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  • September 13, 2018

    Pillsbury Adds Former Goldman Sachs VP To Estate Practice

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has announced that a former vice president of the Goldman Sachs Trust Co. has joined Pillsbury as a partner in the firm’s estates, trusts and tax planning private wealth practice in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

  • September 13, 2018

    'Next Madoff' Defamer Faces Uphill Fight In $38M Appeal

    A former tenant faced an uphill battle Thursday trying to persuade a Ninth Circuit panel to reverse a $38 million jury award against him and other tenants who defamed a Los Angeles real estate investor online by calling him "the next [Bernie] Madoff,” with two judges saying he did not preserve his challenge by objecting to a presumed-damages theory at trial.

  • September 13, 2018

    Enviros Take Marianas Live-Fire Testing Suit To 9th Circ.

    Several environmental groups launched an appeal to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday of an order granting the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense a quick win in a challenge to planned live-fire testing sites in the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • September 13, 2018

    VC-Backed 'Unicorn' SurveyMonkey Launches $135M IPO

    The parent of venture capital-backed online survey company SurveyMonkey on Thursday set a price range on an estimated $135 million initial public offering, potentially marking this autumn's first IPO from a so-called unicorn company, which is represented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • September 13, 2018

    CFPB's 1st Suit Under Mulvaney Targets Pension Advance Co.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed its first new lawsuit under acting Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday, targeting a California pension advance company that a number of state regulators and consumers have accused of making predatory loans disguised as asset sales.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Pick For 9th Circ. Advances To Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a slate of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal bench on Thursday, including an 11-10 party-line vote on Ryan D. Nelson to the Ninth Circuit, making him the third nominee tapped for the appeals court to be reported to the Senate under this administration.

  • September 12, 2018

    Two Lidoderm Class Action Deals Worth $271M Get Final OK

    A California federal judge on Wednesday approved “excellent” settlements ending claims that Teikoku, Endo and Actavis violated antitrust laws by stalling the release of a generic form of the Lidoderm pain patch, finalizing a $104.75 million deal with end payors and a $166 million deal with direct purchasers, including a combined $85.6 million in attorneys’ fees.

  • September 12, 2018

    Calif. Panel Backs Consultant's $7.2M Award For Unpaid Work

    A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a consultant’s $7.2 million trial win for unpaid work done for online real estate marketplace Ten-X, ruling that the verdict shouldn’t be tossed just because “marginally relevant” evidence about the consultant’s work with another real estate-related business was excluded.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Wants Bias Row Out Of Arbitration

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP partner told a California appellate panel on Wednesday that her gender bias suit should not have been sent to arbitration, saying her claims weren't covered by the arbitration provision in her employment contract, which was unlawful anyway.

  • September 12, 2018

    Attys Fear Trump Reg Gives Detention Centers A Loose Leash

    Attorneys said that the Trump administration’s proposed rule to eliminate a decades-old settlement agreement that established bedrock protections for immigrant children in custody would not only vastly expand family detention, but also fail to impose oversight holding detention centers accountable.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Dickstein Shapiro Partners Sue Blank Rome Over $4M

    Former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners accused Blank Rome LLP in California state court Wednesday of defining its move to scoop more than 100 attorneys from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, in an attempt to "play cute" and avoid paying them $4 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Upholds Settlement In Olive Oil Labeling Suit

    A California district court was right to approve a $1 million settlement that ended a mislabeling class action against an olive oil producer, the Ninth Circuit said, as it shot down an appeal challenging the fairness of the deal filed by prominent class action crusader Ted Frank.

  • September 12, 2018

    Kombucha Co.'s Labeling Suit Against Competitor Gets Boot

    A California federal judge Wednesday dismissed a kombucha maker’s claims a competitor misrepresents the sugar and alcohol content of its products, saying the plaintiff provided insufficient evidence the beverage is labeled incorrectly or that it was hurt by the alleged misrepresentations.

  • September 12, 2018

    Sprint-T-Mobile Deal Is Essential For 5G Rollout, CEO Says

    The most productive thing federal regulators can do to speed the advent of the next generation of mobile services is to approve Sprint's proposed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure told a packed audience on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress Americas event in Los Angeles.

  • September 12, 2018

    Foley & Lardner Guides $2.1B White Oak Lending Fund

    White Oak Global Advisors LLC on Wednesday said its latest investment fund scooped up $2.1 billion from investors as it looks to push forward with its direct lending activities, with Foley & Lardner LLP steering the San Francisco-based private equity firm.

  • September 12, 2018

    Calif. Faces Big Hurdles To Meet Lofty Carbon-Neutral Goal

    Climate change goals don't get much more ambitious than California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent executive order calling for the Golden State to be carbon-neutral by 2045, and experts say the state will have to thread the needle through significant legal, regulatory and practical challenges on the pathway to net-zero carbon emissions.

  • September 12, 2018

    Samsung Can't Nix Shattering Phone Camera Class Action

    A California federal judge said Wednesday she won’t toss a putative class action claiming Samsung sold defective smartphones with camera lenses covered with glass that spontaneously shatters, but said she wants to know “sooner than later” if millions of potential class members are bound by arbitration.

  • September 12, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Aims To Nix Investors' Suit Over Ferrari Spinoff

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ferrari NV urged a California federal judge Tuesday to dump a securities fraud suit alleging the automakers misled investors about how they would be compensated in the 2015 spinoff of Ferrari, saying they clearly disclosed that terms of the spinoff transaction might change.

  • September 12, 2018

    Intuitive Surgical Investors Strike $42.5M Stock-Drop Deal

    A class of investors in Intuitive Surgical Inc. told a California federal court on Tuesday that it has reached a $42.5 million settlement with the biomedical company over allegations that it misled shareholders about the safety of its “da Vinci” robotic surgery.

Expert Analysis

  • 2nd Circ. Adds To Authority On Securities Law Preclusion

    Anthony Antonelli

    With its recent decision in Rayner v. E-Trade Financial — which unanimously affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action asserting state law best execution violations — the Second Circuit made a significant contribution to a collection of circuit court opinions on the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Expectations For Venue-Related Discovery Post-TC Heartland

    Silvia Jordan

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year, district courts typically permit venue-related discovery when plaintiffs provide prima facie evidence at the outset that the discovery sought could establish proper venue, says Silvia Jordan of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Testing Mandate Is Straining California Cannabis Cos.

    Oren Bitan

    California’s Proposition 64 legalized recreational cannabis, but set a deadline of July 1, 2018, for cannabis products to be tested for a range of toxic substances. Since then, one in every five pot samples have failed required testing, posing big challenges for the industry, says Oren Bitan of Buchalter PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Calif. Courts Say Schools Must Protect Students

    Brian Kabateck

    Almost two decades after the Columbine shooting, we still suffer from attacks committed by obviously troubled individuals already on school officials’ or law enforcement’s radar. Recent rulings by California courts have held that schools have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to protect students, say Brian Kabateck and Joana Fang of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP.

  • Why Bristol-Myers Applies To Absent Class Members: Part 3

    Brian Troyer

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol-Myers Squibb decision, some courts have acknowledged that class certification is a form of joinder like traditional joinder, even while arguing that they do not need independent jurisdiction over class members’ claims. The irrational results speak for themselves, says Brian Troyer of Thompson Hine LLP.