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  • November 15, 2018

    AI Processor Co. Habana Labs Nabs $75M Series B Funding

    Artificial intelligence processor startup Habana Labs Ltd. on Thursday said it nabbed $75 million in an oversubscribed series B funding round led by Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-Paul Weiss, Munger Atty Tapped For Calif. High Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday picked his own senior adviser, who previously worked at both Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, to fill an associate justice seat on the California Supreme Court.

  • November 14, 2018

    Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charge

    Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her now-dismissed defamation suit against President Donald Trump, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Bio-Rad Appeal Of Ex-GC's $11M Win

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.'s arguments in favor of overturning an $11 million whistleblower judgment against the company, repeatedly questioning its counsel during a hearing on how an erroneous jury instruction would change the outcome of the verdict.

  • November 14, 2018

    Int'l Paper Co. To Face Claim It Fires Workers Pre-Retirement

    International Paper Co. must face a former driver’s claim that the company has a practice of firing workers before they turn 55 to prevent them from collecting early-retirement benefits, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Saudi Heirs Fight Chevron's Bid To Nix $18M Arbitral Award

    The heirs of two Saudi sheikhs urged a California federal court Tuesday not to toss their suit to confirm an $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron over an oil field development agreement, arguing the oil giant's claims the arbitration was a "sham" are part of its efforts to discredit everyone involved.

  • November 14, 2018

    Calif. Jury Deadlocks In J-M Bad Pipes Damages Bellwether

    A California federal judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in a bellwether False Claims Act suit against J-M Manufacturing after a jury deadlocked on the amount the company owes, if any, to a group of municipalities that paid $2.1 million for pipes that didn't uniformly meet industry strength standards.

  • November 14, 2018

    J&J Staves Off Asbestos Baby Powder Suit In Calif. Jury Win

    A California state jury found Wednesday that although Johnson & Johnson's baby powder contained asbestos and a manufacturing defect, it was not a substantial factor in causing a woman's malignant mesothelioma, ruling in favor of the pharmaceutical giant.

  • November 14, 2018

    Retweet Libel Claim Against MSNBC's Joy Reid Dropped

    A California woman decided this week to drop her claim that MSNBC host Joy Reid libeled her by retweeting a viral and out-of-context photograph, snuffing the case’s most closely watched question about the legality of retweeting defamatory content.

  • November 14, 2018

    Disney Investor Faces Uphill 9th Circ. Fight In No-Poach Row

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Wednesday appeared unswayed by a Disney shareholder's bid to revive a derivative shareholder lawsuit claiming board members breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing not to poach other studios’ animators, saying during a hearing that “nothing in the complaint says the board knew about this conspiracy.”

  • November 14, 2018

    Feds Try To Dodge LA's Challenge Of 'Sanctuary' Rules

    The U.S. Department of Justice is battling back a challenge lodged by the city of Los Angeles to conditions placed on federal funding grants for fiscal year 2018, continuing the Trump administration’s multifront fight against so-called sanctuary cities that want to restrict local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

  • November 14, 2018

    VW, Bosch Say Dealerships' RICO Losses Are Intangible

    Volkswagen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH said Tuesday in California federal court that businesses that invested in building new Volkswagen dealerships or expanding existing dealerships in the midst of the German automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal have overblown their claims of a conspiracy and financial losses from Volkswagen’s reputational hit.

  • November 14, 2018

    PG&E Sued By Camp Fire Victims, Pays $25M Over 2015 Fire

    Victims of the deadly Camp wildfire in northern California's Butte County said in state court Tuesday that PG&E Corp.'s failure to maintain its infrastructure led to the blaze, just as the utility company closed a $25 million deal to end a suit with another northern California county related to a 2015 wildfire.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

    In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction.

  • November 14, 2018

    Payment Processor Gets Nod For Revised $7.5M TCPA Deal

    Payment processor Total Merchant Services Inc. will shell out $7.5 million to settle a proposed class action accusing it of making over 235,000 telemarketing calls that violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in a deal preliminarily approved by a California federal judge.

  • November 14, 2018

    Consumers Want Nestlé 'No GMO' Label Suit To Go Forward

    A proposed class of consumers has told a California federal court to keep a suit alleging Nestlé USA Inc. uses a misleading "No GMO Ingredients" seal of approval issued by the company itself, saying Nestlé's motion to dismiss brings in arguments and evidence that are inappropriate at such an early stage of litigation.

  • November 14, 2018

    Retired Navy Capt. Cops To Role In 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

    A retired U.S. Navy captain pled guilty Tuesday to his role in the sweeping “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to Navy port services contracts, as a former master chief petty officer was also sentenced to 17 months in prison for his involvement.

  • November 14, 2018

    O'Melveny Adds Media, Tech Partner In Southern Calif.

    T. Hale Boggs, a transactional attorney who specializes in the media, entertainment and technology sectors, has joined O'Melveny & Myers LLP as a partner in its Century City, California, office after spending nearly three decades at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, O'Melveny announced.

  • November 14, 2018

    Man Admits To FCC Bomb Threat Over Net Neutrality Vote

    A California man pled guilty Tuesday to phoning in a false bomb threat at the Federal Communications Commission in December as the agency was poised to vote on its net neutrality deregulation.

  • November 14, 2018

    Yelp Denied Bid For Quick Win In TCPA Suit

    A California federal judge has denied Yelp's bid to defeat a proposed class action accusing the online business finder of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unauthorized telemarketing calls, ruling that genuine matters of fact have yet to be decided.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Opinion

    9th Circ. Shouldn't Have Halted Rescission Of DACA

    Steven Gordon

    Both analyses offered by the Ninth Circuit in Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security — upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — are flawed. The rescission of DACA, while politically controversial, is lawful, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • FDA Streamlines 510(k) Process, As Courts Reconsider It

    Caitlin McHugh

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expediting the Section 510(k) approval process for Class II medical devices, while courts are accepting the argument that 510(k) approval signifies safety and effectiveness — with implications for punitive damages awards, say Caitlin McHugh and Matthew Smith of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul

    Nisha Verma

    In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Google’s recent changes to its sexual harassment policy are notable because they highlight employers’ ability to innovate while taking measures to comply with California law, say Nisha Verma and Jessica Linehan of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Employee Nonsolicitation Terms Now Likely Void In California

    Dylan Wiseman

    In AMN Healthcare v. Aya Healthcare Services, a California appellate court recently held that employee nonsolicitation agreements are void unless they fall within one of three statutory exceptions, clearing up uncertainty about their enforceability in the state, say Dylan Wiseman and Alexandra Grayner at Buchalter PC.

  • Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

    Kris Kappel

    One legal regime currently wrestling with the concept of data scraping is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An important distinction that is emerging from the CFAA case law is whether the targeted data is publicly available or private and protected, say Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly of Husch Blackwell LLP.