California

  • February 12, 2024

    Judge Tells DOJ, VW To Plan For Release Of Jones Day Docs

    A California federal judge has instructed the U.S. Department of Justice and Volkswagen to come up with a plan to release certain confidential Volkswagen documents that were part of a Jones Day investigation into the automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.

  • February 12, 2024

    Flyers Urge 9th Circ. To Vacate Price-Fixing Deal Disbursement

    A secondary disbursement from a $104 million settlement fund in long-running airline price-fixing litigation was wrongly sent to class members who received a first-round share without emailing class members who had not received or cashed their initial check, two objectors told the Ninth Circuit on Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Squishmallows Battle Skoosherz In Plushie IP Suits

    The Build-A-Bear Workshop toy company and Kelly Toys Holdings filed competing federal lawsuits against each other Monday, with Build-A-Bear seeking a judgment in Missouri that its Skoosherz stuffed toys do not infringe trade dress rights claimed by Kelly's popular Squishmallows, while Kelly Toys' California suit alleges trade dress and copyright infringement.

  • February 12, 2024

    Apple, Rivos On The Way To A Deal In Trade Secrets Fight

    Apple has reached an agreement potentially resolving its claims that startup chipmaker Rivos poached engineers and directed them to steal the tech giant's trade secrets, telling a California federal judge the deal would allow Apple to conduct a forensic examination of Rivos' systems.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Lowe's Worker's Nonindividual PAGA Claims

    The Ninth Circuit upheld a decision ordering a Lowe's employee's individual California Private Attorneys General Act wage claims to arbitration, finding Monday that her arbitration agreement was enforceable and vacating the dismissal of her representative claims with instructions to apply the California Supreme Court's holding in Adolph v. Uber Technologies.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Halt Washington State Pot Licensing

    A Michigan resident and a California lawyer vying for one of Washington state's social equity cannabis licenses are urging the Ninth Circuit to block regulators from issuing the licenses because their program allegedly discriminates against out-of-state players.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cigna Patients Say Underpayment Claims Ripe For Class Cert.

    Cigna insurance plan participants urged a California federal court to greenlight an 8,000-member class in their lawsuit accusing the company of colluding with its billing contractor to underpay their out-of-network claims for substance use disorder treatments, saying they were all harmed by the same methodology.

  • February 12, 2024

    Jury's $600K Pit Bull Verdict Lacks Evidence, Calif. Panel Says

    A woman who was attacked by a pair of pit bulls that escaped from a leased residence won't get her piece of a $600,000 jury award from the landlords, as a California appellate panel has ruled that there was insufficient evidence showing that they knew the dogs were dangerous.

  • February 12, 2024

    SoCal Air District Pledges Polluter Fee Rule To Settle Suit

    A southern California air quality agency has agreed to introduce a new rule that would impose penalty fees on sources that contribute to the area's ozone problems, resolving a Clean Air Act citizen lawsuit filed by environmental groups.

  • February 12, 2024

    Litigation Boutique Leader Joins Holland & Knight In Calif.

    Holland & Knight LLP is strengthening its West Coast team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Greenberg Gross LLP business trial attorney as partner in its Newport Beach, California, office.

  • February 12, 2024

    Loan Broker Defied FCRA By Sharing Financial Info, Suit Says

    Auto loan broker OpenRoad was has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of harming customers by sharing their personal financial information with its lending partners without consent.

  • February 12, 2024

    Online Marketplace Wish Sold At Steep Discount To $1.1B IPO

    ContextLogic Inc. announced Monday that it would sell off its operating assets and liabilities, including the e-commerce platform Wish, to Qoo10 for $173 million, in a deal that represents a significant drop-off from Wish's $1.1 billion initial public offering in 2020 and that was driven by respective legal advisers Sidley Austin LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ventura County Office Extends GRSM50's Golden State Reach

    San Francisco-founded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has opened an office in Ventura County, California — its 10th physical presence in the Golden State and its 78th locale overall, the firm said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    AI Cybersecurity Biz Secures $102M Of VC-Led Financing

    Information technology security company Bugcrowd announced Monday that it secured a $102 million investment to grow its crowdsourced, artificial intelligence-powered security platform offerings globally.

  • February 12, 2024

    Gilead Buying Liver Disease Drugmaker CymaBay For $4.3B

    Gilead Sciences Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to purchase liver disease-focused clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. for $4.3 billion in cash.

  • February 09, 2024

    Real Estate Authority: Neumann's WeWork Reboot?

    Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on this week's key developments in California, Florida and New York — as well as the obstacles WeWork founder Adam Neumann faces if he tries to reclaim the struggling company that ousted him.

  • February 09, 2024

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Continued Role In Tribal Fishing Fight

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Friday questioned whether federal courts' 50-year stretch of close supervision of Washington tribal fishing rights was too long, in a case involving the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians' dispute with several other tribes involving fishing territories in coastal waters.

  • February 09, 2024

    Apple, Sentius End 'Red Squiggly' Line Patent Dispute

    Sentius International LLC has dropped its lawsuit alleging Apple Inc. infringed its patents concerning the "red squiggly" line spell-check feature in iPhones and MacBooks, according to a joint stipulation filed Friday in California federal court.

  • February 09, 2024

    Social Media Addiction MDL Gets Date For First Bellwether

    The California federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation accusing Facebook and other social media platforms of harming young people by purposely making their platforms addictive has set a late 2025 date for the first bellwether trial.

  • February 09, 2024

    Authors Say OpenAI Is Playing 2 Courts Against Each Other

    A group of writers suing OpenAI over copyright infringement allegations is accusing the Microsoft-backed startup of "forum shopping for the most favorable schedule," and is asking a federal judge in California to stop the company from trying to litigate a similar suit in New York federal court just because its lawyers made some deals to get a better timetable there. 

  • February 09, 2024

    Live Nation Defends 'Modest' Arbitration Tweaks At 9th Circ

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. told the Ninth Circuit that a California district judge was wrong to remove ticket buyers' antitrust claims from arbitration simply because the company changed arbitrators.

  • February 09, 2024

    Brown Prof Testifies That Fluoride IQ Studies Have Gaps

    A Brown University epidemiologist testified Friday on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a bench trial over fluoride's risks Friday that there are data "gaps" in studies linking fluoride exposure to lower IQ, while acknowledging under cross-examination that he hadn't reviewed studies assessing the effects of high-dose fluoride exposure.

  • February 09, 2024

    Microsoft Says Plaintiffs Show No Harm In Overbroad AI Suit

    A legal battle between consumers who say they've been harmed by unlawful data-collection practices related to the development of artificial intelligence and companies that control the new technology continued when Microsoft argued that the accusations against it were simply too broad and unexplained to allow the case to proceed.

  • February 09, 2024

    SunZia Line Developer To Argue Against DOI Injunction Bid

    The developer of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project can intervene in litigation seeking to halt construction of its 550-mile powerline, a federal district court ruled, saying that disposing of the motion may impair the company's ability to protect its interests.

  • February 09, 2024

    Ex-Terminix Worker Asks 9th Circ. To Revive PAGA Wage Fight

    A former Terminix worker urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to vacate an order tossing his nonindividual wage claims while sending his individual California Private Attorneys General Act claims to arbitration, arguing he has standing to bring nonindividual claims under the California Supreme Court's decision in Adolph v. Uber Technologies. 

Expert Analysis

  • Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Still Murky After A Choppy 2023

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    This year brought several important Clean Water Act jurisdictional developments, including multiple agency rules and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that substantially altered the definition of "waters of the United States," but a new wave of litigation challenges has already begun, with no clear end in sight, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • A Former Bankruptcy Judge Talks 2023 High Court Rulings

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    In 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued four bankruptcy law opinions — an extraordinary number — and a close look at these cases signals that changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will have to come from Congress, not the courts, says Phillip Shefferly at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 5 Trends To Watch In Property And Casualty Class Actions

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    In 2023, class action decisions have altered the landscape for five major types of claims affecting property and casualty insurers — total loss vehicle valuation, labor depreciation, other structural loss estimating theories, total loss vehicle tax and regulatory fees, and New Mexico's uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage sale requirements, say Mark Johnson and Mathew Drocton at BakerHostetler.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • A Review Of 2023's Most Notable Securities Litigation

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    There is much to be learned from the most prominent private securities cases of 2023, specifically the Tesla trial, the U.S. Supreme Court's Slack decision and the resolution of Goldman Sachs litigation, but one lesson running through all of them is that there can be rewards at the end of the line for defendants willing to go the distance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Practical Insights For Employers Using AI

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    Keeping up with the relentless pace and evolution of regulatory and legislative artificial intelligence in 2023 has been a challenge for employers, but there are four takeaways employers using AI in the workplace should consider by looking toward developments like the European Union's AI Act and President Joe Biden's AI executive order, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • ESG Investing Caught In Culture War Crosshairs In 2023

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    As 2023 draws to a close, ESG investing remains a raging battleground in the U.S. culture wars, as illustrated by the array of legislative efforts across the country aimed variously at restricting or promoting the use of ESG investing — but it remains to be seen what practical impact, if any, these laws will have, say Amy Roy and Robert Skinner at Ropes & Gray.

  • Issues High Court Is Weighing In Gov't Social Media Cases

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    Two U.S. Supreme Court cases aim to resolve a circuit split on whether public officials who block commenters from their personally created accounts are acting "under color of" state law, and the justices are grappling with determining how canonical legal principles will fit into a shifting landscape driven by advances in technology, says Alyssa Howard at Zuckerman Spaeder.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 3 Types Of Evidence Excluded Pretrial In 2023 TM Cases

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    Dylan I. Scher at Quinn Emanuel reviews three areas of rulings on motions in limine from 2023 where parties successfully excluded evidence in a trademark dispute, for legal practitioners to consider for future cases.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

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    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Comparing Christmas Carols: IP Issues In Mariah Carey Case

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    All that plaintiffs Andy Stone and Troy Powers want for Christmas this year is $20 million in damages from Mariah Carey in a federal copyright suit claiming her hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" infringed on their earlier song by the same name, but they will have an uphill battle in demonstrating substantial similarity, says forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Sets Bostock, Faith Exemption Up For Review

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    The Fifth Circuit's Braidwood v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision could tee up U.S. Supreme Court review of whether employing an individual to whose protected class the employer objects infringes on the employer's religious beliefs, potentially narrowing LGBTQ worker protections from the high court's 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County decision, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

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