• October 19, 2017

    Investors Lose Bid For 20M Docs In Volkswagen MDL

    A California magistrate judge on Wednesday denied investors’ request for more than 20 million pages of documents in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions scandal, saying the investors haven’t proven all the documents are relevant to their claims.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ford Fiesta, Focus Transmission Settlement Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge on Wednesday put his final stamp of approval on a class action settlement between Ford Focus and Fiesta drivers and the automaker, overruling objectors and ending a five-year-old lawsuit over allegedly defective transmissions.

  • October 19, 2017

    Sharp Can't Remand TV Quality Row With Chinese Licensee

    Sharp Corp. can't get its suit against entities associated with Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense sent back to state court, with a California federal court finding Wednesday it has jurisdiction because one of the entities that licensed the Sharp trademark and is accused of misrepresenting the quality of its televisions is owned by the Chinese government.

  • October 19, 2017

    Enviros Say NRG Can't Stall Rejection Of Calif. Gas Plant

    Environmentalists have urged the California Energy Commission to reject NRG Energy Inc.'s bid to suspend review of a proposed gas-fired power plant, claiming the company is trying to stall after two of the agency's commissioners indicated earlier this month that they would vote against the project.

  • October 19, 2017

    Pryor Cashman Scores Former Liner Entertainment Partner

    Pryor Cashman LLP has nabbed a former Liner LLP partner in Los Angeles with substantial experience handling complex business litigation, arbitration and mediation in North America, Europe and Asia, particularly in entertainment, media and intellectual property law matters, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • October 19, 2017

    Home Depot Dodges Background Check Suit, Spokeo Cited

    Home Depot on Thursday eluded a proposed class action accusing the retailer of wrongfully obtaining job applicants’ personal information through improper background checks, as a California federal judge found the applicants failed to demonstrate actual harm as required under the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision.

  • October 19, 2017

    RLH Equity Partners Closes Latest Fund At $510.6M

    Riordan Lewis & Haden Equity Partners on Thursday said it has closed its new fund at $510.6 million after strong interest from new and existing limited partners prompted the California-based private equity firm to increase the fund's original hard cap.

  • October 18, 2017

    CFPB Stresses CashCall CEO's Wealth In $287M CFPA Trial

    CashCall Inc.’s founder and CEO earned a $1 million salary and at least $2.5 million annually in interest for loans he made to the company, he testified Wednesday in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s $287 million suit accusing the lender of illegally offering subprime loans through a firm based on tribal land.

  • October 18, 2017

    Settlement In $46M BofA Foreclosure Case Nears Approval

    A California bankruptcy judge on Wednesday appeared close to approving a multimillion-dollar settlement between Bank of America Corp. and a family that won a $46 million judgment after being plunged into “a Kafkaesque nightmare” by an illegal foreclosure, even as he derided the deal as a “hostage situation” in court.

  • October 18, 2017

    Capacitor Maker Nippon Chemi-Con Indicted For Price-Fixing

    A federal grand jury indicted Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. for participating in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Bayer Seeks To End One-A-Day Labeling Class Action

    Bayer asked a California federal judge Wednesday to toss a putative class action over the labeling of Bayer AG’s One-A-Day vitamins, saying that the whole case rested on the contention the pills had no value, but that he’d gotten the plaintiffs’ own expert to admit the vitamin “is not worthless.”

  • October 18, 2017

    Feds Rip Google's $10K-A-Day Offer For Contempt Sanctions

    Federal prosecutors asked a California federal judge Wednesday to hold an evidentiary hearing on how much Google Inc. should pay in sanctions while it appeals a court-ordered search warrant, arguing the internet giant’s offer to pay $10,000 per day if the appeal fails doesn’t have “significant teeth.”

  • October 18, 2017

    Calif. Supreme Court Won't Lower Score To Pass Bar Exam

    The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will not lower the score required to pass the state’s bar exam, the second highest in the nation, while asking the state bar and law schools to investigate the factors behind a recent drop in pass rates.

  • October 18, 2017

    Corel Says Microsoft Expert Overestimated Patent Damages

    Corel Corp. asked a California federal judge Wednesday to nix some damages estimates proposed by Microsoft Corp. in its suit over infringement of nine software patents, saying one estimate overstates how much it would have cost Corel to design its home office software in a noninfringing way.

  • October 18, 2017

    Race Bias Treaty Doesn't Preempt Title VII, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a trial court was right not to apply an international treaty that seeks to curb racial bias to a handful of cases in which employees of an Army hospital in Hawaii claimed they were discriminated against based on their races under Title VII, letting stand the dismissal of the workers' claims.

  • October 18, 2017

    Bikram Yogi Faces $3.6M Damages Bid In Pregnancy Bias Suit

    Disgraced yogi Bikram Choudhury could get slapped with a $3.6 million default judgment in a wrongful termination suit from an ex-employee, who says she was fired for getting pregnant, after a California judge on Wednesday requested more information to back up the request.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Workers Say Racial Slurs, Discrimination Rampant

    Three African-American former Tesla workers say they were consistently the target of racial slurs and faced discrimination at a California factory, according to a suit recently filed in state court.

  • October 18, 2017

    Network Co. Avoids Arbitration In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Tuesday refused to ship to arbitration a network device maker’s suit over a hotel entertainment company’s alleged $11 million in unpaid royalties from a patent licensing deal, finding it wasn’t “absurd” to interpret the companies’ arrangement as bypassing an earlier arbitration clause.

  • October 18, 2017

    Day-Trading Firm, Founder End SEC Fraud Claims For $1.7M

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered a Kentucky man and his day-trading company to pay nearly $1.7 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as part of an agreement to resolve claims that they lied to investors in a futures trading scheme.

  • October 18, 2017

    Schwab Clients Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Trade Routing Suits

    Customers suing Charles Schwab Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to revive two proposed class actions alleging the brokerage violated its duty to them by sending trades to UBS Securities when better prices were available elsewhere, arguing the suits are not barred by federal securities law.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Addressing Pay Equity In The US And Around The World

    Cynthia Jackson

    Even though the U.S. Equal Pay Act is over 50 years old, the U.S. census released in September still finds that women make 80.5 cents to the dollar that men make. Cynthia Jackson and Sarah Beeby of Dentons review recent legislation addressing pay inequity in the U.S. and globally, and discuss recommendations for employers confronting these developments.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Human Rights Compliance: Best Practices For Energy Cos.

    Viren Mascarenhas

    International human rights laws and norms are increasingly helping to shape how energy companies conduct business all over the world. Businesses in the energy sector need to undertake systematic human rights due diligence, starting from the senior leadership and working through all levels of the supply chain, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Green of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Sham Affidavits In Medical Product Liability: Part 2

    James Beck

    When a witness says one thing in a deposition, but later offers an affidavit directly contradicting the prior testimony, with no credible explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the affidavit should be disregarded. James Beck of Reed Smith LLP offers a survey of significant medical product liability cases in which both plaintiffs' experts and plaintiffs themselves have contradicted their own prior statements.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • What To Know About New Calif. Job-Protected Parental Leave

    Benjamin Ebbink

    Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 63 into law to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave for employers with 20 or more employees. Signing of the bill follows previous unsuccessful efforts to extend job-protected leave to smaller employers not covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.