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  • December 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Disney, AmBank, Saudi Aramco

    Walt Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox is on the precipice of being announced, a Malaysian lender is mulling the sale of its general insurance business, and Saudi Aramco is still deciding upon book runners and global coordinators as the state-owned oil giant prepares for a 2018 IPO that’s expected to raise $100 billion.

  • December 13, 2017

    Pod Hotel Chain Says PodShare Rival Infringing TM

    The New York-based operator of The Pod Hotels chain sued PodShare Inc. on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the Los Angeles-located competitor’s use of the term "pod hotel" to describe its rentable spaces confuses and misleads consumers and infringes its trademarks.

  • December 13, 2017

    Amazon’s Bid To Shake IP Suit On Hold For EBay Arguments

    A California judge on Wednesday paused Amazon.com’s effort to nix an auto parts maker’s allegations that the online retailer violated a state trade secrets law by selling counterfeit versions of its products, saying she’ll rule after co-defendant eBay argues a similar motion in January.

  • December 13, 2017

    Equinox Calls Hotel Trademark Lawsuit 'Abuse'

    High-end gym giant Equinox struck back Tuesday at a trademark lawsuit aimed at blocking it from expanding into the hotel business, calling the case “an abuse of the judicial system.”

  • December 13, 2017

    Cancer Immunotherapy Co. Nabs $62M To Advance Research

    Oncology treatment developer Pionyr Immunotherapeutics Inc. said Wednesday its latest funding round brought in $62 million, which will be used toward the advancement of antibody therapeutics that help the body fight cancer.

  • December 13, 2017

    Google Owes Advertisers For False Traffic, Suit Says

    Google LLC was paid by advertising publisher AdTrader Inc. to display clients’ online ads but wasted them on fake software programs and then refused a full refund for what the clients spent on fraudulent or accidental online user traffic, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Says Subaru Ad Didn’t Infringe 'Heart on Hand' TM

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that automaker Subaru’s “Share the Love” slogan didn't infringe a California woman’s “A World of Love, for You and Those You Love” trademark, concluding that the only similarities between the two phrases was the generic word “love.”

  • December 13, 2017

    Chinese Investor Sues Over Alleged $50M EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor who sought to receive a green card through the EB-5 visa program sued in California federal court on Tuesday to recover amounts he paid in connection with an alleged $50 million scheme that has resulted in federal criminal charges and forfeiture cases.

  • December 13, 2017

    'Filmchella' Can't Be 'Filmchilla' Either, Judge Says

    A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that the organizers of an upstart movie festival called “Filmchella” — already hit with an injunction after being sued by the Coachella music festival for trademark infringement — also cannot use the name “Filmchilla."

  • December 13, 2017

    LinkedIn Pushes 9th Circ. To Protect User Data From Startup

    LinkedIn continued its push to have the Ninth Circuit eliminate an injunction that’s allowed a startup company to continue scraping data from public profiles on its website, telling the appellate court it has every right to revoke another company’s access if its policies are violated.

  • December 13, 2017

    Quincy Jones' $9.4M Win Over Jackson Co. Stands Post-Trial

    A California judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from Michael Jackson’s production company that mega-producer Quincy Jones waited too long to file a suit seeking royalties over joint venture film productions and remixed music, allowing a $9.4 million jury verdict to stand as the parties prep for appeal.

  • December 13, 2017

    Tribes Seek Full 9th Circ. Rethink Of Fishing Rights Ruling

    The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink a panel decision that reversed a lower court’s ruling that held that the Lummi Nation lacked authority over disputed waters near Seattle.

  • December 13, 2017

    Medi-Cal Is Owed Piece Of Med Mal Deal, Calif. Court Says

    A California appellate court on Wednesday largely affirmed a trial judge’s finding that California’s Medicaid program is owed a portion of a patient’s $150,000 medical malpractice settlement, rejecting the man's arguments that his case was actually worth $3 million and therefore the state’s calculations were wrong.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Samsung Win In Patent Antitrust Suit

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision to toss a patent-holding company’s antitrust suit accusing Samsung of conspiring with others to avoid licensing its smartphone patent, rejecting the patent holder’s arguments it had been unlawfully denied royalties.

  • December 13, 2017

    Biopharma Co. Allakos Nabs $100M In Funding Round

    Venture capital giant New Enterprise Associates led a pack of investors in the latest funding round for biopharmaceutical company Allakos that brought in $100 million and will be used to advance the development of a clinical-stage antibody, Allakos said in a statement Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Demi Lovato, Indie Band Settle Copyright Suit Over 'Stars'

    New York City-based indie rock duo Sleigh Bells has settled its copyright infringement suit alleging pop singer Demi Lovato’s 2015 song “Stars” improperly sampled their 2010 song “Infinity Guitars,” and the presiding California federal judge tossed the case at their request Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Jury To Decide If MD In Fraud Trial Is Insane Or Criminal

    Federal prosecutors delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the criminal trial of a doctor accused of billing insurers for never-provided services and laundering money with her surgeon boyfriend, telling California jurors the suspect ran a demanding practice and cannot credibly claim that a mental defect caused her actions.

  • December 12, 2017

    Flextronics ‘Screwed Up’ By Missing Opt-Out, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday she doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for Flextronics’ failure to opt out of Maxell, NEC, Panasonic and Toshiba’s $49.85 million settlement with a class of direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries, saying the electronics manufacturer “screwed up” by missing the opt-out deadline and it’s now scrambling.

  • December 12, 2017

    9th Circ. Tackles Prior Salary Rule In Equal Pay Battle

    An en banc Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday appeared open to reconsidering its 32-year-old ruling that an employer is protected from Equal Pay Act claims if it bases a new hire’s pay entirely on her prior salary, but several judges seemed torn about what rule should replace it.

  • December 12, 2017

    State AGs Fight To Block Trump's Birth Control Rules

    Five state attorneys general urged a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to block the Trump administration’s proposed rules limiting access to birth control, arguing the rules violate the Affordable Care Act and will allow employers to unconstitutionally deny millions of women coverage for contraceptives by invoking religious beliefs.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. '7th Workday' Rule Poses Unexpected OT Consequences

    Edward Anderson

    Increasingly, California employers are encountering demands for "seventh-day" premium overtime payments that present surprising, and potentially costly, unpaid overtime claims. Edward Anderson and Holly Krier of Welch Consulting demonstrate how such claims may appear and suggest a practical solution that California employers can take to avoid them.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Wells Fargo Derivative Suit A Cautionary Tale For Directors

    Brad Karp

    A California federal judge recently greenlighted the bulk of a derivative suit over Wells Fargo’s sales practices, reminding directors that they must be especially sensitive when allegations of misconduct come to their attention, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • The Most Noteworthy Class Action Developments Of 2017

    Neal Marder

    This year has seen significant developments in the field of class action litigation. The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision continued to work its way through the courts, the appeals courts have made strides on issues like ascertainability and standing to pursue injunctive relief, and Congress is considering legislation that would alter the class action landscape, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • A Quick Look At California's New Housing Bills: Part 2

    Andrew Faber

    California's new housing bills are a step toward addressing the state's affordable housing crisis, but they are not without several deficiencies. There is a distinct lack of state funding for housing, and the bills do not provide for additional California Environmental Quality Act categorical exemptions for housing projects, say Andrew Faber and Michael Branson of Berliner Cohen LLP in the final part of this article.

  • Proposed Calif. Anti-Discrimination Regs Cast A Wide Net

    Brian Inamine

    Companies based in California as well as those that do business there should be aware of proposed national origin discrimination regulations, which give teeth to an existing state statute that identifies national origin as a prohibited basis for discrimination, says Brian Inamine of LeClairRyan.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What We Learned From Barclays Market Manipulation Case

    Michael Brooks

    Barclays’ recent settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission resolving market manipulation allegations provides no new guidance as to the reach of FERC’s anti-manipulation rule. However, the case has established precedent regarding certain procedural questions, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • A Quick Look At California's New Housing Bills: Part 1

    Andrew Faber

    In late September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law 15 bills encompassing the California Legislature's package aimed at addressing the state's severe housing crisis. While these bills alone will not solve the housing crisis, experts and legislators agree that their enactment is a significant first step, say Andrew Faber and Michael Branson of Berliner Cohen LLP.