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  • September 16, 2021

    PE-Backed Identity Software Co. Leads 2 IPOs Totaling $528M

    Private equity-backed security identity firm ForgeRock Inc. and mortgage insurer Enact Holdings Inc. went public Thursday after raising a combined $528 million from initial public offerings assisted by five law firms total, continuing a wave of recent IPOs.

  • September 16, 2021

    Amazon Can't Force Flex Driver To Arbitrate Privacy Claims

    Amazon can't force a Flex driver to arbitrate his claims that the company wiretapped drivers' private Facebook groups where they discussed working conditions, strikes and unionization, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the claims aren't related to the driver's employment.

  • September 16, 2021

    Apple Wants Fed. Circ. To Rethink Refusal To Toss Patent Suit

    Apple is asking the Federal Circuit to rethink a decision that the tech giant must face a patent lawsuit over its Apple Watch brought by a University of Michigan engineering professor, saying that the ruling retroactively puts the ownership rights of "countless" patents in jeopardy.

  • September 16, 2021

    McKool Smith Hires Calif. Entertainment Litigator

    A Los Angeles-based entertainment litigator has joined litigation boutique McKool Smith as a principal, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 16, 2021

    Seltzer Caplan Snags Back Top San Diego US Atty

    Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has brought a former top federal prosecutor in Southern California back to its San Diego office, the firm said Wednesday.

  • September 16, 2021

    Pa. AG Says DAs Can't Sue To Stop $26B Opioid Settlement

    The district attorneys for Pennsylvania's two biggest cities lack the authority or standing to sue the state attorney general's office over a $26 billion multistate settlement with opioid companies, the attorney general's office told a state appellate court.

  • September 16, 2021

    US Trustee To Appeal Sackler Releases In Purdue Ch. 11

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has told a New York bankruptcy judge it will appeal his order approving Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan, saying the plan's liability releases for Purdue's Sackler family now-former owners go beyond the law and undermine confidence in the system.

  • September 15, 2021

    David Boies Threatened Theranos Whistleblower, Jury Told

    A former Theranos lab technician who filed a whistleblower complaint against the startup testified in ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial Wednesday that she quit after her managers ignored her concerns with the accuracy of Theranos' blood tests, and said Theranos' then-counsel David Boies subsequently threatened to sue her.

  • September 15, 2021

    Calif. Federal Court Strikes Down Trump-Era H-1B Lottery Rule

    A California federal judge on Wednesday struck down a rule prioritizing higher-paid noncitizens for H-1B visas, ruling that former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf was illegally installed in his position and therefore lacked the authority to implement the visa regulation.

  • September 15, 2021

    Peloton Beats Rival's Patent Infringement Suit

    A Texas federal judge dismissed claims that Peloton is infringing two of its rival's patents, ruling Wednesday that the patents are abstract but stopping short of finding them ineligible under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling.

  • September 15, 2021

    StubHub To Pay Over $9.5M To End State Virus Refund Probes

    StubHub agreed to pay upwards of $9.5 million in cash refunds to consumers in 10 states and the District of Columbia Tuesday to end a multi-state investigation into allegations that the behemoth ticket reseller wrongfully denied refunds for live events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • September 15, 2021

    9 Companies Storm Capital Markets With IPOs Totaling $3B

    A stampede of nine companies spanning industries from enterprise software to running shoes, drive-thru coffee franchises, cancer therapy and other sectors went public Wednesday after raising more than $3 billion combined in initial public offerings.

  • September 15, 2021

    Steptoe Nabs Ex-Federal Prosecutor For LA White Collar Team

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has recruited a federal prosecutor with more than 25 years of experience in asset forfeiture and prosecuting money laundering to join its Los Angeles office as a senior counsel in its white collar defense practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 15, 2021

    Ford Settles 12 Suits In PowerShift Transmission MDL

    Ford Motor Co. and a group of 12 vehicle owners have reached a deal to resolve their suits alleging that the transmission systems in their vehicles were defective.

  • September 15, 2021

    Big Banks Say VRDO Antitrust Case's New Claims Don't Fly

    Big banks sued for allegedly inflating interest rates for debt securities known as variable rate demand obligations told a New York federal judge on Tuesday that the latest complaint filed against them by Baltimore and other local government issuers is overgrown with some untenable new claims.

  • September 15, 2021

    T-Mobile Asks Judge To Halt Flurry Of Data Breach Suits

    T-Mobile has told a California federal court that something must be done to hold back the flood of lawsuits pouring in against the company over the massive data breach it suffered earlier this year, at least until the dozens of cases can be grouped together for ease of litigation.

  • September 15, 2021

    Delta Asks Justices To Hear 'Untenable' Calif. Pay Stubs Fight

    Delta Air Lines has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision reviving proposed class claims that the airline violated California's wage statement and timekeeping regulations, saying the decision interferes with federal laws governing interstate travel and commerce.

  • September 15, 2021

    Rep. Nunes Wins Restart Of Libel Suit Against Journalist

    The Eighth Circuit on Wednesday revived a libel lawsuit filed by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., against journalist Ryan Lizza, ruling that the reporter potentially defamed the congressman because he reposted a link to his Esquire article on Twitter.

  • September 15, 2021

    Ivantis To Pay $60M To End Patent Fight Over Glaucoma Tech

    Glaukos Corp. and Ivantis Inc. have inked a $60 million deal to end their patent dispute over therapies for treating glaucoma, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • September 15, 2021

    Willkie Farr Exec Says Attys Have Shown They Can Be Remote

    Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, law firms have proved that they can be remote businesses, and that shift "should change the rules" for where lawyers work in the future, a Willkie Farr real estate leader and executive committee member told Law360 in a recent wide-ranging interview.

  • September 15, 2021

    Former San Fran US Atty Rejoins Sidley, Along With Ex-AUSA

    Sidley Austin LLP announced Wednesday that it's bulking up its white collar practice with a couple of familiar faces — former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David L. Anderson and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheila A.G. Armbrust — both with extensive investigatory experience.

  • September 15, 2021

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Music Atty From Manatt In LA

    Greenberg Traurig LLP snagged a music attorney from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP for its entertainment and media practice in Los Angeles, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 15, 2021

    Investors In Bankrupt Hotel Co. Ordered To Return $2.4M

    Two investors of bankrupt hotel owner Eagle Hospitality Group must return $2.4 million to the debtor after a Delaware judge said the investors obtained the money through a fraudulent transfer of assets from the debtor after improperly applying for a loan under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

  • September 15, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Core Of Calif. Forced Arbitration Ban

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday struck down an injunction that stopped California from enforcing a law barring businesses from requiring workers to arbitrate job-related claims, but held that certain provisions that allow criminal penalties against employers are invalid.

  • September 14, 2021

    Holmes Fan's #MeToo Callout To Jurors Draws Judge's Ire

    U.S. District Judge Edward Davila admonished attendees of Elizabeth Holmes' fraud trial Tuesday not to interfere with jurors after a Holmes fan outside the courthouse shouted "Don't forget the #MeToo movement," kicking off a day of testimony by Theranos' former controller that highlighted how its debt ballooned while investors heard bullish revenue projections.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Closing MDLs

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    While there are no firm rules that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation uses to close out MDLs, and the pace has slowed a bit this year, there is a recent pattern as to when the panel will say farewell, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Calif. Wage Theft Bill Would Raise The Stakes For Compliance

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    A bill poised to pass in the California Legislature would classify intentional wage theft as grand theft punishable by up to three years in prison, with potential consequences for even ordinary supervisors — so employers may want to invest significant resources to ensure wage and hour compliance, says Michael Nader at Ogletree.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Next Steps For Employers After Calif. Break Premium Ruling

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    California employers will need to take prompt action to address the logistical complications and potential liability resulting from the California Supreme Court’s recent retroactive decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, holding that break periods must be compensated at employees’ regular rate of pay, says Penny Chen Fox at K&L Gates.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • Recent High Court Decisions Signify 1st Amendment Direction

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded term saw a flurry of First Amendment cases, providing lessons for how the court, with its 6-3 conservative split, may rule next term on issues of free speech, religious freedom, association rights and more, as questions regarding social media and technological advances loom, says Samuel Mitchell at Michael Best.

  • A Look At Tribal Involvement In Juul Litigation

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    The vaping epidemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native American tribes, and the ensuing litigation against Juul Labs has many parallels with Big Tobacco suits from the 1990s, but this time around tribes have a seat at the bargaining table, say Geoffrey Strommer and Riley Plumer at Hobbs Straus.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Awaiting High Court Answer On Post-Cyan Discovery Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in Pivotal Software v. Tran next term may clarify a question begat by the court’s 2018 Cyan decision — whether the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s automatic discovery stay provision applies in state courts — and thereby lessen the burden on parties litigating amid the ambiguity, says Liz Cassady at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 2

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    While federal circuits continue to split on whether to approach fact and expert evidence differently at class certification, and there is no sign of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to resolve the issue, applying an admissibility standard to one and not the other appears illogical, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 1

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent ruling in Lyngaas v. Ag highlights an ongoing circuit split on whether plaintiffs moving to certify a class must use admissible evidence and whether fact and expert evidence should be treated equivalently in this regard, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • 3 Roadblocks Facing Electric Vehicle Adoption In US

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    While a flurry of auto manufacturers recently committed to all-electric fleets in the coming decades, widespread electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. faces critical challenges, and addressing these issues will require both political will and funding at the federal level — neither of which is guaranteed, says Kevin Chen at Foley Hoag.

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