Golden Gate Capital has acquired crash test dummy developer Humanetics Innovative Solutions Inc. and its affiliates from fellow private equity firm Wynnchurch Capital, the companies announced Wednesday.
A California federal judge on Tuesday axed for the second time a proposed class action accusing Google Inc. of violating privacy laws by aggregating users’ data across its platforms, but gave the plaintiffs one more chance to fix their complaint.
General Motors Co. will shed the last of its stake in former lending unit Ally Financial Inc. in a placement worth $900 million, while Men's Wearhouse — itself on a buyout hunt — is closing in on a deal that would send its discount clothing unit to Sycamore Partners.
A California federal judge refused Tuesday to release outdoor gear retailer Sierra Trading Post Inc. from a putative class action accusing it of covertly wiretapping calls to and from its representatives, ruling that recorded customer service calls don’t fall under an exemption to the state Privacy Act.
Global pharmaceutical company The Medicines Co. will pay up to $474 million to nab Rempex Pharmaceuticals Inc., a company that develops therapies to battle multidrug-resistant bacteria, according to a Wednesday statement.
High-ranking officials at a municipal police department in Oregon did not violate a former officer's free speech rights when they allegedly transferred him from his position working with a police dog after he repeatedly complained about workplace safety issues, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.
The California Supreme Court last week rejected MBL Inc.'s challenge to a ruling that freed its insurers from paying for independent counsel to defend the chemical supplier against contamination claims, gifting insurers with several valuable holdings they will try to carry over to disputes outside of the environmental realm.
A California judge on Monday shot down class certification efforts by a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. customer alleging the chain falsely advertised its meat as humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones, saying class members' claims would be impossible to verify.
U.S. homebuilding company Lennar Corp. said Monday a Florida jury had awarded it $1 billion in a case against California developer Nicolas Marsch III and his company, Briarwood Capital LLC, for defaming and extorting money from the company.
The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that Chinese cellphone maker Huawei Device USA Inc. would have to face the entirety of an Acacia Research Corp. patent dispute in Texas, shooting down the company's bid to deal with some of the claims in California.
A Stanford-educated architect from Malaysia was forced to turn down American jobs and suffered professional stigma after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mistakenly placed her on a “no-fly” list, she testified by taped deposition Tuesday in her California federal civil rights trial against the DHS.
Making its second major acquisition of the year, real estate investment trust Sunstone Hotel Investors on Monday closed a $262.5 million deal that adds the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel to its expanding portfolio, according to a regulatory filing.
A California federal judge overseeing discovery in Bluestone Innovation LLC’s semiconductor patent infringement suit against LG Electronics Inc. on Tuesday ordered Bluestone to produce details about its ex-president’s past work as a patent attorney for LG, calling it “troubling” that he assisted Bluestone in the litigation. (Correction: An earlier headline and story incorrectly stated that Judge LaPorte ordered the deposition of Jon Crocker. The error has been corrected.)
New Jersey-based Immunomedics Inc. has sued the University of California and Temple University to protect the biopharmaceutical company's alleged rights over a valuable life sciences product that a scientist fomerly with an entity that licensed such assets to Immunomedics may have improperly transferred to UC San Francisco.
Ford Motor Co. urged the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up an insurer’s request to decide whether the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act allows subrogation recovery for environmental cleanup expenses, saying Monday that there is no circuit conflict.
DirecTV LLC hit a retailer for Dish Network Corp. with a racketeering and trademark suit in California federal court on Monday, saying the company trains its salespeople to impersonate DirecTV employees in order to convince them to switch satellite services.
A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed some of the monopoly claims brought by online booking company Pro Search Plus against Canadian rival VFM Leonardo Inc.
Media holding company The Chernin Group LLC has picked up a majority stake in Japanese anime online streaming service Crunchyroll Inc. with intentions to expand the niche platform into other genres, according to a Monday statement.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP said Tuesday it has beefed up its privacy and data security, investigations and trade and cross-border disputes practice areas with the addition of the last U.S. ambassador to Australia, who returned to the firm after four years abroad.
AOL Inc. on Monday asked a federal judge to toss a proposed class action accusing the company of improperly continuing to charge customers for its dial-up Internet service after they have switched to broadband, saying the suit was filed in the wrong court.
Just weeks after a California appeals court held that an employer could be liable for an employee’s auto accident occurring while she was running personal errands on her way home after work, another state appeals court has revisited respondeat superior in the context of a post-work auto accident. While the two cases are distinguishable, frustration for clients and insurers is all but assured, say Gregory Smith and Cristina Guido of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
Barring a successful challenge to the Ninth Circuit's decision last month affirming the conviction of former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds, the case should serve as a cautionary tale for any attorney whose client is considering testifying before a federal grand jury or speaking to federal investigators, say Marshall Camp and Steven Feldman of Irell & Manella LLP.
The Third Circuit recently held that plaintiffs asserting a claim under the Securities Act of 1933 do not need to plead with particularity compliance with the statute of limitations, easing the standard for measuring the limitations period in plaintiffs’ favor. However, there is a clear spilt among the circuits regarding the issue, which could trigger U.S. Supreme Court review in the future, say John Stigi and Sarah Aberg of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
Commentators frequently liken the auditing methods for abandoned and unclaimed property — consumer and vendor credits, gift cards, uncashed checks and dividends, and dormant accounts — to the Wild West. They describe an aggressive, lawless environ in which cash-strapped states, desperate for nontax revenue, form posses of third-party auditors with itchy, statistically deficient trigger-fingers, and let them loose in a town ungoverned by precedent or statute, says Dr. Brett A. Margolin of economics and statistics consulting firm BLDS LLC.
In light of the recent trial against MicroAire Surgical Instruments LLC, which had purchased assets from Coapt Systems, it is recommended that practitioners defending a claim of alter ego and/or successor liability strongly consider a bench trial on these issues as a means of resolving the case early, says Frederick Ufkes of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
In California, a party alleging trade secret misappropriation will usually confront two issues: causes of action that can be asserted under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act and specificity of the alleged trade secret-related claims. While the standards for properly identifying trade secrets vary, there are certain principles that practitioners should understand, say James Hardin and Tyler Woods of Newport Trial Group.
It’s not too surprising that the marriage of a police officer and a prisoner would have adverse employment consequences, but nothing in the law distinguishes that marriage from one between law-abiding executives at Coke and Pepsi. While Coke might not fire an employee for marrying an executive at Pepsi, in most states, it could, says John Connolly of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.
Admissibility rules, when properly applied, prevent unsupported, misleading or faulty opinions from being considered. But a California court’s recent decision in Powell v. Kleinman undermines that notion, setting relaxed admissibility standards that will allow groundless claims to progress to trial and consume already scarce judicial resources, says Brian Davies of Sedgwick LLP.
The efforts of the California Legislature and governor in 2013 demonstrate a continuing commitment to expanding the state’s reliance on energy generated from renewable resources in all of their forms and, in particular, a desire to make renewable energy more accessible to the general population, says Jill Yung of Paul Hastings LLP.
Among 10 battle-proven strategies for getting your witnesses ready for trial is to role-play the cross-examiner. For instance, if you expect the cross-examiner to yell, get in the witness’ face or use scathing sarcasm, do that during practice to minimize surprises at trial, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.