California

  • April 25, 2017

    St. Louis Hits Back At Rams With Long-Shot Suit Over Move

    The city of St. Louis is striking back at the Rams for leaving last year, mounting an improbable effort to recover some of the money it spent trying to keep the team from moving to Los Angeles by lobbing allegations that the Rams and the NFL never made a serious attempt to stop the move despite promises to try.

  • April 25, 2017

    Managing Law Partner Owes Secretary Over $140K, Jury Told

    A California legal secretary’s attorney delivered opening statements Tuesday in her suit against the managing partner of a boutique Los Angeles firm, saying the partner is trying to avoid paying over $140,000 for overtime and backpay with an entity set up to "avoid creditors, taxes and child support."

  • April 25, 2017

    Jury Hits Cardio Device Maker With $25M Retaliation Verdict

     A California jury on Tuesday slammed Cardiovascular Systems Inc. with $22.4 million in punitive damages in a former sales manager’s case claiming he was fired after complaining about doctor kickbacks and promotion of off-label medical device uses, a day after awarding $2.7 million in compensatory damages.

  • April 25, 2017

    Uber Can't Depose Google Co-Founder In Driverless Car Row

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Uber can't depose Google co-founder Larry Page in its trade secrets fight with driverless car spinoff Waymo, saying a question about whether Page knew an employee was allegedly stealing trade secrets could be answered in writing instead.

  • April 25, 2017

    Universal, Insurer Debate Meaning Of 'War' In Coverage Fray

    The question of whether a 2014 armed conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group was a "war" has taken center stage in Universal Cable Productions' bid for coverage of costs to move production of a TV series away from Jerusalem amid the strife, with the company's insurer asserting that coverage is barred by several war exclusions.

  • April 25, 2017

    Mortgage Co. Hid Fees, Ex-Customers Testify In CFPB Suit

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau called a parade of witnesses to testify in a bench trial before a California federal judge Tuesday, with an expert saying Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc. misrepresented its mortgage program’s interest savings and several former customers alleging they’d been duped into paying a high startup fee.

  • April 25, 2017

    'Straight Outta Compton' Suit Seeks Greenberg Traurig DQ

    The estate of the former manager of rap group N.W.A. asked a California federal court Monday to disqualify Greenberg Traurig LLP from representing NBCUniversal, Ice Cube and other defendants in the ex-manager's defamation suit stemming from his portrayal in the movie "Straight Outta Compton," arguing that a Greenberg partner once represented him in the early 1990s.

  • April 25, 2017

    Calif. Looks To Retool Image As International Arbitration Hub

    The state of California is looking to improve its image as an attractive option for hosting commercial international arbitration proceedings by making it easier for foreign and out-of-state attorneys to participate in commercial arbitrations in the state, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Calif. Judge Blocks Trump's Sanctuary City Order

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted a bid by San Francisco and a Silicon Valley county to block President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, in a ruling that slams the president's reference to the order as "a weapon" to be used "against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies."

  • April 25, 2017

    Maker Of Rachael Ray's Dog Food Blasts 'Natural' Label Row

    The manufacturer of celebrity cook Rachael Ray’s dog foods urged a California federal judge Monday to toss a proposed class action alleging a slew of Nutrish items are falsely labeled as “natural,” saying the labeling complies with the applicable guidelines and the ingredients complained about are actually vitamins.

  • April 25, 2017

    Hard Rock Developers, Unit Buyers Push $51M Settlement

    Buyers of condo-hotel units in a Hard Rock Cafe International USA Inc. venture asked a California federal court on Monday to approve their preliminary settlement with the developers in a suit alleging violation of land sale regulations, saying the parties agreed to a classwide settlement of $51.15 million in cash.

  • April 25, 2017

    Barnes & Noble Ex-Manager Wins Reversal In Termination Suit

    A California appellate panel on Tuesday reinstated a wrongful termination claim filed by a longtime employee against Barnes & Noble College Booksellers LLC, finding she raised a triable issue of material fact over whether the company unlawfully fired her without notice, though it refused to bring back her gender discrimination claim.

  • April 25, 2017

    Calif. Appeals Court Won't Revive Fosamax Suit

    A California appeals court on Monday affirmed a jury verdict that doomed a woman’s suit accusing Merck’s Fosamax of causing her thigh bone to break, saying the trial judge’s decision to keep a disputed exhibit away from the jury was eminently reasonable.

  • April 25, 2017

    NCAA Dodges Ex-USC Football Player's Wage Class Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a former University of Southern California football player’s putative class action alleging the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference improperly deny student-athletes minimum wage, finding that the athletes aren’t employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • April 25, 2017

    Huawei Wants Sanctions For Russ August In Patent Battle

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. called for sanctions against Russ August & Kabat and demanded attorneys’ fees Monday after beating a Korean patent company’s infringement suit, telling a California federal judge the company and its firm knew it didn’t have standing and tried to hide that fact from Huawei.

  • April 25, 2017

    Khloe Kardashian Facing Copyright Claim Over Instagram Pic

    A U.K.-based photography company filed copyright infringement claims against Khloe Kardashian in California federal court on Tuesday, alleging that she posted one of its photos of her to her Instagram account without consent and without its watermark.

  • April 25, 2017

    Non-Class Counsel Can't Get Fees In VW 2.0-Liter Settlement

    Attorneys who did not serve as class counsel in litigation against Volkswagen AG over emissions cheating in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles are not entitled to attorneys’ fees because their work didn’t benefit the class on the whole, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Split 9th Circ. Panel Won't Rehear Tribal Banishment Suit

    The Ninth Circuit will not reconsider its decision upholding a move by the United Auburn Indian Community to temporarily ban certain members from tribal land, after a split panel on Monday declined to rehear the case and the full court took a pass.

  • April 25, 2017

    Produce Giant Dole Eyes Return To IPO Market

    Dole Food Company Inc. filed an initial public offering Monday guided by Gibson Dunn, saying it is returning to public markets a transformed company four years after the fruit and vegetable giant went private in a contested deal.

  • April 25, 2017

    9th Circ. Nixes Ariz. Road Easement Ruling, Tosses Case

    A panel of the Ninth Circuit has vacated a district court’s judgment that an easement for a road that cuts across the Gila River Indian Community’s reservation permitted a Chapter 11 trustee to develop a parcel of land into a housing tract, saying Monday the lower court lacked jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Insurance Regulation Defies Trump’s America

    Nathaniel Braun

    As California finds itself at odds with the Trump administration, the state is actively working to cement its regulatory framework over hot-button issues that will have knock-on impacts on the insurance industry. Gov. Jerry Brown will likely seek to strengthen the state's regulatory power, and the California courts have recently decided two major cases in favor of the Department of Insurance, says Nathaniel Braun of Selman Breitman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

    Donna Fisher

    Two recent opinions out of Pennsylvania and California state courts offer important lessons for avoiding claims of privilege waiver when using public relations consultants during litigation, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Uber: The Turning Of The Tide

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber Technologies may have reached the end of its worldwide efforts to dominate transportation markets with its popular ride-hailing app. Although Uber has met opposition in the past in both the marketplace and in court, particularly in California, new developments in China and in New York City may be bringing Uber’s nearly unstoppable advance to a halt, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Another Way To Challenge Standing In Data Breach Cases

    David Cohen

    A common tactic in defending federal consumer data breach litigation is challenging the plaintiff’s standing on a motion to dismiss. Most such challenges are “facial,” but a California federal court's decision in Foster v. Essex Property demonstrates an additional avenue — a so-called “factual” challenge to standing, which is based on evidence, say David Cohen and Ani-Rae Lovell of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • When Indemnitors And Indemnitees Jointly Cause A Loss

    Jeremy Lawrence

    The California Court of Appeal's recent decision in Oltmans v. Bayside shows how a simple modifying phrase can avoid the uncertainty created by less precise language when both the indemnitor and indemnitee are responsible for a loss, says Jeremy Lawrence of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.