Billionaire media entrepreneur Alki David committed sexual harassment and sexual battery against a comedy writer, a California jury found Friday, awarding her $650,000 and setting the stage for possible punitive damages.
DLA Piper cut ties with the co-head of its U.S. emerging growth and venture capital practice Friday, a little over a week after a female partner told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he sexually assaulted her and the firm retaliated against her when she complained.
A California federal judge set a $1 million bond on Friday for a San Francisco businessman facing charges that he and associates of the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani violated campaign finance laws in seeking influence for Ukrainian officials, ordering the man to home detention once he posts the money.
The Ninth Circuit has revived a suit seeking to hold the federal government responsible for the deaths of two teens killed in Yosemite National Park after a tree branch fell on their tent, saying the trial judge erred by tossing the case on sovereign immunity grounds.
Assembly Bill 5, California's new law making it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors, has garnered a lot of attention for its potential to disrupt the so-called gig economy. But there's an abundance of unanswered questions about how it will change the way businesses operate.
A California jury on Friday cleared Johnson & Johnson of allegations that its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused a man's mesothelioma, the second Golden State jury to find in the company's favor this week.
The coalition of 18 state attorneys general suing to block the Sprint-T-Mobile merger showed signs of splintering when Mississippi departed the lawsuit, raising the possibility that other rural states will also strike deals securing additional mobile coverage commitments and cementing their support for the merger.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed sweeping worker-friendly bills into law Thursday, criminalizing mandatory arbitration provisions in workers’ contracts and issuing a wide-ranging set of new legal requirements aimed at combating sexual harassment at work and improving worker conditions and safety.
The law firm hired to investigate alleged misconduct by an ex-Pierce Bainbridge partner told a New York trial judge on Friday that it should be excused from the former partner’s wrongful termination lawsuit, sparring with the ejected attorney and drawing a rebuke from the judge.
Richard Liebowitz, an attorney who has filed more than 1,600 copyright lawsuits over the past four years, is quietly spreading his mass litigation operation from New York to the rest of the country — and judges in those other courts are starting to notice.
The Federal Communications Commission should reject Verizon's attempt to lower what it claims are inflated wireless infrastructure fees in a Nevada county, an array of localities has told the agency, saying that ruling on specific acceptable rates would be an overreach of the commission's authority.
Kirby McInerney and Glancy Prongay & Murray asked a California federal court Thursday for roughly $2 million in fees for their efforts securing a tentative $8 million from data storage company Quantum Corp. to resolve a shareholder lawsuit over its accounting practices.
Disney and U.S. Foods are among truck fleet owners objecting to a $135 million settlement between Navistar Inc. and a proposed class of truck buyers, saying the deal is inadequate and unfair because it fails to compensate them for the diminished market value of trucks with defective diesel engines.
Real estate investor Stockbridge dropped $103.8 million on a San Jose, California, luxury apartment complex, Jones Lang LaSalle, which helped arrange the deal, said Friday.
A California appeals court ruled Thursday that “grace period” laws requiring life insurers to wait 60 days after a policyholder misses a premium payment before terminating coverage don't apply to policies sold before the statutes took effect in 2013, upholding a jury verdict allowing Protective Life Insurance Co. to cancel a policy issued in 2005.
Drug developer Vir Biotechnology Inc. and Chicago-area bank HBT Financial Inc. made their debuts in public markets Friday after raising nearly $276 million combined in initial public offerings that priced at the bottom of their ranges, capping off a mild week for IPOs.
An oil and gas official accused of fundraising for a visa fraud scheme that targeted Chinese citizens interested in obtaining an EB-5 investor visa will pay $527,000 under an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
San Francisco slapped the operators of the City Sightseeing tour bus service with a lawsuit claiming they refused to shell out health insurance payments for over 200 workers, violating a city law requiring employers to provide affordable health care.
Three federal judges in New York, California and Washington state blocked the Trump administration Friday from enforcing a rule that would penalize immigrants for using public assistance programs, with one judge calling the measure "repugnant."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can’t seek benefit reimbursements from an insurance guarantee association that administered workers’ compensation policies, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, saying the Medicare statute was not meant to interfere with state laws protecting “last resort” funds that cover insolvent insurers.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the State Bar of California the green light to charge attorneys nearly 30% more — an additional $123 — in licensing dues in 2020, the first increase in more than two decades.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is gearing up to stand trial next week on allegations that its 401(k) plan betrayed workers by using a costly management strategy for a risky investment fund, telling a California federal judge that the strategy made sense at the time.
The lead vocalist of pop band OneRepublic has wrongly accused musician Zac Brown of stealing the song “Nowhere Left To Go” for his new solo album “The Controversy,” the Zac Brown Band leader alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association announced it has created a cannabis practice section, which is believed to be the first time a local or county bar in Southern California has a designated section for attorneys working with companies in the booming cannabis industry.
A California cannabis company allegedly changed the locks on a sub-tenant's growing warehouses after a rent dispute and cut its utilities, killing 11,500 square feet of marijuana plants, making off with $1.1 million and leaving behind a mite- and mold-infested ruin, according to a complaint filed in state court.
While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.
Motor vehicle subscription services — similar to auto leases, except with no long-term commitment, the ability to change vehicles periodically, and insurance and maintenance bundled in — have been embraced by some automakers, insurers and consumers, but face potential roadblocks from state lawmakers and regulators, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.
By applying a traditional control-type test to hold that McDonald’s was not a joint employer of its franchisee’s employees, the Ninth Circuit last week in Salazar v. McDonald’s injected a welcome dose of clarity and common sense into a volatile area of law, say Andrew Murphy and Lauren Linderman at FaegreBD.
Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.
An asset manager can more nimbly engage with the nuances of new data privacy legislation by following a best practices model, developed through universal protocols, that can more readily be adapted to comply with a variety of laws, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.
With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.
The Viamedia and Qualcomm antitrust cases in the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, in which the U.S. Department of Justice has taken positions regarding when a refusal to deal could be unlawful, may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the appropriate standard for refusal to deal claims, says Ryan Sandrock of Sidley.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Knick v. Scott allowing plaintiffs to file takings and inverse condemnation lawsuits in federal court may mean that California landowners no longer need to exhaust judicial remedies first, possibly discouraging public agencies from undertaking legal actions, says Gene Tanaka of Best Best.
Recent judicial and legislative developments in California that make it harder to classify workers as independent contractors have left franchisors with lots of questions, but some safeguards may lessen the risk of liability when franchisees fail to comply with labor laws, say Jonathan Solish and Glenn Plattner at Bryan Cave.
When the California Office of Tax Appeals decision in Jali becomes precedential, it will likely marginalize the relevance of the controversial Franchise Tax Board rulings, which attempted to justify assertion of taxable nexus over out-of-state members of California limited liability companies, say Tim Gustafson and Peter Hull of Eversheds Sutherland.
Taxpayers should be alarmed at state efforts to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's Wayfair decision to direct taxes — including gross receipts, income and franchise taxes — despite the apparent protections of federal Public Law 86-272, says Martin Eisenstein of Brann & Isaacson.
California is set to be reshaped soon by two pieces of legislation — one on data privacy, and one on worker classification — but numerous attempts by lawmakers to amend both laws, and the possibility of ballot measures that may further alter them, are clouding the picture, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.
A recently enacted California law that sets aside $21 billion to cover future wildfire damage claims and incentivizes safer electric utility infrastructure represents a successful attempt to balance competing interests, while putting wildfire claims funding on a firmer footing, says Allan Marks of Milbank.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler criticized California's poor air quality when he withdrew the state's waiver to regulate vehicle emissions more stringently than the EPA. But California's air pollution problem was precisely the reason Congress provided for such waivers in the first place, says Seth Jaffe of Foley Hoag.
Among several important California tax developments this month is a budget bill section, which could ultimately provide immunity for businesses that may want to disclose potential unclaimed property but have been reluctant to do so under California’s onerous penalty provisions, say attorneys at Reed Smith.