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California

  • January 11, 2019

    High Court Will Take Up Calif. Offshore Drilling Wage Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a Ninth Circuit decision that California's wage-and-hour laws apply to offshore drilling workers in the Golden State, a ruling that industry claims conflicts with the Fifth Circuit's conclusion that federal law should apply to workers on the Outer Continental Shelf.

  • January 11, 2019

    Peugeot Can't Reverse On $30M 'Blade Runner' Deal: Studio

    Alcon Entertainment prominently featured the logo of French car manufacturer Peugeot in the movie "Blade Runner 2049" as part of a hefty $30 million product placement deal and now the studio wants its money, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alphabet Board Hid Execs' Misconduct, 2nd Investor Suit Says

    Several executives from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc., including its chief legal officer, were hit with another lawsuit from a shareholder in California state court Thursday, claiming that covered-up sexual misconduct has hurt the company’s value.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alibaba Group's $75M Investor Settlement Gets First OK

    Alibaba Group received preliminary approval in California state court Friday for a $75 million settlement that will resolve investors’ claims over allegedly false statements and omissions made in regulatory filings for the Chinese e-commerce company’s September 2014 initial public offering.

  • January 11, 2019

    Greenberg Traurig Snags Employment Pro From Polsinelli

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced it has added a prominent employment attorney from Polsinelli PC with years of experience litigating class actions, making him a shareholder at its San Francisco office.

  • January 11, 2019

    Consumers In All 50 States Sue Marriott Over Data Breach

    A total of 176 plaintiffs from all 50 U.S. states have filed suit against Marriott International Inc. in Maryland federal court following its recent announcement that attackers in a 2016 data breach swiped about 5.25 million passport numbers left unencrypted by the Starwood Hotels unit's guest reservation system.

  • January 11, 2019

    9th Circ. Tosses Immigrant's Sentence In Re-Entry Conviction

    The Ninth Circuit has tossed an unauthorized immigrant’s sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported for possessing cocaine, saying that the lower court’s decision to increase the penalty for his re-entry offense was “irreconcilable” with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • January 11, 2019

    10th Circ. Lets FCC 5G Order Proceed, But In The 9th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit has ruled that a Federal Communications Commission rule governing how wireless infrastructure must be deployed on a local level may start to take effect Monday amid a handful of municipal-led lawsuits challenging the rule as an overreach of the federal government’s powers.

  • January 11, 2019

    Coinbase Can’t Nix Bitcoin Cash Rollout Suit, Buyers Say

    A proposed class of cryptocurrency buyers suing Coinbase Inc. over its rollout of bitcoin cash urged a California federal judge Thursday to block the company and a pair of executives from escaping their claims, saying the allegations of negligence and fraud in its complaint are clearly spelled out.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOI Eyes Immunity In Enviro Suit Over Dam's Effect On Trout

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday signaled it plans to seek immunity from environmental groups' accusations that its operating procedures for a dam on California's Santa Maria River threatened an endangered trout.

  • January 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Adds Privacy, Data Security Specialist In SF

    Privacy and data security specialist Tracy Shapiro has joined DLA Piper's intellectual property and technology practice as a partner in San Francisco, where the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC alum will assist clients on privacy, advertising and marketing law, the firm said.

  • January 11, 2019

    11 AGs Tell NLRB Not To Narrow Joint Employment Standard

    A coalition of attorneys general from 10 states and the District of Columbia urged the National Labor Relations Board on Friday not to revert to its past definition of a "joint employer," saying the move would weaken workers' ability to organize and hold their employers accountable.

  • January 11, 2019

    $29M Yahoo Breach Deal In Calif. Ends Chancery Suit In Del.

    Parties to a Delaware derivative action over data breaches at Yahoo filed a stipulation of dismissal Friday in the state’s chancery court, saying a settlement in a similar California suit resolved the claims here.

  • January 11, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Tahir, JKM, Slate

    Indonesian billionaire Tahir is reportedly paying $702 million for a pair of Singapore hotels, JKM Development is said to have bought 63.6 acres in Florida for nearly $14.3 million, and Slate Property group has reportedly bought two Hollywood, California, apartment complexes for $39 million.

  • January 11, 2019

    Calif. Co. Must Pay $24M For Role In EB-5 Fraud Scheme

    A California business must fork over $23.9 million for its involvement in an EB-5 investment fraud scheme, a federal judge ruled Thursday, holding the business and a San Francisco EB-5 visa regional center liable for violating securities laws.

  • January 11, 2019

    Walgreens Cashier Can Sue After Settlement, 9th Circ. Says

    A Walgreens cashier’s participation in a $23 million settlement with the pharmacy chain over wage-and-hour claims doesn’t prevent her from pursuing a state court case alleging the company wrongly denied her and others suitable seating, the Ninth Circuit has ruled.

  • January 11, 2019

    9th Circ. Nixes Daikin Defective Air Conditioner Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel has ended a proposed class action against Daikin Applied Americas Inc. that claimed breaches of warranty and violations of California competition law, ruling that the claims over the company's air conditioners were time-barred and inadequately pled.

  • January 11, 2019

    Canada Dry Ginger Ale Label Settlement Gets Preliminary OK

    A California federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a potentially multimillion-dollar settlement of a class action claiming the maker of Canada Dry ginger ale misleadingly labeled its product as made with “real ginger.”

  • January 10, 2019

    Apple GC Earned $5M In 2018, Over $20M Stock On Horizon

    Apple Inc.'s general counsel Kate Adams took home about $5 million in pay last year, in addition to earning stock in the Cupertino, California-based computer giant that could be worth as much as $23 million, according to the company's latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors Sue Google Parent Execs Over Privacy, Harassment

    A proposed class of shareholders accused Google parent Alphabet's board of directors in California state court Wednesday of concealing data privacy issues and issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, ultimately propping up the stock price until the truth about these issues emerged.

Expert Analysis

  • State Legislatures May Be Next Stop For Oil And Gas Regs

    Jeffrey Dintzer

    The recent failure of several oil- and gas-related ballot initiatives across the U.S. may ultimately result in environmental groups taking their fight directly to state lawmakers, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Gina Angiolillo of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Can Lead The Fight For Online Privacy Protection

    James Steyer

    The record $5 million settlement between Oath and the New York attorney general's office this month is more than just a win for children illegally targeted by advertising — it demonstrates how the government can protect our privacy and safety online, says James Steyer, a civil rights attorney and founder of Common Sense Media.

  • Destroying Main Street To Save It: Calif. Implements Wayfair

    Eric Miethke

    Implementing South Dakota v. Wayfair is the first major test for California’s new Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Unfortunately, the department’s treatment of district taxes seems to conflict with the stated ends of Wayfair: leveling the playing field for small, domestic retailers, says Eric Miethke of Capitol Law and Policy Inc.

  • Calif.'s Top Employment Law Developments In 2018

    Mellissa Schafer

    Following an influx of new employment laws enacted in California this year, employers in the state once again have their work cut out for them when it comes to addressing and complying with new legislation that mostly takes effect at the start of 2019, says Mellissa Schafer of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Companies Must Beware Street Artists' IP Suits

    Kimberly Almazan

    A California district court recently ruled in Falkner v. General Motors that a graffiti artist may move forward with a copyright infringement lawsuit. This case, among others, is emboldening street artists and muralists to seek legal affirmation of their copyrights, says Kimberly Almazan of Withers Worldwide.

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Latest On Article III Standing In False Ad Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit provided a clear rule regarding plaintiffs' standing to assert claims concerning products they did not purchase. To no one’s surprise, the decision has already been used to defeat defendants’ motions to dismiss, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.