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California

  • August 8, 2018

    InBev-SAB Deal Didn’t Swallow US Beer Biz, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has backed a lower court's decision to nix an antitrust suit by beer drinkers that challenged Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, finding Wednesday that because SAB had divested its U.S. business before the deal went through, there had been no change to competition in the domestic market.

  • August 8, 2018

    'Outercourse' Claim Fails In Stanford Sex Assault Appeal

    A California appellate court rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s argument that his previous conviction for sexual assault with intent to commit rape should be overturned because he was only engaging in “outercourse,” ruling Wednesday that there was plenty of evidence that he had more than just “dry-humping” in mind.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ex-Lover Sues Redstone, Loeb & Loeb Atty Over Apartment

    A former companion of elderly ex-Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone has filed a suit against the billionaire and his attorney in California state court alleging she was tricked into signing a document that allowed Redstone to take back a $3.75 million New York apartment he gave her.

  • August 8, 2018

    Freight Co., Investors Reach $13M Deal in Stock-Drop Suit

    UTI Worldwide Inc. and a certified shareholder class suing the logistics services provider for allegedly mischaracterizing problems with its freight forwarding system to the detriment of investors have reached a proposed $13 million settlement.

  • August 8, 2018

    Jones Day Lands An IP Pro From Paul Hastings

    Jones Day has grabbed a “first chair litigator” in Silicon Valley from Paul Hastings LLP with nearly 20 years of experience in patent and technology work, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Lift Block On Trump Birth Control Rules, Gov't Tells 9th Circ.

    The U.S. government has urged the Ninth Circuit to scrap a nationwide block on Trump administration rules that exempt employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act, pointing to the court's recent ruling in a dispute over so-called sanctuary cities. 

  • August 8, 2018

    BLM Wants Input For Enviro Analysis Of Calif. Fracking

    The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday opened up a 30-day period for the public to weigh in on the "potential environmental impacts" of hydraulic fracturing on around 400,000 acres of public land in California, a proposal that was met with opposition from environmental groups.

  • August 8, 2018

    SEC Told Proposed Broker Standards Fall Short

    Financial professionals, investor groups and 17 attorneys general asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify and strengthen its proposal to require brokers to prioritize their clients over themselves, according to public comments submitted before an Aug. 7 deadline.

  • August 8, 2018

    Calif. AG Files FOIA Request Over Family Separations

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act request with several federal agencies Wednesday, seeking more information on the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families at the border.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Trucker Wage Suit In Federal Court

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court's decision to remand a trucker’s putative wage and hour class action against Swift Transportation to California state court, finding the trucking company showed potential damages exceed the $5 million threshold for federal class actions when including future recoverable attorneys' fees.

  • August 8, 2018

    Insurance Inspectors Strike $2.4M Deal To End Wage Suit

    Overland Solutions Inc. struck a $2.4 million deal Wednesday with a proposed class of insurance inspectors who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied proper wages, sending the deal to a California state judge for approval.

  • August 8, 2018

    Mendocino County Pot Tax Upheld By Calif. Appeals Court

    The California Court of Appeal Wednesday upheld the validity of a voter-approved 2016 ballot measure taxing cannabis in Mendocino County, agreeing with a trial court’s conclusion that the measure did not impose a special tax requiring a supermajority vote.

  • August 8, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tronc, UnitedHealth, Ping An

    Tronc is reportedly considering selling the Chicago Tribune to a private equity firm, UnitedHealth inked a tentative deal to buy Genoa Healthcare from Advent International, and Ping An is mulling a deal to buy the Asia division of Prudential PLC.

  • August 8, 2018

    Seattle-Based Tech Co. Impinj Hit With Stock-Drop Suit

    Radio frequency identification systems company Impinj Inc., its CEO and chief financial officer lied to shareholders about its financial controls and an ongoing internal investigation, according to a stock-drop suit filed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • August 8, 2018

    SoCalGas Reaches $119.5M Deal In Calif. Gas Leak Litigation

    Southern California Gas Co. has agreed to a proposed $119.5 million deal to end state litigation from the California Air Resources Board and the city and county of Los Angeles over the huge Aliso Canyon gas leak, the company and local officials announced on Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    O'Melveny Guides Skyworks' $405M Avnera Acquisition

    California chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc., with assistance from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, has inked an agreement to buy semiconductor supplier Avnera Corp. for $405 million in cash, the companies said on Wednesday, in a deal meant to strengthen Skyworks’ wireless connectivity capabilities.

  • August 8, 2018

    JB Hunt Drivers Lose Class Cert. Ahead Of Calif. Wage Trial

    A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.

  • August 8, 2018

    H&M Workers Win Bag Check Cert. After Starbucks Ruling

    A California federal judge granted class certification Wednesday to some claims that H&M doesn't pay workers for time spent in security checks, finding under the California Supreme Court’s recent Troester v. Starbucks decision that the clothing chain can't argue its inspections were too short to trigger legal liability.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Emirates Bank's Trade Secrets Trial Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict in favor of banking giant Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, finding that financial technology firm InfoSpan Inc. had not shown that the jury was prejudiced or that it was not properly instructed during the trial over claims the bank stole InfoSpan's cellphone-based payment system.

  • August 8, 2018

    USC Asks Full 9th Circ. To Allow Arbitration Of ERISA Claims

    The University of Southern California has urged the Ninth Circuit to grant it an en banc hearing to reconsider its affirmation of a lower court's finding that the school couldn't send Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims that it mismanaged workers' retirement savings to arbitration, saying the decision runs afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • It's All Too Easy To Sell An 'Unregistered Pesticide'

    Jesse Medlong

    Whether a product is legally considered a “pesticide” depends as much on the label as on the chemicals it contains. Retailers and manufacturers face significant liability for selling products that would not, in fact, be pesticides if not for careless labeling. And the problem only increases as e-retailing grows, say Jesse Medlong and George Gigounas of DLA Piper.

  • Calif. Rules For Advising Cannabis Clients Need Clarity: Part 2

    Francis Mootz III

    California's State Bar and Supreme Court should draw from other states' approaches to cannabis lawyering and proactively address ethical concerns in the proposed amendments to its Model Rules of Professional Conduct, say Francis Mootz III of the McGeorge School of Law and Ian Stewart and Sehreen Ladak of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Is Trump Admin.'s Suspension Of Clean Water Rule Lawful?

    Steven Gordon

    Earlier this year the Trump administration suspended the Clean Water Rule while considering how to rescind or revise it. This action was immediately challenged in New York federal court, presenting some interesting questions about when and how an agency can suspend a regulation that has already taken effect, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Calif. Rules For Advising Cannabis Clients Need Clarity: Part 1

    Francis Mootz III

    Proposed changes to California's Rules of Professional Conduct threaten to limit the extent and quality of legal work that is badly needed to ensure a safe and orderly transition out of the gray market for the cannabis industry, say Francis Mootz III of the McGeorge School of Law and Ian Stewart and Sehreen Ladak of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Developments In State Data Breach Notification Laws

    Hanley Chew

    In the past year, Alabama, New Mexico and South Dakota became the final three states to enact data breach notification statutes, and several other states amended their existing data breach notification statutes. Three trends are evident in the new statutes, say ​​​​​​​Hanley Chew and Tyler Newby of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Ensure All Relevant Parties Sign Arbitration Agreement

    Michael Cypers

    A California appellate court's decision in Benaroya v. Bruce Willis is one of several recent decisions teaching that if you want the ability to arbitrate against the key individuals in your counterparty, those individuals should be signatories to the arbitration clause in the underlying deal documents, say Michael Cypers and Michael Gerst of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

  • Biometrics And Geolocation Legislation: A Midyear Update

    Justin Kay

    In the first half of 2018, technology that determines where you are and who you are garnered significant attention. Less discussed are the legislative efforts underway in the federal government and in many states to regulate these emerging technologies, says Justin Kay of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • New Privacy Laws' Unintended Impact On Bankruptcy Sales

    Walt Sapronov

    When the next downturn occurs, bankruptcies and opportunities for investors to pick up distressed assets on the cheap will follow. Where those assets include customer lists or other personal information protected by new privacy laws in the EU and California, those sales will become more difficult, say Walt Sapronov and Paul Kouroupas of Sapronov & Associates PC.