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  • October 19, 2018

    Medical Device Maker Sued Over 'Dangerous' Walking Boot

    DJO Global Inc.'s medical walking boots cause additional injuries by effectively lengthening one leg, giving wearers an uneven gait and throwing their bodies out of alignment, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • October 19, 2018

    BREAKING: USC Inks $215M Deal To End Sex Abuse Class Suit

    The University of Southern California announced Friday it reached a $215 million deal in principle to resolve a proposed class action accusing a former staff gynecologist of sexually abusing potentially thousands of women.

  • October 18, 2018

    Calif. Judges Want Clarification On High Court Recusal

    Counsel for a class of over 3,000 California state appellate judges in an appeal involving $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments have asked the state's Supreme Court justices to clarify their decision to recuse themselves from the suit, saying that all judges may have a financial stake in the case.

  • October 18, 2018

    Los Angeles Keeps Trial Win In Teen Pedestrian Death Suit

    A California state appeals court has affirmed a defense verdict in a suit accusing the city of Los Angeles of creating a dangerous condition at an intersection where a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed, saying certain trial evidence was properly excluded.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fund Takes 2nd Stab At Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    A Texas-based retirement fund took another stab at a proposed California class action alleging Uber Technologies Inc. and its ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • October 18, 2018

    SEC Accuses Immigration Atty Of $10M EB-5 Fraud Scheme

    Federal securities authorities filed a civil complaint in California federal court Thursday accusing an immigration attorney and her husband of fraudulently making millions of dollars through a federal immigrant investor program.

  • October 18, 2018

    Oaktree Says Financial Docs Are Privileged In Fraud Suit

    Oaktree Capital Management is fighting a production request from defendants in its California security fraud suit against private equity company Warburg Pincus for communications between a noteholder committee in the Rural/Metro bankruptcy and its financial adviser, claiming attorney-client privilege.

  • October 18, 2018

    Zinke Touts New Moves On Offshore Wind Development

    The U.S. Department of the Interior will hold an offshore wind auction off the Massachusetts coast in December and is developing a first-ever Pacific offshore wind auction in California, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Intel Tells 9th Circ. E-Access To Docs Bars ERISA Suit

    Intel told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a lower court properly found that an ex-employee’s putative class action alleging the company unwisely invested workers' retirement funds was time-barred, arguing that offering electronic access to investment documents would be enough to put even a hypothetical coma patient on notice of possible Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.

  • October 18, 2018

    Facebook Seeks To Duck Suit Claiming It Inflated Ad Stats

    Facebook urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to toss an aromatherapy business owner’s putative class action alleging the social media giant bolsters its advertising revenue by inflating the potential reach of demographic figures provided to its clients, saying it expressly told advertisers the figures might not align with third-party calculations.

  • October 18, 2018

    Toshiba Tells High Court Stock-Drop Suit Doesn't Belong In US

    Japan's Toshiba Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's revival of a proposed class action alleging misstatements made in the company’s home country caused the price of American depositary shares to fall, saying the supposed misconduct occurred entirely in the Asian country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Senate Bill Would Give Tax Break To Middle-Income Earners

    A bill designed for introduction to the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday, would provide a refundable $6,000 tax break for families earning up to $100,000 annually.

  • October 18, 2018

    Sidley Austin Mourns Death Of LA Bankruptcy Partner

    Sidley Austin LLP is grieving the loss of one of its attorneys, a 42-year-old bankruptcy partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office who died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the local medical examiner-coroner.

  • October 18, 2018

    CWA Wants In On Calif. Review Of Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    The Communications Workers of America District 9 said Thursday it has filed a motion to become a party to the California Public Utilities Commission's review of the proposed $59 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger, saying it could lead to fewer jobs, lower wages and higher prices for consumers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Impulsive, Casey Wasserman

    WeWork has reportedly taken 57,000 square feet on Broadway in New York, Impulsive Group is said to have dropped $20.8 million on a Florida resort and marina, and sports and entertainment mogul Casey Wasserman is reportedly looking to get $125 million for his Los Angeles home, which would be a record sale.

  • October 18, 2018

    StarKist To Plead Guilty In Scheme To Fix Tuna Prices

    StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty to a one-count felony charge for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of canned tuna, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday, the same day the information was filed in California federal court.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trump Threatens To Send Troops To 'Close' US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the U.S. military to "close" the southern border if Mexico does not stop the so-called onslaught of immigrants, including a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants that is reportedly heading north toward the country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Hotel Restaurant Class Wins Cert. In Illegal Surcharge Suit

    A California federal judge has granted class certification in a suit against Noble House Hotels and Resorts Ltd. over claims it imposed an illegal 3.5 percent surcharge on customer bills at three Hilton hotel restaurants it managed in San Diego, ruling that a sufficient number of consumers had established a common claim.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Slams Drivers' Expert In EcoDiesel MDL

    Fiat Chrysler has urged a California federal judge to reject a bid by consumers to use what the company says is “flawed and unreliable” expert testimony to pursue class certification in multidistrict litigation alleging the company defrauded consumers into buying Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles outfitted with emissions-cheating devices.

  • October 18, 2018

    Calif. Urges Justices To OK Depositions On Census Question

    The California attorney general has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let 17 states and interest groups depose U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Expert Analysis

  • Fit For Fido? The Rise Of 'Natural' Pet Food Claims

    Steven Hwang

    As sales of “premium” pet food have increased in recent years, so has the number of consumer class actions filed against pet food manufacturers, specifically those involving claims that marketing and labeling pet foods as “natural” is false and misleading, say Steven Hwang and Cassandra Abernathy of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

    Margaret Grover

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP.

  • How New Calif. Law Will Impact Device Cybersecurity

    Laura Stefani

    A new California law requires specific types of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices. But the proliferation of state-based internet of things requirements could hinder efforts to develop and implement uniform national standards, says Laura Stefani of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • No Bots About It: California's Crackdown On Chatbots

    Anthony Ascombe

    Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law restricting the use of automated online “bot” accounts. The law was drafted in part to help prevent election interference through the propagation of fake news, but it will also impact businesses that use bots to communicate with customers, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • 9 FAQs About De Minimis Doctrine After Troester V. Starbucks

    Daniel Fears

    In Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court recently held that the federal de minimis doctrine does not apply to claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Attorneys with Payne & Fears LLP take a deeper dive into some lingering employer questions related to the ruling.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • When The Music Stops: Best Practices For Band Agreements

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    The recent news about musician Lindsey Buckingham suing rock band Fleetwood Mac after being kicked off the tour and out of the band demonstrates the problems that can arise when a successful music group lacks a written partnership agreement, says Matthew Wilson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.