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California

  • November 7, 2018

    Calif. Appeals Panel Revives Suits Over Diabetes Drugs

    A California appeals court revived claims Tuesday that Merck & Co. and other diabetes drugmakers failed to warn about their drugs' pancreatic cancer risks, finding a lower court erred in not considering scientific evidence the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hadn't evaluated.

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Tata Engineer Testifies He Was Harassed On Apple Team

    An Iranian national and former Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. software engineer testified Wednesday during a California federal trial over class discrimination claims that his Indian boss and colleagues mocked him, repeatedly called him “stupid” and then kicked him off an Apple Inc. job for being late for work on a single occasion.

  • November 7, 2018

    Oprah-Backed Chain Eatery Reaches Wage-Break Class Deal

    A True Food Kitchen staffer asked a California federal court Monday to preliminarily approve a $900,000 class settlement reached with the Oprah Winfrey-backed restaurant chain, saying while the group is confident in their claims that they were shorted on pay and breaks, "it cannot be said that defendants presented no contrary evidence."

  • November 7, 2018

    SAG-AFTRA Can't Silence Musician's Suit Over Service Fees

    A songwriter’s putative class action alleging the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists overcharged session musicians and backup singers largely survived dismissal Tuesday as a California federal judge found most claims were properly stated.

  • November 7, 2018

    TrueCar Seeks Exit From Stock Suit Over USAA Site Revamp

    There’s no way TrueCar Inc. could have predicted that a website redesign by the USAA, which insures United States military service members, would damage the car price aggregator’s online auto sales, the company said in a bid to toss claims it should have warned investors about coming problems.

  • November 7, 2018

    Will FTC Win 'Radically Reshape' Cell Patent Licensing?

    Chipmakers and other tech companies holding standard-essential patents may no longer be able to unilaterally dictate how they license those patents, and to whom, after a California federal judge granted the Federal Trade Commission an important procedural win Tuesday for its upcoming antitrust trial against Qualcomm.

  • November 7, 2018

    Local Gov'ts Rally To Oppose In-Kind Cable Fee Cap

    Several local governments sent letters Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying that the plan would harm local public, educational and government programming efforts.

  • November 7, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Kalanick, CIM, Acore

    Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has reportedly dropped $36.4 million on a Manhattan penthouse, a CIM Group venture could fetch as much as $300 million for a Hollywood, California, retail property, and Acore Capital has reportedly loaned $43.7 million for a San Antonio senior housing property.

  • November 7, 2018

    DOL Gets Support In Bid To Nix Association Health Plan Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management have thrown their support behind the U.S. Department of Labor's bid to nix a lawsuit challenging the agency's association health plan rule, saying the rule would help small-business employees have greater access to affordable care.

  • November 7, 2018

    Shareholder Fights Bank Execs' Bid To Toss Derivative Suit

    A Bank of Internet shareholder on Tuesday asked a California federal judge not to dismiss a consolidated derivative suit accusing four of the bank's senior executives of misconduct that led the company to carry out a costly internal investigation into a whistleblower's allegations about shady business dealings.

  • November 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Ruling Against Tribal Bingo Website

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday said it won’t rethink a circuit panel ruling that backed a lower court’s decision to shut down the Desert Rose Bingo website, rejecting the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s contention that its site didn’t violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

  • November 7, 2018

    Feds OK Employers' Right To Skirt ACA Birth Control Mandate

    Employers that oppose the use of birth control will be able to stop paying for workers’ contraception under newly finalized regulations the Trump administration plans to publish in the Federal Register on Nov. 15.

  • November 7, 2018

    EB-5 Project Managers Slam SEC's $15.5M Penalty Bid

    A doctor, his office manager and affiliated businesses pushed back on Tuesday against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid for a California federal court to order them to pay more than $15.5 million after they allegedly misappropriated funds through an EB-5 visa scam.

  • November 7, 2018

    Charter Workers Seek Cert. In Wage-And-Hour Suit

    A group of dispatch workers have asked a California federal judge to certify their proposed class in a suit that alleges Charter Communications did not pay them overtime wages or allow meal breaks, arguing that all employees suffered the same injuries.

  • November 7, 2018

    Apple Again Ducks False Ad Suit Over Storage Capacity

    A California federal judge has once again dismissed a lawsuit alleging Apple Inc. falsely advertised the storage capacity of its iPhones, iPads and iPods, saying the proposed class of consumers failed to state its case for how it was misled.

  • November 7, 2018

    California Gas Tax Survives Repeal Efforts

    Californians rejected Proposition 6 Tuesday night, preserving all gas taxes imposed after Jan. 1, 2017, as well as the state Legislature’s ability to impose future gas tax and vehicle fee increases.

  • November 6, 2018

    Calif. Paramedics Lose Off-Duty Breaks In Prop 11

    Californians on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for an ambulance company-backed measure requiring private paramedics and emergency medical technicians to remain on call during breaks, a ballot measure stemming from a state supreme court decision finding such on-duty break time for security guards violates state labor laws.

  • November 6, 2018

    Newsom Elected Calif. Governor, Becerra Leading AG Race

    In California, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was the projected winner in the governor’s race to replace the Golden State's termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown, and incumbent Attorney General Xavier Becerra was leading with a sizable margin in his first election for the office, according to Tuesday night’s election results.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

  • November 6, 2018

    Calif. Votes Down Measure To Lift Rent Control Ban

    A decades-old ban on rent control in more than a dozen cities in California will remain in place, thanks to residents in the state voting down Proposition 10 on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Looking Past The Issue Of Price Transparency In Health Care

    Mark Waxman

    Many describe "price transparency" as the solution to what is wrong with health care, but the reality may well be that transparency is only a stepping stone to actual price controls. Recent events illustrate the range of avenues being pursued as legislators address the cost of health care, say Mark Waxman and Kristin Jenkins of Foley & Lardner LLP​​​​​​​.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • What New Calif. Law Means For Connected Medical Devices

    Michael Buchanan

    Last month, California passed the first-ever state legislation aimed at regulating "internet of things" devices. The new law restricts liability to manufacturers of physical hardware — drawing a narrower line than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's previous guidance, say Michael Buchanan and Michelle Bufano of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Hurdles Ahead For California's Female Director Mandate

    Teresa Johnson

    Many believe that California's new law requiring a minimum number of female directors at public companies is necessary. But the law also faces a number of criticisms, and its implementation may well be delayed or even blocked by constitutional challenges, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • The Where, When And What Of DTSA Appeals: Part 2

    Gregory Lantier

    To predict the kinds of questions early Defend Trade Secrets Act appellate decisions may resolve, Gregory Lantier and Thomas Sprankling of WilmerHale consider how courts have interpreted other intellectual property statutes.

  • 11 New Insurance Laws After California Wildfires

    Samuel Sorich

    The 2017-2018 California wildfires and mudslides spurred the introduction and passage of multiple broad-based proposals that will require California homeowners insurers to change their contacts, their disclosures, and their claims and underwriting practices, say Samuel Sorich and Larry Golub of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.