• December 06, 2023

    Norton Rose Taps IP Pro As Partner-In-Charge Of SF Office

    Norton Rose Fulbright will start 2024 with a new partner-in-charge of its San Francisco office, announcing the promotion of an experienced IP partner who will take on the role beginning Jan. 1.

  • December 05, 2023

    Philips Settles Claim Rival's Worker Hacked Ultrasound Tech

    A California federal judge on Monday tossed Philips North America's copyright suit alleging a competitor's former employee stole ultrasound technology by hacking into its software, after the parties agreed to settle the dispute last week.

  • December 05, 2023

    Orrick Nabs SVB's Ex-Head Of Startup Banking

    The former head of startup banking at the now-defunct Silicon Valley Bank has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a managing director of technology companies and fund relationships, the law firm announced Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    ​​​​​​​Chevron-Backed Renewable Oil JV Secures $16M DIP Loan

    Novvi LLC, a renewable oil joint venture that's majority-owned by a Chevron subsidiary, can use $16 million in debtor-in-possession funding, a Texas bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, overriding objections from an investor that said the agreement will water down its ownership stake.

  • December 05, 2023

    9th Circ. Says Coinbase Can Arbitrate Fraud Transfer Action

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday held that cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase can arbitrate claims from a class of its customers alleging it failed to curb unauthorized transfers, ruling that a provision delegating any dispute arising out of their customer agreements to an arbitrator is not unconscionable.

  • December 05, 2023

    Split 9th Circ. Won't Revisit Meta Investor Suit In Data Scandal

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday declined Facebook's request to rehear by three-judge or en banc panel a revival of a putative securities class action over the Cambridge Analytica data abuse scandal, with one jurist voting to grant the company's petition for rehearing en banc.

  • December 05, 2023

    Taiwan Electronics Co. Asks Calif. Judge To Scrap Injunction

    A Taiwanese company that makes a certain kind of electrical circuit wants a California federal court to dissolve an injunction currently blocking sales of products that use those circuits after the company won a ruling from the Federal Circuit that indicated the lower court had been too swift to say that a rival's patents were valid.

  • December 05, 2023

    9th Circ. Throws Out Tinder Age Bias Settlement Again

    The Ninth Circuit held Tuesday that a revised $5.2 million settlement between Tinder and users accusing it of age bias still doesn't hold up, ruling that the class representative has a conflict of interest and failed to vigorously litigate on behalf of the proposed class before agreeing to the deal.

  • December 05, 2023

    Honda Wins Bid To Slash Most Atty Fees In Valve Defect Suit

    The counsel behind the $1.4 million valve defect jury verdict for Honda drivers that the automaker called an "abject failure" does not deserve $5.6 million in fees and costs, a California federal judge has ruled, approving only $1.5 million.

  • December 05, 2023

    NBA Urges 2nd Circ. To Toss Appeal In 'Abusive' Privacy Suit

    The National Basketball Association urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a lower court's dismissal of a proposed class action that accused the organization of unlawfully sharing personal information of its online video viewers with Facebook on the grounds the suit was seeking to improperly expand the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • December 05, 2023

    Girardi Keese Trustee's $3M Fees OK'd Over Feds' Objection

    A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee's bid to pay more than $3 million in fees to herself and other firms over the U.S. Trustee's Office's objection, pushing back on the notion that the interim request is "unprecedented" in a Chapter 7 case.

  • December 05, 2023

    Trump, SBF Trials Spotlight Nonverbal Signaling, Prof Says

    Recent trials involving Donald Trump and Sam Bankman-Fried — and even the much older O.J. Simpson trial — show clearly that savvy trial lawyers are wielding forms of nonverbal communication that aren't subject to ethics guidelines, an expert on the topic said Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    EMT Escapes Crash Suit Under Calif. Med Mal Law

    California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA, and its one-year statute of limitations dooms a suit accusing an emergency medical technician of hurting a man by negligently rear-ending him in an ambulance because the EMT was working at the time, a California state appeals court has ruled.

  • December 05, 2023

    Monsanto Gets Roundup Carcinogen Suit Dismissed

    A California federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a suit by consumers alleging that ingredients in Monsanto's Roundup could form a dangerous cancer-causing substance, saying the complaint fails to allege that such a thing has happened in the products at issue.

  • December 05, 2023

    Calif. Justice Asks 'What's Consumer To Do?' In Lemon Fight

    California Supreme Court justices on Tuesday doubted Chrysler's arguments that a consumer who traded her lemon vehicle with a third party must deduct its trade-in value from restitution she's entitled to under the Song-Beverly Act, noting Chrysler repeatedly refused to buy back her Jeep, with one justice asking, "What's the consumer to do?"

  • December 05, 2023

    Aspiring Antiques Bigwig Took $6M And Fled, SEC Tells Jury

    A Nevada man who raised $20 million from investors to launch a sports-focused collectibles and media empire misappropriated $6 million before fleeing the United States, securities regulators told a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    Sheppard Mullin Brings On Stroock Real Estate Pros In Calif.

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP on Tuesday named two former Stroock partners to its real estate, energy, land use and environmental practice as the firm looks to continue growing in that area.

  • December 05, 2023

    Calif. Tax Office Backs 1990s Assessments Against Couple

    A real estate developer and his wife failed to show that the California Franchise Tax Board was wrong in its assessments of income tax and penalties totaling $120,000 for 1993 and 1994, the state's Office of Tax Appeals said.

  • December 05, 2023

    Atty Says Fake News Sanctions Deserve Due Process Hearing

    An attorney who was hit with nearly $270,000 in sanctions after he was found to have manufactured fake news articles in a bid to influence an arbitration between Chevron and Saudi oil heirs told a federal judge this week he should have received a due process hearing before being slapped with the penalties.

  • December 05, 2023

    Calif. Bar Redoubles Bid To Suspend Girardi Son-In-Law

    Days after a California bar judge expressed "concerns" over an attempt to discipline Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira amid a federal wire fraud case, and in response to a motion to abate filed by Lira, the state bar has continued to push for his temporary suspension as the criminal case proceeds.

  • December 04, 2023

    PacBio Sees Most Of Its In-House Legal Dept. DQ'd In IP Row

    A California federal judge on Monday disqualified all but one of Pacific Biosciences' in-house attorneys and legal support staff from working on a patent infringement case against the biotechnology company, adopting PacBio's proposed measures after the judge disqualified a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney last month.

  • December 04, 2023

    Calif. Panel Issues Draft Opinion On Reporting Atty Misconduct

    The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions released a draft opinion Monday intended to help judges decide when to report attorney misconduct to the State Bar of California, laying out a host of hypothetical scenarios and detailing whether reporting is required.

  • December 04, 2023

    Sidley Austin's Woodbridge Work Not Free Speech, Panel Told

    An attorney for the liquidation trustee for the defunct Woodbridge Group told a California appellate panel Monday a lower court erred in tossing the trustee's claims that Sidley Austin aided Woodbridge's $1.3 billion Ponzi scheme, saying Sidley's transactional work in the case is not protected by the First Amendment.

  • December 04, 2023

    Alaska-Hawaiian Airlines Merger Tests Biden Antitrust Stance

    Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines' proposal to create a strong regional rival to the nation's so-called Big Four carriers will be another test for the Biden administration's aggressive antitrust enforcers, but experts say it's unclear whether fewer overlapping routes and a promise to keep their distinct brands will smooth over regulatory hurdles.

  • December 04, 2023

    Feds Wrong To Seek Deportation 'At Any Cost,' 9th Circ. Rules

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday reopened the removal proceedings of a Mexican family that wasn't notified that their immigration hearing had been rescheduled, with one of the undivided panel's three judges rebuking the government for pursuing the family's deportation anyway.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Critical Copyright And AI Questions Courts Need To Address

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    U.S. courts have yet to rule on many copyright issues regarding generative artificial intelligence technologies, so developers and users should consider several questions when evaluating risks, developing risk mitigation plans and making decisions about particular use cases, say John Delaney and Sean West at Perkins Coie.

  • Why E-Commerce Tools Are Under Fire Amid Privacy Lawsuits

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    As lawsuits try to shoehorn new technologies into decades-old privacy laws never intended for the digital age, e-commerce tools and the companies that use them are increasingly at risk, and retailers should act now to minimize their potential exposure, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Alcohol's E-Commerce Spike Brings Regulatory Dilemmas

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    In the evolving landscape of beverage alcohol e-commerce, the clash between supplier marketing and tied-house laws poses challenges, with regulators grappling to keep pace with the digital marketplace, leaving the industry in a gray area, says Jaci Flug at Greenspoon Marder.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Steps Toward A Unified Health Financing System For Calif.

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    A new law authorizes the secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency to move forward with designing a unified healthcare financing system, though the notable absence of healthcare payers in the law's list of specified stakeholders raises questions about the state's position regarding private payer options, says Ima Nsien at Squire Patton.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

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    Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling May Expand Short-Swing Profit Exemption

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit in Roth v. Foris Ventures LLC provides boards of directors with greater latitude to approve certain securities transactions under the the Securities Exchange Act’s Section 16(b) short-swing profits rule, say John Stigi and John Mysliwiec at Sheppard Mullin.

  • New Regs Will Strengthen Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

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    Voluntary carbon offsets are a vital tool for organizations seeking to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — and recent efforts by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of California and others are essential to enhancing the reliability and authenticity of carbon credits, says David Smith at Manatt.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Tracking MDL Geography

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    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has predominantly selected states east of the Mississippi River as venues for new MDLs — but with half of the proceedings it has created in recent months venued in Arizona and California, the panel is not neglecting the western part of the country, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • 3 Evolving Issues Shaping The College Sports Legal Playbook

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    Conference realignment will seem tame compared to the regulatory and policy developments likely to transform college sports in the near future, addressing questions surrounding the employment status of student-athletes, athlete compensation and transgender athletes, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • Calif. Resource Adequacy Update May Revalue Power Projects

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    The California Public Utilities Commission's recently initiated proceeding to overhaul its resource adequacy framework — part of an effort to maintain the reliability of the state's power system while decarbonizing it — could have significant effects on the valuation of existing and future power generation resources, say Nicholas Gladd and Max Learner at Wilson Sonsini.

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