Looking to crack down on wage theft, California’s Senate leader said Thursday he has introduced a bill that would allow state regulators to require businesses that have failed to pay court orders for worker wages to post a bond of $150,000.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Friday served notice that she will ask the Ninth Circuit to overturn a California federal judge’s ruling striking down a state ban on credit card surcharges on free speech grounds.
The world’s largest musicians’ union Friday blasted Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. in California federal court for going off-script and having films, including “Interstellar” and “Carrie,” scored outside the U.S. and Canada in violation of a collective bargaining agreement.
A name partner in Blum Collins LLP should have told an ex-client who was contemplating suing him for malpractice that he had been working for her independently, and not as part of his firm, a California appeals court heard Friday in a suit stemming from a $6 million dispute over a backyard pool.
A California federal judge on Friday lifted a ban on Diablo Technologies Inc.'s sale of chips used in data storage products from SanDisk Corp., IBM Corp. and others, saying the injunction isn't justified after a jury largely handed Diablo a win in Netlist Inc.'s trade-secrets and contract trial.
An attorney for film producer David Bergstein told a California appeals court Friday that Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill LLP weren’t protected by litigation privilege when they elicited secrets from Bergstein’s longtime attorney to use against him in an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group unit responsible for massive music festival Coachella was hit with a putative class action in California court on Thursday that alleges layaway plans for pricey tickets strike an off-note by unlawfully keeping layaway customers’ tickets and payments if they miss even one deadline.
A California attorney defending himself in a battle over $35,000 in student loans is urging the Supreme Court to take up the case, saying the loan service providers’ “dirty little secret” of inflating debt must be exposed.
A California federal judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement between U.S. Bank NA, American Security Insurance Co. and plaintiffs who claim the bank charged homeowners lender-placed flood insurance rates inflated by kickbacks and policy backdating.
Michaels Stores Inc. was ordered Thursday to produce the identities of former employees who received letters terminating their positions for requesting medical leave, with a California federal court granting a bid to compel in a putative class action launched by a breast cancer survivor claiming she was fired after being denied leave.
A California county has fired back against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who want the U.S. Supreme Court to strike a first-in-the-nation ordinance requiring drug companies to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, saying the companies are ignoring the true purpose of the law.
A California Native American tribe is installing a first-of-its-kind 35 kW multi-renewable energy microgrid utilizing wind energy, solar energy and an advanced energy storage system in Loleta, California, JLM Energy Inc said Friday.
The defendant in a trademark suit against film company QED Holdings LLC over the upcoming comedy film "Dirty Grandpa," starring Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron, said that Southern California law firm Irell & Manella LLP must be disqualified as counsel because he is a former client of the firm.
A former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP paralegal sued the firm in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging that a litigation associate imposed a grueling work schedule with little time for sleep and that she was fired soon after complaining to a Munger Tolles partner.
A federal grand jury hit a California property developer with a 21-count indictment Thursday accusing the former owner of dozens of fast food franchises of defrauding banks of more than $20 million in overinflated commercial loans.
Consumers accusing SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. of misleading ticketholders about the theme park giant’s alleged mistreatment of whales urged the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to consolidate in southern California four putative class actions challenging SeaWorld’s sales and marketing tactics.
The Federal Trade Commission urged a California federal court on Thursday to deny AT&T Corp.’s motion to the Ninth Circuit to certify two questions from its data throttling dispute, arguing that it’s very unlikely the appellate court would rule in the company’s favor.
Institutional Venture Partners said Thursday that it has raised $1.4 billion for its latest fund, the largest ever for the California-based late-stage venture capital firm, which has backed technology darlings such as Snapchat and Twitter.
A proposed class of California landowners on Thursday alleged Union Pacific Railroad Co. has improperly used the subsurface of its railroad right-of-way to grant “illegal and unauthorized” easements and collect rents from pipeline companies, trespassing and violating their land ownership for decades.
Eli Lilly & Co. argued Thursday that its employee witnesses should not be required to disclose their salary information in a suit over the alleged withdrawal effects of its antidepressant Cymbalta, arguing that employees who are asked to testify in such cases can keep the details of their compensation private.
All three branches of California's government rendered important determinations on Proposition 65 during the first quarter of 2015: a court of appeal affirmed a major defense victory on how lead exposures in food can be assessed, the executive branch promulgated major new warning regulations and the legislature is considering new curbs on frivolous lawsuits, say Judith Praitis and Amy Lally of Sidley Austin LLP.
The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Moldex-Metric Inc. v. McKeon Prods. Inc. guides the lower courts to follow Qualitex’s core aesthetic functionality principles for color trademarks while applying the Ninth Circuit’s nonexclusive four factors as considerations to determine whether a product feature is functional, say David Martinez and Cynthia Hernandez of Robins Kaplan LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's holding in AmeriPride Services Inc. v. Texas Eastern Overseas Inc. deepens an unresolved circuit split and increases uncertainty regarding the legal effect of settlement with fewer than all responsible parties at complex Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act sites, say Michael Daneker and Lauren Daniel of Arnold & Porter LLP.
Those of us living in California's newer neighborhoods are familiar with Mello-Roos — it shows up on our annual tax bills as a way to pay off bonds issued to finance various public improvements. Now a state appellate court ruling has potentially opened the door to use Mello-Roos financing for a variety of purposes — including the takeover of any private utility service, say Bradford Kuhn and Rick Rayl of Nossaman LLP.
The U.S. Department of Justice's 2014 Indian Country Memorandum must be understood in the context of Indian law and the interplay between state, federal and tribal law on reservation lands. Depending on the legality of marijuana under state law, this interplay creates at least three different scenarios for tribes to consider, say Blaine Green and Emily Burkett of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's opinion in Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group limits the scope of permissible restrictive covenants employers can include in employment contracts and settlement agreements and could void current agreements containing restrictive provisions beyond traditional noncompete clauses, says Katelyn Keegan of Schiff Hardin LLP.
Recent case law appears to reflect a growing willingness among courts to allow claims by plaintiffs under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act who receive calls on cellphone lines paid for by their employers or some other party. This may expose creditors and debt collectors that use automated dialing equipment to contact customers on their cellphones to additional claims, says Robert Scott of Ballard Spahr LLP.
Although the past two decades have seen 22 states and many tribal governments pass laws permitting industrial hemp cultivation, pushback from the federal government and a persistent association of hemp to marijuana has prevented American Indian farmers from pursuing this cash crop. However, a recent U.S. Department of Justice memo could usher in a new area for industrial hemp farming on tribal lands, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.
The efforts of state bar regulators in three large legal markets — Florida, New York and now Virginia — are almost certainly an indication of increased regulation to come in the area of lawyer mobility, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
California’s enhanced infrastructure financing districts are new and powerful tools that offer greater flexibility to raise funds and implement infrastructure or community revitalization projects. However, it remains to be seen how well multiple taxing entities will be able to work together to approve and implement specific projects, say Glenn Snyder and Matthew Valdez of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.