California

  • June 23, 2017

    Garcetti Urges Mayors To Ramp Up Infrastructure Funding

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a crowd of mayors gathered at an annual conference in Miami Beach Friday to cut through the partisanship and take chances on infrastructure investment, telling them that the answers to crumbling infrastructure lie in both private investment and tax revenue.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-Calif. City Official Gets Corruption Counts Tossed

    A California appeals court on Friday reversed nearly half of the corruption charges against a former Bell, California, city official convicted for a scheme to fleece the working-class city for millions of dollars, citing erroneous jury instructions.

  • June 23, 2017

    VW Dealers Must Clarify Bosch Conspiracy Claims, Court Says

    A California federal judge sent a class action brought by Volkswagen dealers against Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC back to the drawing board Friday, saying their complaint accusing the technology giants of conspiring with VW to evade emissions regulations “blurs the lines” between the companies.

  • June 23, 2017

    Snapchat Maker's Arbitration Bid Blasted By Ex-Employee

    The former Snap Inc. employee who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the social media company’s user metrics ahead of its initial public offering fired back at the Snapchat maker’s attempt to force arbitration of his whistleblower suit, telling a California federal court Friday that the arbitration agreement he signed at hiring was unconscionable.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Say Workers' Comp No Bar To Painkiller Claims

    Two former NFL players with claims against three teams, who remain from a larger suit against all 32 teams alleging players were encouraged to abuse painkillers, told a California judge Thursday the three remaining teams cannot dodge claims as being covered by state workers’ compensation laws.

  • June 23, 2017

    Consulting Co. Seeks Attys' Fees After $3.2M Award OK'd

    After a $3.2 million arbitral award was confirmed in its favor in a dispute with a dolphin park operator, a financial consulting company asked a California federal judge to award it more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees, saying it is entitled to them based on a contract between the parties. 

  • June 23, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Charged With Trying To Extort Partners

    A former litigation associate at Dentons was arrested at the firm’s Los Angeles office Thursday on an extortion charge, accused of threatening to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a superior's email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and let him take home a piece of art.

  • June 23, 2017

    Urban Outfitters Seeks Quick Exit From Coachella TM Suit

    Urban Outfitters Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to dismiss it from a trademark lawsuit brought by Coachella Music Festival, arguing the relevant allegations of stolen intellectual property are aimed solely at its co-defendant and subsidiary Free People.

  • June 23, 2017

    Counterclaims In Suit Over Cleanup Settlement Can Stay

    A California federal judge declined to toss two bad-faith counterclaims against Travelers Property Casualty Co. in its suit over a policyholder's settlement of a pipe rupture lawsuit without consulting the insurer, saying Friday both claims have been properly pled.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sanderson Poultry Hit With Suit On '100% Natural' Claim

    Chicken producer Sanderson Farms falsely advertises its chicken products as “100% natural” and misleads consumers about how the animals are raised by concealing the presence of antibiotics and other drugs in its chickens, three nonprofits alleged Thursday in California federal court. 

  • June 23, 2017

    Sedgwick Partner Settles In Gender Discrimination Suit

    A partner who sued Sedgwick LLP for gender-based discrimination has agreed to drop her putative class action in California federal court after reaching a settlement with the firm, according to a filing on Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Bloomingdale’s Takes Iskanian Challenge To High Court

    Bloomingdale’s has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the precedent set by California's high court in its landmark Iskanian ruling, which held that claims under the state's Private Attorneys General Act can’t be waived in employment arbitration deals, saying it created an “enormous loophole” in federal arbitration law.

  • June 23, 2017

    NBA Agent Sues Agency CEO For $30M After Firing

    Top NBA agent Dan Fegan sued his former boss Hank Ratner for $30 million in California state court on Thursday over a purported “Machiavellian” scheme to force him out of Ratner’s agency Independent Sports and Entertainment.

  • June 23, 2017

    Tribal Lending Cos. Urge Court To Stay CFPB Investigation

    A group of three tribal lending companies pushed a California federal judge Thursday to keep a stay on civil investigative demands issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the tribes are still working to overturn them at the Supreme Court.

  • June 23, 2017

    Walgreens Wins Toss Of Worker's Post-Settlement Claim

    A California federal judge on Friday ended a former Walgreen Co. employee’s suitable seating case, ruling Friday she couldn’t sue the company for labor violations after getting paid her portion of a $23 million settlement in another case.

  • June 23, 2017

    Anthem Inks Record $115M Deal Over Massive Data Breach

    Anthem Inc. has agreed to a deal valued at $115 million to end litigation over a massive 2015 data breach, creating a pool of funds to provide credit protection and reimbursement for customers and up to $38 million in attorneys’ fees in the largest-ever data breach settlement, class attorneys said Friday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Dell, Hitachi Settle Optical Disc Drive Price-Fixing Claims

    Dell Inc. agreed Thursday to drop its claims against Hitachi Ltd., and Hitachi’s joint venture with LG Electronics Inc., in a suit alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for optical disk drives, which is part of a sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation in California involving a slew of manufacturers.

  • June 23, 2017

    Live Nation Parking Lot Workers’ Wage Suit Gets Trimmed

    A California judge Friday trimmed a putative class action alleging Live Nation Worldwide didn’t timely pay its seasonal workers or provide parking lot attendants with rest breaks, tossing a Private Attorneys General Act claim, but keeping alive claims Live Nation failed to pay wages on termination.

  • June 23, 2017

    Call Recipients Say SolarCity Changed TCPA Suit Deal

    A putative class alleging it received unwanted sales calls from SolarCity Corp. in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on Thursday sought to enforce a settlement term sheet in the case, saying the company has tried to change the deal.

  • June 22, 2017

    SoCal Better Homes TCPA Fax Class Decertified

    A California judge on Thursday decertified a claimed class of 3,000 residents who allegedly received unsolicited faxed advertising from SoCal Better Homes, backing the real estate developer’s assertion that ambiguities in a fax list produced after certification indicate the class isn’t ascertainable.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Raises The Bar On Misprision Of A Felony

    Andrew Goldsmith

    Just two days before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Ninth Circuit added a new element to one of the potential crimes within his jurisdiction. In U.S. v. Olson, the court held that misprision of a felony requires a defendant to know the crime he or she is concealing is a felony. No other court has considered such a requirement in the 227 years since the crime was codified, says Andrew Goldsmith of Kellogg Han... (continued)

  • Calif. Does Not Bar Defense Coverage For 'Willful Acts'

    Darren Teshima

    Although California Insurance Code Section 533 prohibits insurers from indemnifying policyholders for their intentional misconduct, insureds should carefully review applicable policies to see if policy language creates at least a reasonable expectation for defense coverage, say Darren Teshima and Harry Moren of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • DuPont Ruling And Trade Secret Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph Fazioli

    In DuPont, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the first federal jury conviction for charges arising under the Economic Espionage Act and potentially catalyzed more aggressive economic espionage and trade secret enforcement, say Joseph Fazioli and James Bobseine of Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Shrinking Doctrine Of Specific Personal Jurisdiction

    Grant Esposito

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California reaffirmed a causation requirement between a plaintiff’s claims and the defendant’s in-state conduct. After this ruling, the test for specific personal jurisdiction is simple: File suit where the defendant did something significant that caused the claim to arise, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tough Times For Forum Shoppers

    Lawrence Ebner

    A trio of rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court has made this a difficult spring for forum-shopping lawyers. TC Heartland, BNSF Railway and now Bristol-Myers Squibb have enforced limits on exercise of personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants, sending an unmistakable message to lower courts, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • Calif. Considers 'Don’t Ask, Must Tell' Pay History Bill

    James Nelson

    If enacted, California's AB 168 will prohibit employers from asking about prior salary history and allow applicants to ask the prospective employer to disclose the pay scale for the position. From a compliance perspective, ceasing to ask about salary history is easy, but the impact on employer decision-making is more complicated, says James Nelson of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Resh Exposes Defendants To Serial Class Cert. Relitigation

    Peter Hawkes

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Resh v. China Agritech opens the door to the possibility of serial, successive attempts to certify a class in securities and other cases, potentially exposing defendants to an almost never-ending series of class actions, says Peter Hawkes of Lane Powell PC.

  • A Guide To Workplace Harassment Law Compliance In Calif.

    Shirin Forootan

    About one year after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a number of new and wide-ranging regulations, it recently issued specific guidance on employer practices for preventing and addressing workplace harassment. Shirin Forootan of Call & Jensen examines the steps all California employers must take to prevent and correct harassment according to the new guidance.