California

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints, and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    Netflix, Hulu Don't Owe Franchise Fees, Calif. Panel Rules

    Netflix and Hulu have again beaten a proposed class action from a California city claiming the streaming providers should be regulated like cable companies and pay franchise fees to localities, with a state appeals court ruling the city had no right to private action under a 2006 statute.

  • February 23, 2024

    Smirnov's Attys May Be Trying To Help Him Flee, Judge Says

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday that counsel for Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant charged with fabricating reports that President Joe Biden and his son took bribes from a Ukrainian company, are trying to get Smirnov released ahead of trial "likely to facilitate his absconding from the United States."

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Trims Bulk Of Investor Suit Against Oil, AI Companies

    A California federal judge retained only a small part of an investor suit against artificial intelligence company C3.ai and oil company Baker Hughes, cutting Baker Hughes entirely, and finding only some claims accusing C3.ai and its executives of misleading investors about its financial performance and partnership with the oil company could survive dismissal.

  • February 23, 2024

    'This Isn't MTV Unplugged': Guitar Banned At Supertramp Trial

    A California federal judge on Friday denied a request by former Supertramp member Roger Hodgson to play his guitar on the witness stand in a trial over a songwriting royalty dispute with his former bandmates, saying it isn't relevant in a breach of contract case and that the trial "isn't MTV Unplugged."

  • February 23, 2024

    Hershey Wants Suit Over Metals In Chocolate Axed For Good

    The Hershey Co. urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging some of the candy maker's dark chocolate products contain dangerous levels of lead and cadmium for good, saying the small amount of heavy metals in the chocolate are naturally occurring and not dangerous.

  • February 23, 2024

    Tribal Biz Atty Must Meet Calif. DA Over Greenhouse Wreckage

    A California federal judge has ordered the lawyer for a business owned by a tribal conglomerate to attend a hearing with San Bernardino County's district attorney, saying the lawyer must explain why he forced the DA to file a unilateral status report about the destruction of illegal cannabis greenhouses.

  • February 23, 2024

    Meta Unlikely To Beat Most Of BIPA Suit Over Voiceprints

    A California federal judge on Friday said she's inclined to deny the bulk of Meta Platforms Inc.'s request to dismiss a proposed biometric privacy class action claiming the social media company collects and stores customer voiceprints through its Facebook and Messenger platforms in violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • February 23, 2024

    Cannabis Workers Say Co. Imposed Quotas, Didn't Pay Up

    California cannabis company Glass House Brands Inc. and a number of its subsidiaries were hit with a proposed class action suit Tuesday claiming it bilked workers out of sick pay, minimum wage and lunch breaks and that it illegally enforced quotas.

  • February 23, 2024

    Social Media Addiction Fight Akin To Big Tobacco, Judge Says

    A California federal judge appeared skeptical Friday of dismissing claims by parents and children seeking to hold Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg liable in sprawling personal injury multidistrict litigation over social media's allegedly addictive design, comparing the addiction allegations to Big Tobacco cases that proceeded past the pleading stage.

  • February 23, 2024

    SVB's Cayman Unit Loses Ch. 15 Bid In NY

    A bankruptcy judge in New York has dismissed a petition from the Cayman Islands branch of Silicon Valley Bank that sought U.S. recognition of its Cayman insolvency proceedings, finding that it is not eligible to file a Chapter 15 petition.

  • February 23, 2024

    Kraken Wants SEC Suit Tossed, Says Tokens Aren't Securities

    Crypto exchange Kraken on Friday urged a California federal judge to permanently toss claims it failed to register its platform with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since the regulator has not shown that the tokens on its platform are investment contracts.

  • February 23, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Asylum Rightly Denied Over UK Assault Record

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled that a noncitizen was ineligible for asylum, finding reliable the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's evidence that he had sexually assaulted minors while living in the United Kingdom.

  • February 23, 2024

    Idaho Blasts 'Abortion Mandate' In High Court State Ban Fight

    The Idaho attorney general has accused the federal government of transforming an emergency medical care law into an "abortion mandate" in a U.S. Supreme Court case pitting the state's criminal ban against the Biden administration's efforts to maintain abortion access post-Dobbs.

  • February 23, 2024

    Monster Energy Ends Trade Dress Suit Against Beast Cookie

    Monster Energy dropped its trademark and trade dress infringement action alleging Beast Cookie used confusingly similar branding to advertise its caffeinated cookies, including a green color scheme and the phrase "untamed energy," according to an order signed by a California federal judge granting the parties' stipulation to end their dispute.

  • February 23, 2024

    Feds Back ICE Contractor In 9th Circ. Detainee Wage Fight

    The federal government told the Ninth Circuit that immigrant detainees at contractor-run facilities aren't covered by state labor laws, backing GEO Group Inc.'s effort to overturn $23.2 million in judgments that found a detainee work program violated Washington's minimum wage law.

  • February 23, 2024

    Enviro Orgs. Target Sequoia Forest Restoration Projects

    Several conservation groups are asking a California federal judge to overturn U.S. Forest Service approvals for two post-fire forest restoration projects on parts of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest, claiming they risk harming the sensitive landscapes and making matters worse.

  • February 23, 2024

    Reed Smith Names New Heads In Downtown LA, Century City

    Reed Smith LLP has named new managing partners at its two Los Angeles offices, with a longtime corporate attorney assuming control in the Century City office and a labor and employment attorney taking the reins in the downtown Los Angeles office.

  • February 23, 2024

    9th Circ. Upholds NLRB's Refusal To Bargain Order

    A Los Angeles restaurant illegally refused to bargain with a UNITE HERE local, the Ninth Circuit ruled, supporting the National Labor Relations Board's determination that the company couldn't avoid liability for a federal labor law violation by raising the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.

  • February 23, 2024

    Alec Baldwin Loss Claims Trimmed In 'Rust' Shooting Suit

    A California judge has dismissed with leave to amend loss of consortium claims against Alec Baldwin and El Dorado Pictures Inc. by the family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of "Rust," saying they had not alleged a close enough relationship to her to sustain the claims under New Mexico law.

  • February 23, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Real Estate Shareholders In Fla., LA

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added two shareholders to its global real estate practice, with one attorney based in Florida while the other is based in California and Texas.

  • February 23, 2024

    Staffing Co. To Pay $1.75M, Reclassify Workers In Calif. Deal

    An online shift-booking platform for hotel and restaurant workers will pay $1.75 million to end claims by San Francisco's city attorney and the state of California that it engaged in wage theft by misclassifying thousands of jobs in the hospitality industry, according to court papers. 

  • February 23, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Tossed Google $2B Ad Trespass Suit

    The Ninth Circuit said Thursday that it will not reconsider its decision to toss a proposed $2 billion class action against Google that claimed the ubiquitous search engine enriched itself through unauthorized advertising that trampled website owners' property.

  • February 23, 2024

    Vaping Co. Attys Get $86K Fees For Contract Suit Win

    A Los Angeles judge has awarded $86,334 in fees to attorneys for Germany-based Vaping360 GMBH following the company's $821,040 trial win in a contract dispute over website commissions.

  • February 23, 2024

    Haynes Boone Adds Sheppard Mullin Real Estate Pro In Calif.

    Haynes and Boone LLP has continued the expansion of its Orange County office, announcing Thursday it is bringing in its fifth new partner there in the past six months.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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