A California federal judge overseeing David Lowery’s $150 million putative copyright class action against Spotify denied the rocker access to the music streamer’s communications with possible class members who may be eligible for a settlement negotiated by the National Music Publishers Association.
DHL Express (USA) Inc. has agreed to pay $1.45 million to settle a class action accusing the logistics company of underpaying workers by reporting inaccurate time and wage statements, according to a filing in California federal court Monday.
A California federal judge on Monday tentatively approved AutoZone's agreement to pay $5.7 million to end claims the company illegally ran credit checks on 200,000 prospective employees, saying she would likely sign off on the deal after reviewing the parties' revised class notice period.
A California federal judge slated to become Facebook’s general counsel next month said Monday he’ll comply with a request to recuse himself from a suit brought against Google accusing the company of scanning emails, saying he sought to avoid even the appearance of partiality.
The Central District of California, the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida were the top three venues for trademark litigation from 2009 through the first quarter of 2016, according to a report issued Monday by legal analytics company Lex Machina.
The CEO of Viacom urged a Massachusetts state court Monday to stop Sumner Redstone from removing him from the former Viacom and CBS chairman’s trust, saying Redstone’s daughter is trying to illegally influence him, just two weeks after a California court ruled Redstone was competent.
A California judge on Monday set a contempt hearing for an attorney representing nuns who unsuccessfully attempted to block Katy Perry's $14 million purchase of their former convent from a Catholic archbishop, after the church said the nuns are holding things up by keeping key property records.
Cybersecurity firms Finjan Inc. and Proofpoint Inc. dodged an impending trial when a California federal judge on Monday agreed to grant their request to throw out a patent infringement case brought by Finjan in lieu of a new $10.9 million licensing agreement.
A California federal judge Friday tossed a proposed class action against Toshiba Corp. over accounting fraud leading to a drop in the price of American depositary shares, saying the U.S. Supreme Court’s Morrison decision puts the claims out of reach of U.S. securities laws.
A California federal judge ruled Monday that a Chrysler dealership did not do enough to preserve emails while preparing for its lawsuit alleging the automaker supplied an inadequate number of vehicles, granting Chrysler’s motion for spoliation sanctions.
The California Supreme Court on Monday refused to undo a jury’s decision that raw asbestos supplier Special Electric Co. owed $900,000 because it didn’t provide enough warning about the material’s dangers after a man who worked for a pipe company allegedly developed mesothelioma.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to California’s prohibition on shark fin sales by two Asian-American groups that say the Ninth Circuit should have killed the ban because it gets in the way of federal fisheries law.
Distiller Allied Lomar Inc. hit back on Friday at Diageo North America's move to toss an infringement suit over the “Stitzel” trademark for bourbon products in California federal court, alleging that a shortage of quality aged liquor was the reason it did not sell the products for years.
The Ninth Circuit rejected an appeal Monday arising from a bankruptcy dispute over the sale of property in Los Angeles County, ruling that a real estate company’s failure to appeal an order dismissing the underlying Chapter 11 case rendered the challenge constitutionally moot.
A California federal judge on Friday disqualified the Los Angeles outpost of the law firm founded by the late Johnnie Cochran in a trademark row over the famous attorney’s moniker, saying the firm’s representation of itself was a clear conflict of interest that warranted automatic disqualification.
Attorneys with four firms were appointed as co-lead counsel to the subscribers in a California multidistrict litigation alleging DirecTV’s exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package violates federal antitrust laws after a judge said Monday Girard Gibbs LLP’s attorney lacks the experience for the role.
Goodyear and a Fennemore Craig PC attorney have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn their massive, $2.7 million discovery fraud sanction in a tire liability suit, arguing the Ninth Circuit wrongly deemed the trial court's sanction was compensatory and not punitive.
Uber and drivers who agreed to a $100 million settlement in a pair of high-profile California class actions accusing the ride-hailing giant of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors on Friday fired back at the torrent of “largely irrelevant” and “self-interested” objectors who’ve challenged the proposed deal.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Ninth Circuit’s panel’s ruling on how to determine whether an employer is responsible for a predecessor’s liability for withdrawing from a pension plan under a federal law.
Pacific Rail LLC has agreed to drop a California federal lawsuit against Sierra Railroad Co. over a collapsed merger following an order requiring Pacific to produce a privilege log, winding down seven years of litigation that saw Sierra win $53 million on counterclaims.
Recent developments in California and New York have significantly increased the availability of paid family leave. Employers in these areas and elsewhere should begin to plan for a likely rise in the number of employees taking family leave, as similar measures may well be adopted in more states in the near future, say Robin Samuel and Amy Kett at Hogan Lovells.
In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.
With a landmark class action settlement scheduled to be approved next month, the iconic song that has ushered in birthdays of everyone from royalty and presidents to citizens and children alike will — for the first time in over 100 years — undisputedly fall in the public domain. The return of “Happy Birthday to You” to the public domain is unquestionably a resounding victory against ever-increasing false copyright claims, says Tama... (continued)
Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.
The issue of whether an individual has a right under federal law to use the bathroom or locker room corresponding to their gender identity has spurred multiple lawsuits throughout the country. However, the legal arguments underpinning the opposing sides of the debate are relatively straightforward and answers to the questions posed may come from an unusual source, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.
Given the increased focus in the energy industry on reliability, sustainability and resiliency, microgrids could play a key role in shaping the U.S.'s energy future, but the speed and success of that growth will largely depend on how policymakers address the various legal and regulatory barriers to microgrid deployment encountered by project developers across the nation, say Tom Havens and Jennifer Galiette at Day Pitney LLP.
Several new laws protecting whistleblowers could jeopardize employers’ trade secrets by allowing them to be disclosed to the government, which presents the risk that Freedom of Information Act officers will exercise their discretion to produce trade secrets to requesters and potentially impair their value, say attorneys at Proskauer Rose LLP.
The glare of the spotlight on the daily fantasy sports industry suggests that oversight and regulatory frameworks are necessary to restore the public’s confidence. Massachusetts' attorney general illustrated one approach, and other constructive examples can be found in new laws in Indiana and Virginia. As others consider meaningful approaches, we offer some perspective on what a thoughtful regulatory regime should and should not co... (continued)
Oddly, amazingly, inexplicably, in a business where words are never in short supply, only one word seems to work when it comes to characterizing a lawyer’s commitment to clients, says Dan McGinn, a national reputation management adviser who has counseled nearly half the Fortune 100.