California

  • June 29, 2022

    Goodwin Adds Paul Hastings Private Equity Pro in California

    Goodwin Procter LLP has added a Paul Hastings private equity expert as a partner in its Santa Monica and San Francisco offices.

  • June 28, 2022

    Erika Girardi Ordered To Turn Over Pricey Diamond Earrings

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must turn over to a bankruptcy trustee a pair of diamond earrings that her estranged husband, the disbarred attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought in 2007 for $750,000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge said Tuesday, finding that it was clear that stolen funds were used to buy them. 

  • June 28, 2022

    Calif. Panel Won't Disqualify Law Firm In Pipe Maker's Fight

    A California appellate panel upheld on Tuesday a lower court's refusal to disqualify Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP from representing Victaulic Co. in its multimillion dollar coverage fight with three AIG units, rejecting arguments that the firm's attorneys obtained relevant confidential information on AIG while at a previous firm.

  • June 28, 2022

    Feds Back Shoshone Tribe's Hunting Rights At 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday added its voice to the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation's request that the Ninth Circuit overturn an Idaho federal judge's ruling that the tribe doesn't have treaty rights to hunt and fish in its aboriginal lands.

  • June 28, 2022

    MD's Estate Gets $30M Arbitral Award In Real Estate Dispute

    A physician's estate will receive $30 million following an arbitrator's finding that the doctor was stiffed out of her fair share of the proceeds from the sale of a Southern California property she co-owned.

  • June 28, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Wipes $11K Fee Ruling Over Confidential Emails

    A Federal Circuit panel splintered Tuesday in rejecting a lower court decision to hit a California patent lawyer and his client with $11,000 in fines and legal fees over allegedly emailing confidential materials to a partner attorney in a joint defense agreement, who used them in another case.

  • June 28, 2022

    State AGs Press FDA To Cut Toxic Metals In Baby Food

    Attorneys general from 22 states have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to step up efforts to eliminate toxic metals in baby food, chiding the agency for missing an April deadline to propose limits for lead.

  • June 28, 2022

    Google, Apple Want Consumer Search Conspiracy Suit Gone

    Google and Apple are fighting to toss a consumer suit from the same attorneys, and with virtually identical allegations, as a Google Search advertiser accusing Google of paying Apple not to produce its own search engine, arguing that the consumers in the latest case can't show harm from using a free product.

  • June 28, 2022

    Instagram Photo Embedding Fight Lands In 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit has been asked to revive a proposed class action challenging how easily Instagram lets websites embed photos, with two photographers arguing that a lower court relied on an outdated test that has been rejected by "virtually every court" considering the same issue.

  • June 28, 2022

    Atari Asks 9th Circ. To Revive IP Suit Against Redbubble

    Atari wants the Ninth Circuit to let it have a new trial after it was dealt a loss in its suit alleging Redbubble sold merchandise with images stolen from its signature video games, saying the jury was given incorrect instructions.

  • June 28, 2022

    Ex-GOP Rep. Fortenberry Avoids Prison For Lying To FBI

    Former U.S. Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry, R-Neb., won't face prison for lying to the FBI about illicit campaign contributions and instead will be placed on two years of probation and required to pay a $25,000 fine, a Los Angeles federal judge said Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    ITC Judge Says Apple Infringed Rival's ECG Wristband

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has determined that Apple has infringed two patents covering medical device maker AliveCor's wristband device for measuring irregular heartbeats.

  • June 28, 2022

    SEC Wins Default Judgment In Ex-Herbalife Exec's Absence

    A New York district court judge ordered a former executive at the Chinese subsidiary of California-based health supplement company Herbalife Ltd. to pay $550,092 in civil penalties after he was charged with plotting to bribe Chinese officials.

  • June 28, 2022

    EPA Can't Justify Lax Airline Greenhouse Gas Rule, Court Told

    Blue states and environmental groups have told the D.C. Circuit that federal rules for airline greenhouse gas emissions are too lax, won't meaningfully address the climate crisis and are an abdication of clear statutory requirements of the Clean Air Act.

  • June 28, 2022

    Calif. Court Tosses LG Exploding Battery Suit

    A San Diego man who suffered burns after a battery he used for vaping exploded in his pocket can't sue the manufacturer, a subsidiary of LG Corp., a California state appeals court ruled, saying the maker tried to prevent him from buying it.

  • June 28, 2022

    Clean Energy Co. Intersect Gets $750M Boost From 3 Firms

    Three private investment firms are infusing Intersect Power with $750 million to help accelerate the expansion of its clean energy platform, according to a statement Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    Objector Says $8.4M Uber Misclassification Deal Needs Work

    An objector raised concerns about the contents of an $8.4 million settlement that aims to shutter an Uber driver misclassification suit, arguing that the court should revisit the deal's release terms, its claim valuations and payout methods that burden the class.

  • June 28, 2022

    Panel Affirms Sanction On Homeowners In Fire Coverage Suit

    A California appeals panel upheld monetary sanctions imposed against two homeowners for destroying evidence before their insurer's inspector could investigate their claims for mold contamination stemming from the 2018 Carr fire.

  • June 28, 2022

    Compensation Info Biz Pave Lands $1.6B Series C Valuation

    Pave, a company that helps businesses determine salaries for their employees, said Tuesday it was valued at $1.6 billion following its Series C funding round that included Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and YC Continuity Fund.

  • June 28, 2022

    Calif. Couple, Coach Avoid Prison For 'Varsity Blues' Bribes

    A California couple and a former soccer coach who were among the first to plead guilty in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case all avoided prison time Tuesday after cooperating with prosecutors, even as a judge said the parents' remorse "doesn't wipe the slate clean."

  • June 27, 2022

    As Opioid Trial Ends, Judge Jokes Of 'Generous' Time Limits

    A San Francisco federal judge who put strict time limits on a bellwether bench trial in multidistrict opioid litigation noted Monday that both sides wrapped up their cases within their allotted 45 hours, prompting him to wonder to courtroom chuckles if he "was just too generous."

  • June 27, 2022

    Trump Takes Twitter 'Censorship' Case Loss To 9th Circ.

    Former President Donald Trump is appealing last month's dismissal of his putative censorship class action against Twitter, according to a notice filed in California federal court on Monday.

  • June 27, 2022

    Judge Trims Ford Dealer's Workers' Comp Coverage Suit

    A California federal judge said a Ford dealership can pursue allegations that its insurer breached policy obligations when handling its claim for coverage of a workers' compensation suit that stems from a 2019 deadly workplace shooting, but dismissed other claims surrounding the underlying civil action.

  • June 27, 2022

    Sidley Steers $1.9B Sale Of Brightly Software Company

    Investment firm Clearlake Capital Group LP announced Monday that it will sell Brightly Software Inc., both led by Sidley Austin LLP, to technology company Siemens AG for $1.875 billion.

  • June 27, 2022

    LA Developer Convicted In City Council Bribery Scheme

    A California federal jury convicted a Los Angeles real estate developer Monday of giving $500,000 in bribes to former city councilor Jose Huizar in exchange for getting a nonprofit's challenge to the development project dropped.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent Trade Secret Cases Show Sentencing Disparities

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    Sentencing disparities in U.S. trade secret cases have surfaced in recent years, and legal practitioners should know that courts have found that the intended loss does not necessarily equal the cost of development of stolen trade secrets or the defendant's intended gain from misappropriation, says Steven Lee at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Beware Arbitration Clauses That May Bar Inter Partes Review

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    Recent decisions show that the Federal Circuit and district courts are moving toward recognizing that standard arbitration clauses can bar inter partes review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a new landscape that will require careful consideration for parties negotiating patent-related contracts, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • How To Avoid Construction Lien Traps In Bankruptcy Filings

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    The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s decision in 450 S. Western Ave. serves as a cautionary tale on the risks of a contractor agreeing not to foreclose a lien in exchange for the owner agreeing not to challenge the validity of the lien in bankruptcy filings, and highlights how contractors can protect their liens, says Blake Robinson at Davis Wright.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • High Court's Tribal Ruling May Enable More Gambling In Texas

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Texas v. Ysleta, finding that Texas cannot regulate a tribe's electronic bingo, paves the way for Native American tribes in Texas to upscale their gaming operations, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • Circuits' Remand Of State Climate Suits May Mean Big Liability

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    Federal circuit courts across the nation have recently affirmed that state and local governments can sue energy companies in state courts over harms attributed to climate change — and if the U.S. Supreme Court does not step in, the energy sector could soon face a deluge of liability claims, says Todd Thacker at Goldberg Segalla.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Offers Guidance On Automatic Stay Violations

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    The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s opinion in Censo v. Newrez clarifies the nebulous standard for automatic stay violations, and provides useful guidance for practitioners to consider in determining whether a creditor's defensive action taken in pending litigation counts as a violation, say Keith Owens and Zach Williams at Fox Rothschild.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • 2 Years Since Liu, Disgorgement Case Law Is Favoring SEC

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    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Liu v. the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit courts have weighed in to answer the decision's open questions, and recent cases suggest that courts are unwilling to disrupt disgorgement orders, even where the awards would not survive Liu scrutiny, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Justices' PAGA Ruling May Be Employer Win — With Caveats

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Viking River Cruises v. Moriana, holding that federal law partially preempts California's Private Attorneys General Act, may help employers send individual claims to arbitration, but key questions remain regarding statutory standing and the potential impact of another state law, says Joshua Henderson at Norton Rose.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Vet Clinic FTC Settlement Puts Private Equity On Notice

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    Prior approval and prior notice requirements in the Federal Trade Commission's settlement for a $1.1 billion merger of veterinary clinics illustrate the majority-Democratic commission's skepticism over private equity's general business model, say Bruce Sokler and Tinny Song at Mintz.

  • Lingering Questions After 9th Circ.'s Delta-8 TM Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent holding in AK Futures v. Boyd Street that Delta-8 THC is legal should theoretically lead to the issuance of federal registration for marks covering such products, but key questions remain on intellectual property rights, congressional priorities, regulators’ stance and state law, say attorneys at Goodwin.

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