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.
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.
San Francisco-based Achaogen anounced Gary Loeb as its new general counsel on November 15.
Advocates of California's fledgling legalized marijuana law were left scrambling for a strategy Friday after President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama—a staunch opponent of the drug—as attorney general.
Donald Trump's lead attorney, O'Melveny & Myers partner Daniel Petrocelli, said Friday that his client “is interested in moving forward and tackling the problems of this country.”
Until the Ninth Circuit resolves key questions, moving forward doesn't "make a lot of sense," the San Francisco judge said Friday.
The state Supreme Court late Thursday ordered active California lawyers to pay $297 to fund State Bar disciplinary functions in 2017 after lawmakers failed to pass dues-authorizing legislation.
Proponents insist that analytics brings acute business knowledge to the legal department. Brian Howard breaks it down.
Rejecting a challenge to California's regime for the housing of chickens, the Ninth Circuit made clear that businesses must fight their own battles.
Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone.
As a Nov. 28 trial date approaches in the civil fraud lawsuit over Trump University, choosing a fair and impartial jury could turn out to be one of the most vexing problems for lawyers in the case.
The court granted en banc review after pleas from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a range of amici curiae.
A Sacramento County judge on Wednesday signaled that he's prepared to dismiss charges against current and former corporate officers of the online classifieds site Backpage.com, finding the broad immunity of the Communications Decency Act shields the men from prosecution in a sex-trafficking case.
Sujit Choudhry quietly dismissed a federal lawsuit against the university on Tuesday without explanation.
Initially skeptical, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria came around on Wednesday to the plaintiffs point of view.
Here are some common mistakes made by attorneys in receiving a malpractice claim, and how to avoid them.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen found that rival Thru Inc. deliberately waited for Dropbox to grow as a brand.
Pinterest's general counsel Michael Yang is leaving the company. It's unclear where he's heading, but he's hinted at a return to the public sector.
A formal complaint with the city claims that lawyers learned years ago about structural problems and had a duty to speak up.
Ex-Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. has joined the lineup of Munger, Tolles & Olson lawyers representing the company in a federal lawsuit against the city.
Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that federal agencies should continue to play a role in setting safety standards for self-driving vehicles in new administration.
In decision with ramifications across the health care sector, the California Supreme Court held Monday that insurers can be sued over unpaid medical bills even if they contracted with a third party to carry the risk.
In today's legal profession, academic credentials have diminished as a sole marker to determine a candidate's viability—but they still play a major role.
Silicon Valley loves competition. And it's legal departments are no different. This year's Legal Departments of the Year and In-House Impact Awards drew entries from some of the Bay Area's biggest names as well as start-ups working on the cutting edge of technology.
Keker & Van Nest will make Elliot R. Peters a name partner and call itself Keker Van Nest & Peters come Jan. 1. But the firm said this was not part of a succession plan.
Judge Edward Davila ruled that statements from FireEye officials about the company's 2013 acquisition of Mandiant Corp. were nonactionable "puffery."
A private donor is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner James Gilliland's killer.
NetApp's legal department is always thinking about efficiency. In the last year, under the leadership of legal ops director Connie Brenton, NetApp's lawyers have undertaken ambitious programs to make work faster and easier.
Square made a big push in two products this year. The San Francisco-based financial tech company launched its well-known credit card reader in Australia and it transformed a previous cash advance tool into a more traditional loan program. The in-house product counsel lawyers made much of it possible, clearing local and federal regulations in every corner.
In the legal department of Upwork Inc., the online platform that connects freelancers with projects, you'll find a poster in the popular "Keep Calm and _____" style. It reads "Keep Calm, I'm Your Lawyer" and was given to the lawyers by an employee.
When the European Commission struck down the handshake-agreement for data transfer between the EU and United States, several companies were left scrambling for protection. NetApp was several steps ahead, with binding corporate rules in every country of operation
Gilead Sciences scored a remarkable come-from-behind victory in June, convincing a federal judge in San Jose to throw out a $200 million verdict that it had infringed on rival Merck & Co.'s patents relating to Hepatitis C drugs.
Camera maker GoPro Inc. entered the video-editing software space with two strategic purchases this year. The deals were signed in different countries on the same day.
Pure Storage Inc. survived an existential threat to its business this year, revamping its patent strategy along the way.
Protecting innovation is key to Mountain View-based data storage company Pure Storage Inc., and in the past year, in-house lawyers helped identify and file 100 patent applications for internally developed products.
One way to care about data security? Make it fun. Freelancing network Upwork Inc. recently celebrated National Cyber Security Awareness month, which, yes, is a thing. It happens in October. Upwork started the festivities by giving all employees webcam covers.
Intel Corp.'s legal department, employing roughly 330 lawyers worldwide and more than 100 in California, doesn't suffer from stagnation, despite having the headcount of a mid-sized firm.
Intel Corp.'s legal department is on top of the usual stuff—contracts, patent prosecution, employment law counseling. But Intel's lawyers don't stop there. They like to have fun, and in the last year they have advised business-side colleagues on oddball issues like flying drones and TV shows. Their work makes the company look less like a tech corporation and more like a tech playground.
GoPro senior counsel John Story is helping the company get more out of its data on how customers use their GoPros.
Microsoft Corp. says it's already seeing benefits from its revamped outside counsel program, which seeks to increase minority representation in law firm leadership roles.
Splitting a company in two is hard enough. Now imagine selling part of it before it's all done. That's precisely what eBay Inc. did last year during its separation with PayPal into two public companies.
Lots of in-house lawyers moan about patent assertion entities (a.k.a. patent trolls). Gideon Myles of DropBox Inc. is actually combating them. Despite recent setbacks in the courts and on Capital Hill, patent trolls are still ubiquitous. Impatient with the slow pace of change, Myles spearheaded a patent pooling program called the LOT Network. To join the network, companies pledge to provide licenses to other members when selling a license to a non-member, effectively defanging any potential patent infringement suits brought by patent acquirers.
Companies looking to beef up their compliance programs would be wise to follow FireEye's example. In the last year, the IT security company has unveiled smart tools for minimizing liability and promoting an ethical corporate culture, including a compliance boot camp for new employees.
In just ten months, Juanita Luna, the director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's office of the general counsel, oversaw a complete overhaul of several of PG&E's proceses, including its approaches to matter mangement, e-billing and scheduling.
VMware Inc. chief legal officer Dawn Smith and deputy GC of corporate securities and M&A Craig Norris pulled off a complicated, monumental task last year that was part of the largest tech sale in history. And though most headlines focused on the two mega-corporations tying themselves together, VMware deserves recognition for novel structuring of its securities and shares.
The growing field of legal operations is an efficiency game. Legal ops managers ask the question "how can we spare the legal department from doing busy work?" At Dropbox, the solution was simple: extract lawyers from the process of delivering standard sales contracts.
When it comes to training workers about potential corruption, most companies opt for online training programs. Intel Corp's regulatory lawyers broke the mold.
DLA Piper has represented client TubeMogul since the digital advertiser's infancy and now has helped sell it off to Adobe in what the lawyers said is a sign of continued movement away from print toward digital advertising.
President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, well, more affordable. Beyond that broad declaration, though, Trump has been less than forthcoming with details about what exactly he would do, leading to widespread uncertainty in the health care industry. Nonetheless, there are many things companies, health care and otherwise, can be doing now to prepare for the potential dismantling of the six-year-old law, experts say.
The deal ends years of litigation over Masimo's patents for a method of testing blood oxygen levels.
Mark Geragos, who sued Glassdoor over the exposure of users' email addresses, argues that the site's commitment to anonymity underscores the harm caused by the leak.
With speculation spreading across Washington about possible Trump administration nominees, at least one concrete list of names is already public: 20 people Trump would appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout the course of his pugnacious campaign, now President-Elect Donald Trump has devoted no small amount of time to making threats and promises in the arena of trade.
Online entertainment database company IMDb.com Inc. sued the state Thursday to block enforcement of a pending law that would require the website to remove actors' ages upon request.
At least five lawsuits accuse the social media company of misleading investors about the growth of its user base.
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.
The president-elect may have to cast a wide net for U.S. attorney and judicial vacancies in the left-leaning region.
For attorneys in practice areas from health care to white-collar defense, Donald Trump's victory at the polls Tuesday will probably mean more business—at least at first. But firm leaders are less clear on how a Trump win will affect their bottom lines over the long haul.
Dealmakers in Silicon Valley say Donald Trump's victory could be a boon for domestic M&A but a deterrent to big cross-border transactions.
A petition to California's Supreme Court late Tuesday challenges Proposition 66, which would expedite death penalty appeals.
Lawyers representing companies in securities law say they will take a "wait and see" approach to the Trump administration, though change is possible with a Republican Congress.
Californians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opening the doors to a new, multibillion-dollar marketplace and launching a scramble to create regulations within a year.
President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign called for the repeal of the Wall Street reform law Dodd-Frank, and he advocated for U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. We take a snapshot of Trump's transformative regulatory positions as a new day unfolds in the nation's capital.
Alan Garten, the general counsel for the Trump Organization, says that Donald Trump is "not going to be involved in any operation of the company going forward." But Garden isn't offering specifics on what the process of disassociating Trump from the businesses will look like and how quickly that process can occur.
Decision from U.S. District Judge James Donato could send a chill through the on-demand economy.
The pharmacy chain, which announced in June that it would terminate its dealings with Theranos, is finally going after the beleaguered Silicon Valley company in court.
Pleading for en banc review of last month's unusual en banc decision, Quinn Emanuel's Kathleen Sullivan faults the appeals court for short-circuiting briefing, argument and the participation of amici.
For years, the insurance defense practice was considered less likely to yield malpractice claims. Due to the unique and sometimes complicated relationship an attorney has with an insurer and an insured, that's changing.
Personal clothing styling company Stitch Fix Inc. hired Scott Darling as its first chief legal officer. Darling, the former GC of Trulia, most recently served as CLO to pre-owned car inspection and sales startup Beepi.
Lawyers for Sujit Choudhry say he's being made a scapegoat. But a federal judge on Monday seemed inclined to let the investigation run its course.
The California State Bar does not have to disclose data about bar exam applicants because privacy interests "clearly outweigh" the public's interest in seeing demographic information and scores, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
The mere thought of it makes lawyers cringe. But the ability to "sell" oneself effectively is paramount to success for lawyers at all levels of the profession.
Zenefits is promoting chief compliance officer Joshua Stein to general counsel, effective Nov. 17. Stein will replace former GC Hillary Smith, who left the company this week for mobile payments company Square.
Facebook Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that it violates federal anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment by allowing advertisers to exclude certain groups on the basis of race, gender or religion in social media ads.
A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.
Leading handily in public polls, Attorney General Kamala Harris appears well on her way to winning a U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday's election. That probability has led to rampant speculation about who Gov. Jerry Brown will choose to serve the two remaining years in her term.
Christopher Shoff has joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in the firm's emerging companies practice. Shoff, who was previously a partner at Cooley, is based in Century City, a market where the growth of the "Silicon Beach" tech scene is driving Latham to expand its footprint, firm leaders said.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director Michelle Lee spoke with investors and politicians this week about increasing the city's profile on patents.
Two women sued the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University this week claiming they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs because of their sexual orientation.
Police say that while attorney James Gilliland's wallet and phone were not taken after his murder last week, robbery is still being investigated as a possible motive.
Jerry Dodson, a fixture in the Bay Area patent bar, thought he'd fought his last court battle. Then he discovered the building where he lives is sinking.
Terms of the deal were described as "highly confidential" by a lawyer for two women who said they were assaulted by Uber drivers.
Leaders of the court's conservative and liberal wings are at odds over a decision Tuesday to grant en banc review in an Arizona ballot-collection case.
Lori Ajax, head of California's Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, talks about pot regulations, and what's ahead if voters on Tuesday vote to legalize marijuana.
The first president to make patent law part of his State of the Union address also got the opportunity to appoint seven of the 12 judges to the appellate court that decides intellectual property disputes.
Changing polling place policy so close to the election would be a "recipe for confusion," said U.S. District Judge William Alsup.
Square Inc. hired Hillary Smith as its newest general counsel, the company announced Wednesday. Smith joins the San Francisco-based mobile payments company from Zenefits Inc., which she joined as GC in July 2015.
The team's lawyers at Cooley say app only picks up signals that are inaudible to humans.
Amidst a docket of more than half a thousand open cases, the University of California won two major privacy cases, one of which threatened to upend the way university medical centers store patient records.
For the fourth time this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rescued software patents that a district found ineligible for patenting.
Facebook Inc. is facing backlash over a report that it allowed advertisers to exclude certain ethnicities from seeing ads. But it is unlikely to face litigation, even though some civil rights lawyers say the advertising tool enables unlawful discrimination.
Associate attrition is at an all-time high with the average tenure lasting only about two to four years post-JD. Here's why.
McDonald's Corp. has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle wage-and-hour claims brought against the company and its franchisees by a class of about 800 restaurant workers at franchisee-owned establishments in California.
The ACLU of California on Monday asked a federal court to block the state from enforcing laws that prohibit voters from revealing their marked ballots. A hearing on the ACLU's request was set for Wednesday before U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco.
Lawyers who have filed 18 consumer class actions over Yahoo's data breach are converging on where the litigation should be heard: California's Northern District and, in particular, before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
The decisions of bar associations and state supreme courts make clear that integrity, professionalism and civility in the legal profession are worth more than occasional lip service as part of continuing legal education programs.
Backing workers in discrimination suits. Signing off on a $1 billion class action judgment. Spurning attacks on federal regulations.
President Barack Obama sought to expand the representation of women and minorities on the federal bench, and many consider diversity gains his most important legacy on the courts.
If the nonlawyer on the street knows anything about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, it's that it's very liberal and very activist. But after eight years of appointments by President Obama, it is no longer clear that reputation holds true.
With a greater concentration of Obama appointees than any large urban district, the Northern District of California has been remade with jurists who defy anyone's "activist" label.
James Gilliland instilled confidence in those he mentored, was courteous to his opponents and made his clients' voices count. For those who knew him, Gilliland's death was a tragic loss for the legal community.
Pricewaterhouse Cooper's Adrian Beamish failed to scrutinize payments that Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund III paid to its founder, according to the agency.
Litigation finance firms Bentham IMF and Burford Capital say rule change would lead to expensive discovery fights and disadvantage plaintiffs.
With rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space.
A Los Angeles judge has ordered a former in-house attorney at Apple Inc. to refile a gender discrimination case she brought anonymously in June under her real name.
Rent per attorney has reached $62,000 in San Francisco, prompting firms to rethink how they use their space.
Colleagues are mourning the Kilpatrick Townsend IP litigator, who was fatally shot on his porch Thursday, according to news reports.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Friday that he was satisfied the firm was selected in a bidding process free of "any pay-to-play considerations."
Lawyers representing blind Uber riders in a civil rights suit forcefully defended their request for $3 million in fees.
The Chinese laptop maker must continue to defend suits alleging that software secretly preloaded on their computers compromised performance and left them vulnerable to hackers.
The retired federal judge will serve on the litigation funder's U.S. investment committees, Bentham announced Friday.
Kyle Bass’ suits against pharmaceutical companies are starting to gain some traction at the PTAB.
But at a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Donato said he isn't persuaded that the 2016 decision on standing "is some big change."
Chicago-based Longford Capital Management confirmed that it is actively recruiting in Northern California.
The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.
The future of crowdfunding is one of specialization, with an ever-increasing number of firms finding niches in equity, nonprofit and even creative projects silos, industry leaders told a Federal Trade Commission gathering on Wednesday.
The author always pictured writ conferences as three judges, a rubber stamp, a few sandwiches, and a lot of beer. The true experience has proven more onerous, except in one case ...
Calling the case a 'close call,' Judge Jay Byee said Arena Pharmaceuticals must face fraud claims over its failure to disclose an unfavorable drug study.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has stepped in to defend Facebook against a lawsuit claiming that it provided "material support" to ISIS, taking over from Munger, Tolles & Olson.
A national or international practice raises some potential hazards, including the unauthorized practice of law and legal malpractice exposure under the laws of multiple states. These risks can be reduced or even wholly minimized with a few simple steps.
The company's lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Quinn Emanuel want to bar any evidence that would breach attorney-client privilege.
Lawyers, accountants and software engineers–they might have jobs that pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but for many women that’s not enough. In class actions filed over the past five years against firms like Goldman Sachs, Chadbourne & Parke, Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc., women have alleged men in top leadership positions are making all the decisions on pay and promotions – and it’s clear that they don’t want women to get ahead.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.
The Twitter accounts of lawyers are usually lonely, desolate places ignored by many and visited by a nerdy few, but Ted Boutrous just broke away from that pack. On Saturday, Boutrous, the co-head of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s global litigation department, lit up Twitter with this offer:
California's judicial disciplinary agency has filed suit to limit the scope of a pending state audit, arguing that the review violates separation of powers doctrine and threatens the confidentiality of investigations.
A California company will get another chance to recover fees in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that lowered the bar for an "exceptional case."
According to a federal complaint, six defamation suits filed this year in Contra Costa County were part of a “rather brilliant" plan to manipulate Google and other search engines.
Big companies are increasingly hiring legal department operations (LDO) professionals, allowing in-house attorneys to focus on more substantive legal work, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters.
Home-sharing service Airbnb has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York after Governor Cuomo signed a bill Oct. 21 imposing high fines on users who advertise rentals on home-sharing sites that can't be legally rented under NY state and NYC laws.
The movement to bring gender pay equity to the American workforce has been around for more than 50 years, but in the last two has hit a seemingly fever pitch. Women are filing multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against their employers, more than half of the United States has moved to enact some form of tougher pay equity legislation and the concept of pay equality has become a focal point of the presidential election.
The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader’s goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.
States Look to Give Teeth to National Pay Equity Legislation
Australia-based litigation funding outfit Bentham IMF this week rolled out a new initiative in the U.S. designed to increase its investment in whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act.
The American Bar Association body that accredits law schools voted on Friday to tighten the bar exam-passage standard that schools must meet in order to get the organization’s accreditation blessing.
Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.
Partner Jennifer Kelly, a go-to gaming lawyer, is representing the maker of the popular puzzle app Toy Blast in a copyright suit.
He’s a senior partner at the firm—an accomplished, 50-year attorney and beloved mentor—who has begun to arrive late for court. He forgets key facts in cases. He dresses a little sloppily. He’s frequently impatient and quick to anger.
Although the cellular world moves fast, Samsung Electronics has taken too much time to address reports that multiple generations of its devices’ batteries overheat and pose a danger, according to a plaintiffs’ lawyer who filed one of the most recent in a string of lawsuits filed against the Seoul, Korea-based maker of smartphones.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake may be exceptional entertainers, but they did not properly prove that a patent infringement case filed against them is “exceptional” and worthy of $755,000 in attorney fees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.
Home-sharing service Airbnb and its critics are trying to influence the governor with last-minute comments as he decides whether to approve or veto a bill imposing stiff penalties for advertising units that aren't legally available for short-term rentals under New York state and city laws.
Home-sharing service Airbnb and its critics are trying to influence the governor with last-minute comments as he decides whether to approve or veto a bill imposing stiff penalties for advertising units that aren't legally available for short-term rentals under New York state and city laws.
In his first public statement about Yahoo Inc.'s email surveillance controversy, the company's top lawyer argues that it is being unfairly vilified but is not allowed to defend itself.
Attorneys for three executives of the internet classifieds site Backpage.com on Wednesday urged a California judge to dismiss "pimping" charges, saying the allegations violate the First Amendment and contravene broad immunity for website operators who publish third-party content.
The suit comes after the inventor reached out to Uber to discuss licensing the patent that allows for two-way tracking on mobile devices using GPS.
A veteran Alameda County court commissioner is facing possible expulsion from the bench amid allegations he was rude to litigants, mishandled court proceedings and made inappropriate remarks to courtroom staff.
California regulators on Wednesday got a polite but often critical earful from autonomous vehicle developers who said the Department of Motor Vehicles' latest round of draft regulations are too restrictive.
On the heels of a public outcry over the dramatic price increases of the life-saving allergy auto-injector EpiPen, a potential consumer class action lawsuit has been lodged against Mylan in California federal court.
Finance has a long history of creative expansion. Financing lawsuits is proving to be no exception.
Harry Shearer has filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi S.A. over profits from the 1984 cult film “This Is Spinal Tap,” in which he starred as fictional rock band member Derek Smalls.
Despite the tendency to delay or even avoid conversations on partner pay, compensation remains one of the most scrutinized—and important—decisions for a law firm.
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has reached a $50 million settlement to get out of a class action alleging that the animation studio held down employee wages through a "no-poach" conspiracy with other companies.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte confessed he was not always a patent law expert to a crowd of 250 lawyers, judges and academics gathered at a symposium celebrating his 24-year judicial career.
Attorneys for the National Abortion Federation seemed to lose the argument Tuesday that anti-abortion activists can be contractually barred from turning over to law enforcement secretly recorded videos of a federation conference without first getting court approval.
A federal judge said he planned to grant final approval to a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over an emissions scandal involving its diesel-powered vehicles.
Eleanor Lacey will be leaving SurveyMonkey next month to assume the role of senior vice president and general counsel for global security company Sophos.
Haight Brown & Bonesteel has acquired the Sacramento-based transactional boutique CVM Law Group and is creating a transactional practice group.
Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate.
Anti-abortion activists will try to convince a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that a district court judge violated their First Amendment rights by blocking the release of videos they allege reveal schemes to profit from selling fetal organs.
In the face of a glaring pay gap between male and female partners, some firm leaders point to the emphasis on origination credit as the key culprit. But moving away from such a model may not be so easy.
When former Deutsche Bank risk officer Eric Ben-Artzi revealed in August that securities regulators would award him half of a $16.5 million award for his tips about misconduct at the bank, there was a twist: He was rejecting the money. Ben-Artzi put a spotlight on the revolving door at the commission.
We look at four practices—from tech sophisticates, to financial regulation experts, to fraud specialists, to third-party settlement appointees—that have gained steam during Barack Obama's presidency.
Once labeled by pundits as the nation's first tech president, Barack Obama recruited like-minded West Coast executives, lawyers and engineers to Washington with a plea to help reboot government. With the clock ticking down the Obama administration's final months, will those appointees return to Silicon Valley, California or other points west?
A San Diego judge who was fined last year for campaign reporting violations is facing possible removal from office for alleged misbehavior in and out of the courtroom, including making inappropriate comments about female lawyers, a judicial commission said Friday.
A California appeals court on Thursday sided with lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that whether a father's loan was meant to be repaid is a factual question to resolve at trial.
Littler Mendelson lawyers representing Uber say opposing counsel padded their time and should receive less than $500,000.
After facing claims that it misled customers, the online lender LendUp has beefed up its legal department in hopes of proving that it's turned over a new leaf. But was a lack of lawyers really the problem in the first place?
General counsel in the tech sector are praising the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's long-awaited report on patent assertion entities (often referred to as patent trolls), calling it a good starting point for much-needed patent reform.
The resignation under fire of Wells Fargo's CEO John Stumpf after a CFPB consent order, other regulatory actions and public opprobrium yields lessons for counsel and CEO everywhere.
The California Supreme Court has disbarred a Walnut Creek attorney for stealing more than $600,000 from his firm in a scheme involving fake companies and phony invoices.
The San Francisco federal judge said Traci Ribeiro's gender bias claims will likely land in arbitration because his hands are tied.
With accusations piling up that Theranos Inc. duped investors about its much-vaunted blood testing technology, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher finds itself in the unlikely position of representing the first investor plaintiff to sue the embattled startup.
More than 160 students who took real estate seminars from Armando Montelongo, the Texas investor made famous from “Flip This House,” have dismissed their $12 million racketeering case with plans to bring new claims in Texas.
The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.
Attorneys for three corporate officers of Backpage.com said Wednesday they intend to formally challenge "pimping" allegations filed in connection to escort ads that appear on the online classifieds site.
The Obama administration on Wednesday laid out a targeted role for federal regulators overseeing artificial intelligence development, calling for increased public investment and safety measures while acknowledging industry opposition to "broad regulation" of research and practice.
Jack DiCanio, the firm's head of litigation in Palo Alto, entered an appearance Tuesday in federal court for Marc Abramowitz.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saw a record number of enforcement actions this past fiscal year, a sign the commission is looking beyond headline-grabbing cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars, according to one attorney.
Legal malpractice claims have been resolving sooner and seeing fewer resolutions where no money is paid out, according to results of an ABA study that suggest insurers and law firms are settling claims earlier as litigation costs go up.
Among professionals, lawyers rank among the highest in rates of suicide. Partners, colleagues, friends and family can help by talking about the issue, identifying solutions for those at risk, and watching for warning signs.
Facebook Inc. is challenging the federal government’s claim that it underpaid taxes, possibly by more than a $3 billion, due to the way it valued assets transferred to its Irish subsidiary in 2010.
The key question facing the justices, and any lower court judge handling the case if it's sent back, is how to break down the multimillion-dollar financial award tied to design patent infringement.
Lorraine Echavarria, the former head of enforcement in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Los Angeles office, is the latest SEC official to migrate to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Hollywood’s largest unions have asserted claims in the federal government’s forfeiture case over “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with one guild acknowledging it was conducting an internal audit of the production company behind the 2013 film.
An investor in Jumio Inc. has sued a Facebook Inc. co-founder and other directors of the digital payment company in the Court of Chancery, accusing them of covering up widespread financial mismanagement and improperly insulating themselves from liability in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Two Reed Smith partners from opposite sides of the country, including a practice group leader, have left to join other firms, where their hires were announced on the same day.
According to lawyers at Girard Gibbs, the company disabled thousands of HP printers remotely last month in order to sell more ink cartridges.
Mark Yohalem, deputy chief of appeals at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, was working on litigation against Apple as it refused to help the FBI unlock a mass shooter's iPhone. Munger Tolles was backing supporters of Apple. Now Yohalem is joining Munger Tolles as of counsel.
From out of the blue Friday, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinstated a $119 million patent infringement award for Apple against Samsung Electronics Co.
Just when it seemed like October couldn’t get worse for Yahoo Inc.’s legal department, a second ex-employee has emerged with claims that the performance review process ushered in by chief executive officer Marissa Mayer was used to illegally discriminate against men.
A recent Ninth Circuit criminal decision illustrates why it's best to argue that the particular decision was unreasonable rather than taking aim at the trial judge's reasonableness.