California

  • May 10, 2018

    Term Changes Don't Fix Disney's Copyright Misuse: Redbox

    Redbox has asked a California federal court to dismiss a lawsuit from Disney that seeks to ban it from selling digital movies at its kiosks, saying Disney can’t restrict Redbox’s resale of codes through after-the-fact changes to its terms.

  • May 10, 2018

    Skechers Sues Adidas Over NCAA Bribery Scandal

    Skechers is suing Adidas over its rival’s involvement in a college basketball corruption scandal, alleging Adidas’ bribes to players cost Skechers and other competitors who “play by the rules” a fair shot at having “trendsetting high school and college athletes seen in their products.”

  • May 10, 2018

    Jeffer Mangels Adds Hotel Law Pro In Calif.

    Hospitality attorney Jeffrey T. Myers, a hotel law expert formerly with Paul Hastings LLP and Beverly Hills-based boutique firm Eisner, has joined Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP as a California-based partner in its global hospitality group and real estate department, Jeffer Mangels said.

  • May 10, 2018

    Wines Don’t Need Arsenic Warning, Calif. Appeals Court Says

    A California appeals court refused to revive a proposed class action arguing wines that contain allegedly unsafe levels of arsenic should include an arsenic warning, saying the products' alcoholic beverage warning sufficiently notifies customers about potential risks.

  • May 10, 2018

    Lucasfilm Wants Copyright Win In ‘Star Wars’ Game Fight

    Walt Disney Co.’s Lucasfilm Ltd. urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to give it a partial win in its suit accusing a mobile game app developer of ripping off the fictional card game "sabacc" from the "Star Wars" franchise empire, arguing that the developer willfully and “slavishly” used its copyrighted material without consent.

  • May 10, 2018

    Wachtell Reps Eli Lilly In $1.6B Deal For Oncology Drug Co.

    Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday said it would buy Silicon Valley-based cancer treatment developer Armo BioSciences in a $1.6 billion deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, adding to its already robust lineup of oncology drugs.

  • May 10, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says Emerson Owes BladeRoom $30M For IP Theft

    A California federal jury held Thursday that American manufacturing giant Emerson Electric Co. owes U.K.-based BladeRoom Group Ltd. $30 million for stealing trade secrets to build a massive Facebook data center.

  • May 10, 2018

    Yahoo Gets Green Light On $80M Investor Data Breach Deal

    A California federal judge signed off Wednesday on Yahoo Inc.’s $80 million shareholder settlement over massive data breaches, partially tweaking how class members will be notified of the deal but finding it now adequately addressed the concerns she raised last week.

  • May 10, 2018

    Disney Copyright Accuser Is No James Bond, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a copyright lawsuit filed against Walt Disney Co. over the animated hit "Inside Out," ruling that the characters in a little-known TV pilot clearly did not qualify for the kind of standalone protection afforded to James Bond or Godzilla.

  • May 10, 2018

    NFL Teams Tell 9th Circ. RICO Painkiller Claim Is Too Old

    National Football League teams told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday former players can’t revive their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claim alleging the teams encouraged painkiller abuse because the athletes knew of their alleged injuries about a decade before bringing the claim.

  • May 10, 2018

    Cleary, Skadden, Sidley Vets Among Latest Judicial Picks

    President Donald Trump launched another bloc of court nominees Thursday, announcing picks for the Ninth Circuit and district courts in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama, including a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and veterans of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • May 9, 2018

    Emerson Called A Sheep-Clothed Wolf As IP Theft Trial Wraps

    BladeRoom Group called Emerson Electric a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that faked interest in acquiring the British company to steal its inventions and land a $200 million Facebook data center contract, while Emerson fired back during closing arguments Wednesday that its building didn’t resemble BladeRoom’s proposal.

  • May 9, 2018

    Ex-Twitter Worker Says Bias Row Meets Dukes Cert. Standard

    A former Twitter engineer alleging the company's promotion practices discriminate against women asked a San Francisco judge Wednesday to certify a class of 135 female employees, saying companywide practices and shared evidence of disparate impact provided enough "glue" to hold the class together under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dukes standard.

  • May 9, 2018

    Man Stole Friend's Warhol Prints, Sold Fakes, Feds Say

    Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a Massachusetts resident they believe stole several pieces of acclaimed artwork from a friend in South Korea, including two Andy Warhol silkscreen prints, then copied and sold them in a heist that culminated in one count of wire fraud in Massachusetts federal court.

  • May 9, 2018

    DOJ Sues To Stop Clinics' Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments

    The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to enjoin clinics that it says are advertising stem cell treatments without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hitting them with lawsuits in California and Florida federal court Wednesday.

  • May 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Asks For Help Navigating Calif. Airline Wage Rows

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked the California Supreme Court to decide how the state’s minimum wage law and labor codes apply to certain situations in a trio of wage suits pilots and flight attendants had filed against United Airlines and Delta.

  • May 9, 2018

    Feds Say Sentence Sought For Russia-Hired Hacker Fits Norm

    The federal government told a California federal court Tuesday that slapping a Canadian “hacker-for-hire” with a nearly eight-year prison sentence for breaking into thousands of email accounts is consistent with punishments imposed on individuals found guilty of similar crimes, seeking to soothe the judge’s concerns that the punishment is too severe.

  • May 9, 2018

    Chinese Tire Cos. Fight Toyo's Bid To Up Damages In IP Row

    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. shouldn't be able to double-dip on damages in a trade dress infringement dispute, two Chinese tire makers told a California federal judge, saying the Japanese tire giant already snagged a $1.62 million contempt judgment and isn't otherwise entitled to enhanced damages and attorneys' fees.

  • May 9, 2018

    Dems Ask Trump To Pull Kirkland Partner's DOJ Nomination

    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his controversial nomination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice’s criminal division over his representation of a bank with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • May 9, 2018

    Michael Kors Workers Must Keep Wage Suit In Federal Court

    Michael Kors USA Inc. defeated a bid to remove from federal court an employee's putative class action alleging that workers are owed overtime and other wages, because the amount in controversy is greater than $5 million, a California federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Bristol-Myers Applies To Federal Class Actions

    William Delgado

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol-Myers Squibb ruling, limiting state courts' personal jurisdiction over nonresident defendants, did not speak to whether the Fifth Amendment imposes similar limits on federal courts' personal jurisdiction. But the Fourteenth Amendment generally protects defendants from service of process by foreign jurisdictions, say William Delgado and Amelia Sargent of Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Importance Of Attorney Etiquette In The Courtroom

    Christina Marinakis

    It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Stormy Daniels’ Case May Have Fallen Into SLAPP Trap

    Damian Moos

    This week, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed an amended complaint in which he added a defamation cause of action against President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. But it appears that Cohen has a strong basis to pursue an anti-SLAPP special motion to strike, say Damian Moos and Kandice Kim of Best Best & Krieger LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    After Cyan: A 'Problem' That Does Not Exist

    Adam Pulver

    Contrary to the hyperbole advanced by the defense bar, state courts are not flooded with frivolous securities lawsuits. And if there is a spike after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Cyan v. Beaver County, there are likely other factors to blame, says Adam Pulver of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    After Cyan: Potential Trends In Section 11 Litigation

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's clear signal in Cyan v. Beaver County that Section 11 claims filed in state court can remain in state court causes the litigation chess game to evolve to a new phase. A reasonable hypothesis is that Section 11 filings in state court will increase nationwide and not just in California, say members of Stanford Law School and Cornerstone Research.