California

  • February 14, 2018

    Granite Construction Snaps Up Layne In $565M Deal

    Granite Construction Inc. said Wednesday it will take over water management, construction and drilling firm Layne Christensen Co. in a deal worth $565 million that will see California-headquartered Granite take a major leap in its water infrastructure capabilities.

  • February 14, 2018

    General Mills Buyers Fight To Preserve Labeling Row

    General Mills consumers accusing the company of misrepresenting its sugary cereals and bars as healthy urged a California federal court Tuesday to keep the proposed class action alive, saying the claims are not preempted and not based on puffery.

  • February 14, 2018

    Norwest Grabs $1.5B For Its Largest-Ever PE Fund

    Norwest Venture Partners said Wednesday its latest and largest-ever investment fund raised $1.5 billion from investors as the private equity firm continues to target companies in the consumer, enterprise and health care sectors.

  • February 13, 2018

    Passenger Claims Southwest Booted Him For Speaking Arabic

    A California man hit Southwest Airlines Co. with a civil rights suit in federal court Tuesday claiming that he was removed from a flight for speaking Arabic, even though he wasn't doing anything wrong.

  • February 13, 2018

    BMW Driver Tells 9th Circ. Noisy Brakes Are Safety Concern

    A BMW driver told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that the noise generated by his car’s squealing brakes poses a safety concern the company had a duty to disclose, and urged the court to revive his fraud class action.

  • February 13, 2018

    'Goodfellas' Actor Can't Revive $250M 'Simpsons' Image Suit

    Fox Television Studios Inc. scored another victory in "Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero's $250 million suit alleging the studio ripped off his likeness for a character on "The Simpsons" when a California state appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the use of the character was protected.

  • February 13, 2018

    Bill Paxton's Family Sues Hospital, Doc For Wrongful Death

    The family of actor Bill Paxton, who died of a stroke almost a year ago following heart surgery, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in California state court accusing a medical center and the surgeon who operated on him of negligence and lying about the risks of the procedure.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Attys' Licensing Co. Loses Patent Suit Under Alice

    A patent licensing company run by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners lost its infringement claims against two security companies on Monday, when a California federal judge found that its patent on internet data channels is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.  

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Lab Vendor's RICO Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday declined to revive a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit against the owners of health care vendor and bookkeeping company North American Health Care, saying that Diagnostic Laboratories did not properly allege that they perpetrated multiple schemes or that they defrauded any vendors.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives ACLU's Suit Over DHS Checkpoint

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday revived a suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of violating the American Civil Liberties Union’s free speech rights near an Arizona checkpoint, agreeing with arguments made by a Covington & Burling LLP attorney that the lower court abused its discretion by denying their request to take discovery.

  • February 13, 2018

    Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off' Lyrics Suit Gets One More Shot

    A California federal judge on Tuesday said he’ll give a pair of songwriters one last shot to bring copyright claims against Taylor Swift for allegedly ripping off lyrics to the 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play" in her 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” saying at the same time that the lines at issue are too short and insufficiently creative to merit Copyright Act protection.

  • February 13, 2018

    Life Science Investor Suits Spiked In '17, Dechert Reports

    The number of securities class actions investors filed against life sciences companies dramatically increased in 2017, reaching a record-high 88, according to a report recently released by Dechert LLP.

  • February 13, 2018

    Consumer Drops $5M Robocall Suit Against Timeshare Co.

    The lead plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing timeshare company Marriott Vacation Club of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited robocalls to her cellphone dropped her $5 million lawsuit against the company Tuesday in California federal court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Insurer Tells 9th Circ. Fee Kickback Suit Not Covered

    Hanover Insurance Co. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a lower court’s finding it must defend a real estate brokerage firm in a proposed class action over an alleged kickback scheme, arguing those claims stem from alleged deceptive business practices that are excluded under its policy.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    Finjan Drops IP Retrial Against Symantec Unit, Signals Deal

    Finjan Inc. announced Monday it had vacated a California federal patent infringement retrial set to start that day against a Symantec Corp. unit, saying it reached confidential settlement terms with its cybersecurity rival and expects by the month’s end to finalize a “definitive agreement.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Universal Takes Film Relocation Coverage Fight To 9th Circ.

    Universal Cable Productions told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that a California federal court erroneously foreclosed its bid for coverage of the cost to move production of a TV series away from Jerusalem amid a 2014 armed conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group, saying the lower court improperly applied an exclusion for war-related losses.

  • February 13, 2018

    Gerber Buyers Denied Cert. In Baby Food False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday declined for a second time to certify a class of consumers accusing Gerber Products Co. of misbranding baby food, saying the company already changed the disputed labels and the proposed damages models are flawed.

  • February 13, 2018

    Vice Media Accused Of Shorting Women On Pay, Promotions

    A former employee at Vice Media Inc. said the millennial-focused news and entertainment company is grossly underpaying its female employees compared to their male counterparts, according to a suit filed in California state court on Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2018

    McDonald's Hit With ADA Class Action Over Drive-Thru Hours

    Fast-food giant McDonald's was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday from a customer who claims her and other visually impaired people's inability to access McDonald's during drive-thru-only hours is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jason Gordon

    Legal and technological disruptions in the advertising space last year outpaced the development of prior years. Although many topics contributed to this industry upheaval, there are five trends that shaped 2017 and will continue to develop in the coming years, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Will Ratepayers Or Shareholders Pay For California Fires?

    Mike Danko

    Northern California homeowners recently filed suit against PG&E Corporation, blaming its power lines for sparking wildfires that have destroyed more than 5,000 homes. If plaintiffs prove that the utility took shortcuts that placed profits over safety, victims’ compensation should come from the company's profits, not from ratepayers, say Mike Danko of Danko Meredith and Caroline Corbitt of Gibbs Law Group.

  • 3-D Printed Implants Pose Challenge For Product Regulators

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    When it comes to 3-D printed medical implants, both the courts and federal regulators lag behind the technology. A system designed to regulate mass-produced medical products may not be equipped to protect consumers against the risks presented by 3-D printed, individualized devices, say Richard Rubenstein and Jianlin Song of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

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    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: An Impassioned Plea

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    As I rose to the lectern for my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, I realized that the court had to that point heard over 90 minutes of oral argument about California’s "three strikes" law, but no one — not any of the lawyers, not any of the justices — had expressed outrage that a man could spend life in prison for shoplifting, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key District Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    Over the last year, there were some interesting cases in the indirect purchaser class action arena, with district courts addressing pleading motions, class certification in “pay-for-delay” drug cases, and class certification of nationwide and multistate class claims based on California’s state antitrust law, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.