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  • October 17, 2018

    McDonald's Jointly Employed Calif. Workers, 9th Circ. Told

    A proposed class of McDonald’s workers suing the restaurant’s California franchises over wage-and-hour violations told a Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday that a lower court judge erred by killing their claims against the corporation, arguing that the fast food giant was their joint employer because it exercised control over its franchisees.

  • October 17, 2018

    Builder Hits SF With $150M Suit Over Terminal Delays

    The general contractor behind the construction of San Francisco's new $2.2 billion transit terminal has slapped the city agency responsible for the project with a $150 million lawsuit in state court, arguing that poor plans and the agency's slow response led to cost overruns.

  • October 17, 2018

    United Healthcare Sued For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy

    A proposed class of American workers who received psychotherapy through their employers’ health care plans sued United Healthcare Insurance Co. and United Behavioral Health in California federal court Tuesday, accusing them of flouting the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by imposing unfair reimbursement limits on psychotherapy services.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Firm Accused Of Cornering Landowner Into Bad Deal

    A small California law firm is facing allegations that it tricked a property owner into settling a lawsuit over construction defects for less than it was worth, potentially costing the landowner more than $10 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Court Sides With State In Coastal Land Planning Row

    A California appeals court sided against a local landowners group that had argued several provisions in a city's coastal plan for land use violated state law and the constitution, deciding on Wednesday that many of the claims were brought through an improper procedure.

  • October 17, 2018

    'Fast And Furious' Producer Sues Universal Over Spinoff

    Neal Moritz, producer of the “Fast and Furious” movies, sued Universal Pictures in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, alleging the motion picture studio tried to reduce his compensation for a spinoff of the popular street-racing films and then kicked him off the job after he pushed back.

  • October 17, 2018

    Enviros Sue FWS To Protect 550,000 Acres Of Bird's Habitat

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to designate about 550,000 acres of critical habitat in nine states for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Trump Admin. Pushes 9th Circ. To Decide On DACA Rollback

    The Trump administration told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that it would file a second petition for review in the U.S. Supreme Court if the appellate court does not issue a ruling by Oct. 31 on the legality of the administration’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

  • October 17, 2018

    Public Funds Seek To Oust Zuckerberg As Facebook Chair

    A group of public funds that are invested in Facebook Inc. backed Trillium Asset Management on Wednesday in an effort to oust CEO Mark Zuckerberg from his role as chairman, contending that the social media giant's mishandling of recent controversies highlights the need for greater board independence.

  • October 17, 2018

    Cooley-Led Med Device Co. Prices $108M IPO Amid Volatility

    Medical device company Si-Bone Inc., advised by Cooley LLP, priced a $108 million initial public offering and saw shares rally upon debut on Wednesday amid volatile market conditions during which at least one other company has delayed its IPO and another lowered its price.

  • October 17, 2018

    EBay Accuses Amazon Of Poaching Top Sellers

    EBay Inc. hit Amazon.com with a lawsuit in California state court Wednesday, accusing the Seattle-based online retail giant of orchestrating a massive campaign to poach top sellers from eBay's online trading platform in violation of the California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act and state business statutes.

  • October 17, 2018

    Wash. Climate Suit Against Big Oil Stayed Amid Appeal

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday halted King County, Washington's suit seeking to hold "Big Oil" liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage until the Ninth Circuit rules on an appeal of the dismissal of similar suits lodged by Oakland and San Francisco.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ferry Companies Pay $3M To Settle Health Benefit Claims

    Two California-based ferry service companies ponied up $2.75 million in a deal to settle accusations that workers were not properly given health insurance or sufficient benefits during a multiyear period in violation of San Francisco law, city officials announced.

  • October 17, 2018

    Apple's Window To Nix Patent Has Closed, Qualcomm Says

    Qualcomm has told a California federal judge that Apple can't argue it doesn't owe royalties for a particular patent because its window to do so has shut, and the consumer tech giant's theory that the patent has been newly injected into the companies' massive licensing dispute belies the fact Apple has known about the patent for months. 

  • October 17, 2018

    Jury Will Likely Decide Legality Of Disney’s Kid Data Scrape

    A California federal judge expressed ambivalence Wednesday about putative class claims that Disney, Viacom and others illegally sold information surreptitiously culled from child video gamers, saying while the data didn’t seem very private, a jury should likely decide whether “a reasonable person would find this offensive.”

  • October 17, 2018

    Bosch Presses Bid To Sink Ford Pickup Truck Emissions Suit

    Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC told a Michigan federal court Tuesday that consumers alleging it helped Ford Motor Co. rig 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests cannot try to use a recent California ruling in a Volkswagen case to keep alive their racketeering and fraud claims.

  • October 17, 2018

    2 Biotech Cos. Launch IPOs Despite Erratic Market Conditions

    Two biotechnology companies on Wednesday set price ranges on initial public offerings that are expected to raise $125 million combined, opting to move forward on IPOs in a stock market that has swung sharply in the past week.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Law Firm Beats Malpractice Suit Over Altered Stock Deal

    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.

  • October 17, 2018

    ACLU Seeks Docs Tied To ICE Agents Hiding Their Identities

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • What New Calif. Law Means For Connected Medical Devices

    Michael Buchanan

    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.

  • Hurdles Ahead For California's Female Director Mandate

    Teresa Johnson

    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.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    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.

  • The Where, When And What Of DTSA Appeals: Part 2

    Gregory Lantier

    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.

  • 11 New Insurance Laws After California Wildfires

    Samuel Sorich

    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.

  • How New Prop 65 Amendments Impact Calif. Businesses

    Lotus Fung

    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.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    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.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5.5 Ways To Remove GILTI From Your State Tax Base

    Zal Kumar

    In many states, the lack of specific guidance addressing the inclusion of global intangible low-taxed income, or GILTI, is causing concern that GILTI will be includible in the state tax base. Attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP highlight several possible avenues for removing GILTI from the state tax base.