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  • January 18, 2019

    Arent Fox Nabs Ex-CFPB Enforcement Pro In San Francisco

    A former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement attorney and go-to expert for financial services litigation has joined Arent Fox LLP's complex litigation practice as a partner at the firm's San Francisco office, the firm said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

    A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC.

  • January 18, 2019

    Costco Can’t Toss Non-Calif. Plaintiffs In Hep. A Berry Suit

    A California federal judge has denied Costco Wholesale Co. Inc.'s bid to dismiss non-California plaintiffs from a class action over a frozen berry mix that allegedly started a hepatitis A outbreak, saying the company can't raise that defense after several years participating in the suit.

  • January 18, 2019

    Movie Studios Call VidAngel's Fair Use Bid 'Utter Nonsense'

    Disney and a half dozen other movie studios urged a California federal judge Friday to find that streaming service VidAngel can't rely on fair use principles to defend its practice of distributing family-friendly edits of their films online, calling VidAngel's defense against their infringement claims "utter nonsense."

  • January 18, 2019

    Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

    The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Avenatti Slammed For 'Tactical' DQ Bid In Fee Fight

    Lawyers attempting to collect on a bankruptcy court judgment against attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti told a California federal court that Avenatti’s bid to disqualify them from the $10 million suit is a delay tactic that would allow him to move assets around while the case is pending.

  • January 18, 2019

    HHS Condemns Null Calif. Abortion Law As Discriminatory

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services chided California on Friday over a court-invalidated state law that had required pregnancy resource centers to post information about abortion services, saying it flouted federal statutes barring discrimination against anti-abortion providers.

  • January 18, 2019

    Calif. Restaurant Chain To Pay $4M To End Wage Theft Row

    A California restaurant chain has agreed to pay $4 million to end a wage theft case pending before state labor regulators that alleges it underpaid about 300 immigrant workers, a legal group representing the workers has said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Dockworkers’ $4.1M ERISA Suit Lacks Facts, Plan Tells Court

    Providers of a West Coast health and welfare plan urged a California federal court on Thursday to dismiss a group of dockworkers' suit over $4.1 million in unpaid health-care claims, arguing that the group's allegations aren't backed up by facts and that some of the workers had already fought out the issue in arbitration.

  • January 18, 2019

    Blank Rome Adds Ex-DLA Piper Transactions Atty In LA

    Blank Rome LLP has hired a former DLA Piper transactions veteran and self-professed "deal lawyer" with experience brokering deals for lifestyle companies and entrepreneurs, bolstering its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities group in Los Angeles.

  • January 18, 2019

    9th Circ. Upholds Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday rejected a bid by a group of trade and energy organizations to sink California's low carbon fuel standard, saying their claims weren't different enough from those in prior challenges — which also failed — to warrant a different outcome.

  • January 18, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Baptist Health, Bridge

    Lennar has reportedly paid $17 million for a Miami development site, Baptist Health South Florida is said to have bought a former Toys R Us store for $15.8 million, and Bridge Development Partners has reportedly dropped $68 million on a Los Angeles warehouse complex.

  • January 18, 2019

    Theranos Execs' Days Of Reckoning Draw Nearer

    The dissolution of Theranos Inc. hasn’t ended legal troubles for ex-leaders of the wannabe bloodwork disruptor, who are getting closer to climactic trials in fraud suits brought by prosecutors, consumers and securities enforcers. Here, Law360 updates attorneys on criminal and civil cases threatening former executives of the onetime Silicon Valley juggernaut.

  • January 18, 2019

    High Court Asked To Hear Multicity Airfare Price-Fixing Ruling

    Travel agents and consumers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision shutting down their antitrust suit alleging American Airlines, Delta, United and others conspired to fix prices on multicity flights, saying courts are substantially chilling private antitrust enforcement by tossing valid cases.

  • January 18, 2019

    AMD Computer Chip Buyers Win Cert. In False Ad Suit

    Consumers who say Advanced Micro Devices falsely advertised certain computer chips as having eight “cores” when they really had fewer can pursue their claims against the tech company as a class, a California federal judge has ruled.

  • January 18, 2019

    Duane Morris Cannabis Group Adds Team Leads In NY, SF

    Duane Morris LLP has expanded its leadership team for the firm’s work with clients in the budding legal cannabis market, adding a corporate partner from New York and a trial partner from San Francisco as leaders within the firm’s industry group, it announced Thursday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Studios Settle Streaming Device War With Dragon Box

    Netflix, Disney, Amazon and other media outlets have tentatively agreed to settle with a company accused of selling a device that allows customers to stream movies and TV shows for free, according to a Thursday notice in California federal court.

  • January 18, 2019

    PG&E Equipment Caused Calif. Wildfires, Judge Finds

    A California federal judge has tentatively found that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s equipment's vulnerability to falling tree limbs has been "the single most recurring cause" of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires to which the company has been linked.

  • January 17, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Emanuel Retires After 3 Decades

    Eric J. Emanuel, who co-founded Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in 1986, has retired from the firm, leaving John B. Quinn as the only active founding member, a firm spokesperson told Law360 on Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    5M Walmart Workers Win Cert. In Background Check Suit

    Roughly 5 million people who applied for a job at Walmart Inc. can pursue a class action alleging the retail giant added extraneous material to background check notices it issued to applicants and new hires in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • High Court's Emulex Issue Is Narrower Than Some Suggest

    Corban Rhodes

    Some have seen the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear Emulex v. Gary Varjabedian as an opportunity to deny investors any ability to bring claims under Section 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act. This effort is misguided for several reasons, say Corban Rhodes and Anna Menkova of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • What Calif. Employers Should Know About LA Teacher Strike

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    The Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike raises serious questions not only for parents, but also employers who may be required to accommodate employees' requests for time off under California’s child-related activities leave law, say Ellen Bandel and Ryan Bykerk of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • A 2019 Field Guide To Calif. Class Actions

    William Stern

    For those navigating the California class action landscape in 2019, it pays to know what happened in 2018. William Stern of Covington & Burling LLP looks back at the most important developments and discusses what to expect going forward.

  • 5 Interview Questions Calif. Employers Should Skip In 2019

    Minal Haymond

    Although Michael Scott, a fictional character in "The Office," would have us believe there's no such thing as a bad question, in California that expression now holds less true than ever. Minal Haymond of Seyfarth Shaw LLP reviews new and updated legislation governing what employers can and cannot ask job candidates.

  • Does ADA Cover Accommodations For Transgender Workers?

    Lindsey Conrad Kennedy

    Much has been written about whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers discrimination based on transgender status or gender identity, but how the Americans with Disabilities Act comes into play has largely remained uncharted territory. Until now, says Lindsey Conrad Kennedy of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.