California

  • May 17, 2018

    Technology Companies Are Driving The IPO Rebound

    After years of avoiding initial public offerings, venture-backed technology companies are now leading the charge, a trend experts say is buoyed by strong investor appetite for technology IPOs and a desire among aging startups to provide their shareholders liquidity.

  • May 17, 2018

    Apple Slims Exercise Headphone Class Action Claims

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a proposed class action claiming Apple Inc.'s Powerbeats headphones fail to hold a charge when a user is sweating, nixing a negligence claim altogether while keeping alive other claims that the company lied about the products’ durability.

  • May 17, 2018

    BLM Gives Enviro OK To Solar Project, Utility Corridor

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced on Thursday that it has given the final environmental thumbs-up to a proposed 500-megawatt solar power plant in California and a proposed utility corridor in Utah, inching the agency closer to deciding whether to officially greenlight the projects.

  • May 17, 2018

    SQM Again Beats Calif. City's $30M Tainted Water Suit At Trial

    A California federal jury on Thursday rejected the city of Pomona's claim that mining company SQM's North American unit owes it $30 million to remedy groundwater contaminated by perchlorate allegedly originating from SQM fertilizer, handing SQM a second victory after the Ninth Circuit vacated a prior trial win.

  • May 17, 2018

    Architect's Revised Suit In Google RICO Row Stricken

    A California federal judge on Wednesday struck an architect’s sixth try to allege Google stole his building design technology trade secrets, one day after she said she was “surprised” at the amended complaint given pending dismissal motions before her.

  • May 17, 2018

    9th Circ. Remands Asylum Petition For Transgender Woman

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Board of Immigration Appeals must address an individual's status as transgender separately from sexual orientation when considering petitions for asylum and other protections, sending the case back to the immigration court for further proceedings.

  • May 17, 2018

    VW Gets Claims Trimmed In Defective Sunroof Class Action

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed most of the claims in a Volkswagen driver's proposed class action accusing the carmaker of selling vehicles with sunroofs that might "spontaneously shatter," saying an amendment would be necessary to revive state consumer protection and fraud claims.

  • May 17, 2018

    Workers Ask Justices To Stop Calif. Union Mediation Scheme

    Eight workers for a fruit grower asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to take up their employer’s challenge to a California Supreme Court ruling upholding a state mechanism that sends union-represented farmworkers and farms to mediation if they can’t reach a deal, saying it’s forcing them to work under a contract they don’t want.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Blue Spike Loses Bid Again To Keep IP Row In Texas

    An Eastern District of Texas judge remained firm on Wednesday on her decision to transfer to California federal court a sprawling patent infringement suit filed by Blue Spike against Juniper Networks Inc., rejecting the patent-holding company's counterarguments as merely disagreeing with her position.

  • May 17, 2018

    Easton Baseball Bats Heavier Than Advertised, Suit Says

    Sporting goods manufacturer Easton Baseball/Softball Inc. misrepresents its high-end youth baseball bats as lighter than their actual weight, putting players at risk of injuries and decreased performance, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • May 16, 2018

    General Mills Says Trans Fat Class Action Is Half-Baked

    General Mills Inc. asked a California federal judge at a hearing Wednesday to toss a proposed class action alleging its baking mixes are unsafe because they use partially hydrogenated oils containing trans fat, saying the suit's California law claims are preempted by federal statute.

  • May 16, 2018

    Cos. In $22.5M EB-5 Fraud Row Barred From Selling Securities

    A California federal judge on Wednesday permanently restrained from selling securities two companies that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims participated in a scheme to fraudulently raise $22.5 million from Chinese investors looking to obtain green cards through the federal EB-5 visa program.

  • May 16, 2018

    Quinn Atty's Query In $1B Apple Trial 'Improper,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Bumble Bee CEO Indicted Over Tuna Price-Fixing Scheme

    A California federal grand jury indicted the president and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLC on Wednesday for his alleged embroilment in a scheme to fix the price of packaged seafood, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • May 16, 2018

    SQM Owes $30M For Tainted Groundwater, Calif. City Says

    Chilean mining company SQM sold thousands of tons of perchlorate-bearing fertilizer to California farmers in the 1930s and '40s and its U.S. unit can’t now shirk responsibility for perchlorate contamination in California city Pomona’s groundwater, counsel for the city argued in asking a federal jury to award it $30 million during closing arguments Wednesday .

  • May 16, 2018

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Detention Sites, Visa Overstays

    Both federal and state lawmakers have pushed legislation this month that would reduce the practice of immigration detention, tackle visa overstays and limit the disclosure of immigration status in California courts. Here, we examine their proposals.

  • May 16, 2018

    Liberty, Travelers Off Hook For Costs In Ala. Enviro Cleanup

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Travelers don’t have to cover environmental cleanup costs for an electronics company that struck a deal with an Alabama regulator, finding the policies only obligated the insurers to pay costs racked up as damages from a lawsuit.

  • May 16, 2018

    BofA Loses Bid For 9th Circ. Redo Of Calif. Escrow Ruling

    The full Ninth Circuit will not rehear a panel decision that revived a putative class action alleging that Bank of America NA skirted state law by electing not to pay interest on mortgage escrow accounts, circuit judges said in an order Wednesday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Mortgage Scam Suit Coverage Barred, Hartford Tells 9th Circ.

    Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a ruling that it does not have to defend or indemnify a California company for claims that it charged illegal mortgage modification fees, saying the uncovered claims against it cannot be separated from the potentially covered ones.

Expert Analysis

  • Another Take On 'Take-Home' Asbestos Exposure In Calif.

    Theresa Mullineaux

    A California appellate court recently upheld a trial court’s summary judgment in a secondary exposure asbestos case where the plaintiffs could offer no admissible evidence that the decedent’s father worked around asbestos-containing materials. While this opinion is unpublished and uncitable under California rules, its legal theory can apply to other cases, says Theresa Mullineaux of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • Equal Pay: Where Do We Stand Now?

    Debra Ellwood Meppen

    In Kelly Ellis v. Google, a California federal judge recently denied Google's bid to dismiss classwide claims alleging gender-based pay discrimination. If the class is certified and if the plaintiffs win, it may signify the beginning of the end of the fight for equal pay for women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • Anonymous Posts Of Alleged Trade Secrets: Free Speech?

    Michael Weil

    Several California appellate courts have recently ruled on conflicts between employers and publishers over the appropriateness of anonymous online posts, including the alleged publication of trade secrets. Now the California Supreme Court is poised to decide Hassell v. Bird, a key case in this free-speech battle, says Michael Weil of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Forum Selection Clauses Can Doom PTAB Review

    Cynthia Lambert Hardman

    Affirmance of the California federal court's decision in Dodocase v. MerchSource would have an important impact on the rights of patent licensees to challenge patentability in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and may provide a pathway for patent owners to dispose of PTAB patent challenges, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Don't Misunderstand The Prop 65 Coffee Ruling

    Erika Schulz

    Press coverage of a recent high-profile Proposition 65 decision in California may prompt readers to conclude that coffee causes cancer; in fact, there was no such finding. But if the ruling stands, it could still have a big impact on coffee makers, so it is important for both consumers and companies to understand it fully, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.