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California

  • November 15, 2018

    Calif. Judge Moves Up Roundup Trial Due To Health Concerns

    A California judge on Thursday granted a couple's request to expedite the trial schedule for their lawsuit alleging Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave them cancer, saying their health could impact their ability to pursue their claims and setting the trial for March 18.

  • November 15, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Keeps 'Hush Money' Row Public

    Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy can't force an ex-Playboy model to arbitrate her contract claim stemming from their $1.6 million "hush money" deal, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, saying it's too intertwined with her suit's claims against attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith Davidson to break off.

  • November 15, 2018

    Warner Bros. Wins Dismissal Of Directors' Suit

    A California appellate panel blasted a trial court’s “inexplicable” effort to bring a proposed class action by film directors against Warner Bros. to trial just ahead of the expiration of a five-year deadline, ruling Wednesday the suit must be dismissed.

  • November 15, 2018

    Goodwin Taps Ex-Gunderson Pro With Capital Markets Chops

    Global law firm Goodwin Procter LLP said it has hired a former Gunderson Dettmer capital markets attorney with extensive experience in the life sciences, telecommunications and technology industries to strengthen Goodwin’s technology companies, life sciences and capital markets practices.

  • November 15, 2018

    Transport Co. Reaches $7M Deal Ending Drivers Break Row

    Renzenberger Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a certified wage-and-hour class action and another lawsuit that accused the transportation company of rest-break and minimum-wage violations, according to California federal court filings on Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Tata Exec Defends Firing Practices In Discrimination Trial

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s head of workplace effectiveness defended the company’s firing practices Thursday during a trial over class allegations that Tata discriminates against non-South Asians, testifying that the company recently raised its retention rates to over 80 percent of workers.

  • November 15, 2018

    Crabbers Snap At Energy Cos. With Calif. Climate Tort

    A coalition of fishermen’s groups Wednesday sued Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and other energy companies, blaming them for contributing to ocean damage caused by climate change, which they say has forced the closure of lucrative crab fisheries off the coasts of California and Oregon.

  • November 15, 2018

    Direct Capacitor Buyers Win Cert. In Price-Fixing MDL

    Four U.S. companies won their bid to certify a direct buyer class in sprawling multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging dozens of overseas capacitor manufacturers plotted to boost the price of the electronic component in a decadelong scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pulling Up Stakes: White & Case, Hinckley Allen, Goodwin

    In our latest roundup of deal makers on the move, a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission veteran joins White & Case LLP's capital markets team, Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP added a new M&A and corporate pro in Boston, and Goodwin Procter LLP snagged a Gunderson Dettmer initial public offering specialist.

  • November 15, 2018

    Funds Managing $4.83T In Assets Sign Gun Safety Principles

    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, State Street Global Advisors and other institutional investors managing a total of $4.83 trillion in assets have signed off on a set of principles aimed at creating a “framework to advance a responsible civilian firearms industry” in the U.S.

  • November 15, 2018

    Reed Smith Nabs Employment Duo From Polsinelli In SF

    Reed Smith LLP has bolstered its ranks in San Francisco by adding a pair of employment experts from Polsinelli PC.

  • November 15, 2018

    Virgin America Calls Bid For $85M In Wage Case 'Excessive'

    Virgin America Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to slash at least $25 million from the $85 million in penalties and wages a class of flight attendants is seeking in the final phases of an unfair labor practices suit, calling the amount “excessive and punitive.”

  • November 15, 2018

    Promise Healthcare Floats $3M Ch. 11 Exec Bonus Plan

    Bankrupt hospital operator Promise Healthcare Group LLC requested permission Thursday from a Delaware judge to implement a key employee incentive plan that would pay its president up to $3 million in bonuses based on meeting sale price targets for two of its facilities.

  • November 15, 2018

    AI Processor Co. Habana Labs Nabs $75M Series B Funding

    Artificial intelligence processor startup Habana Labs Ltd. on Thursday said it nabbed $75 million in an oversubscribed series B funding round led by Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-Paul Weiss, Munger Atty Tapped For Calif. High Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday picked his own senior adviser, who previously worked at both Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, to fill an associate justice seat on the California Supreme Court.

  • November 14, 2018

    Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charge

    Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her now-dismissed defamation suit against President Donald Trump, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Bio-Rad Appeal Of Ex-GC's $11M Win

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.'s arguments in favor of overturning an $11 million whistleblower judgment against the company, repeatedly questioning its counsel during a hearing on how an erroneous jury instruction would change the outcome of the verdict.

  • November 14, 2018

    Int'l Paper Co. To Face Claim It Fires Workers Pre-Retirement

    International Paper Co. must face a former driver’s claim that the company has a practice of firing workers before they turn 55 to prevent them from collecting early-retirement benefits, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Saudi Heirs Fight Chevron's Bid To Nix $18M Arbitral Award

    The heirs of two Saudi sheikhs urged a California federal court Tuesday not to toss their suit to confirm an $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron over an oil field development agreement, arguing the oil giant's claims the arbitration was a "sham" are part of its efforts to discredit everyone involved.

  • November 14, 2018

    Calif. Jury Deadlocks In J-M Bad Pipes Damages Bellwether

    A California federal judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in a bellwether False Claims Act suit against J-M Manufacturing after a jury deadlocked on the amount the company owes, if any, to a group of municipalities that paid $2.1 million for pipes that didn't uniformly meet industry strength standards.

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • What Montrose Means For Multilayered Insurance In Calif.

    Robert Anderson

    The California Court of Appeal's recent decision in Montrose v. Superior Court, which held that trial courts deciding coverage cases that involve multiple layers of insurance must analyze each policy, is unsurprising given the California Supreme Court's analysis in similar cases, though some inconsistencies may need to be addressed, say Robert Anderson and Gary Spencer of The Anderson Edge.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • World Wide Weed: Best Practices For Internet Cannabis Ads

    John McKay

    For internet publishers that have decided the risks of doing business with cannabis-related companies do not outweigh the value, the most sensible question is not whether there is some risk but how they can minimize it, say John McKay and Chris Morley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • When Regulatory Standards And Truth In Advertising Collide

    Terri Seligman

    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp. — like two other recent decisions — highlights the balancing act between regulatory standards and truth-in-advertising principles. Compliance with standards doesn't always mean advertisers are in the clear, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.