U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Delaware ruled Friday that Gilead's conduct didn't warrant enhanced damages for willful infringement in a patent fight with Merck subsidiary Idenix.
U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Delaware ruled Friday that Gilead's conduct didn't warrant enhanced damages for willful infringement in a patent fight with Merck subsidiary Idenix.
A federal judge rebuffed the idea that security flaws alone can meet the injury hurdle. But that's unlikely to close litigation over the issue altogether.
Trenton Ward became an administrative judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board just as it was emerging as a venue for patent validity challenges. Five years later, he's returning to private practice as a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.
Regardless of how bad it might look or how irrelevant it might seem, you’ve got to tell the truth about your professional background on your resume. Every morsel of it.
Colin Stretch gave his take on the decision in a post on his company's website.
The decision interpreting the Supreme Court's TC Heartland ruling will be cheered by tech companies and make it harder for patent suits to stick in the Eastern District of Texas.
Federal prosecutors want Google Inc. sanctioned for refusing to hand over government-sought emails stored on its overseas servers, according to documents filed Wednesday.
The number of first-year associate jobs at law firms across the U.S. and Canada is set to rise slightly over the next 12 months, a new survey has found.
A full Second Circuit will hear from two opposing government agencies in key case on whether sexual orientation should be protected under federal civil rights law
A federal judge granted HP's request to compel arbitration on the basis of a release agreement signed by former employees.
Few occupations in San Francisco have as large a gender pay gap as the legal industry, the civic data analytics company LiveStories reported this week. And the inequality is growing.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday afternoon heard oral arguments in a case that challenges arbitration agreements between Uber Technologies Inc. and its drivers as violating the National Labor Relations Act.
Amid mounting scrutiny over Russian-funded web advertising during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc.'s internal government affairs team in Washington and the company's network of outside advocates will be tested like no time before. Here's a look at some of the key players, the money and connections.
The lawsuit in California accuses Tesla of using information from customers' driver's licenses for marketing, without their consent or knowledge.
Adopting technology is becoming more commonplace in legal. But, with a growing number of tools promising increased operational efficiency and reduced costs for corporate legal teams, deciding which tools are best for your department is a challenging path to navigate.
In the minds of some movers and shakers in the automobile industry, self-driving cars are the wave of the future. For investors and big business, the safe bet is that laissez-faire policies will win the day. But for consumers and workers, that very well may lead to unsafe and unstable futures.
Three significant securities law decisions highlight the new Supreme Court session, which will be the first complete term for Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The partial price tag is for just one of nine allegedly stolen trade secrets.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is preparing to sue to block the first phase of President Donald Trump's planned wall along the Mexican border, state officials said Wednesday morning.
Wondering whether a given lawsuit will go to trial? SettlementAnalytics unveiled a new tool to predict the likelihood. But some Big Law litigators are skeptical that all the intangibles that determine the course of litigation can be factored in.
Salle Yoo is officially out at Uber. But where is she headed?
The appeals court will be weighing issues critical to the fate of major driver class actions against Uber and workers' collective rights generally.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in Washington on Tuesday urged tech companies to "join us at the table" to craft federal legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. The general counsel to the Internet Association, representing major U.S. companies, tells a U.S. Senate committee the bill "introduces overly broad concepts of criminal and civil liability."
According to the complaint, Uber spent more than $82.5 million in an ad campaign directed by Fetch Media Ltd. from 2016 through the first quarter of this year.
The four University of California law schools—Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, and UC Irvine School of Law—have created "Civil Rights in the 21st Century," as a call to students and young lawyers to public-service law work in areas ranging from immigration to water rights to police accountability.
Wanji Walcott, PayPal general counsel and senior vice president, brings passion for diversity, inclusion, pro bono work and tech transactions to the online payments company.
Over the past several years, law firm mergers have become the new normal in the legal industry. It seems that, at one point or another, nearly every midsize or large law firm has either merged with another firm, or was at least rumored to be in talks with other firms regarding a possible merger.
Johnson & Johnson has filed motions to toss a record $417 million talcum powder verdict based in part on the alleged misconduct of jurors in the deliberations room.
The city of San Francisco tasted a bitter defeat on Tuesday, at least temporarily, as a federal appeals court put a hold on its plans to label sugary-drink ads with health warnings.
A simple question. And a simple answer: Absolutely. Positively. Always.
The GRE is building momentum among the law school admissions community as an alternative to the LSAT, a new survey says.
California legislation that would have increased the number of workers eligible for overtime pay died in the final hours of the state's 2017 legislative session Saturday, ending a push to revive Obama-era rules that the Trump administration has moved to undo.
With two new challenges filed Monday, there are now half a dozen lawsuits over the Trump administration’s rescission of the DACA program.
In the Fishiest IP dispute you're likely to see, Fish IP Law has sued Fish & Richardson seeking a ruling that its name and logo don't infringe the megafirm's registered and common law trademarks.
A report has surfaced that Burke Norton of Salesforce.com will soon be headed to Uber as head of its legal department.
Longford Capital Management LP on Monday announced the latest headline figure in the litigation finance industry. Longford said it raised $500 million for a second fund that will dwarf the initial $56.5 million fund that the Chicago-based firm raised three years ago.
A California bill that would have restricted the ability of internet service providers to collect and sell consumer information without permission died early Saturday amid a strong lobbying push from telecommunications and tech companies to stop the privacy measure.
Crystal Nix-Hines, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has returned to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner in Los Angeles. The former reporter for The New York Times has also moonlighted as a television show script writer.
A federal judge in Delaware on Sept. 15 cited the district's depleted bench as a reason for transferring a patent infringement suit against Apple Inc. to California, saying the case would have put an undue burden on an already overworked court.
A ruling from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco could threaten a new litigation campaign by McKool client Eolas Technologies against Amazon, Google and Wal-Mart.
The U.S. Transportation Department rolled out new guidance this week for driverless car manufacturers. We spoke with Susan Lent in Washington, head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's infrastructure and transportation practice, about these changes and what they mean for the industry and her practice.
In a case over a purported aphrodisiac dietary supplement that promised "animal magnetism," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, splitting with nearly half the country's federal appellate courts on a matter of first impression, decided to expand the time available to ask for reconsideration of decertification.
Covington & Burling's Stanley Young is still fighting against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court, despite his pardon from President Donald Trump.
A plaintiffs attorney who was debarred from filing claims with an asbestos trust could get another shot after a federal appeals court found possible violations of California law.
The Recorder is recognizing NetApp and Lyft as the winners of its annual In-House Legal Departments of the Year awards.
Emily Robinson’s phone has been ringing incessantly since Sept. 5, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from deportation.
Eversheds Sutherland has been appointed as the sole global legal adviser to Turkish Airlines for an initial three-year period.
David King, a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett associate who spent nearly the past seven years at buyout giant The Carlyle Group LP, has joined Kirkland & Ellis as an investment funds partner in the Bay Area.
On Aug. 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued a 5-2 split decision in California "Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland," S234148. Immediate responses from many commentators reflect an expansive view of this decision, including a perception that the case could pave the way for communities to establish special taxes with majority voter approval, rather than the 2/3 required by Article XIII C, section 2. An alternate reading of the case, however, suggests a narrower impact from the decision.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is stepping up its game in sports law with a splashy California hire and the creation of its newest industry group.
Despite a complex network of regulations on cannabis sales, few dispensaries have a full-time in-house counsel. But one cannabis-related company just hired its first CLO.
California's governor and Legislature in recent years have not been welcoming of many bills aimed at restricting the use of arbitration. That could soon change. Gov. Jerry Brown is considering whether to sign legislation that would allow judges to deny a bank's arbitration demand in any case that involves fraudulently created accounts.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has taken home the overall prize in The Recorder's Corporate Department of the Year contest, which honors firms whose California lawyers worked on the biggest, most complex and trendsetting deals this past year. Sidley Austin and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which both worked on blockbuster deals of their own, have been named finalists in the overall competition.
The Recorder is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year. The awards recognize law firms whose California litigators have delivered outstanding service—and wins—for their clients in the year's most demanding litigation matters.
A class action filed Thursday against Google Inc. claims the tech company systemically pays women less than men in similar jobs and also enables unequal promotions and opportunities for male and female workers.
A federal judge has rejected Uber's bid to halt a class action lawsuit over the company's overtime pay practices, and ordered the parties to address whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Atrium’s law firm will cater to the early stage startup community, while its software company will cater to its law firm.
The firm has donated 2,300 square feet of its 16th floor San Francisco office and partnered with a nonprofit business accelerator to launch the StartOut Growth Lab.
The development marks a reversal of the company’s legal strategy on the issue of law enforcement access to data stored abroad.
An order Wednesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit could release evidence against Uber in a court battle that's speeding toward trial. An Uber spokesperson said that's not the case.
DoNotPay's latest chatbot release can help you sue Equifax for negligence in small-claims court. But what impact may it have on consumer protection?
If law firms used technology to automate tasks, lower prices and give personalized advice, they’d have an undeniable competitive advantage.
Uber Technologies and a group of former executives have brought on lawyers from O'Melveny, Orrick, Latham, and Hogan Lovells to defend against a privacy and defamation suit brought by a woman raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi in 2014.
The GC reporting structure is one of the most talked about topics among in-house lawyers today. And there is no shortage of opinions on the matter.
After five years with the ride-hailing giant, Yoo will leave the company she helped build.
While every firm typically has unique considerations in deciding whether to change insurers, there are certain issues that may warrant exploring the options when renewal time is approaching.
Gibson lawyers filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Stanford University professor Robert Sutton just released his book, "The Asshole Survival Guide." Here's what the authority on corporate A-holes has to say.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Tuesday rolled out revamped federal guidance for autonomous vehicle manufacturers, putting the Trump administration's deregulatory stamp on this fast-developing industry.
Duane Morris has hired Sidley Austin corporate partner Robert Kadlec in Los Angeles, where the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm bolstered its local operations earlier this year after absorbing a local corporate boutique.
A state bar judge has recommended that Rita Mahdessian be disbarred for misappropriating $30,000 from a trust fund for survivors of the Armenian genocide and using other trust money to pay for her children's law school.
Cheddar Inc. has named Anjali Kumar general counsel and chief people officer.
Ralph Baxter Jr., a former CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who retired to West Virginia four years ago, will announce Tuesday that he is going to run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. He spoke with The American Lawyer about the path that led him to pursue a new career in public service.
PETA agreed to drop its fight to establish copyright ownership for Naruto, a crested macaque who it claims took the famous "monkey selfie."
Larger common funds in class actions typically yield smaller percentage fees for lawyers, according to two studies relied upon by federal judges in determining attorney fees awards in some of the nation's largest class action settlements.
A Los Angeles lawmaker says he'll pursue a bill in January that would bar federal immigration agents from arresting or questioning undocumented immigrants in state courthouses unless they first obtain a warrant.
Kent Easter, a California lawyer, has been prohibited from practicing law after he was found guilty of planting drugs in the car of a parent at his son's elementary school.
While the city and county have repeatedly gone to court to challenge President Donald Trump's efforts to financially penalize so-called "sanctuary cities," San Francisco faces an immigration-related lawsuit of its own from taxpayer Cynthia Cerletti.
In the months before revealing a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of nearly half the adult U.S. population, Equifax Inc. turned to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help convince U.S. lawmakers to reduce penalties for companies that violated the federal fair credit-reporting law.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will no longer tolerate multiple, serial petitions for inter partes review that target the same patent claims.
Thousands of California-licensed lawyers responded to the state bar's call for public comment about whether the bar exam score should be lowered or kept right where it is. Attorneys offered varying thoughts. Here's a snapshot of some of what members of the bar had to say.
A major theme in the suits will be how Equifax, whose entire business as a credit reporting agency is to maintain personal and confidential data on individuals, wasn't prepared for hackers who have hit retailers and health care companies for that same information.
Jackson Lewis has landed Tracy Costantino, a partner and vice chair of the wage-and-hour class actions practice at Lewis Brisbois, as a partner in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel refused to block Apple from suing Qualcomm overseas or to order the resumption of royalty payments while the litigation plays out.
UC president Janet Napolitano signed the directive implementing DACA when she was secretary of homeland security in 2012.
The Federal Trade Commission in several cases has faulted social media "influencers" for failing to disclose the payments behind their seemingly organic endorsements. But the FTC had only reached settlements with the companies, raising a question of when—if ever—the agency would directly go after the influencers. That time has come. The agency this week took its first action against an influencer.
Critics and some experts say involving other judges in a political campaign toes close to ethical limits. But Judge Aaron Persky's supporters refute that.
Jean-Claude “J.C.” André, who spent the past decade as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in its U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice in the same city.
The court upheld a district court ruling that said grandparents of U.S. citizens and other family members of U.S. residents are exempt from President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.
The Trump administration delivered a new blow to the gay and lesbian community on Thursday when the U.S. Justice Department sided against a same-sex couple in a major discrimination case at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justice Department filed a brief backing a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. "Weddings are sacred rites in the religious realm and profoundly symbolic ceremonies in the secular one," Jeffrey Wall, the acting U.S. solicitor general, wrote in the amicus brief.
A panel of four Northern District of California judges discussed what they appreciate from presenting counsel, and what they value in lawyers.
Apple’s GC raised the idea of targeted discovery to lower the cost and time of litigation, and fellow tech GCs asked for the courts help in making it happen.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ryan Bounds served at the White House as special assistant to President George W. Bush for justice and immigration policy and at the Justice Department as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy.
In the modern practice of law, arguably nothing is more important to an attorney than her laptop. With the rise of electronic document management systems, the laptop can act as the equivalent of an entire office building of documents and allow the attorney to work from virtually anywhere.
The move represents a new foray for the litigation finance company, which previously only allowed investors to bet directly on individual cases.
The future of cross-border government enforcement investigations has been shaken by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's recent decision in United States v. Allen, 864 F.3d 63 (2d Cir. 2017), which held that the Fifth Amendment's prohibition on the use of compelled testimony in criminal proceedings applies even when that testimony was compelled by a foreign official in a foreign investigation. Allen's ramifications are far-reaching and may put pressure on other circuits, including the Ninth, to embrace the holding or disavow it.
The first week of September saw Latham & Watkins pick up Wilson Sonsini’s privacy and data protection co-chair Michael Rubin, while three other Wilson Sonsini partners are poised to join Cooley. Matthew Sonsini, the son of Wilson Sonsini's septuagenarian chairman Larry Sonsini, has also left the firm for another family business.
By the time he was 8 years old, Joshua Briones was rising before dawn to pick strawberries and cherry tomatoes, moving from town to town in California with his immigrant farm worker parents. Today, Briones, 44, is the managing partner of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo’s Los Angeles office and a lauded litigator. This is the story of his remarkable journey,
Ellisen Turner has been named the next managing partner of Irell & Manella as the Los Angeles-based firm’s current leader, Andrei Iancu, was recently nominated to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Any policy changes proposed by Congress to regulate the gig economy should not tamp down on the businesses' ability to grow, the leader of the association that represents Google, Microsoft and other major companies in the technology industry told a U.S. House committee Wednesday.
California state bar trustees on Wednesday punted the fate of the bar exam pass score to the California Supreme Court, offering the justices a range of choices on the controversial issue, from leaving the score at 144 to lowering it to 139.
As a part of the Tech Lawyer Accelerator Program, a law student will join Bryan Cave’s outside counsel team in developing contract management systems for Red Robin’s legal department.
You've lost your appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit and are certain the panel erred. Now what? Before running to the Supreme Court, which very rarely grants review, you should consider filing a petition for (panel) rehearing (PFR), or a petition for rehearing en banc (PFREB), or a combined PFR/PFREB, which is what almost everyone files.
An almost air-tight protection, end-to-end encryption can stop internal compliance or e-discovery efforts dead in their tracks.
One of the first questions defense counsel may ask when reviewing a new state court complaint, or an amended complaint, is "Can we remove to federal court?" There are many good reasons for a defendant to want to be in federal court, including having a single assigned Article III judge with top law school clerks to review motions, federal discovery rules that may limit fishing expeditions and a unanimous jury requirement.
Curtis Smolar will help navigate the company through regulatory requirements and help assess the value of cases it invests in.
Traci Ribeiro, who settled a gender bias case against Sedgwick earlier this year, has found a new home. Meanwhile, other lawyers have left the firm in New York and Florida.
Joshua Morse, who joined Jones Day five years ago from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, is headed to DLA Piper in the Bay Area.
A federal official with an anti-drug agency has asked California for demographic data about the 86,723 patients who have obtained medical marijuana user cards, raising privacy alarms among cannabis advocates.
The case won't decide the worker classification issue for the whole "gig economy"—but its outcome could have symbolic weight.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security will phase out the program, but will not cancel any existing work permits.
A federal appeals panel on Tuesday rejected a digital advertising firm's effort to invoke Verizon Wireless' arbitration agreement to push a subscriber class action over data collection practices out of court.
Trouble could be, ahem, brewing for the maker of the Hawaiian-themed Kona Brewing Co. line of beers.
In the coming months, Uber's in-house lawyers and its board of directors may be getting to know each other quite well.
Latham & Watkins represents the LGBT civil rights group Equality California and several transgender members of the military in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's Aug. 25 directive.
It's no fun to lose, particularly in a trial court. When you do, your first instinct may be to appeal. That may be just fine, but sometimes it isn't. Before you take that next step, here are 10 questions to consider.
While it is uncommon for a young, more inexperienced lawyer to achieve the designation and status of general counsel (GC) in an organization, it does occur (primarily in private/emerging growth organizations). And while there are virtues to such a meteoric rise, there can also be challenges.
The Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy on the lateral hiring front in 2017, has added two intellectual property partners in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
California lawmakers have killed a handful of bills aimed at regulating the state's pending recreational marijuana market, an apparent nod to the governor's desire to craft such rules through executive agencies.
Partner John Sganga Jr. argued the case for CardiAQ Valve Technologies Inc., which accused its one-time partner of secretly developing a competing heart valve design.
A federal judge has sanctioned two California lawyers for civil contempt rooted in their roles in posting secretly recorded videos of abortion providers that had been barred from public release by an injunction. Judge William Orrick, however, in his sanctions order, slashed the fees requested by the Morrison & Foerster team that represented the plaintiff, the National Abortion Federation, in the suit.
New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi could be gearing the company and its legal department up for some big transactions.
Newly minted partners may want to live that partner lifestyle, but there are some financial adjustments that need to be planned for.
The amended claim says the CEO and other executives fostered a "culture of male bravado" that empowered other managers to engage in misconduct.
Lawyers say they will continue to argue that the recall process started against the judge who sentenced Brock Turner violates the California Constitution.
From one U.S. attorney general to another, Eric Holder Jr. recently offered Jeff Sessions some leadership advice. Holder's observations were not solicited. "I urge you not to force them to further defend the indefensible—the president's inhumane and unjust executive orders," the Covington & Burling partner wrote to Sessions. Holder's letter, written on behalf of the California Senate, was attached to an amicus brief California lawmakers filed in support of Chicago's challenge to Trump administration immigration policies.
The best way to attract high-quality lawyers is to pay them competitively, according to Robert Half Legal's 2018 Salary Guide, which breaks down attorney pay in the United States.
If last term was the relatively quiet "calm before the storm" for the U.S. Supreme Court, then get ready. The clouds are gathering.
Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter.
A California State Bar committee stocked with law school deans recommended on Wednesday that the Supreme Court reduce the bar exam passing score from 144 to as low as 135. The Law School Council endorsed setting the state's passing score between 135 and 139, a lower range than the 141 to 144 that a previous bar-commissioned study had suggested.
Trusts and estates litigator Rodney Lee joined Loeb & Loeb’s Los Angeles office last month from a mid-size firm in Beverly Hills. But Lee’s new partners may remember him for making one of the greatest catches in UCLA football history in a game that helped the Bruins defeat archrival USC in 1996.
The settlement was reached as attorneys from the ACLU and other groups representing those affected by both travel bans prepare to clash with government attorneys before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments over a revised travel ban released in March.
"We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse," Amazon reportedly told consumers who bought certain special glasses to watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Amazon is now the target of a class action in a Charleston, South Carolina, federal district court, where five law firms teamed up to sue the online retail giant over its alleged inadequate recall notification before the Aug. 21 eclipse.
The decision is a victory for civil liberties groups who say they are trying to expose the pervasiveness of automatic license plate readers as a surveillance tool.
A California jury ordered Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to fork over $335,000 to a legal recruiter who sued the firm alleging it breached an oral contract related to its hires of financial services partners Donna Wilson and John McGuinness in 2013.
On the heels of recent actions by Canadian regulators and the U.S. SEC, some countries may be regulating digital currency as securities.
The litigation finance industry is heating up in the U.S. as new funders enter the market and hire away Big Law attorneys to fill their ranks. Another sign of this trend: Burford Capital, one of the largest litigation funders, recently announced it had poured almost half a billion dollars into litigation finance in just the first half of this year after its game-changing acquisition of Gerchen Keller.
The estate of Thelonious Monk is suing a California craft brewery for using the legendary jazz musician's name and likeness on its Brother Thelonious trappist-style ale and associated merchandise.
Wilson Sonsini has welcomed aboard of counsel Elizabeth George, a former associate White House counsel in the Obama administration who most recently served as deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., for its privacy and data protection practice in San Francisco.
A Delaware Court of Chancery judge on Wednesday sent to an arbitrator Benchmark Capital Partners' lawsuit seeking to oust Travis Kalanick from Uber Technologies Inc.'s board, avoiding for the moment a public battle over the former CEO's acquisition of three new board seats.
Being a good candidate is something a lawyer has complete control over.
An attorney wants the high court to decide whether a judge created the appearance of impropriety by "friending" a lawyer on Facebook.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will revisit a pay-equality ruling that federal officials and advocacy groups argued would widen and institutionalize practices that allow women to be paid less than men based on past salaries.
As a result of the changing market for legal services, law firms are not always looking for the same type of candidate when hiring new attorneys as in the past. Because demand from clients can be uneven, particularly for litigation matters, some firms may be reluctant to commit to full-time attorneys in fear that the work won't be there permanently to justify the cost.
IT departments understand the case for new technology, but not everyone in the firm does. Here's how to change that.
Less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Lanham Act's ban on disparaging trademarks, the D.C.-based appellate court was asked to decide whether "Matal v. Tam" extends to marks that use dirty words or graphics.
BYOD is a growing trend that's all but impossible to fight, according to in-house lawyers.
Second- through sixth-year associates at bonus-happy Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will receive supplemental rewards based on the firm’s performance, chairman John Quinn announced in a memo Tuesday. But there’s a catch.
The departure of eight members of the council could signal a strained relationship between the business sector and the government around cybersecurity policy.
Law firms intent on branding themselves around their community, culture and clients are missing an opportunity to tap into a base of users that's 700 million strong—and growing. Instagram's audience may skew younger, but the millennials of today are the clients (and employees) of tomorrow, making the platform fertile ground for building a brand online, writes Alisha Marks Tischler.
Christopher Patti died Sunday in Sonoma County during a bike ride.
But biotech and pharmaceutical groups are in wait-and-see mode on the expected nomination of Irell & Manella partner Andrei Iancu to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Kay Tsenin, a retired San Francisco Superior Court judge, said at the end of an hour-long hearing that the recall campaign could begin collecting signatures and would regain any of the 160 days they lost to gather them as a result of the TRO that was issued earlier this month.
A three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday over whether a lower court’s ruling allowing grandparents and other family members of U.S. residents to enter the country was wrongly decided.
Judicial social media use is a growing topic of concern for legal ethics experts.
As California lawmakers moved Monday to shield the immigration statuses of litigants and witnesses in open court, debate continued to swirl over President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Several former federal judges offered their thoughts on the president's grant of clemency.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has prevailed in its latest standoff with a law firm, as a federal judge ordered the California-based Seila Law to respond to the agency's demand for records related to debt relief services. A judge wasn't impressed with what she called a law firm's "cleverly" use of ellipses in the attack against the subpoena.
No one really likes to write. It's too personal. It's like opening an artery and hoping people approve of the color of your blood and don't think you made too much of a mess displaying it.
The choice of a new CEO for Uber means a new GC could be appointed soon. That new GC will face numerous challenges at the helm of the troubled company's legal function.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ consulting arm is no more. Monarch Global Strategies LLC opened on Aug. 1 with offices in four cities after Manatt Global Strategies closed its doors. The new venture is comprised of several Manatt Global executives, including the latter’s former president Michael Camuñez and ex-chairman James Jones.
Andrei Iancu, a heavy-hitting patent litigator and managing partner of Irell & Manella has been tapped to replace Michelle Lee as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A battle over a DOJ's search warrant highlights the ongoing struggles to define the scope of search warrants and First and Fourth Amendment rights in the digital age.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal magistrate judge on Thursday sanctioned a law firm for publicly filing documents containing Grubhub Inc.’s confidential information in a lawsuit claiming the delivery service misclassified workers as contractors.
We recently reported that whippersnapper Aaron Parnas is starting his first year at George Washington University Law School at the tender age of 18. It got us thinking: Who else went to law school as a mere child, and what happened to them? Did they go on to accomplish great things? Did they flame out? Are they pushing up daisies? Take a look below. It’s pretty impressive – and not necessarily in a good way.
A patent case filed against Amazon in Texas and transferred to California raised an interesting choice-of-law question for U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled it's too late to disqualify Latham from the case.
A former Faegre Baker Daniels associate's law license was suspended for nine months after she inflated or fabricated time entries worth nearly $40,000 to meet a billable hour expectation. Inexcusable, sure. But an expert said it is symptomatic of the pressure Big Law lawyers face to meet hourly requirements.
A Delaware Court of Chancery judge on Thursday set an Aug. 30 hearing date for Travis Kalanick's motion to dismiss an investor lawsuit seeking to oust him from the Uber Technologies Inc.'s board, as Benchmark Capital Partners continued to step up its attack on the ride-hailing company's ousted CEO.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ruling after a June argument in the Pasadena, California, U.S. courthouse, unanimously upheld an injunction entered by the federal district court on the request of three Hollywood studios: Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The order prevents VidAngel from selling its technology that allows people to filter movies to remove content the user finds offensive.
With Republicans controlling Congress, the threat of a split is as real as it has been in years. But the initial Facebook Live broadcast of Sen. Jeff Flake's hearing was a bit surreal.
Wells Fargo, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, mounts an appeal to challenge the wrongful-termination claims of a former branch manager in California who alleged she was fired after blowing the whistle on bankers opening new accounts without proper authorization. OSHA ordered the bank to reinstate the whistleblower, and pay $577,500 in back pay and damages.
California's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2016 voter-approved initiative aimed at speeding up the state’s death penalty process. The five-member majority held, however, that Proposition 66's strict five-year deadline for courts handling appeals "must be deemed directive rather than mandatory."
Donations by companies including Apple and JPMorgan Chase underscore the significance of corporate social responsibility in the Trump era.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin ruled from the bench Thursday that the government can proceed with its search warrant, but must provide reports to the court on how it will search the data.
King & Spalding has hired white-collar litigation partner Brian Michael in Los Angeles, where he was deputy general counsel at 21st Century Fox and group chief compliance officer at the Fox Networks Group. Michael comes to King & Spalding a week after the firm opened an office in Chicago by adding another ex-federal prosecutor.
Harmeet Dhillon, the head of a San Francisco-based boutique and a Republican National Committee member, has signed on to consider legal options.
Three companies hit with a $1.15 billion lead paint judgment in California are hoping on Thursday to reverse a judge's finding that they created a public nuisance by promoting for decades a product that they knew was toxic.
Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who exposed in a blog post her claims of a hostile work environment, tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a key workplace challenge that class action waivers in arbitration agreements unfairly allow companies to eliminate legal risks associated with systemic, illegal employment practices.
A former Steptoe & Johnson associate urged a Los Angeles federal court not to send a proposed class action into private arbitration, arguing that case law should prevent the firm from burying her gender bias allegations in a secret proceeding.
The Ninth Circuit handed a loss to the team which had sued to force its insurer to pay to defend a lawsuit brought under the TCPA.
The start of the 2017 National Football League season may seem like a hot mess to fans–especially those in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland–but it looks like another banner year for the attorneys who keep it all legal. By any measure, 2016 was a boom year for Big Law and the NFL.
Professionalism is necessary so that the practice of law may continue to survive and thrive.
The National Labor Relations Board will get a chance to argue against Uber Technologies Inc. in a key appeal over class actions and employment arbitration clauses that is snarled in a federal appeals court.
In the fast-paced world of employment law, where scandals and groundbreaking lawsuits are front page news, more mundane requirements for documentation that employers provide to candidates and employees can fall through the cracks. While these requirements may not be as sensational as the latest sexual harassment allegations or the potential repeal or scaling back of the Dodd-Frank Act, overlooking them can expose employers to potentially devastating liability.
AT&T Corp. and other phone service providers on Tuesday moved closer to ending a long-running infringement suit over systems for transmitting high-frequency data signals over telephone networks.
When it comes to regulating marijuana advertising, California lawmakers have visions of the Marlboro Man. A broad bill that has sailed through the Legislature this year would restrict marijuana branding in much the same way as tobacco promotions. Lawmakers are set to take up the measure Wednesday.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday pushed back against criticism of her pleas to federal authorities to stop courthouse arrests of undocumented immigrants, telling a Sacramento gathering that she's challenging arrest policies, not immigration laws.
Kevin Masuda, a longtime media and entertainment partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in Los Angeles.
Under Levey's leadership, Upwork's law department is helping the company develop a new marketplace tied to contingent work.
Uber is seeking to knock out Waymo's only remaining patent claim and one trade secret claim, as the two sides gear up for trial in October.
Objectors are hoping to create a circuit split to get the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether settlements that only fund charitable organizations are appropriate in class actions.
Students in the master of laws program will complete their spring and fall coursework online, and come to the Bay Area campus for nearly three months over one summer.
The ongoing debate among some of the most influential tech entrepreneurs regarding the inherent risks of artificial intelligence (AI) appears not to have dampened enthusiasm in boardrooms for acquisitions of AI companies this year.
Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising the National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively, in an investigation into whether the latter tampered with former Indianapolis Pacers star forward Paul George.
Lawyers for Apple and Qualcomm faced off Aug. 18 in a clash over $4 billion in annual royalty payments. Cravath chairman Evan Chesler described client Qualcomm as under worldwide assault: “We are standing in a boxing ring with our gloves up, with the biggest boxer in the world punching away at us.”
California jurors who awarded $417 million on Monday in a talcum powder trial might have been influenced by three new pieces of evidence, including an emailed photo that arrived just as the trial started, according to plaintiffs' attorneys in the case.
Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”
It's always interesting when Big Law firms take opposing views on a matter of strategy, whether it's their approach to equity and compensation, or the merits of a particular practice area or geography.
A jury in Los Angeles awarded $417 million to a California woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. Jurors found 9-3 that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn that its baby powder could cause the deadly disease.
A former National Labor Relations Board compliance official pleaded guilty Monday in Washington to charges he used his position to steal more than $400,000 in back pay that was meant for victimized employees.
Braverman, who has been a regular on Corporate Counsel's annual list of best compensated GCs, has signed on at the company to July 2019.
It isn't easy for a pure litigator to sell him/herself as a commercial transaction lawyer. So if you are applying for a role that seeks transaction experience, there will be some hurdles. It can be a bit easier if the commercial aspect of the role includes a few litigation components to it, but most of these types of positions do not. So as you strive to take this right turn in your career, follow the advice below to sell yourself more effectively for the job you desire.
To counter rallies scheduled for San Francisco and Berkeley next weekend, the JBASF is holding an online fundraiser for an anti-extremist nonprofit.
The web service provider says it doesn't need the money, but wants to create an outlet for internet users alarmed by a government request for data about visitors to an anti-Trump protest site.
Recently released court documents reveal there were certainly quirks worth noting in the deal inked by Uber and Otto.
Against a backdrop of political polarization the case of Colin Kaepernick, the ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is unsigned by any NFL team, and who sat out the pregame national anthem in protest, may be a test, or a black eye, for the NFL.
Craigslist Inc. on Thursday secured a $31 million stipulated judgment against a car-selling website that was scraping auto listings on craigslist.org to reach out to posters to create listings on its own commercial site.
Genome sequencing equipment company 10x Genomics Inc. has hired Eric Whitaker as general counsel.
Charles Yang’s three-lawyer, cloud-based Ntellect Law found a fitting home this month when it merged with FisherBroyles, a pioneering firm that claims to be the largest in a growing crowd of virtual or cloud-based law firms.
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., pushed back late Thursday against an investor's attempt to force him off the ride-hailing company's board, saying that a dispute over his control of three board seats must be settled in arbitration.
DreamHost refuses to comply with a search warrant that requests a broad swath of information related to a website it hosts, disruptj20.org, which was used to organize protests during President Donald Trump's inauguration.
U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez’s ruling is another rebuke of a controversial ruling by the Second Circuit last year in favor of tech companies that warrants under the Stored Communications Act cannot reach outside the United States.
The Supreme Court set off a patent law earthquake with its venue decision TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. Three months later it's still unclear how far the shock waves will spread.
California's Commission on Judicial Performance concluded Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep committed 57 acts of misconduct or improper action. The commission handed down the most severe punishment short of removal from the bench on Thursday.
Uber made it clear that users were agreeing to terms and conditions, including the waiving of a jury trial in favor of arbitration, when they downloaded and used the app, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos asks lawyers representing state Auditor Elaine Howle why she needs to see confidential documents maintained by the Commission on Judicial Performance.
A California State Senator wants to codify specific protections for female entrepreneurs who face sexual harassment from investors and venture capitalists.
In a court filing earlier this month, pension advance provider Future Income Payments said the CFPB was demanding information from state authorities that the company provided “generally under confidentiality restrictions.”
Review a discussion on 'Parrish, et. al. v. Latham & Watkins'. California law allows a case to be objectively specious, but nonetheless to have some merit. Hmmm.
Big law firms, the ones billing Trump full-freight—can make moral decisions about whom they choose to represent, whose agenda they want to help advance. Their response to the violence in Charlottesville? Crickets...
A small group of tech companies are legally protected, for the most part, in their decisions to kick users off their platforms for privately and publicly espousing white supremacy.
Hundreds of marijuana-related businesses in California have been hit with product labeling violations since January, putting them at risk of costly litigation.
A federal judge said Wednesday he might make the firm's attorneys explain to the jury why they withheld files from an ex-Waymo engineer.
The Ninth Circuit asked the California Supreme Court to weigh in on whether state law requires Apple Inc. to pay workers at its retail stores for time spent waiting for security checks at the end of work shifts.
When Rajesh De was first approached about joining the National Security Agency as its general counsel, advisers warned him he might be the last person standing between a free democracy and an Orwellian surveillance program. The reality wasn’t quite so dramatic, says De, who also served in the Obama White House and is now a partner at Mayer Brown. But during his tenure, what was long known as “No Such Agency” was forced to confront just how secret it really needed to be after the leaks by Edward Snowden.
Earlier this year, the State Bar of California approved an ethics rule prohibiting sexual relations between attorneys and clients. The new rule, which carves out limited exceptions, awaits a final determination by the California Supreme Court.
Latham & Watkins corporate partner Casey Fleck, who joined the firm in 2012 from Skadden, has left for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s office in Century City, California.
In the days following the violent clashes between rival groups of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that killed a 32-year-old legal assistant, some corporate executives have openly criticized President Donald Trump for his delay in condemning white supremacists. Some Big Law leaders have reacted to the president’s response.
Sedgwick will be without an office in Washington, D.C., after its last two partners in the nation's capital, Barbara Werther and David Mancini, moved to Troutman Sanders with one associate this week.
The appeals court overturned an order transferring the entire case to the Northern District of California, finding the move violated the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in "Atlantic Marine Construction v. U.S. District Court."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced Tuesday that Judge Richard Tallman will take senior status in March 2018.
In a case involving law enforcement's use of cellphone location data, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other major tech companies on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that transmission to a service provider should not automatically bar protection of digital data from warrantless search and seizure.
Lo replaces Sam O'Rourke, who left Facebook in March after a nine-year run with the company.
The plaintiffs bar snatched a victory Tuesday in a case that defense lawyers heralded as a win after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016.
Craig Chaquico, a founding member of Jefferson Starship and the only musician to perform on all 10 of their albums, on Aug. 11 won a decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James in San Francisco greenlighting what his lawyer termed his "core" claims over use of the legendary band name.
Cooper & Kirk's Charles Cooper filed a new lawsuit this week on behalf of a convicted CEO to clarify which ex-cons should be allowed to purchase firearms.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg affirmed an earlier ruling directing the search giant to comply with a search warrant for emails stored overseas.
Uber agreed Tuesday to submit to regular audits of its privacy protocols to resolve Federal Trade Commission allegations that the ride-hailing platform failed to properly safeguard sensitive data and misrepresented its monitoring of employee access to consumers' personal information.
In an opportunity-rich environment, candidates who are actively seeking greener pastures are typically confronted with this predicament—because rarely do two horses cross the finish line at exactly the same time. Sometimes it's a situation that can be managed to a comfortable conclusion.
In-house counsel would be wise to use social media to share news, experts say, but companies need a measured strategy if they want to take advantage.
A federal judge has barred LinkedIn Corp. from blocking access to hiQ Labs, a data analytics startup that the professional networking site accused of unlawfully accessing public profiles.
Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson has been hired to represent the Hollywood studios and film companies behind a handful of box office blockbusters in several copyright infringement suits brought over their use of the MOVA Contour special effects system.
A federal judicial panel will hear arguments next month on whether to coordinate about a dozen patent infringement lawsuits brought by the same company into multidistrict litigation, the first such request since a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision this year changed venue rules.
The survivors of the wildly successful Mexican singer Juan Gabriel scored a court victory when a petition seeking a DNA sample from the late singer's body was denied in a case that has been making lurid headlines in Spanish-language media and has already spawned a defamation suit.
Lawyers and law school graduates pleaded with California state bar officials on Monday to support adoption of a lower passing score on the bar exam.
The lawyer representing the plaintiff slammed the online lending company's culture, calling it the "Uber of fintech."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has thrown a wrench into the company's plan to tell jurors that Anthony Levandowski may have had an innocent reason for downloading Google's data.
The two men held a joint press conference at San Francisco Monday to announce a pair of federal lawsuits challenging special conditions the U.S. Department of Justice placed on a federal grant program.
Grant & Eisenhofer has sued a former whistleblower client and two other law firms, alleging the whistleblower and her current lawyers conspired to strip Grant & Eisenhofer of its fee on a $280 million settlement.
A retired judge temporarily blocked the gathering of signatures to force a vote on the Santa Clara judge who drew fire for leniency in Stanford swimmer's sexual assault case.
Federal Circuit judges show little interest in steering dispute into arbitration.
When Benchmark Capital Partners sued the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. in Delaware Court of Chancery Thursday, the message was clear: One of the ride-hailing innovator's most powerful investors wants Travis Kalanick off the company's board.
Goodwin Procter has hired Cooley private investment funds partner Ian O'Donnell in San Francisco. The two firms have been busy this year poaching talent—sometimes from one another—for their private equity and technology groups.
Firing back at gender bias allegations filed by a former associate, Steptoe & Johnson forcefully denied Thursday that it has a pay disparity between women and men and urged a Los Angeles federal judge to send a suit against the firm to arbitration.
The appeals court affirmed attorney fee awards totaling $12 million in a pair of cases involving Alzheimer's disease research.
William Glasgow helped intellectual property boutique Fish & Neave merge with Ropes & Gray a dozen years ago. Now, as the Am Law 100 firm unwinds part of that union, the semi-retired Glasgow reflects on the current state of Big Law. Oh, and he once tried to do business with President Donald Trump.
Benchmark Capital Partners on Thursday filed suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery to remove Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., from the company’s board.
Launching a state-operated bank to serve the marijuana industry may not be a viable solution, banking experts warned California leaders Thursday at a meeting in Los Angeles.
Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the District of Columbia has become the first Article III judge to order Google to comply with a warrant for emails stored abroad, rejecting a landmark appeals court decision from last year.
A federal appeals court has upheld denial of class certification in a case that disability advocates claim could make it more difficult to bring class actions over civil rights violations. The case is one of several in which Denver-based Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has sued real estate investment trusts over Americans with Disabilities Act violations. The defendant, a REIT called Hospitality Properties Trust, owns about 300 hotels under various names, including Hyatt and Country Inn & Suites. Of those, 142 provided shuttle services but not to those who use wheelchairs or scooters to get around, according to the suit, brought by three individuals.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, who is set to retire on Friday, gradually has been handing off his long-running "institutional" cases in anticipation.
Attorney David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, has been particularly busy since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Aug. 4 that the Department of Justice would be stepping up its enforcement and prosecution of laws against leaks and could expand the number and scope of subpoenas for journalists. But Snyder wasn't surprised by it. As a matter of fact, he predicted nearly all of it in a Jan. 4 blog titled "Leaks in the Age of Trump – The Coming Flood."
As reports surfaced Thursday that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have placed their divorce on hold and are working toward a reconciliation, neither actor/filmmaker issued a statement, but that hasn't kept celebrity media outlets from exulting, hand-wringing, worrying about the kids or doling out blame for everything. So what's behind the flurry of reconciliation reports, and the lack of clarity given the silence of the principals, on the status of the divorce that would end the 12-year marriage of what was Hollywood's highest-profile couple? "I think there are three likely explanations," said Stacy Phillips of Blank Rome, one of the top family law attorneys in the nation, who has worked on cases involving Britney Spears, Axl Rose, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, among others.
The California Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a significant victory to lawyers fighting malicious-prosecution claims, ruling that defeating summary judgment in the underlying case bars future claims that they knowingly pursued meritless lawsuits.
The "quote to cash" company has hired the longtime technology GC as its chief legal officer.
Women in the industry reflect on gender issues following a controversial and widely circulated memo from a Google employee questioning women’s capacity for success in tech.
A federal district court in Washington has dismissed a Lyft driver’s lawsuit against his personal automobile insurer, finding that the insurer’s initial denial of his claim had been reasonable.
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, executive director of the California State Bar, has announced her intent to resign from the post effective September 7.
Drivers in Solano County who can’t pay their traffic fines will be less likely to have their licenses suspended, thanks to a settlement in a pro bono suit filed by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and several legal service organizations.
The unanimous ruling by a California appeals court reverses a decision critics had said undermined the ad-supported economic model of a whole host of internet companies.
Consider five practice tips for navigating FRCP Rule 26.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley said Uber's selective waiver of attorney-client privilege for meetings involving Travis Kalanick and Uber litigation chief Angela Padilla was self-serving and implausible.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired intellectual property litigator L. Scott Oliver as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Oliver, who represented a music publisher in the 2000 suit that led to Napster's collapse, was most recently a partner at K&L Gates.
The San Francisco plaintiffs firm is gathering kindling for a potential class action against Google, with dozens of current and former female employees claiming their male counterparts made more money.
James Damore's dismissal raises questions about how to handle workers who make controversial statements.
The move away from CFPB cases comes months after the Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said it would no longer defend the lawfulness of the CFPB’s independent, single-director design.
A federal judge in Oakland approved the settlement Facebook reached in a case accusing it of inappropriately scanning users' private messages, despite the concerns of a class action watchdog group.
The notion that there is gender parity in the legal profession is nothing short of asinine, writes RockTape Inc. GC Vitaly Gashpar.
New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms and in government and academia.
Lateral hiring is a necessary part of the changing legal landscape, and it can yield mutually beneficial results for both attorney and law firm. For the attorney, a lateral move can improve advancement possibilities, while also potentially providing a greater platform for clients, different work-life balance and better compensation. For the law firm, lateral additions can increase revenue, expand or deepen the bench in certain practice areas and achieve growth objectives.
When it comes to moving aggressively to fixed fees, the firms on Microsoft's new "strategic partners" list may serve as canaries in the coal mine.
To be placed on a gender-based list in 21st century California, where law schools enroll more women than men, is akin to being placed in the 'special education curriculum for attorneys,' writes Al Rava.
According to a recent compensation survey of GCs in the United States, Bay Area GCs are not among the highest paid, but they are far from the bottom.
The Ninth Circuit ordered a new trial in a case brought by the city of Pomona seeking at least $32 million in damages against SQM North America Corp., for allegedly contributing to the contamination of its groundwater.
Although a federal claims court judge ruled last week that Molina Healthcare Inc. is owed more than $52 million under the risk corridor program, that's not the end of the matter, the company's lead attorney says.
Travis Kalanick's deposition contains some insight into how Uber's in-house lawyers have been involved in the company's legal fight with Waymo.
Warner Bros. may have unintentionally given Sylvester Stallone a "long count," and the actor known for his iconic "Rocky" role and veteran attorney Neville Johnson could make them pay a hefty price.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco waved through the deal after attorneys fixed "deficiencies" in an earlier $28.5 million settlement.
Not everything in life is going to go our way. And we will undoubtedly encounter professional situations where we feel a result is outrageously wrong. But what we can do is place ourselves in a position to minimize those situations and create new ones where the next time we can prevail based on virtue and merit.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila approved the deal in the long-running case accusing Google of overcharging for ads placed on error pages and parked domains.
Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court eased the standard for awarding “exceptional case” attorney fees in patent litigation, the parties in that case are still fighting about—and incurring—fees.
Microsoft has introduced a revamped preferred partner program that focuses on rate structures, diversity and competition.
How a state agency came to fine the former Los Angeles corporate boutique Richardson Patel—a reminder to other lawyers of the dangers of mixing business and politics.
In recent months, there's been steady drumbeat of news from state capitals across the country as state attorneys general take on an ever-increasing role in consumer protection, often banding together to form multistate committees that investigate and punish wrongdoing.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling that supported customers' reading of an ambiguously worded product pricing clause in an agreement governing online grocery sales.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation scored a win Monday in its assault on a patent that claimed to cover the very idea of a podcast.
Two weeks after being ordered to reinstate a branch manager fired for raising concerns about improper sales practices, Wells Fargo & Co. has acknowledged it could have a much larger whistleblower problem in the aftermath of a $185 million settlement with federal regulators and Los Angeles last year over allegations the bank opened up to 2.1 million unauthorized accounts.
Former Google Ventures GC Jennifer Kercher is following Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris to Section 32.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson says his last “official” day on the bench will be Friday, Aug. 11.
As the great Arlo Guthrie once said: "There's two ways of looking at the drug problem: There's them that say there's too much drugs and them that say what there is ain't good enough."
The Walt Disney Co. has been hit with a class action claiming that one of its apps targeted to youngsters violates a federal law designed to protect children's privacy while they're connected to the internet.
There has been a steady decline in contract and business tort cases since the economic crisis in 2009. But there's still plenty of litigation and some firms have kept busy by representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms and in government and academia.
A new monkey may have to bring a test case to get a definitive answer on whether animals can be "authors" under copyright law. Naruto, the crested macaque from Indonesia, is talking settlement.
Walgreen Co. and Theranos Inc. on Friday asked a federal judge in Delaware to dismiss a $140 million lawsuit claiming that the Palo Alto-based startup had breached the companies' contract and mislead the drugstore chain about its ability to deliver on its fundamental promise.
Defendants in entertainment industry cases often invoke California's "anti-SLAPP" statute, Calif. Civ. Code §425.16, which is meant to bar lawsuits filed to muffle free speech activities or a legal right to petition. This summer, some noteworthy court decisions have come out of California that involved anti-SLAPP motions filed by attorneys who are defendants themselves in entertainment litigations.
Normally, a $10 million verdict is nothing to crow about. But Irell partner David Gindler called it an "amazing outcome" for his client considering Dutch electronics corporation Koninklijke Philips N.V. was seeking $217 million.
Keller Sloan Roman, a San Francisco-based litigation boutique founded in 1998, is poised to close its doors as managing partner Kenneth Keller joins Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Lawyers at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy have sued the federal government on behalf of the family of Antonio "Tony" Ramos, 27, who was gunned down in 2015 while working on an anti-violence mural.
The burgeoning litigation finance industry is drawing Big Law defectors in droves.
D'Anne Gleicher, who started Alameda, California-based Wise Gleicher in 2006, has left her own firm to join labor and employment giant Jackson Lewis as a partner in San Francisco.
While we wait for AI technology to catch up on contracts, here are three things to look for in apps for contract drafting and review.
Will law firms look at 2016's salary hikes as a blip or a tidal wave they couldn't stop?
Democratic state attorneys general scored two wins in D.C. Circuit Court in 24 hours allowing them to defend Obama-era health care and environment policies under threat from Republicans and the Trump administration.
Internet companies and their allies are up in arms over the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. But is it really a "wrecking ball" for the open web?
Elliot Katz, a former global co-chair of the connected and self-driving car practice at DLA Piper, has joined McGuireWoods' new Bay Area base as a partner.
Reversals for Google in the European Union and Canada could provide a ray of hope for newspaper publishers hoping to secure an antitrust exemption in order to form a united front in negotiating with Google and Facebook.
Zapolsky opened up in a wide-ranging interview about what it's like running a legal department of more than 800 at one of the world's most powerful companies.
Eleven years is a long time to wait for anything, but the legal team behind Los Angeles' bid for the 2028 Summer Games, which was blessed by the International Olympic Committee this week, has given every indication that it can go the distance.
Since the Great Recession, many law practices and their clients have placed a premium on working with experienced lawyers. Unsurprisingly, lateral attorney moves have increased in frequency. But lateral moves among non-attorney staff, including paralegals, executive assistants, and secretaries, have recently increased as well.
The combined firm would have been a slightly terrifying, 1,000-litigator juggernaut. But that's not why I'm glad to hear they're not merging.
Here are four important pieces of advice that will not only help prospective GCs prepare for the role before they ever reach the C-suite, but will also help those already in place excel in the dual role of legal adviser and business manager.
A hearing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh could resolve whether last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision means another showdown between the tech giants.
When Eric Goldman started practicing law, the Internet was a different place from the one we know today: a world of dial-up bulletin boards and web precursors like “Usenet” and “Gopher.” The legal aspects of cyberspace were murky at best. “I joined the Cooley Godward firm in Palo Alto in 1994 and I told them I wanted to do Internet law,” recalls Goldman, now a professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law and prominent technology law blogger. “And they said, ‘That sounds great. If we have any Internet law stuff, we’ll let you know.”
Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Stephen Perlman says a former employee absconded with cutting-edge special effects technology and sold it to a rival. Sound familiar?
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has loomed as a threat to the legalized marijuana industry. But Sessions, at the helm of the U.S. Justice Department since February, hasn't taken any overt action to undermine state regulations, giving some hope to cannabis advocates that the longtime critic of recreational cannabis will not interfere in state schemes.
A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday let a class action lawsuit move forward, allowing drivers to pursue claims the company takes an oversized chunk of passenger fees.
In any deal, the two hard-charging litigation firms would have to overcome a significant gap in profitability.
East Asian languages are stretching the limits of current e-discovery review tools—and fueling innovation.
In the interview process, not all employers are in the know on the current dos and don’ts when it comes to the compensation inquiry. So what’s a candidate to do when legally prohibited from providing his/her coveted comp numbers?
Latham & Watkins has hired Page Mailliard as a partner in the firm's emerging companies practice, as Mailliard herself re-emerges into the practice of law after taking a step back in 2014 to nurse her mother through an illness.
Anthony Scaramucci, the Harvard Law School graduate and now-ex White House communications director, is out of a job. As Scaramucci weighs his next moves—he was selling his SkyBridge Capital hedge fund business to join the Trump White House—he might rely on a network of plugged-in fellow Harvard alumni. Here are some notable 1989 Harvard Law grads who still have jobs.
We asked four attorneys from California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Florida for their thoughts on what’s happening now in the industry, what they’d like to see happen and what will happen five years from now.
The company behind Snapchat made quick work of finding a replacement for its last GC, Chris Handman.
Without issuing an unequivocal conclusion, the report found that the existing score of 144 is a valid standard, but that a slightly lower score of 141 would also be appropriate.
Plaintiffs claim their phones can't run the latest versions of Apple's iOS operating system and that the company intentionally disabled the FaceTime function on older versions in 2014.
Law enforcement's move to shutdown dark web marketplace Alphabay helps shore up some cyberthreats, but it's benefits are likely only temporary.
A regional IRS executive told a gathering of cannabis lawyers on Friday that the agency is not out to target them, despite their work with clients whose marijuana businesses remain illegal under federal law.
Despite perennial complaints among associates about life in Big Law, rising paychecks, greater attention to associate satisfaction and a more cautious lateral market may be keeping young lawyers at their firms longer.
A team of Bay Area patent prosecutors, including three partners, has left Morrison & Foerster for Dentons.
Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Donald Verrilli and Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe squared off in a bet-the-company battle pitting the professional networking site against data analytics startup hiQ Labs.
Spotify was sued for charging people for premium accounts they didn't want or use. There's just one problem: The lead plaintiff used his to stream more than 1,000 songs.
The Recorder is delighted to announce the 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law.
Smith says she never gets bored as top lawyer at the San Francisco-based payments company.
With massive jury rewards and the DTSA encouraging federal litigation, trade secrets litigation is seeing a surge in the tech industry.
The troubled ride-hailing company is in need of a new general counsel.
An Irell team led by partners David Gindler and Jason Sheasby represented New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals during district court proceedings that ended in a highly critical ruling and invalidation of a Regeneron patent.
More than 150 attorneys, including many from the Bay Area, will be in Denver on Friday for the National Cannabis Bar Association’s first-ever Cannabis Law Institute. The two-day event at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will put a spotlight on the business of marijuana law, a reflection of new client opportunities for firms that want a piece of the legalized recreational and medical industry.
California’s 1,663 trial court judges will soon take home fatter paychecks than the governor's, thanks largely to salary increases recently given to other state employees.
Experts said that while Gibson Dunn's connections to the University of Southern California don't mean it can't adequately investigate a brewing scandal there, public perception may be another matter.
A judge in San Francisco has asked property owners to show why their nuisance and trespass claims against Niantic Inc. belong in federal court.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation appeared loath to coordinate many of the cases that came up on Thursday, including one involving record requests over the enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban.
A U.S. magistrate judge on Thursday said that Theranos Inc. should not be allowed to avoid an attempt by Walgreen Co. to recover $40 million it says it is owed after the embattled blood-testing company failed to deliver on its fundamental promise.
Michael Jackson's MLJ Productions must pay music producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in unpaid royalties from the soundtrack to the documentary film "This Is It" and the late pop star's Cirque du Soleil shows, a jury has ruled.
David Ulich's film chronicles the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team.
Johnson & Johnson's lawyers went on the attack Wednesday in the first California trial over talcum powder, even moving for a mistrial in the middle of opening statements.
Lawyers are ready to take the president to court should Trump's tweets become reality.
Jones Day has continued building out labor and employment bench, bringing on Winston & Strawn partner Amanda Sommerfeld in Los Angeles and Dorsey & Whitney partner Joseph Hammell in Minneapolis, where Jones Day opened an office last year. The duo are the latest laterals lured to the growing legal giant’s ranks so far this year.
Is microchipping your employees a good idea? Attorneys have serious reservations about the practice.
A massive Wells Fargo customer data breach was not the work of a hacker, but of the bank's own lawyer who failed to review an entire set of discovery documents, including information about the bank's wealthy customers, before it was shipped to a litigation adversary.
The dispute between the name partners of the well-known Buffalo-based personal injury firm just got nastier with state Supreme Court Justice Deborah Chimes signing a restraining order against Cellino for allegedly poaching lawyers and cases, according to an affidavit by Barnes.
"Market" compensation for a director of IP role depends on several variables.
California's chief marijuana regulator conceded Wednesday that encouraging cannabis entrepreneurs to join the state's new regulated market could make them "fair game" for federal enforcers. Legalization advocates are also wary of a report, expected to be released Thursday by a Jeff Sessions-appointed task force on crime reduction, that will include a review of "charging, sentencing, and marijuana policies."
The deal lawyers who represented Uber in acquiring a company started by a former Waymo engineer could play a cameo role in the trade secrets trial.
The musicians want to prevent others from profiting off their kids' names. But to be successful, trademark applicants have to have a true intent to use the mark, says Knobbe Martens partner Ian Gillies.
Judge Jon Tigar found that consumers failed to show the privacy-related marketing of Apple's mobile devices was long-running and extensive enough to support false advertising-related claims.
Former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Walter Brown, Orrick partners, are representing ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a lawsuit that centers on allegedly stolen driverless car technology.
As the Supreme Court tackles key patent issues that could relate to autonomous cars, the DMCA and cybersecurity could throw a wrench in the IP engine.
As law firms grapple with new economic realities, it is becoming more common for firms to ask individual or groups of partners to leave in an effort to shore up the firm's finances. Not only can this decision be extremely difficult considering the firm's personal relationships with those partners, it can also involve ethical and financial risks for the firm and for the departing partner.
Andrew Dhuey, a solo practitioner in Berkeley, California, has the kind of practice a lot of lawyers dream of. He left a Big Law job years ago but still makes it into big intellectual property showdowns year in and year out.
Baker Botts has recruited environmental partner Christopher Carr in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster, where he was chair of the latter's environment and energy group and co-chair of the firm's unmanned aerial systems and drone group.
What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Beast of "Beauty and the Beast" fame and the raunchiest and richest movie superhero ever have in common? They're all characters in movies that are named in a growing series of recent suits filed by San Mateo visual effects firm Rearden Inc., which is owned by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Perlman.
The company behind messaging app Snapchat has lost its first-ever GC, Chris Handman.
The State Bar of California issued a consumer alert Monday for Dax Yeophantong Craven, a San Francisco-based entertainment lawyer that is has charged with pocketing $100,000 he was supposed to use for a real estate transaction.
Two former and one current black HP employee claim they were repeatedly passed over for promotions.
The tech giant argues that a Canadian Supreme Court ruling affecting U.S. search results violates its rights under the First Amendment and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The leaders of AdvanceLaw explain the GC Thought Leaders Experiment is not about tracking billing data, but about tracking what makes for a satisfying relationship between law firm and client.
Peace broke out last week between rivals Illumina Inc. and Qiagen N.V. as the companies settled a contentious suit in California. But before lawyers could pack up their files, a new patent war was taking shape in Delaware.
Baker McKenzie has appointed compensation and employment partner Barbara Klementz as its California managing partner, the firm announced Tuesday. She will oversee more than 250 lawyers across the global legal giant’s offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco.
The clinic will provide free legal and technical help to those who were victimized by cyberattacks, such as the elderly and other at-risk groups.
Barbara Klementz, managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco and a regional leader of the global legal giant’s global equity services group and compensation and employment law practice, has been named its new California managing partner.
The NFL has shut down its cheerleaders' lawsuit over their skimpy paychecks.
The new in-house lawyer for Musk's underground tunneling project will likely need experience with a patchwork of municipal rules and safety regulations.
The decision is a victory for ZL Technologies, a Milpitas,California-based company that provides electronic content archiving software used in eDiscovery, compliance and analytics.
Justice Cuéllar clarifies his views on the potential risks posed by "superintelligence" discussed in Nicholas Bostrom's influential book, "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies."
Friday's order brings tally awarded to the 22-lawyer plaintiffs' steering committee led by Elizabeth Cabraser of San Francisco's Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein to nearly $350 million.
Two of the largest entertainment industry unions have elected three presidents, and no one had to break a sweat campaigning, since all three ran unopposed.
Defunct social media calling startup Telesocial has been dealt a loss in its federal lawsuit alleging that Orange SA, the French telecom giant, hacked into its system and stole its trade secrets.
Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your inbox.
A California law firm on July 21 blasted a recent subpoena from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as "nothing more than an unwarranted and impermissible fishing expedition," in a brief that also called for eliminating the agency on the grounds that its independent, single-director structure violates the Constitution.
A new program provides legal assistance to underrepresented groups seeking to launch startups.
UK insurance giant Clyde & Co is opening its ninth office in the U.S., with a launch in Los Angeles.
New court documents show that Quinn Emanuel dropped Uber as a client last year after finding the company's fixed fee arrangements unsatisfactory.
The Recorder’s 2017 Legal Department of the Year Awards recognize the standout legal departments among emerging and large companies (annual revenue > $1 billion).
Foley & Lardner has hired intellectual property litigators Duane Mathiowetz and Rick Chang as partners in the firm's San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision widely heralded by defense attorneys as a "game-changer" hasn't exactly dealt them a slam dunk in the courts.
Before joining Facebook as director of e-discovery services, the noted e-discovery expert and speaker spent six years at Google.
Krevans, the former head of Morrison & Foerster’s intellectual property practice who helped lead Apple’s ferocious legal battle with Samsung over smartphone technology, died Wednesday of cancer at age 60.
The deal with Liner LLP, a boutique known for representing entertainment industry clients ranging from film studios to Bill Cosby, boosts DLA Piper's presence in Southern California.
Over the last year California's bar exam has been scrutinized and vilified. But that hasn't stopped a crush of would-be Golden State lawyers from registering for the latest crucible, which starts Tuesday. Applications to take the July bay exam topped 10,000 this year—an increase over last year's numbers.
There’s a lovely neighborhood in Marin County, California where we recently thought about buying a house. The lots in Bel Marin Keys aren’t big, but they back to lagoons connected to the San Pablo Bay. Just about everyone has a dock in their backyard.
More legal departments are seizing the opportunity to implement legal operations programs to lower spend and increase efficiency. Amid this legal ops movement, one organization, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, has emerged as both a catalyst for change and an ongoing example of the movement's success.
Call it the LSAT disconnect. Although college grads with majors in science, technology, engineering and math tend to score high on the law school entrance exam, those taking the test and applying most often have majors in the social sciences and "helping" professions that typically score lower, according to recent studies.
The social media platform is working to curb the influence of fake news articles shared by its users without shutting down speech.
President Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits. But the latest case filed against his campaign over Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee is different, potentially unspooling in public view the ties between Trump, his allies and the Russian government.
A bankruptcy judge has ruled that the institutions have standing in a lawsuit resulting in a large punitive damages award.
A panel of high-powered general counsel for Silicon Valley tech companies explained their current legal priorities in doing business all across the world.
Technology has enabled greater connectivity, dependability and productivity, which bode well for the alternatively scheduled lawyer. But finding these type of work dynamics can still prove challenging. So, where to look?
Over the past three years, patent filings in the Eastern District of Texas grew steadily while patent filings in the Northern District of California and the District of Delaware dropped. In fact, in the past year, over 34 percent of the patent suits against companies located in northern California were brought in E.D. Tex. With the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision in "TC Heartland," all signs point to significant change.
President Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits. But the latest case filed against his campaign over Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee is different, potentially unspooling in public view the ties between Trump, his allies and the Russian government.
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar isn't afraid of the robot uprising. But when is reliance on AI arbitrary and capricious? That's a heavy question.
Defense lawyers lost out on their bid to suppress wide swaths of evidence federal agents gained after planting recording devices outside the San Mateo County courthouse in 2009 and 2010.
A former floating secretary who left the elite trial firm in 2015 claims he was subjected to racial slurs by a trial logistics director during the high-profile 2014 patent trial of Apple v. Samsung.
Being in a crash is awful, but taking these five steps can help limit the damage done and overcome the obstacles to legal recovery for bicyclists.
An appellate court in California has issued a decision in a case stemming from a massive explosion at a pipeline owned by Kinder Morgan, Inc., that further expands the reach of the “professional services” exclusion in commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurance policies.
In today's legal environment, it has become extremely unlikely that an attorney will stay at a single law firm throughout her entire career. Instead, attorneys now frequently change firms in search of better opportunities or better fits. This is especially true for associates, who may change firms multiple times early in their career before they find the right home.
Legislation authorizing California's state bar to collect up to $390 in dues from members in 2018 passed out of a key committee Tuesday without the drama or division that has marked proceedings in recent years.
The virtualization and cloud computing software company has hired the former Avaya GC to lead its legal department.
The former Wall Street hedge fund employee stole his ex-coworkers' identities to get fraudulent loans, according to prosecutors.
A study released Tuesday by NAPABA and Yale Law School found Asian-Americans, the fastest-growing minority group in the legal profession, have made only limited progress in reaching the upper echelons of the law.
Veeva Systems Inc. has sued three rivals claiming the noncompete agreements they force employees to sign violate California laws favoring worker mobility.
Rimon has reeled in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe commercial and intellectual property litigation partner Matthew Poppe in Palo Alto, California, and San Francisco. Poppe, who spent nearly 22 years at Orrick, is now a partner at Rimon, a small firm using part of the virtual model.
Disney has become entangled in the long-running legal battle over rights to an Oscar-winning visual effects technology, and its profits on "Beauty and the Beast," the year's top-grossing movie so far, and two other blockbusters are in potential jeopardy.
As legal departments narrow their rosters of outside counsel to shortlists of preferred providers, they have greater leverage to set more rigorous diversity and inclusion expectations.
Trevor McFadden, the DOJ's Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the criminal division, may have recently telegraphed the DOJ’s top FCPA priorities under the new Trump Administration.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch got a preview of arguments he’s likely to hear next term at the high court at a forum on civics education at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference Monday afternoon.
A trove of emails and financial records filed this week in the legal battle between fired "The Walking Dead" creator Frank Darabont, Creative Artists Agency and the AMC Network has provided a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of Hollywood TV production and financing. But like the malevolent, flesh-ripping zombies that populate the show, it ain't pretty.
The ticket-challenging chatbot has expanded into 1,000 areas of law, across all 50 states, but questions loom around providing legal services without attorneys.
A Napa County judge will resign at the end of the year under terms of an agreement reached with state disciplinarians who accused him of stealing, and later returning, two pricey business-card holders from a San Francisco social club. The judge, Michael Williams, was already planning to retire, and the agreement with the commission "allowed him to bring closure to the event," said the judge's attorney.
In a setback for internet and telecom providers, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled that provisions in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act barring companies from disclosing government surveillance requests do not violate the First Amendment.
An administrative law judge prevented the Department of Labor from gaining access to reams of data it requested from Google as part of an external government audit.
President Donald Trump in court papers has accused a lawyer and nearly two dozen law professors of lodging "inflammatory, gratuitous, and untested facts and assertions" in their objections over his $25 million Trump University settlement.
New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will make one of his first off-bench public appearances July 17 at the judicial conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Mary Kennedy, who fractured her hip in a fall, is expected to make a full recovery.
Deposing an in-house counsel means wading through question after question about privileged information, said several trial attorneys.
In the wake of the first federal appellate court decision tackling a judge's tweets, judicial Twitter users discuss precautions to avoid the appearance of bias.
Michael Colantuono, a municipal law attorney from Grass Valley, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Friday, making him the first openly gay president of the organization. He'll be sworn in to office this fall.
The producers behind the YouTube channel "Zombiegoboom" are suing Google Inc. claiming that recent changes in the way ads are placed on streaming videos have unfairly affected them and others who rely on YouTube ad revenues for income.
Sieminski's company recently got a high rating from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on protection of user data.
One man advocated for barring Chinese immigrants; another apparently enjoyed an abhorrent pastime.
The Dublin-based law firm is bringing on technology and privacy partner Chris Bollard from Arthur Cox to co-manage the new office with partner Mark O'Sullivan.
After telling a critic to "Watch your back, bitch," in a series of profanity-laden emails, Marc Kasowitz said it was "one of those times where one wishes he could reverse the clock."
In a significant acquisition of corporate tech attorneys, Cooley has hired four partners in New York and Washington, D.C., from rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Cooley also has plans to hire up to 20 more lawyers to support their business, which could generate millions for the firm.
Voters overwhelmingly said yes to to recreational use. But not every city and county rushed to embrace the green wave. Here are five of the top reasons lawyers and local government officials gave for their hesitation.
An Airbnb host who refused to rent her Southern California house to a woman because she is Asian will pay $5,000 in damages and take a college-level course in Asian-American studies, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing said Thursday in announcing the agreement.
In a ruling against retail chain Marshalls, the California Supreme Court said plaintiffs suing under the state's Private Attorneys General Act have broad discovery rights early in the litigation.
In what it termed a "cautionary tale" about judges posting on social media about pending cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday turned back a bid by Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. to unwind a $122 million deal the timber giant reached to settle federal claims that it was liable for the 2007 Moonlight Fire, a blaze that consumed nearly 65,000 acres in the Plumas National Forest.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seemed skeptical of arguments from Irell & Manella partner David Schwartz that a crested macaque could be an “author” within the meaning of the Copyright Act.
A group of prominent lawyers is behind a new lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of Democratic donors against President Donald Trump and Roger Stone, who has advised Trump in an informal capacity.
The firm revealed in a filing Wednesday that it accidentally kept copies of some documents from Anthony Levandowski, who is accused of stealing over 14,000 files from Google's self-driving car division.
The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.
Prominent entertainment attorney Schuyler "Sky" M. Moore has joined Greenberg Glusker as a partner in its entertainment practice.
With an interest in pleasing clients, law firm leaders mostly voiced enthusiasm for a plan by 25 GCs to share data on how they’ve performed. But they realize it could create winners and losers.
A former lawyer in Long Beach has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his roles in a mortgage modification scheme which posed as a successful law firm.
Friends and family of murdered attorney James Gilliland said Wednesday they will offer a $100,00 reward for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
Announcing a real-time exercise to test industry assumptions and understand how to improve the legal market and relationships between law firms and clients.
Whether we’re talking lawyers or married couples, some relationships manage to stay strong over the long run. What’s the secret? The GC Thought Leaders Experiment tackles that question.
Facebook Inc. has taken down the pages of marijuana businesses operating legally in Alaska, continuing a practice that has targeted dispensaries in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Jersey.
A Citi Private Bank survey of managing partners’ confidence in the second half of 2017 shows they are more bullish on demand, despite meager growth in the first quarter.
Ballard Spahr has closed its office in San Diego, the firm confirmed Tuesday, after losing two partners to Dinsmore & Shohl, and transferring other lawyers to its Los Angeles office.
No matter how many precautions are taken, most law firms inevitably face a motion to disqualify at some point, particularly with regard to lateral hires while a case is ongoing. Even if the motion is completely meritless, law firms should take every motion to disqualify seriously given the potential risks to the law firm. Indeed, law firms may find that retaining outside counsel is preferable to going it alone when defending a motion to disqualify.
Disney has prevailed, at least for the moment, in a copyright complaint targeting its animated box-office hit "Zootopia."
A recent decision from three New Jersey Supreme Court committees raised concerns over legal service plans from Avvo, LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer.
With the finances of disgraced Fyre Festival concert promoter Billy McFarland very much in question, major investors in the concert-turned-fiasco are facing unexpected scrutiny and potential liability for the money lost.
Lyft general counsel Kristin Sverchek offers her perspective on the future of the on-demand employment sector, and offers advice to up-and-coming companies that might not find themselves fitting exactly into the existing labor structure.
Three years after Steptoe & Johnson's arrival in the Bay Area, the firm has relocated all 10 attorneys from its Palo Alto office to 1 Market St. in downtown San Francisco.
When an employer "announces" that career advancement in the organization will be nonexistent for the foreseeable future, it can be a bit jolting as well as confusing. And sometimes it's hard to make sense of what it really means. Is it true? How serious is it?
Embattled San Francisco startup Telesocial Inc. claims the French telecom giant hacked into its servers and stole its technology to develop a social media calling service.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to affirm a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that sided with IV.
Robert Carlson specializes in M&A work as well as matters involving private equity and private investment funds.
As the tech market continues to boom in New York, Cooley has added Greenberg Traurig M&A partner Meredith Beuchaw to its global mergers and acquisitions practice, the firm announced on Monday.
In the first art law case of his 50-plus year legal career, David Boies has helped convince an appellate court to revive a long-running lawsuit over a Nazi-looted painting by French impressionist Camille Pissarro
Industry thought leader Mark Cohen responds to a recent piece in The American Lawyer on why there isn't more change to the business model of legal service delivery.
Littler Mendelson's William Emanuel, one of President Donald Trump's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, identified 49 former clients in a financial disclosure and said he would recuse himself, for up to a year, if any of the companies appear before the agency. Emanuel and fellow NLRB nominee Marvin Kaplan are set for confirmation hearings Thursday.
Christopher Wray, the King & Spalding white-collar partner who was nominated to replace fired FBI director James Comey, reported earning $9.2 million in his partnership share from 2016 and so far this year, according to financial documents made available Monday. Wray, a King & Spalding partner for nearly 12 years in the firm's Washington and Atlanta offices, also revealed numerous big-name clients in the required disclosure, released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Wray is set to appear Wednesday for his confirmation hearing.
Jaikaran "Jai" Singh, a former partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps and McKenna Long & Aldridge in San Diego, has become the latest alum of both firms to leave successor entity Dentons. Singh is now a member of the consumer law, finance and class action litigation group at Foley & Lardner.
Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm, spoke on why his company is striking back at Apple.
Two bankers suggest to the California treasurer's Cannabis Working Group six things the state can do to entice banks to accept marijuana businesses and ease concerns about federal regulators.
Since 2007, the development of the musical has been the source of protracted litigation that reached its latest stage in June 2017.
When class members are owed a few pennies from a settlement, how much should you bother trying to make sure they get paid? That's the question before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a petition to reverse a $5.5 million settlement with Google Inc. over privacy claims that gives money to the plaintiffs' attorneys and six nonprofit organizations but nothing to the class. On Wednesday, attorneys general from 11 states filed an amicus brief insisting that the Delaware judge who approved the settlement didn't go far enough in attempting to put class members above the use of cy pres, a controversial practice used to distributed unclaimed funds in a settlement to third parties.
A federal appeals court has reinstated a False Claims Act case alleging Gilead Sciences Inc. received billions in government reimbursements for HIV drugs that weren't qualified under the Food and Drug Administration.
Dolby Laboratories Inc. was hit with a sex discrimination lawsuit Thursday by the company's former director of global compliance for intellectual property protection.
A host of legal tech companies are integrating with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, but can the technology and market catch up to the hype?
Bargaining teams from SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers worked through the weekend—and several contract extensions—before reaching a deal Tuesday night. Here are some of the key points in the tentative agreement, which now goes to the membership for ratification.
There is labor peace in Hollywood now — with one notable and sticky exception. SAG-AFTRA negotiators reached a tentative deal for feature films and prime-time TV over the holiday with the major movie studios and networks. Pending the expected ratification, the agreement will cover the union's roughly 160,000 members and is in line with the pacts reached earlier by the directors and writers unions, each of which signed off on similar three-year deals which extend into 2020.
Embattled singer-songwriter Kesha released her first new single in four years Thursday. It's a defiant and celebratory tune called "Praying," and is accompanied by an artsy music video and will be on an album called "Rainbow," set for an Aug. 11 release. It took some standout backup work from attorneys Dan Petrocelli and Bo Pearl, partners at O'Melveny & Myers, to clear the way for the track's release. And it may do the same for the career of Kesha, who has sold more than 60 million records worldwide, but has been largely off the radar since an ongoing legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke exploded in 2013.
Joshua Stein spoke to The Recorder about the company's recent licensing issues, outside counsel relationships and more.
California and seven other states on Thursday moved to defend Obama-era ozone pollution standards that Attorney General Xavier Becerra said may be left to die under Scott Pruitt's leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Reporter Josefa Velasquez gets Uber policy director Josh Gold to sit down for a Q&A over the ride-hailing company's victory in a years-long battle to secure legislation allowing it to operate in upstate New York.
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday largely allowed the lawsuit to move forward in a case that mirrors plot elements from the movie "Gone Girl."
Lawyers who sued Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal could end up with a pretty good return on their investment: After being awarded $175 million in fees and costs, they are asking for an additional $125 million – and it appears there's a good chance they'll get it.
A federal judge in Oakland has turned back the Justice Department's request to end Twitter's lawsuit seeking to publish information about the number of requests it receives as part of national security investigations.
Carolyn Kubota, a litigator and former member of the policy committee at O’Melveny & Myers, has joined Covington & Burling's new office in Los Angeles.
'Ryan v. Rosenfeld' illustrates that a good place to look for judicial mistakes is in California’s labyrinth of post-trial motions, which can be a source of vexation for trial practitioners.
The San Francisco Superior Court will furlough staff, cut clerk’s office hours and ask judges to donate one day of pay each month to help close a $5.3 million budget deficit.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ordered Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas to award attorney fees to Newegg, writing that deference to district court judges "is not absolute."
The firm's proposed union with Morris Polich & Purdy will create a combined shop of nearly 450 lawyers in 16 offices stretching coast to coast. Clark Hill, which ranked No. 167 on The Am Law Second Hundred list, brought in $150.5 million in gross revenue last year.
The Trump administration may not view grandparents, aunts, uncles and others as having close enough family relationships in the United States to be excluded from the government’s travel ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court on at least two occasions, in different contexts, has recognized the importance of those family bonds.
Although intellectual property budgets continue to be squeezed, patent filings are on the rise, according to a new report from RWS inovia.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup is asking whether Uber's lawyers at MoFo have violated his orders that they hand over any Waymo files in their possession.
For those of you interested in taking your professional game to the next level, follow this nine-point roadmap for saying sayonara with style.
Dentons partner Jeffrey Bleich is criss-crossing California these days, introducing himself to voters who will decide next year whether he should be the state's next lieutenant governor. The Recorder recently caught up with the Democratic candidate before he took his campaign to Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap would allow suits to stay in the Eastern District of Texas even if a defendant has no physical presence there.
A new report from Baker McKenzie shows that plenty of companies don't have a plan in place to deal with trade secret theft.
Ian Penny has been named general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Through the first half of 2017, FTC staffers have sent 11 "closing letters" to companies the agency flagged for supposedly unsupported "Made in USA" claims. Among the highest-profile recipients was Target Corp., which put to bed FTC concerns by agreeing to pull mislabeled pillows from the shelves and to make clear that the Room Essentials-branded products were manufactured in China.
Seagate, a digital content storage company, has tapped Schuelke, most recently of Altera Corp.
There are some takeaways for law departments from the recent mess at DLA Piper.
A due diligence report at the center of Alphabet's battle with Uber over alleged stolen technology was seen by a number of Uber's in-house attorneys, according to a recent filing.
Williams Adams, a member of the management committee at Michelman & Robinson, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office and its local litigation head, is headed to Nossaman along with new partners David Lee and Ilse Scott.
Banks and credit unions in states such as California and Colorado, where marijuana is legal, are grappling with regulatory schemes over the processing of cannabis-related transactions. Three lawyers weigh in with takeaways about a recent federal appeals court ruling that addressed one Denver-based credit union's legal fight.
In its attempt to settle wage claims affecting more than 1 million of its drivers, Uber just slid off the road. At a hearing on Friday, a Los Angeles judge tentatively rejected a $7.75 million settlement that would have resolved claims that its drivers have been misclassified under California law as independent contractors, rather than employees. At a hearing on Friday, lawyers for both Uber and the plaintiffs in the case vehemently fought back against Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson's concerns that the deal might have been the result of collusion.
A class action suit claiming that the NFL's exclusive DirecTV package violated antitrust law was sacked by a federal court judge Friday, who saw no evidence of conspiracy, collusion or significant harm to football fans or bars showing the games.
In the just-ended term, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit six times, wiping away patent law precedents that stood for decades. Would more face time heal the schism?
Don't want to get sued for legal malpractice? Here's one over-lawyerly solution: Don't hire laterals. A survey of malpractice insurers states that conflicts of interest, often arising from lateral recruits, is the most common reason for malpractice suits.
After three days without phones and email following a cyberattack across Europe, DLA Piper's U.S. operation is back up and running.
A Wisconsin federal magistrate judge has become the latest to rule that forcing Google to hand over email data stored overseas doesn't amount to an extraterritorial application of the law.
Paul McCartney has settled his legal battle with Sony/ATV over the rights to the songs he wrote while he was a member of the Beatles, and in the process struck a blow for artists' rights.
Lawyers for social media site and data-mining startup hiQ Labs Inc. jousted in court Thursday afternoon in a case that likely will determine hiQ's fate.
A federal judge on Thursday indicated that she will allow a case against food delivery company GrubHub to go to a bench trial, in what could be a bellwether case for the gig economy.
When violence strikes the workplace, legal departments will have a big role in dealing with what comes next.
A DOJ Tax Division lawyer said Thursday that the agency intends to narrow its request for information from San Francisco-based bitcoin exchange Coinbase Inc.
A survey of 200 U.S. firms found that many law firms are unprepared for cyberattacks, and it’s hurting their standing with clients.
Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" prequel about the young Han Solo is—by light years—the most potentially lucrative movie ever to switch directors in the middle of shooting. A Millennium Falcon-size headache would seem a real possibility for Michael Johnson and Sam Fischer of Ziffren Brittenham LLP, the legal team that would in theory rework the contracts of the exited directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Then there would be getting the new director, Oscar-winner Ron Howard, under contract and up and running, satisfying the Directors Guild of America and sorting out the credits issue; and keeping on track the most prestigious and lucrative properties owned by Lucasfilm and Disney.
If I had a quarter for every time I've heard one of the following statements about marketing, I wouldn't exactly be rich, but I'd have a lot of quarters.
On May 19, 2017, the D.C. Circuit struck down the FAA’s authority to issue registration requirements as to model aircraft. The Court’s ruling makes it unlikely that the FAA will attempt to further regulate hobbyist small UAS use absent new Congressional authority. However, hobbyist drone operators could ultimately face attempts by state or local agencies that seek to develop and administer new rules and regulations on model drone use.
The firm has bolstered its office in Mountain View, California, by hiring a pair of antitrust and trade regulation experts in Aaron Sheanin and Tai Snow Milder.
Chinese restaurant chain Panda Express has agreed to pay the federal government a $400,000 fine and establish a $200,000 employee-compensation fund to settle claims it discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by violating law governing work visas.
Management tactics that weed out older workers have pushed federal regulators and anti-discrimination groups to train an eye on hiring rather than firing when it comes to protecting against age bias, an effort advocates acknowledge is a steeper hill with increasingly narrowed protections for aging workers.
The STRONGER Patent Act of 2017, sponsored by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, would undo recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have weakened patents. But lawmakers may have other priorities.
No doubt many summer associates are thoroughly enjoying their jobs this season, but for those who feel anxious about their performance or worried about the impression they've made on hiring partners, here's some help.
Phone sex might be expensive and short-lived for consumers, but it doesn't pay much for the workers on the other line. That's according to a class action filed on Tuesday alleging a California-based phone sex operator misclassifies its "phone actors" as independent contractors, depriving them of overtime pay and "off the clock" work.
One of the most active firms in the legal marijuana space has been Greenspoon Marder, a Florida-based shop that has opened new offices across the country within the past year to cultivate clients in a growing field. Heather Burke, a California lawyer who has written for High Times, has become the latest to join the firm.
Crowell & Moring has hired Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partners Kent Goss and Valerie Goo in Los Angeles, where they most recently served as head of the latter’s local litigation group.
The decision by the European Commission will force the company to change the way it displays some search results, but also marks the opening of what is likely to be a long court battle and more civil litigation against the tech giant.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow antitrust claims to proceed based on a theory that the chip giant abused its patent portfolio to extract inflated royalty rates. That's bad news for the wireless giant which is also fending off suits from Apple and consumers.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria wrote that the state's efforts to get information about IMDb's lobbying and amici campaigns were "harassing."
On Friday, Uber Technologies Inc. plans to convince a Los Angeles judge to approve a proposed $7.75 million settlement that would resolve all claims brought over the alleged misclassification of its drivers under California's Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
The implications of network-crippling malware may be just as damaging for a deadline-driven service industry that holds the fate of companies’ legal issues in its palm.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats in Washington drew battle lines Tuesday over a package of self-driving vehicle bills that would pre-empt state-level regulations, including those in the final stages of development in California.
Despite enduring a year of withering criticism from California lawmakers, the state bar still isn’t doing enough to track and rein in spending, according to a state audit released Tuesday.
Steptoe & Johnson became the latest major law firm to face accusations that it discriminates against women lawyers.
The court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could determine whether securities fraud class actions can move forward in state courts.
Facebook reached a $3.8 million deal to settle a privacy class action earlier this year, all of which goes to attorneys for the plaintiffs.
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Erik Swanholt, a litigator at Jones Day in Los Angeles for the past 16 years, has joined Foley & Lardner’s business litigation and dispute resolution group in the city.
A good resume tells a story: Your story. And that story must be cohesive, succinct and informative—leaving very little, if anything to call into question. While not every minute event should be detailed, it is vital to assess and include the most important sound bites ... Because one key omission or ad nauseam diatribe and your candidacy is DOA.
In a 5-4 ruling delivered at its final sitting, the court strictly interpreted deadlines for opting out of ongoing securities litigation.
Barry Mandel, a retired partner at Foley & Lardner and former head of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice, and Denis Salmon, a former co-chair of the intellectual property group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, are making the move to a California-based litigation financier.
SAG-AFTRA's roughly 160,000 members have been asked to authorize their negotiators to call for a strike in an effort by the actors union to jump-start its stalled contract talks with Hollywood movie and television producers.
As many young lawyers settled in for a summer or their first year at a large law firm, global legal giant Dentons recently cut ties with one of its Los Angeles-based associates under unusual circumstances.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday partially allowed President Donald Trump's executive order suspending immigration from six Muslim-majority nations and the U.S. refugee program to take effect and agreed to hear arguments on the order’s legality in the fall.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with MLB and its lawyers at Keker, Van Nest & Peters on Monday, finding that Congress explicitly exempted minor league baseball from the federal antitrust law in the Curt Flood Act of 1998.
Nearly 75 percent of work for legal departments is handled internally, according to a recent survey report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster.
Lawyers representing David Daleiden have lost out on their attempt to disqualify U.S. District Judge William Orrick III from handling a case where he has barred the release of hidden-camera videos recorded at two National Abortion Federation annual conferences.
Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky ignited a nationwide uproar when he sentenced a Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
John Vlahos joined the firm as its eighth employee in 1962. He died in February after a 10-month-long battle with lung cancer.
The U.S. Supreme Court, declining to step back into the contentious arena of gun regulation, refused on Monday to review the constitutionality of California's restrictions on the concealed and open carry of guns. Justice Clarence Thomas, with Neil Gorsuch, had urged the court to take up the challenge.
Los Angeles-based Tropio & Morlan has disbanded, with the bulk of its lawyers joining Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, while Beverly Hills-based entertainment law firm Freund & Brackey has broken up, with several of its lawyers landing at different locales.
The Department of Justice on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a landmark appeals court decision handed down last summer in favor of Microsoft Corp. that put company data stored overseas mostly out of reach of U.S. law enforcement.
Legal consultants and private-practice attorneys say Uber’s legal department needs to sort out a reporting structure and how to handle the Covington report without former CEO Travis Kalanick there to lead.
After the sudden death of Spectra7’s CEO, then-GC Cynthia Cole stepped in to lead the company.
On Sunday, June 25th, Pride Month celebrations will culminate with parades across the country, from New York to San Francisco. Lawyers and staffers from many law firms will be participating in the festivities.
Plaintiffs attorneys are expected to net nearly 33 percent in fees, or almost $38 million.
Disney and Pixar were hit with a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Minnesota child development expert Denise Daniels, who claims studio executives used her original ideas to create the 2015 film, which was a critical, box office and awards hit.
How high should marijuana tax rates be? That's a question more and more states are grappling with as they extend approval for medical marijuana use to adult recreational consumption. A consultant who worked on California's rate explains the "Goldilocks standard."
Thus far, the Juliana plaintiffs have survived the government's motions to dismiss and interlocutory appeal. At this point, the plaintiffs and the federal District Court judge, Ann Aiken in Oregon, stand ready to move the case to a prompt trial. The Department of Justice, on the other hand, has filed a mandamus petition, asking the Ninth Circuit to step in and short circuit ordinary procedures of discovery, trial and appeal.
Recognizing that the consideration of criminal history in employment decisions is a frequently misunderstood and rapidly evolving area of law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) issued new regulations, which are effective on July 1. The regulations largely mirror the guidance set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its April 2012 "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
Firm hosts tech experiment that allows attorney-client collaboration
In less than a year, Big Law has seen at least three lateral hires go seriously, even criminally, awry.
A new report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster shows just what is keeping GCs up at night.
Attorneys for Google's driverless car division say Morrison & Foerster lawyers had access to a portion of the stolen files at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit against Uber.
Kim Rivera spoke on the gender pay gap in the legal profession at an ACC Foundation event.
Since the dawn of the digital age, tech companies have grappled with the protection of privacy rights amid demands from foreign and domestic authorities seeking evidence for investigations. Those competing pressures have meant a tricky balancing act—but Google's top lawyer has some ideas for making it easier.
The company brought in $10 million in investments from 90 different sources.
Uber Technologies Inc. lost out in its bid to beat back a request for information about drivers who operate in San Francisco for more than seven days a year.
Arista fended off copyright claims at trial in December and this week lawyers at Latham & Watkins helped the company avoid an ITC exclusion order. This can't be what Cisco GC Mark Chandler expected when he announced war two-and-a-half years ago.
Fintechs may be relying more on trade secrets to control their IP than patent applications.
The move is the latest in the company’s attempt to expand its analytics to all areas of federal practice.
In the current job market, many technology sector employers are seeking to recruit and retain top talent by creating a positive workplace culture. For many employers, this also includes efforts to recruit and hire workers from underrepresented groups such as women, African-Americans, and LGBTQ employees.
Sidley Austin partner Michael Bettinger secured an against-the-odds defense win for Microsoft last week even after failing to wipe out the asserted videoconferencing patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
As with other lawyers, litigators must comply with applicable ethics rules, professional standards of care and professional obligations. Indeed, the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Business and Professional Code apply to all attorneys practicing within the state. But the obligations for litigators in applying those rules, standards and obligations can differ from other practices. The following issues can present unique challenges for litigators that are not faced by their peers in the profession.
Leslie Caldwell has become the latest former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division to join Latham & Watkins. The firm announced Wednesday that Caldwell will join its white-collar defense and investigations practice in September. The former partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will work out of San Francisco.
Andrea Jeffries, a high-profile intellectual property and technology litigation partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Los Angeles, is headed to Jones Day. Jeffries, who spent more than six years at Wilmer, is the latest lateral recruit by Jones Day this year.
After watching a large group of lawyers decamp earlier this year, San Francisco-based Sedgwick has seen a spate of partner departures within the past month. Mintz Levin has landed two partners in Los Angeles, while Crowell & Moring and Troutman Sanders have made hires in other cities. As a result, Sedgwick has shed some staffers.
Things already looked bleak for Qualcomm as the FTC, Apple and consumers took aim with antitrust cases. Then the U.S. Supreme Court made it much, much worse.
Monday's landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in "Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California" has already had a massive impact. In mere hours, a judge in Missouri granted a motion for mistrial in a pivotal trial over Johnson & Johnson's baby powder due to the court's decision. Even plaintiffs lawyers concede that "Bristol-Myers" took a hatchet to a lucrative growth area in mass torts: Lawsuits brought on behalf of dozens of individuals in venues considered more favorable to plaintiffs.
The appellate court upheld a ruling finding that a writer could continue to pursue his claim that he was never paid for a script that allegedly spawned the action-horror franchise.
Human resources startup Zenefits will pay $3.4 million to 743 current and former employees the company misclassified as exempt from overtime and minimum wage rules, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday.
Greater tech industry consolidation could lead to cases that test the bounds of traditional competition law.
Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee a right to be secure against climate change? And do the President and his officers have a legal duty—enforceable by a federal district judge—to pursue and implement an effective strategy to fight climate change? These, to say the least, are cutting-edge questions. And the Ninth Circuit—which remains one of the most important environmental-law courts in the country—may be deciding them very soon.
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Titles can be tricky things--sometimes they mean a lot, other times they mean close to nothing. But titles can play a key role when it comes to a job search, influencing interviews, compensation and the overall viability of a candidacy.
Elizabeth Cabraser will reprise her role leading an emissions-related MDL—to the chagrin of at least one of her co-counsel.
In the Covington & Burling report released last week by Uber Technologies Inc. in response to claims of harassment and bias at the company, one theme kept popping up: gaps in the human resources department’s communication with in-house counsel.
California on Monday joined more than a dozen other states that have introduced internet privacy legislation after Republicans in Washington and the Trump administration repealed Obama-era rules limiting what AT&T, Comcast and other broadband providers can disclose about their customers' online habits.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a case that challenged the bar for YouTube and other platforms to remove allegedly infringing content under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
A high-profile trademark fight centered on the Asian-American rock band The Slants ended Monday with a ruling that the Lanham Act’s prohibition against “disparaging” marks violates the First Amendment.
In a win for the corporate defense bar, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened jurisdictional rules that determine where companies can be sued.
Lawyers for ride-hailing companies Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. subsidiary Rasier-CA are urging a state agency not to adopt a driver-fingerprint requirement because the California Legislature has not mandated the practice.
The ACLU's legal efforts in obtaining records of everyone detained or removed under President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration might have to wait a bit longer after the U.S. Department of Justice moved last month to coordinate the organization's 13 lawsuits into multidistrict litigation.
Just in time for Father's Day, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is expanding the relatively generous parental leave policy the firm introduced two years ago.
Christine Coats of Oracle spoke to Corporate Counsel about how to cut legal spend.
The Recorder is seeking nominations for its 2017 Litigation Department of the Year awards.
The Recorder seeks nominations for Corporate Department of the Year, which will go to the firm whose corporate practice outperformed peers based on the size, scope and success of deals handled in the last half of 2016 and first half of 2017.
A World Intellectual Property Association arbitration panel ruled that "geofilters" is a descriptive term for software.
Glassdoor Inc., the operator of the anonymous online job review site, has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to block an attempt by federal prosecutors to unmask reviewers as part of a grand jury investigation.
Officials at the Department of Justice announced the settlement with the Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based nursing home and rehabilitation therapy company Friday morning.
The Stronach Group, operators of horse race tracks across the nation, has cashed in its winning ticket in a settlement and is set to receive $500,000 over the next year from the owners of Derby Wars, a handicapping contest website it sued in 2015.
Virtual reality media company Jaunt Inc. has picked up Matthew Zinn.
Much can be learned about the entertainment industry by comparing how those who perform services or license rights in their works are compensated under agreements to which they are a party. Some compensation in those agreements is fixed and essentially guaranteed, such as advances and flat fees. Other types, which are the subjects of this article, are contingent.
Greg Chin, a former co-head of the cleantech practice at Latham & Watkins and a one-time partner at Jones Day, has left San Francisco’s Flatiron Law Group to join Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in the Bay Area.