A California appellate court has refused to revive a suit against a Silicon Valley law firm that allegedly changed details of a stock buyout agreement without client approval, resulting in an underlying suit by a creditor of the client’s company.
The federal government is violating the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond adequately and in a timely manner to the American Civil Liberties Union's request for documents related to immigration officers allegedly concealing their identities when enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, the human rights watchdog contended Tuesday in California federal court.
Adoptive parents and their children have urged the Ninth Circuit to put a hold on its decision to toss a proposed class action claiming parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are unconstitutional, saying their planned appeal will detail several ways the circuit court's ruling diverged from U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
The full Ninth Circuit has refused to take another stab at an antitrust suit that accuses three major airlines and an airfare publisher of plotting to fix prices for travel among multiple cities.
Carving $6 million from a massive attorneys' fees award isn’t enough to overcome the fundamental failure to represent indirect buyers of cathode ray tubes from three states originally excluded from a $576.8 million bundle of antitrust settlements, buyers from the excluded states told a California federal judge Tuesday.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging Los Angeles County has illegally withheld documents related to the proposed 19,000-home Centennial development, asking a California state court to force the county's hand.
Co-lead counsel Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP asked a California federal court on Tuesday to award them $4.75 million in fees after securing a $19 million settlement for a class of investors who alleged that Quality Systems Inc. misled them about projected sales and financial performance.
The IRS asked the Ninth Circuit for a second time on Tuesday to reverse the U.S. Tax Court’s invalidation of an agency rule challenged by chipmaker Altera Corp., arguing it hadn’t flouted federal law in requiring businesses to include stock-based compensation in their cost-sharing agreements with related parties.
Viacom Inc. has sued Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the entertainment streaming giant illegally recruits key employees away from other companies — including a former Viacom TV production executive — an allegation also made by Twentieth Century Fox in separate ongoing litigation.
A proposed class of Facebook users urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive their suit alleging the social media giant illegally scraped information about their visits to medical websites, saying their consent to the company’s terms was meaningless because they’d relied on its promise that “privacy is important to us.”
Morrison & Foerster LLP has hired Fujitsu's head of international compliance, who has also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in California and New York, to join its San Francisco office, the law firm said.
A California federal judge has shot down Viacom's bid to send to arbitration a proposed class action accusing it of unlawfully collecting and selling personal information belonging to children who used one of its mobile apps, ruling that there was no evidence that the users had ever seen or agreed to the arbitration requirement.
Navy Federal Credit Union has agreed to pay more than $24.5 million to end claims by a proposed class that the organization unfairly charges "Optional Overdraft Protection Fees," according to a motion for preliminary approval filed in California federal court.
A proposed class of five million Walmart applicants and employees have pressed a California federal judge for certification in a suit accusing the retail giant of adding extraneous material to background check notices it issued to applicants and new hires in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
A former researcher for a renowned American philosopher at University of California, Berkeley urged a California judge Tuesday to enforce their confidential settlement resolving her sexual harassment suit, arguing that the professor can't get out of the contract just because the University of California Board of Regents might not back the deal.
The full Ninth Circuit has declined to rethink tossing a proposed class action alleging that portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act are discriminatory and unconstitutional, standing by its decision that the dispute lodged by four children and their adoptive parents is moot because the kids were successfully adopted.
Madison Realty Capital has reportedly loaned $36.1 million for a New York residential and retail project, Sard Verbinnen & Co. is said to be taking 65,000 square feet of space in New York, and CBS is reportedly selling its Los Angeles production studio and may get more than $700 million for the property.
The University of Southern California intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether employers can force workers who collectively sue over benefit plan mismanagement to resolve their claims through individual arbitration.
A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed with leave to amend a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit claiming Apple Inc. and the Indian company Infosys Technologies violated immigration laws by recruiting two Indian nationals with B-1 visas to conduct training sessions instead of obtaining the more expensive H1-B visas.
Metals brokerage Monex Credit Co. criticized the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday for what it called “blatant and limitless” jurisdictional overreach in the agency’s attempt to have the Ninth Circuit reverse the dismissal of its $290 million fraud case against Monex based on arguments that Congress has expressly rejected.
Many describe "price transparency" as the solution to what is wrong with health care, but the reality may well be that transparency is only a stepping stone to actual price controls. Recent events illustrate the range of avenues being pursued as legislators address the cost of health care, say Mark Waxman and Kristin Jenkins of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.
As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.
Last month, California passed the first-ever state legislation aimed at regulating "internet of things" devices. The new law restricts liability to manufacturers of physical hardware — drawing a narrower line than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's previous guidance, say Michael Buchanan and Michelle Bufano of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Many believe that California's new law requiring a minimum number of female directors at public companies is necessary. But the law also faces a number of criticisms, and its implementation may well be delayed or even blocked by constitutional challenges, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.
Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
To predict the kinds of questions early Defend Trade Secrets Act appellate decisions may resolve, Gregory Lantier and Thomas Sprankling of WilmerHale consider how courts have interpreted other intellectual property statutes.
The 2017-2018 California wildfires and mudslides spurred the introduction and passage of multiple broad-based proposals that will require California homeowners insurers to change their contacts, their disclosures, and their claims and underwriting practices, say Samuel Sorich and Larry Golub of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
Amendments to California's Proposition 65 which came into effect in August change the law's safe harbor warning requirements and create tailored warnings for specific chemical exposures and products. Businesses must keep in mind that even an exposure below legally defined threshold levels can open them to liability, say Lotus Fung and Manuel Fishman of Buchalter PC.
As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.