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California

  • May 18, 2018

    Calif. Hospital Must Reinstate Canceled Raises, DC Circ. Says

    A California hospital violated federal labor law by canceling anniversary raises for a group of registered nurses without permission from the Service Employees International Union local that represents them, the D.C. Circuit said Friday in an opinion enforcing a National Labor Relations Board order.

  • May 17, 2018

    Bruce Willis’ $5M Fee Win Reversed By Calif. Court

    Bruce Willis can’t force a film producer to pay a $5 million arbitration award the producer’s company owes the actor, a California appellate court ruled Thursday, finding that because the producer hadn’t signed the film contract personally, he wasn’t required to pay up.

  • May 17, 2018

    Kohl's Should Pay For False Markdowns, 9th Circ. Hears

    A Kohl's customer alleging that she bought clothes from the retailer based on false markdown pricing told a Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday that a lower court erred when it found she could not seek restitution by calculating what she would have paid had she not been defrauded by the misleading price tags.

  • May 17, 2018

    EA Says Ex-NFLers' Game Likeness Suit Relies On 'Say-So'

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to end allegations it improperly used retired NFL players’ likenesses in Madden video games, or to at least deny the players’ bid for class certification, saying that after years of discovery, they have no proof their avatars are identifiable “other than their say-so.”

  • May 17, 2018

    Calif., NY, Ore. Push On In Fiduciary Rule Case

    The attorneys general of California, New York and Oregon showed on Wednesday that they aren't ready to give up the fight to save the U.S. Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, asking the full Fifth Circuit for permission to intervene in the case after a three-judge panel wouldn't let them.

  • May 17, 2018

    Google Beats Bid To Bar Patent Challenge In Balloon IP Suit

    A California federal judge Thursday wouldn’t bar Google from disputing the validity of Space Data Corp.’s patent claims in litigation accusing Google of stealing its balloon-based internet technology, rejecting Space Data’s argument that a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision blocks the challenge.

  • May 17, 2018

    PayPal Announces Deal To Buy Sweden's iZettle For $2.2B

    PayPal Holdings Inc. announced Thursday it has agreed to pay $2.2 billion to acquire Sweden’s iZettle, a payments platform boasting nearly half a million merchants across 11 international markets, in a bid to strengthen in-store presence by acquiring the business behind the world’s first mini chip card reader.

  • May 17, 2018

    Judge Probes Quinn Attys On 'Games' In Apple-Samsung Trial

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday ordered Quinn Emanuel attorneys representing Samsung to provide the flight itinerary and boarding pass of a witness they suddenly dropped after Apple rested its case in a billion-dollar California patent damages trial, saying she wants to see if they're "playing games." A trial between Apple and Samsung played out all week in a San Jose courtroom, closing Friday. Here's one of our top-read stories on the proceedings from this week.

  • May 17, 2018

    Honest Co.'s Organic Formula Not Up To Calif. Par, Org Says

    The Organic Consumers Association urged a California appeals court on Thursday to revive its suit accusing Jessica Alba-founded The Honest Company of falsely claiming that its baby formula is organic, arguing that the federally certified formula doesn't meet California's higher standards for organic products.

  • May 17, 2018

    LA Jury Awards $6.3M To Pedestrian Hit By Tour Bus

    A Los Angeles jury awarded $6.3 million on Wednesday to a woman who was hit by a turning tour bus as she crossed the street at a crosswalk, according to the plaintiff's counsel.

  • May 17, 2018

    Transpo Cos. Brace For Post-Dynamex Legal Onslaught

    The California Supreme Court's recent Dynamex decision upending the standard for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors will trigger a fresh wave of misclassification lawsuits against trucking, logistics, port service and gig-economy companies, attorneys say, forcing many to re-evaluate their business models.

  • May 17, 2018

    Emerson Seeks Peek At Facebook Deal In $30M IP Theft Suit

    Emerson Electric told a skeptical California federal judge Thursday it wants former co-defendant Facebook to disclose its confidential deal to exit BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secret suit, saying any financial settlement could offset the $30 million a jury said it owes BladeRoom.

  • May 17, 2018

    NL Industries To Pay $60M To End Calif. Lead Paint Suit

    After nearly two decades, a slew of California cities and counties have accepted a $60.2 million deal from NL Industries Inc. to end lead paint allegations in California state court and fund remediation of lead paint in homes, the San Francisco city attorney announced Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Calif. Bar Warns Attys Of Fee Phishing Scam

    The State Bar of California sent out an alert Thursday warning attorneys licensed in the state to be aware of a phishing scam coming in the form of suspicious emails claiming that their fee payments to the bar are overdue.

  • May 17, 2018

    Technology Companies Are Driving The IPO Rebound

    After years of avoiding initial public offerings, venture-backed technology companies are now leading the charge, a trend experts say is buoyed by strong investor appetite for technology IPOs and a desire among aging startups to provide their shareholders liquidity.

  • May 17, 2018

    Apple Slims Exercise Headphone Class Action Claims

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a proposed class action claiming Apple Inc.'s Powerbeats headphones fail to hold a charge when a user is sweating, nixing a negligence claim altogether while keeping alive other claims that the company lied about the products’ durability.

  • May 17, 2018

    BLM Gives Enviro OK To Solar Project, Utility Corridor

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced on Thursday that it has given the final environmental thumbs-up to a proposed 500-megawatt solar power plant in California and a proposed utility corridor in Utah, inching the agency closer to deciding whether to officially greenlight the projects.

  • May 17, 2018

    SQM Again Beats Calif. City's $30M Tainted Water Suit At Trial

    A California federal jury on Thursday rejected the city of Pomona's claim that mining company SQM's North American unit owes it $30 million to remedy groundwater contaminated by perchlorate allegedly originating from SQM fertilizer, handing SQM a second victory after the Ninth Circuit vacated a prior trial win.

  • May 17, 2018

    Architect's Revised Suit In Google RICO Row Stricken

    A California federal judge on Wednesday struck an architect’s sixth try to allege Google stole his building design technology trade secrets, one day after she said she was “surprised” at the amended complaint given pending dismissal motions before her.

  • May 17, 2018

    9th Circ. Remands Asylum Petition For Transgender Woman

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Board of Immigration Appeals must address an individual's status as transgender separately from sexual orientation when considering petitions for asylum and other protections, sending the case back to the immigration court for further proceedings.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • Anonymous Posts Of Alleged Trade Secrets: Free Speech?

    Michael Weil

    Several California appellate courts have recently ruled on conflicts between employers and publishers over the appropriateness of anonymous online posts, including the alleged publication of trade secrets. Now the California Supreme Court is poised to decide Hassell v. Bird, a key case in this free-speech battle, says Michael Weil of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Forum Selection Clauses Can Doom PTAB Review

    Cynthia Lambert Hardman

    Affirmance of the California federal court's decision in Dodocase v. MerchSource would have an important impact on the rights of patent licensees to challenge patentability in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and may provide a pathway for patent owners to dispose of PTAB patent challenges, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Don't Misunderstand The Prop 65 Coffee Ruling

    Erika Schulz

    Press coverage of a recent high-profile Proposition 65 decision in California may prompt readers to conclude that coffee causes cancer; in fact, there was no such finding. But if the ruling stands, it could still have a big impact on coffee makers, so it is important for both consumers and companies to understand it fully, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • The Latest Defeat Of Trump's 'Sanctuary' City Policies

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    Based on a California federal judge's recent decision in City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using a locality’s cooperation on immigration enforcement to determine eligibility for grants, it appears the Trump administration’s "sanctuary" city initiatives are likely to remain tied up in or blocked by litigation, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Missouri Talc Decision Could Signal Mass Tort Sea Change

    Corey Schaecher

    The Missouri Supreme Court recently declined to review a lower court's overturning of a $72 million talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson. This decision not only clears the way for Johnson & Johnson’s success in appeals of three other Missouri talc verdicts, but could herald a fundamental change in how mass tort cases may be litigated, say attorneys with Lewis Rice LLC.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 1

    Shylah Alfonso

    The American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from those sessions.