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  • October 15, 2021

    Appeal Sought Over Chancery's Facebook Class Counsel Pick

    Block & Leviton LLP and Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP sought a mid-case appeal Friday over a ruling granting class counsel leadership for Delaware stockholder litigation over Facebook security lapses, arguing that the Chancery's choice was both faulty and potentially overbroad.

  • October 15, 2021

    HP Must Face Most Claims In Suit Over Ink Cartridges

    A California federal judge ruled Friday that HP Inc. cannot ditch the bulk of a proposed class action alleging a ploy to force customers to buy HP ink and toner by sending firmware updates so its printers could only use HP cartridges.

  • October 15, 2021

    Theranos' Test Demo Hid Failures From Investors, Jury Told

    A former Theranos senior project manager testified in ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial Friday that he gave potential investors tours of the startup's headquarters and helped set up demonstrations using Theranos' blood-testing devices, which were, on at least one occasion, programmed to shield protocol failures.

  • October 15, 2021

    US Argues Detained Immigrants Don't Require Bond Hearings

    The Biden administration has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Third and Ninth circuits botched decisions saying the law requires bond hearings for immigrants who have been detained for more than six months with final deportation orders.

  • October 15, 2021

    Google Users Push For Class Cert. In Chrome Privacy Suit

    Chrome browser users who are accusing Google of collecting personal data from them without permission are pressing U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to allow them to proceed as a certified class, arguing that the tech giant made nearly identical privacy promises to all proposed class members.

  • October 15, 2021

    Group Cuts Some Claims From Bison Hunt Suit At 9th. Circ.

    A community group that sued the federal government over bison hunting near Yellowstone National Park voluntarily dismissed two of its three claims in the Ninth Circuit on Friday, only continuing to request a deadline for an environmental review of bison hunting.

  • October 15, 2021

    NPE Patent Cases Increase By 11% In 2021

    Patent litigation by nonpracticing entities continues to climb this year, with a new report estimating that these suits are up almost 11% compared with the same period last year, driven in part by disputes over automotive and mobile device patents.

  • October 15, 2021

    Ex-Nevada AG Tells Of Hounding Parnas For Campaign Cash

    Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt took the witness stand Friday in the campaign finance trial of Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his former business partner, telling jurors of how he badgered a "clownish" Parnas for cash in the final days of his failed gubernatorial campaign.

  • October 15, 2021

    Sacramento County Is Hit With $42.9M Sewage Discharge Suit

    A nonprofit environmental group has hit the County of Sacramento and its sewage and water departments with a $42 million suit alleging that the county has been improperly discharging sewage into surrounding U.S. waterways since 2018.

  • October 15, 2021

    FTC Reaches Deal In Suit Over Alleged Inmate Call Plan Scam

    A California federal judge on Thursday approved the stipulated settlement agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and a man it accused of running a $1.2 million scam advertising fake unlimited inmate calling plans.

  • October 15, 2021

    Calif. Court OKs Warrant For PetroSaudi Arbitral Win

    The U.S. Department of Justice finally secured a warrant for portions of a PetroSaudi unit's $380 million arbitration award that federal prosecutors say is linked to $1 billion allegedly stolen from Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund.

  • October 15, 2021

    Chubb Beats Simon Wiesenthal Center In Virus Coverage Suit

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights organization, lost its bid for coverage of its pandemic losses, after a California federal judge said the center failed to show that it sustained the type of insurable damage under its Chubb policy.

  • October 15, 2021

    Health Care Co. Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over Medicare Freeze

    An investor in health care delivery platform InnovAge Holding Corp. has filed a proposed securities class action alleging the company lied about its business and operations in its initial public offering, which in turn led its stock price to fall when new enrollment at one of its hospitals was banned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • October 15, 2021

    Fisher Phillips Nabs Former Epstein Becker Immigration Pro

    Fisher Phillips has added a former Epstein Becker & Green PC corporate employment and immigration partner to its San Francisco office, according to a firm announcement.

  • October 15, 2021

    Atkinson Andelson Adds Public-Focused Employment Partner

    A labor and employment lawyer with litigation experience who specializes in representing public entities has joined California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo as a partner.

  • October 15, 2021

    Goodwin Snags Another Litigator From Manatt In SoCal

    Goodwin Procter LLP nabbed another litigation partner from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP to join its Santa Monica office, continuing to bolster its West Coast litigation offerings.

  • October 15, 2021

    49ers Stadium Contractor To Pay Team $6M For ADA Liability

    The general contractor for Levi's Stadium has agreed to pay $6 million to the San Francisco 49ers for its alleged role in building a purported "disability access nightmare," two years after the NFL team inked a $24 million Americans with Disabilities Act class settlement over the venue.

  • October 15, 2021

    Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'

    More than 70 current and former elected prosecutors on Friday urged a California appellate court to overturn a trial court's decision declining to allow the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to withdraw previously requested sentencing enhancements, saying the ruling sets a "dangerous precedent."

  • October 14, 2021

    Zendesk Wants 9th Circ. To Affirm Ax Of Investors' Breach Suit

    Software company Zendesk is urging the Ninth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a putative securities class action accusing it of concealing a 2016 data breach, arguing that it never lied to or misled investors about the strength of its data security program. 

  • October 14, 2021

    LA County Prosecutors Accuse Gascón Of 'Political Cronyism'

    The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors has accused District Attorney George Gascón of "political cronyism" by appointing ineligible political supporters to certain protected positions in his office, asking a state court Thursday to grant an injunction while the prosecutors appeal the appointments.

  • October 14, 2021

    Holmes Prayed As WSJ Reporter Raised Doubts, Jury Told

    A California federal magistrate judge Thursday rejected ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' efforts to exclude ex-Wall Street Journal reporter and "Bad Blood" author John Carreyrou from watching her criminal fraud trial, while the jury viewed text messages showing she was "praying literally nonstop" as Carreyrou's investigation raised doubts about Theranos' technology.

  • October 14, 2021

    Zoom Can Hang Up On RingCentral Before Trial, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit denied RingCentral's preliminary injunction bid against Zoom that sought to keep in place an agreement allowing RingCentral to resell Zoom's videoconferencing services, holding Thursday that a lower court did not err in finding the companies' contract provisions are too ambiguous to authorize an injunction.

  • October 14, 2021

    Parnas Jury Sees Barrage Of Trump-World Photos

    Jurors in the campaign finance trial of former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his former business partner Andrey Kukushkin on Thursday saw numerous photos of people in the case posing with former President Donald Trump and others in his orbit, pictures taken as the alleged conspirators sought political support to set up a legal cannabis business.

  • October 14, 2021

    Cookware Firm Says Warranties Should Block Defect Suits

    A Pennsylvania-based cookware company pointed repeatedly to its "lifetime warranty" Thursday as reason to dismiss several cases from federal multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective pots and pans.

  • October 14, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Fight 'Jewish Stereotype' Claims

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright next week will hear an Israeli kitchen technology startup's allegations that lawyers for Amazon played on Jewish stereotypes to bias a Texas jury into finding that the retail giant didn't infringe patents on voice-ordering technology. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Chromium Ruling May Expand Water System Liability

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in California River Watch v. City of Vacaville, affirming a city's liability for trace amounts of chromium in drinking water, could increase risk for water providers that transport water found to contain molecules of solid waste — even if that water meets applicable regulatory limits, says David Fotouhi at Gibson Dunn.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • Opinion

    Copyright Termination, Work-For-Hire Doctrine Need Review

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    A recent flurry of litigation by Marvel against former writers shows the necessity of court and agency review of the copyright termination right and the outdated work-for-hire doctrine, which could have far-reaching consequences for today's independent contractors, say Carolyn Martin and Ethan Barr at Lutzker & Lutzker.

  • Public Agency Risks Grow Under New Calif. Pension Law

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    Most public agencies will likely face reimbursement demands from the California Public Employees' Retirement System under a new state law that shifts the costs of reporting errors from retirees to employers, so affected agencies should scrutinize their collective bargaining agreements and specialty pay practices for potential risks, says Steven Berliner at Liebert Cassidy.

  • How To Navigate California's New Intrastate CBD Route

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    Businesses and consumers should prepare for rigorous compliance checks on manufacture, distribution and retail sale of consumer products made with CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. following California's new law opening the potentially enormous market for these items, says Christian Foote at Clark Hill.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Opinion

    Time To Restore Arbitration's Promise Of Efficiency For All

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    As companies like Amazon.com turn away from mandatory arbitration clauses, it may seem that the popularity of this litigation alternative is waning, but there are effective ways for parties to fine-tune their arbitration agreements to ensure the process remains quick and inexpensive, says Janice Sperow at Sperow ADR.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Fraud Decision Shows Need For Sentencing Reform

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    A New York federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Akhavan, holding a $17 million forfeiture request for cannabis bank fraud unconstitutionally excessive, reveals the need to reform sentencing laws that overemphasize crimes' financial elements even when tenuously related to defendants' intent, say Lloyd Liu and Hilary LoCicero at Bennett LoCicero.

  • Manufacturers Face Evolving COVID-19 Legal Challenges

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    Product manufacturers must adopt new strategies to defend against pandemic-related legal challenges, including discovery delays in health care litigation, novel consumer protection claims, aggressive government enforcement actions and supply chain disputes, says Stephanie Laws at Maslon.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What 9th Circ. Arbitration Case May Mean For Insurance

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    If the plaintiffs in CLMS Management Services v. Amwins Brokerage of Georgia appeal the Ninth Circuit's recent decision that state law does not bar the enforcement of arbitration clauses in insurance contracts, the case may have a significant effect on the different dispute resolution options for insurers and policyholders, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Wage And Hour Notifications Under New Calif. Email Law

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    To address the shift to remote work, a new California law authorizes employers to email required wage and hour notifications to employees, providing an opportunity for businesses to reaffirm their policies and potentially shield against class action liability, says Michael Nader at Ogletree.

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