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  • February 29, 2024

    Vanderpump Rules' 'Scandoval' Sparks Revenge Porn Suit

    Former "Vanderpump Rules" cast member Rachel Leviss on Thursday leveled revenge porn and invasion of privacy claims at cast members Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, claiming that sexually explicit videos of her were recorded without her consent and then distributed amid the show's viral "Scandoval" cheating scandal.

  • February 29, 2024

    Netflix IP Judge Open To Firm's Withdrawal From 'Messy' Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday he's inclined to allow Ramey LLP to withdraw from representing a Finnish inventor in his patent infringement case against Netflix, saying that it "is a messy situation" with an interesting factual record, but "at the end of the day, Mr. Ramey is not getting paid."

  • February 29, 2024

    X Corp. Judge Blasts Suit Against Hate Speech Nonprofit

    A California federal judge on Thursday appeared inclined to toss X Corp.'s contract suit against a nonprofit claiming hate speech has surged on the former Twitter platform with Elon Musk's ownership, saying X's argument on damages "reduces foreseeability to one of the most vapid extensions of law."

  • February 29, 2024

    OpenAI Granted Injunction Against 'Open AI' TM Owner

    OpenAI has won a preliminary injunction against a man who has been preventing the ChatGPT maker from registering its name as a trademark, with a California judge finding it's likely to succeed on the merits of its trademark infringement claim over the man's "Open AI" mark.

  • February 29, 2024

    Ousted Talent Agency CEO Sues Over 'Bogus' Firing

    Talent agency Verve's former CEO William Weinstein sued his fellow co-founders in California state court Thursday, alleging they fired him in bad faith for the "bogus" cause to cut him out of his equity shares and leaked his termination to the press in violation of the confidentiality provisions of their operating agreement.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends COVID-19 Coverage Row Back To Tribal Court

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the Suquamish Tribal Court's jurisdiction over a COVID-19 coverage dispute, finding in a published opinion Thursday that although the tribe's insurers weren't present on its land, a consensual business relationship means tribal law applies.

  • February 29, 2024

    Atty Not Bound By Settlements In Fla. Breach Of Contract Suit

    A Florida appellate panel on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that a Mississippi attorney violated agreements prohibiting him from publicly disparaging parties and disseminating filings in prior cases, saying he wasn't obligated to follow the settlements despite the parties' intentions of having them apply to him.

  • February 29, 2024

    Medtronic Expands Its Bladder Device Patent Fight

    Medical device conglomerate Medtronic has opened two more fronts in its fight over a new kind of "neuromodulation solution" for bladder and bowel control issues that's at the center of its ongoing intellectual property dispute with a newer and smaller rival, a recent acquisition of Boston Scientific.

  • February 29, 2024

    Chancery Preserves Class Suit Over Microsoft-Activision Deal

    An Activision Blizzard shareholder that sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over the company's $68.7 billion sale to Microsoft Corp. got the nod Thursday to move forward with the proposed class action that alleges the merger process may have violated Delaware law.

  • February 29, 2024

    Lummis, Clement Slam SEC's Kraken Suit As Crypto Overstep

    Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., crypto industry groups and veteran appellate attorney Paul Clement have told a California federal judge in a series of amici briefs that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against crypto exchange Kraken expands the definition of investment contract beyond what Congress intended and overreaches its authority to issues lawmakers intend to address.

  • February 29, 2024

    Attys Seek To Get Migrant Kids Out Of 'Unsafe' Open-Air Sites

    A group of human rights organizations urged a California federal court on Thursday to compel the Biden administration to move migrant children out of open-air detention sites along the border, saying the children have been forced to shelter in "extraordinarily unsafe and unsanitary" conditions including portable toilets, dumpsters and trash-filled filled tarps to escape the elements.

  • February 29, 2024

    SF City Atty Seeks To Exit US News 'Best Hospitals' Probe Suit

    San Francisco's city attorney has asked a California federal court to toss U.S. News & World Report's suit claiming that his office issued "flatly unconstitutional" subpoenas into the publisher's ranking methodology for its "Best Hospitals" list, arguing that the suit fails to state an injury.

  • February 29, 2024

    Wells Fargo Trying To Paper Over Sham Sign-Ups, Suit Says

    Wells Fargo was hit Thursday in San Francisco federal court with a class action complaint that alleges the bank surreptitiously enrolled consumers in unwanted account products for years, and is now trying to buy them off on the cheap with murky offers of compensation.

  • February 29, 2024

    Newsom, Tribe Must Negotiate Gambling Pact Under IGRA

    A federal district court judge ruled in favor of a California tribe in its challenge to Gov. Gavin Newsom for failing to negotiate its gambling compact in good faith, saying a Ninth Circuit determination that off-list topics cannot be included in tribal agreements heavily swayed the decision.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sofia Vergara, Contractor Near Arbitrating Most Of $1.7M Suit

    Attorneys for Sofia Vergara and a construction company told a Los Angeles judge on Thursday that they have agreed to arbitrate all but one of the company's claims that the actress and her partner owe $1.7 million for property renovations at a $26 million California mansion.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Ex-Terminix Worker's PAGA Wage Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel directed a lower court Thursday to consider a former Terminix worker's constitutional standing to bring representative wage claims while his individual claims undergo arbitration, saying arbitration does not revoke his right to bring representative claims.

  • February 29, 2024

    Epic, Google Are At App Store Antitrust Remedies 'Impasse'

    Epic Games Inc. and Google LLC told a California federal judge on Wednesday that they are at an impasse over the potential changes Google will have to make following the Fortnite game developer's jury trial win on antitrust claims related to Google Play Store and Android apps.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Co. Says Neighbor Let Transient Grow Pot And Cause Fire

    A Los Angeles County cannabis entrepreneur is suing owners of a neighboring property whose building caught fire, allegedly due to an illicit grow operation run by "the local transient," sending smoke and soot into the legal cultivation facility, causing the total loss of his inventory and some $10 million worth of damages.

  • February 29, 2024

    Discover Deal Prompts Dems To Seek Bank Merger Revamp

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and 15 other House Democrats are calling on federal bank regulators and the U.S. Department of Justice to quickly crack down on mergers in the wake of Capital One's recently announced $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services.

  • February 29, 2024

    Microsoft, OpenAI Contribute To $675M Figure AI Funding

    AI robotics company Figure AI has raised $675 million at a $2.6 billion valuation to further its development of "humanoid robots" for commercial use, securing money from major investors, such as Microsoft, OpenAI, Intel Capital and Jeff Bezos, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • February 29, 2024

    Calif. Illegal Betting Suit Against Fliff Gaming App Dropped

    A California man has ditched his proposed class action accusing the Fliff gaming app of illegal sports betting, more than a month after the court compelled the two sides into arbitration.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Fight Over COVID-19 Misinformation Law Moot

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday unanimously dismissed as moot two consolidated appeals by doctors who challenged as unconstitutional California's since-repealed statute deeming it "unprofessional conduct" to spread COVID-19 misinformation to patients under their care, noting that the statute's repeal means there is no longer any live controversy.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Biz Founder Says Co. Runners Must Renew License

    A cannabis entrepreneur is asking a Los Angeles judge to order the two men she says "hijacked" her business to renew its cannabis license with the city, saying that at a recent hearing they incorrectly said that their bid to transfer the license to another location had already effected the renewal.

  • February 29, 2024

    NJ Towns Can't Sue Netflix, Hulu For Fees, 3rd Circ. Says

    Two New Jersey municipalities cannot sue Netflix and Hulu for franchise fees under the state's Cable Television Act, the Third Circuit held Thursday in a precedential opinion, saying the state statute reserves enforcement of the law to the state Board of Public Utilities.

  • February 29, 2024

    Munck Wilson Adds IP Lawyer From Wood Smith

    A former Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP attorney has made the move to Munck Wilson Mandala LLP in Los Angeles, bringing with her a history of working on intellectual property litigation and other commercial matters.

Expert Analysis

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Retailers Must Be Mindful Of Sale Ads As Class Actions Rise

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    A recent uptick in class actions filed against retailers over a breadth of allegedly deceptive pricing practices — including misleading reference prices for sales and discounts offered on a perpetual basis — show no sign of slowing down, indicating that class counsel are laser-focused on challenging advertising strategies, say Louis DiLorenzo and Paavana Kumar at Davis+Gilbert.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How 3 New Laws Change Calif. Nonprofits' Legal Landscape

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    Legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 should be welcomed by California’s nonprofit organizations, which may now receive funding more quickly, rectify past noncompliance more easily and have greater access to the states’ security funding program, say Casey Williams and Brett Overby at Liebert Cassidy.

  • Opinion

    9th Circ. Should Overturn The Miles Davis Tattoo Ruling

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    A California district court made several missteps that led to a finding that celebrity artist Kat Von D's Miles Davis tattoo did not infringe copyright, and the Ninth Circuit should overturn the decision because recent U.S. Supreme Court guidance was ignored and the jury did not receive adequate instruction, says Brian Moriarty at Hamilton Brook.

  • Calif. Disclosure Update Adds To Employer Trial Prep Burden

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    Though California’s recently updated litigation disclosure procedures may streamline some aspects of employment suits filed in the state, plaintiffs' new ability to demand a wider range of information on a tighter timeline will burden companies with the need to invest more resources into investigating cases much earlier in the process, says Jeffrey Horton Thomas at Fox Rothschild.

  • EDNY Ruling Charts 99 Problems In Rap Lyric Admissibility

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in U.S. v. Jordan powerfully captures courts’ increasing skepticism about the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, particularly at a time when artists face economic incentives to embrace fictional, hyperbolic narratives, say attorneys at Sher Tremonte.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Takeaways From 9th Circ. Nix Of Ex-GOP Rep.'s Conviction

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    The Ninth Circuit recently reversed the conviction of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., for lying to the FBI, showing that the court will rein in aggressive attempts by the government to expand the reach of criminal prosecutions — and deepening a circuit split on an important venue issue, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Despite Risks, AI Is A Worthy Tool For Healthcare Industry

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    Artificial intelligence appears to provide a productive path forward for the healthcare industry, improving economic and human health outcomes, though companies must continue to address certain technology and compliance pain points, says Sarah Abrams at Bowhead Specialty Underwriters.

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