California

  • September 29, 2022

    NY Follows Calif. With Regs To End Gas Car Sales By 2035

    New York will require all vehicles sold in the state to produce zero emissions starting in 2035, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday, following the lead of California, which finalized a similar plan earlier this year.

  • September 29, 2022

    Ex-FBI Agent Admits Failing To Report Atty's $36K Ducati Gift

    A retired FBI agent accused of bribery acknowledged Thursday in California federal court that he should have reported on financial disclosure forms that the $36,000 Ducati motorcycle from a since-disbarred attorney was a gift, but he denied that it was a bribe and rejected accusations that he failed to report it to conceal their relationship.

  • September 29, 2022

    Insurer Seeks To Toss Suit Over LA Luxury Home's Fire Sale

    A specialty insurer sought to dismiss a California federal lawsuit from a builder blaming it for a multimillion-dollar property price drop due to an inadequate wildfire damage payment, saying the builder was attempting to circumvent the court's order in a related case near trial by filing its complaint.

  • September 29, 2022

    LinkedIn Spied On Rivals To 'Take Them Out,' Judge Told

    LinkedIn urged a California federal judge Thursday to grant it summary judgment in a recruiting startup's antitrust lawsuit over access to public information on its website, while the startup countered that LinkedIn spied on it for years before leading it and other competitors "down the path to take them out."

  • September 29, 2022

    Pot Co. MedMen Wants Lease Spat In Fed. Court, Not State

    Marijuana company MedMen says its Chicago landlord Thor Equities Group should be forced to argue a suit seeking $1 million in back rent in New York federal court, despite the real estate investment firm's push to move the case to a court in a state where cannabis sales are legal.

  • September 29, 2022

    Uber Threw Ex-Security Chief Under Bus, Ex-PR Exec Testifies

    The criminal defense for a former Uber security chief accused of concealing a massive 2016 data breach from authorities concluded Thursday with testimony from an ex-communications executive for the ride-hailing giant, who said Uber wrongly portrayed Joseph Sullivan as a "bad apple" to distance itself from the hacking.

  • September 29, 2022

    Rosette Wins Fight Over Quechan Tribe Representation

    A California federal judge, in an acrimonious suit pitting two law firms against each other over representation of the Quechan Tribe, has favored Rosette LLP and denied several motions lodged by Williams & Cochrane LLP in its long-running case against Rosette and the tribe.

  • September 29, 2022

    Monster Wins $293M Verdict Against VPX In False Ad Trial

    A California federal jury awarded Monster Energy Co. nearly $293 million and teed up possible enhanced and punitive damages Thursday after finding Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its CEO falsely advertised the "super creatine" ingredient of Bang energy drink, handing Monster a potentially record-breaking verdict following the monthlong trial.

  • September 29, 2022

    PG&E Trust Inks $117M Deal For Calif. Wildfire Victims

    The PG&E Fire Victim Trust announced Thursday it reached a $117 million settlement resolving claims accusing PG&E's former officers and directors of failing to ensure precautions were in place that could have prevented two deadly California wildfires or lessened the extensive damage.

  • September 29, 2022

    Lululemon Dodges Peloton Suit As Part Of Patent Fight

    A New York federal judge has thrown out Peloton's lawsuit that sought a court order saying it didn't rip off Lululemon's design patents for leggings and sports bras, finding that the exercise equipment company's lawsuit was a wrongly filed "anticipatory" case.

  • September 29, 2022

    ASICS Says Order in $6.1M Shoe Fight Threatens Subpoenas

    ASICS America Corp. claimed a discount retailer "hijacked" a proceeding over the enforcement of an out-of-state subpoena so that it could "leap frog" actions occurring in California and make Texas courts handle a $6.1 million contract dispute, the company told a Texas appellate court.

  • September 29, 2022

    Trina Says TotalEnergies Must Arbitrate $100M Suit

    China-based Trina Solar Ltd. has urged a California federal court to force a TotalEnergies unit to arbitrate claims that Trina engaged in a scheme to inflate the agreed-upon price of solar modules and cost the energy company upwards of $100 million in losses.

  • September 29, 2022

    9th Circ. Lets Calif. Court Decide 2nd Shot For False Ad Class

    A Post Holdings Inc. subsidiary couldn't sway the Ninth Circuit to block a proposed class action in California state court that raises the same false advertising claims already thrown out by a federal court, with the Ninth Circuit saying Thursday it's up to the state court to decide whether the case is barred.

  • September 29, 2022

    Chase Uses Tech To 'Eavesdrop' On Customer Calls, Suit Says

    JPMorgan Chase Bank is violating California privacy law by using software to "eavesdrop" on private conversations and analyze the voices of customers who call the bank's support center without their knowledge or consent, a proposed class said in a federal suit this week.

  • September 29, 2022

    Calif. Playground Misses Deadline In 2nd COVID Suit

    A California indoor playground missed a deadline to respond to a Travelers unit's attempt to toss its COVID-19 business interruption suit, months after doing the same in its first bid for coverage.

  • September 29, 2022

    Barstool Sports Infringed Harambe Photo Copyright, Suit Says

    The Barstool Sports digital media company was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday for publishing photos of the late gorilla Harambe, who became a popular meme after a child fell into his enclosure.

  • September 29, 2022

    14 States Back NYC's Fast-Food Just Cause Law At 2nd Circ.

    Overturning a New York City law that protects fast-food workers from being fired without reason would ripple beyond the Big Apple, 14 states and the District of Columbia told the Second Circuit, warning that such a decision would jeopardize state and local laws regulating employment conditions across the U.S.

  • September 29, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Alan Roberts Trust, Rastegar, Highwoods

    The Alan Roberts Trust reportedly could fetch $65 million with the sale of a Beverly Hills mansion, Rastegar Property is said to have inked a one-year sublease deal for space in New York, and Highwoods Properties is reportedly in talks to buy a Dallas mixed-use tower.

  • September 29, 2022

    Apple Judge Open To Tossing Screen Defect Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday he will likely toss with leave to amend a proposed class action alleging Apple defectively designed MacBook Air and Pro laptops with thin screens that are susceptible to cracking, saying the complaint is "a little vague" on whether Apple knew about the alleged defect.

  • September 29, 2022

    Freight Broker Slips Delta-8 Vape Co. Knockoff Suit For Now

    A freight broker has for now escaped claims that it is part of an alleged multimillion-dollar "counterfeit network" producing knockoff Cake brand Delta-8 THC vaping products after a California federal judge ruled that the accusations are simply conclusory at this point.

  • September 29, 2022

    McDermott Adds Morgan Lewis Employee Benefits Pro In LA

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced Thursday it is adding a Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP employee benefits expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • September 29, 2022

    Meta Hit With Suit Over Messenger Site Tracking Code

    Meta has been hit with a proposed class action in California federal court over alleged data tracking through its Facebook Messenger app without user consent.

  • September 29, 2022

    Duane Morris Atty To Lead Morgan Lewis IP Prosecution Team

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired a partner from Duane Morris LLP with experience helping Fortune 100 companies manage their domestic and foreign patent portfolios to lead a new technology-focused patent prosecution team from the firm's Silicon Valley office, the firm announced this week.

  • September 29, 2022

    'Cruel' EBay Stalking Ploy Lands Former Execs Prison Time

    A couple stalked by an eBay security team over their e-commerce blog's reporting on the company watched from the gallery of a Boston federal courtroom Thursday as the two senior-most executives charged in the scheme were sentenced to 57 months and 24 months in prison.

  • September 29, 2022

    Xperi's IP Spinoff Names Chief Legal Officer

    Entertainment technology company Xperi Holding Corporation said Wednesday that when it completes the spinoff of its intellectual property licensing business, Adeia, on Oct. 1, Xperi's current chief legal officer will become Adeia's chief executive officer and Xperi's current general counsel for intellectual property will become Adeia's chief legal officer.

Expert Analysis

  • Sorting Out Access Easement Rights In Shopping Centers

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    The pandemic has created an uptick in disputes involving businesses that generate too much drive-thru traffic in shared spaces, and though state-specific holdings on relevant doctrines are frustratingly inconsistent, the simplest precaution is to explicitly establish easement rights in advance, say Brian Watt and Matt Bailey at Troutman Pepper.

  • A Look At Sephora CCPA Case Through An Employment Lens

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    A recent California Consumer Privacy Act action against Sephora, over the company's alleged sale of website users' personal information, provides California companies with insight into what enforcement may look like in an employment context, which can help employers prioritize compliance efforts, says Randy Boyer at Nossaman.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • State COVID Insurance Rulings Highlight Errors In Dismissals

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    Recent California and Vermont decisions in favor of policyholders, along with a $48 million jury verdict in Texas, underscore the error that courts are making by dismissing COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits at the pleading stage without consideration of the facts and evidence in each case, say Joseph Niczky and Michael Levine at Hunton.

  • 9th Circ. Delta-8 Ruling Was Probably A Blip, Not A Landmark

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    Though the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in AK Futures v. Boyd St. Distro provided clarity for those seeking to enforce trademark protections for Delta-8 THC products, it likely will not lead to long-term change, and it would be unwise to interpret the ruling as a green light for intoxicating hemp, says Marshall Custer at Husch Blackwell.

  • Kellogg Ruling Shows Pushback Against False Ad Claims

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    A California federal court’s recent ruling in Kennard v. Kellogg Sales could indicate that federal courts in the state are increasingly granting motions to dismiss against false advertising cases, and suggests that consumer surveys do not necessarily save complaints from dismissal, says Rebecca Bazan at Duane Morris.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 5 Key MDL Factors

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    A recent decision by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to deny a petition for a new MDL offers useful insights into the most important factors that the panel considers when determining whether consolidation of a group of separate cases is warranted, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Civil Suit Trends Cos. Can Expect From State AG Enforcement

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    Companies can prepare for possible future claims from private plaintiffs and manage litigation risks by understanding the priorities and enforcement trends of state attorneys general — from greenwashing to missed commitments on diversity, equity and inclusion, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • San Diego Arena Provides Case Study Of Surplus Land Act

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    A San Diego municipal sports arena property, which recently obtained approval from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, provides a valuable lesson regarding compliance with Surplus Land Act requirements, and the delays that can otherwise ensue, says Elinor Eizdi at Nossaman.

  • Considerations For Interstate Travel For Abortion Post-Dobbs

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    Due to the patchwork of state laws regarding the legality of abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, it's important to consider the state of current and potential laws about traveling for abortion services, say Virginia Bell Flynn and Tina Safi Felahi at Troutman Pepper.

  • Precautions For New Wave Of Digital Privacy Class Actions

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    Consumer class actions attempting to expand existing laws to cover new online activities have recently targeted companies that use source code-based tools on their websites to interact with visitors — emphasizing the importance of transparency about information collection, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Antitrust Suit Could Shake Up Schools' Financial Aid Policies

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    The eventual outcome of Henry v. Brown University, a civil antitrust suit brought against a group of elite private universities, could have major ramifications for how some of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the U.S. allocate and award financial aid, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

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