California

  • February 8, 2018

    Tribe, Enviros Give Up Suit Over Klamath Logging Project

    A California federal judge on Thursday signed off on a request from the Karuk Tribe and several environmental groups to have their own case challenging a logging project in the Klamath National Forest tossed.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Takes Early Swing At Stalling Pacificas Suit

    Fiat Chrysler told a California federal court Wednesday that a class action over Chrysler Pacificas that can allegedly stall at high speeds missed certain presuit requirements, and asked for dismissal of a claim it says is contingent on those requirements.

  • February 8, 2018

    Hydropower Land Transfer, Transparency Bills Pass House

    The House of Representatives has passed a pair of bills to transfer some land from a federal hydroelectric project to Alaska and to mandate more financial transparency from the Western Area Power Administration.

  • February 8, 2018

    Safe Harbor Protects Protagonist From Infringement Suit

    A reference laboratory can’t sue Protagonist Therapeutics for allegedly infringing a patent tied to a potential treatment for autoimmune disorders, as the drug company is protected by a safe harbor tied to developing drugs to be submitted for federal approval, a California federal judge said Wednesday in dismissing the suit.

  • February 8, 2018

    GM Gets Engine Defect Class Action Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a proposed class action accusing General Motors LLC of manufacturing a vehicle engine that consumes excessive oil, potentially causing unexpected engine shutdowns or fires.

  • February 7, 2018

    Google Co-Founder Mentor Then Rival, Ex-Uber CEO Testifies

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told a California federal jury on Wednesday that he’d considered Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page a mentor before he heard Google was planning to jump into the ride-hailing business, recounting a professional rivalry in Alphabet unit Waymo’s trade secrets case against the company he co-founded.

  • February 7, 2018

    Microsoft Gave Corel Notice Of IP Theft In '09, Jury Told

    A former Microsoft Corp. executive told a California federal jury Wednesday that she informed Corel Corp. representatives that its home office software infringed Microsoft’s patents back in 2009, notice that the tech company contends entitles it to eight years of its rival’s profits.

  • February 7, 2018

    Twitter Investors Can See CEO Docs, But Not Direct Messages

    A California federal magistrate judge ruled on Wednesday that investors who sued Twitter for allegedly inflating key user statistics can get access to emails and documents from its CEO Jack Dorsey but said the company couldn't be forced to turn over his or most other defendants’ Twitter direct messages.

  • February 7, 2018

    Uber Deal Over Workers' Comp Class Action Hits Speed Bump

    A California judge on Wednesday refused to preliminarily approve Uber's settlement that would provide drivers with occupational accident insurance in exchange for ending putative class claims that the ride-hailing company improperly denied them workers’ compensation, saying the contract terms between the drivers and the insurance company are unclear.

  • February 7, 2018

    Solar Co. Asks To Take Panels In $20M Chinese Contract Row

    A U.S. solar construction company asked a California federal court Tuesday for emergency powers to seize $1.6 million worth of modules locked up in an Oakland warehouse, explaining that they are in the hands of a California company and its Chinese owner that have failed to deliver millions of dollars worth of prepurchased equipment.

  • February 7, 2018

    Aetna Sues, Settlement Admin Counters In HIV Privacy Case

    Aetna and its settlement administrator hit each other with separate lawsuits in Pennsylvania and California federal courts, respectively, this week, demanding that the other take responsibility for mishandling policyholders' sensitive data in underlying litigation stemming from a settlement involving HIV medications.

  • February 7, 2018

    Calif. AG Sues Feds To Get Sanctuary Cities Docs

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra hit the federal government with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, alleging it has failed to hand over documents concerning new conditions put on public safety grants meant to force so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement activity.

  • February 7, 2018

    Schiff Hardin Adds Financial Markets Partner To SF Team

    Schiff Hardin LLP has hired a partner for its San Francisco office with extensive experience advising financial institutions in securities and commercial litigation as well as providing compliance and regulatory counsel to broker-dealers, investment advisers and hedge funds, the firm announced.

  • February 7, 2018

    HP Workers Can Fight Arbitration Together In Age Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected HP Inc.’s bid to make a group of laid-off workers alleging age discrimination fight arbitration clauses in their severance agreements individually rather than together, saying a class waiver provision in their deals doesn’t apply because they don’t comprise a class.

  • February 7, 2018

    Allianz Retirement Fund Plan, Holders Strike $12M Deal

    Allianz Asset Management has agreed to pay $12 million to settle allegations the company imprudently managed its workers’ retirement funds by keeping everything in the Allianz family of funds without considering alternatives, according to a deal signed by a California federal judge Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2018

    Johnny Mathis Must Face Paralyzed Window Washer’s Suit

    A worker left paralyzed after falling off singer Johnny Mathis’ roof has been given a second chance at suing the celebrity, as a California appellate court on Tuesday found enough evidence for a jury to consider whether the 2012 fall occurred because of dangerous conditions or the worker’s carelessness.

  • February 7, 2018

    Yahoo Slams Insurer's Bid To Duck Email Suit Coverage

    Yahoo batted back at insurer National Union on Tuesday in a California federal court fight over coverage for multiple class actions that accuse Yahoo of scanning customers' emails, saying it deserves coverage for the defense costs and ancillary sums it paid out in a settlement.

  • February 7, 2018

    Latham Nabs Bankruptcy Expert From Sidley In LA

    Latham & Watkins LLP announced Wednesday it has added a Sidley Austin LLP partner with experience in large U.S. municipal bankruptcies to its Los Angeles bankruptcy practice.

  • February 7, 2018

    Latham's $1.6M Fee Bid An 'Obscene' Request, Atty Says

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively granted Latham & Watkins LLP’s request for about $1.6 million in attorneys’ fees it paid to McKool Smith Hennigan PC for defeating a long-running malicious prosecution action, saying that the billings are typical for the Los Angeles area despite opposing counsel’s assertion they are “obscene.”

  • February 7, 2018

    BMW Dealerships Not ‘Places Of Business,' Judge Rules

    BMW dealerships that are owned by other companies are not “places of business” for the automaker under the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling, a California federal judge has held in a decision transferring a patent case against BMW to Delaware for improper venue.

Expert Analysis

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • Opinion

    Can California Survive Without Tort Reform?

    Anthony Caso

    High taxes, excessive regulation and a lawsuit-happy culture are pushing businesses out of California — and the taxes they and their employees pay are going with them. Voters must scrutinize new ballot propositions, and demand reform of the state's civil liability system and elimination of unnecessary laws, says Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • 3 Takeaways Squeezed Out Of Juicer's Insurance Battle

    Walter Andrews

    Last month, a Washington district court rejected an insurer's attempt to escape insurance coverage for a Proposition 65 lawsuit filed against juice maker Tree Top Inc. Companies dealing with toxic or environmental claims can distill at least three important lessons from this case, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year, the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act continued to be the source of the most significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, as courts and litigants began to grapple with its interpretation and application, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.