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California

  • December 7, 2018

    Calif. School Vaccine Law Upheld As Panel Pans 'Hyperbole'

    California's law requiring children in day care and grade school to get vaccinated survived another in a long line of challenges when a state appeals court criticized the lawsuit’s "hyperbole" in a unanimous opinion upholding a lower court's decision to toss the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Quad/Graphics Must Pay Pension Fund, 9th Circ. Says

    Wisconsin-based marketing and printing firm Quad/Graphics Inc. will have to pay a multi-employer pension plan several million dollars after a Ninth Circuit appeals panel on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that the fund had correctly calculated how much the company owed after it pulled out of the plan.

  • December 7, 2018

    Thrift Preemption No Help For Chase In Calif. Suit: Judge

    A San Francisco federal judge ruled Friday that Chase must face a proposed class action over its alleged failure to comply with a California mortgage escrow interest law, finding the preemption once enjoyed by the failed federal thrift originator of the plaintiffs' mortgages doesn't cover Chase's subsequent handling of the loans.

  • December 7, 2018

    Atty Asks To Stay In NFL Suit Despite Disciplinary Charges

    A California attorney has asked the Ninth Circuit to allow him to continue representing a former NFL cheerleader in her proposed class action against the league despite the fact that a judge with the state bar court has recommended that he be disbarred for exploiting an elderly client and his license has been listed as inactive.

  • December 7, 2018

    Telecom Contract Row Paused Pending Arbitrator Ruling

    A California federal court has paused an American IT company’s suit accusing Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its former Italian subsidiary, Wind Tre, of fraud, ruling that an arbitrator must determine whether the dispute should be handled through arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Student Loan Co. CEO Arrested On Charges Of $28M Fraud

    A California financial services executive was arrested while trying to board a flight out of the country and charged with wire fraud for allegedly running a phony student loan debt relief scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a statement issued Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Amazon Cuts Deal With Calif. DAs Banning Foie Gras Sales

    Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to resolve allegations brought by California district attorneys that it violated a state consumer protection statute by selling force-fed foie gras online, Los Angeles and Monterey counties said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    VW Tells 9th Circ. Counties' Emissions Claims Preempted

    Volkswagen AG has told the Ninth Circuit that counties in Florida and Utah cannot revive their claims the German automaker violated local rules by tampering with emissions software in certain diesel vehicles, insisting they’re preempted by the Clean Air Act.

  • December 7, 2018

    Facebook Health Site Tracking Legal, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has found that a lower court rightly dismissed a suit brought by Facebook users who claimed the company illegally scraped data about their visits to medical websites, finding the users consented to the tracking by agreeing to Facebook's privacy policy.

  • December 7, 2018

    Amazon Wage Suit Survives, But Class Claims Are Nixed

    A California federal judge ruled that Amazon.com LLC must face the bulk of a delivery driver’s suit alleging that the company flouted state labor laws by shorting her on wages and breaks, but struck her class claims from the suit with leave to amend.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tara Reid Wants $100M Bite Out Of 'Sharknado' Merchandise

    Actress Tara Reid wants the producers of the "Sharknado" science-fiction films to shell out $100 million for allegedly using her face on "Sharknado"-branded slot machines and beer cans without her permission, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Impax Says Investors' Drug Price-Fixing Suit Still Fails

    Impax Laboratories has asked a California federal judge to again quash investors' attempt to revive claims that the generic-drug manufacturer hid news of a federal investigation into whether it was colluding with its competitors to fix the prices of two generic drugs, saying the latest complaint still misses the mark.

  • December 7, 2018

    Live Nation, Ticketmaster Settle ADA Suit Over 49ers' Stadium

    San Francisco 49ers fans leading a class action in California federal court alleging the team's stadium does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards have settled their claims against Ticketmaster and Live Nation after three months of arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Construction Litigator Joins Gordon Rees In SF Office

    Construction-focused litigator Lisa M. Cappelluti has joined Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP as a partner in its San Francisco office, more than a decade after she opened a Northern California office for Lorber Greenfield & Polito LLP.

  • December 7, 2018

    Health Hires: Hooper Lundy, King & Spalding, Williams Mullen

    Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC has gained a health care partner from Brown Rudnick LLP and lost another to King & Spalding LLP, Williams Mullen has hired three new health and life sciences attorneys, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added a biotech corporate and securities attorney, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP has brought on a new health adviser.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Moderna Leads IPO Pair Raising $735M

    Clinical-stage biotechnology company Moderna late Thursday said it raised more than $604 million in an initial public offering touted as the largest biotech IPO ever, alongside another offering that reaped roughly $131 million for cancer and autoimmune disorder-focused Synthorx.

  • December 7, 2018

    Franklin Templeton, Workers Agree To Settle ERISA Suit

    Franklin Templeton has told a California federal court it has been able to settle an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action accusing the firm of mismanaging its workers' retirement savings.

  • December 7, 2018

    KKR REIT Loans $267M For California, New York Properties

    KKR & Co. Inc.'s real estate investment trust lending arm has loaned $266.5 million for a pair or multifamily properties, one in California and a second in New York, according to a KKR announcement Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Uber Is Impeding Arbitrations By Refusing To Pay, Drivers Say

    Thousands of Uber drivers on Wednesday accused the ride-hailing service of employing stall tactics in their bid to force the company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations in California federal court, following recent Ninth Circuit rulings that determined such arbitrations are the only way for the drivers to resolve classification disputes.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Calif. Privacy Act Will Increase Data Breach Liability

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act's statutory damages provision will likely generate significant litigation and require courts to weigh in on various aspects of this important new remedy, say Grant Davis-Denny and Alex Gorin of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Taxpayers Should Note These 2 Items From Calif. Tax Regs

    Eric Coffill

    A “second adopt notice,” issued Nov. 27, is the latest step in the transition of California tax programs to the jurisdiction of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Two major items of interest in the notice involve new appeals procedures, says Eric Cofill of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Class Cert. Evidence Standard Likely Headed To High Court

    Thomas Richie

    With circuit courts irreconcilably split on expert testimony at the class certification stage, the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision not to reconsider Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center all but guarantees the issue will soon reach the U.S. Supreme Court, say Thomas Richie and John Goodman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Blockvest Ruling Reminds Token Issuers To Push Back

    Michael Dicke

    Digital token issuers caught up in the onslaught of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations finally received some good news last month regarding token sales’ exposure to federal securities laws. The decision in SEC v. Blockvest is encouraging for a few reasons, say Michael Dicke and Eric Young of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • A Closer Look At New Calif. Pension Fund Climate Law

    Kristie Blase

    Landmark California legislation going into effect in January requires the two largest pension funds in the U.S. to publicly report on their climate-related financial risks, which should result in more widespread adoption of financial disclosure recommendations from the Financial Stability Board, say attorneys with CKR Law LLP.

  • Property And Casualty Insurers Face A Genomics Revolution

    David Schwartz

    Plaintiffs attorneys are winning big in civil litigation by invoking genomic susceptibility arguments, and trends suggest that property and casualty insurers will face more and larger claims as a result. But genomic data can assist both plaintiffs and defendants, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions and William Wilt of Assured Research.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.