California

  • July 02, 2024

    Biotech Biz Co-Directors Sue Each Other In Del., Cite Breaches

    A California-based biotech company once researching a new class of antiviral therapy for COVID-19 is now the subject of dissolution proceedings in Delaware's Court of Chancery, after the company's two directors filed dueling lawsuits alleging fiduciary duty breaches and a board-level stalemate.

  • July 02, 2024

    Calif. Tribe Members Say Racial Ancestry Case Is Valid

    Family members seeking control of the California Valley Miwok Tribe have told a federal court that the U.S. Department of the Interior wrongly claims they must submit to a process designed to determine their racial ancestry, even though the process is unregulated.

  • July 02, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Hospitality Co.'s Virus Coverage Suit

    The Ninth Circuit said Tuesday it would not rehear an international restaurant and nightclub operator's COVID-19 property insurance coverage appeal against a Liberty Mutual unit.

  • July 02, 2024

    Even If There's A Better Reading, Follow Arbitrator, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed an arbitration award requiring two venture capital funds to dissolve in a suit alleging the funds' general partners breached their fiduciary duty, saying "even if there is a better interpretation, the arbitrator's interpretation controls, 'however good, bad, or ugly.'"

  • July 02, 2024

    6th Circ. Takes Up Fuel Pump Appeal GM Pledged To Drop

    The Sixth Circuit has agreed to hear General Motors' bid to undo certification of seven state classes of drivers who say GM sold diesel-powered trucks with faulty fuel pumps, although the automaker recently agreed to a $50 million settlement that includes a promise to abandon the appeal.

  • July 02, 2024

    Calif. School District Says Chubb Must Cover Sex Abuse Suits

    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the country, accused several Chubb units of wrongfully denying coverage for 61 underlying sexual abuse claims, telling a state court that the underlying allegations create at least a potential for coverage under its policies.

  • July 02, 2024

    Kipling Apparel Can't Nix 'Phantom' Discount Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to toss a proposed class action alleging that bag maker Kipling Apparel Corp. used "phantom" discounts to make outlet store customers believe they were getting price cuts, but she said the plaintiff had failed to show that damages would be insufficient compensation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Northrop Must Face 3K Homeowner Class Over Contamination

    A California federal judge Monday granted class certification to 3,200 homeowners who sued Northrop Grumman over the release of cancer-causing chemicals from a nearby circuit board manufacturing site they alleged reached their homes, finding the location and extent of the contamination in the area are subject to common proof. 

  • July 02, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Gauge TransDigm Deals' Effect On Defense Biz

    Three Democratic lawmakers are pressing the U.S. Department of Defense and antitrust enforcers to review an aerospace company's recent acquisition of two other companies, citing antitrust and price gouging concerns.

  • July 02, 2024

    Levi & Korsinsky Appointed Lead In Instacart Pre-IPO Action

    Levi & Korsinsky LLP has been appointed lead counsel for the investors in a suit alleging the grocery delivery company Instacart misrepresented its growth potential in the lead-up to its initial public offering.

  • July 02, 2024

    Iranian AI Experts, Other Professionals Sue Over Visa Delays

    Iranian experts in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies sued the U.S. Department of State to speed up delayed visa applications, arguing their green card troubles undermine the Biden administration's push to ease labor shortages in the technology industry.

  • July 02, 2024

    Blank Rome Taps California Insurance Recovery Pros

    Two lawyers from Northern California insurance specialty boutique Weinstein & Numbers LLP, including one of the firm's founders who represented the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and other dioceses, are joining Blank Rome.

  • July 02, 2024

    Dykstra Denied Early Win In Embezzlement Suit Against Atty

    Former MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra swung for an early win but missed in his lawsuit accusing his former attorney and the attorney's firm, Galanter Associates, of embezzling funds from him, when a California judge denied his summary judgment motion Tuesday. 

  • July 02, 2024

    Cannabis Equity Licensee Says Rapper Burned Him In Deal

    The holder of a Massachusetts social equity cannabis license says several entities affiliated with a marijuana brand created by hip hop artist Berner are trying to stiff him out of $2 million they agreed to pay for a stake in his Worcester dispensary, while still trying to assert control over it.

  • July 02, 2024

    The Residential Real Estate Q&A's You Can't Miss

    Check out Law360 Real Estate Authority's hottest residential real estate Q&A's from the first half of 2024.

  • July 02, 2024

    Justices To Review Relief For Self-Deportation Failure

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review if noncitizens who fail to leave voluntarily within 60 days of a deportation order can try reopening their removal cases when the 60th day falls on a weekend or federal holiday.

  • July 01, 2024

    TurboTax User Alleges Intuit Failed To Prevent Data Breaches

    A former TurboTax customer hit Intuit Inc. with a proposed privacy class action in California federal court on Monday, accusing the maker of TurboTax and Credit Karma software of not doing enough to prevent an alleged data breach earlier this year that allegedly exposed thousands of users' personal identifying information.

  • July 01, 2024

    Crumbl Aims To Burn Privacy Suit Over Info-Tracking Cookies

    Crumbl LLC has urged a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action alleging the cookie maker helped payments processor Stripe Inc. illegally track customer activity and collect sensitive information via website cookies, saying the plaintiff's "poorly drafted" complaint fails to allege an underlying privacy violation.

  • July 01, 2024

    9th Circ. Cites Led Zeppelin In Affirming 'SmartBiz' TM Loss

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a trial loss by the user of the "SmartBiz" trademark against Collins Cash, the user of the "Smart Business Funding" mark, citing the circuit's own ruling that sided with Led Zeppelin in a copyright dispute to find the lower court did not abuse its discretion when it declined to give the plaintiff's requested jury instruction.

  • July 01, 2024

    Aerospace Co. Escapes 401(k) Mismanagement Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge tossed a suit alleging an aerospace technology company failed to swap out an underperforming suite of investment funds from its $930 million retirement plan, ruling the workers behind the case needed to show how the company went wrong in its decision-making processes.

  • July 01, 2024

    UC Riverside Profs Win Combined $6.1M In Retaliation Trial

    Two former University of California, Riverside professors were awarded a total of $6.1 million in damages by a jury that found they were retaliated against in violation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act after making official complaints about alleged misdeeds their supervisor was engaging in, including misuse of government funds. 

  • July 01, 2024

    'Science Guy' Bill Nye Can't Revive Disney Royalty Fight

    A California appellate court backed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by famed 'Science Guy' Bill Nye claiming The Walt Disney Co. cheated him out of millions for his educational television show, saying Monday the trial judge didn't err by deciding the accounting dispute instead of sending it to a jury.

  • July 01, 2024

    Judge Partially Ends Flores Deal For Detained Migrant Kids

    A California federal judge has partially terminated the long-running Flores settlement governing detention conditions for immigrant children, giving the federal government the green light to partly replace the settlement with an April regulation.

  • July 01, 2024

    Gluten Abounds In Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Bagels, Suit Says

    Trader Joe's has been hit with a proposed class action in California federal court claiming its "Gluten Free Almost Everything Bagels" actually contain high levels of gluten that exceed the legal limits for the claim.

  • July 01, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm, Ex-Atty Aided In $20M Fraud, Suit Alleges

    A Washington attorney and her former law firm are accused of lending "an air of legitimacy" to an alleged scheme to bilk an asset management firm out of $20 million by using forged invoices to obtain financing for computer equipment, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

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    Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

  • What The FTC Report On AG Collabs Means For Cos.

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    The Federal Trade Commission's April report on working with state attorneys general shows collaboration can increase efficiency and consistency in how statutes are interpreted and enforced, which can minimize the likelihood of requests for inconsistent injunctive relief that can create operational problems for businesses, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • When Oral Settlements Reached In Mediation Are Enforceable

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    A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division illustrates the difficulties that may arise in trying to enforce an oral settlement agreement reached in mediation, but adherence to certain practices can improve the likelihood that such an agreement will be binding, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • 3 Employer Lessons From NLRB's Complaint Against SpaceX

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    Severance agreements traditionally have included nondisparagement and nondisclosure provisions as a matter of course — but a recent National Labor Relations Board complaint against SpaceX underscores the ongoing efforts to narrow severance agreements at the state and federal levels, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Lessons On Challenging Class Plaintiffs' Expert Testimony

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    In class actions seeking damages, plaintiffs are increasingly using expert opinions to establish predominance, but several recent rulings from California federal courts shed light on how defendants can respond, say Jennifer Romano and Raija Horstman at Crowell & Moring.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Airlines Must Prepare For State AG Investigations

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    A recent agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation and 18 states and territories will allow attorneys general to investigate consumer complaints against commercial passenger airlines — so carriers must be ready for heightened scrutiny and possibly inconsistent enforcement, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • Opinion

    Climate Change Shouldn't Be Litigated Under State Laws

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should reverse the Hawaii Supreme Court's October decision in Honolulu v. Sunoco that Hawaii could apply state law to emissions generated outside the state, because it would lead to a barrage of cases seeking to resolve a worldwide problem according to 50 different variations of state law, says Andrew Ketterer at Ketterer & Ketterer.

  • Measuring Early Impact Of Rule 702 Changes On Patent Cases

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    Since Federal Rule of Evidence 702 was amended to clarify the standards for admitting expert witness testimony five months ago, emerging trends in patent cases suggest that it may be easier to limit or exclude expert testimony, and hold key practice takeaways for attorneys, say Manuel Velez and Nan Zhang at Mayer Brown.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: A New Era Of Higher Stakes

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    Corporate defendants saw unprecedented settlement numbers across all areas of class action litigation in 2022 and 2023, and this year has kept pace so far, with three settlements that stand out for the nature of the claims and for their high dollar amounts, says Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris.

  • What's Notable In JAMS' New Mass Arbitration Rules

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    The Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services’ recently released guidelines, coming on the heels of similar American Arbitration Association amendments, suggests that mass arbitrations will remain an efficient means for consumers to vindicate their rights against companies, say Jonathan Waisnor and Brandon Heitmann at Labaton Keller. 

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