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California

  • May 23, 2018

    Allstate Inks $6.5M Deal To End Calif. Junk Fax Class Action

    A California federal judge said Wednesday he'll grant preliminary approval to a $6.5 million class action settlement ending claims alleging Allstate Insurance Co. unlawfully sent junk faxes to thousands of Golden State residents soliciting customers for car insurance.

  • May 23, 2018

    'Dieselgate' Stalled Sales, VW Salespeople Say In Class Action

    News that Volkswagen rigged U.S. diesel emissions tests — a scandal sometimes referred to as “Dieselgate” — has harmed the “hardworking men and women who make their livelihood selling vehicles in the Volkswagen brand” and led to reduced sales, according to a consolidated class action filed in California federal court on Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    ACLU Demands ICE Reveal How It Uses License Plate Data

    The American Civil Liberties Union sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California federal court on Wednesday requesting records relating to contracts between the agency and private companies over a surveillance technology known as the automated license plate reader.

  • May 23, 2018

    Big Oil, Calif. Cities Set To Clash Over Climate Change

    Climate change will be front and center Thursday morning in U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup's San Francisco courtroom as Big Oil squares off with Oakland and San Francisco over the future of the cities' suits seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage. Here's a rundown of the hearing's key players as well as key issues to watch.

  • May 23, 2018

    Drone Test Sites Give States Expanded Regulatory Role

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to grant 10 state- and local-backed projects special licenses to test different ways of flying unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with private-sector partners gives those governments a larger-than-expected role in shaping the federal regulatory framework for drones, industry observers say.

  • May 23, 2018

    Jamba Juice Operator Wants Coverage For Sex Assault Case

    Jamba Juice operator Whirl Colorado LLC sued insurer Houston Casualty Co. in California federal court on Tuesday over the “offensive” refusal to resolve “very dangerous claims” stemming from a store manager’s sexual assault of one of his workers.

  • May 23, 2018

    Real Estate Co. Boosts Portfolio With $382M Senior Living Buy

    California-based real estate development company MBK Real Estate LLC said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy nine senior living properties and their operations from West Living LLC for $382 million.

  • May 23, 2018

    Calif. 'Billionaire' Convicted For $3M Ponzi Scheme

    A Colorado federal jury has convicted a California man on multiple charges for his role in a scheme in which he and his co-conspirators duped investors into giving him $3 million to purportedly access billions of dollars he claimed were in an overseas bank account.

  • May 23, 2018

    Drivers Amend Autobahn Parts Suit To Facilitate $1.6M Deal

    A group of drivers amended their claims in California federal court Tuesday against auto dealer Autobahn Inc. to help effectuate a proposed settlement that would provide the drivers with $1.6 million in vouchers for dropping claims the company misled them into believing it used genuine Mercedes parts to repair their vehicles.

  • May 23, 2018

    Google Accuses Online Ordering Co. Of Hijacking Biz Pages

    Google has accused an online ordering service in California federal court of disguising itself as a Google affiliate to trick restaurant owners into giving up control of their business profiles on the search engine, infringing the tech giant’s trademark in the process.

  • May 23, 2018

    Comcast Plans To Top Disney With Cash Offer For Fox Assets

    Comcast Corp. on Wednesday said it's considering a cash deal to buy the assets 21st Century Fox agreed to sell to California-based Walt Disney Co. last year, the latest bid by the cable giant to usurp Fox's dealmaking.

  • May 23, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Likely Out Of Atty's $4M Ponzi Scheme Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a Los Angeles attorney's $4.3 million suit alleging that Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP committed legal malpractice and fraud by backing a Ponzi scheme, finding that the attorney waived his claims when he reached a deal in arbitration with the scammer.

  • May 22, 2018

    Oakland Pol's Son Took Bribes For Public Contracts, Jury Told

    The son of an Oakland, California, politician raked in thousands of dollars to rig bids on public contracts for clients of his so-called public relations firm, an undercover informant told a California federal jury on Tuesday, calling the arrangement a "pay-to-play" scheme.

  • May 22, 2018

    Class Can't Get Quick Win In TCPA Suit Against Solar Co.

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to grant a quick win to a certified class seeking to hold a solar company liable for allegedly bombarding consumers with unwanted robocalls on their cellphones, ruling that questions remained about how many offending calls had been placed and whether class members are entitled to enhanced damages.

  • May 22, 2018

    Consumers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Crunch Gym TCPA Suit

    A pair of consumer advocates on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a proposed class action against gym chain Crunch San Diego LLC over the company’s alleged spamming of members’ cellphones with promotional text messages, saying Federal Communications Commission autodialer rules are applicable in this case and prohibit the gym’s conduct.

  • May 22, 2018

    Orrick Nabs Weil Partner To Co-Lead IP Practice

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has hired the former co-chair of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s patent litigation practice to co-lead Orrick’s global intellectual property practice, after he's represented major technology companies like Oracle Corp., eBay Inc. and Micron Technology in high-profile patent disputes, Orrick said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Eagan Avenatti Owes Ex-Partner $10M From Bankruptcy Deal

    A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees.

  • May 22, 2018

    USCIS Urges Justices Not To Consider Visa Petition Review

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday not to review the Ninth Circuit’s holding that a Taiwanese engineer didn’t qualify for a statutory exception that would allow him to apply for lawful permanent resident status, arguing that the appeals court properly applied U.S. immigration law.

  • May 22, 2018

    PF Chang's Gets OK On $6.5M Calif. Wage-And-Hour Deal

    P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. has agreed to pay $6.5 million to a class of approximately 17,000 current and former workers who accused the restaurant chain of wage and hour violations, according to a California federal judge who affirmed the settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Calif. Attorney-Officials Must Heed AG's Ethics Warning

    Gary Schons

    The California attorney general recently issued an opinion on the conflicts posed when an attorney who serves as a city councilmember has a client with interests adverse to the city. The opinion illustrates that ethical conflicts can arise when a lawyer has a fiduciary relationship, but not an attorney-client relationship, with a person or legal entity, says Gary Schons of Best Best & Krieger LLP.

  • Defenses For Using Contractors In A Post-Dynamex World

    Samantha Rollins

    While the revamped test for independent contractor status under the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court raises new questions under state law, it also presents opportunities for companies to present new legal arguments (and take new proactive steps) in defense of independent contractor relationships, say Samantha Rollins and Andrew Murphy of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Highlights Importance Of Cyber Liability Insurance

    ​​​​​​​Jennifer Senior

    In Aqua Star v. Travelers, the Ninth Circuit affirmed last month that an exclusion in a crime policy unambiguously barred coverage for theft by social engineering, reminding insureds to obtain more specialized insurance for the increasingly common threat of social engineering crimes, say Jennifer Senior and Edward Vrtis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Lack Of Sameness Doomed INRatio Class Certification

    Michelle Hart Yeary

    Last month a federal court in California declined a second attempt to certify a class action against the makers of handheld devices used to monitor blood clotting. The case demonstrates that when key questions of law or fact affect only some members of the putative class, but not all, class certification is not sustainable, says Michelle Yeary of Dechert LLP.

  • Gender Pay Data: Impact Of European Laws In The US

    Lynne Bernabei

    Although American and European equal pay laws often develop on parallel tracks, the U.S has not kept pace with the EU in terms of pay transparency. However, new European laws may have the unintended consequence of pushing multinationals with U.S. employees to publish pay data to keep up with their European counterparts, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Growing Caregiver Benefits In The US Workplace And Beyond

    Louise Balsan

    As Mother's Day approaches and more initiatives in the U.S. and around the world are aimed at increasing opportunities at work for working mothers (and caregivers more generally), attorneys with Baker McKenzie discuss recent benefits made available to these employees and review updates multinational employers need to know.