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  • July 26, 2017

    Record Number Of Securities Class Actions Filed In 2017

    The number of class action securities fraud suits filed in federal court surged to a record high in the first half of 2017, according to a report released Tuesday, hitting the highest level in two decades as both traditional filings and merger and acquisition litigation continued to increase.

  • July 26, 2017

    Google’s Job Seeker Discovery Bid Overly Broad, Judge Says

    A California magistrate judge expressed skepticism Wednesday about Google Inc.’s request that 269 job applicants respond to nearly 3,000 discovery requests in a collective action accusing the tech giant of discriminating against older job seekers, saying some of the requests are “extremely broad” and he’s not sure they’re warranted.

  • July 26, 2017

    Chipotle Hit With Another Subpoena In Food Safety Probe

    Chipotle Mexican Grill received a new subpoena from California federal prosecutors last week seeking information on a recent illness outbreak in Virginia as part of an ongoing investigation into food safety matters, the restaurant chain disclosed in a regulatory filing Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    NFL Cheerleaders Look To Revive Wage-Suppression Suit

    NFL cheerleaders on Wednesday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision last week denying them a chance to amend a lawsuit alleging the league and a majority of its teams unlawfully conspired to suppress their wages, after the judge said attempts to fix the claims are “futile.”

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J Hid Talc Cancer Risk To Save Image, Calif. Jury Told

    Johnson & Johnson hid the dangers of talcum powder to preserve its corporate image, counsel for a woman alleging J&J’s products gave her terminal ovarian cancer said during Wednesday’s opening statements in the much-anticipated first California jury trial over the J&J products.

  • July 26, 2017

    Jury Instructions Foiled Mazda Seat Belt Suit, 9th Circ. Finds

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday said a Montana federal jury had been improperly instructed on product liability law before finding Mazda Motor Corp.'s seat belt design was not responsible for a woman's injury.

  • July 26, 2017

    'Dean From Hell' Guitar Infringement Suit Moving To Fla.

    A California federal judge on Wednesday transferred a copyright suit against a guitar production company and the estate of late Pantera frontman “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott to the Middle District of Florida, finding that Florida is the more convenient venue for the case despite objections raised by the instrument designer who brought the suit.

  • July 26, 2017

    Jones Day Nabs Ex-Winston Strawn, Dorsey Labor Partners

    Jones Day has hired a former Winston & Strawn LLP partner and a former Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner to the firm’s global labor and employment practice, the firm recently announced.

  • July 26, 2017

    Franklin Templeton ERISA Class Certified In Self-Dealing Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of Franklin Templeton retirement plan participants in a suit that claims the investment management company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by favoring its own funds rather than cheaper, better-performing outside funds.

  • July 26, 2017

    SEC Says Citadel Energy Founder Ran $15M Investor Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in California federal court Wednesday that the founder of Citadel Energy Partners LLC ran a $15 million investment fraud scheme that paid for some of his personal expenses, including Ponzi-like payments and expensive psychic readings.

  • July 26, 2017

    Alsup Says DQ’ing MoFo Not Necessary In Uber-Waymo Row

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Wednesday that he opposed disqualifying Morrison & Foerster LLP from representing Uber Technologies Inc. in its trade secret fight with Alphabet unit Waymo, even though the law firm is “a character in the story” jurors will hear at the October trial.

  • July 26, 2017

    Quincy Jones Wins $9.4M From Michael Jackson Co. At Trial

    A California jury on Wednesday ordered Michael Jackson’s production company to pay mega-producer Quincy Jones more than $9.4 million in royalty damages for his work on the blockbuster albums "Thriller," Bad" and "Off the Wall," agreeing that the company shorted him while declining to award the full $30 million Jones sought.

  • July 26, 2017

    Calif. Man Settles SEC Suit Over Bogus App Investments

    A former TV businessman will pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $483,000 to settle claims he duped investors into funneling money to his penniless tech startup by falsely telling them he had a partnership with Google and a hot new cellphone banking app, the agency said Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    Homeowners' Suit Against Green Financing Co. Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Wednesday pared down a proposed class action by Florida and California homeowners accusing clean energy financing company Ygrene Energy Fund Inc. of pushing risky loans with undisclosed fees and deceiving consumers.

  • July 26, 2017

    UC Urges Fed. Circ. To Nix ‘Unjust’ Gene Editing Patent Ruling

    The University of California urged the Federal Circuit Tuesday to overturn a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision favoring a research institute associated with Harvard and MIT in a hotly contested patent dispute over the breakthrough gene-editing technology CRISPR, calling the ruling “profoundly erroneous” and "unjust."

  • July 26, 2017

    Gaming Tech Co. Corsair Valued At $525M With EagleTree Deal

    California-based Corsair, a Francisco Partners portfolio company that makes high-performance PC components for gaming, revealed Wednesday that private equity firm EagleTree Capital will take a majority stake in the company in a deal that values it at $525 million.

  • July 26, 2017

    Afghan Contractor To Take Vacated $1.07M Award To 9th Circ.

    An Afghan subcontractor informed a California federal judge Wednesday it is appealing her decision to vacate a $1.07 million arbitration award issued in a dispute stemming from U.S. government prime contracts for construction in Afghanistan, a decision the judge had made after finding the arbitrator ignored the subcontracts’ terms.

  • July 26, 2017

    At 101, Olivia De Havilland Wants Early Trial In FX Suit

    Actress Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie in “Gone With the Wind,” asked a California state judge Tuesday for an early trial in her right to publicity lawsuit against FX Networks LLC over the use of her name in a hit TV series, arguing that, at 101 years old, there’s a chance she might otherwise never see the end of the case.

  • July 26, 2017

    Ex-Spearmint Rhino Dancers Want Cert. In Wage Suit

    A former exotic dancer who worked at the Spearmint Rhino group of nightclubs asked a California federal judge Tuesday to certify a class of dancers in her suit alleging that even after a nationwide settlement the company’s illegal pay practices haven’t changed.

  • July 26, 2017

    Cancer-Drug Maker Loses 2nd Bid To Duck Stock-Drop Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected a biotechnology company's request to dismiss an updated securities fraud lawsuit against it over allegedly misleading results in a clinical trial for its cancer drug, saying the new allegations clear the legal bar for stock-drop class actions.

Expert Analysis

  • Water Suppliers Litigation Is Making Waves In 2017

    Kelly McTigue

    So far, 2017 has seen some important movement in litigation involving water suppliers across the country. States including California, Georgia and Iowa are seeing pivotal moments in many long-running disputes about water-usage rights and water quality, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • The 9th Circ.'s Expansive Reading Of Escobar In Gilead

    Sean Hartigan

    Although each of the Ninth Circuit's determinations in U.S. v. Gilead may be appropriate given the specific facts, together they seem to establish a low bar to meet Escobar’s implied certification test, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Opinion

    Section 230 Of The CDA Must Align With The 21st Century

    Demetrick Pennie

    Over the last two decades, several liability claims against online service providers have been dismissed due to antiquated Communications Decency Act interpretations. Arguments in Gonzalez v. Google and my case, Pennie v. Twitter, will show that unregulated social media providers are not above the law when it comes to giving a platform to terrorist organizations, says Demetrick Pennie, executive director of the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Who Wants To Be An MDL?

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    As the lineup for this month’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation demonstrates, requests to create an MDL do not fit a single mold. They can involve headline news, contemporary politics or exotic vacations. They can even trigger forensic research from the National Archives on the status of cases filed decades ago, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Attempting To Limit Class Action Waivers And The FAA

    John Hansen

    Two efforts are currently underway to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's past decisions involving anti-class action arbitration clauses in both consumer and employment agreements. However, both efforts are under attack, says John Hansen of John Hansen Law.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Supreme Court And The Future Of The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump claimed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to leave part of his travel ban in place was a victory for the administration, and some analysts have agreed. It is hard, however, to see the court’s opinion as anything but a government defeat, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.