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California

  • December 11, 2018

    California's Harris To Keep Senate Judiciary Seat

    California is set to have both of its senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, as a leadership deal allowed potential presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to keep her spot on the panel.

  • December 11, 2018

    Dental Products Maker Expands IP War Against Rival At ITC

    A California-based dental products maker has added to its expanding intellectual property battle with a Danish rival over patents covering intraoral scanners and related equipment, filing two complaints Tuesday in Delaware federal court and one complaint Monday at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • December 11, 2018

    DOJ Joins Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Against Sutter Health

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced it has joined a False Claims Act suit accusing California-based Sutter Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, of defrauding Medicare Advantage by exaggerating patient illnesses.

  • December 11, 2018

    VW Slams Bondholder's Bid To Redo Emissions Fraud Suit

    Volkswagen has told a California federal judge that a bondholder cannot tack on insider trading claims to a proposed class action alleging it was duped into buying overpriced bonds based on misleading offering documents concealing the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

  • December 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Cisco Systems, Plaid, Nvidia Corp.

    Cisco Systems Inc. is discussing a deal to buy Luxtera, Plaid was valued at $2.65 billion in a Mary Meeker-led funding round, and SoftBank wants to shed its stake in California-based Nvidia Corp.

  • December 11, 2018

    Nooksack Members Say Tribal Officials Can't Avoid RICO Suit

    A group of Nooksack Indian Tribe members urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a Washington district court’s dismissal of their suit alleging tribal officials conspired to disenroll them, saying that the lower court has jurisdiction over their claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • December 11, 2018

    General Mills Escapes Suit Over Trans Fat Use

    A California federal judge has dismissed a putative class action claiming General Mills' baking mixes are unsafe because they use trans fat-containing partially hydrogenated oils, saying the consumer's state claims are preempted by federal law.

  • December 11, 2018

    Promise Healthcare Nets Extra $1.3M In Rehab Facility Sale

    A Chapter 11 sale of a San Diego medical facility owned by Promise Healthcare Group LLC received court approval Tuesday in Delaware after the company's attorneys told the court that an auction had resulted in an additional $1.3 million in consideration for the property.

  • December 11, 2018

    Insurer Says It Doesn't Owe USC Coverage In Abuse Suits

    United Educators Insurance has sued the University of Southern California in New York state court in a bid for a declaration that the insurer doesn't have to cover a $215 million class action settlement and multiple other lawsuits pending against the university over a former school gynecologist's sex abuse scandal.

  • December 11, 2018

    NFL Illegally Relocated Raiders To Vegas, Oakland Says

    The city of Oakland, California, on Friday sued the NFL over its 2017 decision to relocate the Raiders to Las Vegas, saying the league violated its own policies and antitrust laws by boycotting Oakland from the decision process.

  • December 11, 2018

    9th Circ. Hears Arguments Over Migrant Kids' Right To Atty

    The full Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in a case over immigrant minors’ right to government-appointed counsel in removal proceedings, probing U.S. Department of Justice counsel over whether children as young as 2 years old would have due process absent representation.

  • December 11, 2018

    Testing Reveals No Chinese Microchip Spying, Co. Says

    An investigation found no proof that Super Micro Computer Inc.’s motherboards were infected by malicious hardware, the California-based company said Tuesday, continuing its fight to dispute a fall media report detailing alleged Chinese interference with its products.

  • December 11, 2018

    Climate Report Proves Carbon Regs Must Stick, EPA Told

    The dire conclusions in the blockbuster climate change report recently released by the Trump administration contradict White House efforts to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and power plants and the proposals should be yanked immediately, dozens of state attorneys general and city and county attorneys said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Accountant Seeks No Prison Time For $18M Tax Return Fraud

    An accountant found guilty of helping a venture capitalist siphon $18 million from a fund through false tax returns has told a California federal court he should serve no time behind bars despite prosecutors' request for a "significant" prison sentence.

  • December 11, 2018

    ImmunoCellular Investors Seek OK Of $1.1M Stock Hype Deal

    Investors suing ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. over an alleged illegal stock promotion scheme asked a California federal judge Monday to preliminarily approve a $1.1 million settlement nearly equal to the company's entire market capitalization.

  • December 11, 2018

    AGs Ask SSA To Set Up ID Theft Prevention Database, Fast

    A coalition of 43 state attorneys general urged the Social Security Administration to make a priority of establishing a nationwide database for electronically matching names and dates of birth to Social Security numbers, in order to fight “synthetic identity theft” where legitimate numbers get tied to fake identities.

  • December 11, 2018

    Contractor Admits Role In Sending Unqualified Guards To IRS

    A manager for a company that provided armed guards to the IRS has pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government in a scheme involving the falsification of firearm shooting scores, prosecutors said Monday.

  • December 11, 2018

    PE-Backed Blank Check Co. Files $375M IPO Guided By Weil

    Gores Metropoulos Inc., a blank check company formed by private equity firm The Gores Group, filed its $375 million initial public offering Tuesday that was guided by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and saw Ropes & Gray LLP advising the underwriters.

  • December 11, 2018

    Feds Nix Most Of Suit Over End Of Obama Immigrant Program

    A California federal magistrate judge has dismissed all but one claim in a suit brought by a proposed class of immigrant families over the Trump administration’s decision to end an Obama-era program allowing Central American children to join their families in the U.S., finding that only the administration’s revocation of conditional approval for thousands of immigrants was arbitrary and capricious.

  • December 11, 2018

    Hoffman La-Roche Can't Keep Malaria Drug Suit In Fed. Court

    A California federal judge overseeing allegations that Hoffmann La-Roche Inc.'s anti-malarial drug neurologically harmed a Navy veteran has sent the case back to state court, ruling there wasn't federal diversity jurisdiction because the company's principal place of business is in California, not New Jersey.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Privacy Act Will Increase Data Breach Liability

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act's statutory damages provision will likely generate significant litigation and require courts to weigh in on various aspects of this important new remedy, say Grant Davis-Denny and Alex Gorin of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Taxpayers Should Note These 2 Items From Calif. Tax Regs

    Eric Coffill

    A “second adopt notice,” issued Nov. 27, is the latest step in the transition of California tax programs to the jurisdiction of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Two major items of interest in the notice involve new appeals procedures, says Eric Cofill of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Class Cert. Evidence Standard Likely Headed To High Court

    Thomas Richie

    With circuit courts irreconcilably split on expert testimony at the class certification stage, the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision not to reconsider Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center all but guarantees the issue will soon reach the U.S. Supreme Court, say Thomas Richie and John Goodman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Blockvest Ruling Reminds Token Issuers To Push Back

    Michael Dicke

    Digital token issuers caught up in the onslaught of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations finally received some good news last month regarding token sales’ exposure to federal securities laws. The decision in SEC v. Blockvest is encouraging for a few reasons, say Michael Dicke and Eric Young of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • A Closer Look At New Calif. Pension Fund Climate Law

    Kristie Blase

    Landmark California legislation going into effect in January requires the two largest pension funds in the U.S. to publicly report on their climate-related financial risks, which should result in more widespread adoption of financial disclosure recommendations from the Financial Stability Board, say attorneys with CKR Law LLP.

  • Property And Casualty Insurers Face A Genomics Revolution

    David Schwartz

    Plaintiffs attorneys are winning big in civil litigation by invoking genomic susceptibility arguments, and trends suggest that property and casualty insurers will face more and larger claims as a result. But genomic data can assist both plaintiffs and defendants, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions and William Wilt of Assured Research.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • A Closer Look At Calif. Privacy Law's Private Right Of Action

    Daniel Rockey

    Although labeled a “limited” private right of action by the bill’s sponsors, the California Consumer Privacy Act's private enforcement mechanism is almost certain to lead to a wave of new lawsuits unless the Legislature clarifies some ambiguities, says Daniel Rockey of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.