A California federal judge gave final approval Friday to a $500 million settlement of three class actions challenging Bank of America Corp.-owned Countrywide Financial Corp.’s underwriting standards for mortgage-backed securities, including $85 million in fees to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
The leader of the largest tax refund scheme in history involving Original Issue Discount tax forms was ordered to pay almost $3 million in restitution Monday, adding to his 14-year prison sentence handed down in September.
A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a proposed class action accusing AOL Inc. of improperly continuing to charge customers for its dial-up Internet service after they had switched to broadband, after AOL uncovered evidence the plaintiff knew about the charges, the company’s attorney said.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a Nevada woman’s claims that her suit against TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. and Abbott Laboratories over allegedly debilitating Lupron side effects was doomed by a federal judge’s bias and exclusion of relevant evidence.
Texas and six other states were permitted to intervene Friday in a federal lawsuit that will set a deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine which areas of the country don’t comply with a critical part of its sulfur dioxide emissions standards for power plants and other sources.
Hitachi Ltd. reached a $13.4 million settlement with a group of direct purchasers of its cathode ray tubes, who accused the manufacturer of involvement in an international conspiracy with competitors to fix the devices' prices, according to a motion Friday seeking a California federal judge's approval of the accord.
An en banc Ninth Circuit panel reversed a district court’s dismissal of a personal injury suit brought against Austria and its national railway, holding Friday that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not protect foreign operations that conduct business in the U.S.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the conviction and lengthy prison sentence of a Las Vegas businessman who attempted to avoid paying payroll and income taxes by paying his employees' wages in gold and silver coins, finding he had been given enough notice that the pay scheme was illegal.
Former WNBA player for the Connecticut Suns Adrienne Johnson cannot bring a workers' compensation suit in California for injuries suffered during her playing career because she did not suffer a specific injury in the state and only played one game there, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld the award of nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees to a former United Parcel Service Inc. employee in her discrimination case against the company, ruling California law allowed for the disparity between the fee award and her $27,000 damages award.
A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge found Wednesday that a California-based realty company’s mandatory employment documents for new and existing employees, which included an arbitration agreement containing a class waiver, violated federal labor law under D.R. Horton.
A California federal judge on Wednesday ruled that documents related to a settlement agreement HannStar Display Corp. reached with two Sony Corp. units in multidistrict litigation over the alleged price-fixing of liquid crystal display panels are inadmissible, refusing to find that HannStar breached the agreement.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive an inventor's claims that IBM Corp. stole trade secrets related to his software feature called “Bookmark,” finding his case time-barred because he didn't prove that his mother was unaware of the alleged theft when she owned the IP rights.
A California federal magistrate on Monday refused to certify a class of more than 50,000 CVS Caremark Corp. workers in a lawsuit accusing the pharmacy chain of violating state law by failing to pay employees for time spent making deliveries between stores.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday shut down a bid by Malaysia’s national oil company to revive its trademark infringement suit against Internet domain registrar GoDaddy Inc., finding that the Internet domain registrar can’t contribute to so-called cybersquatting simply by performing its regular services.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow Sirius XM Radio Inc. to move a $100 million putative class action alleging it illegally played songs recorded before 1972, finding the broadcaster hadn’t sufficiently argued in favor of transferring the suit to New York.
A California judge on Monday ordered Toys R Us Inc. to pay penalties to resolve a lawsuit alleging many of its retail locations in the state overcharged shoppers on thousands of transactions, according to local prosecutors.
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.
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.
With a close decision on the question of cap and trade auctions as a tax and at least one appeal of the recent Sacramento Superior Court judgment likely, the fight over the California cap and trade program is far from over. Other states are closely observing legal challenges to California's sweeping AB 32 program and assessing its effectiveness and economic impact, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.
Recently, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources issued two key documents relating to hydraulic fracturing. Of keen interest is whether these new rules will permit development of the Monterey Shale in a manner that is competitive with the development of oil reserves elsewhere — or whether government involvement will delay development of the world’s largest, deep shale-oil play, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
A recent class certification denial in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's "naturally raised" meat claims seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds, say David Conway and Edward Boyle of Venable LLP.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
Texas, Nevada and other low- and no-tax states are trying to woo California’s high-earners and business owners, for whom Proposition 30’s passage in November 2012 was a “cross the Rubicon” moment. But moving one’s tax residence from California is not a simple matter of finding a crash pad in Vegas and sending a goodbye note to Sacramento, says Douglas Schwartz of Nossaman LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The decision in County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court of Santa Clara was based on policy, not statute. The California Supreme Court was convinced by the theory that government attorneys could maintain control over private counsel retained by contingency fees. The reality of the experience with the Orange County Water District emphatically demonstrates otherwise, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Two important events this year make clear that California's anti-deficiency statutes not only protect borrowers in nearly all circumstances when dealing with a residential loan but also trump any separate agreement the lender may have with a borrower for the payment of any deficiency following either a foreclosure or a short sale, say Sylvia Arostegui and Eunice Majam-Simpson of Nossaman LLP.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
A recent California appeals court decision provides a benchmark for plaintiffs to plead and prove claims under the California Medical Information Act that is consistent with prior nonhealth-care decisions. Plaintiffs must do more than plead mere loss of data, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.