016

    Pharrell, Thicke Slam $3.5M 'Blurred Lines' Atty Fees Bid

    Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke on Wednesday blasted a bid by the family of Marvin Gaye for $3.5 million in legal fees following a jury verdict finding their smash hit “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyrights for Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up,” calling the fees request “exorbitant.”

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From Revival Of Pangang Trade Secret Prosecution

    Daniel Prince

    Last month, prosecutors filed a third superseding indictment against Pangang. The trade secrets case is particularly instructive for what it suggests about the U.S. Department of Justice’s views regarding the ongoing debate concerning the U.S. government’s ability to effect service on foreign corporations without a U.S. presence, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Office Romances

    Robert Dolinko

    While some office romances end unremarkably, others could form the basis for sexual harassment lawsuits with the potential to cost employers millions of dollars. With Valentine's Day approaching, there's no better time of year for employers to be proactive about mitigating the potential liability, disruption or embarrassment that can arise from sexual harassment claims, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Investing In The Marijuana Industry: Where We Stand

    John Bessonette

    Companies — and their investors — continue to face a myriad of risks associated with uncertainty over future regulatory developments concerning the marijuana industry. As large states like California and Ohio prepare for legalization initiatives, however, the trend toward increasing liberalization and associated comfort levels of investors seems likely to continue, say John Bessonette and Tai Aliya of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • How Does Skadden Stay No. 1?

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Fannie And Freddie Loans Could Be Next FCA Targets

    Andrew W. Schilling

    The risk of the government applying the False Claims Act to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans is not nearly as remote as it may seem. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice has already pursued several FCA cases involving government-sponsored enterprise loans, and the number of cases is sure to increase if the government prevails in Adams v. Aurora Loan Services awaiting decision in the Ninth Circuit, says Andrew Schilling, partner ... (continued)

  • OPINION: The Road To Partnership Must Keep Evolving

    Daniel L. Butcher

    In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • An Uphill Battle For Providers Contesting Network Exclusion

    Fred A. Smith

    As the trend toward more narrow managed care networks continues in the U.S., provider lawsuits concerning exclusions and removals from networks and managed care entities are likely to increase as well. However, a recent decision by an Illinois court demonstrates that courts are hesitant to engage in micromanaging staff and network membership decisions that are made by payors, say attorneys at Sedgwick LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Muddies Loss Causation

    William F. Sullivan

    The Ninth Circuit in Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund v. CVB Financial added another wrinkle to the determination of whether and when the public disclosure of an internal investigation or a government subpoena establishes loss causation under the federal securities laws, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Re-Evaluating Calif.'s Emergency Drought Regulation

    Lori Anne Dolqueist

    Although California's newly implemented emergency drought regulation includes several opportunities for urban water suppliers to achieve reductions in the conservation mandates, there has been some concern that the extended regulation does not do enough to recognize the value of investments in drought-resilient water supplies and diverse water supply portfolio management, say attorneys at Nossaman LLP.

  • Disclosures In Public SEC Filings Aren’t Really 'Public' In Calif.

    Pablo Nichols

    The California Court of Appeals recently ruled in Bartlett v. Miller that disclosures made in publicly available U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings do not qualify as public disclosures under the California False Claims Act. The decision severely undercuts the policy goal of the CFCA’s public disclosure bar, says Pablo Nichols of Morrison & Foerster LLP.