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  • May 17, 2019

    Music Industry Execs Denied Claim To Michael Jackson Co.

    The Michael Jackson Co. is solely owned by the late entertainer's estate and not by a group of entertainment industry executives claiming the King of Pop promised them partial ownership prior to his death, a California appellate court said Thursday, affirming a lower court's findings.

  • May 17, 2019

    Widower Wrongfully Denied Husband's Pension, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit cleared the way for a widower to receive spousal pension benefits on Thursday, saying a lower court was wrong to deny him benefits on the grounds that the couple were domestic partners when the man’s late husband retired.

  • May 17, 2019

    'Crazy Expensive' Law Firm Wouldn't Return Calls, Jury Told

    The wife of a former U.K. attorney who hired Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP to pursue a failed privacy suit against the Daily Mail tabloid told a California jury Friday that the firm did little work, billed "crazy expensive" invoices and failed to return phone calls.

  • May 17, 2019

    Geico Can't Escape Driver's $1M Punitive Damages Award

    A California appellate court on Friday affirmed a jury's $1 million punitive damages award against Geico General Insurance Co. over its unreasonable delay in paying an injured policyholder the full limits of his policy following a serious car crash. 

  • May 17, 2019

    SF Picks Side Of Privacy With Ban On Facial Recognition Tech

    The debate over facial recognition is heating up as San Francisco prepares to enact the nation's first ban on the controversial technology, with privacy advocates praising the step and others warning against too harshly limiting a useful tool for guarding public safety.

  • May 17, 2019

    Trump’s Border Wall Faces Skeptical Calif. Judge

    A California federal judge appeared open Friday to blocking the Trump administration from repurposing defense funds to build a wall along the southern border, saying he doesn't know if it is right to let the government build the wall before legal challenges to it are resolved.

  • May 17, 2019

    Calif. Man Who Threatened FCC Chair's Kids Gets 1.5 Years

    A California man who threatened to kill the children of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was sentenced Friday morning to 20 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • May 17, 2019

    9th Circ. Says Tesla Can Arbitrate Worker's Race Bias Claims

    A black Tesla employee who says he was constantly subjected to racial epithets, harassment and threats at work and then ignored when he complained must pursue his claims in arbitration, the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday, with the chief judge saying the panel's hand was forced by precedent.

  • May 17, 2019

    Pierce Bainbridge Ends Partnership With Funder Pravati

    Litigation boutique Pierce Bainbridge has concluded its partnership with litigation funder Pravati Capital, whose investment helped fuel the young firm's rapid national expansion over the past two years, the parties confirmed Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    CVS Ditches False Ad Suit Over Joint Health Pills

    CVS Health Corp. can escape a putative class action over claims it falsely advertised its line of CVS Health Glucosamine products, a California federal judge has ruled, finding that the pharmacy giant's packaging complies with federal labeling law, preempting the state law claims asserted in the suit. 

  • May 17, 2019

    YouTube Celeb Logan Paul Sued Over Parody Video

    Members of the alt-hip hop band Flobots slapped YouTube personality Logan Paul with a lawsuit Thursday claiming the release of his parody song "No Handlebars," which riffed on their hit song "Handlebars,” infringed on their copyright.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ex-Skyworks Engineer Arrested On Insider Trading Charges

    An engineer who formerly worked at semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions Inc. turned himself in on Friday to face charges in California federal court that he stole private financial information from his ex-employer, cashed in on illegal trades, and then fled to Taiwan when he was caught.

  • May 17, 2019

    30K Attys In Calif. In Trouble Over Their Fingerprints

    Nearly 30,000 attorneys in California face escalating penalties this month for missing a deadline to submit new fingerprints to the State Bar in an unpopular push to discover attorneys convicted of crimes.

  • May 17, 2019

    Morgan Stanley’s $10M Deal Is Too Low, Advisers Say

    A group of former Morgan Stanley financial advisers urged a California federal judge Thursday to reject a $10 million deal proposed last month to settle allegations that the investment bank routinely refused to reimburse them for work-related expenses, arguing the amount is too low and the release of claims is too broad.

  • May 17, 2019

    8 Firms Steer 5 IPOs Topping $1B Led By Diamondback Unit

    Eight firms will lead five initial public offerings that could raise more than $1.1 billion in combined proceeds during the week of May 20, led by a Diamondback Energy subsidiary's IPO and joined by smaller offerings among blank check and biotechnology companies.

  • May 17, 2019

    The Law Firms Making Millions Off The PG&E Cases

    The nation's largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, has paid at least $89 million in the past year in legal fees to firms directly involved with its bankruptcy, civil, criminal and regulatory cases stemming from California wildfires — and the vast majority of that sum has gone to Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • May 17, 2019

    'Pepe The Frog' Case Against InfoWars Heads To Trial

    A copyright lawsuit filed by the creator of Pepe the Frog — a cartoon that's become an online symbol for the controversial "alt-right" movement — is headed for a jury trial in California federal court after a judge refused to rule that the far-right website InfoWars made fair use of the character.

  • May 17, 2019

    Cooley Guides Venture-Backed Fastly On $180M IPO

    Venture-backed cloud infrastructure provider Fastly made its market debut Friday, racking up a $180 million initial public offering that saw the Cooley-led firm price shares at the high end of its range.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wachtell, Fenwick Shape Hewlett-Packard's $1.3B Cray Buy

    Hewlett-Packard, led by Wachtell, unveiled plans Friday for a $1.3 billion takeover of Fenwick client and supercomputer company Cray as it looks to meet growing data processing needs.

  • May 16, 2019

    Calif. Senate Blocks Bill To Update Consumer Privacy Law

    The California Senate appropriations committee on Thursday blocked the progress of legislation that supporters say would strengthen a landmark privacy bill that forces technology companies to disclose how they use and share customers’ personal data.

Expert Analysis

  • Reducing The Regulatory Risk Of Merchant Cash Advances

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    Courts and regulators have reached different conclusions on whether merchant cash advances and unpaid invoice purchases constitute loans subject to state lender licensing and usury regulations. Attorneys at Buckley discuss how to minimize the chances of these transactions being recharacterized as loans.

  • The Precarious State Of Public Injunction Waivers In Calif.

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    Two years ago, in McGill v. Citibank, the California Supreme Court made arbitration agreements that preclude consumers from seeking public injunctive relief unenforceable. But some federal courts have deviated from that holding so as to make its future uncertain, say Brian Kabateck and Brian Hong of Kabateck.

  • State Net

    Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

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    The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Key Takeaways From Roundup Verdicts So Far

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    On May 13, a California jury returned a $2 billion verdict against Monsanto in the third trial over allegations that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The Roundup trials highlight the importance of issues including punitive damages, celebrity influence and the value of jury exercises, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Cybersecurity Enforcement Shouldn't Be Left To FCA Relators

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    The denial last week of a contractor's motion to dismiss a False Claims Act case in the Eastern District of California wrongly looks to whistleblowers for cybersecurity enforcement and may allow cybersecurity to become the qui tam bar’s next feeding ground, say Robert Metzger and Stephen Bacon at Rogers Joseph O'Donnell.

  • High Court Hyatt Decision Will Limit State Tax Appeal Options

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    This week’s straightforward U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt was rooted in sovereign immunity concepts and is unlikely to have ongoing state tax impacts other than limiting where taxpayers can bring suit, says Jeffrey Reed of Kilpatrick Townsend.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Fair Pay Law Is Unfair To Startup Founders

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    It's time for legislatures and courts to recognize the unfair burden the California Fair Day’s Pay Act has placed on company leaders — like founders of California startups — by holding them liable for failure to pay wages, say David Siegel and Mital Mikada of Grellas Shah.

  • FBAR Taxpayers May Face Steeper Failure-To-File Penalties

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    U.S. v. Boyd, a California federal court case decided last month, suggests that the IRS could be transitioning to a more aggressive penalty approach for foreign bank and financial account reporting violations — meaning more risk for U.S. taxpayers with multiple foreign financial accounts, say Friedemann Thomma and Rebecca Chappell of Venable.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.