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  • October 19, 2018

    NCAA Athletes Rip 'Myth' Of Amateurism In Trial Closings

    NCAA athletes on Friday blasted the association's rules limiting athlete compensation in written closing arguments of a landmark antitrust trial, arguing that fans won't stop watching college sports if athletes are paid and amateurism is an "economically invalid" myth.

  • October 19, 2018

    Goodwin Scores 2 Gunderson Emerging Tech Co. Partners

    Goodwin Procter LLP has added two former Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP attorneys as partners to its technology companies practice in San Francisco, the firm has announced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Trump Looks To Ease Burdens On Western Water Projects

    President Donald Trump on Friday directed two federal agencies to look for ways to make it easier for developers to complete water infrastructure projects in California, Washington and Oregon, including streamlining procedures that are in place to protect the environment and endangered species.

  • October 19, 2018

    CashCall Owes $200M For Loan Scheme, CFPB Tells 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reverse a lower court order and force CashCall Inc. to cough up more than $200 million for bilking consumers on high-interest payday loans, saying the company escaped with just a $10 million fine because a federal judge wrongly decided the company didn't have to pay restitution.

  • October 19, 2018

    Chevron's Risky Choices Sunk Retirement Plan, 9th Circ. Told

    A putative class of beneficiaries of Chevron's employee retirement plan asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive their claims the company breached its fiduciary duties when it made high-cost and poor-performing investments, saying they had plausibly alleged that Chevron's money management process was flawed.

  • October 19, 2018

    Political Consultant Cops To Bid-Rigging DOE Contracts

    A Bay Area political consultant pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of a bid-rigging scheme connected to a U.S. Department of Energy construction contract and making false statements to investigators, the U.S. Attorney's Office has said.

  • October 19, 2018

    High Court Urged Not To Review 9th Circ. Preemption Ruling

    The California homeowner behind a proposed class action over Bank of America's alleged violation of a California state mortgage escrow interest law has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Ninth Circuit decision that held the state law isn’t preempted by the National Bank Act.

  • October 19, 2018

    HP Unit Owes Startup $2.3M For Software Work

    A California federal jury found Friday that a Hewlett Packard unit must pay a software startup more than $2.3 million for work on a Malaysian banking project, while clearing HP on many of the allegations in a contract suit that sought tens of millions in damages.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ubiquiti Says Files In IP Row Weren't Intentionally Destroyed

    Ubiquiti Networks Inc. has fired back at Synopsys Inc.'s bid to sanction it for allegedly destroying tens of thousands of files relevant to Synopsys' lawsuit that accuses the networking company of illegally using its design software, telling a California federal judge the destruction was unintentional and does not warrant sanctions.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Uber Drivers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive 2014 Data Hack Suit

    Two former Uber drivers have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their amended proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing company lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised their personal information, insisting they have shown an immediate, credible risk of fraud or identity theft from the hack.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

    A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site.

  • October 19, 2018

    Gov't Asks 9th Circ. To Revive New Birth Control Rules

    The Trump administration asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to lift a nationwide ban on new rules that exempt employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act, saying employers’ First Amendment rights should trounce procedural requirements for passing the new regulations.

  • October 19, 2018

    SEC Seeks $24M From San Francisco Cos. For EB-5 Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday urged a California federal judge to seek more than $23.9 million from companies owned by a businessman who had been accused of misappropriating funds through an EB-5 scheme, telling the judge that the alleged fraud was “not in dispute.”

  • October 19, 2018

    Cancer-Drug Maker Nabs $80M Financing, Names New CEO

    San Diego-based precision oncology company TP Therapeutics, which makes drugs aimed at addressing treatment resistance, said Friday that it completed an $80 million round of mezzanine financing led by life sciences investment firms Foresite Capital and venBio Partners.

  • October 19, 2018

    DOJ Trying to Reboot Sanctuary City Fight, Calif. Says

    California has told a federal judge that the Trump administration hasn't given up hopes of blocking sanctuary cities from obtaining federal public safety grants and is instead trying to dodge the court's ruling that the policy unconstitutionally violates the separation of powers. 

  • October 19, 2018

    Judge Justified In Ejecting Felon Paralegal, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit said Thursday that a trial judge did not commit misconduct when he ejected a paralegal from the courtroom after learning that the man was a felon and that he might be violating his parole, even though no parole violation had taken place.

  • October 19, 2018

    Medical Device Maker Sued Over 'Dangerous' Walking Boot

    DJO Global Inc.'s medical walking boots cause additional injuries by effectively lengthening one leg, giving wearers an uneven gait and throwing their bodies out of alignment, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • October 19, 2018

    USC Inks $215M Deal To End Sex Abuse Class Suit

    The University of Southern California announced Friday it reached a $215 million deal in principle to resolve a proposed class action accusing a former staff gynecologist of sexually abusing potentially thousands of women.

  • October 18, 2018

    Calif. Judges Want Clarification On High Court Recusal

    Counsel for a class of over 3,000 California state appellate judges in an appeal involving $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments have asked the state's Supreme Court justices to clarify their decision to recuse themselves from the suit, saying that all judges may have a financial stake in the case.

  • October 18, 2018

    Los Angeles Keeps Trial Win In Teen Pedestrian Death Suit

    A California state appeals court has affirmed a defense verdict in a suit accusing the city of Los Angeles of creating a dangerous condition at an intersection where a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed, saying certain trial evidence was properly excluded.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Fit For Fido? The Rise Of 'Natural' Pet Food Claims

    Steven Hwang

    As sales of “premium” pet food have increased in recent years, so has the number of consumer class actions filed against pet food manufacturers, specifically those involving claims that marketing and labeling pet foods as “natural” is false and misleading, say Steven Hwang and Cassandra Abernathy of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

    Margaret Grover

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP.

  • How New Calif. Law Will Impact Device Cybersecurity

    Laura Stefani

    A new California law requires specific types of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices. But the proliferation of state-based internet of things requirements could hinder efforts to develop and implement uniform national standards, says Laura Stefani of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • No Bots About It: California's Crackdown On Chatbots

    Anthony Ascombe

    Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law restricting the use of automated online “bot” accounts. The law was drafted in part to help prevent election interference through the propagation of fake news, but it will also impact businesses that use bots to communicate with customers, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • 9 FAQs About De Minimis Doctrine After Troester V. Starbucks

    Daniel Fears

    In Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court recently held that the federal de minimis doctrine does not apply to claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Attorneys with Payne & Fears LLP take a deeper dive into some lingering employer questions related to the ruling.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.