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  • January 17, 2019

    Calif. Justices To Hear Tire Center Wage-And-Hour Suits

    The California Supreme Court agreed to consider whether Certified Tire and Service Centers Inc. employees were bilked out of enhanced pay under the company’s system of rewarding them only for certain types of work, according to a brief filing Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Haynes and Boone Adds Ex-Troutman Food & Bev, M&A Pro

    Haynes and Boone LLP has hired a former Troutman Sanders LLP partner experienced in mergers and acquisitions in the food and beverage industry, expanding the firm’s corporate and M&A presence in California, the firm has announced.

  • January 17, 2019

    Qualcomm Requests More Time In Apple Patent Fees Trial

    Qualcomm needs an extra day before the jury to defend itself against Apple's allegations that it has been overcharging for patent licensing fees, the chipmaker told a California federal judge Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2019

    4th Circ. Says Cities Can't Sue DOD Over Gun Check Info

    New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia have no legal standing to sue the U.S. Department of Defense to force it to improve its compliance with obligations to report information on convicted service members to a federal database used for gun background checks, the Fourth Circuit has ruled.

  • January 17, 2019

    Prison Callers Stuck Proving 'Intent' In Securus Recording Suit

    A class of ex-prisoners and attorneys suing prison telephone company Securus Technologies Inc. for tapping their calls lost their bid to appeal a ruling that “intent” is required to bring their California Invasion of Privacy Act claim, as a federal judge said Wednesday that rehashing the issue would be a waste of resources.

  • January 17, 2019

    Revance Prices $100M Preapproved Offering Amid Shutdown

    Biotechnology company Revance Therapeutics said on Thursday that it has priced a $100 million follow-on offering by way of a preapproved U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that will allow the company to raise funds despite the uncertainty surrounding the market due to the government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    Biz Groups Back GrubHub In 9th Circ. Gig Economy Row

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have told the Ninth Circuit that upending a California federal judge's finding that an ex-GrubHub driver was an independent contractor and not an employee would devastate internet and gig-economy businesses that rely on independent contractors.

  • January 17, 2019

    Bertram Partners Lands $72M Loan For 3 Calif. Properties

    Bertram Partners Inc. has scored $72 million in financing for a trio of affordable housing complexes in Orange County, California, the real estate company's broker, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, said Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    ACLU Sues Gov't, Demands Docs On Social Media Spying

    The American Civil Liberties Union hit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and six other federal agencies with a Freedom of Information Act suit in California federal court on Thursday, demanding the government hand over documents related to its social media surveillance practices.

  • January 17, 2019

    NFL Wants Former Players' Revived Painkiller Suit Dismissed

    The NFL asked a California federal court to once again dismiss a proposed class action by former players alleging the league was negligent in providing them painkillers to get back in the game, saying the players didn't show that any NFL employees were involved in giving them the drugs.

  • January 17, 2019

    Steptoe Nabs Boies Schiller Trial Atty To Co-Head LA Office

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has hired a Boies Schiller Flexner LLP trial lawyer with experience representing clients in employment, intellectual property and complex commercial disputes to serve as its co-managing partner in its Los Angeles office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-Hallmark Host's Atty DQ'd In Wrongful Termination Suit

    The Bloom Firm cannot represent a former Hallmark Channel host accusing the television network of firing him for reporting sexual harassment on set, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the firm previously had a legal consulting agreement with one of the network’s producers embroiled in the harassment claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    OCC Chief Hopes To Work With Rep. Waters On CRA, Fintech

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's top official said Wednesday he's "excited" the Community Reinvestment Act and fintech policy are key issues for Rep. Maxine Waters, the new Democratic chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and doesn't expect his agency's work to be affected by the committee's tilt to the left.

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Question Could Affect Calif. Prevailing Wage Law

    California's prevailing wage law could be expanded or narrowed, depending on how the state's highest court may rule on a question about the payment of workers who transport machinery to and from public construction projects, the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Gov't-Focused Partners In SF, DC

    King & Spalding LLP is expanding its government-related practice groups with the addition this week of a former Georgia state legislator who recently helped screen judge candidates in filling vacancies on the bench, and a veteran U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor who sent corrupt judges to prison.

  • January 16, 2019

    Curious Jury Gets Answers From Pathologist In J&J Talc Trial

    A pathologist fielded questions in a California courtroom Wednesday from jurors considering whether Johnson & Johnson baby powder contained asbestos that caused a dying woman’s cancer, explaining that the asbestos amounts found in the woman’s lung tissue and lymph nodes were too high to have come from ambient air.

  • January 16, 2019

    PetIQ Chews On Rivals' Fresh Suit Over Clinic Chain Buy

    Pet medicine distributor PetIQ has urged a California federal court to toss an amended suit brought by two rivals seeking to block its purchase of a veterinary clinic chain, saying the antitrust suit lacks the flesh it was asked to add to the first version.

  • January 16, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: SME, JP Morgan Asset Management, IDS

    SME Capital Ventures is reportedly nearing a deal to buy a New York apartment building for $22 million, a venture of JP Morgan Asset Management could get more than $90 million with the sale of a Chicago apartment tower and an IDS Real Estate venture is seeking $280 million for a new Los Angeles-area office property.

  • January 16, 2019

    Amazon Shoots Back At Bias Allegations Over Job Ads

    Amazon.com Inc. further urged a California federal court Wednesday to let it escape a suit accusing it of illegally blocking a proposed nationwide class of older workers from seeing Facebook job ads, arguing both that the suit's claims fall short and that the court doesn't have jurisdiction to hear them.

  • January 16, 2019

    Oracle Can’t Toss Race, Sex Bias Case Over ALJs

    Oracle America must continue fighting a race and sex bias suit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor federal contracts watchdog after an agency administrative law judge rejected its claim that he and his colleagues were not validly appointed under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • A 9th Circ. Shift On Timing For Class Cert. Motions

    Neal Ross Marder

    With its recent decision in ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corp — striking down a local rule that governs the time period for filing a motion for class certification — the Ninth Circuit created a major change to class actions in the Central District of California, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • What To Expect In Environmental Law In 2019

    Forrest Smith

    From a business perspective, the environmental law developments that are likely to have the most immediate domestic consequences in the coming year are air- and water-related litigation and regulations, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Transparency Versus Confidentiality In 2019 Tax Disputes

    Tim Gustafson

    The growing tension between government promises of transparency and taxpayers’ right to confidentiality is likely to continue this year, as highlighted by two recent developments in Pennsylvania and California, say Tim Gustafson and Mike Le of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 21st Amendment Vs. Commerce Clause At The High Court

    Alva Mather

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.

  • 'Hyatt 3' Oral Argument And Potential State Tax Implications

    Jeffrey Reed

    However the U.S. Supreme Court decides the third iteration of Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt, argued on Jan. 9, it is much more likely that the opinion will be featured in federal courts casebooks than taxation casebooks. Nevertheless, the matter surely has some state tax relevance, says Jeffrey Reed of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Why Apple Customers Lost A Suit Over Storage Capacity

    Jeffrey Edelstein

    A California federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple customers over the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads. The case illustrates the importance of accurate advertising about the technical specifications of products, but also the need for plaintiffs to draft their complaints with care, says Jeffrey Edelstein of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Grapple With Proliferation Of E-Scooters

    David Royse

    As state legislators return to session this year, many face a new issue: the explosion of e-scooters on city streets. Municipal officials scrambling to evaluate the legality of the rental scooters are seeking policy guidance at the state level, says David Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.