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How Out-of-State Schools Fared on California Bar Exam

By Cheryl Miller |

Newly released data for California's July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.

Richard Heimann of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Firms Tapped to Lead Wells Fargo Derivative Suits

By Ben Hancock |

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Saxena White will lead litigation in the Northern District of California stemming from the bank's fake accounts scandal.

Vaughn Walker

Taking on Industry Critics, Vaughn Walker Says Litigation Finance Won't Drive 'Spurious Litigation'

By Ben Hancock |

The retired federal judge has no qualms about his role as an adviser to Bentham IMF and takes issue with pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Viewpoint: Judicial Council's Wrong-Headed Approach to Driver's License Suspensions

By Brandon Greene and Stephen Bingham |

In an op-ed, two public interest lawyers call for the Judicial Council to embrace alternatives to license suspensions as a debt collection tool.

How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation

By Roy Strom |

Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.

Dan Garrison of Texas' Garrison Brothers Distillery.

A Shot of Red Eye: Texan Beats California Company In Trademark Fight Over 'Cowboy Bourbon'

By John Council |

Just as Cowboy Bourbon was becoming recognized as one of the nation's finest whiskeys, Garrison Brothers became the target of a trade infringement lawsuit filed in a Northern District of California federal court by Allied Lomar, an international liquor distributor. Allied Lomar alleged they had registered a trademark for "Cowboy Little Barrel" in 2001 and that Garrison Brothers were infringing on their product.

Judge Kathleen O'Malley United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

DNA Sequencing Rivals Take Injunction Fight to Federal Circuit

By Scott Graham |

Judge Kathleen O'Malley seemed inclined at a hearing Thursday to uphold an injunction blocking Qiagen N.V. from selling its GeneReader devices in the United States.

IRS Probe of Bitcoin Accounts Sparks Legal Showdown

By Ross Todd |

In what looks like the first major tax fight involving digital currency, San Francisco's Coinbase is fighting an IRS subpoena that seeks information on every transaction conducted by U.S. customers over three years.

PG&E

Amid Layoffs, PG&E Announces New GC

By David Ruiz |

John Simon takes on his new GC role effective March 1, adding to his current corporate and human resources responsibilities.

Jeff Randall.

K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California

By Lizzy McLellan |

Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.

Rejecting Apple's 'Shopping Mall' Defense, Panel OKs App Store Antitrust Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Consumers have standing to sue Apple over App Store pricing, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Uber Driver Is Independent Contractor, Arbitrator Rules

By Ben Hancock |

The company is petitioning to enforce the ruling, which held for the first time in a U.S. arbitration that Uber does not employ its drivers.

Traci Ribeiro.

Partner Reloads in $200M Sedgwick Sex Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Traci Ribeiro and her new lawyers at Sanford Heisler have beefed up their claims against Sedgwick, adding a bid for $200 million in class action damages.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.. September 2015. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Big Law Associate Takes on Supreme Court Veteran Over NCAA Race-Bias Claims

By Marcia Coyle |

A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Randall Rader.

New Names Surface for PTO Director

By Scott Graham |

The list includes Randall Rader, a former chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who once called the office's administrative courts a "death squad" for property rights.

U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Attorney General nominee for the state of California. December 8, 2016.

California Attorney General Nominee Jabs Trump at Confirmation Hearing

By Cheryl Miller |

A state Assembly committee voted along party lines Tuesday to recommend that Democratic U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra be confirmed as California’s 33rd attorney general. The 6-3 vote followed a friendly, two-hour hearing in which the 12-term congressman from Los Angeles took measured jabs at President-elect Donald Trump and his proposals on immigration, health care and the environment.

Jerry Brown speaks at the swearing-in ceremony for Justice's Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Leondra Kruger

No Cuts for Courts Planned in California's $179B Budget

By Cheryl Miller |

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday unveiled a $179 billion state spending plan, amplifying his typical message of fiscal restraint with warnings about potential federal funding cuts on the horizon.

Luke Brugnara

Defendant Who Gave Alsup Heartburn Finds No Relief at Ninth Circuit

By Ross Todd |

A panel seems poised to uphold the art fraud conviction of Luke Brugnara, a pro se defendant who brazenly escaped custody in the lead-up to his 2015 trial.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

‘Swipe Fee’ Law Poised to Survive Supreme Court Scrutiny

By Tony Mauro |

A U.S. Supreme Court case that was touted as a significant retail business dispute with First Amendment ramifications seemed to fizzle fast Tuesday as justices questioned whether freedom of speech was involved at all.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

How Do I Raise Work-Life Balance Without Coming Off as a Slacker?

By Julie Brush |

When interviewing for a job, the topic of work-life balance is not one that is easy to raise. And if done poorly, it can sabotage a candidacy as well as a reputation.

Carrie LeRoy, White & Case

White & Case Snags Skadden IP Dealmaker in Silicon Valley

By Rebecca Cohen |

Carrie LeRoy has joined White & Case's intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm's Silicon Valley office.

SurveyMonkey general counsel Lora Blum

Meet SurveyMonkey's Incoming GC

By David Ruiz |

Lora Blum, director of corporate legal, is leaving her job to head SurveyMonkey's legal department. She inherits a nine-lawyer team that has helped the company grow for years.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Your Firm From Partner Departures

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Firms should consider ways to prepare for the inevitable loss of attorneys to other firms.

Hogan Lovells Hires Latham Finance Partner in LA

By Rebecca Cohen |

Stacey Rosenberg, a debt finance transactions expert at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for the past decade, is poised to join Hogan Lovells in the City of Angels.

Edward J. Davila, during his confirmation hearing, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. September 29, 2010. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Skirts DTSA, but Orders Evidence Preserved

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila ruled traditional federal rules were enough to preserve emails on company-owned mobile devices until they are turned over.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, Northern District of California

Thelton Henderson to Leave the Bench After 36 Years

By Ross Todd |

The 83-year-old federal judge, known as a champion of prison and police reform, said Monday it would serve the court best "if I don't play a season too long."

Rafey Balabanian of Edelson

Novel Suits, Setbacks Mark Edelson's First Year in Calif.

By Ross Todd |

The small plaintiffs firm set out to disrupt privacy litigation when it launched a Bay Area office led by partner Rafey Balabanian. So far, returns are mixed.

U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Attorney General nominee for the state of California. December 8, 2016.

Becerra, in Questionnaire, Reveals Anti-Trump Positions

By Cheryl Miller |

Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra told state lawmakers he is prepared to defend Californians' constitutional rights on numerous fronts "at a time of promise and peril for us all."

U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson of Delaware

Judge Kicks FDA-Approved Drug Off the Market in Patent Dispute

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson included a 30-day stay on her order to give affected parties a change to seek an expedited review.

Michael Asimow, Professor of Law UCLA..Photo by Fiona McDougall.10-1-99.

Pop Culture's Portrayal of Lawyers Misses the Mark, 'Making a Murderer' Lawyer Says

By Rebecca Cohen |

As the lawyer hero of "Making a Murderer," Netflix's hit true-crime series from 2015, you might think Dean Strang would be optimistic about the power of TV to improve the public's understanding of what lawyers do. You'd be wrong.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

How Big a Deal Are Four 9th Circuit Vacancies That Await Trump?

By Ross Todd |

Change is coming to the nation's largest, and arguably its most liberal, appeals court. We parse the possibilities.

Gerald

City Attorney Targeted in Leaning Tower Suit

By Ben Hancock |

A retired litigator living in Millennium Tower claims in a new lawsuit that the San Francisco City Attorney's Office knew the tower was sinking as early as 2010.

Judge Peter Kirwan, Santa Clara Superior Court

Santa Clara Splits Complex Litigation Docket

By Ben Hancock |

Two judges, Brian Walsh and Thomas Kuhnle, have replaced Peter Kirwan in the court's complex litigation department as part of routine reassignments.

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Corporate Nonprosecution Agreements Plummet in 2016, but DOJ Still Willing to Make a Deal

By John Council |

After a spike in 2015, the numbers of nonprosecution and deferred prosecution agreements dropped back to normal levels last year, according to a report from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman, Northern District of California

In Fitbit-Jawbone IP Feud, Judge Gives Lawyers a Workout

By Scott Graham |

At a hearing Thursday, Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose considered issues of patent eligibility for various features of fitness monitoring devices.

California Supreme Court.

Anti-SLAPP Motions Can Shut Out Suits on Jurisdictional Grounds, Court Rules

By Ben Hancock |

The California Supreme Court sided with the state bar in a unanimous decision that resolves a lingering dispute over the state's anti-SLAPP statute.

Charles Harder

L.A. Lawyer Who Toppled Gawker Lobs New Libel Suit at Techdirt

By Amanda Bronstad |

Charles Harder, whose $140 million verdict brought down Gawker Media, filed a $15 million libel suit this week on behalf of Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.

UNT Dallas College of Law prospective and admitted students for the first class seated in fall 2014 attend a day-long event each Spring to visit the law school campus and learn more about the College of Law from numerous panels of faculty, current students, admissions, financial aid, career services, and student life. Meeting potential classmates from all walks of life allows future students to experience the inclusive environment at the law schoool. Photo: Scott Peek Photography

Could Spreading the Bar Exam Over Three Years Raise Passage Rates?

By Rebecca Cohen |

At this week's Association of American Law Schools conference, law professors and doctors alike urged a shift in the bar exam's structure to be more akin to med school, all in an effort to improve bar passage rates.

David Keenan

Orrick Attorney, Once a Juvenile Defendant, Follows Unconventional Path to Bench

By Ben Hancock |

David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.

Eric Holder Jr., Covington & Burling

California's Anti-Trump Strategy, Featuring Eric Holder, Will Cost $25K Monthly

By Cheryl Miller and Katelyn Polantz |

California legislative leaders on Wednesday said they have retained a team of Covington & Burling attorneys led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help fend off "potential challenges" from the incoming Trump administration. The hire follows eight weeks of post-election promises by state Democrats to create a firewall against potential Republican attacks on California's immigration, environmental and health care policies. It also offers a high-visibility platform for Covington, which has long sought a stronger presence on the West Coast.

New FTC Contest Confronts 'Internet of Things' Security

By Marcia Coyle |

Internet wonks call it the Internet of Things, or IoT—those everyday devices, gadgets and appliances that connect to the web. They are vulnerable. An October hacking of hundreds of thousands of "things"—including cameras and digital video recorders—disrupted the web. The Federal Trade Commission wants to do something about it—and you can help. The agency on Wednesday announced the latest in a series of cash-reward contests for solutions to protect personal data.

David Sergenian and John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

Quinn Emanuel Alums Form LA Litigation Boutique

By Rebecca Cohen |

John Pierce, who left K&L Gates just months after his splashy hire earlier last year, has now formed his own firm with former fellow Quinn Emanuel alum David Sergenian.

diversity

Asians and Hispanics Make Small Diversity Gains in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Time to Dust Off Your Legal Malpractice Policy

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

In today's competitive insurance market, there are a wide range of options available that can help combat the ever-increasing risk of a legal malpractice claim.

Elisabeth Thieriot

Farella Takes Ex-Client to Court Over Unpaid Fees

By Ben Hancock |

The San Francisco firm accuses Bay Area author and socialite Elisabeth Thieriot of transferring her assets to avoid paying a $467,000 fee award.

Circuit Judge Michelle Friedland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ninth Circuit Deepens Split on Class Action 'Ascertainability'

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers don't need to put forth a plan for identifying class members to secure class certification, Judge Michelle Friedland wrote Tuesday in a defeat for the defense bar.

Apple Gets Temporary Victory With Touchscreen Patent

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the patent office failed to explain why Apple's patent for moving icons on a screen was obvious.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

6 Steps To Keeping Your Career New Year's Resolutions in 2017

By Julie Brush |

As you determine what you want to achieve this year, set your plan, execute and be resolute.

Will X. Walters.

A ‘Soul Crushing’ Client Suicide in Gay Civil Rights Case

By Jenna Greene |

It’s easy to forget how intensely personal and stressful litigation can be--until the consequences of a loss become overwhelming. Now, a San Diego lawyer is grappling with the suicide of his client after losing a high-profile gay civil rights case in December.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

Chief Justice Roberts Praises 'Overlooked' District Judges in Year-End Report

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Saturday spotlighted the "crucial role" played by federal district judges, asserting they "deserve tremendous respect" for performing the often thankless tasks of the job. In past years, Roberts has sometimes used the annual platform to advocate for higher pay for judges, or to defend the ethics of his fellow justices. But his 2016 report displayed no sharp edges or fodder for controversy.

Data Breaches, Whistleblowers and Augmented Reality Will Confront Courts in 2017

By Ben Hancock and Ross Todd |

Our list of cases to watch in California includes novel, quirky and consequential legal battles.

Plaintiffs Bar Looks to the New Year After Rocky, Lucrative 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

The plaintiffs bar can bid farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also a few notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.

The Recorder's Most Read Stories of 2016

By Recorder Editors |

From the shocking resignation of Berkeley's law dean to the controversy over Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, we count down the most popular news stories of the past year.

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Plaintiffs Firm Stuck With $1M Tax Bill After Trying to Deduct Private Jet Travel

By Amanda Bronstad |

Los Angeles-based Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack couldn't show that all the expenses it claimed for its attorneys' private jet travel had "a business purpose," the Ninth Circuit ruled.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Decision on Attorney-Client Privilege Spooks Defense Bar

By Charles Toutant and Vanessa Blum |

Writing for the majority, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar said that law firm invoices aren't categorically shielded from disclosure. The court's dissenters complained the decision undermines a “pillar of our jurisprudence.”

Why Brock Turner’s Famous Mug Shot Is Having a Supreme Court Moment

The former Stanford swimmer makes an appearance, along with other famous mug shots from history, in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to guarantee public access to the booking photos.

Calif. Firms Join Forces in Employee RICO Suit Against Wells Fargo

By Scott Flaherty |

Jonathan Delshad, a Los Angeles-based plaintiffs lawyer, said he assembled the team after hearing horror stories from former bank employees.

Justice William Bedsworth, California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District

Bedsworth: Forewarned Is Forearmed

By William W. Bedsworth |

In which our columnist muses on how disclaimers on drug ads might lead one to conclude the cure is worse than the disease.

Balloon Bonanza advertisement.

Conflicts, Splash Zones and a 'Wild Ride': A Look Back on the Quirkiest Patent Battles of 2016

By Scott Graham |

Some of the year's more offbeat moments at the Federal Circuit featured patent law's biggest players.

William Edlund.

William Edlund, Bay Area Litigator and Bar Leader, Dies at 87

By Scott Graham |

Edlund, who practiced at Pillsbury and Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Tarrant, continued trying cases into his 80s.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

When It Comes to Legal Malpractice, Knowledge is Comfort

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevans |

Most attorneys will face more than one malpractice claim over the course of their careers. Here's a checklist to understand when there's a real threat.

Lawyers Behaving Badly 2016: Deposition Edition

By Ross Todd |

Evidently some lawyers and litigants don't understand what it means to be "on the record" during a deposition. Either that or they don't mind being caught saying or doing something untoward, ridiculous or downright horrible.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

Ruling May Tee-Up Power of SEC ALJs for High Court Review

By Mark Hamblett |

A decision Tuesday by the Tenth Circuit declaring that the way the SEC appoints Administrative Law Judges violates the Constitution sets up a clean split among the circuits and may implicate the validity of administrative proceedings in other areas of government.

The Year's Top Business Tips for Lawyers

By Recorder Editors |

A look back at this year's best advice on how to build your business, compete for talent and successfully steer your career.

Harold McElhinny, Morrison & Foerster partner...photo by Jason Doiy.2/19/13.060-2013.....

MoFo's McElhinny Puts Apple in the Rearview and Italy on the Horizon

By Scott Graham |

The veteran trial lawyer, best known for leading Apple's IP case against Samsung, is retiring after four decades at Morrison & Foerster.

SEC Alleges California Lawyer Duped Foreign Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

Ninth Circuit Will Revisit Controversial Gun Case

By Ben Hancock |

After a setback earlier this year, gun control advocates will get a second chance to defend an Alameda County ordinance that restricts where firearms can be sold.

SEC Accuses California Lawyer in Scheme to Defraud Foreign Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at the 2014 Harvard Law School commencement ceremony. Photo by Martha Stewart.

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

By Mark Hamblett |

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a warning Tuesday to law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."

5 Legal Tech Startup Areas to Watch For in 2017

As 2016 closes out, here are some areas that seem ripe for growth in the coming year

NJ Moves Ahead on Uber Bills But Clash With Regulators Continues in California

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey bills regulating app-based car-sharing services Uber and Lyft were approved by legislators Monday, while Uber continued to clash with California regulators over its testing of autonomous vehicles on public streets.

Diversion, Recidivism Prevention to Highlight Ongoing Reform Efforts

By Tom McParland |

In 2016, the General Assembly approved landmark legislation that eliminated the state's "three strikes" policy and cut mandatory sentences for some repeat offenders. Commonly known as the habitual offenders bill, SB 163 abolished automatic life sentences for three-time violent felons and cut in half mandatory minimum sentences for felons convicted of a first-violent felony after committing three nonviolent felonies.

Google Headquarters mountain view ca. Handout

Google Suit Says Engineer Took Secrets to Drive.ai

By Ben Hancock |

Complaint says manager violated the confidentiality provisions of the employment agreement he signed five years ago.

Partner Promotions Dip Slightly Among Calif. Firms

By Rebecca Cohen |

Half a dozen of the biggest law firms with California roots have announced their new partner classes so far. Those firms named a total of 73 partners for 2017—a very slight decrease from last year, when those same six firms named 75 new partners total.

Apple Accuses Nokia, Acacia of Antitrust Conspiracy

By Scott Graham |

Apple claims Nokia is using nonpracticing entities to harass the company with exorbitant patent royalty claims.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

Bio-Rad Fails in Bid to Exclude Internal Communications in Ex-GC's Whistleblower Suit

By Ross Todd |

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. lost out on a bid to exclude wide swaths of internal company communications from evidence in a whistleblower retaliation suit brought by the company's former general counsel Sanford Wadler.

E. Randol Schoenberg

Lawyer Who Recovers Stolen Art Uncovered Clinton Email Warrant

By Rebecca Cohen |

E. Randol Schoenberg specializes in cases involving stolen art. But it was fears of a stolen election that motivated the Los Angeles attorney's latest lawsuit.

California Attempts to Close the Loophole on Non-Competes

By Christopher J. Cox, David R. Singh, Audrey Stano |

A new California law prohibits employers from requiring California-based workers to litigate their claims outside California or under other states' laws.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Appeals Court Won't Revisit Decision Driving Uber Class Action into Arbitration

By Ben Hancock |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revisit a September ruling that steered class action claims on behalf of thousands of Uber drivers into arbitration.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Things to Think About Before Suing a Client Over Past-Due Bills

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Deciding whether to sue a client for unpaid fees requires a careful balance of risks and rewards. While litigation is sometimes inevitable, the decision is not to be made precipitously.

Alameda County Superior Court House

Alameda County Court Commissioner Resigns Amid Misconduct Investigation

By Mike Scarcella |

An Alameda County court commissioner who faced possible disciplinary action for alleged inappropriate demeanor from the bench resigned from his post on Nov. 30, the state Commission on Judicial Performance said Tuesday in announcing the closure of a misconduct investigation.

Senior Judge Samuel Conti, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Califoria in 1992

A Judge Samuel Conti Christmas Carol

By Gordon Keckeissen |

A Dickensian tale of an emergency Christmas Eve hearing held before the former judge as told by a former clerk.

Elizabeth Holmes

Firms Snap Up Theranos Work After Boies Schiller Exits

By Ben Hancock |

The embattled company has tapped Wilmer Cutler in a pair of investor suits. Meanwhile, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has turned to Cooley.

David Faigman, Hastings College of the Law

UC-Hastings Law Dean to Focus on Bar Passage, Real Estate Development

By Rebecca Cohen |

Now that he has been given the role full time, UC-Hastings College of the Law Chancellor and Dean David Faigman has big plans to bolster the school's stature, including improving what he called a "horrific" bar passage rate.

Tips for Law Firms' Year-End Cash Grab—And How to Avoid It

By Roy Strom |

Yes, it's late in the game for the annual year-end collections push. But that doesn't mean you should throw in the towel and give in to the eggnog.

Edelson Firm Snubs Tech Industry in 'Hamilton'-Themed Rap Video

By Roy Strom |

In a holiday party musical number for the ages, Edelson PC, known for suing the tech industry and law firms, takes aim at its foes in a 'Hamilton' parody that pulls no punches.

American Airlines.

10 Airplane Horror Stories That Spawned Damage Suits

By Amanda Bronstad |

'Tis the season for cramped airplanes – and lawsuits. Luggage falling on heads and hot tea spilling in laps &ndash are just some of the routine incidents on today's flights that sometimes end up in injury suits.

2016-2017 ABA president Linda Klein.

ABA Accuses Government of Reneging on Law School Loan Forgiveness

By Ross Todd |

A new suit claims the Department of Education is pulling the rug out from under public interest lawyers who were told they qualified for federal loan forgiveness.

Amar D. Sarwal, vice president and chief legal strategist at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Why This California Case Is Driving a Wedge Between Law Firms and Clients

By Ben Hancock |

Dozens of major law firms are lining up against their corporate clients in an awkward faceoff at the California Supreme Court.

David Faigman, Hastings College of the Law

UC-Hastings Gives Leadership Nod to Interim Dean

By Rebecca Cohen |

David Faigman has been acting dean and chancellor at the school since the beginning of 2016.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

What Flies on Your Résumé May Not Work on LinkedIn

By Julie Q. Brush |

With the rise of LinkedIn, the résumé is no longer the sole document that chronicles and encapsulates a lawyer's career.

Aaron Persky.

Judge Criticized in Stanford Sexual Assault Case Won't Be Disciplined

By Cheryl Miller |

A state judicial commission on Monday declined to punish Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who was widely criticized for the six-month jail sentence he imposed on a former Stanford University student accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

California Supreme Court.

Attorneys Brace for Showdown Over Calif. Mass Tort Suits

By Ben Hancock |

The state high court left the door open to out-of-state plaintiffs with its ruling in Bristol Myers v. Anderson. Now defense lawyers hope the U.S. Supreme Court will close it.

Cooley Adds Six Partners in Play to Boost Mid-Atlantic Foothold

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.

Uber

Uber, Defying Regulators, Won't Stop Driverless Pilot in S.F.

By Cheryl Miller |

Defying state regulators and their hometown mayor, Uber Technologies Inc. officials said Friday they will continue offering driverless-car passenger service in San Francisco without a testing permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

Bio-Rad Spars With Ex-GC Over Scope of Privilege in Whistleblower Trial

By Ross Todd |

The company says information Sanford Wadler gleaned as GC can't be disclosed. But Wadler and the SEC say federal whistleblower laws allow its use.

Massive Jury Award Against Gilead Could Grow in Patent Infringement Case

By Tom McParland |

Already the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history, the $2.5 billion in damages awarded to Merck's Idenix unit could grow to as much as three times the amount assessed by a federal jury in Wilmington on Thursday.

With Arista Win, Van Nest Cements Rep in Copyright Cases

By Ross Todd |

Facing a $335.2 million damages demand from networking giant Cisco Systems Inc., Robert Van Nest and his team at Keker & Van Nest mounted a multi-pronged defense during an intellectual property trial for Arista Networks Inc. over the past two weeks in San Jose, California federal court.

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

Plaintiffs Lawyers Fighting to Keep Talc Cases Out of MDL, In State Courts

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers are fighting to keep their talcum powder cases against Johnson & Johnson out of multidistrict litigation in New Jersey federal court; aiming to return them to state courts, where juries in Missouri have awarded megaverdicts to women who said the products caused them to get ovarian cancer.

King & Spalding headquarters, Atlanta.

King & Spalding Adds Ex-Federal Prosecutor in Palo Alto

By Rebecca Cohen |

Former assistant U.S. attorney Anne Voigts has joined King & Spalding's appellate practice in the firm's Palo Alto office. The former U.S. Supreme Court clerk was drawn to the firm's health care and life sciences groups.

(l-r) Michael W. Kelly, Gary Gansle and Daniel Kitzes.

Hey Employers, 2017 Is Closer Than You Think

By Michael W. Kelly, Gary Gansle and Daniel Kitzes |

A review of some key legislation affecting employers that will go into effect in California in 2017.

The Old Court House surrounded by downtown St. Louis

'Hellholes' Report Takes Aim at California in Full and Fla. High Court, Among Others

By Miriam Rozen |

Deploying at times over-the-top rhetoric and a healthy dose of sarcasm, the American Tort Reform Association Thursday issued its annual report on what it calls the country's "judicial hellholes," denouncing overly plaintiff-friendly conditions from coast to coast.

Burford Capital New York Office.

With Burford-Gerchen Deal, Litigation Finance Comes of Age

By Ben Hancock and Roy Strom |

Observers greeted the announcement that Burford Capital would buy litigation funder Gerchen Keller as a sign that the nascent industry is maturing.

Uber offices at 1455 Market Street in San Francisco.

Uber's Driverless Program Draws Legal Threat From State

By Cheryl Miller |

Uber Technologies Inc. picked a fight with California regulators Wednesday when the company added a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco without first obtaining a permit from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. DMV officials late Wednesday told Uber to stop operating its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco until the company acquires a permit.

Michael Sobol, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Google Settles Privacy Suit Over Gmail Scanning

By Ross Todd |

The tech giant agreed to technical changes but won't end scanning as part of a no-cash settlement deal.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

When to Ask More from a Potential Employer-and When Not

The road to the offer stage in an interview process is usually a long and winding one with a few bumps along the way.

Arista Networks

Keker & Van Nest Team Licks Quinn in Arista-Cisco IP Showdown

By Ross Todd |

Arista Networks and its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest pulled out a win Wednesday over Cisco Systems and a trial team led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Josh Becker of LexMachina.

LexisNexis Enters Startup Accelerator Scene

The legal research giant is looking to support legal technology innovation with access to its data sets and mentors.

CNN Can't SLAPP Down Employment Suit, Appeals Court Rules

By Ben Hancock |

The 2-1 decision from an L.A. appeals court revives a 2014 discrimination suit against CNN by an Emmy Award-winning news producer.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, addressing the scandal relating to the bank's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Wells Fargo Scandal Spins Off Work to Web of Law Firms

By Ross Todd and Ben Hancock |

Lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Williams & Connolly are among those tapped by the bank and its executives to defend government investigations and class action suits.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Mitigating Risks in Law Firm Mergers

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

If your firm is not considering or the object of a merger or acquisition, chances are it may be soon.

VidAngel website.

Hollywood Shuts Down 'Filtering Service' in Copyright Battle

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Utah-based startup that streams movies after filtering out profanity, violence and other objectionable content has vowed to take a copyright battle against Hollywood all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prudential building in Newark, NJ.

Prudential Class Action Targets Sales to Wells Fargo Customers

By Charles Toutant |

Prudential Insurance Co. has been hit with a class action over unauthorized sales of its life insurance policies to Wells Fargo account holders. The latest case, along with a whistleblower suit filed last week by three former Prudential fraud investigators, landed the company into the middle of the fracas over Wells Fargo's sales practices.

Donald Trump.

Who Will Head the PTO Under Trump?

By Scott Graham |

The president-elect will meet with tech leaders this week, but some anticipate he'll look to pharma for an IP chief who supports strong patent rights.

By the Numbers: How California Law Schools Fared on the Bar Exam

By Cheryl Miller |

Just five of 21 California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association had at least 75 percent of their graduates pass the July bar exam, a proposed new benchmark rate that in coming years could spell trouble for some institutions.

Central district federal courthouse, located at 350 West 1st St., Los Angeles, California.

Financier's Family Stakes Claim to 'Wolf of Wall Street' Profits in $3B Money-Laundering Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

The family members of a Malaysian financier at the center a $3.5 billion money laundering case involving the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" have asked to intervene in hopes of asserting a claim over several high-priced hotels and condos in New York and California, a Bombardier jet and music royalties.

Cisco Systems

Legal Strategies on Display as Cisco, Arista Make Final Pitches in IP Trial

By Ross Todd |

Quinn partner David Nelson and Keker & Van Nest partner Robert Van Nest faced off Monday on the last day of a high-stakes IP trial.

Supreme Court Rejects NFL Settlement Challenge

By Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer |

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked efforts by a group of retired professional football players to challenge the NFL’s $1 billion settlement over concussion-related litigation.

cybersecurity

Chicago's Johnson & Bell First US Firm Publicly Named in Data Security Class Action

the first public data security class action complaint against a U.S. law firm, Chicago-based Johnson & Bell was named in a lawsuit that says the firm failed to protect confidential client information.

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Charges Dismissed in 'Online Brothel' Case Against Backpage.com Execs

By Cheryl Miller |

A Sacramento County judge late Friday dismissed charges against current and former corporate officers of the online classifieds site Backpage.com, finding the broad immunity of the federal Communications Decency Act shields the men from prosecution in a sex-trafficking case.

Circuit Judge Susan Graber.

CFAA Critics Won't Get Rehearing From Ninth Circuit in Facebook Case

By Ross Todd |

For the second day in a row, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit narrowed a panel decision addressing the computer hacking law at the same time it denied en banc review.

Oscar Romero.

After In-House Careers, Lawyers Find Freedom in Launching Consulting Firms

Though it is rare to go from in-house counsel to startup founder, a few lawyers have done just that in recent years. They find freedom and anxiety in the move.

Xytex

Sperm Bank Sued for Allegedly Misleading Women About Donor's Criminal Record, Mental Health

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Georgia sperm bank is facing nearly a dozen "novel and cutting edge" lawsuits in four states and Canada that allege it misled women about a donor who turned out to be convicted on burglary and a diagnosed schizophrenic.

Diversity in the workplace illustation.

What Will Fix Legal's Diversity Problem? Analytics May Be the Start

Racial and gender diversity have made their way into national conversations throughout this year, but law remains one of the least diverse professions in the country.

Corporate Lawyers at Risk as Cyberattacks Target IP, 'Legal Data'

A SANS Institute Survey found cybercriminals are increasingly shifting their focus toward attorney-managed enterprise data.

Lucy Koh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing to become a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. July 13, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Yahoo Data Breach MDL Steered to Koh's San Jose U.S. Courtroom

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judicial panel has ordered that class actions filed over Yahoo's data breach this year be sent to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose.

David Nosal

Ninth Circuit Backs Panel on 'Nosal,' Denies En Banc Review

By Ross Todd |

The court said Thursday that it would not rehear the high-profile case which upheld recruiter David Nosal's conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Aluyah Imoisili, Greenberg Gross

Greenberg Gross to Exceed Cravath Bonuses Amid Other Changes

By Gina Passarella |

Greenberg Gross, a 17-lawyer firm launched in 2013, has announced it will pay its associates bonuses in excess of the level set by Cravath. But just how much remains unclear.

10 Tips for Planning, Leading and Learning From a Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise

An organization's incident response team must practice if they're going to be prepared for an actual incident.

Five Employment Visa Issues to Watch In a Trump Presidency

President-elect Donald Trump has talked about immigration from the start of his presidential campaign. Much of his focus has been on undocumented immigrants.

Workers in a crane basket on the roof of the fire ravaged remains of the Ghost Ship artist warehouse in Oakland on Tuesday

After Oakland Fire, Long Legal Battle Looms With Uncertain Prospects

By Ben Hancock |

Potential targets for civil suits include the warehouse owner, concert organizers and the makers of any products tied to the deadly conflagration, lawyers said.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, Northern District of California

Last-Minute Deal Ends Bid to Block Virgin-Alaska Air Combo

By Ben Hancock |

One day after securing DOJ approval, attorneys for Alaska Air Group told a federal judge that they have also reached a settlement in a civil antitrust lawsuit.

Neel Chatterjee outside of the White House on Nov. 16 with Orrick associates Amisha Patel, Dina Rezvani and Cory Lankford.

Postelection, Orrick Litigator Vows to 'Stick It to the Man'

By Leigh Jones |

IP litigation hotshot Neel Chatterjee is only half-joking.

Julie Q. Brush

How Much Experience is Too Much?

By Julie Brush |

It’s not easy to tell whether a lawyer has too much experience for a particular position, specifically if the seniority gap isn’t that wide.

Timothy Perry and Sarah Zarrabi, WilmerHale

Opinion: It's Time for a Bright-Line Test for the ‘No Contact Rule’

By Timothy Perry and Sarah Zarrabi |

The Ninth Circuit should resolve the ambiguity in the ethical canon that applies to nearly every major covert criminal investigation.

Silicon Valley Partners Earn More Than Partners in Any Other Market

By Rebecca Cohen |

California markets took three of the top five spots when it came to cities with the highest partner compensation. Silicon Valley partners earned the highest compensation of any market in the country.

Bimal Patel and Todd Arena O’Melveny & Myers

Taking Stock of Proposed Rules for FinTech Companies

By Bimal Patel and Todd Arena |

It remains to be seen what effects a special purpose national bank charter for financial technology companies will have on the FinTech market, particularly in light of the election.

The Slants

Rock Band Releases Song for Supreme Court Trademark Battle

By Tony Mauro |

The Slants, an Asian-American rock band battling the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is also rallying fans and raising money on a crowdfunding site.

Kelly M. Dermody,  Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

‘He Said What?’ Bar Leaders Urge Clients, Judges to Stand Against Bias

By Ross Todd |

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly Dermody joined U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers and Facebook litigation chief Paul Grewal Tuesday to share tips for young, female and minority attorneys.

Proposed California Law Confronts Wells Fargo's Fake-Account Scandal

By Cheryl Miller |

A state senator has introduced legislation in the wake of the Wells Fargo fake-accounts scandal that would prohibit mandatory arbitration in cases where a business is accused of fraudulently using customers' personally identifiable information.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Holiday Merriment, Misbehavior and Malpractice

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

The holiday season, with its flurry of parties, vacations, and administrative tasks, ushers its own set of unique professional liability risks.

Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins, Northern District of California

Judge Awards Fees in Discrimination Suit Against Uber

By Ross Todd |

Despite complaints from Uber that the fee request was inflated, Judge Nathanael Cousins awarded three law firms $2.4 million for their work on a class action alleging discrimination against blind riders.

Apple Fined for Environmental Breaches

By Ben Hancock |

Company will pay $450,000 for violations of the state's hazardous waste law.

Michelle Lee, United States Patent Trade Office

At Stanford, Patent Experts Sound Off on Section 101

By Scott Graham |

A discussion Monday at Stanford University was an opportunity for big tech companies, entrepreneurs, bar associations and academics to hash out the impact of 'Alice' and other developments in patent eligibilty.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Rejecting 'Newman,' SCOTUS Clears Up Rules for Insider-Trading Prosecutions

By Tony Mauro |

In a win for federal prosecutors, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday swept aside a 2014 appeals court ruling that made it harder for the government to pursue insider-trading cases.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Design Patent Case

By Tony Mauro |

The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

State Bar Recommends Lawyer Be Disbarred Over Home Loan Scam

By Rebecca Cohen |

A state bar judge has recommended the disbarment of a lawyer accused of bilking thousands of homeowners out of $11 million in a loan modification scam.

U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, nominee for California attorney general

California Lawmakers Want a 'Firewall' to Shield State from Trump

By Cheryl Miller |

California lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the start of the legislative session, and Democrats quickly made clear their immediate agenda: stopping key policies of the Trump administration. Democrats pushed through resolutions condemning President-elect Donald Trump's proposed immigration policies. A senator introduced legislation to require a public vote on any border wall constructed in California. Lawmakers also introduced two bills to beef up the availability of legal services for undocumented residents facing deportation.

Nicholas D. Walrath

Durie Tangri Associate Believed Dead in Oakland Fire, Firm Says

By Ben Hancock |

Nicholas Walrath, a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, joined the firm in October.

John Chambers, Cisco executive chairman

Cisco Exec Says He Was Reluctant to Sue Arista

By Ross Todd |

Attorney John Desmarais stepped in Monday to handle testimony from Cisco's longtime CEO John Chambers in the company's IP trial against Arista Networks.

State Justices Suppress Smartphone Evidence in Child Porn Case

By Ben Hancock |

Though it occurred prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's seminal decision in Riley v. California, the 2012 search still breached legal limits, according to a unanimous ruling from the California high court.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Dives into Patent Exhaustion with Printer Cartridges

By Scott Graham |

The case hinges on Lexmark International's use of patent law to bar recycling and reselling of its used printer cartridges.

Orrick, Representing Marijuana Advocate, Challenges DEA Statements About Pot

By Marcia Coyle |

A national nonprofit advocacy group supporting legal access to medical marijuana has petitioned the U.S. Justice Department to require drug enforcers to correct allegedly false and misleading information about cannabis use on its website.

The VW logo of the brand

Independent Lawyers Ask for Fees in VW Exhaust Class Action

More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen A.G., most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.

California Treasurer Seeks Marijuana Guidance From Trump, Congress

By Cheryl Miller |

State Treasurer John Chiang is seeking guidance from President-elect Donald Trump and California's congressional delegation about how the state should handle the finances of the nascent multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.

(left to right): William R. Burford, Jason P. Trenton, Andrew D. Copans and Jonathan C. Lurie

Venable Picks Up 4 McDermott Trusts & Estates Partners in LA

By Rebecca Cohen |

Four trusts and estates partners, led by Jonathan C. Lurie, are decamping from McDermott Will & Emery to Venable's Los Angeles office.

The 11 Legal Tech Startups Currently Backed by Y Combinator

The Silicon Valley startup giant has focused most of its investments in legal technology in alternatives to traditional legal services.

Four Things You Need to Know about Federal Anti-Hacking Statutes in Employment Disputes

This article will review some of the key upshots for in-house lawyers from recent cases.

Wells Fargo.

GC of Scandal-Plagued Wells Fargo Postpones Retirement

Wells Fargo & Co general counsel James Strother, who planned to retire at the end of this year, will stay on indefinitely as top lawyer in order to deal with the aftermath of the bank's recent fake accounts scandal. Strother turned 65 earlier this year, triggering the company's mandatory age-based retirement policy for members of the operating committee.

Grant Fondo, Goodwin Procter partner

Blockchain Company Seeks First In-House Lawyer in Developing Space

By David Ruiz |

While most companies can hire a lawyer by industry, blockchain companies are at a loss, as the tech is more about application than raw software.

Xavier Becerra.

California's Next Attorney General Issues Warning to Donald Trump

By Cheryl Miller |

Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Xavier Becerra to be California's next attorney general, the longtime U.S. lawmaker warned the Trump administration to expect a fight if newly emboldened Republicans challenge the Golden State's liberal laws and policies. "If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interests, come at us," Becerra, a 12-term Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, told reporters.

Federal Prosecutors Target International Cybercrime Ring

By P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer |

The Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney's Office and the regional division of the FBI announced a joint effort with international law enforcement agencies Thursday to dismantle the global criminal computer network known as "Avalanche."

the 2014 Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel truck.

Fiat Chrysler Accused of VW-Style Emissions Cheating

By Ben Hancock |

A class action against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles specifically targets the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Xavier Becerra.

Gov. Picks Xavier Becerra for State AG, Succeeding Harris

By Cheryl Miller |

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday nominated Southern California Rep. Xavier Becerra, a veteran Democratic politician with ties to Sacramento and Washington, to become the next attorney general. The Stanford Law School graduate was elected to Congress in 1992 and became the first Latino member of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means.

Salaries up.

General Counsel Pay Just Keeps Rising

Compensation for in-house counsel is up across the board, ranging from 3.7 percent to as much as 6 percent at some general counsel and expert counsel levels, according to just released data from HBR Consulting's 2016 Law Department Survey.

Tech Sector IPO Cool-Down Impacting Calif. Firms' Revenue Gains

By Rebecca Cohen |

Northern California law firms are lagging behind their national counterparts in revenue growth this year, according to a Wells Fargo survey. A slowdown in tech sector IPOs could be to blame.

Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins.

How Big Law and Big Banks Took the Fight to Intellectual Ventures

By Scott Graham, The American Lawyer |

Shifts in patent law and a novel antitrust suit have helped the financial industry stand up to the patent enforcement giant.

Zynga headquarters

Zynga Sues Rival Under Federal Trade Secrets Law

By Ross Todd |

The gaming company accuses a former employee of making off with details on an "ambitious soon-to-be-released" game code-named "Project Mars."

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Attorney General Kamala Harris greets supporters at a election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Kamala Harris, Building DC Staff, Picks Familiar Names

By Cheryl Miller |

Kamala Harris is taking a team of familiar lawyers with her to Washington as she prepares to be sworn in as California's junior U.S. senator on Jan. 3. Harris on Wednesday named Nathan Barankin, now chief deputy in the Attorney General's Office, her Senate chief of staff.

Heller Ehrman offices in Washington, D.C.

Defunct Heller Ehrman Opens Fight for Fees Before Calif. High Court

By Nell Gluckman |

Eight years after its collapse, the law firm Heller Ehrman is still battling over the legal fees earned by departed partners.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

What to Keep in Mind When Changing Malpractice Insurers

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Attorneys may think that they are protected because of their policies' effective dates. However, the greater risk from gaps comes from less obvious sources.

Justice William Bedsworth, California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District

Bedsworth: Readiness Is Not All

By William W. Bedsworth |

Judge Bedsworth celebrates his 200th column by musing that it's often something that flies in from left field that changes your life while you're preparing for something big.

Aerial rendering of the proposed Mission Bay Warriors stadium

Court OKs Warriors' Plans for Mission Bay Arena

By Ben Hancock |

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said city authorities sufficiently vetted the environmental impact of the 18,500-seat arena.

Jason Forge, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd partner

Trump U Plaintiffs Gaining 'Unprecedented' Return, Lawyer Says

By Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal |

One day after President-elect Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over Trump University, he posted on Twitter that the payment was a "small fraction of the potential award."

5-Hour Energy drinks on sale.

Makers of Bogus 5-Hour Energy Drinks Convicted in First-of-Its-Kind Case

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers for Living Essentials, the maker of the real 5-Hour Energy drink, applauded the jury verdict, which followed a roughly two-week trial in San Jose federal court.

Seyfarth Names New MP of San Francisco Office

By Rebecca Cohen |

Christian Rowley is the new managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw's San Francisco office. He's replacing Nick C. Geannacopulos, who will stay at the firm.

Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes.

Theranos Faces Rare Pre-IPO Securities Class Action

By Ben Hancock |

Hagens Berman partner Reid Kathrein, who filed the suit, said private investors sank more than $600 million into the beleaguered blood-testing startup based on false claims about its technology.

Michael Jacobs, Morrison Foerster partner..photo by Jason Doiy.1/4/13.060-2013.....

Nervy Suit Slams Boston Scientific for 'Blatant Disregard' of Competitor's Patent

By Scott Graham |

The lawsuit comes after Boston Scientific lost a bid at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to kill Nevro's patent using high-frequency electrical impulses to block pain.

It's Easier for Employers to Sue for Data Theft

By Nick Akerman, The National Law Journal |

Two new developments this past year have made it easier for employers to sue employees in federal court for stealing data from company computers.

Uber Taps Cuatrecasas for Landmark EU Regulatory Case

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.

Robert Van Nest, Keker & Van Nest founder

Cisco, Arista Lawyers Clash in San Jose IP Trial

By Ross Todd |

Cisco accuses its junior rival of deliberate copying. But Arista's lawyer told jurors Monday the company's success is rooted in better technology.

California Insurance Regulators Fine Zenefits Up to $7M

By Cheryl Miller |

Human resources startup Zenefits will pay up to $7 million in penalties under terms of a settlement with California regulators who had accused the San Francisco company of selling insurance policies without the proper licenses.

Howard T. Markey National Courts Building/U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at 717 Madison Place, N.W. May 12, 2006. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

Samsung Loses Last-Ditch Bid to Overturn Surprise Ruling for Apple

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Samsung's request for a second rehearing regarding a decision to toss out a $119 million patent infringement verdict against Apple.

Lawyers Hear Message of Hate: 'Go Back to Your Country'

Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over Donald Trump’s calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.

NY State Removed as Defendant in Airbnb Suit

Airbnb home sharing service has dropped New York as a defendant in its suit over a law imposing stiff fines on individuals who repeatedly advertise illegal rental units. New York City, the remaining defendant, indicated in a separate filing that settlement talks continue.

Data Center in Forest City

Facebook Faces Workplace Racial Discrimination Complaint

By Ross Todd |

Two men, both black, said they were paid less than white peers and that they were subjected to racial slurs by a former manager.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III, Northern District of California

Huawei Notches Win Over Samsung in Patent Skirmish

By Scott Graham |

A district judge upheld Huawei's patent as a specific solution to improve functionality of mobile devices.

California Firms Are Targeting DC For Expansion

By Rebecca Cohen |

Despite uncertainty about how Donald Trump's presidency will shape the next four years, firms with California roots remain bullish on their prospects in the Washington market.

U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman, Northern District of California

Six Things to Watch as Cisco, Arista Head to Trial Over IP

By Scott Graham |

The trial bears similarities to litigation in San Francisco involving Oracle and Google.

Panel Backs University in Sex Assault Suspension

By Ben Hancock |

A unanimous state appellate panel on Tuesday reinstated the suspension of a male UC San Diego student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student near the end of their romantic relationship, overturning a trial judge who found the university's investigation was flawed.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Moving Beyond 'Unfinished Business' Claims

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Law firm dissolutions have created issues related to "unfinished business." Two recent decisions have clarified the law for firms picking up partners from defunct firms.

Elaine Howle, California State Auditor

State Auditor Presses Power to Review Judicial Discipline Agency

By Cheryl Miller |

Lawyers for state Auditor Elaine Howle fired back this week at the Commission on Judicial Performance, arguing that the judicial disciplinary agency has no authority to limit her review of its operations.

Madden NFL game

Ninth Circuit Blocks Coder From Recouping Madden Game Royalties

By Ben Hancock |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday threw a penalty flag on a computer programmer's bid to recoup millions in royalties from Electronic Arts Inc. on sales of its popular John Madden Football video game series.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Theodore Boutrous

Panel Hands Boutrous a Loss, Relying on the Case He Famously Won

By Ben Hancock |

Justices OK sampling in a wage-and-hour case against Wackenhut, saying a trial judge had misapplied the limits in the 'Wal-Mart' ruling the Gibson Dunn partner secured five years ago.

Judge Jimmie Reyna United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Federal Circuit Tightens Standard for AIA Review

By Scott Graham |

The judges determined that too many patents have been pulled into covered business method review.

California Bar Exam Pass-Rate Reaches New Low

By Cheryl Miller |

The success rate for those prospective lawyers taking California's July bar exam continues to slide, with only 43 percent earning a passing score on the 2016 test, according to data the state bar released Friday.

Twitter headquarters, located at 1355 Market St.

Twitter Beats Back Lawsuit Over Killing of U.S. Contractors by ISIS

By Ross Todd |

In a ruling that should bolster a law giving social-media companies broad immunity from liability for user-generated content, Twitter Inc. on Friday beat back a lawsuit from families of two American contractors killed in an attack in Jordan inspired by the Islamic State group.

Olga Mack, ClearSlide general counsel

New In-House Networking Group Helps Women Land GC Jobs

By David Ruiz |

A new networking group called SunLaw wants to help women in the middle of their careers get the mentorship they need to land their first general counsel jobs.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Should I Take a Break after a Terrible Legal Job?

By Julie Brush |

Don't stress. Employers and professionals today understand that lawyers often make multiple moves, take time off, relocate or try something new.

Gary Loeb.

Longtime Pharma GC Loeb Heads to Achaogen

By David Ruiz |

San Francisco-based Achaogen anounced Gary Loeb as its new general counsel on November 15.

Marijuana.

​Trump's Pick for AG Worries Marijuana Advocates

By Cheryl Miller |

Advocates of California's fledgling legalized marijuana law were left scrambling for a strategy Friday after President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama—a staunch opponent of the drug—as attorney general.

O’Melveny & Myers partner Daniel Petrocelli, lead attorney for President-elect Donald Trump in litigation over Trump University, speaks to reporters outside the San Diego federal courthouse Nov. 18, 2016 after the announcement of a $25 million settlement.

President-Elect Trump Agrees to Pay $25M to End Fraud Suits Over Trump U

By Scott Graham |

Donald Trump's lead attorney, O'Melveny & Myers partner Daniel Petrocelli, said Friday that his client “is interested in moving forward and tackling the problems of this country.”

Edward Chen.

Chen Hits Brakes on Uber Driver Suits

By Ben Hancock |

Until the Ninth Circuit resolves key questions, moving forward doesn't "make a lot of sense," the San Francisco judge said Friday.

California Supreme Court.

Calif. Supreme Court Sets Funding for Bar Discipline System

By Cheryl Miller |

The state Supreme Court late Thursday ordered active California lawyers to pay $297 to fund State Bar disciplinary functions in 2017 after lawmakers failed to pass dues-authorizing legislation.

Lex Machina’s Chief Data Scientist Talks Leveraging Analytics for the Modern Litigator

Proponents insist that analytics brings acute business knowledge to the legal department. Brian Howard breaks it down.

In Egg Ruling, Ninth Circuit Sends Message to Businesses

By Ross Todd |

Rejecting a challenge to California's regime for the housing of chickens, the Ninth Circuit made clear that businesses must fight their own battles.

Report: Nearly 40 Percent of Law Firms Waste C-Suite Talent

By BY ROY STROM |

Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone.

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's Lawyers Demand Details on Jury Screening in Trump University Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

As a Nov. 28 trial date approaches in the civil fraud lawsuit over Trump University, choosing a fair and impartial jury could turn out to be one of the most vexing problems for lawyers in the case.

Ninth Circuit to Weigh Ban on Booze Ads

By Ben Hancock |

The court granted en banc review after pleas from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a range of amici curiae.

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Federal Online-Shield Law Threatens California Case Against Backpage.com

By Cheryl Miller |

A Sacramento County judge on Wednesday signaled that he's prepared to dismiss charges against current and former corporate officers of the online classifieds site Backpage.com, finding the broad immunity of the Communications Decency Act shields the men from prosecution in a sex-trafficking case.

Sujit Choudhry, former University of California Berkeley school of law dean.

Ex-Berkeley Law Dean Drops Discrimination Suit

By Ross Todd |

Sujit Choudhry quietly dismissed a federal lawsuit against the university on Tuesday without explanation.

Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

From 'Ridiculously Bloated' to You're Hired: Judge Chhabria OK's Plaintiffs Team in Round-Up MDL

By Ben Hancock |

Initially skeptical, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria came around on Wednesday to the plaintiffs point of view.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

5 'Dont's' For Lawyers Facing Malpractice Claims

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Here are some common mistakes made by attorneys in receiving a malpractice claim, and how to avoid them.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen

Dropbox Fends Off Trademark Threat

By Ross Todd |

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen found that rival Thru Inc. deliberately waited for Dropbox to grow as a brand.

Michael Yang, Pinterest general counsel

Pinterest GC Departs. Does Public Service Beckon?

By David Ruiz |

Pinterest's general counsel Michael Yang is leaving the company. It's unclear where he's heading, but he's hinted at a return to the public sector.

San Francisco City Hall

In Millennium Tower Fiasco, City Attorneys in Hot Seat

By Ben Hancock |

A formal complaint with the city claims that lawyers learned years ago about structural problems and had a duty to speak up.

Donald Verrilli Jr.

Airbnb Bulks Up Legal Team in Fight With SF

By Ross Todd |

Ex-Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. has joined the lineup of Munger, Tolles & Olson lawyers representing the company in a federal lawsuit against the city.

Google Self Driving Car.

NHTSA Official Urges House Committee to Stay the Course in Driverless Rulemaking

By Cheryl Miller |

Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that federal agencies should continue to play a role in setting safety standards for self-driving vehicles in new administration.

California Supreme Court.

State Justices Deal Blow to Health Insurers

By Ben Hancock |

In decision with ramifications across the health care sector, the California Supreme Court held Monday that insurers can be sued over unpaid medical bills even if they contracted with a third party to carry the risk.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Overcoming Credential Bias from Legal Recruiters

By Julie Brush |

In today's legal profession, academic credentials have diminished as a sole marker to determine a candidate's viability—but they still play a major role.

Meet the 2016 Legal Department of the Year and In-House Impact Award Winners

Silicon Valley loves competition. And it's legal departments are no different. This year's Legal Departments of the Year and In-House Impact Awards drew entries from some of the Bay Area's biggest names as well as start-ups working on the cutting edge of technology.

Elliot Peters.

Keker & Van Nest Changing Name as It Elevates High-Profile Litigator

By Rebecca Cohen |

Keker & Van Nest will make Elliot R. Peters a name partner and call itself Keker Van Nest & Peters come Jan. 1. But the firm said this was not part of a succession plan.

FireEye Wins Round in Shareholder Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Judge Edward Davila ruled that statements from FireEye officials about the company's 2013 acquisition of Mandiant Corp. were nonactionable "puffery."

James Gilliland, Kilpatrick Townsend partner. Photo by Jason Doiy.

Donor Offers $50K Reward for Help Solving Gilliland Murder

By Rebecca Cohen |

A private donor is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner James Gilliland's killer.

Left to right: Tim O’Leary VP commercial legal, Elizabeth O'Callahan VP legal, Connie Brenton chief of staff/director of legal operations, Matthew Fawcett general counsel and secretary, Emily Teuben senior legal operations manager and Sandy LaBrec executive assistant NetApp

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Legal Operations, Large Companies: NetApp Inc.

NetApp's legal department is always thinking about efficiency. In the last year, under the leadership of legal ops director Connie Brenton, NetApp's lawyers have undertaken ambitious programs to make work faster and easier.

Left to right: Raymond Ramirez, product counsel, capital; Carla De Silva lead product counsel, capital; Niels Gjertson, international and payments counsel; Timothy Yip, product and commercial counsel and Kevin Boon, product and commercial counsel at Square.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Product Counseling, Emerging Companies: Square

Square made a big push in two products this year. The San Francisco-based financial tech company launched its well-known credit card reader in Australia and it transformed a previous cash advance tool into a more traditional loan program. The in-house product counsel lawyers made much of it possible, clearing local and federal regulations in every corner.

Standing left to right:  Crystal Tajalle compliance counsel, Michael Culver VP and deputy general counsel, Kimberly Owens employment counsel and Chris Cheng senior director commercial counsel. Seated left to right: Nicolette Nowak senior contracts analyst, Aurora Kaiser employment counsel and Brian Levey CFO and general counsel

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Overall, Emerging Companies: Upwork Inc.

In the legal department of Upwork Inc., the online platform that connects freelancers with projects, you'll find a poster in the popular "Keep Calm and _____" style. It reads "Keep Calm, I'm Your Lawyer" and was given to the lawyers by an employee.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Data Security, Large Company: NetApp Inc.

When the European Commission struck down the handshake-agreement for data transfer between the EU and United States, several companies were left scrambling for protection. NetApp was several steps ahead, with binding corporate rules in every country of operation

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Patent Strategy, Large Companies: Gilead Sciences Inc.

Gilead Sciences scored a remarkable come-from-behind victory in June, convincing a federal judge in San Jose to throw out a $200 million verdict that it had infringed on rival Merck & Co.'s patents relating to Hepatitis C drugs.

Left to right: Tyler Gee, Senior Managing Counsel, Eve Saltman, Deputy General Counsel, John Story, Senior Managing Counsel,  Sharon Zezima, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Bryan McCanna, Senior Legal Counsel and Mahlet Getachew, Senior Legal Counsel.

2016 Legal Department of the Year, M&A, Emerging Companies: GoPro Inc.

Camera maker GoPro Inc. entered the video-editing software space with two strategic purchases this year. The deals were signed in different countries on the same day.

Left to right: Joe Kucera, senior IP strategy manager, Joseph 'Fitz' FitzGerald vice president and general counsel, Michele Ardizzone, legal manager and Michael Moore director product legal services, Pure Storage Inc.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Litigation, Emerging Companies: Pure Storage Inc.

Pure Storage Inc. survived an existential threat to its business this year, revamping its patent strategy along the way.

Left to right: Michael Moore director product legal services, Joseph 'Fitz' FitzGerald vice president and general counsel, Michele Ardizzone, legal manager and Joe Kucera, senior IP strategy manager Pure Storage Inc.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Patent Strategy, Emerging Companies: Pure Storage Inc.

Protecting innovation is key to Mountain View-based data storage company Pure Storage Inc., and in the past year, in-house lawyers helped identify and file 100 patent applications for internally developed products.

Left to right: Matt McDonald VP engineering, Teza Mukkovilli business risk and internal controls, Crystal Tajalle compliance counsel, Jeff Chen VP trust and safety

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Data Security, Emerging Companies: Upwork Inc.

One way to care about data security? Make it fun. Freelancing network Upwork Inc. recently celebrated National Cyber Security Awareness month, which, yes, is a thing. It happens in October. Upwork started the festivities by giving all employees webcam covers.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Overall, Large Companies: Intel Corp.

Intel Corp.'s legal department, employing roughly 330 lawyers worldwide and more than 100 in California, doesn't suffer from stagnation, despite having the headcount of a mid-sized firm.

Intel, product counseling legal team.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Product Counseling, Large Companies: Intel Corp.

Intel Corp.'s legal department is on top of the usual stuff—contracts, patent prosecution, employment law counseling. But Intel's lawyers don't stop there. They like to have fun, and in the last year they have advised business-side colleagues on oddball issues like flying drones and TV shows. Their work makes the company look less like a tech corporation and more like a tech playground.

John Story, senior legal Counsel at GoPro

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, In-House Impact Award: John Story, GoPro Inc.

GoPro senior counsel John Story is helping the company get more out of its data on how customers use their GoPros.

Microsoft: Our Law Firm Diversity Push Is Working

By David Ruiz |

Microsoft Corp. says it's already seeing benefits from its revamped outside counsel program, which seeks to increase minority representation in law firm leadership roles.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, M&A, Large Companies: eBay Inc.

Splitting a company in two is hard enough. Now imagine selling part of it before it's all done. That's precisely what eBay Inc. did last year during its separation with PayPal into two public companies.

Gideon Myles, Dropbox

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, In-House Impact Award: Gideon Myles, Dropbox

Lots of in-house lawyers moan about patent assertion entities (a.k.a. patent trolls). Gideon Myles of DropBox Inc. is actually combating them. Despite recent setbacks in the courts and on Capital Hill, patent trolls are still ubiquitous. Impatient with the slow pace of change, Myles spearheaded a patent pooling program called the LOT Network. To join the network, companies pledge to provide licenses to other members when selling a license to a non-member, effectively defanging any potential patent infringement suits brought by patent acquirers.

Alexa King and Michele Babb Fireeye

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Regulatory Compliance, Emerging Companies: FireEye Inc.

Companies looking to beef up their compliance programs would be wise to follow FireEye's example. In the last year, the IT security company has unveiled smart tools for minimizing liability and promoting an ethical corporate culture, including a compliance boot camp for new employees.

Juanita Luna, director, office of the general counsel at Pacific Gas and Electric

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, In-House Impact Award: Juanita Luna, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

In just ten months, Juanita Luna, the director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's office of the general counsel, oversaw a complete overhaul of several of PG&E's proceses, including its approaches to matter mangement, e-billing and scheduling.

Craig Norris VP and deputy general counsel and Dawn Smith, SVP and chief legal officer Vmware

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, In-House Impact Awards: Dawn Smith, Craig Norris, VMware Inc.

VMware Inc. chief legal officer Dawn Smith and deputy GC of corporate securities and M&A Craig Norris pulled off a complicated, monumental task last year that was part of the largest tech sale in history. And though most headlines focused on the two mega-corporations tying themselves together, VMware deserves recognition for novel structuring of its securities and shares.

Ashlee Best, Dropbox legal operations manager

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Legal Operations, Emerging Companies: Dropbox Inc.

The growing field of legal operations is an efficiency game. Legal ops managers ask the question "how can we spare the legal department from doing busy work?" At Dropbox, the solution was simple: extract lawyers from the process of delivering standard sales contracts.

Left to right: Andrea Gibbs, Jo Levy, chief compliance officer and Mark Gursky, director anti-corruption compliance.

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Regulatory Compliance, Large Companies: Intel Corp.

When it comes to training workers about potential corruption, most companies opt for online training programs. Intel Corp's regulatory lawyers broke the mold.

DLA Piper Helps Longtime Client in Acquisition by Adobe

By Rebecca Cohen |

DLA Piper has represented client TubeMogul since the digital advertiser's infancy and now has helped sell it off to Adobe in what the lawyers said is a sign of continued movement away from print toward digital advertising.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C.

How GCs Should Prepare for Trump's ACA Repeal

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, well, more affordable. Beyond that broad declaration, though, Trump has been less than forthcoming with details about what exactly he would do, leading to widespread uncertainty in the health care industry. Nonetheless, there are many things companies, health care and otherwise, can be doing now to prepare for the potential dismantling of the six-year-old law, experts say.

Joseph Re, Knobbe Martens partner

$300M Settlement Ends Medical Patent Fight Between Masimo, Philips Electronics

By Scott Graham |

The deal ends years of litigation over Masimo's patents for a method of testing blood oxygen levels.

Mark Geragos

Geragos Keeps Heat on Glassdoor in Privacy Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Mark Geragos, who sued Glassdoor over the exposure of users' email addresses, argues that the site's commitment to anonymity underscores the harm caused by the leak.

Five Possible Trump Nominees Who Would Diversify the Supreme Court

With speculation spreading across Washington about possible Trump administration nominees, at least one concrete list of names is already public: 20 people Trump would appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Within Bounds of Trade Law, Trump Has Wide Leeway

Throughout the course of his pugnacious campaign, now President-Elect Donald Trump has devoted no small amount of time to making threats and promises in the arena of trade.

IMDb.com, Calling Age-Discrimination Law 'Misguided,' Sues California

By Cheryl Miller |

Online entertainment database company IMDb.com Inc. sued the state Thursday to block enforcement of a pending law that would require the website to remove actors' ages upon request.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

Twitter Faces Surge of Securities Suits

By Ben Hancock |

At least five lawsuits accuse the social media company of misleading investors about the growth of its user base.

Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer Agree to Merge

Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

Clockwise from top left: Peter Thiel, Daniel Kolkey, David Anderson, Harmeet Dhillon, Paul Grewal and Ted Ullyot.

6 Bay Area Lawyers to Watch When Trump Takes the White House

By Ross Todd |

The president-elect may have to cast a wide net for U.S. attorney and judicial vacancies in the left-leaning region.

Donald Trump

CA Lawyers Say Trump Win Cuts Trade Work, Boosts Deals

By Rebecca Cohen |

For attorneys in practice areas from health care to white-collar defense, Donald Trump's victory at the polls Tuesday will probably mean more business—at least at first. But firm leaders are less clear on how a Trump win will affect their bottom lines over the long haul.

Daniel Mitz, Jones Day..courtesy photo

Trump's Win Could Boost Stateside M&A but Stifle Cross-Border Deals

By David Ruiz |

Dealmakers in Silicon Valley say Donald Trump's victory could be a boon for domestic M&A but a deterrent to big cross-border transactions.

California Supreme Court

As Votes Are Tallied, Death Penalty Foes Sue to Stop Ballot Initiative

By Cheryl Miller |

A petition to California's Supreme Court late Tuesday challenges Proposition 66, which would expedite death penalty appeals.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

Securities Lawyers Won't 'Rush to Judgment' on Trump's Next SEC Moves

Lawyers representing companies in securities law say they will take a "wait and see" approach to the Trump administration, though change is possible with a Republican Congress.

Marijuana.

California to Confront Regulatory Hurdles After Pot Vote

By Cheryl Miller |

Californians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opening the doors to a new, multibillion-dollar marketplace and launching a scramble to create regulations within a year.

President-elect Donald Trump holds Vice-President-elect Mike Pence's hand as he gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.

Trump's Victory Will Reshape Financial Rules, Supreme Court

President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign called for the repeal of the Wall Street reform law Dodd-Frank, and he advocated for U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. We take a snapshot of Trump's transformative regulatory positions as a new day unfolds in the nation's capital.

Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization.

Trump's GC Still Tight-Lipped on Transition Plan

Alan Garten, the general counsel for the Trump Organization, says that Donald Trump is "not going to be involved in any operation of the company going forward." But Garden isn't offering specifics on what the process of disassociating Trump from the businesses will look like and how quickly that process can occur.

U.S. District Judge James Donato, Northern District of California

Airbnb Loses Bid to Block SF Short-Term Rental Fines

By Ross Todd |

Decision from U.S. District Judge James Donato could send a chill through the on-demand economy.

Elizabeth Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of Theranos.

Walgreens Turns on Theranos in $140M Suit for Breach of Contract

By Ben Hancock |

The pharmacy chain, which announced in June that it would terminate its dealings with Theranos, is finally going after the beleaguered Silicon Valley company in court.

Kathleen Sullivan, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner

Samsung Cries Foul Over Court's Surprise Order Siding With Apple

By Scott Graham |

Pleading for en banc review of last month's unusual en banc decision, Quinn Emanuel's Kathleen Sullivan faults the appeals court for short-circuiting briefing, argument and the participation of amici.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons US partners

How to Steer Clear of Claims in Insurance Defense Work

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

For years, the insurance defense practice was considered less likely to yield malpractice claims. Due to the unique and sometimes complicated relationship an attorney has with an insurer and an insured, that's changing.

Scott Darling, chief legal officer for Stitch Fix.

Former Trulia GC Heading to Stitch Fix

By David Ruiz |

Personal clothing styling company Stitch Fix Inc. hired Scott Darling as its first chief legal officer. Darling, the former GC of Trulia, most recently served as CLO to pre-owned car inspection and sales startup Beepi.

Sujit Choudhry.

Judge Wary of Meddling in Discipline of Ex-Berkeley Law Dean

By Ben Hancock |

Lawyers for Sujit Choudhry say he's being made a scapegoat. But a federal judge on Monday seemed inclined to let the investigation run its course.

Judge Mary Wiss, San Francisco Superior Court

State Bar Can Keep Exam Data Confidential, S.F. Judge Rules

By Cheryl Miller |

The California State Bar does not have to disclose data about bar exam applicants because privacy interests "clearly outweigh" the public's interest in seeing demographic information and scores, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

How to Sell Yourself and Not Feel Like a Used Car Salesman

By Julie Brush |

The mere thought of it makes lawyers cringe. But the ability to "sell" oneself effectively is paramount to success for lawyers at all levels of the profession.

Joshua Stein, Zenefits

Zenefits Promotes Compliance Chief to Vacant GC Spot

By David Ruiz |

Zenefits is promoting chief compliance officer Joshua Stein to general counsel, effective Nov. 17. Stein will replace former GC Hillary Smith, who left the company this week for mobile payments company Square.

Suit Says Facebook Ad Tool Discriminates Against Minorities Seeking Jobs, Housing

Facebook Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that it violates federal anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment by allowing advertisers to exclude certain groups on the basis of race, gender or religion in social media ads.

Federal Judge Denies Bid to Hold RNC in Contempt of Consent Decree Over Trump Poll-Watching Plans

A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Attorney General Talk Ramps Up Ahead of Tuesday's Election

By Cheryl Miller |

Leading handily in public polls, Attorney General Kamala Harris appears well on her way to winning a U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday's election. That probability has led to rampant speculation about who Gov. Jerry Brown will choose to serve the two remaining years in her term.

Christopher Shoff of Latham & Watkins

Latham Grabs Emerging Companies Partner From Cooley

By Rebecca Cohen |

Christopher Shoff has joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in the firm's emerging companies practice. Shoff, who was previously a partner at Cooley, is based in Century City, a market where the growth of the "Silicon Beach" tech scene is driving Latham to expand its footprint, firm leaders said.

Michelle Lee, United States Patent Trade Office

San Diego Looks to Expand as a Patent Hub

By Scott Graham |

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director Michelle Lee spoke with investors and politicians this week about increasing the city's profile on patents.

Two Women Sue Colleges Over Dismissals Traced to Sexual Orientation

Two women sued the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University this week claiming they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs because of their sexual orientation.

James Gilliland

Robbery Not Ruled Out as Motive in Gilliland Murder

By Rebecca Cohen |

Police say that while attorney James Gilliland's wallet and phone were not taken after his murder last week, robbery is still being investigated as a possible motive.

Jerry Dodson

Retirement Ends Early for Litigator Who Bought Unit in Millennium Tower

By Ben Hancock |

Jerry Dodson, a fixture in the Bay Area patent bar, thought he'd fought his last court battle. Then he discovered the building where he lives is sinking.

Uber offices at 1455 Market St. in San Francisco.

Uber Settles 'Jane Doe' Sexual Assault Case

By Ross Todd |

Terms of the deal were described as "highly confidential" by a lawyer for two women who said they were assaulted by Uber drivers.

Left to right: Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt and Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Bickering Breaks Out at Ninth Circuit Over Voting Rights Case

By Ross Todd |

Leaders of the court's conservative and liberal wings are at odds over a decision Tuesday to grant en banc review in an Arizona ballot-collection case.

Medical marijuana

Q&A: California's 'Pot Czar' Talks Marijuana Regulation

By Cheryl Miller |

Lori Ajax, head of California's Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, talks about pot regulations, and what's ahead if voters on Tuesday vote to legalize marijuana.

Obama Picks Dominate Nation’s Patent Court

The first president to make patent law part of his State of the Union address also got the opportunity to appoint seven of the 12 judges to the appellate court that decides intellectual property disputes.

Judge William Alsup, United States District Court for the Northern District of California speaks at a remembering Supreme Court Justice William Douglas event

ACLU's 'Ballot-Selfie' Push Sputters in Alsup's Court

By Ross Todd |

Changing polling place policy so close to the election would be a "recipe for confusion," said U.S. District Judge William Alsup.

Square Inc.’s payment in use.

Square Hires New GC From Zenefits

By David Ruiz |

Square Inc. hired Hillary Smith as its newest general counsel, the company announced Wednesday. Smith joins the San Francisco-based mobile payments company from Zenefits Inc., which she joined as GC in July 2015.

Warriors Deny Eavesdropping on Fans in App Privacy Suit

By Ross Todd |

The team's lawyers at Cooley say app only picks up signals that are inaudible to humans.

Left to right: Margaret Wu, managing counsel, Charles Robinson, general counsel vice president and Karen Petrulakis, chief deputy general counsel

2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Litigation, Large Companies: University of California Regents

Amidst a docket of more than half a thousand open cases, the University of California won two major privacy cases, one of which threatened to upend the way university medical centers store patient records.

Federal Circuit Softens Stance on Patent Eligibility

For the fourth time this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rescued software patents that a district found ineligible for patenting.

Facebook Unlikely to Face Lawsuits Over Ethnicity-Based Ad Tool

Facebook Inc. is facing backlash over a report that it allowed advertisers to exclude certain ethnicities from seeing ads. But it is unlikely to face litigation, even though some civil rights lawyers say the advertising tool enables unlawful discrimination.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

3 Reasons Why Associates Are Leaving Law Firms in Droves

By Julie Brush |

Associate attrition is at an all-time high with the average tenure lasting only about two to four years post-JD. Here's why.

The iconic McDonald’s arches

McDonald's to Pay $3.75 Million to Settle 'Joint Employer' Class Action

McDonald's Corp. has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle wage-and-hour claims brought against the company and its franchisees by a class of about 800 restaurant workers at franchisee-owned establishments in California.

ACLU, California Spar Over 'Ballot Selfie' Ban

By Cheryl Miller |

The ACLU of California on Monday asked a federal court to block the state from enforcing laws that prohibit voters from revealing their marked ballots. A hearing on the ACLU's request was set for Wednesday before U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco.

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Koh Emerging as Class Counsel's Choice to Preside in Yahoo Data Breach Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

Lawyers who have filed 18 consumer class actions over Yahoo's data breach are converging on where the litigation should be heard: California's Northern District and, in particular, before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.

Denton partners Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

The High Cost of Incivility in the Legal Profession

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

The decisions of bar associations and state supreme courts make clear that integrity, professionalism and civility in the legal profession are worth more than occasional lip service as part of continuing legal education programs.

Are Obama Judges ‘Less Friendly’ to Business?

Backing workers in discrimination suits. Signing off on a $1 billion class action judgment. Spurning attacks on federal regulations.

How Obama Reshaped the Federal Courts

President Barack Obama sought to expand the representation of women and minorities on the federal bench, and many consider diversity gains his most important legacy on the courts.

Left to right: Jacqueline Nguyen, John Owens, Paul Watford and Mary Murguia

Five Decisions That Show Obama's Ninth Circuit Appointees Are More Centrist

By Ben Feuer |

If the nonlawyer on the street knows anything about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, it's that it's very liberal and very activist. But after eight years of appointments by President Obama, it is no longer clear that reputation holds true.

Northern District of California Judges from left… top.. Lucy Koh, Richard Seeborg, Edward Chen. Bottom… Jon Tigar, Edward Davila, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

Diversity, Rigor Define Obama's Stamp on Northern Calif. Bench

By Ross Todd |

With a greater concentration of Obama appointees than any large urban district, the Northern District of California has been remade with jurists who defy anyone's "activist" label.

James Gilliland, Kilpatrick Townsend partner. Photo by Jason Doiy.

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Remembered as Mentor, Courteous Opponent

By Rebecca Cohen |

James Gilliland instilled confidence in those he mentored, was courteous to his opponents and made his clients' voices count. For those who knew him, Gilliland's death was a tragic loss for the legal community.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

PwC Partner Allowed Venture Fund to Divert Millions, SEC Alleges

By Ross Todd |

Pricewaterhouse Cooper's Adrian Beamish failed to scrutinize payments that Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund III paid to its founder, according to the agency.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, Northern District of California

Move to Expose Third-Party Case Funding Stirs Debate in Northern District

By Ben Hancock |

Litigation finance firms Bentham IMF and Burford Capital say rule change would lead to expensive discovery fights and disadvantage plaintiffs.

Firms Shrink Footprints Amid New Real Estate Realities

With rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space.

Apple Headquarters at 1 Infinate Loop.

FaceTime: Ex-Apple Lawyer Can't Sue as 'Jane Doe'

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Los Angeles judge has ordered a former in-house attorney at Apple Inc. to refile a gender discrimination case she brought anonymously in June under her real name.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's renovated offices at 2 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

Record Rents Drive Design Changes for San Francisco Firms

By Rebecca Cohen |

Rent per attorney has reached $62,000 in San Francisco, prompting firms to rethink how they use their space.

James Gilliland, Kilpatrick Townsend partner. Photo by Jason Doiy.

Kilpatrick Partner, James Gilliland, Killed in Shooting

By Rebecca Cohen |

Colleagues are mourning the Kilpatrick Townsend IP litigator, who was fatally shot on his porch Thursday, according to news reports.

LendingClub headquarters in San Francisco, Calif.

Robbins Geller Lands Lead Role in LendingClub Suits

By Ben Hancock |

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Friday that he was satisfied the firm was selected in a bidding process free of "any pay-to-play considerations."

Uber

After Uber Picks Fee Fight, Plaintiffs Firms Fire Back

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers representing blind Uber riders in a civil rights suit forcefully defended their request for $3 million in fees.

US District Judge Ronald Whyte..Photo by Jason Doiy.3-2-07..

Judge OKs Class in Consumer Suits Against Lenovo

By Ross Todd |

The Chinese laptop maker must continue to defend suits alleging that software secretly preloaded on their computers compromised performance and left them vulnerable to hackers.

Vaughn Walker, United States District Judge, Northern District of California..photo by Jason Doiy.3-25-09.047-2009

Vaughn Walker, NDCAL's Former Chief Judge, Signs On With Bentham IMF

By Ben Hancock |

The retired federal judge will serve on the litigation funder's U.S. investment committees, Bentham announced Friday.

Bass and Spangenberg Triumph in Pharma Patent Attacks

Kyle Bass’ suits against pharmaceutical companies are starting to gain some traction at the PTAB.

U.S. District Judge James Donato, Northern District of California

Facebook Tries to Surf 'Spokeo' to Win in Photo Tagging Suit

By Ross Todd |

But at a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Donato said he isn't persuaded that the 2016 decision on standing "is some big change."

Litigation Funder Plans Bay Area Expansion

By Ben Hancock |

Chicago-based Longford Capital Management confirmed that it is actively recruiting in Northern California.

Moira Smith, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

Young Scholar, Now Lawyer, Says Clarence Thomas Groped Her in 1999

The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.

Michal Rosenn, general counsel of Kickstarter. January 21, 2016. Photo by Annie Tritt. (FREELANCE - OK TO USE BY ALM)

FTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding Grows

By Cheryl Miller |

The future of crowdfunding is one of specialization, with an ever-increasing number of firms finding niches in equity, nonprofit and even creative projects silos, industry leaders told a Federal Trade Commission gathering on Wednesday.

Justice William Bedsworth, California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District

Bedsworth: The Great Laguna Niguel Landslide Writ

By William W. Bedsworth |

The author always pictured writ conferences as three judges, a rubber stamp, a few sandwiches, and a lot of beer. The true experience has proven more onerous, except in one case ...

Jay Bybee.

Ninth Circuit Backs Shareholders in Suit Against Pharma Firm

By Ross Todd |

Calling the case a 'close call,' Judge Jay Byee said Arena Pharmaceuticals must face fraud claims over its failure to disclose an unfavorable drug study.

Kristin Linsley Myles, Munger Tolles & Olson partner

Gibson Dunn Takes Over Facebook Defense in Paris Terror Suit

By Rebecca Cohen |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has stepped in to defend Facebook against a lawsuit claiming that it provided "material support" to ISIS, taking over from Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons US partners

Advice for Advising Clients Across Borders

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

A national or international practice raises some potential hazards, including the unauthorized practice of law and legal malpractice exposure under the laws of multiple states. These risks can be reduced or even wholly minimized with a few simple steps.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, CA

Bio-Rad Tries to Smother Ex-GC's Whistleblower Suit With Privilege Claims

By Ross Todd |

The company's lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Quinn Emanuel want to bar any evidence that would breach attorney-client privilege.

Professional Services Firms Increasingly a Target of Pay Equity Suits

Lawyers, accountants and software engineers–they might have jobs that pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but for many women that’s not enough. In class actions filed over the past five years against firms like Goldman Sachs, Chadbourne & Parke, Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc., women have alleged men in top leadership positions are making all the decisions on pay and promotions – and it’s clear that they don’t want women to get ahead.

States Look to Give Teeth to National Pay Equity Legislation

It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.

Tweeting Ted Boutrous and Followers Vow to Fend Off Trump for Free

The Twitter accounts of lawyers are usually lonely, desolate places ignored by many and visited by a nerdy few, but Ted Boutrous just broke away from that pack. On Saturday, Boutrous, the co-head of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s global litigation department, lit up Twitter with this offer:

Victoria Henley, Commission on Judicial Performance

Judicial Discipline Commission Sues to Restrict State Audit

By Cheryl Miller |

California's judicial disciplinary agency has filed suit to limit the scope of a pending state audit, arguing that the review violates separation of powers doctrine and threatens the confidentiality of investigations.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Appeals Court Eases Standards for Attorney Fees in Trademark Cases

By Scott Graham |

A California company will get another chance to recover fees in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that lowered the bar for an "exceptional case."

Attorneys Accused of Filing Bogus Suits in Alleged Scheme to Stamp Out Negative Web Reviews

By Ross Todd |

According to a federal complaint, six defamation suits filed this year in Contra Costa County were part of a “rather brilliant" plan to manipulate Google and other search engines.

The 'Legal Ops' Trend Is Real, Survey Finds

Big companies are increasingly hiring legal department operations (LDO) professionals, allowing in-house attorneys to focus on more substantive legal work, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters.

Airbnb Files Lawsuit After Cuomo Signs Bill Imposing Fines for Ads

Home-sharing service Airbnb has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York after Governor Cuomo signed a bill Oct. 21 imposing high fines on users who advertise rentals on home-sharing sites that can't be legally rented under NY state and NYC laws.

Assault on Wage Gap Forcing Industry to Pay More Than Lip Service

The movement to bring gender pay equity to the American workforce has been around for more than 50 years, but in the last two has hit a seemingly fever pitch. Women are filing multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against their employers, more than half of the United States has moved to enact some form of tougher pay equity legislation and the concept of pay equality has become a focal point of the presidential election.

Obama Administration Champions Pay Equity, But Some Allege Overreach

The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader’s goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.

States Look to Give Teeth to National Pay Equity Legislation

States Look to Give Teeth to National Pay Equity Legislation

Bentham Makes Bet on Whistleblower Suits

Australia-based litigation funding outfit Bentham IMF this week rolled out a new initiative in the U.S. designed to increase its investment in whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act.

Tighter Bar-Pass Rule Adopted by ABA Accrediting Body

The American Bar Association body that accredits law schools voted on Friday to tighten the bar exam-passage standard that schools must meet in order to get the organization’s accreditation blessing.

‘Bush v. Gore’ Lawyers Sound Off on Trump’s Debate Comments

Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.

Toy Blast mobile puzzle game, left, and My Little Pony: Puzzle Party.

Fenwick Sues Hasbro Over My Little Pony App

By Ross Todd |

Partner Jennifer Kelly, a go-to gaming lawyer, is representing the maker of the popular puzzle app Toy Blast in a copyright suit.

Dementia Dilemma: When Older Partners Pose a Liability

He’s a senior partner at the firm—an accomplished, 50-year attorney and beloved mentor—who has begun to arrive late for court. He forgets key facts in cases. He dresses a little sloppily. He’s frequently impatient and quick to anger.

Samsung Sued Over Sluggish Response to Smartphone Dangers

Although the cellular world moves fast, Samsung Electronics has taken too much time to address reports that multiple generations of its devices’ batteries overheat and pose a danger, according to a plaintiffs’ lawyer who filed one of the most recent in a string of lawsuits filed against the Seoul, Korea-based maker of smartphones.

Circuit Rebukes Judge for Awarding Fees in Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake Patent Case

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake may be exceptional entertainers, but they did not properly prove that a patent infringement case filed against them is “exceptional” and worthy of $755,000 in attorney fees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.

New York Governor Gets an Earful as He Decides on Bill Restricting Home-Sharing Rental Advertising

Home-sharing service Airbnb and its critics are trying to influence the governor with last-minute comments as he decides whether to approve or veto a bill imposing stiff penalties for advertising units that aren't legally available for short-term rentals under New York state and city laws.

New York Governor Gets an Earful as He Decides on Bill Restricting Home-Sharing Rental Advertising

Home-sharing service Airbnb and its critics are trying to influence the governor with last-minute comments as he decides whether to approve or veto a bill imposing stiff penalties for advertising units that aren't legally available for short-term rentals under New York state and city laws.

Ron Bell, GC at Yahoo.

Yahoo GC: We Want to Respond to Surveillance Claims but Can't

In his first public statement about Yahoo Inc.'s email surveillance controversy, the company's top lawyer argues that it is being unfairly vilified but is not allowed to defend itself.

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Backpage.com Execs Press Website Immunity in Calif. 'Pimping' Case

By Cheryl Miller |

Attorneys for three executives of the internet classifieds site Backpage.com on Wednesday urged a California judge to dismiss "pimping" charges, saying the allegations violate the First Amendment and contravene broad immunity for website operators who publish third-party content.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Uber Faces Patent Suit Over Ride-Tracking Feature

By Scott Graham |

The suit comes after the inventor reached out to Uber to discuss licensing the patent that allows for two-way tracking on mobile devices using GPS.

State of California Commission on Judicial Performance notice of formal proceedings against Taylor Culver

Alameda Court Commissioner Faces Complaint Over Demeanor

By Cheryl Miller |

A veteran Alameda County court commissioner is facing possible expulsion from the bench amid allegations he was rude to litigants, mishandled court proceedings and made inappropriate remarks to courtroom staff.

Driverless-Car Coalition Sees 'Significant Barriers' in Calif. Proposal

By Cheryl Miller |

California regulators on Wednesday got a polite but often critical earful from autonomous vehicle developers who said the Department of Motor Vehicles' latest round of draft regulations are too restrictive.

An EpiPen set during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill addressing the price increase of the company's EpiPen product.

Mylan Faces Federal Class Action Over EpiPen Pricing

By Max Mitchell |

On the heels of a public outcry over the dramatic price increases of the life-saving allergy auto-injector EpiPen, a potential consumer class action lawsuit has been lodged against Mylan in California federal court.

Litigation Funders Planning a New Role: Law Firm Ownership

Finance has a long history of creative expansion. Financing lawsuits is proving to be no exception.

'Spinal Tap' Actor Sues to Recoup Profits Owed From Movie

Harry Shearer has filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi S.A. over profits from the 1984 cult film “This Is Spinal Tap,” in which he starred as fictional rock band member Derek Smalls.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Compensation Remains One of the Most Important Decisions for a Law Firm

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Despite the tendency to delay or even avoid conversations on partner pay, compensation remains one of the most scrutinized—and important—decisions for a law firm.

Dreamworks Agrees to $50M Settlement in Case Alleging Collusion to Suppress Wages

By Ben Hancock |

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has reached a $50 million settlement to get out of a class action alleging that the animation studio held down employee wages through a "no-poach" conspiracy with other companies.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte at a symposium at Stanford Law School celebrating his 24-year judicial career.

Whyte Gets Elaborate Farewell From Titans of Patent Bench, Bar

By Ross Todd |

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte confessed he was not always a patent law expert to a crowd of 250 lawyers, judges and academics gathered at a symposium celebrating his 24-year judicial career.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ninth Circuit Wrestles With Limits On Abortion Conference Videos

By Ben Hancock |

Attorneys for the National Abortion Federation seemed to lose the argument Tuesday that anti-abortion activists can be contractually barred from turning over to law enforcement secretly recorded videos of a federation conference without first getting court approval.

Final Approval Near in $14.7 Billion VW Emissions Accord, Judge Says

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge said he planned to grant final approval to a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over an emissions scandal involving its diesel-powered vehicles.

Eleanor Lacey.

SurveyMonkey GC Moves to Sophos

Eleanor Lacey will be leaving SurveyMonkey next month to assume the role of senior vice president and general counsel for global security company Sophos.

Haight Brown Acquires CVM Law Group

By Rebecca Cohen |

Haight Brown & Bonesteel has acquired the Sacramento-based transactional boutique CVM Law Group and is creating a transactional practice group.

Theranos Headquarters.

Theranos' Acting GC Faces Challenges, Opportunity

By David Ruiz |

Embattled biotech startup Theranos Inc. has promoted senior litigation counsel David Taylor to acting general counsel. Taylor's already got a full plate.

Appeal by Anti-Abortion Group Claims Video Ban a First Amendment Foul

By Ben Hancock |

Anti-abortion activists will try to convince a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that a district court judge violated their First Amendment rights by blocking the release of videos they allege reveal schemes to profit from selling fetal organs.

Is Origination to Blame for Women Partners’ Lower Pay?

In the face of a glaring pay gap between male and female partners, some firm leaders point to the emphasis on origination credit as the key culprit. But moving away from such a model may not be so easy.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

SEC Whistleblower, Rejecting Award, Cites Revolving Door for Lax Enforcement

When former Deutsche Bank risk officer Eric Ben-Artzi revealed in August that securities regulators would award him half of a $16.5 million award for his tips about misconduct at the bank, there was a twist: He was rejecting the money. Ben-Artzi put a spotlight on the revolving door at the commission.

(l-r) Mythili Raman, Rajesh De, Thomas Perrelli, Lanny Breuer, and Robert Mueller.

These Four Practices Flourished During the Obama Years

We look at four practices—from tech sophisticates, to financial regulation experts, to fraud specialists, to third-party settlement appointees—that have gained steam during Barack Obama's presidency.

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

California Dreaming for Some Obama Lawyers

By Cheryl Miller |

Once labeled by pundits as the nation's first tech president, Barack Obama recruited like-minded West Coast executives, lawyers and engineers to Washington with a plea to help reboot government. With the clock ticking down the Obama administration's final months, will those appointees return to Silicon Valley, California or other points west?

Judge Gary Kreep.

San Diego 'Birther' Judge Faces Punishment Over Court Demeanor

By Cheryl Miller |

A San Diego judge who was fined last year for campaign reporting violations is facing possible removal from office for alleged misbehavior in and out of the courtroom, including making inappropriate comments about female lawyers, a judicial commission said Friday.

Chen Din-Hwa

Billionaire's Feuding Daughters Get a Push to Trial in Loan Dispute

By Ben Hancock |

A California appeals court on Thursday sided with lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that whether a father's loan was meant to be repaid is a factual question to resolve at trial.

Uber offices at 1455 Market St. in San Francisco.

Uber Slams 'Remarkable' $3M Fee Request in Blind Riders Suit

By Ross Todd |

Littler Mendelson lawyers representing Uber say opposing counsel padded their time and should receive less than $500,000.

Could Lawyers Have Averted LendUp's Mess?

After facing claims that it misled customers, the online lender LendUp has beefed up its legal department in hopes of proving that it's turned over a new leaf. But was a lack of lawyers really the problem in the first place?

Tech GCs Cheer FTC Report on Patent Assertion

General counsel in the tech sector are praising the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's long-awaited report on patent assertion entities (often referred to as patent trolls), calling it a good starting point for much-needed patent reform.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee investigating Wells Fargo's opening of unauthorized customer accounts. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

5 Takeaways From the Wells Fargo Scandal

The resignation under fire of Wells Fargo's CEO John Stumpf after a CFPB consent order, other regulatory actions and public opprobrium yields lessons for counsel and CEO everywhere.

Plaintiffs Lawyer Who Created Fake Companies, Stole $605K Is Disbarred

By Cheryl Miller |

The California Supreme Court has disbarred a Walnut Creek attorney for stealing more than $600,000 from his firm in a scheme involving fake companies and phony invoices.

Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Alsup Sounds Off on Arbitration in Sedgwick Suit

By Ross Todd |

The San Francisco federal judge said Traci Ribeiro's gender bias claims will likely land in arbitration because his hands are tied.

Gibson Dunn Takes On Theranos as GC Returns to Boies Schiller

With accusations piling up that Theranos Inc. duped investors about its much-vaunted blood testing technology, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher finds itself in the unlikely position of representing the first investor plaintiff to sue the embattled startup.

'Flip This House' Star to Face Renovated RICO Case

More than 160 students who took real estate seminars from Armando Montelongo, the Texas investor made famous from “Flip This House,” have dismissed their $12 million racketeering case with plans to bring new claims in Texas.

Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows

By Lizzy Mclellan |

The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.

Cris Arguedas

Backpage.com Execs Plan First Amendment Challenge to 'Online Brothel' Charges

By Cheryl Miller |

Attorneys for three corporate officers of Backpage.com said Wednesday they intend to formally challenge "pimping" allegations filed in connection to escort ads that appear on the online classifieds site.

Obama Report on Artificial Intelligence Specifies Role for Regulators

By Cheryl Miller |

The Obama administration on Wednesday laid out a targeted role for federal regulators overseeing artificial intelligence development, calling for increased public investment and safety measures while acknowledging industry opposition to "broad regulation" of research and practice.

Palantir.

Palantir Investor Taps Skadden in Trade Secrets Feud

By Ben Hancock |

Jack DiCanio, the firm's head of litigation in Palo Alto, entered an appearance Tuesday in federal court for Marc Abramowitz.

No Violation ‘Too Small’ as SEC Sets Enforcement Record

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saw a record number of enforcement actions this past fiscal year, a sign the commission is looking beyond headline-grabbing cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars, according to one attorney.

Legal Malpractice Claims Settling Faster, ABA Study Suggests

Legal malpractice claims have been resolving sooner and seeing fewer resolutions where no money is paid out, according to results of an ABA study that suggest insurers and law firms are settling claims earlier as litigation costs go up.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons US partners

Preventing the Preventable: Attorney Suicide

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Among professionals, lawyers rank among the highest in rates of suicide. Partners, colleagues, friends and family can help by talking about the issue, identifying solutions for those at risk, and watching for warning signs.

Facebook's campus at 1601 Willow Road in Menlo Park, CA.

Facebook Takes Shot at IRS in Transfer-Pricing Feud

By Ross Todd |

Facebook Inc. is challenging the federal government’s claim that it underpaid taxes, possibly by more than a $3 billion, due to the way it valued assets transferred to its Irish subsidiary in 2010.

Supreme Court of the United States

Even SCOTUS Unsure on How Much Samsung Owes Apple

By Scott Graham |

The key question facing the justices, and any lower court judge handling the case if it's sent back, is how to break down the multimillion-dollar financial award tied to design patent infringement.

SEC Enforcement Leader to Join WilmerHale in Los Angeles

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lorraine Echavarria, the former head of enforcement in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Los Angeles office, is the latest SEC official to migrate to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Hollywood Guilds Press Claims in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Forfeiture Case

Hollywood’s largest unions have asserted claims in the federal government’s forfeiture case over “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with one guild acknowledging it was conducting an internal audit of the production company behind the 2013 film.

Facebook Co-Founder Sued Over Startup Bankruptcy

An investor in Jumio Inc. has sued a Facebook Inc. co-founder and other directors of the digital payment company in the Court of Chancery, accusing them of covering up widespread financial mismanagement and improperly insulating themselves from liability in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Reed Smith Loses Two Partners From Corporate Practice

Two Reed Smith partners from opposite sides of the country, including a practice group leader, have left to join other firms, where their hires were announced on the same day.

HP Officejet Pro 8620

HP Sued Over Mass Printer Shutdown

By Ross Todd |

According to lawyers at Girard Gibbs, the company disabled thousands of HP printers remotely last month in order to sell more ink cartridges.

Mark Yohalem of Munger, Tolles & Olson

Deputy US Attorney in Apple-FBI Dispute Joins Munger Tolles

By Rebecca Cohen |

Mark Yohalem, deputy chief of appeals at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, was working on litigation against Apple as it refused to help the FBI unlock a mass shooter's iPhone. Munger Tolles was backing supporters of Apple. Now Yohalem is joining Munger Tolles as of counsel.

Five Takeaways From Friday's Extraordinary Apple-Samsung Ruling

From out of the blue Friday, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinstated a $119 million patent infringement award for Apple against Samsung Electronics Co.

Another Man Has Accused Yahoo of Reverse Discrimination

Just when it seemed like October couldn’t get worse for Yahoo Inc.’s legal department, a second ex-employee has emerged with claims that the performance review process ushered in by chief executive officer Marissa Mayer was used to illegally discriminate against men.

Bill Hancock, of counsel with the California Appellate Law Group.

The Elusive 'Unreasonable' Trial Judge

By Bill Hancock |

A recent Ninth Circuit criminal decision illustrates why it's best to argue that the particular decision was unreasonable rather than taking aim at the trial judge's reasonableness.