• March 9, 2018

    Sprint’s $1.8M Deal Over Unpaid Vacation Time Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge said Friday he’ll approve Sprint’s $1.8 million deal resolving a class action claiming the telecommunications giant didn't pay its hourly sales representatives for all “floating holidays” they accrue, but rejected a last-minute request to swap the state agency that will receive any unclaimed funds.

  • March 9, 2018

    Broadcom Says It Won't Sell Sensitive Qualcomm Assets

    Broadcom took its pledge to support 5G technology in the U.S. to Congress in a letter published Friday, promising not to sell sensitive assets to foreign buyers as it looks to garner support for its hostile $117 billion Qualcomm bid amid scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Tribal Atty Urges 9th Circ. To Revive Age Bias Case

    A former attorney for Arizona's Gila River Indian Community urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive his age discrimination suit against his ex-employer, a case that started in tribal court in 2013.

  • March 9, 2018

    Calif. Fitness Chain To Pay More Than $8.3M For Wage Theft

    The California Labor Commissioner's Office on Thursday announced that it had cited a weight loss and fitness chain more than $8.3 million for labor law violations that it called "wage theft," including paying trainers separate paychecks for work at different locations, which avoided having to pay overtime.

  • March 8, 2018

    Genentech Fights For $5.8M In ‘Exceptional' IP Attys Fees

    A California federal judge Thursday indicated she might grant Genentech Inc. just a portion of the $5.8 million in attorneys’ fees the company requested after beating a patent infringement suit over its breast cancer drug, suggesting the case was “exceptional” for only part of the litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    Google Nears Toss Of Architect’s RICO Claims, For Now

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday she’d toss Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims from a prominent architect's suit alleging Google Inc. stole his trade secrets for building design technology, but said she'd allow him to refile the claims and try again.

  • March 8, 2018

    Sony, HannStar Settle LCD Price-Fixing Row

    More than five years of litigation after reaching an initial agreement, Sony settled with HannStar for its role in a price-fixing scheme involving liquid crystal displays, as a California judge signed off Tuesday on the parties’ agreement to dismiss the claim from multidistrict litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    Woodbridge Reaches DIP Deal With Noteholders

    Bankrupt luxury real estate developer The Woodbridge Group told a Delaware judge Thursday that it had reached agreements with its noteholder to provide additional adequate assurance for its potentially secured claims in a deal that allowed the debtor’s $100 million post-petition financing to be approved on a final basis.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th Circ. To Hear Consolidated Net Neutrality Challenges

    A dozen challenges seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations will be consolidated and heard by the Ninth Circuit, according to a Thursday order from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    Virgin America Flight Attendants Seek Win In $60M Wage Row

    Virgin America Inc. flight attendants suing for more than $60 million asked a California federal judge at a hearing Thursday to find they’d proved that the airline shorted them on wages and meal breaks, while the airline moved to decertify the 1,800-member class.

  • March 8, 2018

    Calif. Farmers Say Water Flow Order Is Unnecessary

    Farms and ranches that use water from a source in northern California and southern Oregon asked a California federal judge Wednesday to modify a water flow order meant to protect salmon populations, arguing that new evidence showed the measures are unnecessary in 2018.

  • March 8, 2018

    Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net Violated FCA, 9th Circ. Told

    A former medical data contractor worker accusing Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and other insurers of violating the False Claims Act told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that the companies knowingly submitted exaggerated health assessment data to the government, while the defendants said the suit fails to give specifics about their alleged wrongdoing.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Tesla Solar Unit Investor Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday backed a lower court's dismissal of a proposed shareholder class action against Tesla Inc.'s rooftop solar unit, saying investors hadn't done enough to show the company intentionally overstated its profits by $23 million in 2012.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th. Circ. Finds Chinese Asylum Seeker's Testimony Credible

    The Ninth Circuit found Thursday that the Board of Immigration Appeals had wrongfully denied a Chinese immigrant asylum because his wife returned to their home country voluntarily, remanding his case to the board.

  • March 8, 2018

    Foley & Lardner RICO Suit Sees Third Trip To 9th Circ.

    A former San Diego-area property owner accusing Foley & Lardner LLP of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by hiding pertinent information during eminent domain proceedings pressed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive her case for the third time, while the firm argued her claims are barred due to earlier proceedings.

  • March 8, 2018

    Facing Contempt, Law Firm Founder Drops Bankruptcy

    A law firm founder facing an $18 million judgment over the marketing of mortgage relief legal services was punished Thursday by a California federal judge for filing a bankruptcy to keep assets away from a receiver tasked with recovering funds, the same day he relented and dismissed the bankruptcy.

  • March 8, 2018

    Gap, Banana Republic Fight Calif. Outlet Pricing Suit

    The Gap Inc. and Banana Republic LLC urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a shopper’s putative class action accusing the retailers of misleading consumers about alleged deals advertised at factory stores, arguing the shoppers weren't harmed by the lower prices.

  • March 8, 2018

    Uber Drivers Get Cert. And Win In Safe Ride Fee Row

    A California federal judge Thursday handed a win to a group of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers who say their contract was breached through the overcharging of a $1 “safe ride” fee.

  • March 8, 2018

    Calif. Claims Cancer Nonprofit Inflated Value By Millions

    California's attorney general has accused the National Cancer Coalition of painting a rosier-than-reality financial picture for potential donors by inflating the value of drug donations that it receives and distributes overseas, according to an unfair competition lawsuit filed in state court.

  • March 8, 2018

    'Wolf Of Wall Street' Film Co. To Pay $60M To End 1MDB Probe

    A California federal judge signed off on a $60 million settlement between the U.S. government and production company Red Granite Pictures Inc. on Thursday, closing out the first two cases in the government’s sprawling probe into billions stolen from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Expert Analysis

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • 9th Circ. Ups Ante On Cert. Of Nationwide Settlement Classes

    James Morsch

    A closer examination of the Ninth Circuit’s reasoning in the Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation reveals that the recent decision does not break new ground in terms of class action law but does highlight the difficulties in certifying nationwide class actions, even for settlement-only classes, says James Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • FERC Ruling Smooths Path For Municipal Electric Systems

    Harvey Reiter

    Communities dissatisfied with their local utilities sometimes explore formation of their own municipally run electric systems, but usually face fierce resistance from the utilities they would displace. Municipalization can be a long road, but a recent ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may make the process easier, says Harvey Reiter of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • Insurers' Broad Duty To Defend Employment Claims In Calif.

    Cheryl Sabnis

    The Ninth Circuit recently issued a long-awaited ruling in PHP Insurance Service v. Greenwich Insurance, bringing with it a helpful reminder to holders of employment practices liability insurance policies not to shy away from tendering employment claims to their insurers, says Cheryl Sabnis of King & Spalding LLP.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Coverage For Montecito Claims: Flood Or Fire?

    Meka Moore

    The destruction caused in Montecito and other areas of Southern California earlier this year appears to have been caused by flood, mudslide and mudflow, which are excluded under most property insurance policies. However, there is potential for homeowners to assert that the damage was actually caused by the Thomas fire, say Meka Moore and Jennifer Revitz of Selman Breitman LLP.

  • How The Hospitality Industry Is Dealing With Tip Pool Regs

    Margaret Grover

    The hospitality industry has long relied on tips and service charges to augment wages paid to employees. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed new regulations governing tip sharing, in part as a response to regulations it promulgated in 2011, which have resulted in a split between the federal circuits and a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.