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California

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Insight Global Employee's Suit Over Firing Remains Intact

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to trim a suit accusing staffing services provider Insight Global LLC of firing a former employee to sidestep about $345,000 in deferred compensation he was owed under the company's employee benefit plan and improperly pushing illegal nonsolicitation pacts on its workers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Target Inks $7.4M Deal Over Calif. Waste Disposal Claims

    Target Corp. has agreed to shell out $7.4 million to resolve claims that the retail giant violated California state law by improperly dumping hazardous waste, some of which allegedly included customers' confidential medical information, piling on to an earlier $22.5 million deal over similar claims in 2011.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ohio House Passes Bill Exempting Tampons From Sales Tax

    Lawmakers in Ohio have overwhelmingly passed a so-called "pink tax" bill Wednesday, becoming the latest state to move toward exempting tampons and other feminine hygiene products from sales tax.

  • December 6, 2018

    Hueston Hennigan Associates' Bonuses To Exceed Cravath's

    Hueston Hennigan LLP will dole out end-of-year bonuses for associates that top the market standard previously set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, joining a number of firms that have recently disclosed their scales, according to media reports Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Virginia AG Joins Colleagues In Group Fighting Robocalls

    Virginia's attorney general announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of 40 attorneys general tasked with reviewing the technology being used by telecommunications companies to combat the widespread practice of robocalling.

  • December 6, 2018

    Oakland Is Interfering With Shipping Terminal, Developer Says

    An Oakland cargo shipping terminal developer has taken its fight over proposed coal operations at the facility to state court, accusing the city of spending the last few years working to obstruct the project, despite previously giving its blessing.

  • December 6, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lewis Brisbois, Hamleys, Mercantil Bank

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is reportedly taking 24,000 additional square feet in downtown Los Angeles, British toy retailer Hamleys is said to be close to leasing roughly 30,000 square feet in New York from REIT SL Green and Mercantil Bank has reportedly loaned $10 million for a recent Florida industrial property purchase.

  • December 6, 2018

    Calif. Law At Issue As Qualcomm Fights Giant Class Cert.

    Qualcomm faces staggering potential liability thanks to a California federal court’s recent class certification covering cellphone buyers who say they were overcharged because of the company's licensing practices, with the judge's order potentially including nearly every cellphone owner in the United States. Here, Law360 looks at what's at stake as Qualcomm tries to appeal the decision.

  • December 6, 2018

    Sabra Health Care REIT To Sell 38 Properties For $385M

    Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. has reached a $385 million deal to sell a portfolio of properties occupied by newly bankrupt Senior Care Centers, comprising 36 skilled nursing facilities and two senior housing communities, the California real estate investment trust said Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Salvadoran Who Reported Gangs May Get Asylum: 9th Circ.

    A Salvadoran woman who reported gang extortion to the police several times may be eligible for asylum or other relief, the Ninth Circuit held Wednesday, kicking her case back to the Board of Immigration Appeals to consider her claims in light of several recent appeals court rulings.

  • December 5, 2018

    'Milly Rock' Rapper Says 'Fortnite' Video Game Swiped Dance

    2 Milly, the rapper who originated the "Milly Rock" dance craze in 2014, sued Epic Games Inc. in California federal court Wednesday, claiming the video game maker infringed his copyright when it jacked his dance for its smash hit game "Fortnite."

  • December 5, 2018

    Calif. Justices Hear Payroll Cos.' Wage Liability Appeal

    Payroll services provider ADP LLC urged an en banc California Supreme Court panel on Wednesday to reverse a lower court's ruling allowing employees to pursue tort claims against payroll providers for alleged wage violations, arguing the decision could have "profound ramifications on the industry."

  • December 5, 2018

    Medical Groups Back States In Association Health Plan Row

    The American Medical Association has told a D.C. federal judge that the U.S. Department of Labor's association health plan rule flies in the face of Affordable Care Act’s aim of trying to make sure patients across the country can get good, affordable health coverage.

  • December 5, 2018

    Don't Water Down Calif. Privacy Law, Lawmakers Told

    A coalition of more than a dozen privacy groups is doubling down on its efforts to persuade California lawmakers to refrain from scaling back the state's landmark privacy law, arguing that consumers' data access and control rights need to remain strong and that their ability to bring lawsuits should be broadened.

  • December 5, 2018

    Motorcoach Co. Must Face Fraud Suit Over Bus Startup

    A California federal judge shot down Bus and Coach America Corp.'s attempt to escape securities fraud claims that its executives duped investors into buying stock in a fledgling company dealing in electric-powered buses, ruling the startup need not be a party in the case for it to proceed.

  • December 5, 2018

    PG&E Caused Worst Fire In Calif. History, Suit Says

    Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action in California state court alleging that it knew its electrical infrastructure was old and unsafe and that it caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the Golden State’s history.

  • December 5, 2018

    EPA Dings Calif. For Years-Late Air Quality Plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admonished California on Wednesday for the continued delay of years-overdue plans to clean up the air in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the nation's smoggiest regions.

  • December 5, 2018

    House Dems Call On Gov't Watchdog To Probe TPS Rollback

    Dozens of Democratic lawmakers have called for an investigation into the Trump administration’s decisions to terminate temporary protected status for more than 300,000 individuals from six nations, questioning the administration’s motives for revoking those TPS designations in a letter published on Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Kerr & Wagstaffe Closes As Rent Rises, Attys Form New Firms

    The partners of San Francisco litigation boutique Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP have shuttered the law firm after 20 years in business as its rent was set to double, and two new firms — one with four partners and no associates — will form in its wake.

Expert Analysis

  • World Wide Weed: Best Practices For Internet Cannabis Ads

    John McKay

    For internet publishers that have decided the risks of doing business with cannabis-related companies do not outweigh the value, the most sensible question is not whether there is some risk but how they can minimize it, say John McKay and Chris Morley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • When Regulatory Standards And Truth In Advertising Collide

    Terri Seligman

    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp. — like two other recent decisions — highlights the balancing act between regulatory standards and truth-in-advertising principles. Compliance with standards doesn't always mean advertisers are in the clear, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • San Francisco Starts Down Road To Autonomous Vehicle Tax

    Benjamin Ebbink

    California Assembly Bill 1184, passed in September, authorizes a new tax on privately owned autonomous vehicles. This is likely the first of many pieces of similar legislation across the nation as policymakers grapple with the impact of automated technology on the economy and the job market, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • An Update On Enforcing Arbitration Of ERISA Claims

    Dylan Rudolph

    When are fiduciary breach claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act susceptible to arbitration? Dylan Rudolph and Brian Murray of Trucker Huss APC discuss the state of the law and offer thoughts on certain elements that plan sponsors should consider.

  • Opinion

    Courtroom Doors Open To Legal Assaults On Manufacturers

    Linda Kelly

    By denying certiorari in the lead cleanup case ConAgra Grocery v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to impose rational limits on what could become an unbounded catch-all tort, says Linda Kelly, general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers.

  • What To Remember About Calif.’s Right To Be Forgotten

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act allows residents to request that a business delete from its systems the consumer’s personal information. Grant Davis-Denny and Nefi Acosta of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP explore the contours and ambiguities of this new "right to be forgotten," and the challenges that it may raise for the regulated community.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Roundup Verdict Points To Jury Realities In Product Cases

    Matthew Gatewood

    A California jury was recently asked to determine whether the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer. The case demonstrates how jurors often must draw conclusions on unresolved scientific issues, and how manufacturers that ignore complaints about product risks will struggle to overcome the image of corporate irresponsibility at trial, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • A Guide To Reclassifying Calif. Workers Post-Dynamex

    Camille Gustafson

    As the tax year ends, many employers are looking for guidance on how to transition independent contractors to part-time, on-call employees in light of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision. The keys are thoughtful planning and careful communications, says Camille Gustafson of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.