California

  • July 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Strikes Back At Apple’s Expanded Royalty Suit

    Qualcomm has asked a California federal court to dismiss claims surrounding nine patents that it says aren’t in dispute in Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties for the use of its chips in iPhones and similar devices.

  • July 25, 2017

    Gov. Brown Signs Extension Of Calif. Cap-And-Trade To 2030

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a 10-year extension of California's landmark cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's push to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels.

  • July 25, 2017

    LA County Wants Immediate Pause On Aliso Canyon Injections

    The County of Los Angeles asked a California court on Monday to immediately halt a state agency’s authorization letting SoCalGas restart injections at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, arguing that in the wake of a massive gas leak in 2015, more work on earthquake resiliency is needed.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rival Conventions Spar Over 'Comic-Con' As Generic Term

    The San Diego Comic Convention and a rival event traded arguments last week on whether the concept of "Comic-Con" was generic, with Dan Farr Productions telling a California federal court the invalid mark had been diluted by copying, and SDCC saying its rival hadn’t met its burden for proving the registered trademark was invalid.

  • July 24, 2017

    King Of Pop Co.’s $30M Royalty Short A Betrayal, Jury Told

    A production company started by Michael Jackson betrayed the singer’s musical partnership with mega-producer Quincy Jones by shorting him $30 million in royalties after the King of Pop's death, Jones’ attorney told a California jury during closing arguments Monday, while the company’s attorney painted the suit as a “grab for money.”

  • July 24, 2017

    Orange Didn't Steal IP, Owes $1 For Breach Of Terms: Jury

    A California federal jury largely cleared Orange SA in a intellectual property and computer fraud lawsuit on Monday, finding it didn't misappropriate the defunct startup Telesocial Inc.’s trade secrets and that it owed just $1 for breaching Telesocial’s terms of use.

  • July 24, 2017

    50 Cent Wants 'Power' Copyright Suit Tossed

    Rapper 50 Cent asked a California federal judge Monday to toss out a lawsuit claiming he ripped off the idea for his Starz drama “Power” from an unpublished manuscript, saying the two share nothing other than that both “involve an African-American protagonist.”

  • July 24, 2017

    Peet’s Can’t Ditch Coffee Subscription Auto-Renewal Suit

    A San Francisco judge on Monday rejected Peet’s Coffee’s attempt to end a putative class action alleging the company violated California's Automatic Renewal Law by failing to properly notify customers it would renew coffee and tea subscriptions, rejecting the chain's findings the class couldn't prove an injury.

  • July 24, 2017

    Fox, Paramount Pulled Into IP War Over CGI Tech

    A visual effects company embroiled in litigation over whether it owns five patents covering Academy Award-winning movement capture technology sued three more companies including Fox and Paramount Pictures on Monday, alleging they infringed the patents by working with a thief who stole the technology.

  • July 24, 2017

    Auto Racer's Wife Urges 9th Circ. To Nix $27M FTC Win

    The wife of professional auto racer Scott Tucker told the Ninth Circuit on Friday a court order mandating she and her company disgorge $27 million in "ill-gotten gains" as part of a $1.3 billion Federal Trade Commission unlawful payday lending suit against her husband improperly relieves the commission from having to prove the money was received illegally.

  • July 24, 2017

    Chris Brown Says Atty Tried To Extort Him In Philippines

    R&B singer Chris Brown accused an attorney of extortion and infliction of emotional distress in a Los Angeles lawsuit filed Friday, saying that after a concert in the Philippines, Brown was told he would be arrested and detained if he didn’t pay the man $300,000.

  • July 24, 2017

    Lloyd's Malpractice Suit Belongs In Arbitration, Court Told

    Phelps Dunbar LLP urged a California federal court Friday to compel Lloyd’s of London to arbitrate a malpractice suit, saying a contractual agreement requires disputes to be hashed out in the U.K.

  • July 24, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Antitrust Claim Against Labor Union

    The Ninth Circuit held in a published decision on Monday that ICTIS Oregon Inc. couldn’t bring an antitrust counterclaim against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association in a long-running dispute over longshoremen's work in Portland.

  • July 24, 2017

    Arbiter Must Resolve If Employee Can Arbitrate Class Claims

    A California appellate court ruled Monday that an arbitrator should be the one to decide whether a former employee of home loan company Network Capital Funding Corp. can pursue class claims in an arbitration proceeding over alleged wage violations, rejecting the company’s contention that the decision should be left to the courts.

  • July 24, 2017

    Chevron Pays $1M Fine, $20M In Upgrades Over Refinery Fire

    Chevron Corp. agreed to pay a $1 million fine and to make about $20 million worth of safety improvements at a Richmond, California, refinery, settling a long-running dispute with Golden State safety regulators over penalties levied following a 2012 fire, regulators said Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    Orange County Scores Win In FAA Suit Over Airport Lease

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday axed a complaint alleging Orange County, California, is “banking land” and refusing to negotiate reasonable lease terms for longtime fixed-base operators that provide aircraft fueling and maintenance services at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

  • July 24, 2017

    Alaska Seeks High Court Review Of 'Threatened' Seal Listing

    The state of Alaska, along with local and Native communities and business groups, on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling that climate change projections could be used to list an Arctic seal population as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

  • July 24, 2017

    Blank Rome Nabs Venable Employment Litigator

    Blank Rome LLP has hired a Venable LLP litigator who's experienced in defending companies at trial against class action claims to join its growing labor and employment group in Los Angeles, Blank Rome said Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    TCPA Suit Over Facebook Hack-Alert Texts Stays Tossed

    A California federal judge refused Monday to revive a putative class action against Facebook Inc. from a man alleging he was bombarded with unwanted security notification text messages, saying a Ninth Circuit reversal in a different case didn’t trigger a review of his earlier dismissal.

  • July 24, 2017

    T-Mobile Wants $19M Unpaid Wage Suit Moved To Fed. Court

    T-Mobile is requesting that a proposed worker class action accusing the telecom giant of stiffing its employees out of nearly $19 million in unpaid wages and rest breaks be removed to federal court from California state court, where it was filed in January.

Expert Analysis

  • Attempting To Limit Class Action Waivers And The FAA

    John Hansen

    Two efforts are currently underway to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's past decisions involving anti-class action arbitration clauses in both consumer and employment agreements. However, both efforts are under attack, says John Hansen of John Hansen Law.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, It's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Supreme Court And The Future Of The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump claimed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to leave part of his travel ban in place was a victory for the administration, and some analysts have agreed. It is hard, however, to see the court’s opinion as anything but a government defeat, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • What To Know About Proposed Changes To Tip-Pooling Rule

    Susan Schaecher

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced plans to propose a full rescission of its controversial tip-pooling restrictions. While the announcement does not immediately change existing law, it sets into motion regulatory action that could aid hospitality employers across the country, says Susan Schaecher of Fisher Phillips.

  • 9th Circ. Price Advertising Decision Threatens Retailers

    Rick Shackelford

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Linda Rubenstein v. Neiman Marcus comes amid a wave of lawsuits targeting retailers for deceptive pricing. Though unpublished and without precedential effect, the decision will embolden plaintiffs to file similar class actions against retailers and could make it more difficult for them to succeed on motions to dismiss, say Rick Shackelford and Colin Fraser of Greenberg Traurig LLP.