A California couple Tuesday filed a putative class action in a California federal court alleging General Motors knowingly sold Cadillacs, Chevrolets and GMC SUVs and pickups with dangerously defective brakes.
California's Supreme Court updated its judicial ethics code on Wednesday with a series of amendments that, among other changes, prohibit discrimination based on gender and expression, address when and how judges should use social media, and allow judges to accept small gifts from nonattorneys.
A California federal judge on Tuesday approved a preliminary settlement between the Trump administration and immigrants in three companion cases challenging family separations in detention, finding that the proposal appeared fair at the current stage of the litigation.
Security software company Sophos Group PLC’s general counsel on Wednesday warned attorneys at DLA Piper’s technology conference in Silicon Valley of the impacts of new Trump-era rules governing international tech transactions, saying completing those deals may take longer, be more costly and might not happen.
The Trump administration on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal court’s order that temporarily barred the federal government from removing from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program any class member in the case without first giving them notice and a chance to respond.
Duane Morris LLP added a Knobbe Martens intellectual property veteran with a wide range of experience and expertise in trade secret matters as a partner to its San Diego office, the firm announced.
LeClairRyan has brought on an attorney from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco who specializes in privacy, data security, financial services and white collar matters and litigation, the firm announced Tuesday.
A California state judge has declared that the show-cause provision of NCAA bylaws is not legal in the state, finding the association's sanction against former University of Southern California assistant football coach Todd McNair runs afoul of state law prohibiting contract provisions that restrict lawful employment.
A California art school on Tuesday scorched the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling that False Claims Act liability may exist if government officials “care” that regulations were violated, saying the ruling flouted the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar decision and must be revisited.
Twelve law firms submitted bids in California federal court on Tuesday asking that nine securities class actions — filed against Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk over his tweets about taking the company private — be consolidated and to be appointed as lead counsel.
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC on Tuesday pushed back against a former shareholder's argument in her gender bias suit that an arbitration agreement she claims she never consented to should be set aside, saying she was given the chance to opt out but did not do so before the deadline.
Altera Corp. and the IRS have told the Ninth Circuit that a six-year window for challenges under the Administrative Procedure Act doesn’t bar the chipmaker’s suit over the agency’s cost-sharing rules because tax regulations can’t be disputed before they’ve been enforced.
About 1,900 Bank of America NA workers have asked a California federal judge to give preliminary approval to an $11 million deal settling claims that the bank failed to reimburse loan officers for use of their personal vehicles, saying the deal balanced the risk of going to trial given the lack of mileage records.
Venture-backed cloud software provider Anaplan Inc. bumped up the target for its initial public offering Wednesday, looking to raise $248 million at midpoint after initially setting its midrange goal at $217 million less than two weeks ago.
Cybersecurity firm Imperva Inc. said Wednesday it will go private in a $2.1 billion deal with technology focused investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC, with Fenwick & West LLP guiding the seller and Kirkland & Ellis LLP representing the buyer.
Easton Diamond Sports LLC has whiffed on its bid to exit a proposed class action alleging it mislabels the weights of its expensive youth baseball bats, after a California federal court tossed a few of the suit’s claims but allowed the meat of it to go forward.
A California man who pled guilty to selling stolen bank account information later used by Russian online trolls to arrange payments related to an alleged influence campaign intended to tip the 2016 election toward President Donald Trump was sentenced in D.C. federal court Wednesday to six months in prison.
While some may still fear it's a fickle fad, the market for initial coin offerings is maturing and becoming more structured, financial technology and legal experts said Tuesday at a Silicon Valley conference hosted by DLA Piper.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to preliminarily approve Total Merchant Services Inc.’s $7.5 million deal to resolve putative class allegations that the credit card processor was behind more than 235,000 telemarketing calls that violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying the settlement has “a number of problems.”
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to disqualify FordHarrison LLP from representing Kraft Heinz Foods Co. in a class action accusing it of various California labor law violations, saying one of the firm's partners obtained written consent as he was required to do before representing two potential class members at a deposition.
The Ninth Circuit’s decision last week in U.S. v. Stephens Institute solidifies the emerging view that the only way to prove implied false certification liability under the False Claims Act is by specifically showing the two prerequisites mentioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Escobar, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.
After California Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a state of emergency in several California counties due to fires in the area, the state attorney general issued a reminder that price gouging during this time is illegal under state law. However, price gouging statutes related to states of emergency are not limited to fires or California, say Richard Lawson and Shoshana Speiser of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
This month, two lawsuits were filed in a California federal court against Transnational Foods Inc. and J.M. Smucker Co., alleging that certain products were misleadingly labeled as extra virgin olive oil when test results showed that the products were something else. But the complaints do not provide the test results or identify any applicable standards, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS provide clarification on the relationship between the federal charitable contribution deduction, the availability of corresponding state or local tax credits and deductions, and the recently enacted SALT cap, say Radha Mohan and Harold Hancock of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Troester — holding that Starbucks must pay employees for time spent on off-the-clock tasks — is already affecting state wage and hour class actions. One example is a California federal court's recent decision to partially grant class certification in Ser Lao v. H&M, say Brandon Takahashi and Brian Noh of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review ConAgra Grocery Products Co. and NL Industries v. People of California, a case that concerns whether companies that manufactured lead paint long ago can still be held liable for creating a public nuisance — and there's a decent chance cert will be granted, says Catherine Connors of Pierce Atwood LLP.
A California federal judge's recent decision to deny the retired NFL players' motion for class certification in the Electronic Arts right of publicity case not only misconstrues Ninth Circuit law, but also ignores the very nature of a "historic" team, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.
Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.
Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.