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  • January 23, 2019

    Blocboy JB Hits 'Fortnite' With New Suit Over Dance Rights

    Memphis-based rapper Blocboy JB on Wednesday became the latest pop culture figure to sue Epic Games Inc. for allegedly using signature dance moves without permission in the company's widely-popular video game "Fortnite," according to a complaint filed in California federal court.

  • January 23, 2019

    House Passes Bill Inviting Researchers To Hack State Dept.

    The U.S. House of Representatives has resoundingly passed a bipartisan bill that would direct the State Department to invite security researchers to expose flaws in its digital defenses in exchange for rewards.

  • January 23, 2019

    Kraft Heinz, Others Pay $1.4M In Fines To Calif. Air Watchdog

    California’s air-quality watchdog has imposed $1.4 million in fines on three makers of cleaning liquids that emitted dangerous levels of toxins, it said Wednesday.

  • January 23, 2019

    Gossamer Bio Seeks $230M IPO Amid Government Shutdown

    Biotechnology firm Gossamer Bio Inc. on Wednesday disclosed pricing details for a $230 million initial public offering, using an unconventional route that allows companies to go public without the usual green light from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is operating with a skeleton staff during the government shutdown.

  • January 23, 2019

    Qualcomm Gets Immediate Appeal Of Cellphone Buyer Cert.

    Qualcomm won another chance Wednesday to try to avoid facing a class of cellphone buyers estimated at 250 million people, thanks to a Ninth Circuit decision granting immediate appeal of class certification in the case alleging consumers paid higher prices because of the chipmaker's anti-competitive licensing practices.

  • January 23, 2019

    Trump Administration Appeals Birth Control Rule Block

    The Trump administration on Wednesday sought Third Circuit review of a Pennsylvania federal court’s nationwide preliminary injunction barring moral- or religious-based employer exclusions from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate.

  • January 23, 2019

    Calif. Developer Can't Escape $9.5M EB-5 Fraud Claims

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected a real estate developer's attempt to escape U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he and others defrauded mostly Chinese investors of $9.5 million by convincing them to invest in projects in return for promises of EB-5 visas.

  • January 23, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler's $307M Emissions Deal Nears Green Light

    A California federal judge has said he’s “very much inclined” to preliminarily approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s $307 million deal to settle class claims that it illegally equipped diesel vehicles with devices that cheat emissions tests.

  • January 23, 2019

    Ogletree Looks To Gut Ex-Shareholder's Sex Bias Suit

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC wants a California federal court to kick the bulk of a former firm shareholder's gender discrimination lawsuit to arbitration, saying she was bound by an arbitration pact even though she didn't sign it.

  • January 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Partly Reverses Chinese Garlic Tariff RICO Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit launched by Chinese garlic exporters, saying costs incurred as a result of an alleged scheme by competitors to eliminate its zero dumping rate was enough reason to warrant another try.

  • January 23, 2019

    Beverly Hills Atty Accused Of Peddling Pills On Craigslist

    A Beverly Hills attorney who has a “long history” of selling drugs on the internet, including black tar heroin and methadone, was arrested for allegedly selling $1,200 in oxycodone pills on Craigslist, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • January 23, 2019

    Seagate Hard Drive Buyers Lose 2nd Class Cert. Bid

    Several individuals who bought purportedly faulty Seagate Technology hard drives have lost a renewed bid to pursue their claims as a class, with a California federal judge ruling they hadn’t shown the drives’ failure rates affected members of the proposed class in the same way.

  • January 23, 2019

    Singapore Crypto Exchange Could Float In Reverse Merger

    Santa Monica, California-based holding company Blockchain Industries Inc. on Wednesday said it had signed a letter of intent to accept Singapore-based BTHMB Holdings Pte. Ltd. as its largest shareholder in a deal that could see the companies combine and list publicly as a cryptocurrency exchange by way of a reverse merger.

  • January 23, 2019

    Antitrust Deal 'Breaches' Must Be Arbitrated: Realtor Group

    The San Diego Association of Realtors told a California federal judge Tuesday that it didn't violate a settlement ending its antitrust suit against two rival groups over access to a multiple listing service, saying even if it did, the dispute belongs in arbitration.

  • January 23, 2019

    PG&E Says Ch. 11 Moves Are None Of FERC's Business

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject NextEra Energy Inc.'s plea that the commission determine whether PG&E can shed renewable power purchase agreements if it files for bankruptcy, a bid backed by other renewable project owners that have inked PPAs with PG&E.

  • January 23, 2019

    No Extra Trial Time Needed, Apple Says In Qualcomm IP Row

    Apple urged a California federal judge Tuesday not to give Qualcomm extra time in front of a jury to defend against allegations of overcharging for patent licensing fees, arguing that the chipmaker's initial request for additional time was rejected and no new reasons are being offered for reviving the request.

  • January 23, 2019

    Logistics Solutions Biz Lands $97M Series C Funding Round

    Next Trucking Inc., a technology company that connects shippers and carriers, said on Wednesday that it landed $97 million in its series C funding round that it plans to use to accelerate innovation and launch new services.

  • January 23, 2019

    Ex-Uber Drivers Harmed By 2014 Data Hack, 9th Circ. Told

    Drivers alleging Uber Technologies Inc. lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised their sensitive personal information have told the Ninth Circuit that the company cannot dodge blame for its shoddy data security protocols by claiming that any risks of identity theft were remote.

  • January 23, 2019

    Greenpeace Again Beats Most Of Paper Co.'s Defamation Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out the bulk of the latest lawsuit accusing Greenpeace and other environmentalists of racketeering and defamation in relation to an anti-logging campaign against Resolute Forest Products Inc., but said allegations of false statements made about logging activities in Canada must survive.

  • January 23, 2019

    Samsung Aims To Arbitrate Shattering Phone Camera Suit

    A Samsung customer’s claims that her smartphone camera cover randomly shattered should be arbitrated because, unlike the two other plaintiffs named in the putative class action, she never opted out of the company’s arbitration agreement, the technology conglomerate has told a California federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Privacy Law Predictions For 2019

    Liisa Thomas

    What can you do to prepare your company for all that is to come on the privacy front this year? First, keep your eyes open for developments in California and the EU, says Liisa Thomas, leader of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP's privacy practice.

  • Comparing Grid Operators' Energy Storage Market Proposals

    Levi McAllister

    The proposed energy storage market participation models submitted last month by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission represent a spectrum of approaches, reflecting the fundamental differences among RTO/ISO market designs, say Levi McAllister and Arjun Ramadevanahalli of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Improper Tax Return Disclosure Could Be A Tort In California

    Jaime Raba

    In Strawn v. Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion reminding us that under California law, tax returns are privileged and improper disclosure of them by counsel could even rise to tortious invasion of privacy claims, says Jaime Raba of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • 3 Trends In Criminal Trade Secret Prosecution

    Jessica Nall

    While white collar filings are significantly down nationwide, the prosecutorial appetite for bringing criminal trade secret cases appears voracious, even where no foreign actor or national security concern is involved, say Jessica Nall and Janice Reicher of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • Navigating The Many Risks Of PFAS In M&A Transactions

    Sam Dykstra

    The significant attention being paid to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances by the public and some government regulators is continuing into 2019. Their presence can pose environmental and health risks that need to be subject to careful diligence in potential M&A deals, say Sam Dykstra and Donna Mussio of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Virginia Is Latest State To Find Employer 'Take Home' Duty

    David Barger

    In Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, the Virginia Supreme Court recently held that an employer owed a duty of care to an employee's family member who handled the employee’s asbestos-laden work clothes. The impact of this decision will extend well beyond the claims at issue, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • State Net

    How States Are Preparing For The Next Recession

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    It’s been nine and a half years since the last U.S. recession, and the economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that most seem reasonably well prepared for it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

    Melody Drummond Hansen

    As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.