California

  • December 03, 2020

    LA Developer Cops To Illegally Funneling Cash To Politicians

    A former Los Angeles developer on Thursday admitted to donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to local politicians to secure approval of his controversial $72 million apartment project, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

  • December 03, 2020

    Greenspoon Attys Sanctioned For Illegal TCPA Class 'Survey'

    A California federal court on Thursday sanctioned Royal Sea Cruises Inc., represented by Greenspoon Marder, in the amount of $48,000 after concluding that the company and the firm tried to contact over 500 members of a certified class in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit.

  • December 03, 2020

    Girardi Keese Faces Contempt Over Edelson's Theft Claims

    Girardi Keese will face a contempt hearing this month stemming from Edelson PC's allegations that the Los Angeles plaintiffs firm and its famed trial lawyer founder embezzled settlement funds meant for the families of plane crash victims, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • December 03, 2020

    Trump Admin.'s H-1B Rule Hit With 2nd Injunction This Week

    A New Jersey federal judge froze enforcement of the Trump administration's rule raising minimum salary requirements for foreign professionals on high-skilled work visas, or H-1B visas, finding Thursday that a legal challenge from a group of technology consulting firms is likely to succeed.

  • December 03, 2020

    Ex-Prison Officer Can Pursue Retaliation Suit Over Photos

    A state appellate court on Thursday revived a former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer's lawsuit against the agency, saying the officer brought plausible allegations that he was wrongly fired for photographing co-workers who slept on duty and sharing the images with a TV station.

  • December 03, 2020

    Patent Office Loses Stay Bid In PTAB Denials Challenge

    A California federal judge said he can simultaneously weigh whether tech companies have standing to challenge U.S. Patent and Trademark Office precedent allowing patent challenges to be denied based on parallel district court litigation, and whether their suit has merit.

  • December 03, 2020

    How State AG Offices Handled Pandemic's Impact On Workers

    Attorneys general in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania have played unique roles and faced novel challenges in their ongoing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers from those offices said at a Thursday conference panel.

  • December 03, 2020

    US Soccer Bias Case Headed To Extra Time Despite Deal

    Despite a partial settlement this week, experts say the U.S. women's national soccer team's landmark bias case appears destined for further court battles as the players push to resuscitate the central claim that they are unfairly paid less than men.

  • December 03, 2020

    AT&T Can't Escape But Allowed To Pause VoIP Call Suit

    A California federal judge has denied AT&T Corp's. bid to sink a suit accusing it of deliberately "choking and blocking" millions of incoming calls to a VoIP carrier's telephone numbers, rejecting the telecom giant's contention that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the dispute.

  • December 03, 2020

    Ericsson, TCL Say April Trial 'Highly Unlikely' Amid COVID-19

    Ericsson and the Chinese smartphone maker TCL both argued their six-year saga over licensing rates for standard-essential patents on 3G and 4G wireless technology is not likely to end up going to trial next April, as it's "essentially inevitable" that a jury still won't be able to convene in five months because of the ongoing pandemic.

  • December 03, 2020

    Feds Urge Caution On $87M Atty Fee Bid In Slow-IPhone MDL

    The U.S. government has criticized a request by plaintiffs' lawyers for an $87 million cut of the half-billion-dollar deal reached with Apple over claims the company slowed down certain iPhones, telling a California federal court that such a large award would unfairly cut into consumers' share.

  • December 03, 2020

    Female Judge Should Hear IUD Cases, JPML Told

    An attorney representing a woman claiming that she was harmed by the ParaGard IUD made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. on Thursday told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that cases over the birth control device should be sent to a federal judge in Atlanta in part because the judge is a woman and the litigation concerns women's products.

  • December 03, 2020

    UnitedHealth Unit Appeals Loss In Treatment Guidelines Case

    UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s behavioral health unit appealed its loss in a blockbuster case over coverage guidelines to the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, looking to nix orders that its guidelines were improper and that it must reprocess roughly 67,000 claims for behavioral health treatments administered using the guidelines.

  • December 03, 2020

    Calif. Judge To Keep Video Status Hearings After COVID-19

    A California federal judge overseeing consumers' and app developers' antitrust claims against Google over its Play app store said Thursday he'll continue holding status conferences online "ad infinitum" even after COVID-19 vaccinations become widespread, lauding the time and money saved as well as the benefits to attorneys' work-life balance.

  • December 03, 2020

    DOJ Backs SmileDirect's Calif. Dental Board Case At 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Justice supported SmileDirectClub's appeal to the Ninth Circuit in an amicus brief on Wednesday arguing that California's dental board members should not be immunized yet from the teeth aligner company's harassment allegations.

  • December 03, 2020

    Vivus Cleared For Amended Ch. 11 Plan With Drug Royalties

    Biotech company Vivus Inc. received approval Thursday for an amended Chapter 11 plan that provides additional recoveries for existing shareholders through a drug sale royalty settlement, after a Delaware judge rejected its earlier plan proposal because of the plan's treatment of equity.

  • December 03, 2020

    Glancy To Fight Kids Cartoon Co. In 'Fear Of Missing Out' Suit

    Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP will represent a proposed class of investors in a suit accusing cartoon company Genius Brands International Inc. of targeting unsophisticated investors with lies and "a nonstop campaign of hype and press releases" that gave them "fear of missing out," a federal judge in Los Angeles said Wednesday.

  • December 03, 2020

    9th Circ. Says Tribes Can't Make Calif. Curb Rival Card Games

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a suit by three Native American tribes seeking to compel California to protect what they claim is their exclusive right to offer card games like blackjack and baccarat, saying the court couldn't make the state enforce its laws against nontribal card rooms.

  • December 03, 2020

    9th Circ. Reverses Order Blocking Redwood Highway Project

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday vacated U.S. District Judge William Alsup's decision to block a highway improvement project in a state park tucked away within Northern California's ancient redwood forests, finding the proposed project does not violate the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • December 03, 2020

    Dueling Attys Call For Xyrem MDL To Be Moved To CA Or NJ

    Lawyers for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Jazz Pharmaceuticals argued that lawsuits accusing Jazz of paying off rival drugmakers to delay their generic versions of Xyrem, its blockbuster narcolepsy drug, should be consolidated on either the West Coast or the East Coast in a Thursday hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

  • December 03, 2020

    Procopio Taps Managing Partner For New Term

    Partners at San Diego-based Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP re-elected the firm's managing partner with nearly 25 years of legal experience to guide more than 180 lawyers in California, Nevada and Arizona who have been working remotely since March due to the pandemic.

  • December 03, 2020

    AT&T Inks $173K OFCCP Deal Over Gender Pay Disparities

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced Thursday it reached a $173,000 settlement with AT&T Services Inc. over pay disparities between male and female employees in California and Nevada, along with "proactive steps" the company must take to ensure its compensation practices are not discriminatory.

  • December 03, 2020

    Blackbaud Ransomware MDL Appears Set For South Carolina

    More than 15 lawsuits accusing cloud computing provider Blackbaud Inc. of negligently allowing a May ransomware attack that might have exposed health and education clients' unencrypted data appear headed for consolidation in South Carolina federal court.

  • December 03, 2020

    Green Card Proposal In Doubt After Senate Changes

    The Senate has made major changes to a broadly bipartisan House proposal that would eliminate per-country caps on green cards that especially affect Indian workers, adding controversial anti-China provisions that may kill the bill, at least for this year.

  • December 03, 2020

    Google Fights To End $1B Suit That Alleges Unauthorized Ads

    Google urged a California federal judge Thursday to throw out a proposed class action alleging the search giant made more than $1 billion from unauthorized advertisements it places on websites, arguing that courts have determined that pop-up ads don't run afoul of website owners' copyrights.

Expert Analysis

  • Challenges For The Autonomous Trucking Industry: Part 1

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    Developers of autonomous trucks must overcome not only legal and regulatory barriers to deploying them on highways, but also public concerns over their safety and their potential to put millions of drivers out of work, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Navigating Atty Relationship Conflicts That May Imperil Cases

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    In light of recent American Bar Association guidance on conflicts of interest posed by social or intimate relationships between opposing counsel, lawyers must carefully consider whether any personal ties could lead to ethics violations that may affect the outcome of a case, say Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How A Federal Noncompete Law May Develop Under Biden

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    While President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign platform called for federal legislation to eliminate most employee noncompetes, political, regulatory and geographical hurdles may lead to a narrower law prohibiting such agreements for low-wage workers, say attorneys at Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    Courts Should Not Exempt Labor Law From US Constitution

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should lead the judiciary to apply the U.S. Constitution’s standards to labor-management relations with its upcoming union access opinion in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, and by eventually addressing a key First Amendment issue currently before the National Labor Relations Board, says Anthony Sanders at the Institute for Justice.

  • How COVID-19 May Change Universities' Use Of P3s

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    Universities using public-private partnerships for campus capital and maintenance projects face potential losses from reductions in demand and revenue caused by COVID-19 — but university P3s may continue to flourish with contractual limits on private partners' risks, say Yukiko Kojima and Josh Burke at Nossaman.

  • The Pandemic's Toll On Criminal Defendant Rights: Part 2

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    Attorneys at DLA Piper look at how prepandemic precedent affords courts substantial discretion to limit criminal defendants' constitutional rights to confront witnesses and to receive a speedy trial during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Nostalgia

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    After covering the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for eight years, Alan Rothman at Sidley looks back at the advent of video hearings during the pandemic and a panel full of U.S. district court judges, as well as the persistent dominance of product liability cases in the panel's docket.

  • How Mediators Can Help Parties Overcome Emotional Barriers

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    Litigants' emotions can doom the prospects for settlement during mediation, so listening with empathy and helping parties look at a case less emotionally are important tools in a mediator's kit, says Sidney Schenkier at JAMS.

  • The State Of Consumer Class Actions Amid COVID-19

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    While the pandemic has slowed the filing of consumer class actions, they remain a significant part of the litigation landscape — with false labeling claims remaining particularly popular, likely because they are easy to file and frequently survive motions to dismiss, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • 3 Ways To Limit Telework Expense Class Action Risk In Calif.

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    To decrease the prospect of wage and hour class claims for unreimbursed business expenses, California companies with remote employees should implement agreements that define covered items, trainings that detail company policy, and attestation surveys that confirm payment, says Michael Nader at Ogletree.

  • The Pandemic's Toll On Criminal Defendant Rights: Part 1

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    Attorneys at DLA Piper look at how COVID-19 restrictions are colliding with criminal defendants' constitutional rights to counsel and impartial jury venire, and how courts and parties are being forced to choose from imperfect alternatives such as trial delays and limited detainee-attorney interactions.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wardlaw Reviews 'Hamilton And The Law'

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    Lisa Tucker's collection of essays, "Hamilton and the Law: Reading Today's Most Contentious Legal Issues Through the Hit Musical," has the seemingly incongruous effect of drawing the reader into America's formative history while also contemplating the intractable issues facing us today, including racial justice, immigration and gender equality, says Ninth Circuit Judge Kim Wardlaw.

  • Considerations For Marketing Cannabis Amid Varied Laws

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    As more states legalize cannabis and regulators take diverse approaches, general marketing compliance issues, such as avoiding false and misleading claims and ensuring the product reaches adults only, will be important everywhere, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Mindbody Deal Case Provides Conflict Takeaways For Boards

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    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Mindbody illustrates how courts assess alleged management conflicts in M&A litigation, but the case's core lesson is the need for boards of directors to uncover and manage actual and potential conflicts of interest in the sale process — in particular, those of the lead negotiators, say Tyler O'Connell and Albert Carroll at Morris James.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule

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    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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