Johnson & Johnson and its supplier Imerys Talc America told a California jury Tuesday that while asbestos comes from certain minerals, those minerals aren’t always asbestos, and a woman alleging J&J baby powder gave her mesothelioma is relying on experts who've ignored this distinction.
A recent Ninth Circuit opinion could ultimately result in more settlements of shareholder suits by bolstering plaintiffs’ arguments that defendants are improperly creating their own version of the facts at the dismissal stage, experts say.
A California federal judge on Tuesday certified several subclasses of Walmart Inc. workers alleging the store denied them overtime and meal breaks, but declined to certify a rest break subclass, finding it would result in too many individualized questions.
A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted a Republican congressman from California and his wife on charges they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses including family vacations, dental work and private school tuition for their children, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
A coalition of state attorneys general has urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to leave alone its Obama-era rule on disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act, saying it’s already consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced its schedule for oral arguments in late October and early November, including a case that tests whether a Washington tribe is subject to a state fuel tax and a moose hunter’s challenge to a National Park Service hovercraft ban on an Alaska river.
A woman's attempt to bring putative class action allegations that Dr Pepper falsely advertises Diet Dr Pepper as helping with weight loss was tossed for a fourth and final time Tuesday, as a California federal judge found it implausible that reasonable consumers would believe drinking the soda leads to healthy weight management.
Littler Mendelson PC expanded its Los Angeles office with the hire of a former Marron Lawyers attorney, who will bring to the firm his experience handling independent contractor misclassification litigation in addition to other traditional labor and employment matters.
A California federal judge on Tuesday tentatively signed off on a $1.3 million deal ending a class suit alleging Omnicare Inc. violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and California credit reporting law.
A California appeals court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a Kansas man's Proposition 65 suit alleging that Bushnell Outdoor Products Inc.'s game calls cause cancer, saying that he was a disgruntled ex-worker trying to shake down his former employer for millions and wasn't acting in the public interest.
The Chapter 7 trustee for scandal-plagued Cambridge Analytica reached a tentative deal in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday to hand over most of the documents in his possession to a group of Facebook users, who are suing the social media giant and the political consulting shop for allegedly misusing their personal data.
The Communications Workers of America and a group of workers on Monday restyled a suit alleging a proposed class of employers, including Amazon.com Inc. and T-Mobile, illegally blocked a proposed nationwide class of older workers from seeing Facebook job ads, adding language meant to ward off the companies’ bids to escape the suit.
A California federal court on Monday yet again froze a proposed class action accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly making automated calls to nonsubscribers, just weeks after the cable giant argued that the recently reactivated case had to be paused pending its parent company's First Amendment challenge.
Arrow Electronics Inc. on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive its lawsuit seeking to force Liberty Mutual and Travelers to cover its costs tied to environmental cleanup efforts at an Alabama rocket testing facility, contending that a lower court wrongly ruled in the insurers' favor after applying California law to the dispute.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Association of National Advertisers and other business groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review findings by California courts that held The Sherwin-Williams Co. and other companies liable for lead paint contamination based on decades-old paint advertisements.
A class of student-athletes will attempt to upend the NCAA's amateurism system in a bench trial next month, challenging the notion that paying them a share of the millions of dollars college football and basketball generate each year will put a dent in the massive popularity of the sports.
A California federal judge on Monday partially granted Scottsdale Insurance Co.’s motion to amend a declaratory judgment ruling that it does not have to cover a medical supply company for a $2.8 million shareholder suit by a former director, finding that the company is entitled to recoup legal costs that will be determined in mediation.
A former Reed Smith LLP real estate pro specializing in leasing transactions and construction contracts has joined Nossaman LLP's San Francisco office, the firm has said.
Verizon has urged a federal judge to transfer a patent holding company's $2.4 billion patent infringement lawsuit against it over Voice over Internet Protocol technology, arguing neither side has connections to anchor the case to Nevada over Verizon's preferred venue in Northern California.
Prosecutors told a California federal jury Monday that a family-owned construction company participated in a bid-rigging conspiracy by placing an artificially high bid on a U.S. Department of Energy contract for a University of California, Berkeley laboratory, but the defendants’ attorneys accused the government of trying to entrap their clients with an undercover informant.
With the proliferation of consolidated litigation, courts have lamented the lack of scrutiny often given to individual cases in these proceedings. Recent federal court decisions demonstrate an increased willingness to police meritless claims by assessing whether counsel’s pre-suit investigation was adequate, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.
While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved AB 2282, yet another amendment to California's laws addressing pay equity issues. Lindsay Hutner and Tayanah Miller of Greenberg Traurig LLP review the state's current fair pay laws and explain how employers can prepare before the new law takes effect next year.
In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.
Coffey v. Ripple Labs is a much-anticipated cryptocurrency case that squarely presents the question of whether Ripple is a “security” within the meaning of the securities laws. A recent decision in the case, however, addressed an important removal question of more general applicability, says Douglas Pepe of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC.
The ubiquitous Proposition 65 warning signs posted throughout apartment communities in California may soon become a thing of the past. Under a new draft rule that is being finalized, safe harbor warnings for residential rental properties will be found in lease agreements rather than on posted signs, says Andrea Sumits of Environmental General Counsel LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's opinion this week in Khoja v. Orexigen Therapeutics makes clear that the court is concerned about the doctrines of judicial notice and incorporation by reference being applied loosely in securities cases. This could result in fewer dismissals, or at least fewer dismissals with prejudice, at the motion to dismiss stage, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.
Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.
The Federal Circuit recently reversed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision in Alta Wind v. United States, finding the trial court's method of valuing the wind farm properties did not accurately represent their fair market value. The decision was unclear, however, about how the lower court should determine the value on remand, leaving the renewable energy industry with a number of questions, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
San Francisco is the second major city to take expansive action to protect residents from the misuse and misappropriation of their personal data by corporations for profit. However, this proposed policy initiative differs from Chicago's proposed ordinance in at least three major ways, say Xiaoyan Zhang and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.