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  • November 19, 2018

    Allen Matkins Nabs Ex-CliftonLarsonAllen Tax Atty For LA Office

    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP has announced a former CliftonLarsonAllen attorney experienced in tax planning and structuring has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner.

  • November 16, 2018

    Universal Prez. Added To 'Fast And Furious' Spinoff Suit

    The producer of the “Fast and Furious” movies has added Universal Pictures’ president to his suit alleging that the motion picture studio tried to reduce his compensation for a spinoff and then kicked him off the job, according to his amended complaint filed Friday after the case was removed to California federal court.

  • November 16, 2018

    Franklin Templeton Gets Quick Win On Fee Part Of ERISA Row

    A California federal judge has granted Franklin Templeton a quick win on one of its arguments that fought a breach of fiduciary duty claim made in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action accusing the firm of mismanaging its workers’ retirement savings.

  • November 16, 2018

    Accountant Denied Retrial Over $18M Biotech VC Fraud

    A California federal judge declined Thursday to order a retrial for an accountant found guilty of helping a venture capitalist siphon $18 million from a fund using false tax returns.

  • November 16, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: SJP, Baptist Hospital Of Miami, Beacon

    SJP Properties has reportedly leased 19,000 square feet in New York to Berry Appleman & Leiden, Baptist Hospital of Miami is said to have dropped $11.34 million on multiple office buildings, and Beacon Capital is reportedly buying a Los Angeles-area office tower from Piedmont Office Realty Trust for $160 million.

  • November 16, 2018

    NBA Rape Accuser's Atty Told At 9th Circ. 'No Trial Is Perfect'

    A Second Circuit judge sitting by designation on a Ninth Circuit panel appeared unswayed Friday by a woman's attorney who argued that prejudicial evidence, including a sex belt, improperly convinced a jury to clear NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends of rape charges, saying “no trial is perfect."

  • November 16, 2018

    ICE Detainee's Wedding Case Tossed For Lack Of Response

    A California federal judge has tossed a suit accusing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of violating immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution by standing in the way of a marriage between a detained Mexican man and his longtime girlfriend.

  • November 16, 2018

    12 AGs Call For End Of Policy Slowing Family Reunification

    Attorneys general from 12 states have urged the Trump administration to promptly reverse a policy that has allegedly impeded the release of unaccompanied immigrant children from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services custody to their family members or designated sponsors in the U.S.

  • November 16, 2018

    Monster Energy Scares Up $5M Win In Calif. TM Trial

    An automotive tool company infringed the trade dress of beverage giant Monster Energy Co.’s trademark green-and-black “monster” packaging with its “Monster Mobile” line of tools, a California federal jury found Friday, while declining to rule the infringement willful and awarding a $5 million verdict far short of the $50 million Monster sought.

  • November 16, 2018

    Hortonworks Investors Shortchanged By $5.2B Merger: Suit

    Data software company Hortonworks Inc. lowballed its investors and misled them about financial projections in its all-stock $5.2 billion merger with competitor Cloudera, according to a proposed shareholder class action filed in California federal court on Thursday that sought to block the deal.

  • November 16, 2018

    Rivals.com Users Get Final OK On Settlement With Yahoo

    A California federal judge has approved a settlement between Yahoo Inc. and users of college sports site Rivals.com, ending a suit in which Yahoo was accused of violating state consumer protection laws by automatically renewing subscriptions to the site.

  • November 16, 2018

    13 States Urge 1st Circ. To Back Massachusetts' AR-15 Ban

    The attorneys general for 13 states and the District of Columbia have filed an amicus brief with the First Circuit supporting Massachusetts' long-standing ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, saying states have the right to pass gun restrictions to protect their residents. 

  • November 16, 2018

    Limiting Cable Fees Is Harmful, Cities And Towns Tell FCC

    A slew of large cities and small towns submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying it violates the language of the Cable Communications Policy Act that allows localities to collect fees.

  • November 16, 2018

    Calif. High Court To Hear Suit Against Atty Over Monster Deal

    The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Monster Energy Co., which is seeking to revive its suit against an attorney who allegedly breached a confidentiality agreement in the settlement of an underlying suit blaming Monster’s energy drinks for the death of a teenager.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Holding Co. Commits $100M To Hair Brand, Buys Stake

    California-based luxury hair extension brand Bellami Hair LLC said on Friday that Texas-based holding company Cathexis Holdings LLP has acquired a minority stake in the company for $20 million and also committed $100 million to facilitate growth.

  • November 16, 2018

    MoFo, Jones Day Steer BlackBerry’s $1.4B Cylance Buy

    BlackBerry Ltd. on Friday said it will take over private equity-backed cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firm Cylance in a $1.4 billion deal, with Morrison & Foerster LLP steering the buyer and Jones Day guiding the Irvine, California-based seller.

  • November 16, 2018

    Sidley Snags Former Milbank Tweed Corporate Practice Pro

    Sidley Austin LLP said it has hired a former Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience advising companies, private equity sponsors and executives to bolster its corporate group in Los Angeles.

  • November 15, 2018

    Calif. Judge Moves Up Roundup Trial Due To Health Concerns

    A California judge on Thursday granted a couple's request to expedite the trial schedule for their lawsuit alleging Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave them cancer, saying their health could impact their ability to pursue their claims and setting the trial for March 18.

  • November 15, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Keeps 'Hush Money' Row Public

    Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy can't force an ex-Playboy model to arbitrate her contract claim stemming from their $1.6 million "hush money" deal, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, saying it's too intertwined with her suit's claims against attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith Davidson to break off.

  • November 15, 2018

    Warner Bros. Wins Dismissal Of Directors' Suit

    A California appellate panel blasted a trial court’s “inexplicable” effort to bring a proposed class action by film directors against Warner Bros. to trial just ahead of the expiration of a five-year deadline, ruling Wednesday the suit must be dismissed.

Expert Analysis

  • Maximizing Insurance Payouts After The California Fires

    Richard Giller

    California residents impacted by the ongoing 2018 fires can benefit from recently enacted legislation as well as several important insurance lessons learned from the claims submitted in connection with the 2017 wildfires, say Richard Giller and Katherine Ellena of Reed Smith LLP.

  • A Year-End Refresher On Laws Banning Pay History Inquiries

    Amy Traub

    A recent wave of state and local legislation aims to correct the disparate impact of a seemingly innocuous interviewing practice — asking a candidate about his or her salary history, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • 10 Pitfalls For Shareholder Derivative Litigants

    Bryan Ketroser

    The shareholder derivative action is riddled with traps for the unwary. Time and again, I have seen litigators represent both nominal and individual defendants, only to get caught flat-footed when the conflict and case law are pointed out to them, says Bryan Ketroser of Alto Litigation PC.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • The Latest On State And Federal Paid Family Leave Programs

    Kathryn Barcroft

    Only four U.S. states currently require paid family leave programs, leaving private employers across most of the country with the decision of whether to provide such leave to their employees, says Kathryn Barcroft of Solomon Law Firm PLLC.

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Opinion

    9th Circ. Shouldn't Have Halted Rescission Of DACA

    Steven Gordon

    Both analyses offered by the Ninth Circuit in Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security — upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — are flawed. The rescission of DACA, while politically controversial, is lawful, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.