• March 19, 2018

    Silicon Valley's KLA-Tencor Pays $3.4B For Orbotech

    California-based semiconductor equipment company KLA-Tencor Corp. has purchased an Israeli microelectronic-equipment maker for $3.4 billion, the company said Monday.

  • March 19, 2018

    Virgin America Wants $60M Wage Suit Paused For 9th Circ.

    Virgin America Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to pause a class of flight attendants’ $60 million suit over wages and breaks, arguing the case should wait for rulings from the Ninth Circuit regarding California’s power to regulate employees performing interstate work.

  • March 19, 2018

    BIA Flubbed Tribal Wind Farm Review, Enviros Tell 9th Circ.

    A conservation group said Friday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs ignored the input of another federal agency and neglected important information when it approved a lease between a wind farm developer and a California tribe, asking the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court decision allowing the lease.

  • March 19, 2018

    Teva Can't Get Justices To Nix Suit Alleging Drug-Cancer Link

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.'s challenge to the revival of allegations the drugmaker and GlaxoSmithKline LLC's inflammatory bowel disease medication, when taken with other drugs, increased the risk of a rare cancer that killed the plaintiffs' son.

  • March 19, 2018

    HTC Beats $45M Virtual Reality Patent Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed with leave to amend a $45 million lawsuit alleging HTC America Inc.’s VIVE headsets infringe two virtual reality application patents, finding the patents are valid under the Supreme Court’s Alice ruling but the allegations need to be more detailed for the case to move forward.

  • March 19, 2018

    High Court To Review Bond Hearings For Criminal Immigrants

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the federal government’s appeal of two rulings that found only convicted immigrants who enter immigration custody soon after being released from criminal custody may be detained without bond hearings.

  • March 16, 2018

    Uber Drivers Defend Standing In Data Hack Suit After Zappos

    Drivers alleging Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised their sensitive personal information told a California federal judge Friday that the Ninth Circuit’s recent Zappos ruling underscores that the mere risk of future identity theft from the hack gives them standing to pursue their putative class action.

  • March 16, 2018

    Trump Wants Stormy Daniels Fight Moved To Fed. Court

    President Donald Trump has asked a California federal court to take on Stormy Daniels’ suit over an allegedly void hush contract, as his personal attorney’s consulting company claimed she had violated the deal 20 times and could owe $20 million in damages, according to court filings Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    SEC’s Silicon Valley Scrutiny Comes To Bloom In New Cases

    Two years after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission put Silicon Valley on notice about complying with Wall Street’s rules, the agency has delivered a pair of enforcement actions that show its focus on the California region hasn’t lessened and may even heat up.

  • March 16, 2018

    Charter Faces Civil Rights Suit Over Spanish-TV Snub

    A lawsuit alleging Charter Communications Inc. violated state civil rights law by refusing to carry a number of Spanish stations including Azteca America was moved from state to California federal court Thursday in a case similar to other pending litigation in which Charter is defending broadcast selectivity on First Amendment grounds.

  • March 16, 2018

    'Unicorn' Zscaler Surges After Pricing Upsized $192M IPO

    Shares of cybersecurity startup Zscaler Inc. more than doubled in a sizzling debut on Friday, one day after the technology “unicorn” priced an upsized $192 million initial public offering above its projected range, representing the largest of four IPOs during the week of March 12.

  • March 16, 2018

    Kodak Patent Owner Sues DJI, Hasselblad Over Photo Tech

    Monument Peak Ventures LLC, a Texas subsidiary of Dominion Harbor Enterprises that claims to own more than 1,000 Kodak patents, sued drone-maker DJI Technology Inc. and camera manufacturer Hasselblad Inc. Friday in California federal court, accusing them of refusing to correctly license imaging patents used in their products.

  • March 16, 2018

    United Airlines Pay Stub Row May Need Calif. Justices' Help

    A Ninth Circuit judge told United Airlines Inc. pilots and flight attendants Friday that courts have clashed on when California law applies in disputes like theirs alleging an employer's pay stubs fall short of state requirements, saying California’s high court may need to weigh in.

  • March 16, 2018

    Safeway’s Olive Oil False Ad Deal OK'd, Attys Get $1.4M

    A California judge said Friday she’ll approve Safeway’s settlement that provides a class of store-brand olive oil buyers with a $1.50 voucher or 50 cents cash and awards their attorneys $1.42 million in fees and expenses, resolving allegations the grocery store chain falsely labeled olive oil as “imported from Italy.”

  • March 16, 2018

    Enviros Demand Feds Designate Humpback Critical Habitat

    A coalition of Native-led and environmental organizations filed suit Thursday against the National Marine Fisheries Service, alleging it has not acted quickly enough to designate critical habitat to protect three distinct populations of humpback whales that are endangered or threatened.

  • March 16, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Must Face EcoDiesel Emissions MDL

    Fiat Chrysler and Bosch must face consumers’ fraud and racketeering claims in multidistrict litigation in California over Jeep and Ram diesel trucks allegedly outfitted with emissions-cheating devices, a federal judge ruled late Thursday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: Calif. Abortion Law, Tribal Immunity

    The Supreme Court’s headline-making term is far from over as the justices return this week for a politically charged case over California’s abortion disclosure law and a dispute that could result in more lawsuits against Native American tribes.

  • March 16, 2018

    Delta Flight Attendants Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Wage Suit

    A putative nationwide class of Delta flight attendants asked a Ninth Circuit panel Friday to revive allegations they aren’t compensated on an hourly basis for all their work, arguing that under California law they should be compensated for work performed on the ground in the Golden State before and after flights.

  • March 16, 2018

    Microsoft Wants Corel To Pay Attys Fees For $278K IP Verdict

    Microsoft has asked a California federal court to add its attorneys' fees to the $278,000 verdict it scored against Corel last month for infringing patents related to its Office software, in a move that could add substantially to the relatively milquetoast judgment.

  • March 16, 2018

    Calif. Climate Suits Sent Back To State Court In Fed Split

    A California federal judge Friday sent back to state court climate change torts lodged by a trio of municipalities against dozens of oil, gas and coal companies, creating a split with another judge who’s said similar suits filed by San Francisco and Oakland belong in federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Calif. High Court OT Ruling: What Employers Should Know

    Christian Scali

    For the past two years, California employers have been able to pay employees for working weekends with a flat-sum bonus, confident that following official federal regulations would be enough to protect them from liability. However, this interpretation came to a halt with the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., say attorneys with Scali Rasmussen.

  • Cannabis’ CEQA Challenge

    Tyler Welti

    Regulating cannabis raises California Environmental Quality Act review obligations of unprecedented scale. Focusing primarily on commercial cannabis cultivation, Tyler Welti of Venable LLP looks at some emerging CEQA risks facing both cannabis businesses seeking permits and public agencies seeking to permit or ban commercial cannabis.

  • Why Sexual Harassment Victims Face Class Action Hurdles

    Daniel Messeloff

    The #MeToo movement continues to gain momentum, but before a wave of litigation can ensue, the federal government and the U.S. Supreme Court will need to revisit the question of arbitration clauses in employment contracts. Even then, there will still be hurdles to establishing class claims for sexual harassment, say Daniel Messeloff and Emily Knight of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • West Coast 'Super Tort' PCB Suits Have Staying Power

    Gary Smith

    Increasingly, municipalities and states are pursuing public nuisance theories against product manufacturers and distributors. Actions filed by West Coast municipalities and states over the past three years against polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto continue to progress through the courts, say Gary Smith and Casey Clausen of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.

  • Why 2nd Time Was Not The Charm For Baby Food Class Cert.

    Alexandra Laks

    On remand from the Ninth Circuit, a federal district court in California last month nixed a plaintiff’s second attempt to certify a nationwide class of Gerber’s baby food purchasers. The decision demonstrates that the bar for class certification in the food misbranding context remains high, even in the wake of appellate decisions favorable to plaintiffs, says Alexandra Laks of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Strategies For FCRA Employment Class Actions: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    James Boudreau

    The Fair Credit Reporting Act lends itself well to class litigation because it provides for statutory damages and attorneys' fees. In the final part of this article, James Boudreau and Christiana Signs of Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss several aspects of FCRA-related employment litigation including challenges connected to discovery, depositions and summary judgment.

  • Childproof Cannabis Packages Won’t Impress Jeff Sessions

    Neama Rahmani

    A group of cannabis-oriented businesses recently announced standards meant to "protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators, financial institutions and the public that they operate at the highest level of ethics and responsibility." But these measures, including labeling, child-resistant packaging and health warnings, are unlikely to convince the U.S. Justice Department, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.