California

  • April 28, 2017

    Law Firm Secretary Suing For OT Did Exec Work, Jury Hears

    The founding partner of a boutique Los Angeles firm cross-examined a former secretary Friday in California court over claims he shorted her $140,000 in overtime pay, questioning her duties at the firm and laying the groundwork for a possible defense that she was an executive and therefore not due overtime.

  • April 28, 2017

    Charles Schwab Slips $25M Real Estate Suit Against Son

    A California judge Friday dropped Charles Schwab Corp.’s founder from a $25 million suit alleging he directed his son to force a business partner out of an Indonesian real estate investment venture, after the investor’s attorney called the plaintiff a surfer con-man conducting a “shakedown."

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump's Remarks Again Haunt Him In Sanctuary City Ruling

    In blocking an executive order provision aimed at barring sanctuary cities from receiving federal funds, a judge once again pointed to President Donald Trump’s own past statements, continuing a pattern of the president’s rhetorical flourishes showing up to bite him in court.

  • April 28, 2017

    Seller In Stock Row Slams $20M Award In Federal Court

    A Canadian hedge fund founder urged a California federal court Friday to vacate a $20 million arbitration award he and others were ordered to pay a trading company that claims to have been the victim of a complex international stock scam, saying the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority tribunal exceeded its jurisdiction in granting it.

  • April 28, 2017

    US Investors In Chinese Online Lender Fight To Preserve Suit

    Shareholders in Chinese peer-to-peer lending company Yirendai Ltd. asked a California federal judge on Thursday to keep their securities fraud suit against the company and its executives alive, saying their request to dismiss the case rested on mischaracterizations and factual arguments the court couldn’t consider.

  • April 28, 2017

    Quest To Pay $6M To End Blood Test FCA Suit

    Quest Diagnostics Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to escape a long-running False Claims Act suit accusing a company it acquired of shelling out kickbacks to doctors who referred patients for blood tests, the government said Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    SEC Seeks $363K Secretly Owned By Jailed Fund Manager

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a California federal judge on Thursday to let it seize $363,000 in a frozen investment account, saying an investor from Monaco who claimed to own the account was coached to do so by convicted fund manager James Michael Murray.

  • April 28, 2017

    Banking Giants Hit With Indirect Investors' Forex Rig Suit

    JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and several other major banks are facing yet another proposed class action for allegedly manipulating the foreign exchange market, after investors who indirectly bought the firms' products sued Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Upholds FWS Decision Not To Protect Whitebark Pine

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed a quick win given to the federal government in an environmental suit challenging the finding that listing a pine tree species as a threatened or endangered species is “warranted but precluded,” saying the finding satisfied federal law.

  • April 28, 2017

    New Allergan Fat-Freezing Unit Hit With False Ad Suit

    A recently acquired Allergan PLC unit is capitalizing on a confusing element of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s marketing process to trick customers into thinking its fat-freezing system has the agency’s approval, according to a proposed class action in California on Thursday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Wine Co. Can't Clip Bourbon Co.'s TM Suit Except In Damages

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday there are triable issues of fact as to whether a wine producer infringed trademarks for Sazerac Co.’s Buffalo Trace bourbon but that the bourbon maker cannot recover monetary damages since it never provided any royalty calculations.

  • April 28, 2017

    Sprint Whistleblower Stays Locked Out Of $15.5M FCA Deal

    A former federal prosecutor turned whistleblower isn’t entitled to a chunk of the government’s $15.5 million False Claims Act settlement with Sprint, a Ninth Circuit panel said in a published decision Friday, concluding it didn’t matter if the government’s suit was based on his own tossed case against several telecoms.

  • April 28, 2017

    Sheppard Mullin Adds MSK's Employment Partner In Calif.

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP partner who’s represented corporate clients in a variety of contract and employment disputes to join the firm’s labor and employment practice group in Los Angeles' Century City, the firm said Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Glaser Weil DQ Bid Back In Play In Tupac Biopic Row

    A California appeals court found Thursday that a lower court abused its discretion when it refused to disqualify Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP from representing a Hollywood production company in a suit over financing a Tupac Shakur biopic, finding the court failed to apply the “substantial relationship” test between the firm and the parties in the case.

  • April 28, 2017

    Moinian Scores $120M Bank Of China Loan For LA Property

    The Moinian Group has scored a $119.75 million loan from the Bank of China for a Jewelry District property in downtown Los Angeles, according to an announcement from Moinian on Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Facebook Can Take Birthday Text Class Action To 9th Circ.

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Facebook could appeal his rejection of its motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging its text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, over the opposition of both the proposed class and the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms US Bank's Quick Win In Age Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit declined Thursday to revive an age bias suit from a former U.S. Bancorp Inc. financial adviser, saying he was fired because of poor performance, not because he was past his 68th birthday.

  • April 28, 2017

    FTC Slams Objections To VW Emissions Fraud Settlements

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fired back at objections to the multibillion-dollar settlements between car owners, Volkswagen and Robert Bosch GmbH in Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal, saying that the money involved in the three deals at issue was properly allocated and free of any conflict.

  • April 28, 2017

    Health Hires: 8 Firms Add Health, Life Sciences Experts

    The last few weeks have seen Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Fox Rothschild LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Nossaman LLP, Polsinelli PC and Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC expand their expertise in the health and life sciences worlds.

  • April 28, 2017

    Dr Pepper Says Consumers’ False Ad Claims Unsupported

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action brought by consumers accusing the beverage maker of falsely advertising that its Canada Dry ginger ale contains ginger, saying the consumers fail to support their claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Medical Marijuana Delivery May Soon Be Legal In LA

    Michael Rosenblum

    California has authorized licensed dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients, but allows municipalities to ban such deliveries. San Jose and other cities have recently lifted their delivery prohibitions. Los Angeles retains its ban, but a recently passed ballot measure and shifting public sentiment suggest that this may change in the coming months, says Michael Rosenblum of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Addressing Personal Jurisdiction Limits At The High Court

    Grant Esposito

    State court decisions in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California and BNSF Railway v. Tyrrell both adopted an expansive view of personal jurisdiction that is seemingly at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court’s efforts to cabin that doctrine. If the recent oral arguments before the Supreme Court in these cases are any indication, the state courts will probably lose again, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Florida 'Black Box' Ruling: Game Changer For Vehicle Tech

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A split panel of a Florida state appellate court has held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s electronic data recorder or “black box” absent exigent circumstances. The ruling in Florida v. Worsham demonstrates that the constitutional, legislative and regulatory privacy protections afforded data-capturing vehicle technologies are expanding rapidly, say Tina Sciochetti and Charles Dell'Anno of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Employment Class Waivers: Which Came First, FAA Or NLRA?

    Bonnie Burke

    Until the U.S. Supreme Court determines whether mandatory arbitration agreements containing class action waivers are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act — despite any protections afforded by the National Labor Relations Act — a close reading of recent appellate decisions provides employers with guidance to overcome the current attacks on such agreements, say Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC and Christina Tellado of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Calif. Insurance Regulation Defies Trump’s America

    Nathaniel Braun

    As California finds itself at odds with the Trump administration, the state is actively working to cement its regulatory framework over hot-button issues that will have knock-on impacts on the insurance industry. Gov. Jerry Brown will likely seek to strengthen the state's regulatory power, and the California courts have recently decided two major cases in favor of the Department of Insurance, says Nathaniel Braun of Selman Breitman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.