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California

  • August 8, 2018

    'Outercourse' Claim Fails In Stanford Sex Assault Appeal

    A California appellate court rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s argument that his previous conviction for sexual assault with intent to commit rape should be overturned because he was only engaging in “outercourse,” ruling Wednesday that there was plenty of evidence that he had more than just “dry-humping” in mind.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ex-Lover Sues Redstone, Loeb & Loeb Atty Over Apartment

    A former companion of elderly ex-Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone has filed a suit against the billionaire and his attorney in California state court alleging she was tricked into signing a document that allowed Redstone to take back a $3.75 million New York apartment he gave her.

  • August 8, 2018

    Freight Co., Investors Reach $13M Deal in Stock-Drop Suit

    UTI Worldwide Inc. and a certified shareholder class suing the logistics services provider for allegedly mischaracterizing problems with its freight forwarding system to the detriment of investors have reached a proposed $13 million settlement.

  • August 8, 2018

    Jones Day Lands An IP Pro From Paul Hastings

    Jones Day has grabbed a “first chair litigator” in Silicon Valley from Paul Hastings LLP with nearly 20 years of experience in patent and technology work, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Lift Block On Trump Birth Control Rules, Gov't Tells 9th Circ.

    The U.S. government has urged the Ninth Circuit to scrap a nationwide block on Trump administration rules that exempt employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act, pointing to the court's recent ruling in a dispute over so-called sanctuary cities. 

  • August 8, 2018

    BLM Wants Input For Enviro Analysis Of Calif. Fracking

    The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday opened up a 30-day period for the public to weigh in on the "potential environmental impacts" of hydraulic fracturing on around 400,000 acres of public land in California, a proposal that was met with opposition from environmental groups.

  • August 8, 2018

    SEC Told Proposed Broker Standards Fall Short

    Financial professionals, investor groups and 17 attorneys general asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify and strengthen its proposal to require brokers to prioritize their clients over themselves, according to public comments submitted before an Aug. 7 deadline.

  • August 8, 2018

    Calif. AG Files FOIA Request Over Family Separations

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act request with several federal agencies Wednesday, seeking more information on the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families at the border.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Trucker Wage Suit In Federal Court

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court's decision to remand a trucker’s putative wage and hour class action against Swift Transportation to California state court, finding the trucking company showed potential damages exceed the $5 million threshold for federal class actions when including future recoverable attorneys' fees.

  • August 8, 2018

    Insurance Inspectors Strike $2.4M Deal To End Wage Suit

    Overland Solutions Inc. struck a $2.4 million deal Wednesday with a proposed class of insurance inspectors who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied proper wages, sending the deal to a California state judge for approval.

  • August 8, 2018

    Mendocino County Pot Tax Upheld By Calif. Appeals Court

    The California Court of Appeal Wednesday upheld the validity of a voter-approved 2016 ballot measure taxing cannabis in Mendocino County, agreeing with a trial court’s conclusion that the measure did not impose a special tax requiring a supermajority vote.

  • August 8, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tronc, UnitedHealth, Ping An

    Tronc is reportedly considering selling the Chicago Tribune to a private equity firm, UnitedHealth inked a tentative deal to buy Genoa Healthcare from Advent International, and Ping An is mulling a deal to buy the Asia division of Prudential PLC.

  • August 8, 2018

    Seattle-Based Tech Co. Impinj Hit With Stock-Drop Suit

    Radio frequency identification systems company Impinj Inc., its CEO and chief financial officer lied to shareholders about its financial controls and an ongoing internal investigation, according to a stock-drop suit filed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • August 8, 2018

    SoCalGas Reaches $119.5M Deal In Calif. Gas Leak Litigation

    Southern California Gas Co. has agreed to a proposed $119.5 million deal to end state litigation from the California Air Resources Board and the city and county of Los Angeles over the huge Aliso Canyon gas leak, the company and local officials announced on Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    O'Melveny Guides Skyworks' $405M Avnera Acquisition

    California chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc., with assistance from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, has inked an agreement to buy semiconductor supplier Avnera Corp. for $405 million in cash, the companies said on Wednesday, in a deal meant to strengthen Skyworks’ wireless connectivity capabilities.

  • August 8, 2018

    JB Hunt Drivers Lose Class Cert. Ahead Of Calif. Wage Trial

    A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.

  • August 8, 2018

    H&M Workers Win Bag Check Cert. After Starbucks Ruling

    A California federal judge granted class certification Wednesday to some claims that H&M doesn't pay workers for time spent in security checks, finding under the California Supreme Court’s recent Troester v. Starbucks decision that the clothing chain can't argue its inspections were too short to trigger legal liability.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Emirates Bank's Trade Secrets Trial Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict in favor of banking giant Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, finding that financial technology firm InfoSpan Inc. had not shown that the jury was prejudiced or that it was not properly instructed during the trial over claims the bank stole InfoSpan's cellphone-based payment system.

  • August 8, 2018

    USC Asks Full 9th Circ. To Allow Arbitration Of ERISA Claims

    The University of Southern California has urged the Ninth Circuit to grant it an en banc hearing to reconsider its affirmation of a lower court's finding that the school couldn't send Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims that it mismanaged workers' retirement savings to arbitration, saying the decision runs afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • August 8, 2018

    Papa John's Workers Seek Class Cert. In Unpaid Training Suit

    A proposed nationwide class of hourly employees at Papa John's has asked a California federal court to conditionally certify a lawsuit claiming the workers were stiffed on minimum wages because the pizza chain forced them to complete mandatory off-the-clock training on its corporate website.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: A Tale Of 3 California Bankruptcies

    Karol Denniston

    The Chapter 9 bankruptcies of Vallejo, San Bernardino and Stockton have left a legacy of challenges facing California municipalities that seek to restructure their obligations. These cases show that a comprehensive restructuring remains illusory because restructuring pension obligations is legally complicated and politically sensitive, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • #MeToo's Impact On Sexual Harassment Law Just Beginning

    Susan Sholinsky

    The myriad sexual harassment laws proposed and passed this year show that legislatures are swiftly responding to the #MeToo movement. All employers should keep abreast of developments nationwide, because another state's laws may be coming soon to a legislature near you, says Susan Sholinsky of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: What Chicago's Bankruptcy May Look Like

    Adam Levitin

    In the five years since Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, people have wondered which big city will be next. But the next big-city bankruptcy will not be about one local government in crisis. It is more likely to be a crisis involving many overlapping local governments, in a place like Chicago, say Adam Levitin of Georgetown University and David Schleicher of Yale University.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • New Bill Addresses Systemic Risk In Cannabis Banking

    Lance Boldrey

    The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Relief For Calif. Employers Facing Wage Statement Claims

    Gilbert Tsai

    In Maldonado v. Epsilon Plastics, a California appeals court recently recognized the inherent unfairness of penalizing California employers twice for a single payroll error, holding that inaccurate wage statements alone do not justify penalties, say Gilbert Tsai & Josue Aparcio of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Some Good Prop 65 News For Businesses

    Robert Falk

    It is rare for anything having to do with California’s infamous Proposition 65 warning law to be welcomed by businesses, but a dizzying flurry of recent developments may prove an exception, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.