A swift march toward tax reform by the U.S. Congress means state legislatures, which gavel in next month, will be faced with responding to a giant overhaul of the federal tax code.
A California federal judge on Wednesday defended his decision ordering the government to hand over evidence in a challenge to the planned end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, telling the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the government had misconstrued his order in its petition.
Bumble Bee Foods LLC was hit Wednesday with a class action accusing the company of tricking consumers into believing its "medium red smoked salmon" product was fresh caught and smoked, when in fact it was farm-raised, colored pink and artificially flavored.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the criminal conviction of a doctor known as the “candyman” who wrote 50,000 prescriptions for patients who received five million opiate pills, but vacated his 27-year prison sentence due to a possible erroneous calculation of the sentencing guidelines.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday struggled with whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s milestone Escobar decision created an ironclad test for False Claims Act liability, with judges repeatedly expressing uncertainty about the high-stakes question.
California's high court recently agreed to decide whether a former pesticide manufacturer must deplete all its lower-level policies before it can tap into valuable excess policies to cover environmental damage claims, and attorneys say a contrary ruling, which would instead allow the company to target carriers in a single policy year, could speed policyholders' path to recovery.
A PayPal shareholder hit the company with a proposed investor class action Wednesday in California federal court accusing the company of hiding the potential for a data breach at a payment processor subsidiary that was disclosed last week and sparked a “precipitous” stock drop.
A Ninth Circuit panel peppered the U.S. Department of Justice with questions about the president’s statutory authority to restrict immigration during much-anticipated oral arguments Wednesday over a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s latest travel ban, which the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed to take effect while the appeal proceeds.
A lawyer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday told a Ninth Circuit panel that it should disregard an assertion by the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel that scholarship football players are employees, after a recent memo reversed that stance.
A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified a group of about 500 San Jose firefighters who are pursuing claims that they were not properly paid for overtime hours they worked, saying the case would involve too much of an individualized assessment over whether each firefighter was actually underpaid.
A trio of California-based flight attendants asked a federal court Tuesday for preliminary approval of Cathay Airways Pacific Ltd.’s $1.9 million deal to resolve litigation alleging the Hong Kong airline violated various Golden State wage and hour laws.
The immigrant acquitted of murder by a San Francisco jury last week in the case of Kate Steinle, which has fueled a national debate over sanctuary cities, has been hit with new federal immigration and gun possession charges handed down by a grand jury on Tuesday.
Actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews on Tuesday accused Hollywood agent Adam Venit of sexual assault, saying in a California state court suit that the power broker acted like a “rabid dog” at a party and that his agency fosters an environment that keeps predators safe.
A federal judge wrongly denied attorneys’ fees to a California lawyer who helped shape an $8.5 settlement in multidistrict litigation against Groupon Inc. over short-dated online vouchers, the attorney told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday, saying the court improperly lumped her in with other, less helpful objectors.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday not to rehear a decision ending a constitutional challenge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of national security letters that bar service providers from telling users about government requests for their data, saying it’s grounded in the U.S. Constitution.
A California judge on Tuesday held off on preliminarily approving The Talbots Inc.’s $2.95 million settlement that would resolve a proposed wage and hour class action brought by store workers, asking the parties to revise the deal so the workers have more time to respond to the settlement notice.
Fabric-maker Unicolors Inc. told a California federal jury on the opening day of a copyright trial Tuesday that H&M ripped off one of its patterns for a jacket and skirt, while the clothing retailer countered that it never even saw the design.
A 31-year-old man from Houston was arraigned and denied release Tuesday in California state court on allegations he masterminded a five-day phishing attack on the Los Angeles court system that attempted to steal online account login information from more than 500 court employees, charges that could mean up to 14 years in prison.
Summer Zervos, the former “Apprentice” contestant who sued President Donald Trump for defamation after he said her sexual misconduct claims were lies, sought to swat aside protests that his work was too important for him to be sued by telling a New York state judge on Tuesday that no one was above the law.
A putative class of Zappos.com customers urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive privacy claims over a 2012 data breach that affected 24 million shoppers, saying the online shoe retailer broke its promise to provide a secure purchasing site.
When the White House changes hands from one political party to the other, the new administration often seeks to change or eliminate some of the regulations promulgated by prior administrations. But when regulatory provisions are based on scientific or economic analysis, it may be difficult to legally justify a change, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB-17, a law intended to foster transparency in connection with drug pricing and its impact on insurance costs. The law imposes significant new reporting requirements on many drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, and health care service plans and health insurers operating in California, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
A Washington administrative law judge's ruling in the ongoing Zenefits case last month suggests that Washington is possibly beginning to fall into line with larger states in the anti-rebate area, say Shawn Hanson and Nicholas Gregory of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Following the recent repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule, the scales of justice are now tipped in favor of bankers and big business. However, state lawmakers, lawyers and consumer advocates in California are leading the nation in cracking down on financial fraud, say Brian Kabateck and Shant Karnikian of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP.
After the recent $417 million verdict against a talcum powder manufacturer in California, the trial court set the verdict aside, entering judgment for the defendants. The court’s order paints a clear picture of what happened: The jury, goaded by improper argument from plaintiffs counsel, ignored instructions and spun out of control, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.
Beginning in 2018, licensed businesses will be authorized under California law to cultivate, manufacture, distribute and sell cannabis, presenting unique business opportunities to landlords. However, landlords must be aware of common pitfalls in cannabis business leases, say Joshua Schneiderman and Katherine Annuschat of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Federal prosecutors may be hoping that Travel Act charges against the NCAA basketball coaches and others avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrowing of federal corruption statutes. But by using state corruption laws in these cases, federal prosecutors risk having McDonnell v. U.S. extend to state crimes and crippling local corruption prosecutions everywhere, say Elizabeth Capel and Brandon Fox of Jenner & Block LLP.
One speculated consequence of TC Heartland is that patentees may choose to file lawsuits against other parties in the supply chain. If customer suits increase, practitioners and in-house counsel should become familiar with the “customer-suit exception” — an area that academics have called “forgotten” and in “relative disuse,” says Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.