California

  • February 23, 2018

    Atty Interfered With Ex-Law Firm’s Web Rights, Jury Says

    A California federal jury found Friday that an attorney interfered with multiple domain names belonging to securities boutique Trowbridge Sidoti LLP after she claimed ownership following her exit from the firm, but found that her refusal to relinquish just one of the domain names caused harm, awarding only $7,800 in damages.

  • February 23, 2018

    LA Developer Charged With Funneling Cash To Politicians

    The developer of a controversial $72 million Los Angeles apartment project was charged Friday with illegally using straw donors to funnel nearly $200,000 to eight local politicians while seeking a change to the zoning of his property in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood, according to California state court filings.

  • February 23, 2018

    SF City Atty In Rental Co.’s Pocket With SFO Suit, Turo Says

    The car-sharing company Turo filed a cross-complaint in state court Thursday, accusing the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office of cowing to pressure from multinational companies like Enterprise Rent-a-Car and of misclassifying Turo as a rental car company in a “revenue grab” for fees from its business at San Francisco International Airport.

  • February 23, 2018

    Expert's Calculations Are Focus At Close Of MassMutual Trial

    MassMutual and a class of hundreds of term life insurance policyholders faced off over dividends during closing arguments in a California trial Friday, with the class claiming MassMutual was ignoring the policies’ profits and MassMutual countering that the class was relying on a misleading manipulation of the numbers.

  • February 23, 2018

    LSAT Administrator Likely In Contempt As Feds Sit Idly By

    A California federal judge said Friday that the Law School Admission Council Inc. was likely in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers, adding it was “astounding” that the federal government took no position on the alleged violations after it had vigorously pursued the litigation for several years.

  • February 23, 2018

    Fitbit Wants Rival Sanctioned After Beating IP Suit

    A Fitbit Inc. rival should be sanctioned for not conducting the simplest of investigations before claiming Fitbit infringed a patent covering its motion detection technology, the company told a California federal court in a renewed push to have the since-dismissed suit deemed frivolous.

  • February 23, 2018

    Calif. Panel Says Staffing Co. Can't Arbitrate Wage Claims

    The Federal Arbitration Act doesn’t apply to an employment agreement a truck driver signed with a staffing firm that placed him, a California state court ruled Friday, adding that the employer can’t enforce a provision in that contract barring him from pursuing class action claims.

  • February 23, 2018

    Faegre Baker Daniels Adds IP Pro In Silicon Valley

    An intellectual property partner from Jones Day who has deep technical expertise and a history of working with companies based in China has joined the Silicon Valley office of Faegre Baker Daniels, according to the firm.

  • February 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Flips ERISA Ruling To Favor Transamerica

    A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday that Transamerica was not a fiduciary to a class of investors when the company negotiated terms with their employers to manage their retirement plans, effectively dismissing claims that Transamerica violated ERISA by charging certain fees and revenue sharing with fund managers.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini, Simpson Thacher Guiding Dropbox IPO

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP are guiding the initial public offering process of cloud storage tech giant Dropbox Inc., according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Hotels Move For Cert. In Expedia False Ad Suit

    A pair of hotels are pushing to certify their proposed class action accusing Expedia of luring customers with false advertisements and then diverting them to make reservations at places where it gets a cut, telling a California federal court Thursday that a class action is the best way for their Lanham Act claims to proceed.

  • February 23, 2018

    BofA Looks To Trim Ex-Banker’s Meal, Rest Break Claims

    Bank of America urged a California judge on Friday to rethink her tentative ruling and trim meal and rest break claims from a former banker’s putative class action, arguing that as an ex-employee, she’s not entitled to injunctive relief and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to pursue the claims.

  • February 23, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Penske Gets Green Light On $3.2M Break, OT Deal

    A California court judge on Friday granted preliminary approval to a $3.2 million deal to settle claims that Penske Automotive Group Inc. dealerships in the Golden State failed to provide appropriate breaks and overtime pay for some 1,750 employees working on commission.

  • February 23, 2018

    Data Co. Gets LinkedIn Info-Scraping Suits Related

    A California federal judge on Thursday granted data company 3taps Inc.’s bid to relate its suit seeking clearance to scrape information from LinkedIn Inc.’s public profiles to another pending suit against the professional networking site, saying there was “good cause” to sign off on the request.

  • February 23, 2018

    Latham & Watkins Advises Hyatt On $1B Sale Of 3 Hotels

    Latham & Watkins LLP has guided Hyatt Hotels Corp. in the $1 billion sale of three hotels to real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., the law firm said on Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 23, 2018

    9th Circ. OKs Toss Of Tribal Water Project Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a suit brought by an organization representing Montana landowners that disputes the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ control of an irrigation project, agreeing that the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • February 23, 2018

    NY, Others Back Chicago In Sanctuary City Battle With Feds

    New York, California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia urged an Illinois federal court Thursday to deny the federal government’s bid to toss Chicago’s lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal public safety grant funds from so-called sanctuary cities, saying the move is unlawful.

  • February 23, 2018

    Judge Nixes BLM's Delay Of Obama Methane Flaring Rule

    A California federal judge on Thursday lifted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s block of an Obama-era rule limiting methane venting and flaring from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands, saying the agency’s rationale isn’t likely to pass muster.

  • February 23, 2018

    FTC Sues Tech Cos. For Phony Computer Security Scam

    The Federal Trade Commission sued a California man and his defunct tech companies in federal court on Thursday, accusing them of facilitating a scheme to deceive older consumers into paying for phony computer protection that bilked them out of millions of dollars and stole their personal information.

Expert Analysis

  • Reading The 9th Circ.'s Tea Leaves On Injunctive Standing

    Alexandra Laks

    In Victor v. Bigelow and Khasin v. Bigelow, the Ninth Circuit recently found that injunctive standing in the misbranding context is limited and requires a current intent to purchase challenged products in the future. Whether a plaintiff has standing to pursue an injunction may depend on the plaintiff’s deposition testimony, say Alexandra Laks and Lucia Roibal of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • What Employers Can Learn From Waymo V. Uber

    Brian Arbetter

    While Waymo v. Uber was more high-profile than most cases, employers can and should learn lessons from it. Brian Arbetter of Norton Rose Fulbright discusses the current state of the law in the area of employee raiding and restrictive covenants and offers some best practices for employers to follow in order to fully protect their confidential information.

  • California's Evolving Standard On Expert Opinion Evidence

    Peter Choate

    A California appeals court's recent decision in Apple v. Superior Court explicitly holds that the Sargon standard applies when a party seeks to admit expert opinion evidence. Practitioners should seek to preserve this issue for appeal and urge the California Supreme Court to resolve it, say Peter Choate and William Dance of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gig Economy Business Model Skirts Calif. Labor Laws

    Mike Arias

    California workers have spent over a century carving out the rights to have fair working conditions, an eight-hour work day and to be paid a living wage. The gig economy largely seeks to circumvent these well-established laws, says Mike Arias of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP.

  • Dueling Tax Measures On San Francisco's June Ballot

    Richard Nielsen

    In June 2018, the San Francisco electorate will vote on the two competing tax measures, Housing for All and Universal Childcare for San Francisco Families. The measures differ in purpose, tax rate and exemptions, but either one would mean a huge increase in taxes for commercial landlords, say attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Lessons From Rabobank's Anti-Money Laundering Failures

    Michael Gertzman

    Rabobank's $368 million resolution of an investigation into the bank's anti-money laundering program has several parallels with other recent Bank Secrecy Act actions that financial institutions may wish to consider in assessing their compliance programs, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Car Seat Heaters Still Producing Burns — And Litigation

    Sean Kane

    Despite decades of research on safe temperature thresholds for car seat heaters, some automakers are still designing heaters to work in higher temperature ranges, still manufacturing heaters that get much hotter than their design specifications and still forgoing simple countermeasures that their peers have been implementing since the 1980s, say Sean Kane and Ellen Liberman of Safety Research & Strategies Inc.