R.J. Reynolds asked a California federal judge on Monday to block a Los Angeles County ordinance that banned flavored vapes when it took effect last month, saying the prohibition was both overly severe and preempted by federal law.
The U.S. Department of Labor must face claims by a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general that a recently finalized joint employer rule is unlawful, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying the states have standing because the regulation might sap them of tax revenue and hike enforcement-related costs.
The Nasdaq exchange on Tuesday filed a rule proposal that would expand its authority to deny listings of companies with audit problems, potentially affecting China-based issuers amid growing scrutiny over accounting scandals involving Chinese companies trading in the U.S.
A dozen U.S. attorneys general are pushing Walmart to beef up protections for its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they have received reports of stores with people too close to one another and locations not being properly cleaned.
Beleaguered cannabis company Green Growth Brands will hit the auction block after a Canadian court on Tuesday cleared its asset sale plan and approved a stalking horse bid that would see creditors buy the company for an estimated $105 million.
African e-commerce platform Jumia Technologies asked a New York federal judge on Monday to dismiss a proposed shareholder class action against it and board members, including NBA player Andre Tyler Iguodala, alleging it fooled investors into thinking it was the "Amazon of Africa" before its initial public offering.
Mapmaker and technology manufacturer Rand McNally urged an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday to toss a proposed class action alleging the company sold defective GPS systems and failed to follow through on the warranty, saying the named plaintiff made a "federal case" out of a "garden-variety customer service complaint."
A Delaware judge on Tuesday gave glass tableware maker Libbey Glass Inc. the go-ahead to tap into $30 million in new post-petition financing in its Chapter 11 so the company can continue negotiating with creditors to restructure its roughly $500 million in debt.
While the nation's collective consciousness largely shifted this week from the COVID-19 pandemic to rage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, state leaders grappling with sometimes violent protests still continued to map out life after the coronavirus.
A Canadian First Nations-owned cigarette company has urged the Second Circuit to revive its challenge to Connecticut's enforcement of a state tobacco law, saying a reporting provision meant to stem illegal cigarette trafficking is unconstitutional.
A California federal judge refused to toss a lawsuit Monday alleging a fake animal rescue group is brokering the sale of puppies from commercial breeders to Golden State pet stores, which then advertise the puppies as rescues, finding that enough has been alleged at this early stage of the case.
A planned entertainment complex outside Pittsburgh hit a snag after the developer defaulted on $24.1 million in debts, leading its mortgage servicer to try foreclosing on and seizing control of the stalled project, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court.
A group that's trying to collect on a $1.8 billion counterfeiting judgment over fake Nikes is asking the Second Circuit to force six Chinese banks to pay millions of dollars over accusations that they enabled the sale of illegal goods by flouting U.S. court orders.
A New Jersey federal judge has trimmed an inventor's roughly $12.6 million jury award in her suit alleging that a pet supply company stole her idea for a skin medicine applicator for dogs and cats, finding that the business did not infringe her patent and that certain damages were duplicative.
French supermarket chain Carrefour said Tuesday that it will purchase a Taiwanese grocery business for €97 million ($108.4 million) to strengthen the international company's position in the island territory.
After hearing oral arguments in the case en banc earlier this year, the Third Circuit asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide whether Amazon should be allowed to face liability for faulty products sold by third parties over the company's website.
Australia's digital payment company Zip has agreed to buy the remaining shares of QuadPay that it didn't already own for about $403 million, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by four law firms that stands to create a single fintech business worth $1 billion.
Online used-car retailer Vroom said Tuesday it hopes to raise about $300 million in a Latham & Watkins LLP-steered initial public offering that is intended to help keep the business going in the face of concerns that it may run out of gas.
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't liable for nearly $1 million in sales and use taxes on items used to renovate their football stadium, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, finding the team wasn't the purchaser of the goods in dispute.
The U.S. Trade Representative's Office announced Tuesday it was initiating investigations into India and other countries, as well as the European Union, that have enacted or are considering special taxes on digital companies, opening the door for potential retaliatory tariffs.
The manufacturer for baby product company Graco filed another patent infringement suit against childrens' product manufacturer Evenflo Company Inc., alleging several of its car seats intentionally infringe three patents covering Graco's convertible "Nautilus Snuglock LX" car seat.
Rhode Island's high court on Friday affirmed a decision finding that W.B. Mason did not violate employment laws when managers asked a supply driver who used medical marijuana to undergo a drug test and fired him after he refused.
A Florida federal judge denied in full Walmart Inc.'s bid to dismiss a putative class action alleging that the retail behemoth has for years used sales prices to overcharge customers for its packaged meat products, ruling that Walmart's assertions are unpersuasive and that all claims against it survive.
JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has urged a federal judicial panel not to create multidistrict litigation for an array of lawsuits it's facing over its participation in a federal coronavirus relief loan program for small businesses, arguing that the cases are "a jigsaw puzzle of unmatched pieces."
A proposed class of customers is accusing PetSmart of selling a hemp oil for animals that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and that the company intended to mislead consumers about the product's legality.
As companies and their counsel prepare for enforcement by the newly confirmed special inspector general for pandemic recovery responsible for overseeing CARES Act funds, Christy Goldsmith Romero, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, shares how her office has investigated fraud, waste and abuse of federal relief funds following the 2008 financial crisis.
The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.
A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in litigation over Johnson & Johnson talc products may help push state courts in neighboring New York further toward using the Daubert evidentiary standard — giving courts a more active gatekeeping role over expert testimony, say attorneys at Darger Errante.
A New York federal court's February decision allowing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the large number of companies weakened by the pandemic will result in merging parties justifying potentially anti-competitive mergers primarily on the basis of efficiencies and weakened competitor status, say James Langenfeld and Chris Ring at Ankura Consulting.
A New York bankruptcy judge's recent opinion in Firestone Diamond represents a comprehensive treatment of the Bankruptcy Code Section 502(d) disallowance taint and decisively rejects, for the first time in the Southern District of New York, the long-standing and widely criticized Enron holding, say attorneys at Cadwalader.
The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.
One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.
COVID-19 has led to municipal legislation focused on scheduling, paid sick leave, anti-retaliation and protections for laid-off workers that businesses must monitor and adapt to as they call back employees and resume customer services, say Julie Trester and Jeremy Glenn at Cozen O'Connor.
Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.
To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.
The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with Progressive Leasing over its failure to clearly disclose rent-to-own prices illustrates the FTC's propensity to seek equitable monetary relief from national advertisers, as well as policy differences between Republicans and Democrats, say John Feldman and Gerry Stegmaier at Reed Smith.
While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.
With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.
As the COVID-19 pandemic complicates the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, targets and acquirers alike should take several prudent preclosing steps to mitigate the risk of deal-breaking disputes and subsequent litigation, say Ann Gittleman and Jenna O'Brien at Duff & Phelps.
Employers should use extra caution to sidestep several key wage and hour mistakes as businesses prepare to reopen following the coronavirus crisis and worker classification and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance comes under increased scrutiny, say Kathleen Caminiti and Eric Baginski at Fisher Phillips.