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  • December 13, 2018

    Ex-Sacramento Kings Exec. Admits To $13.4M Fraud Scheme

    A former chief revenue officer for the Sacramento Kings has agreed to plead guilty to taking $13.4 million from the team's sponsors for his own use by altering their sponsorship agreements without the team's knowledge.

  • December 13, 2018

    SAP Can't Duck Data Co.'s Copyright, Tying Claims

    A California federal judge has refused to toss a data analytics company's copyright infringement and antitrust claims against software maker SAP SE, but dismissed its trade secret claims for now.

  • December 13, 2018

    Chevron Moves Calif. Anglers' Greenhouse Suit To Fed. Court

    Chevron Corp. has said a lawsuit filed by a fishermen's group alleging the company and others contributed to ocean damage caused by climate change belonged in federal court, arguing that the global warming-related claims are governed by federal — not California — common law.

  • December 13, 2018

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2018

    With the U.S. Supreme Court opening the door to sports betting and criminal convictions stemming from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the dark underworld of college basketball, this year has seen some of the most significant sports law cases in years. Here, Law360 takes a look back at those cases and others that made 2018 such a big year for sports law.

  • December 13, 2018

    Qualcomm Can't Block Huawei, LG Docs From Antitrust Case

    The Federal Trade Commission will be able to present written testimony from Huawei and LG Electronics Inc. in the upcoming California federal court trial over antitrust charges the Federal Trade Commission has brought against Qualcomm.

  • December 13, 2018

    Gov't Seeks To Ax Extra-Record Info On Trump's Asylum Rule

    The Trump administration asked a California federal court Wednesday to strike extra-record evidence, including declarations and news articles, in a case over its rule stripping asylum eligibility from immigrants who cross the southern border outside of a designated port of entry.

  • December 13, 2018

    Biotech Biz Zymergen Lands $400M Series C Funding

    Molecular manufacturing technology company Zymergen said on Thursday that it has raised over $400 million in its latest round of funding that it will use to accelerate product development and commercialization.

  • December 13, 2018

    China's 'Steve Jobs' Risks Losing Calif. Property Over Loan

    Chinese tech magnate Jia Yueting could have more than $11 million of his U.S. properties seized after a Shanghai-based company asked a California federal court to enforce the decision of a Beijing arbitration committee that ordered Jia to make good on a multimillion-dollar loan.

  • December 13, 2018

    Rimon Lands Private Funds Atty From VLP In California

    Boutique law firm Rimon PC has expanded its private funds and securities adviser team in California with the hiring of a partner from VLP Law Group LLP who brings significant financial services expertise in a range of industries, including real estate, technology and entertainment.

  • December 13, 2018

    Davis Wright Nabs Entertainment Litigator In LA

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has hired a media litigator who has represented famous recording artists including Gwen Stefani, Led Zeppelin, Britney Spears and Green Day in high-profile lawsuits and disputes over intellectual property, the firm said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    Ford Transmission Case Belongs In Federal Court: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit has reversed a California federal court’s finding that a proposed class action against Ford over faulty transmissions in certain F-150 trucks belongs in state court, saying Ford proved potential restitution more than meets the $5 million federal jurisdictional threshold.

  • December 13, 2018

    CVS-Only HIV, AIDS Drugs Aren't Discriminatory, Judge Says

    A potential class of Amtrak, Lowe’s Companies Inc. and Warner Media LLC employees with HIV and AIDS aren't being discriminated against just because their health plans will only cover medications from CVS Health Corp., a California federal judge ruled in dismissing the workers' suit against the companies.

  • December 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Long-Running Raytheon FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has refused to revive a long-running whistleblower suit that accuses Raytheon of bilking the federal government on a satellite sensor contract, saying the relator had failed to provide sufficient information about the company’s alleged False Claims Act violations despite six attempts to do so.

  • December 13, 2018

    2018 State And Local Tax Policy: Year-In-Review

    This year may have been dominated by federal tax reform, but state and local policy practitioners were plenty busy, too, with issues such as the continued growth of the regulated marijuana industry and the uptake of local opportunity zones. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest state and local tax policy moves of 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    Downtown LA Real Estate Veteran Joins Cox Castle

    A seasoned veteran in the Los Angeles real estate scene has joined Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, bringing with him more than 50 years of experience representing developers and investors on major deals in the city's downtown and beyond, the firm announced.

  • December 12, 2018

    Dr. Seuss-'Star Trek' Mashup Maker Seeks End To IP Row

    The creators of a Dr. Seuss-"Star Trek" mashup told a federal judge to give a copyright case the hook, arguing their work doesn't hurt sales of the original children's book.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nikon Says Zeiss, ASML 'Stretching' IP Claims Against It

    Nikon Corp. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Wednesday that lens maker Carl Zeiss and semiconductor maker ASML “overreached and exaggerated” allegations it infringed camera sensor patents and caused $23.9 million in damages, stressing that even one missing claim element means there is no infringement.

  • December 12, 2018

    Flawed Verdict Form Triggers New Trial Against Calif. Hospital

    A California appeals court said Tuesday that a “hopelessly” unclear verdict form invalidates a $1.75 million medical malpractice verdict against a hospital whose treatment of a patient with temporarily impaired swallowing power allegedly led to her death.

  • December 12, 2018

    VW Banks On Federal Shield To Beat States' Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG’s recent wins against states that separately sued the German automaker for environmental or anti-tampering law violations over its 2015 diesel emissions-cheating scandal have reinforced the federal government’s authority to regulate motor vehicle and emissions standards, spelling trouble for other pending state and county lawsuits.

  • December 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Dredge 'Shape Of Water' Copyright Row

    The Ninth Circuit should reverse a California federal court’s toss of a suit claiming that Oscar winner "The Shape of Water" ripped off a 1969 play that also involved a lonely female janitor at a laboratory falling in love with a test subject, the playwright’s son has argued.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • In Hip Implant MDL, Preemption Cuts Across State Lines

    Michelle Hart Yeary

    Plaintiffs in the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing multidistrict litigation were subject to different states' statutes of limitations. But whether you bleed Michigan blue or you live where a grizzly bear is your only neighbor, preemption unites us all, says Michelle Hart Yeary of Dechert LLP.

  • Climate Change Lawsuits Face Crucial Hurdles

    John Lee

    The close of 2018 brings a chance to look at the state of climate change lawsuits filed in the last few years by both government entities and groups of young Americans. While each case type employs different legal strategies, both face similar challenges, says John Lee of Goldberg Segalla.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: It's Not Just MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is best known for its handling of MDLs, but it has another important role. When challenges to federal agency action are made in multiple courts of appeal, the panel is responsible for consolidating them into a single circuit, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Examining A Post-Wildfire Securities Suit

    Kevin LaCroix

    A securities class action complaint against utility company Edison following the recent massive wildfires in California is the latest example of event-driven securities litigation, a phenomenon that represents a significant problem for directors and officers insurance underwriters, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call For Nationwide Consistency On Noncompetes

    Steven Kayman

    There is something to be said for and against all of the various approaches taken to address the nettlesome problem of noncompetes. But little can be said to justify what we now have — a complex quilt work of varying laws and rules, say Steven Kayman of Proskauer Rose LLP and Lauren Davis, a law clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court​​​​​​​.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • Prop 65 Compliance Gets More Complicated

    Anne Marie Ellis

    Recent amendments to California's Proposition 65 changed the nature and content of chemical exposure warnings required for many products, substances and locations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs bar is stepping up its attempts to target Prop 65 violators, says Anne Marie Ellis of Buchalter PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.