California

  • September 28, 2022

    Ex-FBI Agent Denies Taking Bribes To Run Searches For Atty

    A retired FBI agent took the stand in his own bribery trial in California federal court Wednesday, denying that he conducted searches on a restricted law enforcement database in exchange for cash and gifts from a since-disbarred Beverly Hills lawyer who was tangled up in criminal enterprises.

  • September 28, 2022

    Newsom Signs Law Bolstering Farmworker Voting Rights

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation expanding voting rights for agricultural workers in union elections, a measure that Newsom initially declined to back.

  • September 28, 2022

    AARP Sued Over Illegal Data Mining Using Facebook Software

    Two AARP members have alleged the nonprofit illegally disclosed digital users' identities and video-viewing preferences to Facebook and Instagram without their consent, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    Purdue Disclaims Software Patent, Ends Suit Against Google

    Purdue University's research foundation told a California federal judge it's dropping a patent infringement suit over Google app development software that can find errors in source code as it's being written after discovering that an article describing the invention was inadvertently published before the patent filing date.

  • September 28, 2022

    Investor Fights $4.4M Costs Award After Failed Venture

    An investor in a failed venture to develop a "revolutionary" chemical-manufacturing technology is urging a California court not to enforce a $5.79 million arbitral award issued to the venture's founders, arguing that a $4.4 million costs award included in the amount is "completely irrational."

  • September 28, 2022

    'I Would Have Kept My Prius': GM Class Rep Slams Oil Defect

    Two class representatives delivered colorful testimony Wednesday in a California trial over claims GM hid a dangerous engine defect, with one testifying that he stopped driving his truck long distances due to its excessive oil consumption, saying, "If I wanted an in-town commuter car, I would have kept my Prius."

  • September 28, 2022

    Apple's $500M IPhone Deal Needs 2nd Look, 9th Circ. Says

    A California federal judge used the wrong legal standard to approve Apple's $500 million settlement to end multidistrict litigation over software updates that allegedly slowed the iPhone's performance, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday as it sent the deal back to the lower court for further review.

  • September 28, 2022

    9th Circ. Affirms FWS Win On Fish Recovery Plan Challenge

    Environmental groups challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to restore populations of bull trout in the West may not pursue their claims in Montana court after losing in Oregon, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    Meta Says Advertisers Keep Dropping From Antitrust Case

    Meta Platforms told a California federal judge this week that advertisers keep dropping from an antitrust lawsuit against the company when they are about to be compelled to hand over information, saying the latest plaintiff to suddenly withdraw should be required to sit for a scheduled deposition. 

  • September 28, 2022

    Wells Fargo Execs Face Derivative Suit Over Hiring Scandal

    Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf and other top brass at the bank have been hit with a derivative suit in California federal court over allegations that the bank conducted fake job interviews to satisfy internal diversity guidelines, leading to stock drops, a class action and a criminal probe.

  • September 28, 2022

    Investors Say California Cannabis Venture Owes Them $75K

    California cannabis company Pineapple Ventures Inc. and a related entity owe two investors more than $75,000 stemming from a promissory note that has yet to be paid plus other damages, a Los Angeles County lawsuit contends.

  • September 28, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Says Licensing Co.'s Software IP May Be Inventive

    The Federal Circuit's top judge penned a precedential ruling on Wednesday that found a California federal judge was wrong to rule that a software patent covering a type of peer-to-peer network flunked the Supreme Court's Alice test.

  • September 28, 2022

    Justices Told 9th Circ. Ruling 'Eviscerated' Antitrust Precedent

    A realtors trade organization urged the U.S. Supreme Court to put to bed a smaller rival's lawsuit challenging an internal policy for its members, arguing that a Ninth Circuit decision reviving the case "eviscerated" high court antitrust precedent.

  • September 28, 2022

    Netflix Urges Ga. Judges To Reject Franchise Fee Attempt

    Netflix, Hulu and other streaming service giants urged the Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday to affirm that they don't have to pay franchise fees to local authorities under the state's Consumer Choice for Television Act.

  • September 28, 2022

    Apple IP Exec Says Ageism Cost Him $800K Stock Bonus

    A director in Apple's intellectual property enforcement unit claims he was denied a merit-based retention bonus worth at least $800,000 based on his age because he was no longer considered "part of Apple's future" and was "nearing retirement age," according to the complaint removed to California federal court Tuesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    EBay Stalking Victims Ask Why Feds Didn't 'Dig Deeper'

    The husband and wife targeted by a cyberstalking and harassment scheme hatched by eBay Inc. security workers said in victim statements filed Wednesday that they still question why federal prosecutors stopped short of charging the e-commerce giant's top executives who allegedly ordered the ploy.

  • September 28, 2022

    Calif. AG Conditionally Allows Sale Of California Senior Homes

    Real estate firm Pacifica Companies LLC has been given the green light to purchase two Northern California retirement homes from a struggling nonprofit after the Golden State's attorney general conditionally approved the acquisition Tuesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    SEC Accuses Gaming Co., Ex-CEO Of $17M 'Ponzi-Like' Fraud

    The former CEO of a game development company has been sued in California federal court by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims he raised $17 million from investors by selling unregistered securities, and then misappropriated the funds to pay investment returns and repay principals in a Ponzi-like scheme.

  • September 28, 2022

    Insurers Want Ship Seized To Pay For Historic Cargo Losses

    Insurers and customers brought shippers to New York federal court hoping to seize a vessel as collateral for over $39 million in losses after around 2,800 containers, including cargo from Rooms to Go and Nokia, went overboard or were damaged in the worst shipping loss in years.

  • September 28, 2022

    3 Calif. Cities And CHP Avoid Suit Over Destroyed Pot Plants

    A California federal judge has thrown out claims against the California Highway Patrol and the cities of Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga by a pair of cannabis growers alleging that police wrongly confiscated or destroyed more than 2,500 plants, saying the growers failed to meet notice requirements.

  • September 28, 2022

    Silicon Valley's Scale Closes $900M Software-Focused Fund

    Early-stage venture capital firm Scale Venture Partners said Wednesday it has closed its latest fund, Fund VIII, with $900 million in committed capital and will be looking to actively invest in cloud and so-called SaaS-focused software companies. 

  • September 28, 2022

    Ex-NASA Contractor Pleads Not Guilty In China Export Case

    A California man who worked for a NASA contractor pled not guilty Wednesday to violating U.S. export restrictions by covertly sending aeronautics software to a Beijing university, a federal charge that carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.

  • September 28, 2022

    Startup Hits Back At Apple's 'Props' Argument In Patent Case

    A startup company that alleged Apple's AirPods infringed a pair of patents has fired back at the tech giant's attempt to stop the startup's attorneys from showing up at a retrial armed with "props," saying Apple is trying to "police" how the startup's attorneys keep documents at their table.

  • September 28, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Jenner & Block, Schwarzman, Pourtavosi

    Jenner & Block is reportedly leasing 5,600 more square feet in Manhattan, Stephen Schwarzman is said to have dropped more than $87 million on an England estate and cannabis entrepreneur Cobby Pourtavosi is said to have picked up a Los Angeles Sheraton for $54.5 million.

  • September 28, 2022

    Ex-Fox VP Owed Severance After Disney Merger, Judge Rules

    A former Twenty-First Century Fox executive who claimed she was terminated without cause after Fox and The Walt Disney Co. merged in 2018 is owed severance benefits, a California federal judge ruled, though she tossed the executive's other claims against the entertainment behemoths.

Expert Analysis

  • Learning From Trump And Bannon Discovery Strategies

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    Court-imposed sanctions on both former President Donald Trump and his former aide Steve Bannon for failing to comply with subpoenas illustrate that efforts to bar the door to valid discovery can quickly escalate, so litigants faced with challenging discovery disputes should adopt a pragmatic approach, say Mathea Bulander and Monica McCarroll at Redgrave.

  • Autonomous Vehicle Product Liability Cases: The Road Ahead

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    There have been few traditional product liability lawsuits surrounding autonomous vehicles so far, but a review of three notable recent cases offers insights into where future litigation may be heading — and in particular, how negligence and failure to warn claims may fare in court, say Elsa Bullard and Tess Godhardt at Faegre Drinker.

  • Compliance Lessons From Sephora CCPA Settlement

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    The first California Consumer Privacy Act settlement — involving beauty retailer Sephora and recently announced by the California attorney general — is a warning for businesses to ramp up compliance, and conveys several lessons in planning for increased enforcement and further regulations, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • The Risks In Lateral Hiring, And How To Avoid Them

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    As law firms increasingly recruit laterals, they must account for ethics rules and other due diligence issues that can turn an inadvisable or careless hire into a nightmare of lost opportunity or disqualification, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • How Inflation Reduction Act Will Lift Offshore Wind Projects

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    The Inflation Reduction Act should promote the development of offshore wind energy in multiple ways — including by improving the planning and permitting process for transmission infrastructure, expanding potential lease areas and making beneficial changes to the tax credits available for renewable energy developers, say attorneys at Day Pitney.

  • Assessing LIV Golf's Role In PGA Tour Antitrust Suit

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    The recent addition of LIV Golf to the Mickelson v. PGA Tour antitrust suit will have monumental implications as the case unfolds — and if the PGA Tour and European Tour are deemed potential competitors, that could present a much easier path to victory for the plaintiffs, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Key Takeaways From Calif.'s Sweeping Fast-Food Wage Law

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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a controversial wage bill that will have a major impact on fast-food employers and employees, will likely shape how the state regulates other industries in the future, and represents a radical step toward sectoral bargaining, says Pooja Nair at Ervin Cohen.

  • Judges Who Use Social Media Must Know Their Ethical Limits

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    While the judiciary is permitted to use electronic social media, judges and judicial candidates should protect themselves from accusations of ethics violations by studying the growing body of ethics opinions and disciplinary cases centering on who judges connect with and how they behave online, says Justice Daniel Crothers at the North Dakota Supreme Court.

  • Rebuttal

    Courts Are Not Shifting On COVID Biz Interruption Stance

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    Although a recent Law360 guest article suggested that the pendulum is about to swing in favor of policyholders seeking business interruption coverage for pandemic-related losses, the larger body of appellate case law — applying the laws of 25 states — continues to find no coverage, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Jay-Z Case Offers A Lens To View Evolving Right Of Publicity

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    Headed to trial in California federal court, Jay-Z's lawsuit against photographer Jonathan Mannion illustrates how the right of publicity must evolve alongside societal and technological advancements as the concepts of privacy and publicity are continually redefined, says Erin Huntington at Nixon Peabody.

  • Rebuttal

    ABA Is Defending Profession's Values From Monied Influences

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggested that the American Bar Association ignored new opportunities for the legal industry by opposing nonlawyer ownership of law practices, but any advantages would be outweighed by the constraints nonlawyer owners could place on the independence that lawyers require to act in the best interest of their clients, says Stephen Younger at Foley Hoag.

  • Where States Stand On The Legality Of Abortion

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    In light of Indiana recently joining 19 other states in criminalizing abortion prior to viability, Amanda Zablocki and Mikela Sutrina at Sheppard Mullin review the current slate of state abortion laws and their broader implications.

  • Opinion

    FCC Preemption Ruling Is A Win For Cell Tech, Consumers

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    The Ninth Circuit ensured in Cohen v. Apple that the Federal Communications Commission's governance of radiofrequency emissions would not be undermined by contrary state and local standards — and prevented a fractured regulatory environment from stifling the continued rapid growth of cellular technology, say attorneys at Wiley.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Better Manage Litigation Exposure

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    In anticipation of economic downturn and increased litigation volume, the true struggle for an in-house team is allocating their very limited and valuable attentional resources, but the solution is building systems that focus attention where it can be most effective in delivering better outcomes, say Jaron Luttich and Sean Kennedy at Element Standard.

  • Practical E-Discovery Lessons From The Alex Jones Case

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    The accidental disclosure of mobile phone data during the Alex Jones defamation damages trial underlines the importance of having in place a repeatable e-discovery process that includes specific steps to prevent production of data that may be privileged, sensitive or damaging to the case, say Mike Gaudet and Richard Chung at J.S. Held.

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