California

  • April 20, 2018

    Michael Cohen Says FBI Raid Must Pause Stormy Daniels Row

    Counsel for longtime President Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen urged a California federal judge Friday to stay adult film star Stormy Daniels' suit over her agreement to keep quiet about a purported affair with Trump, arguing that the recent FBI raid of Cohen's office leaves him unable to defend the suit without imperiling his Fifth Amendment rights.

  • April 20, 2018

    Nestlé, Hershey Say No Room For Child Labor On Labels

    Nestlé and Hershey urged a Massachusetts federal court to toss separate proposed consumer class actions alleging that the companies failed to disclose information about forced child labor in their chocolate supply chains, arguing that the requested disclosures don't belong on every candy label.

  • April 20, 2018

    Petco Applicants Seek OK Of $1.2M Background Check Deal

    Two applicants who hit Petco with a proposed class action accusing it of hiding the authorization that allows it to run credit checks on job seekers asked a California federal judge Friday to preliminarily approve a $1.2 million settlement with the retailer.

  • April 20, 2018

    Janssen Escapes Whistleblower Suit Over Off-Label Opiods

    A California federal judge Thursday nixed a False Claims Act suit accusing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical NV of using unlawful marketing practices to boost off-label sales of its opioid prescription drugs, saying a change of the pseudonym for the whistleblower who filed the suit violated the FCA’s first-to-file doctrine.

  • April 20, 2018

    6 Firms To Guide Tech-Heavy IPO Lineup Set To Exceed $1.3B

    Six firms are set to guide companies on initial public offerings estimated to surpass $1.3 billion during the week of April 23, steering a technology-dominated lineup led by a projected $542 million offering from electronic signature company DocuSign Inc.

  • April 20, 2018

    Monsanto Appeal Can't Keep Herbicide Off Calif. Cancer List

    A California appeals court on Thursday refused to revive Monsanto Co.’s lawsuit challenging a state agency’s inclusion of the herbicide glyphosate on a list of carcinogens, which could require the company to put warning labels on its popular Roundup weed killing products because glyphosate is an active ingredient.

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Woman Faces New Immigration Services Fraud Claims

    A woman charged with running a fraudulent immigration services business from her home in Montebello, California, was charged Thursday with 64 additional felony counts, bringing the total number of felony counts she faces to 112, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

  • April 20, 2018

    9th Circ. Splits From Similar Rulings On Tender Offer Suits

    Departing from circuit court rulings in five similar cases, the Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court's dismissal of a putative securities class action alleging Emulex Corp. concealed that Avago Technologies Ltd.'s $606 million acquisition offer was too low, holding that the investors’ claims require a showing of negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing.

  • April 20, 2018

    Nissan Driver Drops Transmission Claims To Join Similar Suit

    A driver who accused Nissan North America Inc. in a proposed class action of selling vehicles with defective transmissions dropped his complaint in the Central District of California on Friday in favor of a suit with overlapping claims in a different jurisdiction, court documents show.

  • April 20, 2018

    Disney Workers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Valeant ERISA Suit

    Former Walt Disney Co. employees have urged the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit alleging their pension plan trustees breached a fiduciary duty by not monitoring a mutual fund’s investments in now-embattled Valeant, arguing the lower court incorrectly treated their allegations as stock-drop claims.

  • April 20, 2018

    Jackson Lewis Nabs Kaufman Dolowich Litigator In SF

    Jackson Lewis PC has announced its hiring of a former Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP employment lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience as a litigator, saying she has joined the firm's San Francisco office as a principal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dell's Pivotal Software Raises $555M In Davis Polk-Led IPO

    Pivotal Software Inc., a cloud software services company being spun out by Dell Technologies Inc., raised $555 million in an initial public offering that priced at midrange Friday to cap a busy but bumpy week for IPOs that saw five companies price deals while others canceled.

  • April 20, 2018

    Fitbit Investors' $8.25M Atty Fee Bid 'A Little Rich,' Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday approved a $33 million class action settlement resolving allegations that Fitbit Inc. hid problems with its fitness trackers and artificially inflated its stock price, but held off on awarding $8.25 million in attorneys’ fees, saying the amount “might be a little rich for this case.”

  • April 20, 2018

    Drivers Say New Nissan Sunroof Claims Pass Legal Muster

    Nissan drivers who seek damages over an alleged defect in panoramic sunroofs on some of the automaker’s vehicles asked a California federal judge on Friday to keep their case alive, saying their updated complaint meets the requirements of Illinois and Colorado consumer protection laws.

  • April 20, 2018

    Insurers' $132.5M Clawback Denial Upheld In Calif. Rail Crash

    Lloyd's of London and other insurers can’t claw back $132.5 million they spent settling claims after the deadly Chatsworth train accident, a California state appeals court has ruled, affirming a lower court’s decision that found an exclusion didn’t apply because the crash wasn’t a strictly “intentional act.”

  • April 20, 2018

    GOP State AGs Back Big Oil In Calif. Climate Suits

    Republican attorneys general from 15 states urged a California federal judge Thursday to dump Oakland's and San Francisco's suits seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, accusing the Golden State municipalities of unlawfully trying to regulate national fossil fuel use through the courts.

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Stalking Offense Not Enough For Deportation, BIA Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Friday that a Peruvian man convicted of stalking under California law was not removable, finding the state law's definition of the crime is overly broad and would include offenses that would not warrant deportation.

  • April 20, 2018

    Passengers Slam ANA Trial Delay Bid In Flight Price-Fix Spat

    Airline passengers asked a California federal judge on Thursday to reject a request from All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. to delay potentially until 2019 a jury trial in their proposed class action alleging the Japanese carrier participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for long-haul flights to Pacific destinations.

  • April 20, 2018

    Latham Eyes Real Estate Expansion With New Group Co-Chair

    Latham & Watkins LLP is looking to grow its real estate footprint in Europe, as well as in San Francisco and other U.S. markets, while continuing to focus in part on private equity and real estate investment trust work, the firm's newest global real estate co-chair, Michael Haas, told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • April 20, 2018

    Feds Can't Exit DACA Recipients' Suit Over Program's End

    A California federal judge on Thursday declined to toss a class action challenging the federal government's bid to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after holding that the immigrants' participation in DACA resulted in a conferred benefit that cannot simply be taken away.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Forum Selection Clauses Can Doom PTAB Review

    Cynthia Lambert Hardman

    Affirmance of the California federal court's decision in Dodocase v. MerchSource would have an important impact on the rights of patent licensees to challenge patentability in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and may provide a pathway for patent owners to dispose of PTAB patent challenges, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Don't Misunderstand The Prop 65 Coffee Ruling

    Erika Schulz

    Press coverage of a recent high-profile Proposition 65 decision in California may prompt readers to conclude that coffee causes cancer; in fact, there was no such finding. But if the ruling stands, it could still have a big impact on coffee makers, so it is important for both consumers and companies to understand it fully, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • The Latest Defeat Of Trump's 'Sanctuary' City Policies

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    Based on a California federal judge's recent decision in City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using a locality’s cooperation on immigration enforcement to determine eligibility for grants, it appears the Trump administration’s "sanctuary" city initiatives are likely to remain tied up in or blocked by litigation, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Missouri Talc Decision Could Signal Mass Tort Sea Change

    Corey Schaecher

    The Missouri Supreme Court recently declined to review a lower court's overturning of a $72 million talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson. This decision not only clears the way for Johnson & Johnson’s success in appeals of three other Missouri talc verdicts, but could herald a fundamental change in how mass tort cases may be litigated, say attorneys with Lewis Rice LLC.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 1

    Shylah Alfonso

    The American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from those sessions.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.