California

  • May 13, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Asylum Case Over Reading Disability

    An El Salvadoran woman who can't read and whose family mixed up the month and day of her immigration court hearing can seek asylum again, after the Ninth Circuit ruled that her exceptional circumstances warranted a second shot.

  • May 13, 2021

    Haaland Urges High Court Not To Review North Fork Casino

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny two California card rooms' petition challenging a Ninth Circuit ruling that affirmed approval of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians' off-reservation casino.

  • May 13, 2021

    Life Sciences Real Estate Boom May Outlast Logistics Rush

    While the rapid growth of e-commerce has generated much buzz around a robust logistics property market as retailers gobble up distribution space, life sciences real estate is also booming, and experts say the sector has the potential to outlast logistics and remain attractive for some time. Here are three things to watch amid the life sciences boom.

  • May 13, 2021

    Call Center Workers Are Employees, DOL Tells 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Labor urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a Nevada federal court ruling that a telemarketing business misclassified call center workers as independent contractors and owed nearly $1.5 million in damages, in a case the government has flagged as "significant."

  • May 13, 2021

    Imperva Hires Infor Atty As Data Privacy Officer, Deputy GC

    Imperva Inc. announced Thursday that it has hired Kate Barecchia as its global data privacy officer and deputy general counsel.

  • May 12, 2021

    Attys 'Wasting Time' In Sluggish Opioid Trial: Calif. Judge

    A bummed-out California judge on Wednesday lambasted loquacious lawyers for handling the nation's second opioid crisis trial at a decidedly West Coast clip, declaring that they've been "wasting time" with irrelevant inquiries during four weeks of increasingly tedious testimony.

  • May 12, 2021

    UNC Prof. Testifies That Stem Cell Clinic's Treatment Is Safe

    A University of North Carolina biology professor, speaking as an expert witness on behalf of a clinic and two doctors being sued by the government over experimental stem cell treatments, told a California federal judge on Wednesday that the treatment is so safe she received it herself.

  • May 12, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Charges Over DOD Contract Fraud Scheme

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived charges against a former military contracting officer over his alleged role in a bribery scheme, saying a law pausing the expiration of certain claims during wartime did not require fraud claims to be connected to a specific war.

  • May 12, 2021

    Bankrupt NHL Player's Creditors Say He Can Pay His Debts

    A creditor of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is appealing a California bankruptcy judge's denial of its motion to convert Kane's Chapter 7 bankruptcy to a Chapter 11 while another is pressing to dismiss the case entirely, arguing he has the income to pay his debts.

  • May 12, 2021

    Figure Gets Nod For Blockchain-Based Securities Trading

    Figure Securities said Wednesday it had received regulatory approval for broker-dealer status and registered a blockchain-based trading system for digital securities.

  • May 12, 2021

    Calif. Court Mostly Denies Bid For Tesla Plant Worker Data

    A Tesla contractor has mostly escaped whistleblowers' demands for visa records identifying allegedly trafficked migrant workers, after a California federal judge ruled that the company wasn't required to turn over everything in its possession under a settlement agreement.

  • May 12, 2021

    Calif. Firefighters Secure $100K OT Settlement On 2nd Try

    A Golden State fire district agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a collective action claiming it cheated firefighters out of their full overtime wages by miscalculating their regular rate of pay, according to an order filed in California federal court.

  • May 12, 2021

    Ticketmaster Users' Monopoly Suit Set For Arbitration

    A California federal judge has tentatively ruled that concertgoers must arbitrate claims that Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its subsidiary, Ticketmaster LLC, are monopolizing ticket sales.

  • May 12, 2021

    FTC Says 9th Circ. Can't Revive Robocall 'Soundboard' Suit

    A call center operator's attempt to revive a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission's interpretation of "soundboard" telemarketing technology falls flat because the operator's legal challenge was riddled with fatal errors, the agency has told the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 12, 2021

    LA Virus Eviction Moratorium Goes Too Far, 9th Circ. Told

    A landlord association asked the Ninth Circuit during oral arguments Wednesday to block the city of Los Angeles' moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the ordinance provides a plethora of protections to tenants but leaves landlords out in the cold.

  • May 12, 2021

    Father-Son Investment Duo Can't Duck SEC's Fraud Claims

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that a dad impersonated his son in order to give professional financial advice to clients when he was unable to access brokerage platforms himself.

  • May 12, 2021

    Bumble Bee Drops From Tuna MDL, But Attys Can't Buzz Off

    A massive price-fixing litigation against bankrupt tuna giant Bumble Bee has been stayed in California federal court, but the presiding judge said its lawyers can't quit the case because doing so subjects the company to default.

  • May 12, 2021

    Buyback Padded Founders' Pockets, Travel Co. Workers Say

    A proposed class of World Travel Inc. employees has accused Prudent Fiduciary Services and its owner of overpaying for a $200 million stock buyback from the company's founders by saddling the employee ownership plan with "tens of millions" of dollars in debt.

  • May 12, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Revives Calif. Patent Litigation In Jurisdiction Fight

    The Federal Circuit breathed new life into software company Trimble Inc.'s suit asking a court to rule that it didn't infringe opponent PerDiemCo's electronic logging and geofencing technology patents, finding Wednesday that a California federal court had authority to hear the case.

  • May 12, 2021

    Calif. Judge Won't Hear LA Fitness COVID-19 Coverage Row

    A California federal judge has granted LA Fitness' bid to stay a U.K. insurer's suit seeking to avoid covering its pandemic losses, saying further proceedings are unnecessary when a Washington state court is looking at the same issue in the gym chain's consolidated $950 million coverage action.

  • May 12, 2021

    Affirm Looks In-House For Its Next Chief Legal Officer

    Fintech startup Affirm has promoted as its next chief legal officer an attorney whose background includes being general counsel for Toyota Financial Services, the company has announced.

  • May 12, 2021

    Purdue's Ch. 11 Confirmation Hearing Set For August

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a motion setting an August date for Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan confirmation hearing, assuming the drugmaker's plan disclosure statement is approved next week.

  • May 12, 2021

    Calif. Assisted Living Co. Cheated Workers On Pay, DOL Says

    A California assisted living company must pay $159,000 for shorting workers on overtime and other compensation by making them train on days off and work through breaks without pay and charging them for meals and lodging they did not receive, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • May 12, 2021

    Latham, V&E Steer SPAC Deal For $2.3B Electric Scooter Co.

    Electric scooter startup Bird will hit the public markets at an enterprise value of $2.3 billion by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, in a deal put together with assistance from respective legal advisers Latham and Vinson & Elkins, the companies said Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2021

    Construction Co. Settles EEOC Suit Over Racist Graffiti

    A construction company has agreed to pay $725,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it turned a blind eye to racist graffiti and insults at a University of Southern California worksite.

Expert Analysis

  • Challenging Class Cert. When Plaintiffs Missed 'False' Ad

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    False advertising class action plaintiffs often target language from a defendant's marketing materials or product label — but a defendant may be able to challenge class certification with evidence that many class members did not see the statement in question, say Michael Schwartz and Maren Messing at Patterson Belknap.

  • Uniformity Goal Eludes Defend Trade Secrets Act, 5 Years On

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    Five years after the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, work remains to be done on achieving uniformity across jurisdictions, because state law differences being imported into the DTSA are creating the same patchwork of law the act was intended to rectify, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • Current Pipelines And Regs Can Support Shift To Hydrogen

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    The repurposing of America's fossil fuel infrastructure for renewable hydrogen has begun, and existing pipelines, regulations and statutes can provide the regulatory certainty needed to support investment in hydrogen power systems, say William Bolgiano and Matthew Field at Venable.

  • How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

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    Case law and data reveal that, five years after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act has opened up federal courts to litigants and has proven effective against extraterritorial misappropriation, while concerns about inconsistency and overuse of ex parte seizures have not borne out, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Discerning Need For 2nd COVID Workers' Comp Claim In Calif.

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    Diana Tsudik at Gilson Daub explains how California employers can determine whether an employee’s second round of industrial COVID-19 leave requires a new workers' compensation claim form, and how a secondary filing could unnecessarily expose the company to double liability for one injury.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • Indoor Air Pollution Fix Will Require New Laws, New Tech

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    The COVID-19 pandemic, an aging population and changing workplace dynamics all foretell more exposure to indoor air pollutants, so a multidisciplinary policy approach combining technology, insurance, funding and regulation will be needed to improve indoor air quality and health, says Ann Al-Bahish at Haynes and Boone.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of Lamps Plus

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    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a major decision on class arbitration in Lamps Plus v. Varela two years ago. Now, attorneys at Lewis Brisbois and Mayer Brown explain how their work for Lamps Plus developed the law on interpreting arbitration agreements that exclude language expressly addressing class arbitration.

  • How D&O Coverage Fits Into Diversity Claim Mitigation

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    As companies face a shift in the directors and officers insurance market following a spate of recent shareholder suits over lack of diversity in corporate leadership, executive teams should review D&O policy coverage while implementing diversity initiatives that will effect meaningful, long-term change, say Natasha Romagnoli and Hannah Ahn at Blank Rome.

  • Employer Compliance Tips For Calif. Heat Recovery Breaks

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    As the weather warms up, California employers can reinforce worker safety and reduce class action risk by managing state requirements for breaks to prevent heat illness, which are significantly different from regulations for meal and rest breaks, says Michael Nader at Ogletree.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Opinion

    SEC Should Drop Litigation Over Ripple's XRP Token

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should settle or withdraw its allegations that Ripple Labs' XRP is an unregistered security, and focus on creating new rules for securities registration that account for the unique dynamics of digital assets, says J.W. Verret at George Mason University.

  • Bio-Rad Ruling Highlights IP Assignment Clause Limits

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    The Federal Circuit's recent holding in Bio-Rad v. International Trade Commission, that an assignment clause wasn’t enough to claim patent ownership where the conception date followed former inventors’ employment, shows companies and workers the importance of specificity in drafting contractual limitations, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman at Robins Kaplan.

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