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  • November 13, 2018

    Walmart Can't Decertify Massive Meal Break Class

    Walmart has lost a bid to decertify a class of at least 50,000 workers who claim the big-box retailer underpaid them for missed lunch breaks, with a California federal judge finding Tuesday that company records allowed the court to assess potential liability on a class basis.

  • November 13, 2018

    Committee Backs $1.2B LA Project, Including $100M Subsidies

    A proposed $1.2 billion development project in downtown Los Angeles, which may include close to $100 million in subsidies derived largely from tax revenue, received favorable recommendation Tuesday from the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

  • November 13, 2018

    Calif. Hospital Must Face Suit Over New Mom’s Death

    A California federal judge has rejected a hospital's bid to escape a suit accusing various health care providers of causing the death of a woman a day after she gave birth, saying a factual dispute exists as to whether an anesthesiologist was acting as the hospital’s employee.

  • November 13, 2018

    Chevron Defeats Bid To Revive ERISA Suit At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action accusing Chevron Corp. and an investment committee of mismanaging workers’ retirement funds, holding that the plan participants leading the suit didn’t sufficiently support their allegations.

  • November 13, 2018

    Insured California Wildfire Losses May Top $6B, Report Says

    A spate of deadly wildfires that has scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in California may end up costing insurance companies $6 billion or more, according to a report issued Monday by Moody’s Investors Service Inc.

  • November 13, 2018

    Telecom Transferee Owes $13M In Tax Interest, 9th Circ. Rules

    A man must pay over $13 million in interest after the Ninth Circuit agreed with the U.S. Tax Court on Tuesday that the interest was part of his overall tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • November 13, 2018

    Tata Encouraged 'Expats Versus Locals' Culture, Jury Hears

    A California federal jury considering class claims that Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. discriminates against non-South Asians heard taped deposition testimony Tuesday from a former Tata senior human resources manager, who said that the company prioritizes visa holders and the culture was “expats versus locals.”

  • November 13, 2018

    BIA Urges Nixing Of Calif. Group's Tribal Recognition Suit

    The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs reiterated Tuesday its quick-win request in the Tolowa Nation’s suit asking a California federal court for federal recognition, saying the agency's decision that the group didn’t meet the requirements for the designation wasn’t “arbitrary or capricious.”

  • November 13, 2018

    Gaming Co. Urges No Stay For Tribal Casino Suit Appeal

    JW Gaming has urged a California federal judge to toss Pinoleville Pomo Nation members' request that he delay proceedings in the company's suit accusing them of tricking it into investing in a sham casino project, saying the members are unlikely to succeed in their appeal claiming tribal sovereign immunity.

  • November 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Denies Right-To-Counsel Bid By Immigrant Minors

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday declined to reconsider a case brought by a class of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children seeking lawyers and due process rights in deportation cases, leaving in place its earlier decision that the children can’t bypass immigration court and head straight to district court.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-Grubhub Driver Asks 9th Circ. To Undo Contractor Ruling

    A former Grubhub Inc. driver asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reverse a finding that he’s an independent contractor and not an employee, insisting the worker classification standard set by the California Supreme Court's Dynamex ruling upended it.

  • November 13, 2018

    Womble Bond Adds Ex-Knobbe Martens Tech Patent Pro

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has hired a former Knobbe Martens intellectual property litigator with 26 years' experience representing high-technology clients to head Womble’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials practice in California.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-CEO Accused Of Tipping Oriole Reaches $1.5M SEC Deal

    The former CEO of a medical optics firm accused of passing insider information to a former Baltimore Orioles player reached a $1.5 million deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to papers filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Experian Strikes $22M Deal Over T-Mobile Data Breach

    Experian has asked for preliminary approval of a $22 million class action settlement in California federal court, ending privacy claims from 15 million T-Mobile customers who had their information released in a data breach.

  • November 13, 2018

    Buchalter Opens San Diego Office With Employment Team

    Southern California-based Buchalter PC opened the doors on its new San Diego office, the firm's sixth office in its home state and eighth overall, which will at first consist mainly of a new labor and employment team, the firm announced on Monday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Investors Reach $12M Deal In Biotech Stock-Drop Case

    A shareholder class claiming biotech company NantKwest hid millions of dollars in executive compensation expenses from investors prior to its 2015 initial public offering has reached a $12 million proposed settlement with the firm, according to a filing in California federal court.

  • November 13, 2018

    FDA Warns Stem Cell Co. On Marketing, Manufacturing

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced it had sent a warning to StemGenex Biologic Laboratories LLC for marketing a purported stem cell product without federal approval and for deviating from good manufacturing practices in ways that could lead to the product’s contamination.

  • November 13, 2018

    Cloud Security Co. Netskope Closes $168.7M Funding Round

    Cloud security company Netskope on Tuesday said it reaped $168.7 million in a venture capital-backed Series F funding round led by California-based Lightspeed Venture Partners.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Won’t Hear Cert. Dispute In Vitamin E Labeling Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Pharmavite LLC over the certification of a class in a suit alleging its vitamin E supplements were misleadingly labeled.

  • November 12, 2018

    NCAA Argues Fans ‘Overwhelmingly Oppose’ Paying Athletes

    The NCAA defended its rules limiting athlete compensation in a landmark antitrust California federal bench trial on Friday, arguing that college sports fans value amateurism and “overwhelmingly oppose” paying student athletes.

Expert Analysis

  • With Conflicting Paths On FAA, High Court Likely To Take Both

    Scott Oswald

    Fierce brainpower was on show Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices seemed likely to deliver a business-friendly outcome in two separate cases under the Federal Arbitration Act — even though this would require treating the FAA’s blind enforcement of arbitration agreements as sacrosanct in one instance while undermining it in another, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Copyright Of 'Frankenstein': 5 Things To Know

    David Kluft

    ​This year marks the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein," and Halloween is ​the perfect time to ​explore the horror novel's relationship to copyright law, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • What FINRA Stats Tell Us About Elder Abuse Claims

    Joel Everest

    As baby boomers continue to age and the senior population grows in dramatic fashion, statistics from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority support the logical conclusion that an industry trend toward more FINRA arbitrations concerning senior investors is already underway, says Joel Everest of Bressler Amery & Ross PC.

  • A Comprehensive Guide To Defending PAGA Claims: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Eric Emanuel

    In the final part of this article, attorneys with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP offer employers detailed steps for responding to, litigating, settling and avoiding claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • The Uncertain Future Of Summary Judgment In California

    Scott Dixler

    While the California Supreme Court has held that summary judgment is no longer a disfavored remedy, two recent California Court of Appeal decisions demonstrate a continuing ambivalence concerning a trial court’s discretion to grant summary judgment, say attorneys with Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • California Tax Takes: Spotlight On Wayfair Response

    Shail Shah

    In the first monthly installment of California Tax Takes, attorneys from Reed Smith LLP suggest California's implementation of online tax collection rules by notice may bring legal challenges from taxpayers and issue an update on the Office of Tax Appeals.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • A Comprehensive Guide To Defending PAGA Claims: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Eric Emanuel

    Under California’s Private Attorneys General Act, “aggrieved employees” may step into the state’s shoes to recover civil penalties for certain breaches of the state's Labor Code or workplace health and safety violations. Attorneys with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP provide step-by-step guidance for employers defending against such claims.