• July 2, 2015

    Skadden Guides Centene In $6.8B Deal For Health Net

    Medicaid insurer Centene Corp. on Thursday said it will acquire fellow insurance provider Health Net Inc. for approximately $6.8 billion — marking the third major insurance company merger in less than a week — in a deal with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as its counsel. 

  • July 2, 2015

    Wells Fargo Wants To Join Tyson Against Class Actions

    Wells Fargo & Co. last week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take on their overdraft fees case in complement with a Tyson Foods Inc. wage case that could make class actions tougher to pursue by curtailing the use of statistical sampling to support certification.

  • July 2, 2015

    Pet Owners Seek Cert. In Beneful Poison Dog Food Claim

    A group of dog owners who say their pets were killed or made seriously ill by toxic substances in the Beneful brand of Nestle Purina PetCare Co. asked a California federal court Wednesday to certify a class of dog owners who purchased the food.

  • July 2, 2015

    Kia MDL Judge Slams Objector Atty’s $800K Fee Bid

    The California federal judge overseeing settled multidistrict litigation accusing Kia Motors America and Hyundai Motor America of overstating their vehicles’ fuel efficiency on Thursday rejected a bid for $800,000 in fees by an attorney representing Virginia plaintiffs, ruling the lawyer’s “meritless” objections to the settlement didn’t benefit the class.

  • July 2, 2015

    VC-Backed Natera Beats Expectations With $180M IPO

    Venture capital-backed Natera Inc. outshot expectations to raise $180 million in its initial public offering, pricing its shares at $18 apiece, the genetic diagnostics company said late Wednesday.

  • July 2, 2015

    Shelly Sterling Defends Bid To Dismiss HIPAA Claims

    The wife of disgraced ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling defended her bids to toss claims for violations of private health information laws Wednesday in his case over his ouster from the ownership of the team, saying his claims that she conspired to boot him are delusional.

  • July 2, 2015

    UPS Shipping Charge FCA Suit Fails On 4th Delivery Attempt

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively tossed for the fourth time a UPS worker’s False Claims Act suit alleging the shipping giant overcharged the federal government, saying the plaintiff hasn’t shown how he has any connection to the UPS unit that allegedly submitted the false claims.

  • July 2, 2015

    OSI Investors Seek Class Cert. Over 'Naked' TSA Scanners

    OSI Systems Inc. could be facing “thousands” of angry investors after an Arkansas retiree benefit fund asked a California federal judge on Tuesday for class certification in its lawsuit accusing OSI of failing to disclose that the company’s Transportation Security Administration scanners showed subjects naked.

  • July 2, 2015

    CoreLogic Says Zurich's Bond Renewal Snafu Cost It $14M

    Data broker CoreLogic Inc. sued Zurich American Insurance Co. in California federal court Friday, claiming that the insurer's failure to ensure the renewal of a subsidiary's surety bond caused the unit's Utah appraisal management license to be temporarily suspended, costing CoreLogic more than $14 million in lost profits and value.

  • July 2, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Rockpoint, Texas Pacific, Crayton

    Rockpoint Group and Maximus Real Estate are said to be close to paying $400 million for a 298-unit San Francisco residential property, while private equity firm Texas Pacific has reportedly signed an upsized 100,000-square-foot lease renewal in New York and Crayton Advisors is said to have bought two Chicago office properties for nearly $30 million.

  • July 2, 2015

    Frontier, Verizon Tell FCC Their Deal Will Expand Broadband

    Frontier Communications Corp.’s planned $10.54 billion purchase of Verizon Communications Inc.’s wireline operations in three states will lead to broadband expansion, the companies told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in a filing posted Thursday, but they can’t yet say exactly what that expansion will entail.

  • July 2, 2015

    Nissin Says Cup Noodle Trans Fat Suit Is In The Soup

    Nissin Foods Company Inc. urged a California federal judge on Thursday to throw out a proposed class action claiming the company misled consumers about the amount of trans fats in its Cup Noodles products, arguing that its labeling follows federal requirements.

  • July 2, 2015

    Calif. Tax Regulator Gives Guidance On Export Structure

    The California Franchise Tax Board on Wednesday released guidance saying it would allocate sales and commission income to the owners of interest charged-domestic international sales corporations, a structure aimed at spurring exports of American goods, for state tax purposes.

  • July 2, 2015

    Apple Store Employees Renew Cert. Bid In Bag-Check Suit

    Apple Inc. retail employees who claim they weren't paid for time spent undergoing required bag and technology checks renewed their bid for class certification in California federal court Thursday, arguing that the fact that they were all subject to Apple's inspection policy creates a common question.

  • July 2, 2015

    Chipotle Must Face Workers' Comp Class Action: Calif. Court

    A California appeals court has revived a putative class action accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. of improperly using indirect employee payments to lower its workers compensation premiums, saying the chain violated state labor laws with the practice.

  • July 2, 2015

    Bryan Cave, Calif. Judge Shake DQ Bid In Foreclosure Row

    A California federal court said the plaintiffs in a dismissed foreclosure suit against several banking entities did not prove U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips was biased or Bryan Cave LLP and Houser & Allison APC raised improper arguments, refusing to disqualify them Wednesday.

  • July 2, 2015

    PayPal To Acquire Rival Xoom In $890M Deal

    California-based PayPal Inc. announced Wednesday that it will acquire rival Xoom Corp. for $890 million in cash as the online payments service provider gears up for its planned spinoff from parent company eBay Inc.

  • July 2, 2015

    Android User Moves To Combine Google Privacy Class Actions

    An Android user whose case was found to be different from another class action accusing Google Inc. of providing personal information to app developers without permission told a California federal judge on Wednesday that the cases are now aligned and should be related.

  • July 2, 2015

    Domino's Successfully Pushes Wage Row Into Arbitration

    A California state appeals court on Wednesday ruled that former employees of two Domino’s Pizza franchises whose proposed class action alleges failure to pay split shift premiums and other wages had to resolve their claims in arbitration.

  • July 2, 2015

    Charter Hit With TCPA Class Action Over Robocall Ads

    Charter Communications Corp.’s California unit was hit with a putative class action in California federal court on Wednesday, claiming it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with automated cellphone calls advertising its services.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Gives Growers Relief In Preserving Exemption

    James M. Sabovich

    The Ninth Circuit's ruling in Association of Irritated Residents v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preserving a long-standing exemption for emissions from certain pre-2004 agricultural sources granted growers a small reprieve this summer in an otherwise trying year for agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, say attorneys at Bick Law Group.

  • Navigating Calif. Insurance Defense Settlements

    Christine Hiler

    The prospect of settlement can be a delicate endeavor for insureds, particularly when their interests diverge from those of the insurer. Christine Hiler and Samantha Wolff at Hanson Bridgett LLP explore some of the respective obligations and factors to consider when disputes arise in California between insureds and insurers during the settlement process.

  • The Sharing Economy's Next Phase: The Active Venue Firm

    Michael A. Troncoso

    Grocery delivery startup Instacart’s new worker classification approach reflects an emerging trend in how the sharing economy navigates its central dilemma — ensuring flexibility and freedom for its workforce, while maintaining quality and safety. More sharing economy firms are likely to use Instacart’s approach — becoming what I call an "active venue firm" — especially for services that are complex, sensitive or require intensive ... (continued)

  • How Drug Cos. Can Minimize Risks Of 'Right To Try' Laws

    Vicki G. Norton

    With "right to try" measures that provide seriously ill patients access to experimental treatments being drafted in 40 states, drug and biologic developers have faced increasing pressure from patients and their advocates to make investigational drugs available for compassionate use. Vicki Norton of Duane Morris LLP has some advice for navigating the risks associated with allowing patients compassionate use of experimental drugs.

  • Filing Class Actions Against Wage-Dodging Trucking Cos.

    Brian S. Kabateck

    Truck drivers pursuing class actions against trucking companies should not be discouraged by the recent trend of these companies attempting to avoid paying wages owed by filing for bankruptcy. Attorneys should investigate which individual controls employees’ wages, hours or working conditions and name that individual as a second employer-defendant, say Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP's Tsolik Kazandjian and Brian Kabateck, a former pres... (continued)

  • Midpoint 2015: What To Expect From State AGs

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    Whether on competition in the solar energy market, oversight of professional occupations or the safety of electronic payment systems, businesses should proactively engage with state attorneys general as they fulfill their consumer protection role, says Foley & Lardner LLP's Joseph Jacquot, a former Florida deputy attorney general and chief of staff of the attorney general’s office.

  • 10 Things You Should Know About California Appellate Law

    Karen Bray

    California appellate courts independently review questions of law but will affirm factual findings supported by the record, disregarding conflicting evidence, and will largely defer to the trial court on discretionary rulings such as the admissibility of evidence, say David Axelrad and Karen Bray of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • What High Court Said About Warrants In Hotel Records Ruling

    Roger Hillman

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Los Angeles v. Patel is consistent with the trend of the current court to limit those circumstances in which a warrantless search may be permitted. The court recognizes that current technology has made the process for law enforcement to obtain a warrant much less cumbersome and time-consuming than in the past, says Roger Hillman of Garvey Schubert Barer.

  • What To Include In Your Calif. Project’s Enviro Baseline

    Gina Gribow

    The recent California state appeal's court decision in CREED-21 v. City of San Diego is an important milestone in California Environmental Quality Act jurisprudence, defining what should or should not be included in a project's environmental baseline for CEQA purposes, say Roger Grable and Gina Gribow of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.