California

  • February 28, 2024

    Meta Trims BIPA Voiceprint Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge pared some claims from a proposed class action claiming Meta Platforms Inc. violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully using voice recordings created by users of its Facebook and Messenger platforms, but allowed the plaintiff to amend claims that the social media giant profited from and improperly stored her data.

  • February 28, 2024

    Feds Fear Unlimited Discovery In Separated Families' Cases

    The Biden administration cautioned an Arizona federal judge against allowing migrant families separated under the Trump administration to obtain deposition transcripts from another family separation case, saying the request set no limits on how much more evidence could be collected.

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Allows Racehorse Name Dispute To Ride Again

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a racehorse owners' suit over the banning of their thoroughbred due to its name allegedly disparaging an attorney, finding that the decision by California's horse racing watchdog did not foreclose a federal lawsuit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Scrubs Co. Must Arbitrate With Its Ex-Atty Over False Ad Loss

    A healthcare apparel company that lost its Lanham Act false advertising suit against a competitor in California federal court must pursue claims against its former lawyer in arbitration, while the company agreed to pursue claims against the lawyer's firm, Michelman & Robinson LLP, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Calif. Law Firm Beats Disqualification Ruling In HFPA Case

    A California state appeals court on Tuesday said a trial court was wrong to disqualify a law firm from representing a journalist suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over possession of privileged documents.

  • February 28, 2024

    Littler Transportation Co-Leader Jumps To Ogletree In SF

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Wednesday that the co-leader of Littler Mendelson PC's transportation industry group was joining the firm as a shareholder in its San Francisco office.

  • February 28, 2024

    Erika Girardi Can't Shed Costume Merchant's Suit

    A California federal judge has kept alive a costume merchant's malicious prosecution claim against singer and reality TV star Erika Girardi, saying the merchant showed evidence that Girardi had him wrongfully arrested and prosecuted on made-up fraud charges.

  • February 28, 2024

    6 Firms Guiding Disney, Reliance On $8.5B Indian Media JV

    The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. said Wednesday they have agreed to merge their media operations in India, combining Disney's Star India with Reliance's Viacom18 to create a leading TV and digital streaming enterprise in the country, valued at roughly $8.5 billion.

  • February 28, 2024

    Cooley Brings On Baker McKenzie Litigation Vet In LA

    Cooley LLP has continued the expansion of its Southern California litigation team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Baker McKenzie commercial trial attorney as a partner in its downtown Los Angeles office.

  • February 27, 2024

    Amazon Hit With Copyright Suit Over 'Road House' Reboot

    The writer behind the 1989 movie "Road House" sued Amazon Studios LLC on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the company ignored his copyright for the screenplay and rushed to finish the movie before the rights reverted to him by using artificial intelligence.

  • February 27, 2024

    WWE Says Deal To End Rival's Antitrust Suit Was Worth $20M

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday disclosed details of a settlement ending rival MLW Media LLC's lawsuit accusing the entertainment giant of monopolizing pro wrestling broadcasts in the U.S., saying in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the December deal was worth $20 million.

  • February 27, 2024

    Supertramp Co-Founder Didn't Breach Royalty Deal, Jury Says

    A California federal jury on Tuesday found that Supertramp's co-founder did not breach a 1977 agreement to share his songwriting royalties with three former band members, ending a weeklong trial that revealed decades of resentment between the aging rockers who were one of the biggest bands of the late 1970s.

  • February 27, 2024

    Calif. Panel Nixes $47M Verdict Against Atty Over Casino Deal

    A California state appeals court has scrapped a $47 million jury verdict against a lawyer accused of breaching her fiduciary duty to a former client who unsuccessfully sought to buy a stake in a Silicon Valley cardroom, finding there's no direct evidence showing the attorney caused the transaction to fall through.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ye Stole Donna Summer's 1977 Hit In New Song, Estate Says

    Donna Summer's estate sued rappers Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign in California federal court Tuesday accusing them of sampling, without permission, the late legendary disco singer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" in their collaborative track "Good (Don't Die)," which is featured on their joint album, "Vultures 1."

  • February 27, 2024

    TaxAct Filers Ink $23M Deal Over Meta, Google Info Sharing

    TaxAct Inc. customers have asked a California federal judge to greenlight a settlement they say is worth more than $23 million and would resolve class claims accusing the tax preparation company of secretly sharing confidential taxpayer information with Meta Platforms Inc. and Google.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Girardi Keese Atty Settles With Actress Over Missing Cash

    An actress alleging that Erika Girardi's entertainment company helped her husband's now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, hide his clients' stolen money, including $744,000 stolen from her, finalized a $6,000 settlement with one of the firm's attorneys on Tuesday when a California judge signed off on the deal.

  • February 27, 2024

    Palo Alto Networks Investors Say Co. Lied On Growth Strategy

    Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks was hit with a proposed class action alleging it misled investors about the success of its platform consolidation strategy and damaged investors when its guidance cuts announcement led to a share price decline earlier this month.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hot Spot Co., Investors Ask Court To Reconsider $2.4M Deal

    Wireless equipment maker Franklin Wireless Corp. and its investors have again asked a California federal judge to approve their $2.4 million deal to end a lawsuit accusing the company of concealing defects in lithium-ion batteries, saying their revised deal would pay investors $350,000 more than the version the judge rejected last month.

  • February 27, 2024

    PacifiCorp Faces $50M Ask In Latest Wildfire Trial

    Nine Oregonians and a summer camp for the disabled went to trial Tuesday in state court against PacifiCorp, asking a Portland jury to award at least $50 million after a cluster of 2020 wildfires left them with "nowhere to go, but nowhere to return to."

  • February 27, 2024

    Calif. Appeals Court Backs Costco's Race Harassment Win

    A California appeals court declined Tuesday to grant a Black former Costco worker a new trial in his suit alleging he was regularly harassed on the job, ruling he failed to show that a jury was wrong to find that the comments he faced didn't harm him enough to justify a financial award.

  • February 27, 2024

    Netflix Keeps Win Over '13 Reasons' Suicide Suit At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday refused to revive a proposed class action alleging Netflix Inc. contributed to a spike in child suicides by pushing its "13 Reasons Why" series about a young girl's suicide onto vulnerable teenagers, saying the lead plaintiff's estate waited too long to sue.

  • February 27, 2024

    FTC Puts Labor Focus In Merger Basket For 1st Time

    Higher consumer prices and reduced choice are no longer the only reasons the Federal Trade Commission will challenge mergers after the agency contested Kroger's planned $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons based in part, for the first time ever, on allegations the deal will reduce competition for employees.

  • February 27, 2024

    SunZia Line Injunction Needed To Save Sites, Ariz. Tribes Say

    Two Native American tribes and conservation groups seeking to halt construction of a 550-mile power line have renewed their push for a preliminary injunction, arguing that without the order, important cultural and historical sites in the San Pedro Valley will be reduced to collateral damage.

  • February 27, 2024

    5th Circ. Sends SpaceX's NLRB Challenge Back To Texas

    A Fifth Circuit panel has ordered a Texas federal judge to pull back a suit from California filed by SpaceX that seeks to declare the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional, saying it belongs in Texas while the panel mulls its proper venue.

  • February 27, 2024

    Consumers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Qualcomm Antitrust Case

    Cellphone buyers are hoping to revive their beleaguered antitrust case accusing Qualcomm of illegal tying schemes to inflate the price of their chips, telling the Ninth Circuit in their new opening brief to reverse the district court's ruling from September or, at a minimum, toss it to the California Supreme Court to decide whether their state law claims are viable.

Expert Analysis

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • After TikTok, Tiptoeing Toward Patent Transfer Alignment

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    Following the Fifth Circuit's TikTok decision, which aimed to standardize transfer analysis in patent cases, the Federal Circuit and Texas federal courts facing transfer requests have taken small steps to consider the practical realities of patent litigation, reinforcing the intensely factual focus of the analysis, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • Bank Secrecy Act Lessons For Casinos After DOJ Settlements

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent settlements with the MGM Grand and Cosmopolitan casinos, resolving an investigation into alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, signal a shift in the DOJ's enforcement focus and provide insight into potential pitfalls in anti-money laundering compliance programs, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Setting The Stage For High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case

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    Dori Bailey and Curtis Johnson at Bond Schoeneck examine relevant legislation and case law dating back 200 years ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Cantero v. Bank of America, the outcome of which will determine whether state laws governing mortgage escrow accounts can be enforced against national banks.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • Future Not Looking Bright For Calif. Employee Nonsolicits

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    California's new legislation imposing potentially harsh consequences on employers for attempting to enforce noncompetes raises questions about the fate of employee nonsolicitation agreements — and both federal and state court decisions suggest the days of the latter may be numbered, say Anthony Oncidi and Philippe Lebel at Proskauer.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • 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.

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