A California appeals court on Tuesday carved out a narrow exception to a rule blocking the transfer of legal malpractice claims, finding that White Mountains Reinsurance Co. of America could pursue its lawsuit against Borton Petrini LLP.
The American Library Association, the National Education Association, the Anti-Defamation League and a host of other groups urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to reverse a decision against plaintiffs in Arizona who said the banning of books from the classroom violates the First Amendment rights of students.
A California federal judge sanctioned dental implant company Implant Direct Mfg. LLC for destroying evidence in rival Zest IP Holdings LLC's patent infringement case, saying Monday that he would warn the jury about missing emails and order Implant Direct to pay Zest's attorneys' fees.
A California federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to stay its smartphone patent dispute with Apple Inc. in light of a preliminary ruling that a key Apple patent is invalid, saying that delaying the case will harm Apple.
Public policy groups warned the Ninth Circuit Friday that a California state law requiring drugmakers to pay for the environmentally safe disposal of unused drugs could force jurisdictions to foot cleanup costs for other communities.
The California State Board of Equalization has unanimously voted to change sales tax regulations that apply to food-truck operators, allowing them to charge a set price per item in any California location and later calculate sales tax owed using a new online mapping tool, it announced Monday.
A California federal judge on Monday entered judgment in favor of Apple Inc. in a class action brought by a group of iPhone and iPad users who said their devices leaked personal data to third parties, holding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue their claims.
A California federal judge on Monday reversed course and ordered that Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian businessman accused of bribing U.S. Navy officials in a scheme to overbill the government for tens of millions, be held without bond.
Lockheed Martin Corp. told a California federal judge Monday to dismiss the Department of Justice’s interjection in a whistleblower False Claims Act suit alleging Lockheed purposefully lowballed estimates for a U.S. Air Force contract, saying the DOJ’s statement was untimely, prejudicial and improper.
A California federal jury on Monday found that Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 did not infringe a patent held by NetAirus Technologies LLC and its owner Richard L. Ditzik covering wireless handset communications and also invalidated many of the patent's claims.
Apple Inc. on Tuesday told a California federal judge overseeing FlatWorld Interactives LLC’s touch-screen patent infringement suit against the electronics giant that FlatWorld must divulge emails between its co-founder and her husband, a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney who once represented Apple, saying spousal privilege doesn’t protect the communications.
Semiconductor manufacturer Microsemi Corp. on Tuesday said it has completed its $230 million acquisition of industrial timekeeping technology company Symmetricom Inc., after a successful completion of its tender offer for all outstanding Symmetricom shares.
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Monday that it has named Brent Snyder as deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement, replacing Scott D. Hammond, who left the department for private practice in October.
A Ninth Circuit administrative body on Monday awarded back pay to a former federal clerk who was denied health benefits for her domestic partner, ruling she was deprived due process and equal protection under U.S. v. Windsor, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring a federal ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP said Monday they have pulled the plug on merger talks to create one of the largest law firms in the U.S., saying they were unable to work out a conflict involving Orrick’s public finance group and Pillsbury’s environmental, tax and real estate teams.
Twitter Inc. and Path Inc. last week jumped into a text-spamming class action against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Ninth Circuit, strengthening a long-running crusade to limit the expansive reach and opportunistic use of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The Beastie Boys are fighting against the right of a small toymaker to use one of their songs in a girl-empowering parody advertisement, but copyright attorneys say the wildly popular video's critical message means it's probably legal fair use.
A federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action accusing Amy’s Kitchen Inc. of deceiving consumers by labeling its products as containing evaporated cane juice instead of sugar, finding the plaintiff failed to allege he actually read the ingredients before purchasing the products.
A California state judge Monday barred the state from selling voter-approved bonds to fund its high-speed rail project and ordered officials to rewrite the railway's $68 billion funding plan, finding that it failed to meet all state-law requirements and could wind up wasting taxpayer money.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP should be disqualified from Hilton International Co. and its related entities' defense in Ameranth Inc.'s online-ordering patent litigation because one of the attorneys was once a magistrate judge presiding over related cases, Ameranth said Friday in California federal court.
The challenges facing the solar industry — the victim of oversupply and falling prices — continue to be daunting. Still, the rise of distributed generation, improved storage, reduced soft costs and government initiatives, among a variety of other factors, seem likely to improve the prospects for diversified solar energy companies, says Michael Dotten of Marten Law PLLC.
Practitioners before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation should note that the basis for denying or granting MDL motions is not unique to an industry or set of cases. Rather, patterns regarding the denial and grant of MDL motions — such as the recent denial of two new food industry MDL proceedings arising from “All Natural” marketing campaigns — cut across industry lines and have certain common characteristics, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The recent decision in Purton v. Marriott International by a California state appeals court could have a devastating impact on company social events and will also likely give rise to plaintiffs having broader avenues to pursue recourse for situations where employers ultimately had little or no control, says David Samuels of Michelman & Robinson LLP.
Is a party entitled to recover contractual attorney’s fees if it is the “victor” of the action, or must the party demonstrate some entitlement based on the merits of the contract claim? The answer to this question will soon be decided by the California Supreme Court, says Blythe Golay of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
The California Legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act that will come as a disappointment for the online advertising industry, but less so than a mandate to honor “do not track” signals would be, says Alan Friel of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The cost of doing business in San Francisco may increase for many retailers in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This is because the city's retailers will be limited in their ability to utilize a health reimbursement arrangement to provide employees the required coverage under the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, say Joshua Henderson and Kathleen Cahill Slaught of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
In Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network LLC, the Ninth Circuit recently found that Dish's ad-skipping technology likely does not violate Fox’s copyrights and should remain on the market. The decision is a unique example of how legal precedent can be sometimes both precise and flexible enough to govern even the most progressive tool of all — technology, says Jason Joyal of Sedgwick LLP.
An investment manager doing business in San Francisco may see a significant increase in its city tax obligations as the city's new gross receipts tax and business registration fee are expected to apply to a manager’s management fees as well as to a profit allocation from an investment fund, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
While inspecting employers' pay practices to ensure compliance with the often-Byzantine wage-and-hour laws, the U.S. Department of Labor is, among other things, looking for employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors. To the extent possible, avoid providing equipment or other facilities, such as office space or company email accounts, to your contractors, say Dennis Clifford and Esteban Shardonofsky of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
In eminent domain compensation cases, de facto takings unquestionably have a much higher threshold of liability as compared to the activities that may give rise to precondemnation damages. However, a property owner must thoroughly understand the differences between the two related claims as the recovery may be significantly different in a rapidly changing real estate market, say Bradford Kuhn and Bernadette Duran-Brown of Nossaman LLP.