California

  • September 23, 2019

    Comedy Writer Testifies Billionaire Frequently Asked For Sex

    A comedy writer who worked for Alki David's media companies testified Monday that the billionaire choked her, slapped her butt, and frequently propositioned her for sex, kicking off the trial of the third sexual battery case against David to go before a California jury in six months.

  • September 23, 2019

    Kagan To Law Students: 'Don't Despair' In This 'Difficult Time'

    Justice Elena Kagan encouraged an audience of University of California, Berkeley School of Law students Monday to take more risks while they're in law school and told them not to despair over the integrity of the judicial system in this "difficult time."

  • September 23, 2019

    Kanye Inks Deal To End Suit Over 'Lopsided' EMI Contracts

    Rap mogul Kanye West and his longtime publisher, EMI, have tentatively agreed to a deal to resolve West’s claims that EMI locked him into a “lopsided” business arrangement barred by California labor code, West told a Golden State federal court Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-FDA Director Says Agency Found J&J's Mesh Labels OK

    A former U.S. Food and Drug Administration's compliance director told a California judge Monday that the agency had reviewed the instructions and brochures for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon's pelvic mesh devices and never found them misleading, as a bench trial over the state's claims that J&J falsely marketed the devices entered its eighth week.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Revives Cerner Unit's Bid To Enforce $63M Award

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Cerner Corp. unit's bid to enforce a $63 million arbitral award it won in a contract dispute with a United Arab Emirates businessman and found that a related suit should be remanded to state court.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Skeptical Jury Had To Hear 'Taurus' In 'Stairway' Case

    An attorney accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure song faced resistance from the Ninth Circuit on Monday to his argument that the jury should have heard the recorded version of the less-famous song during a trial.    

  • September 23, 2019

    Nestle Must Face Shoppers’ Suit Over ‘No GMO’ Label

    Nestle can’t dodge a proposed class action alleging the company puts its own, misleading “no GMO ingredients” seal of approval on products, a California federal judge has ruled, finding consumers had sufficiently alleged the label could deceive a reasonable customer.

  • September 23, 2019

    Twitter, Airbnb, Other Tech Cos. Back Bill To End Travel Ban

    Thirteen tech companies told Congress they support an immigration bill that would repeal President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, saying the order is harming the U.S. economy.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC Urged To Release Broadband Funds Cautiously

    The Federal Communications Commission must proceed cautiously as it seeks to distribute funds dedicated to expanding rural broadband, first making sure that its broadband maps, which underpin such funding decisions, are accurate, several industry stakeholders told the commission.

  • September 23, 2019

    Purported Metals, Real Estate Co. Must Repay Investors

    A pair of investment firms will get their money back from a California-based company that claimed to have interests in residential properties and silver stockpiles but was actually buying cryptocurrency before defaulting on a loan, according to a Massachusetts federal judge's order on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Nevada Atty Disbarred For Role In $60M Diamond Stock Scam

    Nevada's highest court has disbarred an attorney who in February acknowledged participating in securities fraud as part of a scam in which federal prosecutors contended investors lost more than $60 million through buying shares in a fake diamond company.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Backs BIA Green Light Of Wind Farm Construction

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld the Bureau of Indian Affairs' approval of the second phase of a California wind farm, saying the agency properly considered the project's potential to harm eagles before greenlighting a lease between the project developer and a California tribe.

  • September 23, 2019

    House Dems Question Trump, DOJ On Car Emissions Probe

    House Democrats are launching a formal inquiry into whether the Justice Department’s antitrust arm has been politicized by the White House for use against automakers that struck a deal with deep-blue California over emissions standards for vehicles.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Asks Del. Justices To Clarify State Disclosure Law

    The Ninth Circuit has asked the Delaware Supreme Court to decide whether a limited-partner agreement under Delaware law required a financial-services newsletter author to disclose to an investor that the author's hedge fund had only two investors, saying it's an unresolved "purely state-law issue" that implicates important Delaware policy considerations.

  • September 23, 2019

    Hertz Workers Strike Out For 3rd Time On $1.75M Wage Deal

    A California federal judge has rejected for a third time a $1.75 million settlement to end break and wage claims by a proposed class of more than 2,000 Hertz Transportation Inc. workers, while warning the workers they may only get one more chance to seek his approval of the deal.

  • September 23, 2019

    Perkins Coie Welcomes Back IP Partner From Kirkland

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Monday that an intellectual property specialist has joined its San Francisco office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, marking a return to the firm where she started her career as an attorney.

  • September 23, 2019

    Sweetgreen Valued At $1.6B After $150M Financing Round

    Salad fast-food chain Sweetgreen has gobbled up $150 million in a financing round that was co-led by Lone Pine Capital and D1 Capital Partners and values the business at $1.6 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Investors Accuse Calif. Crypto Co. Of Abandoning Them

    A Russian crypto-entrepreneur in Beverly Hills, California, collected substantial funds from would-be investors, telling them he could septuple their income with investments in initial coin offerings, then abandoned his website and stopped responding to messages, his customers allege in a suit filed in federal court Friday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Schwab 401(k) Fight Belongs In Court, AARP Tells 9th Circ.

    AARP asked the Ninth Circuit to rethink sending to arbitration a former Charles Schwab worker's proposed class action alleging that Schwab mismanaged its 401(k) plan, saying the decision could strip workers of ERISA protections and undermine millions of Americans' financial security.

  • September 20, 2019

    Family Separation At Border Is 'Child Abuse,' ACLU Tells Court

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday urged a California federal judge to rule that U.S. immigration officials are illegally separating parents from their children based on criminal histories instead of separating families only when a parent is deemed unfit or a danger to their child, saying its present policy is tantamount to "child abuse."

  • September 20, 2019

    London Calling: Wilson Hit With ‘Clash’ Tennis Racket TM Suit

    The owner of iconic British punk band The Clash's trademark filed a complaint in California federal court on Friday against Wilson Sporting Goods Co., accusing it of trademark infringement for its new line of "Clash" tennis rackets. 

  • September 20, 2019

    Ripple Says ICO Suit Alleging Crypto Is Security Filed Too Late

    Ripple Labs has moved to dismiss a consolidated complaint in California federal court that alleges its offering of the XRP cryptocurrency was in fact an unregistered securities offering, saying the allegations were brought too late and highlighting various other deficiencies.

  • September 20, 2019

    EEOC Nets Nearly $1M In Wave Of Disability Bias Deals

    Over the past week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission scored court approval for settlements totaling almost $1 million that end disability bias suits the agency filed on behalf of workers and job applicants, including a refinery worker with vision loss and a paraplegic PacSun applicant.

  • September 20, 2019

    9th Circ. OK Of LinkedIn Data Scraping May Curb CFAA

    The Ninth Circuit has found that scraping information in bulk from public LinkedIn profiles likely does not breach the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in a closely watched ruling that could rein in the reach of the oft-challenged anti-hacking law.

  • September 20, 2019

    Jury Rejects Celeb Chef's IP Claims Against Restaurants

    A California federal jury cleared a restaurant chain of liability over claims by its founder, a vegan celebrity chef who sold the chain in 2008, that it harmed her by illegally continuing to use her name and likeness.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Drafting Successful Anti-SLAPP Motions In California

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    California state appeals courts are split on the proper test to apply when analyzing a motion to resolve a strategic lawsuit against public participation, but movants may be able to influence the test a court will apply, say attorneys at Skadden.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • The New Frontier Of Cryptocurrency Collateral

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    As the number of corporate borrowers transacting in cryptocurrency is likely to increase, this additional pool of value may be of interest to lenders, who should consider some administrative and legal questions as they weigh crypto collateral's costs and benefits, say Jerome McCluskey of Milbank, and Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, Sarah Olsen and Josh Rawlins of Gemini Trust.

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    Comparing States' Preparations For An Economic Downturn

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    Statistics indicate that many states have learned lessons from the Great Recession, and are better prepared for the next recession. Those that are not setting aside money to see them through the inevitable fiscal crisis would be wise to start saving for a rainy day, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Searching For A Legal Pathway For CBD Products

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    Sales of products containing CBD are booming, but companies selling them are still faced with a regulatory quagmire, struggling to understand how to legally promote, label and distribute CBD consumables in light of gridlock at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and inconsistent state laws, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • The State Of TCPA Litigation 1 Year After Marks V. Crunch

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    The Ninth Circuit's 2018 decision in Marks v. Crunch, interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to cover any dialer that calls from a stored list of numbers automatically, has been applied by district courts all around the country, but one year later, its impact appears to be faltering, says Eric Troutman of Squire Patton.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

  • Outsourcing Facilities Face Rising Drug Compounding Risks

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    Recent actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and lawsuits filed by drug manufacturers indicate that it is more important than ever for outsourcing facilities to comply with FDA policies regarding bulk drug substances allowed for use in compounding, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • New Calif. Law Represents Strategic Shift In PFAS Regulation

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    California recently became the first state in the country to require public water suppliers to notify customers if their water contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which will undoubtedly set into motion more regulatory oversight, and more litigation, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Clynton Namuo of Alston & Bird.

  • Calif. Dynamex Law Shifts Employment Landscape Drastically

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    With its hodgepodge carveout of job categories, a law signed Wednesday that codifies the California Supreme Court's worker classification decision in Dynamex is far from clear and will likely result in increased litigation with potentially devastating consequences for noncompliant businesses, says Eve Wagner at Signature Resolution.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Calif. Guidelines Advance Telehealth For Medicaid Patients

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    Although the California Department of Health Care Services' updated guidelines expanding telemedicine reimbursement have some shortcomings, they open new channels of care for many Medicaid beneficiaries and raise intriguing prospects for similar programs across the country, say Harsh Parikh and Jill Gordon of Nixon Peabody.

  • Calif. High Court Ruling May Curb PAGA-Only Suits

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    The California Supreme Court's decision in ZB v. Superior Court that employees cannot recover unpaid wages under the Private Attorneys General Act imposes a serious limit on the law's scope and generates important questions for employee-side counsel when filing claims exclusively under PAGA, say Rafael Tumanyan and Michele Beilke at Hunton.