Both companies have placed big bets on autonomous vehicles and view the technology race as a business imperative.
Both companies have placed big bets on autonomous vehicles and view the technology race as a business imperative.
The firm's gross revenue ticked up 2.7 percent, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner both declined during what managing partner Doug Clark calls "a year when we invested in the business."
The case is the most recent in a series of lawsuits filed against Uber involving claims that a driver sexually assaulted riders.
The file cabinet Robert Van Nest used as part of a demonstration at trial against Oracle was thoroughly vetted, the Bay Area litigator said Thursday at a panel discussion on breaking down complex IP cases for juries.
A federal judge ruled that claims against Chicago-based Johnson & Bell for allegedly failing to protect client information must proceed individually in arbitration, not lumped together as a class.
A former engineer's published allegations that she was sexually harassed at Uber Technologies Inc. during her tenure at the ride-sharing company created ongoing tumult that is unlikely to be settled solely by an internal investigation launched in its aftermath, labor and employment lawyers and experts say.
Google parent Alphabet has turned to the litigator who waged its smartphone wars—Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Charles Verhoeven—for a suit over the future of self-driving cars.
Latham & Watkins increased its gross revenue in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has agreed to tack on $3.5 million in attorney fees and costs to the $11 million tally it already owes former general counsel Sanford "Sandy" Wadler.
Suit against the ADR firm shows the complications that can follow when a litigant is also a customer.
Litigation funding is making inroads with Big Law firms and clients in the energy, technology and automobile sectors, but ethics concerns continue to pose a hurdle to greater adoption of third-party financing arrangements, according to new survey results.
On Jan. 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report (the report) on cross-device tracking, a commonly used practice that allows companies to associate multiple internet-based devices with the same consumer in order to track behavior across devices.
Dismissal of outside attorney following her criticism of the university's procedure for handling cases draws ire of scholars.
One week after California's state bar leader declared a "crisis" in legal education due in part to a decline in student applicants, a first-year lawmaker has introduced legislation endorsing the creation of a new law school at UC Riverside.
Airbnb and its critics in New York City are back in conflict over 2016 state rental law, with the company's supporters now charging that a state law penalizing those who advertise units illegally discriminates against minorities.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria also wrote in an order on Wednesday that a law barring IMDb.com from publishing the age of entertainers would do little to thwart age discrimination in Hollywood.
Latham & Watkins has added two partners to its litigation practice in Los Angeles and Century City. Thomas Nolan joined the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Joshua Hamilton joined from Paul Hastings.
Microsoft and Stripe are urging federal banking regulators not to draw cybersecurity rules for the largest banks so narrowly that they exclude innovative technologies developed by innovative third-party providers.
A unanimous court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ruling that shipping a single component cannot trigger a provision of the Patent Act that applies extraterritorially.
In selling their firm to lateral candidates, firm leaders are often using the same pitches as their competitors. Recruiter Dan Binstock offers advice on differentiation.
I'm interviewing for two different jobs and just got an offer for my second choice. Should I just take the offer or tell the first-choice employer about it to expedite their process?
Longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe intellectual property partner Neel Chatterjee is joining Goodwin Procter's litigation department and intellectual property practice in its Silicon Valley office.
Judges and executives representing 49 trial courts are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to add $159 million to the judiciary's budget, saying his hold-the-line spending plan will lead to employee layoffs and courtroom closures.
Uber Technologies Inc. is responding to a female engineer's allegations that she was sexually harassed by a supervisor at her former employer by hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead an internal review panel including top executives and the company's legal department.
In an age of mass shootings and terrorist attacks, entertainment venues have a responsibility to implement stronger security measures to protect patrons.
Law firms are founded with the expectation of success. Partnership agreements are drawn up with beneficial interests in mind. Business development plans are set into motion. Staff and other attorneys are recruited with growth in mind. The concept of firm failure is usually not entertained in the same way.
Although President Barack Obama's time in office is complete, his impact on patent litigation in the Northern District of California is only beginning to be fully felt. Between 2010 and 2014, President Obama appointed 11 of the district's 14 current full-time district judges. Only the Southern District of New York is filled with more Obama appointees.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired four lawyers from Clifford Chance in Paris, including local competition head Patrick Hubert.
Civil litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be used to go after state actors for cyberattacks—but it wouldn't be easy.
The Chicago plaintiffs lawyer argues that the bill, which has been called a "death knell" for class actions, would instead spur unnecessary litigation and increase defense costs.
Clete Johnson highlights the challenges government and private sector cybersecurity partnerships still face and discusses what counsel should know about modern cybersecurity risks.
Neil Gorsuch, standing before an audience of conservative lawyers in Washington several years ago, decried the thousands of federal criminal statutes on the books. "And the spigot keeps pouring, with hundreds of new statutory crimes inked every few years," Gorsuch, now President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, said then. Gorsuch's confirmation would bring some comfort to the white-collar defense bar and business advocates.
U.S District Judge Vince Chhabria made clear at a hearing Thursday that he's ready to scrap a California state law that requires online entertainment database IMDb.com to remove actors' ages on request.
President Donald Trump took a shot at the Ninth Circuit during a press conference Thursday, saying the "circuit is in chaos."
The firm, having watched the bulk of its Hong Kong office decamp for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has hired technology partner Squire Patton Boggs in the Bay Area.
Cloud computing company Vapor IO based in Austin, Texas hired Catherine Bedell as general counsel this week. Audio hosting platform SoundCloud hired Amazon veteran Merritt Farren as GC.
The State Bar of California is looking to the court technology platform to bolster its regulation of bar members. Here’s a look at the tool.
Thomas J.P. McHenry will assume the school's top administrative post on July 1.
The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.
A week after welcoming back former technology partner Rezwan Pavri in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has recruited Munger, Tolles & Olson corporate and securities partner Katherine Ku in Los Angeles. Ku made partner at her former firm in 2013.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found MIT's patents are distinct from Berkeley's before tossing the California university's interference claim.
The firm saw its gross revenue surge by more than $60 million in 2016, to $974 million, while profits per partner rose by nearly $1 million, to almost $1.97 million. Head count at Cooley hit 854, an increase of more than 50 lawyers from 2015.
Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.
I refused to report to a person who made me feel uncomfortable. As a result, I was put on a performance plan. I just resigned with a severance, but am totally devastated. How do I address the circumstances of my departure in an interview?
The head of California's state bar told lawmakers on Tuesday "there's no good answer" for why the state requires the second-highest bar exam passing score in the nation. The issue has caught the attention of legislators, who devoted three hours Tuesday to studying the complexities of law school admissions and testing—and hearing from frustrated law deans.
Law firms could learn a thing or two from the way public interest law organizations and government agencies hire new attorneys.
The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.
Trial lawyer James Wagstaffe describes his winning strategy in the wrongful termination suit by whistleblower Sanford Wadler, former general counsel of Bio-Rad Inc. Wadler was awarded more than $15 million.
Covington & Burling, Kirkland & Ellis and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz are working to shut down antitrust suits challenging the exclusive NFL-DirecTV broadcast deal.
Companies responding to records requests from law enforcement often face conflicting mandates, said Google's chief counsel for law enforcement and security.
Legal malpractice insurance can save your career and your firm. Although maintaining coverage isn't mandatory in California, it is encouraged. Indeed, for some time, the Rules of Professional Conduct have required California attorneys to disclose to clients if they do not carry malpractice insurance (or if their insurance is terminated during the course of a representation).
When former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson to launch a new office for the Los Angeles-based firm, it was an unconventional move on both sides.
In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.
The ruling from an Oakland federal judge is the first to deal with privacy issues related to beacon technology used in apps.
For many businesses, President Donald Trump's order to cut two existing rules for every new rule was a welcome harbinger for an era of fewer regulations. But the fledgling commercial drone industry—still sorting out the rules federal regulators rolled out in August—isn't so sure Trump’s 2-for-1 plan is a good deal.
Of counsel Rosita Chu, Eli Gao, Yan Zeng and Roger Zhou will follow the footsteps of nine partners who all start at the Philadelphia-based firm on Monday.
Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas—lawyer to FedEx and former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds—to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.
For many companies, the attorney-client privilege is akin to a security blanket. Executives take comfort in the fact that communications with the company's general counsel, especially those involving sensitive topics, will never see the light of day.
A key issue in Oracle's appeal is that the company was not allowed to show Google intended to directly compete with it by bringing Android products to the PC market.
Though Gorsuch's views on patents are mostly unknown, the Tenth Circuit judge has had plenty to say in other areas of intellectual property. And attorneys see signs that he might scale back some procedures created by the America Invents Act.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges Friday against a Chinese investment manager and five brokerage account holders for allegedly reaping $56 million from insider trades in advance of the 2016 Comcast-DreamWorks merger.
Most banks will continue to shy away from doing business with the marijuana industry, even as more states legalize the drug's use, until Congress provides concrete legal protection for financial institutions, a banking regulation expert told California's Cannabis Banking Working Group on Friday.
One day after a panel ruling went against the Trump administration, an unidentified judge on the Ninth Circuit has called for a vote on whether the court should rehear the case en banc.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh picked a five-firm coalition led by lawyers in Florida, California, New York and Minnesota.
It's been a year since the larger-than-life justice died unexpectedly, and in many ways, according to lawyers, the court feels like a different place.
Judge James Robart in Seattle, who last week issued a TRO blocking President Trump's travel ban, will let Microsoft challenge rules that block companies from disclosing to customers when the government has requested their data.
The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously approved the nominations of San Diego County Superior Court Judge William Dato and Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Meehan was confirmed on a 3-0 vote to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.
Whistleblower lawyers who worked with Jeffrey Wertkin while he was at the Department of Justice said his role was pivotal in their False Claims Act litigation.
While the Lone Star State's IP Bar frets over the possibility of losing the Eastern District of Texas as the nation's most favored patent infringement jurisdiction because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision, they'll get no sympathy from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Reed Smith has brought back Paul Mohun, a former partner and ex-associate general counsel for real estate at The Gap Inc. in San Francisco, for its real estate group in the Bay Area. Mohun also has some personal involvement in the real estate business, having once founded The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley.
We asked appellate lawyers to share their best arguments for preserving the nation's largest—and most controversial—appeals court.
Microsoft Corp. has announced it will make 10,000 patents available to customers who face lawsuits over innovations that run on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, and will expand its indemnification program.
The lawyers who attempted to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to dismantle 40-year-old case law, only to lose in a 4-4 decision, clearly think the political winds have shifted in their favor.
We distill the best lessons from Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and others at this month's inaugural Women LEAD conference at UCLA School of Law.
Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.
The civil liberties group will collaborate with the Silicon Valley tech incubator on updates to its constituent management, fundraising, and education technology.
My friend told me about a job he was excited about and was interviewing for. It sounds like the perfect job for me and I want to apply, too. Would this be inappropriate?
Even as firms capitalize on economies of scale and project further expansion as the economy strengthens, downsizing remains a reality in all major markets, including California.
Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.
Former Bio-Rad GC Sanford Wadler's jury win of $2.9 million in back pay and $5 million in punitive damages for wrongful termination Monday holds some lessons for companies and their attorneys.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. came to Sacramento Tuesday to meet with some of his newest clients, California's legislative Democrats.
A lawyer for Facebook argued Tuesday before New York state's highest court that the Manhattan district attorney's investigation of 381 account holders could ultimately threaten the confidentiality of information about all the social medial company's New York users.
The Internet Association, a trade group for Uber, Airbnb and other web-based companies, said it is opening an Albany office to "engage" New York state public policy makers.
It was Judge Michelle Friedland, the most junior judge on the panel, who opened the hearing and had the first pointed question for the lawyer representing the Trump administration.
U.S. regulators are moving ahead with a new rule that imposes new burdens on airlines and their staffs to identify and report to federal authorities passengers who are ill and subject to quarantine, a response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
A tangle of possibilities lie on the other side of Tuesday's Ninth Circuit showdown. We look at the possible paths.
Daniel Petrocelli, who defended Donald Trump in litigation over Trump University, will lead litigation for the homeowners association against the building's developer.
The appeals court is getting conflicting guidance as it prepares to rule on the standing issue that propelled 'Spokeo v. Robins' to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.
In closing arguments attorney James Wagstaffe asked the jury to award his client, former Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. general counsel Sanford Wadler, $8.29 million in past and future compensatory damages for alleged wrongful termination.
Joshua Hill Jr., a former federal prosecutor who spent the past four years as a partner at Sidley Austin in San Francisco, has joined Morrison & Foerster’s headquarters in the Bay Area. Hill specializes in white-collar defense and investigations work.
Some 128 U.S. companies, led by tech giants Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., have joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit saying the Trump travel ban “makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees."
Even Jones Day, a firm that has seen at least a dozen of its lawyers take key posts in the Trump administration, joined the legal fight Monday, spurring acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco, a former Jones Day lawyer, to hold back from signing the Justice Department's latest brief.
A coalition of law deans and diversity advocates mounted a fourth-quarter campaign against the proposal.
The Delaware Court of Chancery has refused to open the books of electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. to a stockholder who accused the company of fabricating explanations for failing to meet its sales and production benchmarks.
Judge Neil Gorsuch and President Barack Obama agree at least on one thing: a third-year of law school should be optional. Gorsuch questioned the need for three years of law school in a September 2015 paper he presented at the United Kingdom-United States Legal Exchange in London. One of Gorsuch's legal heroes—the late Justice Antonin Scalia—vigorously objected to the notion of two-year law school.
After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?
The suit, which comes on the heels of dozens of similar suits filed across the country, argues the president's executive order on immigration is unconstitutional.
New York state's highest court will hear arguments this week into whether Facebook may challenge the constitutionality of search warrants that Manhattan's district attorney issued for information of the accounts of 381 of its users.
The author claims to be a far better fisherman and poker player than Judge Thelton Henderson. But somehow, the judge always manages to catch more, bigger fish, and win at the poker table.
Thomas Siebel is either a man who stands up for his principles, or someone who uses his vast resources to grind his opponents into the ground. Either way, he's probably not someone you want to be litigating against.
A Delaware federal judge on Thursday gave final approval to a $5.5 million settlement between Google Inc. and a nationwide class of plaintiffs that had challenged the tech giant's practice of overriding cookie blockers to access users' internet history information.
The rules rolled out in the Northern District of California seek to avoid last-minute challenges that throw trials into chaos.
Snap Inc., the parent company of photo-sharing and messaging service Snapchat, is seeking to raise $3 billion through an initial public offering. The company, which is being advised by Cooley in its effort to go public, also disclosed in securities filings how much it has paid Munger, Tolles & Olson for legal work over the past three years.
California judges should not hold any financial stake in marijuana businesses, even though medical and now recreational cannabis use is legal in California, a state Supreme Court ethics committee says in a draft opinion.
The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sets up a debate over one of the thorniest issues in data breach cases—whether and how to compensate individuals for the theft of personal information when it cannot be tied to financial injury.
The United States has a shortage of security analysts qualified to stop cyberattacks, and trouble competing with high-tech companies such as Google and Microsoft also trying to recruit them, FBI and private sector computer experts said.
Martine Beamon, who was hired to investigate potential FCPA violations, testified Thursday that the company's general counsel rejected her firm's conclusion that the suspicions were "meritless."
"Legal Asylum" by Paul Goldstein spotlights a corrosive impact on law schools.
Leaks, secret meetings and bar politics were featured topics on the first day of the arbitration to decide the legality of Dunn's ouster as the bar's executive director.
Some legal scholars say the Denver appeals judge may be the best that a blue state like California can hope for.
The torrent of drastic changes to U.S. immigration law—including a draft proposal of an executive order to restructure and possibly rescind entire worker visa programs—has sent Silicon Valley tech companies into a frenzy, seeking legal help for a multitude of questions.
From real sports to fantasy sports, two gaming companies filed for bankruptcy in California on Tuesday, owing thousands of dollars to several law firms.
In a win for lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a Dallas jury found Facebook-owned Oculus with a $500 million verdict.
Suit claims that NFL teams agreed not to recruit dancers and set other rules that have left cheerleaders underpaid in a multibillion-dollar industry.
The deans of 20 California law schools on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to temporarily lower the bar exam’s minimum passing score to let the State Bar study whether the number is unjustifiably high.
The latest settlement, which comes on top of a similar $14.7 billion payment, resolves lawsuits brought by consumers and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles.
Sometimes two people are just oil and water. It may not be anyone’s fault … necessarily; it may be that you just don’t really click–or see eye to eye on one thing or another. When that other “eye” happens to be your boss’s, it can make for not only a rocky employment period, but the relationship can become a liability come reference-checking time–as a lukewarm or negative review from a former boss will frequently spike a candidacy. So how does a candidate navigate this situation without compromising his/her candidacy?
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. chief financial officer Christine Tsingos added a new claim to the company's case against fired general counsel Sanford Wadler in court Tuesday: Wadler allegedly once became openly hostile in a meeting, pounding his fists and yelling at the room.
The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch triggered a range of responses across the legal and political spectrum Tuesday as lawyers and advocacy groups touted—and criticized—his positions on regulatory matters and civil rights.
Here are some of the Supreme Court nominee's most memorable comments on assisted suicide, the changing work of trial lawyers, and the death of the justice he’s been named to replace.
In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.
If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.
Across the country, firms large and small continue to face big exposures because of avoidable mistakes or because of aggressive plaintiffs. Time and again, these claims result in multimillion-dollar legal malpractice payouts.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said at a press conference Tuesday morning that he hopes the suit will send a message to the president that he’s “not emperor who rules by fiat.”
In which our columnist muses on the German law against insulting people.
California officials will likely need to rely on emergency rules, provisional licenses and grace periods to ensure the state's recreational marijuana market is up and running by Jan. 1, 2018, the state's lead pot regulator said Monday.
After the weekend’s flurry of volunteer efforts, advocacy groups are now organizing shifts to staff the airport with volunteer attorneys for the days ahead.
A loose coalition of social media activists is pushing to help lawyers camped out at airports around the country.
Lawyers for the company behind Pokémon Go have taken their first swing at knocking out a lawsuit that tests whether property owners can hold the makers of augmented reality games liable for players' actions in the real world.
Former Apple Inc. intellectual property veteran Taraneh Maghamé joins independently run Dolby Labs subsidiary Via Licensing Corp. as senior director of wireless programs and corporate development.
As lawyers around the country responded this weekend to President Donald Trump’s executive order, protesters also raised signs and voices.
More than 4,000 lawyers had signed up to volunteer legal services across the country by Sunday in response to the Trump administration's swift move to restrict immigration travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. President Donald Trump's executive action Friday brought nationwide confusion—and mass protests—as lawyers, major airlines and national companies struggled to assess the scope of the travel bans.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe capitalized on a recent merger between two competitors to land new talent, hiring a new tech practice leader in its Silicon Valley office.
Valeria Calafiore Healy must pay her opponent $250 for belongings that were damaged in the great coffee kerfuffle of 2016.
Latham partner Steven Bauer, who led PG&E's trial team in a case stemming from the 2010 San Bruno blast, confirmed his team would be stepping aside.
The chipmaker has been hit with suits in the U.S. and China following an FTC action in the waning days of the Obama administration.
When F. Daniel Leventhal started practicing corporate finance law 35 years ago, he said enjoyed being able to travel and meet people. Those aspects of the job dwindled over the past decade, but Leventhal is looking forward to new horizons.
U.S. senators aren't the only ones with questions for President Donald Trump's State Department nominee. Bay Area plaintiffs firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy wants a chance to grill Rex Tillerson in litigation over climate change.
Blake Liggio recently made partner at Goodwin Procter, making him one of the first outwardly transgender partners at an Am Law 100 firm. Liggio and Goodwin Procter partner Scott Webster reflect on the challenges he faced and ways that large firms can create a more inclusive environment.
A federal judge on Wednesday recommended that a patent dispute over semiconductor devices used in video game accessories be kept in Delaware, a major roadblock in OmniVision Technologies Inc.'s bid to have the litigation shipped to California.
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 shields interactive computer services from liability for third-party posts, but the edges of that protection continue to be defined.
Lawyers for Bio-Rad's former GC, Sanford Wadler, portray the company's internal investigation as cursory.
U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, rejected a no-cash settlement with debt collector ARS National Services, finding "no evidence" that it would provide value to roughly 4 million class members.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen couldn't get a straight answer Wednesday for why prosecutors suddenly abandoned charges in cases that defense lawyers had said were tainted by racial bias.
Fifteen partners are splitting from Sedgwick in the New York region and Texas, forming a boutique in the Northeast and launching a new office for Drinker Biddle & Reath in Dallas.
Paying too much for PACER? You could get an email notice later this spring to join a class action that seeks refunds for several hundred thousand people who allege the electronic court service has charged excessive fees.
Employers are careful with their communications to candidates. And there are several reasons that drive the desire keep the real meaning of their words between the lines
Applying for professional malpractice insurance is sometimes considered a chore. Too many law firms and attorneys breeze through insurance applications, without carefully considering their responses to each question and the implications. However, failing to properly answer questions can create serious risks for law firms.
Third-party litigation funding companies are investors first and foremost, and they base their funding decisions on the present value of their expected return. This means that even if a lawsuit has little or no merit, it may be a worthwhile investment if there is a potential (however small) to recover a very large sum of money.
Steven Engel is the presumptive nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, according to sources with knowledge of the vetting process.
Steven Engel is the presumptive nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, according to sources with knowledge of the vetting process.
Steve Berman was wrapping up the $1.2 billion emissions settlement for Volkswagen's franchise dealers last month when he turned to a new automaker, Chrysler, filing a consumer class action alleging thousands of its Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee clean diesel vehicles emitted dangerous levels of nitrogen oxides.
A disclosure mandate in the Northern District of California could trigger a wider transparency debate.
Testifying for Bio-Rad on Tuesday, a former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner said he recommended the company's longtime GC be fired.
After a whirlwind nomination and confirmation process, Xavier Becerra was sworn in Tuesday as California's 33rd attorney general. The first Latino to hold the position as California's top prosecutor told reporters to "fasten your seat belts" because "I just got the keys to the car. So get ready." He'll have plenty of other issues filling his agenda in his first 100 days. Here is a look at four of them.
ATopTech, a software company on the losing end of a $30 million IP battle with Synopsys last year, filed for bankruptcy last week in Delaware. Arnold & Porter, Dorsey & Whitney and Wilson Sonsini are advising AtopTech in its Chapter 11 case. Arnold & Porter is owed at least $3.5 million for its work as special litigation counsel to the debtor.
A U.S. District judge ruled the use of Gmail alone is not enough to establish jurisdiction in California.
As he returns to his old firm, Andrew Ceresney says the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won't lose momentum under Donald Trump's administration.
The rule change is narrower than an earlier proposal which drew opposition from major litigation funders.
Bio-Rad CEO Norman Schwartz, who testified Monday in the company's whistleblower trial, said attorneys at two firms raised concerns about the company's general counsel before he was fired.
The California Supreme Court dealt a blow to property insurers on Monday with a ruling that endorses the commissioner's rulemaking authority and reinstates a rule governing home replacement cost estimates.
California's Senate on Monday voted to confirm Xavier Becerra as the next attorney general, putting the 12-term U.S. congressman from Los Angeles one step closer to becoming the state's legal point man in any battles with the Trump administration.
The top performing law firms continued to pull away from the rest of the Am Law 200 last year, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group. Meanwhile certain regions, including the mid-Atlantic states, struggled to achieve even modest revenue growth.
A federal judge in Los Angeles wrestled on Monday with whether to keep certain documents sealed in a case against Chrysler that prompted the defense bar last year to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the standards of sealing court records.
In a win for Jenner & Block, the court let stand a $4.4 million fee award for work performed in a patent suit before the firm withdrew and new lawyers secured a settlement.
At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.
Competition for the lead counsel role in data-breach litigation against Yahoo has some lawyers complaining there may be too many cooks in the courtroom.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is promoting 18 lawyers to partner this year. The makeup of the 2017 class, half of which is spread around the firm’s California offices, reflects Orrick's belief that technology will continue to drive the Golden State’s economy, firm leaders said.
California likes to be different. Attorney Mark Robinson made that distinction clear when discussing how to move forward on dozens of California lawsuits filed on behalf of more than 300 women who claim they now have ovarian cancer from prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.
Here are four takeaways from Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court that saw unprepared attorneys and signs that the justices could craft a narrow decision excluding the Washington Redskins.
Keeping Michele Lee would ensure continuity at the PTO as Donald Trump's administration steps into the White House.
Fernando & Partners, a four-lawyer IP firm in Palo Alto, California, has agreed to join Squire Patton Boggs. The move comes almost a year after Squire Patton Boggs absorbed another Golden State-based litigation firm.
The associate justice of the California Supreme Court explains his view that judicial federalism is vital to our system of dual state and federal sovereignty.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide the California Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Anderson.
Uber on Thursday agreed to pay $20 million to resolve federal allegations that the online ride-hailing service duped drivers about vehicle financing and inflated how much money they could earn at the company. Uber did not admit or deny wrongdoing in the Federal Trade Commission case.
With 2017 underway and the entrance of a new Republican administration and Congress, whether robust regulatory oversight will remain a federal priority is more than uncertain and the area of data privacy and security is no different. The data privacy and security action, however, may continue at the state level where already-active state legislatures and regulators see these areas as a focus. Reviewing recent developments in California over the past year may shed light on key issues and trends that we can expect to see in the coming months.
A remembrance of former public defender Terry Diggs by her husband Barry Helft.
The number of sex-based discrimination charges from LGBT individuals that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received increased significantly over the last four years, according to data released by the agency Wednesday.
An employer's decision not to pursue a candidate is almost always final, but there are scenarios where a candidacy can be brought back to life.
Bio-Rad executives were disinterested in conducting robust training in the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and shut down his efforts to report suspected violations, Sanford Wadler testified Wednesday in his whistleblower retaliation trial.
When not handled properly, the selection and use of consultants and experts can create unnecessary risks for attorneys and clients.
The Beatles singer is seeking to use an expiration provision in the Copyright Act to reclaim rights to numerous songs that currently belong to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Boies Schiller Flexner has brought on Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as a partner specializing in nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors in Palo Alto, California.
As Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended his record Wednesday in Washington, lawmakers in California raised new concerns about potential clashes over regulatory policies.
The perception there's more heat on Silicon Valley comes as large tech companies have become big federal contractors.
As the British pound falls, so does the reluctance of many firms to gamble on future exchange rates.
An op-ed from two judicial watchdogs claims that the Stanford rape case demonstrates the need for more information, not more judicial independence.
Several justices appeared sympathetic to the band during oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, which bodes well for the Washington Redskins' fight to restore its trademark.
An op-ed by Richard Kuhns, the author of a recently published Henderson biography, about two of the judge's seminal decisions.
The company's lead defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday that Sanford Wadler was an "FCPA slacker" who first failed to prevent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and then raised claims that were discredited after review.
Speaking last week at UC-Hastings, the California Supreme Court justice posited that state courts can stray from the U.S. Supreme Court on foundational legal principles.
Newly introduced legislation would expand the number of government offices where cannabis business owners can pay state fees and taxes, a nod to the safety issues inherent in what largely remains an all-cash industry. One big problem for marijuana business is that most banks and credit unions balk at handling marijuana business receipts, fearful of punishment from federal regulators.
The two attorneys are representing Sanofi and Amgen in an appeal involving patents for a LDL cholesterol drug.
San Francisco Judge Harold Kahn said the company's arbitration clause was both unfair and inconspicuous.
Marilyn Martin-Culver, a business litigation partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Costa Mesa, California, recently left the firm to become a name partner at Robertson & Culver in nearby Irvine. The firm, now known as Robertson & Olsen, recently saw a name partner depart.
Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook's 2014 purchase of the virtual reality developer Oculus wasn't tainted by stolen technology.
Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women.
Newly released data for California's July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Saxena White will lead litigation in the Northern District of California stemming from the bank's fake accounts scandal.
The retired federal judge has no qualms about his role as an adviser to Bentham IMF and takes issue with pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In an op-ed, two public interest lawyers call for the Judicial Council to embrace alternatives to license suspensions as a debt collection tool.
Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.
Just as Cowboy Bourbon was becoming recognized as one of the nation's finest whiskeys, Garrison Brothers became the target of a trade infringement lawsuit filed in a Northern District of California federal court by Allied Lomar, an international liquor distributor. Allied Lomar alleged they had registered a trademark for "Cowboy Little Barrel" in 2001 and that Garrison Brothers were infringing on their product.
Judge Kathleen O'Malley seemed inclined at a hearing Thursday to uphold an injunction blocking Qiagen N.V. from selling its GeneReader devices in the United States.
In what looks like the first major tax fight involving digital currency, San Francisco's Coinbase is fighting an IRS subpoena that seeks information on every transaction conducted by U.S. customers over three years.
John Simon takes on his new GC role effective March 1, adding to his current corporate and human resources responsibilities.
Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.
Consumers have standing to sue Apple over App Store pricing, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday.
The company is petitioning to enforce the ruling, which held for the first time in a U.S. arbitration that Uber does not employ its drivers.
Traci Ribeiro and her new lawyers at Sanford Heisler have beefed up their claims against Sedgwick, adding a bid for $200 million in class action damages.
A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The list includes Randall Rader, a former chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who once called the office's administrative courts a "death squad" for property rights.
A state Assembly committee voted along party lines Tuesday to recommend that Democratic U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra be confirmed as California’s 33rd attorney general. The 6-3 vote followed a friendly, two-hour hearing in which the 12-term congressman from Los Angeles took measured jabs at President-elect Donald Trump and his proposals on immigration, health care and the environment.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday unveiled a $179 billion state spending plan, amplifying his typical message of fiscal restraint with warnings about potential federal funding cuts on the horizon.
A panel seems poised to uphold the art fraud conviction of Luke Brugnara, a pro se defendant who brazenly escaped custody in the lead-up to his 2015 trial.
A U.S. Supreme Court case that was touted as a significant retail business dispute with First Amendment ramifications seemed to fizzle fast Tuesday as justices questioned whether freedom of speech was involved at all.
When interviewing for a job, the topic of work-life balance is not one that is easy to raise. And if done poorly, it can sabotage a candidacy as well as a reputation.
Carrie LeRoy has joined White & Case's intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm's Silicon Valley office.
Lora Blum, director of corporate legal, is leaving her job to head SurveyMonkey's legal department. She inherits a nine-lawyer team that has helped the company grow for years.
Firms should consider ways to prepare for the inevitable loss of attorneys to other firms.
Stacey Rosenberg, a debt finance transactions expert at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for the past decade, is poised to join Hogan Lovells in the City of Angels.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila ruled traditional federal rules were enough to preserve emails on company-owned mobile devices until they are turned over.
The 83-year-old federal judge, known as a champion of prison and police reform, said Monday it would serve the court best "if I don't play a season too long."
The small plaintiffs firm set out to disrupt privacy litigation when it launched a Bay Area office led by partner Rafey Balabanian. So far, returns are mixed.
Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra told state lawmakers he is prepared to defend Californians' constitutional rights on numerous fronts "at a time of promise and peril for us all."
U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson included a 30-day stay on her order to give affected parties a change to seek an expedited review.
As the lawyer hero of "Making a Murderer," Netflix's hit true-crime series from 2015, you might think Dean Strang would be optimistic about the power of TV to improve the public's understanding of what lawyers do. You'd be wrong.
Change is coming to the nation's largest, and arguably its most liberal, appeals court. We parse the possibilities.
A retired litigator living in Millennium Tower claims in a new lawsuit that the San Francisco City Attorney's Office knew the tower was sinking as early as 2010.
Two judges, Brian Walsh and Thomas Kuhnle, have replaced Peter Kirwan in the court's complex litigation department as part of routine reassignments.
After a spike in 2015, the numbers of nonprosecution and deferred prosecution agreements dropped back to normal levels last year, according to a report from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
At a hearing Thursday, Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose considered issues of patent eligibility for various features of fitness monitoring devices.
The California Supreme Court sided with the state bar in a unanimous decision that resolves a lingering dispute over the state's anti-SLAPP statute.
Charles Harder, whose $140 million verdict brought down Gawker Media, filed a $15 million libel suit this week on behalf of Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.
At this week's Association of American Law Schools conference, law professors and doctors alike urged a shift in the bar exam's structure to be more akin to med school, all in an effort to improve bar passage rates.
David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.
California legislative leaders on Wednesday said they have retained a team of Covington & Burling attorneys led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help fend off "potential challenges" from the incoming Trump administration. The hire follows eight weeks of post-election promises by state Democrats to create a firewall against potential Republican attacks on California's immigration, environmental and health care policies. It also offers a high-visibility platform for Covington, which has long sought a stronger presence on the West Coast.
Internet wonks call it the Internet of Things, or IoT—those everyday devices, gadgets and appliances that connect to the web. They are vulnerable. An October hacking of hundreds of thousands of "things"—including cameras and digital video recorders—disrupted the web. The Federal Trade Commission wants to do something about it—and you can help. The agency on Wednesday announced the latest in a series of cash-reward contests for solutions to protect personal data.
John Pierce, who left K&L Gates just months after his splashy hire earlier last year, has now formed his own firm with former fellow Quinn Emanuel alum David Sergenian.
The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.
In today's competitive insurance market, there are a wide range of options available that can help combat the ever-increasing risk of a legal malpractice claim.
The San Francisco firm accuses Bay Area author and socialite Elisabeth Thieriot of transferring her assets to avoid paying a $467,000 fee award.
Plaintiffs lawyers don't need to put forth a plan for identifying class members to secure class certification, Judge Michelle Friedland wrote Tuesday in a defeat for the defense bar.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the patent office failed to explain why Apple's patent for moving icons on a screen was obvious.
As you determine what you want to achieve this year, set your plan, execute and be resolute.
It’s easy to forget how intensely personal and stressful litigation can be--until the consequences of a loss become overwhelming. Now, a San Diego lawyer is grappling with the suicide of his client after losing a high-profile gay civil rights case in December.
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Saturday spotlighted the "crucial role" played by federal district judges, asserting they "deserve tremendous respect" for performing the often thankless tasks of the job. In past years, Roberts has sometimes used the annual platform to advocate for higher pay for judges, or to defend the ethics of his fellow justices. But his 2016 report displayed no sharp edges or fodder for controversy.
Our list of cases to watch in California includes novel, quirky and consequential legal battles.
The plaintiffs bar can bid farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also a few notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.
From the shocking resignation of Berkeley's law dean to the controversy over Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, we count down the most popular news stories of the past year.
Los Angeles-based Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack couldn't show that all the expenses it claimed for its attorneys' private jet travel had "a business purpose," the Ninth Circuit ruled.
Writing for the majority, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar said that law firm invoices aren't categorically shielded from disclosure. The court's dissenters complained the decision undermines a “pillar of our jurisprudence.”
The former Stanford swimmer makes an appearance, along with other famous mug shots from history, in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to guarantee public access to the booking photos.
Jonathan Delshad, a Los Angeles-based plaintiffs lawyer, said he assembled the team after hearing horror stories from former bank employees.
In which our columnist muses on how disclaimers on drug ads might lead one to conclude the cure is worse than the disease.
Some of the year's more offbeat moments at the Federal Circuit featured patent law's biggest players.
Edlund, who practiced at Pillsbury and Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Tarrant, continued trying cases into his 80s.
Most attorneys will face more than one malpractice claim over the course of their careers. Here's a checklist to understand when there's a real threat.
Evidently some lawyers and litigants don't understand what it means to be "on the record" during a deposition. Either that or they don't mind being caught saying or doing something untoward, ridiculous or downright horrible.
A decision Tuesday by the Tenth Circuit declaring that the way the SEC appoints Administrative Law Judges violates the Constitution sets up a clean split among the circuits and may implicate the validity of administrative proceedings in other areas of government.
A look back at this year's best advice on how to build your business, compete for talent and successfully steer your career.
The veteran trial lawyer, best known for leading Apple's IP case against Samsung, is retiring after four decades at Morrison & Foerster.
Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.
After a setback earlier this year, gun control advocates will get a second chance to defend an Alameda County ordinance that restricts where firearms can be sold.
Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a warning Tuesday to law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."
As 2016 closes out, here are some areas that seem ripe for growth in the coming year
New Jersey bills regulating app-based car-sharing services Uber and Lyft were approved by legislators Monday, while Uber continued to clash with California regulators over its testing of autonomous vehicles on public streets.
In 2016, the General Assembly approved landmark legislation that eliminated the state's "three strikes" policy and cut mandatory sentences for some repeat offenders. Commonly known as the habitual offenders bill, SB 163 abolished automatic life sentences for three-time violent felons and cut in half mandatory minimum sentences for felons convicted of a first-violent felony after committing three nonviolent felonies.
Complaint says manager violated the confidentiality provisions of the employment agreement he signed five years ago.
Half a dozen of the biggest law firms with California roots have announced their new partner classes so far. Those firms named a total of 73 partners for 2017—a very slight decrease from last year, when those same six firms named 75 new partners total.
Apple claims Nokia is using nonpracticing entities to harass the company with exorbitant patent royalty claims.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. lost out on a bid to exclude wide swaths of internal company communications from evidence in a whistleblower retaliation suit brought by the company's former general counsel Sanford Wadler.
E. Randol Schoenberg specializes in cases involving stolen art. But it was fears of a stolen election that motivated the Los Angeles attorney's latest lawsuit.
A new California law prohibits employers from requiring California-based workers to litigate their claims outside California or under other states' laws.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revisit a September ruling that steered class action claims on behalf of thousands of Uber drivers into arbitration.
Deciding whether to sue a client for unpaid fees requires a careful balance of risks and rewards. While litigation is sometimes inevitable, the decision is not to be made precipitously.
An Alameda County court commissioner who faced possible disciplinary action for alleged inappropriate demeanor from the bench resigned from his post on Nov. 30, the state Commission on Judicial Performance said Tuesday in announcing the closure of a misconduct investigation.
A Dickensian tale of an emergency Christmas Eve hearing held before the former judge as told by a former clerk.
The embattled company has tapped Wilmer Cutler in a pair of investor suits. Meanwhile, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has turned to Cooley.
Now that he has been given the role full time, UC-Hastings College of the Law Chancellor and Dean David Faigman has big plans to bolster the school's stature, including improving what he called a "horrific" bar passage rate.
Yes, it's late in the game for the annual year-end collections push. But that doesn't mean you should throw in the towel and give in to the eggnog.
In a holiday party musical number for the ages, Edelson PC, known for suing the tech industry and law firms, takes aim at its foes in a 'Hamilton' parody that pulls no punches.
'Tis the season for cramped airplanes – and lawsuits. Luggage falling on heads and hot tea spilling in laps &ndash are just some of the routine incidents on today's flights that sometimes end up in injury suits.
A new suit claims the Department of Education is pulling the rug out from under public interest lawyers who were told they qualified for federal loan forgiveness.
Dozens of major law firms are lining up against their corporate clients in an awkward faceoff at the California Supreme Court.
David Faigman has been acting dean and chancellor at the school since the beginning of 2016.
With the rise of LinkedIn, the résumé is no longer the sole document that chronicles and encapsulates a lawyer's career.
A state judicial commission on Monday declined to punish Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who was widely criticized for the six-month jail sentence he imposed on a former Stanford University student accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
The state high court left the door open to out-of-state plaintiffs with its ruling in Bristol Myers v. Anderson. Now defense lawyers hope the U.S. Supreme Court will close it.
Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.
Defying state regulators and their hometown mayor, Uber Technologies Inc. officials said Friday they will continue offering driverless-car passenger service in San Francisco without a testing permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The company says information Sanford Wadler gleaned as GC can't be disclosed. But Wadler and the SEC say federal whistleblower laws allow its use.
Already the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history, the $2.5 billion in damages awarded to Merck's Idenix unit could grow to as much as three times the amount assessed by a federal jury in Wilmington on Thursday.
Facing a $335.2 million damages demand from networking giant Cisco Systems Inc., Robert Van Nest and his team at Keker & Van Nest mounted a multi-pronged defense during an intellectual property trial for Arista Networks Inc. over the past two weeks in San Jose, California federal court.
Plaintiffs lawyers are fighting to keep their talcum powder cases against Johnson & Johnson out of multidistrict litigation in New Jersey federal court; aiming to return them to state courts, where juries in Missouri have awarded megaverdicts to women who said the products caused them to get ovarian cancer.
Former assistant U.S. attorney Anne Voigts has joined King & Spalding's appellate practice in the firm's Palo Alto office. The former U.S. Supreme Court clerk was drawn to the firm's health care and life sciences groups.
A review of some key legislation affecting employers that will go into effect in California in 2017.
Deploying at times over-the-top rhetoric and a healthy dose of sarcasm, the American Tort Reform Association Thursday issued its annual report on what it calls the country's "judicial hellholes," denouncing overly plaintiff-friendly conditions from coast to coast.
Observers greeted the announcement that Burford Capital would buy litigation funder Gerchen Keller as a sign that the nascent industry is maturing.
Uber Technologies Inc. picked a fight with California regulators Wednesday when the company added a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco without first obtaining a permit from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. DMV officials late Wednesday told Uber to stop operating its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco until the company acquires a permit.
The tech giant agreed to technical changes but won't end scanning as part of a no-cash settlement deal.
The road to the offer stage in an interview process is usually a long and winding one with a few bumps along the way.
Arista Networks and its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest pulled out a win Wednesday over Cisco Systems and a trial team led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
The legal research giant is looking to support legal technology innovation with access to its data sets and mentors.
The 2-1 decision from an L.A. appeals court revives a 2014 discrimination suit against CNN by an Emmy Award-winning news producer.
Lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Williams & Connolly are among those tapped by the bank and its executives to defend government investigations and class action suits.
If your firm is not considering or the object of a merger or acquisition, chances are it may be soon.
A Utah-based startup that streams movies after filtering out profanity, violence and other objectionable content has vowed to take a copyright battle against Hollywood all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prudential Insurance Co. has been hit with a class action over unauthorized sales of its life insurance policies to Wells Fargo account holders. The latest case, along with a whistleblower suit filed last week by three former Prudential fraud investigators, landed the company into the middle of the fracas over Wells Fargo's sales practices.
The president-elect will meet with tech leaders this week, but some anticipate he'll look to pharma for an IP chief who supports strong patent rights.
Just five of 21 California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association had at least 75 percent of their graduates pass the July bar exam, a proposed new benchmark rate that in coming years could spell trouble for some institutions.
The family members of a Malaysian financier at the center a $3.5 billion money laundering case involving the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" have asked to intervene in hopes of asserting a claim over several high-priced hotels and condos in New York and California, a Bombardier jet and music royalties.
Quinn partner David Nelson and Keker & Van Nest partner Robert Van Nest faced off Monday on the last day of a high-stakes IP trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked efforts by a group of retired professional football players to challenge the NFL’s $1 billion settlement over concussion-related litigation.
the first public data security class action complaint against a U.S. law firm, Chicago-based Johnson & Bell was named in a lawsuit that says the firm failed to protect confidential client information.
A Sacramento County judge late Friday dismissed charges against current and former corporate officers of the online classifieds site Backpage.com, finding the broad immunity of the federal Communications Decency Act shields the men from prosecution in a sex-trafficking case.
For the second day in a row, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit narrowed a panel decision addressing the computer hacking law at the same time it denied en banc review.
Though it is rare to go from in-house counsel to startup founder, a few lawyers have done just that in recent years. They find freedom and anxiety in the move.
A Georgia sperm bank is facing nearly a dozen "novel and cutting edge" lawsuits in four states and Canada that allege it misled women about a donor who turned out to be convicted on burglary and a diagnosed schizophrenic.
Racial and gender diversity have made their way into national conversations throughout this year, but law remains one of the least diverse professions in the country.
A SANS Institute Survey found cybercriminals are increasingly shifting their focus toward attorney-managed enterprise data.
A federal judicial panel has ordered that class actions filed over Yahoo's data breach this year be sent to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose.
The court said Thursday that it would not rehear the high-profile case which upheld recruiter David Nosal's conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Greenberg Gross, a 17-lawyer firm launched in 2013, has announced it will pay its associates bonuses in excess of the level set by Cravath. But just how much remains unclear.
An organization's incident response team must practice if they're going to be prepared for an actual incident.
President-elect Donald Trump has talked about immigration from the start of his presidential campaign. Much of his focus has been on undocumented immigrants.
Potential targets for civil suits include the warehouse owner, concert organizers and the makers of any products tied to the deadly conflagration, lawyers said.
One day after securing DOJ approval, attorneys for Alaska Air Group told a federal judge that they have also reached a settlement in a civil antitrust lawsuit.
IP litigation hotshot Neel Chatterjee is only half-joking.
It’s not easy to tell whether a lawyer has too much experience for a particular position, specifically if the seniority gap isn’t that wide.
The Ninth Circuit should resolve the ambiguity in the ethical canon that applies to nearly every major covert criminal investigation.
California markets took three of the top five spots when it came to cities with the highest partner compensation. Silicon Valley partners earned the highest compensation of any market in the country.
It remains to be seen what effects a special purpose national bank charter for financial technology companies will have on the FinTech market, particularly in light of the election.
The Slants, an Asian-American rock band battling the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is also rallying fans and raising money on a crowdfunding site.
Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly Dermody joined U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers and Facebook litigation chief Paul Grewal Tuesday to share tips for young, female and minority attorneys.
A state senator has introduced legislation in the wake of the Wells Fargo fake-accounts scandal that would prohibit mandatory arbitration in cases where a business is accused of fraudulently using customers' personally identifiable information.
The holiday season, with its flurry of parties, vacations, and administrative tasks, ushers its own set of unique professional liability risks.
Despite complaints from Uber that the fee request was inflated, Judge Nathanael Cousins awarded three law firms $2.4 million for their work on a class action alleging discrimination against blind riders.
Company will pay $450,000 for violations of the state's hazardous waste law.
A discussion Monday at Stanford University was an opportunity for big tech companies, entrepreneurs, bar associations and academics to hash out the impact of 'Alice' and other developments in patent eligibilty.
In a win for federal prosecutors, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday swept aside a 2014 appeals court ruling that made it harder for the government to pursue insider-trading cases.
The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
A state bar judge has recommended the disbarment of a lawyer accused of bilking thousands of homeowners out of $11 million in a loan modification scam.
California lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the start of the legislative session, and Democrats quickly made clear their immediate agenda: stopping key policies of the Trump administration. Democrats pushed through resolutions condemning President-elect Donald Trump's proposed immigration policies. A senator introduced legislation to require a public vote on any border wall constructed in California. Lawmakers also introduced two bills to beef up the availability of legal services for undocumented residents facing deportation.
Nicholas Walrath, a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, joined the firm in October.
Attorney John Desmarais stepped in Monday to handle testimony from Cisco's longtime CEO John Chambers in the company's IP trial against Arista Networks.
Though it occurred prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's seminal decision in Riley v. California, the 2012 search still breached legal limits, according to a unanimous ruling from the California high court.
The case hinges on Lexmark International's use of patent law to bar recycling and reselling of its used printer cartridges.
A national nonprofit advocacy group supporting legal access to medical marijuana has petitioned the U.S. Justice Department to require drug enforcers to correct allegedly false and misleading information about cannabis use on its website.
More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen A.G., most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.
State Treasurer John Chiang is seeking guidance from President-elect Donald Trump and California's congressional delegation about how the state should handle the finances of the nascent multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.
Four trusts and estates partners, led by Jonathan C. Lurie, are decamping from McDermott Will & Emery to Venable's Los Angeles office.
The Silicon Valley startup giant has focused most of its investments in legal technology in alternatives to traditional legal services.
This article will review some of the key upshots for in-house lawyers from recent cases.
Wells Fargo & Co general counsel James Strother, who planned to retire at the end of this year, will stay on indefinitely as top lawyer in order to deal with the aftermath of the bank's recent fake accounts scandal. Strother turned 65 earlier this year, triggering the company's mandatory age-based retirement policy for members of the operating committee.
While most companies can hire a lawyer by industry, blockchain companies are at a loss, as the tech is more about application than raw software.
Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Xavier Becerra to be California's next attorney general, the longtime U.S. lawmaker warned the Trump administration to expect a fight if newly emboldened Republicans challenge the Golden State's liberal laws and policies. "If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interests, come at us," Becerra, a 12-term Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, told reporters.
The Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney's Office and the regional division of the FBI announced a joint effort with international law enforcement agencies Thursday to dismantle the global criminal computer network known as "Avalanche."
A class action against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles specifically targets the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday nominated Southern California Rep. Xavier Becerra, a veteran Democratic politician with ties to Sacramento and Washington, to become the next attorney general. The Stanford Law School graduate was elected to Congress in 1992 and became the first Latino member of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means.
Compensation for in-house counsel is up across the board, ranging from 3.7 percent to as much as 6 percent at some general counsel and expert counsel levels, according to just released data from HBR Consulting's 2016 Law Department Survey.
Northern California law firms are lagging behind their national counterparts in revenue growth this year, according to a Wells Fargo survey. A slowdown in tech sector IPOs could be to blame.
Shifts in patent law and a novel antitrust suit have helped the financial industry stand up to the patent enforcement giant.
The gaming company accuses a former employee of making off with details on an "ambitious soon-to-be-released" game code-named "Project Mars."
Kamala Harris is taking a team of familiar lawyers with her to Washington as she prepares to be sworn in as California's junior U.S. senator on Jan. 3. Harris on Wednesday named Nathan Barankin, now chief deputy in the Attorney General's Office, her Senate chief of staff.
Eight years after its collapse, the law firm Heller Ehrman is still battling over the legal fees earned by departed partners.
Attorneys may think that they are protected because of their policies' effective dates. However, the greater risk from gaps comes from less obvious sources.
Judge Bedsworth celebrates his 200th column by musing that it's often something that flies in from left field that changes your life while you're preparing for something big.
The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said city authorities sufficiently vetted the environmental impact of the 18,500-seat arena.
One day after President-elect Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over Trump University, he posted on Twitter that the payment was a "small fraction of the potential award."
Lawyers for Living Essentials, the maker of the real 5-Hour Energy drink, applauded the jury verdict, which followed a roughly two-week trial in San Jose federal court.
Christian Rowley is the new managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw's San Francisco office. He's replacing Nick C. Geannacopulos, who will stay at the firm.
Hagens Berman partner Reid Kathrein, who filed the suit, said private investors sank more than $600 million into the beleaguered blood-testing startup based on false claims about its technology.
The lawsuit comes after Boston Scientific lost a bid at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to kill Nevro's patent using high-frequency electrical impulses to block pain.
Two new developments this past year have made it easier for employers to sue employees in federal court for stealing data from company computers.
Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.
Cisco accuses its junior rival of deliberate copying. But Arista's lawyer told jurors Monday the company's success is rooted in better technology.
Human resources startup Zenefits will pay up to $7 million in penalties under terms of a settlement with California regulators who had accused the San Francisco company of selling insurance policies without the proper licenses.
The U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Samsung's request for a second rehearing regarding a decision to toss out a $119 million patent infringement verdict against Apple.
Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over Donald Trump’s calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.
Airbnb home sharing service has dropped New York as a defendant in its suit over a law imposing stiff fines on individuals who repeatedly advertise illegal rental units. New York City, the remaining defendant, indicated in a separate filing that settlement talks continue.
Two men, both black, said they were paid less than white peers and that they were subjected to racial slurs by a former manager.
A district judge upheld Huawei's patent as a specific solution to improve functionality of mobile devices.
Despite uncertainty about how Donald Trump's presidency will shape the next four years, firms with California roots remain bullish on their prospects in the Washington market.
The trial bears similarities to litigation in San Francisco involving Oracle and Google.
A unanimous state appellate panel on Tuesday reinstated the suspension of a male UC San Diego student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student near the end of their romantic relationship, overturning a trial judge who found the university's investigation was flawed.
Law firm dissolutions have created issues related to "unfinished business." Two recent decisions have clarified the law for firms picking up partners from defunct firms.
Lawyers for state Auditor Elaine Howle fired back this week at the Commission on Judicial Performance, arguing that the judicial disciplinary agency has no authority to limit her review of its operations.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday threw a penalty flag on a computer programmer's bid to recoup millions in royalties from Electronic Arts Inc. on sales of its popular John Madden Football video game series.
Justices OK sampling in a wage-and-hour case against Wackenhut, saying a trial judge had misapplied the limits in the 'Wal-Mart' ruling the Gibson Dunn partner secured five years ago.
The judges determined that too many patents have been pulled into covered business method review.
The success rate for those prospective lawyers taking California's July bar exam continues to slide, with only 43 percent earning a passing score on the 2016 test, according to data the state bar released Friday.
In a ruling that should bolster a law giving social-media companies broad immunity from liability for user-generated content, Twitter Inc. on Friday beat back a lawsuit from families of two American contractors killed in an attack in Jordan inspired by the Islamic State group.
A new networking group called SunLaw wants to help women in the middle of their careers get the mentorship they need to land their first general counsel jobs.
Don't stress. Employers and professionals today understand that lawyers often make multiple moves, take time off, relocate or try something new.