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  • June 19, 2018

    3M Wants Out Of California Drivers' Unpaid Tolls Suit

    3M Co. on Monday told a federal judge it should not be held responsible for the actions of the California toll road operators accused of unlawfully using drivers' personal information to collect unpaid tolls and charge overblown fines, as it was a contractor that played a limited role in the roads' operations.

  • June 19, 2018

    High Times Mag Launches A+ IPO To Pursue Joint Ventures

    The owner of cannabis industry magazine High Times said Tuesday it will offer discounted shares to fans ahead of a miniature-style initial public offering that could raise up to $50 million, with the company using the Reg A+ program that imposes lighter regulations than a full-blown IPO. ​

  • June 19, 2018

    Jury Hung On Whether Belkin Copied Cellphone Holder IP

    A weeklong intellectual property trial ended in deadlock on Monday when a California federal jury couldn't agree on whether Belkin International Inc. ripped off Kenu Inc.'s design patent for a cellphone holder that clips onto a car's air vent.

  • June 19, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Arbitration In Ex-CVS Worker's Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit ruled that a former CVS Pharmacy Inc. pharmacist must arbitrate his claims that the company didn't give him an appropriate seating accommodation and illegally fired him because he was close to qualifying for certain retirement benefits.

  • June 19, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs $1M Policy Cap In Parking Garage Injury Suit

    Scottsdale Insurance Co. cannot force a fellow insurer that paid $1 million toward a $6.5 million settlement over injuries in a parking garage accident to put in another $1 million, the Ninth Circuit said Monday in affirming that the policy language in question “could not be clearer.”

  • June 19, 2018

    J&J Escapes Consumers’ Claims Over ‘Hypoallergenic’ Labels

    A California federal judge dismissed allegations that Johnson & Johnson misrepresented that 32 of its baby products are hypoallergenic, saying a reasonable consumer would have a more narrow understanding of the term than the consumers who brought the proposed class action.

  • June 19, 2018

    Platinum Equity Inks $1.4B Deal To Sell Air Cargo Handler

    California-based Platinum Equity on Tuesday said it has agreed to sell France-based Worldwide Flight Services, which it touts as the largest air cargo handler in the world, to affiliates of fellow private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management in a deal worth roughly €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion).

  • June 19, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Wash. Tribe's Hunting Grounds Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday declined to reinstate the Skokomish Indian tribe's suit accusing Suquamish tribe officers of encroaching on its hunting grounds, agreeing with a lower court that the suit failed to include crucial parties.

  • June 19, 2018

    Jack In The Box Franchisees Lose TM Appeal At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a California federal judge's decision siding with Jack in the Box Inc. in a trademark dispute against two franchisees who continued operating under the fast-food chain's name after failing to pay royalties and other fees.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-IRS Special Agent Convicted For Filing False Tax Returns

    A federal jury in California has found a former Internal Revenue Service special agent guilty of filing false tax returns, stealing government money and attempting to obstruct a federal investigation into her alleged fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 18, 2018

    Wells Fargo Must Face Oakland’s Trimmed Loan Bias Suit

    A California federal judge ruled Friday that Oakland can proceed with trimmed allegations that Wells Fargo steered minorities to pricey subprime loans that increased foreclosure rates, saying the city’s bid to sue over reduced property taxes passes muster under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bank of America v. Miami decision.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Judge Slams DOJ Jury Trial Bid In Ex-Barclays Trader Case

    A California federal judge on Monday laid into the U.S. Department of Justice, suggesting it was wasting resources by requesting a jury trial for a former Barclays PLC trader charged with scheming to defraud Hewlett-Packard Co. in a £6 billion options transaction, after the defendant said he’d prefer a bench trial.

  • June 18, 2018

    Kohl's Customer Can't Get Refund In Discount Suit: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Kohl’s doesn’t have to pay a customer restitution for placing allegedly false markdowns on its price tags, in an unpublished decision that had the appeals court weighing in on an issue that has divided California federal courts.

  • June 18, 2018

    Beats Designer Calls $107M Royalties Bid 'Dishonest'

    A designer who worked on the headphones at the heart of a $107 million royalty dispute between a businessman and Beats Electronics founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre told a California jury Monday that he declined to join the suit because he thought going after more royalties would be “dishonest.”

  • June 18, 2018

    Restaurant Payments Co. Moves To Toss Rival’s Antitrust Suit

    A California payment processing company fought Friday to escape a rival’s antitrust suit, arguing that it accounts for too little of the market for restaurant payment systems to be in danger of monopolizing the space with its recent purchase of another payment company.

  • June 18, 2018

    LA County Not Liable For Atty’s $13.9M Crash, Panel Says

    A divided California appeals panel reversed a $13.9 million judgment against Los Angeles County on Monday, ruling in a published opinion that the local government can’t be held responsible for a public defender’s car crash on his commute home because he didn’t need his car to do his job that day.

Expert Analysis

  • One Size Doesn't Fit All Product Labeling Class Actions

    Jon Tomlin

    Recent product labeling class actions centering on Starbucks coffee, Tito's Vodka, 5-Hour Energy and other products differ substantially from each other in their claims and the products involved. The fundamental economic differences between these cases mean that cookie-cutter methods are not likely to yield reliable measures of classwide damages, says Jon Tomlin of Navigant Consulting Inc.

  • Options For Failing Marijuana Cos. And Their Creditors

    Brett Theisen

    In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.

  • 5 Takeaways From Tax Court's Solar Project Ruling

    David Burton

    In the matter of Golan v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the U.S. Tax Court sustained the taxpayer's energy credit and bonus depreciation deductions. In this unusual case where the IRS had the burden of proof, attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP discuss five interesting takeaways.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Preparing For New Calif. Hotel Housekeeper Regs

    Larry Eppley

    The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new workplace safety regulations for hotel housekeepers take effect on July 1. Hospitality employers with multiple hotels in the state should note that a one-size-fits-all program may not suffice, as the regulations require an individual evaluation of each work site, say Larry Eppley and Shawn Fabian of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 2

    Robert Sparkes

    The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 1

    Robert Sparkes

    Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.