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  • September 18, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says Tech Co.'s $37M Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its erstwhile Italian subsidiary have urged a California federal court to send to arbitration an approximately $37 million dispute with an information technology company over alleged fraud, saying the technology company is obligated to honor its contractual promise to arbitrate disputes.

  • September 18, 2018

    Weinstein Not Likely To Shake Ashley Judd Blacklisting Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday expressed skepticism about Harvey Weinstein's bid to dismiss actress Ashley Judd's suit alleging he engaged in a smear campaign that kept her from being cast in "The Lord of the Rings" because she rebuffed his sexual advances, saying the disgraced film producer's arguments about the facts seem premature.

  • September 18, 2018

    Pac-12 Leader Defends $4.5M Salary At NCAA Antitrust Trial

    Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott defended his $4.5 million annual salary Tuesday during a landmark antitrust trial over the NCAA's limits on student compensation, while also warning that paying student-athletes would confuse fans and broadcasters about amateur sports and disrupt the makeup of college athletic conferences.

  • September 18, 2018

    9th Circ. Says DOL Owed Deference On Tip Credit Guidance

    The Ninth Circuit gave a green light Tuesday to servers and bartenders suing restaurants including IHOP and P.F. Chang’s for allegedly underpaying them, ruling en banc that courts should defer to Obama-era tip credit guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor and ending a split with the Eighth Circuit.

  • September 18, 2018

    VC-Backed Eventbrite Raises IPO Funding Target To $230M

    Venture-backed online ticketing platform Eventbrite Inc. on Tuesday raised the price range and fundraising target of its initial public offering to $230 million, possibly indicating demand for its impending IPO was better than expected.

  • September 18, 2018

    Firm Must Face Defamation Suit Over Conference Remarks

    In a precedential opinion Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit clarified its guidelines for determining jurisdiction and ruled that an aircraft company could bring suit against a Washington state law firm in Nevada over allegedly false statements one of its attorneys made at a conference in Las Vegas.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dems Want Calif. Net Neutrality Bill Signed Despite Pai

    Democrats are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign what is considered the nation's toughest net neutrality law after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dragged the legislation as “a radical, anti-consumer” measure.

  • September 18, 2018

    Facebook Must Answer For Privacy Practices, Investors Say

    Investors urged a California federal judge on Monday to deny Facebook Inc.'s attempts to toss the suit filed against the social network's board of directors after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, arguing that the “barrage” of motions ignore and twist their allegations.

  • September 18, 2018

    FWS Asks Justices To Uphold Decision To End Otter Program

    The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to take a test of the Chevron deference doctrine in a case brought by California commercial fishing groups arguing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went beyond its authority in deciding to shutter an experimental program for threatened sea otters.

  • September 18, 2018

    Trump's Military 'Transgender Ban' Will Stay Blocked

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dissolve an injunction blocking the federal government’s military “transgender ban” from going into effect, ruling a revision to the policy was not meaningfully different from the initial outright ban.

  • September 18, 2018

    AbbVie Kickbacks Tainted $1.3B In Humira Claims, Calif. Says

    AbbVie Inc. generated nearly $1.3 billion in tainted health insurance claims for its blockbuster immunosuppressant Humira by paying kickbacks in the form of cash, alcohol, trips and an elaborate network of “nurse ambassadors,” California regulators said in a complaint filed Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2018

    Trump Admin. Can't Escape LA's Bid To Nix 'Sanctuary' Rules

    A California federal court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to toss a case that challenges the placing of immigration-related conditions for receiving a federal public safety grant on the city of Los Angeles, finding the municipality has plausibly stated its claims. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Preemption Lines Blurred In 9th Circ. Hazmat Fee Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision knocking down California's new fee on rail cars transporting hazardous materials but leaving the door open to such a levy if it were "fair" raises new questions on the breadth of federal preemption concerning railroad rates and services, experts say.

  • September 18, 2018

    Judge Won't Halt Suit Against GM Over Graffiti In Car Ad

    A California federal judge said Tuesday he can't determine whether a mural painted on a parking garage is a standalone work of art or part of the building under copyright law and so refused to let General Motors Co. escape from a copyright infringement suit accusing it of featuring the design in a Cadillac marketing campaign without permission. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Tribe Says Immunity Waiver Doesn't OK Attys' Fees

    The Coyote Valley band of Pomo Indians told a California appellate court on Tuesday that its prior ruling finding that the tribe waived its sovereign immunity in agreements with a construction contractor was wrongfully applied to an attorneys' fees bid, arguing that limiting the scope of immunity waivers was "a bedrock principle of Indian law."

  • September 18, 2018

    US Loses Bid To DQ Orrick In Fitbit Trade Secrets Case

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from the government to disqualify Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from representing an ex-Fitbit Inc. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from a prior employer, since her co-defendants — whom the firm previously represented — said they didn't mind her keeping the firm as counsel.

  • September 18, 2018

    BIA Says Calif. Group Doesn't Merit Federal Recognition

    The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has urged a California federal court to toss a suit by an unrecognized tribe, the Tolowa Nation, seeking to force the government to grant it recognition, saying the Department of the Interior found there isn't enough evidence to show it's a distinct community.

  • September 18, 2018

    Postmates Locks In $300M VC Fund Led By Tiger Global

    On-demand delivery service Postmates Inc. said on Tuesday that it raised $300 million led by hedge fund and private equity fund manager Tiger Global Management LLC as the company gears up to increase its coverage to more than 70 percent of the U.S. before the end of the year.

  • September 18, 2018

    Six Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $465M Led By Biotech Firms

    Six companies set price ranges this week on initial public offerings estimated to raise $465 million combined, led by four biotechnology firms plus a medical device company and a Maryland bank, adding to a growing lineup of issuers expected to price IPOs in the coming days.

  • September 18, 2018

    Banc Of Calif. Investor Suit Mired In Director Deposition Row

    Banc of California is taking fire from two sides as it seeks to rein in the possibility of seven-hour depositions for four of its directors, with both a class of investors and the bank's former CEO arguing that it has no justification for limiting access to its directors in the class action over its ties to a notorious white collar fraudster.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Key Defenses For Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Patrick Reilly

    Potential theories of liability for autonomous vehicles have not yet been fleshed out or tested in court, but we can expect negligence and product liability lawsuits — not to mention statutory claims — as the government begins regulating. Manufacturers can lean on at least five available defenses if litigation arises, say attorneys at at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 9th Circ. Broadly Interprets Service Rules For Foreign Cos.

    Daniel Prince

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in the Pangang trade secrets case provides the U.S. government substantially more methods by which it can properly serve foreign organizations, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Examining Class Cert. At 9th Circ. After Sali Ruling

    Dyana Mardon

    In Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that evidence offered in support of class certification need not be admissible at trial. Attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP discuss the Sali court’s analysis and holding, how the decision directly conflicts with most other circuits, and its likely impact on class action defendants.

  • Challenge Calif. Insurer Limits On Independent Counsel Rates

    Susan White

    When an insurer allows an insured to select its own defense counsel in California, it will often only agree to pay a very low hourly rate. However, an insured should not simply accept the insurer's say on this, as there are several ways to challenge an insurer's unilaterally imposed rates, says Susan White of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Why Courts Should Apply Escobar In Criminal Cases

    Antonio Pozos

    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision set off waves of litigation over materiality in civil False Claims Act cases, it has largely failed to gain traction in criminal fraud prosecutions. However, the ruling has broad implications in criminal law, say Antonio Pozos and Mark Taticchi of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Adds To Growing Consensus On Escobar FCA Test

    Gejaa Gobena

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision last week in U.S. v. Stephens Institute solidifies the emerging view that the only way to prove implied false certification liability under the False Claims Act is by specifically showing the two prerequisites mentioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Escobar, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Price Gouging

    Richard Lawson

    After California Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a state of emergency in several California counties due to fires in the area, the state attorney general issued a reminder that price gouging during this time is illegal under state law. However, price gouging statutes related to states of emergency are not limited to fires or California, say Richard Lawson and Shoshana Speiser of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Plaintiffs May Be Hard-Pressed In New Olive Oil Cases

    Claudia Vetesi_

    This month, two lawsuits were filed in a California federal court against Transnational Foods Inc. and J.M. Smucker Co., alleging that certain products were misleadingly labeled as extra virgin olive oil when test results showed that the products were something else. But the complaints do not provide the test results or identify any applicable standards, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.