California

  • February 15, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Bertram Capital’s $500M PE Fund

    Bertram Capital on Thursday said its latest fund took in $500 million as the middle market-focused private equity firm looks to invest in the business services, consumer, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs Trump 7th Circ. Pick Over Dem Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.

  • February 15, 2018

    Golub Capital Sinks $270M Into Radiology Co.’s Calif. Growth

    Golub Capital said Thursday it will provide a $270 million loan to support private equity-backed Radiology Partners' overall growth and recent expansion into California with the company’s acquisition of a 99-physician practice in the state.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    NuVasive Says Rival Hired Key Workers, Copied Spine System

    NuVasive Inc. alleged a competitor engaged in a coordinated effort to rip off its entire spinal surgery system, hiring former executives who worked on the technology and then devising a system that closely mimicked it, according to an infringement suit entered in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ugg Maker Says Walmart, Clothing Designer Selling Knockoffs

    Deckers Outdoor Corp., the company behind Ugg boots, sued Walmart Inc. and Reliable Knitting Works in California federal court on Wednesday, alleging they’ve infringed on Deckers’ trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of its “Bailey Button” boot.

  • February 14, 2018

    Uthe’s RICO Harm Theory New To Appeal, 9th Circ. Says

    Uthe Technology Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, arguing the semiconductor company suffered a direct harm when it was defrauded into selling a “thriving” subsidiary and prompting the judges to complain Uthe was raising a new injury theory for the first time on appeal.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-UCLA Doctor Seeks $16M As Gender Bias Trial Wraps

    A former UCLA oncologist asked a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday for nearly $16 million in her suit alleging she was retaliated against for complaining about gender-based discrimination, while the school’s governing body argued that she made her own decision to leave the program.

  • February 14, 2018

    Calif. Court OKs Doc's Injury Verdict, Nixes $2.9M Fees Award

    A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a jury’s decision to award a medical technician $225,000 in a suit accusing a doctor of sexual battery, but reversed a trial judge’s award of $2.9 million in attorneys’ fees, saying a doubling of fees may not have been fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Venture Capitalist Sued For Alleged In-Flight Sex Battery

    A 29-year-old co-founder of tech companies hit a 73-year-old Silicon Valley venture capitalist with a sexual battery suit in California state court Wednesday, alleging that he groped her on a red-eye flight.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ford Gets Claims Trimmed In Faulty Screen Class Action

    With a May trial ahead on class claims alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to over 500,000 drivers, a California federal judge on Wednesday pared class claims for two states, leaving eight state classes and others in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2018

    Facing Punitive Damages, BofA Settles With Fired Worker

    Bank of America NA reached a confidential settlement late Tuesday night with a former client manager after a California federal jury found the bank had illegally blacklisted and defamed her, resolving the dispute before the jury could deliberate on the amount of punitive damages the bank would have to pay.

  • February 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Should Reverse Calif. DACA Injunction, Feds Say

    The Trump administration on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal court’s order that temporarily barred it from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that it is an agency action that courts must defer to.

  • February 14, 2018

    Disney Sued Again Over Allegedly Ripping Off 'Zootopia'

    A production company whose copyright feud over The Walt Disney Co.'s film "Zootopia” was tossed by a California federal judge last year has hit the media giant with a contract suit in state court, claiming Disney breached an implied contract by allegedly stealing its story to create the animated hit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Death Claim Against Hospital Too Late, Calif. Court Affirms

    A California appeals court has tossed a suit accusing a hospital of wrongful death, rejecting a family’s claims that because the hospital notified them that their son had died of stomach cancer when, in fact, he had actually died of a head injury caused by an in-hospital fall, it should be exempt from the six-month deadline to file suit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Warburg Pincus Leads Duetto's $80M Series D Raise

    Hospitality revenue services platform Duetto has raised $80 million in series D financing from a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus LLC funds, according to an announcement from San Francisco-based Duetto on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Poultry Farm Seeks Sanctions For ‘Knowingly False’ Claims

    One of the largest poultry producers in the United States asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a suit from three nonprofits, along with other sanctions, due to "salacious" and "outlandish" allegations made based on U.S. Department of Agriculture test data the company claims was knowingly misrepresented.

  • February 14, 2018

    Granite Construction Snaps Up Layne In $565M Deal

    Granite Construction Inc. said Wednesday it will take over water management, construction and drilling firm Layne Christensen Co. in a deal worth $565 million that will see California-headquartered Granite take a major leap in its water infrastructure capabilities.

  • February 14, 2018

    General Mills Buyers Fight To Preserve Labeling Row

    General Mills consumers accusing the company of misrepresenting its sugary cereals and bars as healthy urged a California federal court Tuesday to keep the proposed class action alive, saying the claims are not preempted and not based on puffery.

Expert Analysis

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 2

    Ella Foley Gannon

    The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 1

    Ella Foley Gannon

    For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • A Look At Air Rights In Boston, San Francisco And New York

    Lawrence DiCara

    Though allowing the transfer of unused development rights carries some disadvantages, it has encouraged developers to utilize air rights and improve upon some of America's largest cities, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP and Katherine Soule of the Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Preemption In Pharmaceutical Cases: 2017 In Review

    Connor Sheehan

    2017 was a busy year in the evolving landscape of preemption in pharmaceutical cases. And the interplay and potential collision between state law duties and federal regulatory requirements raised in the cases decided last year will continue to evolve in 2018, says Connor Sheehan of Dunn Sheehan LLP.

  • Key Recent Changes To Lobbying, Campaign Finance Rules

    Melissa Laurenza

    The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching, bringing with them anticipated increases in political activity along with public scrutiny. Melissa Laurenza and Samuel Olswanger of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP examine recent changes to federal and state lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws and analyze their significance.

  • A Lower Bar For Calif. Agencies In Hazardous Waste Cases

    Ria Rana

    If the California Court of Appeal's latest decision in City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company continues to stand, it will have broad implications for chemical and equipment manufacturers and distributors who may find they are subjected to liability under the Polanco and Gatto Acts more frequently, say Ria Rana and John Parker of Goldberg Segalla.

  • PAGA Cases Offer Rare Victories For Calif. Employers

    Benjamin Ebbink

    If you’re a California employer, perhaps no single law strikes fear into your heart quite as much as the Private Attorneys General Act. However, a pair of recent appellate court decisions granted significant procedural “wins” to employers in PAGA cases, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Could Be Game-Changer For Investors

    Carol Villegas

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday issued an important decision in Mineworkers' Pension Scheme v. First Solar that serves to protect investor rights in securities class actions and will prevent companies that commit fraud from evading liability, say Carol Villegas and James Christie of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • Opinion

    CFPB’s Payday Loan Protections Protect Big Business Too

    Daniel Karon

    Mick Mulvaney, acting U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, recently put the brakes on rules the bureau had developed to regulate payday lenders' abuses. But a weakened CFPB isn’t just bad for payday loan borrowers — it's bad for reputable companies who benefit and thrive from enforcement that reins in cheaters, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.