In his latest wave of U.S. attorney nominations Friday, President Donald Trump tapped Nicola Hanna, a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner and current interim U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, to occupy that post on a permanent basis.
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Ex-Gibson Dunn Partner Tapped To Be US Atty In LA

In his latest wave of U.S. attorney nominations Friday, President Donald Trump tapped Nicola Hanna, a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner and current interim U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, to occupy that post on a permanent basis. Read more »

Full 9th Circ. To Rethink Nixing DOL Tip-Credit Guidance

A confederation of waiters, bartenders and other service workers got a second shot Friday at claims they’re underpaid for tasks that don’t garner tips, when the Ninth Circuit agreed to revisit its decision favoring restaurant owners who’d challenged a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor administrative guidance. Read more »

Apple Gets $6.5M Ongoing Royalties In Samsung IP Dispute

A California federal judge on Thursday granted Apple almost $6.5 million in ongoing royalties from Samsung in the companies’ dispute over patented designs, but denied the tech giant's request for ongoing royalties on products containing design-arounds. Read more »

Google's Firing Of Outspoken Engineer Was Legal, NLRB Says

Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law when it fired a software engineer after he wrote a divisive memo that criticized the company’s inclusion and diversity policies and argued that women are less biologically suited for tech jobs, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office has said in an advice memorandum. Read more »

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5 Ways To Avoid Legal Heartache From Office Romance

Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror, a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that a police officer can pursue claims that she was illegally fired for having an extramarital affair with a colleague is the latest proof that legal questions about interoffice romances are here to stay. Here, lawyers share five things employers should bear in mind when crafting workplace fraternization policies. Read more »

Boston Scientific IP Attys Must Defend Doc-Redact Request

A California federal judge on Thursday denied Boston Scientific Corp.’s bid to seal documents related to Nevro Corp.’s suit claiming infringement of its spinal cord pain treatment patents, saying Boston’s attorneys must file explanations why they shouldn’t be sanctioned for “frivolous and vexatious conduct.” Read more »

LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

​​​​​​​Holland & Knight Looks To Undo $35M Malpractice Loss

Holland & Knight LLP urged a California appellate panel on Friday to undo a jury's $34.5 million award to a real estate investor who sued the firm over fraud and malpractice, arguing that the firm had no knowledge of alleged wrongdoing surrounding the investor's transactions and that the jury improperly awarded duplicated damages. Read more »

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Santa Monica Seeks To Toss Airbnb, HomeAway Rental Suit

The city of Santa Monica asked a California federal judge to toss a suit by home-sharing websites Airbnb and HomeAway challenging an ordinance that requires landlords renting rooms through their sites to first get a license, arguing the legislation is essential to helping the city counter a mounting housing crisis. Read more »

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

No Money, No Merchandise, Solar Panel Co. Tells Court

A solar panel manufacturer urged a California federal court Thursday to stop a customer from acquiring some $1.6 million worth of modules, arguing that the company created a supply contract row in the first place by disrupting its cash flow. Read more »

PRODUCT LIABILITY

Nissan Trims Suit Over Defective Sunroof Class Action

Nissan has succeeded in trimming some breach of warranty and unfair trade practices claims from a proposed class action in California federal court alleging its panoramic sunroofs are prone to “explosively” shatter as a result of defects in the glass. Read more »

PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

IPhone Buyers Lose Cert. Bid In AT&T Exclusivity Fight

A California federal judge has declined to certify a class of iPhone buyers who allege Apple Inc. violated antitrust laws by locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, finding Friday the consumers’ damages expert’s report lacked "any data-driven analysis.” Read more »

Uber Says 3rd Time Not Charm For Driver Data Hack Class

Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to toss for good a third amended putative class action claiming Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying the lead plaintiffs still haven’t demonstrated they were immediately harmed by the hack. Read more »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Atty Fees For Delayed TM Compliance Unfair, 9th Circ. Told

An organization for California farmers that was barred from using the trademarked word “Grange” in its name asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reverse an order requiring it to pay the other side's attorneys’ fees, arguing any delays in complying with the injunction were not willful or malicious. Read more »

'Star Wars' Card Game Isn't A Trademark, App Co. Says

Facing a trademark lawsuit from Walt Disney Co.’s Lucasfilm Ltd., a British gamemaker said Thursday that the studio cannot claim trademark rights to a fictional card game featured in “Star Wars.” Read more »

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Deschanel's Countersuit Axed As Case Nears Trial

A California judge granted Seven Summits a quick win Thursday in a countersuit brought by actress Zooey Deschanel against the entertainment management company as a contract dispute over commissions heads to a March trial, finding that it didn’t cause the “New Girl” star to switch talent agencies. Read more »

SPORTS

Rams Owner Avoids Deposition In Suit Over Move To LA

A Missouri federal judge has refused to let a group of personal seat license holders depose Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke in their suit over the NFL team's move to Los Angeles after finding they haven't shown a need for his testimony. Read more »

SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

9th Circ. Won't Revive Investor Suit Over Hep B Drug Trials

A California federal judge was right to dismiss a proposed investor class action accusing Arrowhead Research Corp. of overstating clinical trial results for its hepatitis B medication, as the company didn’t issue false or misleading statements, the Ninth Circuit said Thursday. Read more »

Lion Biotech Gets Some Claims Trimmed In Investor Dispute

A California federal judge has dismissed two of six claims in a proposed class action against Lion Biotechnologies Inc., leaving in place allegations that it artificially inflated its stock price by secretly commissioning news stories but ruling the lead investor hadn’t traced his stock purchases to one of Lion’s allegedly misleading statements. Read more »

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Safran Gets Attys' Fees After Beating FCA Allegations

A California federal judge on Thursday awarded attorneys’ fees to French security contractor Safran after determining that two theories that served as part of a set of False Claims Act allegations by former company employees were “clearly frivolous.” Read more »

Analysis

New FCA Ruling Puts Medicare Advantage Plans On Alert

A new False Claims Act ruling involving UnitedHealth Group Inc. is a clear warning that Medicare Advantage insurers may face massive penalties for ignoring questionable patient diagnoses and failing to return related government payments. Read more »

LAX Operator Unveils $4.5B Contract For Intra-Airport Transit

The entity that manages Los Angeles International Airport said Thursday it has awarded a contract with an overall value of $4.5 billion to a group of construction firms to finance, build and operate a people-mover transit system at LAX that would link parking facilities and commuter rail lines to the central airport terminal. Read more »

DEALS

Qualcomm Still Anti-Broadcom Deal, But Open To More Talks

Qualcomm Inc. on Friday said it is still opposed to Broadcom Ltd.’s $121 billion takeover offer after the sides met earlier in the week to discuss a possible deal, but called the discussions “constructive” and remained open to additional talks. Read more »

PEOPLE

BakerHostetler Adds Ex-Norton Rose IP Pro In LA

BakerHostetler has added a former Norton Rose Fulbright intellectual property attorney who brings to its Los Angeles office a focus on patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio management and strategic counseling both at home and abroad, the firm announced Friday. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

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. Read more »

Car Seat Heaters Still Producing Burns — And Litigation

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. Read more »

Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

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. Read more »

How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

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. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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5 Ways Law Firms Can Avoid Lateral Hiring Regret

Despite valuing lateral hiring as an integral element of their strategies, many law firms are failing to properly screen potential hires and, as a result, are often disappointed when promises made during the interview don't pan out. Here, Law360 looks at five ways firms can avoid lateral hiring remorse. Read more »

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How To Turn Jurors Into Advocates For Your Case

It may seem like a nightmare scenario for a trial attorney: giving a closing argument and feeling the majority of the jury is going against you. But trial attorneys say that as long as you know there's one juror committed to your case who's been armed with your arguments, a verdict in your favor is no dream. Read more »

Ex-Allen & Overy Atty's Psych Exam Story Falls Flat

Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested. Read more »

Convicted Dewey Exec's SEC Deal Hinges On Criminal Appeal

A settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, rests on the outcome of Sanders' criminal appeal, a Manhattan federal judge heard Friday. Read more »

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Up Next At High Court: Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court will enter the underworld of burglars, spouse abusers and drug dealers in its first week back on the bench after a long winter recess, hearing a busy criminal docket presenting constitutional questions around double jeopardy and self-incrimination that are critical to the white collar bar. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The general counsel for the parent company of Midas received a​ two-year stayed suspension for practicing out of state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism that the burgeoning #MeToo movement will have a sustained impact,​ and PNC Bank’s general counsel shared with Law360 why he​​ moved in-house after spending much of his career at law firms. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: What Does 'Partner' Even Mean?

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how law firms are full of people with the title “partner,” but after years of change the title ain’t always what it used to be; a big ruling on the destruction of New York City graffiti space “5Pointz”; a new lawsuit claiming bar prep giant Barbri colluded with top law schools to crush competitors; and Taylor Swift’s efforts to shake off a lawsuit over song lyrics. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

BakerHostetler

Bass Berry

Bernstein Liebhard

Boies Schiller

Butler Rubin

Cavanagh Law Firm

Constantine Cannon

Cotchett Pitre

Covington & Burling

Cozen O'Connor

Cravath Swaine

DLA Piper

Davis Wright Tremaine

Dentons

Dewey & LeBoeuf

Dhillon Law Group Inc.

Ellis Law Group

Farella Braun

Fried Frank

Gartenberg Gelfand

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Greenberg Traurig

Greg Coleman Law

Haynes and Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hunton & Williams

Jackson Lewis

Jenner & Block

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton

Jones Day

Kaufman Dolowich

Kessler Topaz

Kirkland & Ellis

Kyros Law Offices

Latham & Watkins

Lavely & Singer

Levy Vinick

Locke Lord

Morgan Brown

Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster

Morvillo Abramowitz

Munger Tolles

Murphy & McGonigle

Newsome Melton

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ogletree Deakins

Orrick Herrington

Osborn Maledon

Outten & Golden

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Phillips & Cohen LLP

Polsinelli

Pomerantz LLP

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Ropes & Gray

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Shook Hardy

Sidley Austin

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Skadden

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Susman Godfrey

Wachtell Lipton

Waller Lansden

Waters Kraus

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Wendel Rosen

Werman Salas

Wiley Rein

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Wolf Haldenstein

Woods Rogers

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AT&T Inc.

Activision Blizzard, Inc

Airbnb Inc.

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Apple Inc.

Applebee's International Inc.

Arrowhead Research Corporation

Association of Corporate Counsel

Balfour Beatty PLC

Bank of America Corporation

Bombardier Inc.

Boston Scientific Corporation

Broadcom Ltd.

Centerview Partners LLC

Denny's Corporation

Deutsche Bank AG

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Extended Stay Inc.

Facebook

General Motors

Gentherm Inc.

GitHub Inc.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Google Inc.

HomeAway Inc.

IMF Bentham Ltd.

Instagram Inc.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International House of Pancakes LLC

J. Alexander's Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

LinkedIn Corp.

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Mercedes-Benz

Microsoft Corporation

Moelis & Co.

Morgan Stanley

NFL Enterprises LLC

Nevro Corp.

New York Times Co.

Nissan Motor Company

Noble Corporation

P.F.Chang's China Bistro Inc.

Pnc Financial Services Group,The

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Safran Identity & Security SA

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Snap Inc.

St. Louis Rams

TBC Corp.

The Walt Disney Company

Tommy Hilfiger Corp.

Twitter Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Warner Bros.

Wells Fargo & Co.

Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Zeughauser Group LLC

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Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

Los Angeles World Airports

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Securities and Exchange Commission

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U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court