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California

  • March 21, 2019

    Apple's PTAB Review Frustrates Judge Deciding IP Case

    A California federal judge expressed frustration Thursday with presiding over infringement cases involving patents being reviewed by the PTAB, saying during a hearing in a suit against Apple that allowing the case to proceed could result in inconsistent rulings, but staying it could make litigation "interminable."

  • March 21, 2019

    Ex-Intel Engineer In Trade Secrets Case Must Give Up Docs

    An engineer accused of stealing "revolutionary" secrets from Intel Cop. before jumping ship for rival computer chipmaker Micron Technology Inc. must return any confidential documents he took from the company, a California federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    $240M Wells Fargo-Investor Deal Missing Key Factor: Judge

    A California federal judge on Wednesday told investors he needed more information to evaluate their proposed $240 million settlement with Wells Fargo & Co. executives over how the bank's fabricated accounts scandal affected its reputation, finances and stock prices.

  • March 21, 2019

    Transamerica Must Face Policyholders' Suit Over Rate Hikes

    A California federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Transamerica Life Insurance Co. must face a suit claiming it breached agreements with two policyholder groups by drastically increasing their monthly costs, largely denying its bid to dismiss the policyholders’ claims.

  • March 21, 2019

    Calif. Approves Final Regulations For Idle Oil And Gas Wells

    A California agency on Thursday announced it had approved regulations aimed at ensuring idle oil and gas wells do not harm the environment and that there are more resources to plug wells that are abandoned by operators.

  • March 21, 2019

    Atty Sanctioned For 'Repugnant' Claims About East Indians

    A California federal judge has sanctioned an attorney for his “repugnant” request to hold a hearing to purportedly demonstrate a pattern of noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act among hotel owners of East Indian descent.

  • March 21, 2019

    Immigrant Groups Seek Info On Union Pacific Helping ICE

    A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in California federal court Wednesday, seeking records regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s alleged cooperation with the Union Pacific Railroad Police on immigration law enforcement.

  • March 21, 2019

    Qualcomm Can Seek Claim Apple Forfeited FRAND Rights

    A California federal judge has allowed Qualcomm to pursue its counterclaim in an antitrust suit that Apple forfeited rights to favorable licensing terms for smartphone technology.

  • March 21, 2019

    End Dates For Tribal-State Gaming Deals OK, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s order tossing a suit that claimed California wasn’t allowed to put expiration dates on its gaming agreements with tribes, saying that negotiating such dates is permitted by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • March 21, 2019

    Insurers Must Name Climate-Problem Clients, Nonprofits Say

    California is under pressure to force insurers to name the fossil-fuel projects they insure and underwrite, with nonprofit groups calling Thursday for emergency measures from the state’s insurance regulator.

  • March 21, 2019

    DLA Piper Nabs Baker McKenzie, Wilson Sonsini Partners

    DLA Piper LLP said Wednesday that it's beefed up its California offices by hiring a former Baker McKenzie partner who focuses her practice on energy and project finance and a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who specializes in advising startups, emerging technology and media companies.

  • March 21, 2019

    9th Circ. Backs Anheuser-Busch In Suit Over Stolen Recipes

    A former Anheuser-Busch employee cannot escape the brewer’s trade secret suit accusing him of stealing beer recipes and passing them on to class action attorneys looking to sue the company over allegedly watered-down beer, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360's Tort Report: Personal Injury & Med Mal News In Brief

    A plane crash that killed four partners in the same injury defense firm and proposed tort reform legislation in Kentucky lead Law360’s Tort Report this week, an occasional feature that compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news items that may have been missed.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ex-Oracle Worker Can Arbitrate Pay Dispute, 9th Circ. Says

    A former worker who hit Oracle Inc. with a putative class action over sales commission pay can send the dispute to arbitration, a Ninth Circuit panel said Thursday, noting that the case put the tech titan in the atypical position of fighting against arbitrating employment matters.

  • March 21, 2019

    Enviros Sue NHTSA For Docs To Fight Emission Rule Rollback

    An environmental and wildlife conservation group asked a District of Columbia federal court Thursday to order the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fork over public documents the group requested in its challenge to proposed slackening of greenhouse gas emission standards.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ready Capital Nets $105M In Loans For Properties In 4 States

    Ready Capital said on Thursday that it has closed a slew of loans for acquisition and redevelopment purposes for properties in Texas, Florida, California and Illinois for a total of approximately $104.7 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tarana Secures $88M To Finish Developing New Radio Tech

    California-based Tarana Wireless said that it has landed $88 million in funding that will be used to complete development of new radio technology that aims to eliminate obstructions, interference and spectrum scarcity.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tesla, Contractor To Face Trafficking Claim In Visa Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dumped most of an amended suit alleging Tesla and its contractor committed visa fraud to illegally import low-cost foreign labor, but allowed one of the plaintiffs' human trafficking claims to survive.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tesla Says Ex-Worker Wrote 'You Sly Dog' As He Stole Info

    Tesla has accused four former employees of stealing company trade secrets and taking them to a competitor, telling a California federal court that one even emailed himself confidential information with the note, "you sly dog you."

  • March 21, 2019

    Paving Co. Demands $7.4M Under Army Base Subcontract

    A California paving contractor sued a pair of construction companies, their joint venture and four insurance companies in Oklahoma federal court Wednesday over nearly $7.4 million in unpaid work done on an Oklahoma Air Force base construction project.

Expert Analysis

  • The Latest On Vapor Intrusion Regs In Calif.

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    Recent and upcoming vapor intrusion policies from California environmental regulators will increase the number of properties investigated, shift the focus to indoor air sampling, and possibly affect real estate transactions, say Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Dickey of Environmental General Counsel LLP.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Profit Participation Mediation Tips From The 'Bones' Case

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    Despite the inevitable rocky start typical of profit participation mediation cases, a settlement can usually be achieved if parties avoid engaging in premature mediation and carefully address key open issues, some of which were exemplified in the "Bones" arbitration decided last month, says Bruce Isaacs of Signature Resolution.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Opinion

    US Antitrust Law Supports An FTC Win Against Qualcomm

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    Though general propositions of antitrust appear to pose serious threats to the Federal Trade Commission's case against Qualcomm in the Northern District of California, a closer look shows how Qualcomm's use of its patents has distorted the competitive process, says Thomas Cotter of the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.