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California

  • September 18, 2018

    Monsanto Fights To Get $289M Verdict Tossed Or A New Trial

    Bayer AG-acquired Monsanto asked a California court Tuesday to set aside a $289 million jury verdict for a man who said its Roundup weed killer caused his cancer, arguing there wasn’t enough evidence to support his claims and asking the court for a ruling in its favor or a new trial.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dutch Telecom Says Tech Co.'s $37M Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its erstwhile Italian subsidiary have urged a California federal court to send to arbitration an approximately $37 million dispute with an information technology company over alleged fraud, saying the technology company is obligated to honor its contractual promise to arbitrate disputes.

  • September 18, 2018

    Weinstein Not Likely To Shake Ashley Judd Blacklisting Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday expressed skepticism about Harvey Weinstein's bid to dismiss actress Ashley Judd's suit alleging he engaged in a smear campaign that kept her from being cast in "The Lord of the Rings" because she rebuffed his sexual advances, saying the disgraced film producer's arguments about the facts seem premature.

  • September 18, 2018

    Pac-12 Leader Defends $4.5M Salary At NCAA Antitrust Trial

    Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott defended his $4.5 million annual salary Tuesday during a landmark antitrust trial over the NCAA's limits on student compensation, while also warning that paying student-athletes would confuse fans and broadcasters about amateur sports and disrupt the makeup of college athletic conferences.

  • September 18, 2018

    9th Circ. Says DOL Owed Deference On Tip Credit Guidance

    The Ninth Circuit gave a green light Tuesday to servers and bartenders suing restaurants including IHOP and P.F. Chang’s for allegedly underpaying them, ruling en banc that courts should defer to Obama-era tip credit guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor and ending a split with the Eighth Circuit.

  • September 18, 2018

    VC-Backed Eventbrite Raises IPO Funding Target To $230M

    Venture-backed online ticketing platform Eventbrite Inc. on Tuesday raised the price range and fundraising target of its initial public offering to $230 million, possibly indicating demand for its impending IPO was better than expected.

  • September 18, 2018

    Firm Must Face Defamation Suit Over Conference Remarks

    In a precedential opinion Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit clarified its guidelines for determining jurisdiction and ruled that an aircraft company could bring suit against a Washington state law firm in Nevada over allegedly false statements one of its attorneys made at a conference in Las Vegas.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dems Want Calif. Net Neutrality Bill Signed Despite Pai

    Democrats are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign what is considered the nation's toughest net neutrality law after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dragged the legislation as “a radical, anti-consumer” measure.

  • September 18, 2018

    Facebook Must Answer For Privacy Practices, Investors Say

    Investors urged a California federal judge on Monday to deny Facebook Inc.'s attempts to toss the suit filed against the social network's board of directors after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, arguing that the “barrage” of motions ignore and twist their allegations.

  • September 18, 2018

    FWS Asks Justices To Uphold Decision To End Otter Program

    The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to take a test of the Chevron deference doctrine in a case brought by California commercial fishing groups arguing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went beyond its authority in deciding to shutter an experimental program for threatened sea otters.

  • September 18, 2018

    Trump's Military 'Transgender Ban' Will Stay Blocked

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dissolve an injunction blocking the federal government’s military “transgender ban” from going into effect, ruling a revision to the policy was not meaningfully different from the initial outright ban.

  • September 18, 2018

    AbbVie Kickbacks Tainted $1.3B In Humira Claims, Calif. Says

    AbbVie Inc. generated nearly $1.3 billion in tainted health insurance claims for its blockbuster immunosuppressant Humira by paying kickbacks in the form of cash, alcohol, trips and an elaborate network of “nurse ambassadors,” California regulators said in a complaint filed Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2018

    Trump Admin. Can't Escape LA's Bid To Nix 'Sanctuary' Rules

    A California federal court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to toss a case that challenges the placing of immigration-related conditions for receiving a federal public safety grant on the city of Los Angeles, finding the municipality has plausibly stated its claims. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Preemption Lines Blurred In 9th Circ. Hazmat Fee Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision knocking down California's new fee on rail cars transporting hazardous materials but leaving the door open to such a levy if it were "fair" raises new questions on the breadth of federal preemption concerning railroad rates and services, experts say.

  • September 18, 2018

    Judge Won't Halt Suit Against GM Over Graffiti In Car Ad

    A California federal judge said Tuesday he can't determine whether a mural painted on a parking garage is a standalone work of art or part of the building under copyright law and so refused to let General Motors Co. escape from a copyright infringement suit accusing it of featuring the design in a Cadillac marketing campaign without permission. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Tribe Says Immunity Waiver Doesn't OK Attys' Fees

    The Coyote Valley band of Pomo Indians told a California appellate court on Tuesday that its prior ruling finding that the tribe waived its sovereign immunity in agreements with a construction contractor was wrongfully applied to an attorneys' fees bid, arguing that limiting the scope of immunity waivers was "a bedrock principle of Indian law."

  • September 18, 2018

    US Loses Bid To DQ Orrick In Fitbit Trade Secrets Case

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from the government to disqualify Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from representing an ex-Fitbit Inc. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from a prior employer, since her co-defendants — whom the firm previously represented — said they didn't mind her keeping the firm as counsel.

  • September 18, 2018

    BIA Says Calif. Group Doesn't Merit Federal Recognition

    The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has urged a California federal court to toss a suit by an unrecognized tribe, the Tolowa Nation, seeking to force the government to grant it recognition, saying the Department of the Interior found there isn't enough evidence to show it's a distinct community.

  • September 18, 2018

    Postmates Locks In $300M VC Fund Led By Tiger Global

    On-demand delivery service Postmates Inc. said on Tuesday that it raised $300 million led by hedge fund and private equity fund manager Tiger Global Management LLC as the company gears up to increase its coverage to more than 70 percent of the U.S. before the end of the year.

  • September 18, 2018

    Six Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $465M Led By Biotech Firms

    Six companies set price ranges this week on initial public offerings estimated to raise $465 million combined, led by four biotechnology firms plus a medical device company and a Maryland bank, adding to a growing lineup of issuers expected to price IPOs in the coming days.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Orexigen Decision At Odds With High Court Jurisprudence

    Douglas Greene

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Khoja v. Orexigen Therapeutics — placing constraints on the record a court may consider in deciding falsity and scienter under the securities laws — countermands the U.S. Supreme Court’s direction to courts in Omnicare and Tellabs, say attorneys with BakerHostetler.

  • Update On Calif. Immigrant Worker Protection Act

    Jesse Cripps

    A California federal court recently forbade California and its officials from enforcing several portions of the state's Immigrant Worker Protection Act. While private employers in the state will not be subject to many of the requirements of the law for the time being, the fight over it is likely to proceed, say Jesse Cripps and Ryan Stewart of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Dockless Scooter Cos. Rewarded For Bad Behavior

    Tamara Kurtzman

    The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • LED Bulb Case Shines Light On FTC Enforcement

    Terri Seligman

    Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced it would be mailing almost half a million checks to consumers who previously purchased Lights of America LED lightbulbs. This enforcement action holds key lessons for companies and their counsel involved in formulating advertising claims, particularly technical claims about performance, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.