California

  • February 15, 2018

    Mitsubishi Inks $33M Deal In Sprawling Cathode-Ray MDL

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on Wednesday settled with a class of indirect buyers of cathode ray tubes for $33 million in California federal court, bringing total settlements in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy involving electronics companies to $820 million.

  • February 15, 2018

    T. Rex Heir Drops Copyright Suit Over 'Baby Driver'

    The son of T. Rex rocker Marc Bolan on Wednesday voluntarily dropped a lawsuit alleging Sony Pictures Entertainment and other film distributors featured one of the band's songs without permission in its Academy Award-nominated film "Baby Driver."

  • February 15, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Bertram Capital’s $500M PE Fund

    Bertram Capital on Thursday said its latest fund took in $500 million as the middle market-focused private equity firm looks to invest in the business services, consumer, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs Trump 7th Circ. Pick Over Dem Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.

  • February 15, 2018

    Golub Capital Sinks $270M Into Radiology Co.’s Calif. Growth

    Golub Capital said Thursday it will provide a $270 million loan to support private equity-backed Radiology Partners' overall growth and recent expansion into California with the company’s acquisition of a 99-physician practice in the state.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    NuVasive Says Rival Hired Key Workers, Copied Spine System

    NuVasive Inc. alleged a competitor engaged in a coordinated effort to rip off its entire spinal surgery system, hiring former executives who worked on the technology and then devising a system that closely mimicked it, according to an infringement suit entered in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ugg Maker Says Walmart, Clothing Designer Selling Knockoffs

    Deckers Outdoor Corp., the company behind Ugg boots, sued Walmart Inc. and Reliable Knitting Works in California federal court on Wednesday, alleging they’ve infringed on Deckers’ trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of its “Bailey Button” boot.

  • February 14, 2018

    Uthe’s RICO Harm Theory New To Appeal, 9th Circ. Says

    Uthe Technology Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, arguing the semiconductor company suffered a direct harm when it was defrauded into selling a “thriving” subsidiary and prompting the judges to complain Uthe was raising a new injury theory for the first time on appeal.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-UCLA Doctor Seeks $16M As Gender Bias Trial Wraps

    A former UCLA oncologist asked a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday for nearly $16 million in her suit alleging she was retaliated against for complaining about gender-based discrimination, while the school’s governing body argued that she made her own decision to leave the program.

  • February 14, 2018

    Calif. Court OKs Doc's Injury Verdict, Nixes $2.9M Fees Award

    A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a jury’s decision to award a medical technician $225,000 in a suit accusing a doctor of sexual battery, but reversed a trial judge’s award of $2.9 million in attorneys’ fees, saying a doubling of fees may not have been fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Venture Capitalist Sued For Alleged In-Flight Sex Battery

    A 29-year-old co-founder of tech companies hit a 73-year-old Silicon Valley venture capitalist with a sexual battery suit in California state court Wednesday, alleging that he groped her on a red-eye flight.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ford Gets Claims Trimmed In Faulty Screen Class Action

    With a May trial ahead on class claims alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to over 500,000 drivers, a California federal judge on Wednesday pared class claims for two states, leaving eight state classes and others in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2018

    Facing Punitive Damages, BofA Settles With Fired Worker

    Bank of America NA reached a confidential settlement late Tuesday night with a former client manager after a California federal jury found the bank had illegally blacklisted and defamed her, resolving the dispute before the jury could deliberate on the amount of punitive damages the bank would have to pay.

  • February 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Should Reverse Calif. DACA Injunction, Feds Say

    The Trump administration on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal court’s order that temporarily barred it from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that it is an agency action that courts must defer to.

  • February 14, 2018

    Disney Sued Again Over Allegedly Ripping Off 'Zootopia'

    A production company whose copyright feud over The Walt Disney Co.'s film "Zootopia” was tossed by a California federal judge last year has hit the media giant with a contract suit in state court, claiming Disney breached an implied contract by allegedly stealing its story to create the animated hit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Death Claim Against Hospital Too Late, Calif. Court Affirms

    A California appeals court has tossed a suit accusing a hospital of wrongful death, rejecting a family’s claims that because the hospital notified them that their son had died of stomach cancer when, in fact, he had actually died of a head injury caused by an in-hospital fall, it should be exempt from the six-month deadline to file suit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Warburg Pincus Leads Duetto's $80M Series D Raise

    Hospitality revenue services platform Duetto has raised $80 million in series D financing from a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus LLC funds, according to an announcement from San Francisco-based Duetto on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Poultry Farm Seeks Sanctions For ‘Knowingly False’ Claims

    One of the largest poultry producers in the United States asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a suit from three nonprofits, along with other sanctions, due to "salacious" and "outlandish" allegations made based on U.S. Department of Agriculture test data the company claims was knowingly misrepresented.

Expert Analysis

  • Back In The Shop With Encino Motorcars V. Navarro

    Michael Hepburn

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, following the Ninth Circuit’s decision on remand. The case has become the legal equivalent of a “lemon” and the court seemed no closer to a decision than it was after Navarro’s first appearance at the Supreme Court in 2016, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Appointment Of CFPB Director Causes Rift Among State AGs

    Stephen Piepgrass

    With challenges to the president’s pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the federal courts, opposing contingents of state attorneys general have weighed in with filings as amici curiae. The controversies have centered largely on whether the Consumer Financial Protection Act or the Federal Vacancies Reform Act controls the appointment, say Stephen Piepgrass and Robert Claiborne Jr. of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation: Part 10

    Alan Ellis

    U.S. District Judges Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York and Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California are legendary sentencing judges. I recently asked for their thoughts on sentencing memoranda, character letters and sentencing statistics, says criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2017 MDL Year In Review

    Alan Rothman

    Last year, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled on the fewest MDL petitions and created the fewest new MDL proceedings in decades. But the panel's schedule for this week's hearing session suggests 2018 may be different, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Will CFPB Adopt A More Nuanced Approach To Remedies?

    Ori Lev

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent loss in CFPB v. CashCall suggests that parties willing to litigate against the agency may achieve success even if they lose on the merits, as courts appear reluctant to award the robust remedies the CFPB typically demands, says Ori Lev of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How IRS Is Targeting Offshore Accounts, Virtual Currency

    Kathleen Gregor

    Despite continuing Internal Revenue Service budget cuts and significant attrition among experienced special agents, the agency's Criminal Investigation Division is keeping the pressure on in the new year. More than ever, taxpayers with unreported assets, whether offshore or in the form of virtual currencies, are advised to take proactive steps, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Breaking The Workplace Silence Safely

    Jack Schaedel

    If companies are not careful about how messages regarding workplace harassment are communicated, and don’t first take the time to think about how some workers will perceive them, it can actually create the very problem they're trying to avoid, says Jack Schaedel of Scali Rasmussen.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.