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  • June 20, 2018

    Cooley Lures Ex-McDermott Tax Partner For LA Office

    Cooley LLP has brought on a former tax partner from McDermott Will & Emery LLP to its global tax practice, who brings to the firm’s Los Angeles office breadth of experience in domestic and international tax matters.

  • June 20, 2018

    Disney Boosts Bid For 21st Century Fox To $71.3B

    The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to raise its offer for the film and television studios of 21st Century Fox to roughly $71.3 billion, according to a Wednesday statement, setting up a potential bidding battle with Comcast.

  • June 19, 2018

    CVS, Aetna 'Deserve Nobel' If Merger Helps Consumers: Prof

    CVS Health Corp.'s planned $69 billion purchase of the insurance giant Aetna Inc. drew criticism from academics testifying Tuesday before the California Insurance Commission, with a Wharton School management professor calling the industry “full of BS” and saying the companies "deserve the Nobel Prize" if they deliver on the benefits they are claiming.

  • June 19, 2018

    Beats Mogul Says He Has Lawyers For That In $107M Trial

    Questioned on the details of a headphone royalties contract at the center of a $107 million lawsuit, Beats Electronics LLC cofounder Jimmy Iovine conceded Tuesday that he doesn’t read all his deals, telling a California jury, “I have lawyers that explain them to me.”

  • June 19, 2018

    Reggie Bush Injury Award Likely To Spur Pro-Athlete PI Suits

    Former NFL running back Reggie Bush's $12.5 million award for a knee injury suffered at the Los Angeles Rams' former stadium in St. Louis could embolden players to bring more personal injury suits against teams, a tide the league will attempt to stem in the upcoming round of labor negotiations.

  • June 19, 2018

    Jones Day Sued Over Alleged Gender Bias, 'Fraternity Culture'

    A former Jones Day partner sued the firm in California court Tuesday for allegedly treating women as “second-class citizens,” providing preferential treatment to men and firing her for speaking out against its alleged “fraternity culture.”

  • June 19, 2018

    BofI Beats Investor Suit Over Gov't Probes, Loan Practices

    A California federal judge has thrown out a securities fraud suit accusing BofI Holding Inc. of failing to disclose that it was allegedly involved in lending to criminals and under investigation by federal authorities, ruling Tuesday that the proposed class action suffered from key shortcomings but did not warrant sanctions.

  • June 19, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Can't Skirt Drivers' Pacifica Defect Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied Fiat Chrysler’s bid to dodge a putative class action, saying the suit raises a reasonable inference that the automaker knew a defect addressed in two Technical Service Bulletins could cause its Pacificas to stall or shut off without warning.

  • June 19, 2018

    LA Suburb Sued Over Clippers Arena Exploratory Plans

    Exploratory plans for the L.A. Clippers to build an arena in the California city of Inglewood drew a lawsuit Tuesday from a citizen group that says it's illegal for the city to provide the team with a home while denying its own citizens access to that land amid a housing-affordability crisis.

  • June 19, 2018

    Allstate Dodges Sanctions, Sheppard Mullin Atty Less Lucky

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday overturned $13,000 in sanctions assessed against Allstate by a magistrate judge in a medical billing case but upheld the sanctions against the insurer's Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney, saying Allstate was not responsible for her conduct.

  • June 19, 2018

    LA County's Land-Use Plan Gets Past Enviro Group Objection

    A California appeals court on Tuesday upheld Los Angeles County’s approval of a 1,800-acre land use plan, rejecting a green group’s argument that an additional environmental assessment was warranted because the plan relied on an outdated information.

  • June 19, 2018

    Cybersecurity Firm That Probed DNC Hack Now Worth $3B

    Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which was hired to investigate the high-profile Democratic National Committee hacks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said Tuesday that it is now worth $3 billion after raising $200 million in new funding.

  • June 19, 2018

    Filmmaker Says Disney Stole 'Inside Out' From College Project

    Disney is facing a new lawsuit alleging that it stole the idea for its hit film "Inside Out," this time from a filmmaker who accused the company of ripping off its concept from a short film he made in college, according to a copyright infringement suit filed in California federal court on Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Fees Not Hidden, LendingCorp Says In Challenge To FTC Suit

    LendingClub Corp. asked a California federal judge Monday to toss a Federal Trade Commission suit claiming the online lender falsely promises consumers their loans come with “no hidden fees,” arguing that its origination fee is noted on its website in at least three places.

  • June 19, 2018

    Facebook Users Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Tracking Claims

    Several Facebook users urged the Ninth Circuit to breathe new life into multidistrict litigation accusing the social media giant of unlawfully tracking people’s browsing activity after they signed out, saying they deserve a remedy for misdeeds that led to widespread outrage, a congressional investigation and a Federal Trade Commission settlement.

  • June 19, 2018

    Former Top Attys, State AGs Condemn Family Separations

    A flood of condemnation over the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy that’s left nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border poured in on Monday and Tuesday from former U.S. attorneys and state attorneys general who called for an end to the “cruel and illegal attack” on immigrant families.

  • June 19, 2018

    Hollywood Giants Must Face Copyright Claims Over Digital FX

    Disney, Paramount and 20th Century Fox lost a bid Monday to escape accusations the Hollywood studios violated copyright law when they created digital effects for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and a slew of other blockbusters.

  • June 19, 2018

    Nutraceutical Co. Must Pay $5.4M Chinese Award, Court Says

    A California federal judge on Monday confirmed an approximately $5.4 million arbitral award issued to two individuals following a dispute with a nutraceutical company over shares in a Chinese biotechnology firm, rejecting the company's arguments that it had not signed the applicable agreement.

  • June 19, 2018

    Biz Can't Challenge Arbitrator's Contract Tweak: 9th Circ.

    A split Ninth Circuit panel said Tuesday that an Arizona smelting company can’t challenge an arbitrator’s power to edit a collective bargaining agreement with a union after agreeing to arbitration, even though the contract bars the arbitrator from making any changes.

  • June 19, 2018

    LeClairRyan Nabs Schnader Harrison Aviation Pro In Calif.

    LeClairRyan has hired a Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP trial lawyer who’s represented clients in the energy, aerospace and defense industries to join its intellectual property, commercial litigation, products liability and aviation teams, the firm announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 2

    Erin Bosman

    A recent survey of companies in the consumer products space reveals caseloads and issues of concern, the growing influence of the Federal Trade Commission, and trends in corporate legal departments’ budgeting, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Negligent Hiring And Supervision Can Be An 'Accident'

    Tyler Gerking

    The California Supreme Court's decision in Liberty v. Ledesma strengthens insureds' rights to coverage under general liability policies and establishes that they are entitled to a defense where the injury alleged was unintended and unforeseen from the insured's perspective, say Tyler Gerking and David Hofmayer of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • New Calif. 'National Origin' Rules Stray From Federal Policy

    Thea Rogers

    The recent approval of new amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by the state's Office of Administrative Law broadens and bolsters the protections the state affords to noncitizens. But it also directly clashes with President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, says Thea Rogers of Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP.

  • A Breath Of Life For Calif. FCA Insurance Coverage

    Jan Larson

    The Ninth Circuit recently revived an insurance coverage dispute between Office Depot and AIG, holding that coverage for alleged violations of the California False Claims Act is not categorically precluded by California law. Similarities between the CFCA and the federal False Claims Act raise potential for broad application of this decision, say Jan Larson and Sebastian Brady of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Will Your Business Be Ready For The New Calif. Prop 65?

    Jodi Smith

    The revised California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as Proposition 65, will require companies to use new product warnings by September. The new warning scheme is considerably more complicated, but provides more clarity as to what will be considered a clear and reasonable warning, says Jodi Smith of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 1

    Erin Bosman

    Running a successful consumer products company has never been easy. Rapidly evolving technologies, an uncertain economy and changing government regulations appear primed to complicate the already challenging task of navigating legal issues, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • ADA Burden-Of-Proof Answers From 9th Circ.

    Joanne Alnajjar Buser

    In Snapp v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the Ninth Circuit recently clarified that an employer’s summary judgment burden to show the unavailability of an employee accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply at trial. Rather, the employee still bears the ultimate burden of proving the existence of a reasonable accommodation, say attorneys at Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • Despite Legality, Employee Arbitration Pacts Are No Panacea

    Adam Primm

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis is clearly a business-friendly decision, employers should not rush to include arbitration agreements and class or collective action waivers in their employment contracts. They may be beneficial in certain contexts, but they are not necessarily a fit for everyone, say attorneys with Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff.