California state and local politicians urged the state attorney general to investigate inappropriate communications between PG&E Corp. and the California Public Utilities Commission over a penalty case stemming from the fatal 2010 pipeline explosion and PG&E rate cases on Friday, the same day conservation groups asked the attorney general to review whether the CPUC colluded with utilities.
A California judge on Friday refused to toss Shell Oil Co.'s suit alleging a developer owned by Dole Food Co. Inc. is liable for $40 million in cleanup costs for land it bought from Shell decades ago, saying more evidence is needed to parse the contract at issue.
A California federal judge on Friday trimmed patent holder Signal IP Inc.’s infringement suit against Mercedes-Benz USA LLC accusing the automaker's cars of using its car-safety patents, including one for a blind-spot radar, ruling Signal had not properly alleged willful infringement.
A California jury on Friday found that American International Group Inc. unit Lexington Insurance Co. stiffed a New York science center on Superstorm Sandy damage claims, reaching a $1.6 million verdict that includes damages and attorneys' fees.
A California federal judge denied SanDisk Corp.’s bid to toss a putative class action lodged by retailers and customers accusing the company of using its patents to monopolize the flash memory industry, ruling the plaintiffs have standing.
St. Thomas Church has gotten $71 million from Hines and Goldman Sachs, while the San Pablo Casino may buy an adjacent hospital and Claremont is turning a Wall Street office building into condos with the help of a $52 million loan.
LinkedIn Corp. on Thursday called for a California federal judge to throw out the remainder of a putative class action alleging the social media network broke into users’ accounts to send emails on their behalf, saying the plaintiffs’ amended complaint fails to state a claim on which relief can be granted.
A California federal judge on Thursday slapped a Palm Desert, California, plaintiffs attorney with $24,273 in sanctions for failing to properly respond to motions and interrogatories in a suit alleging Los Angeles County illegally charged businesses fees to sell food products at local farmers markets.
A California state appeals court has revived a warranty lawsuit brought by Starbucks Corp. against Outdoor Lifestyle Inc. over allegedly defective chairs purchased by the coffee giant, saying Starbucks’ interpretation of the underlying forum selection clause in the warranty agreement is correct.
Allergan Inc. on Thursday asked a California federal court to reject Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s attempts to bar it from redacting documents in its insider trading suit against Valeant, saying its rival only wants the documents to help a $53 billion hostile takeover bid.
Ryan Kirkpatrick, general counsel at McCourt Global, a real estate developer that's active across the country, says he's seeing more complex joint ventures, and more capital players at the table means additional investment opportunities but also added legal challenges. Here, Law360 sits down with the man responsible for structuring the joint ventures for the former Dodgers owner's real estate firm.
The Ninth Circuit said on Friday that a bill requiring Boeing to clean up a toxic site to a farming-safe level was too stringent under the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity, and that California overextended its authority by requiring more within a government site than was generally required in the rest of the state.
The historic initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Friday injected multibillion-dollar windfalls to the war chests of a pair of mammoth companies already under the M&A microscope, sending the marketplace buzzing over their next deal-making moves.
Companies that hire third parties to send unsolicited text messages can be liable for Telephone Consumer Privacy Act violations, the Ninth Circuit held Friday in a published opinion reviving a proposed class action that blamed U.S. Navy contractor Campbell-Ewald Co. for recruitment messages cellphone users received.
Canadian energy player Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. said Friday that its regulated utility business will pay Carlyle Group-backed Western Water Holdings approximately $327 million for water distribution utility Park Water Co., which produces and sells water in Southern California and Western Montana.
A California federal judge on Thursday said he would give early certification to a class of Securitas Security Services Inc. guards alleging the company’s vacation pay policy is essentially a bonus program in disguise, tasking the parties to agree on a class definition.
Power Integrations Inc. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to slap Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. with a permanent injunction against infringing two Power Integrations power supply patents, saying a jury's $105 million damages award isn't enough to stop Fairchild's continued infringement.
The Federal Trade Commission recently targeted mobile apps run by Yelp Inc. and TinyCo Inc. in enforcement actions under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, showing that the agency won't hesitate to apply the privacy rules it has traditionally enforced for websites to the mobile space, even with apps that aren't directed to children.
A California federal judge trimmed $25 million from a False Claims Act suit brought against Kuwaiti contractor The Public Warehousing Co. but kept $40 million worth of claims, saying a whistleblower adequately alleged that the company deliberately overcharged the U.S. military under logistical support contracts in Iraq and Kuwait.
Sharp Electronics Corp. on Thursday appealed the denial of its bid to opt out of $46 million in settlements with Hitachi Inc. and Samsung Group in multidistrict litigation over alleged cathode ray tube price-fixing, roughly two weeks after a California federal judge nixed its reconsideration attempt over the matter.
The fourth time was the charm. In three prior years, California legislative committees have tried to pass a statewide sick leave bill. This year, on Sept. 10, the Legislature was finally successful. Employers with California employees need to take a magnifying glass to their policies, say attorneys at Baker & McKenzie.
Despite their historic nature, California's set of groundwater bills do not determine or quantify water rights — how groundwater sustainability agencies will exercise their water right allocation authority or create sustainability plans where water rights priorities are contested is uncertain, says Alfred Smith of Nossaman LLP.
A policyholder’s counsel might consider sending discovery requests inquiring whether the insurer-defendant claims to have acted legally at all relevant times, which we suspect the insurer-defendant is likely to respond in the affirmative — if it does so, will it have waived the privilege? asks Joan Cotkin of Nossaman LLP.
California’s First District Court of Appeal recently doubled-down on its 2013 ruling in Jolley v. Chase Home Finance LLC, again holding that a residential mortgage servicer owed a borrower a duty of care when reviewing a loan-modification application. In doing so, however, the court did not address other — and perhaps more basic — questions, say Luke Sosnicki and Stephanie Yu of Dykema Gossett PLLC.
The greatest impact of the recent class certification in Felczer v. Apple Inc. may be in emboldening other lawyers to sue technology companies and use this case as a blueprint — other companies should expect suits with similar claims, theories, discovery, experts and trial plans, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.
In recent years, the number of private actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has risen sharply, but perhaps more concerning is that litigants are using the act to target an increasingly broad range of industries, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
The recent case of Groen v. Safeway represents a clear move by California to join the growing list of states going on record to endorse the enforceability of forum selection provisions in corporate bylaws, say Robert Friedel and Melissa Nunez of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Court reporters, who used to be a regular presence in every courtroom in California, preserving every word for the record, are now conspicuously absent from many of the state's courts. This has serious implications for civil appeals, say Anne Grignon and Ilana Herscovitz of Reed Smith LLP.
Despite a slowdown in lawsuits against retailers for deceptive price advertising since the mid-1990s, Federal Trade Commission guidelines and state laws and regulations are still in effect and have recently become the basis for a growing number of consumer class actions against retailers, say Ed Chansky and Irving Scher of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
An overdue amendment to the California statutes governing deposits in lieu of appeal bonds brings the deposit procedure in line with modern banking and investment practices. Two important changes will streamline the process, say Thomas Watson and Lisa Perrochet, partners with Horvitz & Levy LLP and drafters of the bill.