After U.S. District Judge James Donato excluded two highly regarded damages experts, a San Francisco startup's litigation funder developed a case of cold feet.
After U.S. District Judge James Donato excluded two highly regarded damages experts, a San Francisco startup's litigation funder developed a case of cold feet.
In-house counsel who spoke on a panel about drone laws and regulation at the Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future Conference in Menlo Park named their top worries.
A federal bankruptcy judge has directed the bulk of punitive damages leveled against Bank of America to the five law schools housed at UC campuses.
David Daleidan faces criminal and civil actions for infiltrating National Abortion Federation conferences and using a hidden camera to record video.
Keep these five things in mind when including or enforcing an ADR provision in a fee agreement.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing retailers from telling shoppers they are imposing a “surcharge” on credit card purchases could be unconstitutional.
Due to allegations of failed HR departments inside Uber and Tesla, GCs should work more closely with the departments to prevent lawsuits and internal problems, lawyers say.
Hogan Lovells is poised to hire a high-profile technology transactions team in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges led by partners Richard 'Rick' Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and John Brockland. The quartet headed to Weil five years ago ahead of the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which they joined from Cooley in 2009.
A Bay Area lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require driverless cars registered in California to be zero-emission vehicles.
The agreement comes in a California case just before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard arguments that the suits should be coordinated before a single judge.
Uber claims the Google subsidiary's suit targets a former employee who had an arbitration clause in his contract with Waymo.
President Donald Trump routinely has sought corporate America's voice on a range of issues, but will he and members of Congress listen to the 185 in-house counsel who are opposed to his zero budget for the Legal Services Corp.?
Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers' social media use on a case-by-case basis, leading to uncertainty, in-house and outside counsel say.
Makan Delrahim, a former top lobbyist for tech and health care companies who now serves as a deputy White House counsel, is the Trump administration's pick to lead the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division, a key post that would put him, and his front-office staff, in the spotlight of in-house legal departments looking to win approval for mergers and acquisitions.
Sexual harassment in the American workplace remains an ongoing and expensive problem for companies of all types and sizes, more than 25 years after Anita Hill's testimony to Congress made it a topic of national conversation. In recent years, the conversation has focused on the rampant epidemic of sexual harassment in the technology industry, but addressing harassment must be a priority for all employers.
California's robust and lucrative market is also an expensive one, and that cost is increasing. California's recent minimum wage increase will, over 18 months, create the highest state minimum wage in U.S. history, by 2023 at $15 per hour. Further, many of California's employee-friendly cities and local governments have enacted local wage ordinances that exceed or differ from statewide requirements, making the decision of where to do business in California increasingly complex.
The most appropriate length of time to stay in a role or in an organization company can be the same or different depending on how your role evolves over time. Also, the definition of "ideal length of time" is relative.
Enough outside law firms to represent nearly every position on a football field grabbed roles Monday on a deal to relocate to Las Vegas the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. In a 31-1 vote, NFL owners approved the team's move that will involve a record-setting sum of public money.
The justices have shown no great deference to the Federal Circuit in recent years. Yet, they sound reluctant to overrule a 1990 decision that led to a crush of filings in the Eastern District of Texas.
Recent orders from U.S. District Judge William Alsup give a flavor of what life litigating before the Bay Area judge will be like.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, doubling down on her recent criticism of the Trump administration, on Monday told state lawmakers in an annual address that "the rule of law is being threatened." Cantil-Sakauye, who did not name President Donald Trump, used her State of the Judiciary remarks to raise concern about "eroding trust in our institutions" and civil rights "unrest." The rule of law, she said, "means that as a people, we are governed by laws, not by a monarch."
While some large law firms are cutting back on their intellectual property practices, California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear is in expansion mode. The IP-focused firm, which saw its gross revenue rise to $220 million in 2016, is preparing to move five lawyers to a new office in New York.
An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle operating in self-driving mode recently was involved in an accident in Arizona. A Tempe, Arizona, police department spokesperson, Sergeant Josie Montenegro, said that the Uber car, a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle, was not at fault and that it had been hit when another driver had failed to yield.
During arguments Monday in the closely watched TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, several justices seemed resistant to shaking up the status quo, which allows broad latitude in where patent cases may be filed.
Given the demands and stresses of practicing law, substance abuse and depression are unfortunately an all-too-common occurrence among attorneys. When an attorney is impaired by disease or personal matters, it can be very uncomfortable for other attorneys at a law practice to decide how to handle the situation, especially when there is serious misconduct such as theft or other dishonest actions.
More women are achieving leadership roles in law firm M&A practices. But it will take another big push to achieve widespread gender equity on deal teams.
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to loosen restrictions on private investment in the legal industry, dismissing arguments that ethics rules impinge on lawyers’ First Amendment rights.
A Second Circuit panel, reviewing a decision from Judge Jed Rakoff, is parsing just how prominently arbitration agreements must appear on an app or website for their terms to be enforceable.
The developers of three popular health-related mobile apps have agreed to settle allegations that they potentially harmed consumers by making misleading claims about the accuracy of the technologies' results, the New York Attorney General's Office announced Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to reassert a previous interpretation of the rules, which limited patent suits to the districts where companies are incorporated.
On Friday, lawyers for California will try to persuade the Second District Court of Appeal to reverse retroactive raises awarded to thousands of active and retired state judges.
Former Howrey partner a complex commercial litigation and data security expert Daniel Lisi is leaving Greenberg Traurig for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Palo Alto, California.
The underlying case involved users who sold wooden bee traps that allegedly violated a man's patent.
In a sign of just what a snarl the Uber driver litigation has become, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday held the judicial equivalent of an intervention to figure out how to move forward.
The firm, in the midst of a major revamp of its office space around the country, saw a continued increase in all major financial metrics in 2016.
The grocery delivery service will pay $4.625 million to resolve a nationwide class action but won't change the way it designates workers.
Here's what plaintiffs lawyers, public interest groups, class action critics and claim administrators have to say about proposed amendments that would crack down on serial objectors and promote modern means of communicating with class members.
Steven Witmer, an employee benefits and executive compensation partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, has returned to the firm’s Los Angeles office after joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in a three-partner lateral move in January. Two of the partners that moved with him have chosen to remain with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.
The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running battle over rules barring businesses from telling customers when they've received requests for information.
The film finance vehicle of Boies Schiller Flexner's David Boies and the son of a fellow co-founding partner of the firm has filed a fraud suit against a Florida investor over the 2016 film “Jane Got a Gun.”
In the inexorable march toward greater global consolidation, will law firms steer clear of the verein structure?
While the U.S. Supreme Court's copyright decision on cheerleader uniforms strengthens IP protection for fashion designers, some copyright lawyers said the high court missed a golden opportunity to provide more clarity.
A recent investment in artificial intelligence-enabled legal research technology signals law firm acceptance and adoption of such technology.
The case of the frozen trucker sounds like a Conan Doyle mystery but it has become a focal point in Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings, to the surprise of the lawyers who faced off before the judge—and to the frustration of one of them.
Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.
Matthew Kemner, a former chairman of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, discusses what the past year has held for him and his colleagues at the San Francisco-based litigation firm following their decision to join forces with Squire Patton Boggs.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday grilled lawyers in a high-profile class action about a controversial procedural tool that allows plaintiffs to appeal a class certification order by dismissing their own case.
To the surprise of no one, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled laches is not a defense to patent infringement suits that are brought within the Patent Act's limitations period.
The Ninth Circuit becomes the latest court to rule that web TV company FilmOn is not a "cable system" eligible for low statutory royalties.
U.S. Supreme Court justices didn't tip their hands—or in most cases say much of anything, really—as the high court heard arguments Tuesday on the doctrine of patent exhaustion. But one intriguing thread did surface during the hour-long argumen: Whether affirming two longstanding decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit would upset settled expectations.
By tradition, U.S. Supreme Court nominees are introduced to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for their confirmation hearings by the senators from their home state. Neil Gorsuch got a boost from Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal. "I introduced Judge Gorsuch because he is, in my judgment, an outstanding judge,” Katyal said Tuesday, explaining his decision. "Just plain merit."
Google's self-driving car division, Waymo, hired a former eBay Inc. executive Tekedra Mawakana as president of public policy and government affairs as the company wrangles with lawmakers over self-driving car regulations and also battles Uber Technologies Inc. over claims that a former Waymo engineer hired by Uber stole trade secrets.
A Menlo Park company is trying to find a better way to bring GCs and outside counsel together, but some GCs remain reluctant about the idea.
After ticking upward in 2015, Morrison & Foerster saw its financial performance slide last year. Gross revenue at the firm fell 3.5 percent, to $945 million, as revenue per lawyer and profits per partner also dropped to $990,000 and $1.41 million, respectively.
Democratic senators, repeatedly raising the blocked elevation of Merrick Garland, set a critical tone Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch got underway in Washington on Capitol Hill.
An arbitrator on Monday rejected all of Joe Dunn's remaining claims against the California state bar, ending a three-year legal saga that pit the one-time executive director against his former employer. The arbitrator, Edward Infante, said Dunn failed to prove his November 2014 firing was retaliation for his allegations that the Office of Chief Trial Counsel was manipulating disciplinary backlog numbers.
It is often up to general counsel and legal operations managers to support, and closely manage, their department's technology adoption.
As artificial intelligence begins taking over some of the law firm's basic functions, the very roles of the law firm are beginning to shift, and the old structural hierarchy is becoming obsolete.
Joanne Hoeper had alleged she was fired after pursing an illegal kickback scheme.
The South Carolina-based firm has opened an office in Gardena, California, a city just south of downtown Los Angeles, after hiring a new local managing partner in Richard Otera, most recently general counsel at Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Three other partners have also joined the firm’s first outpost on the West Coast.
A Ninth Circuit panel indicated that most people still know the difference between Google as a trademarked brand and "googling" as a verb.
The American Civil Liberties Union claimed police should need probable cause and a warrant, while the Justice Department said owners voluntarily turn this data over to third-party users.
As more than a hundred companies used the court system to show opposition to the president’s travel bans, GCs say the process involves a few, quick conversations and stakeholders.
Nearly nine out of 10 midsized Los Angeles law firms were approached in the past year by another firm looking to merge, according to a survey by legal consultancy the Zeughauser Group. Almost half of those firms are open to the possibility of a combination.
The Delaware Court of Chancery on Wednesday ruled that drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. can avoid a $50 million milestone payment to shareholders of a company it bought in 2011, finding that a drug it acquired from Calistoga Pharmaceuticals Inc. did not win the kind of broad approval needed to trigger the post-closing bonus.
At the first hearing, the judge wondered if Google is claiming trade secret protection for technology already disclosed in patent filings or to highway safety regulators.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Thursday accused federal authorities of "stalking undocumented immigrants" at state courthouses to make arrests. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Cantil-Sakauye said the use of California trial courts "as bait" is generating mistrust of the judiciary.
Republicans on a Judciary subcommittee sound united on breaking up the appellate court, but not on how to do it.
The federal appellate court certified two questions that it says will determine the winner of a dispute over pre-1972 sound recordings.
In just a few months, Yahoo Inc.'s new general counsel Arthur Chong will have to oversee a complex web of intellectual property assets, minority investments and corporate securities and debt. A lawyer who has worked with him says he's more than prepared.
The claims rate, or percentage of class members filing actual claims, can often run under 1 percent. That's getting more attention from judges, Congress and the FTC.
John Van de Kamp, a former California state attorney general whose public service career spanned five decades, died Tuesday at his Pasadena home. He was 81. Van de Kamp's death was confirmed by Philip Recht, the partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office, where Van de Kamp had worked as counsel since 2012.
After lawyers for Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Waymo balk at providing confidential documents, Judge William Alsup promises to vet an Uber in-house attorney for access.
California on Tuesday moved to block the Trump administration from rolling back vehicle pollution standards that are key to the state's effort to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The state's motion, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, seeks to intervene as a defendant in a regulatory challenge brought by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
UC-Hastings Dean David Faigman said in an email to students, staff and faculty Wednesday morning that someone partially burned a mezuzah hanging on a student's door, in what he said "appears to be a cowardly act of anti-Semitism."
An indictment unveiled in San Francisco Wednesday includes two Russian Federal Security Service officers.
While attorneys may be vigilant and detail-oriented by nature, they are still human. Accordingly, mistakes can happen in the course of an attorney-client representation, even when attorneys take steps to reduce their risk overall.
Two days before its first hearing, the Federal Judicial Conference makes the request as part of its call for 57 new Article III positions.
A federal appeals panel grilled lawyers in a case against Google over a claim of conflict of interest in steering funds from an $8.5 million class action settlement to the alma maters of two of the plaintiffs' attorneys, including Harvard and Stanford universities.
A monthlong courtroom clash between Facebook Inc., Ireland's data protection regulator, and Austrian privacy activist Maximilian Schrems is set to wrap up on Wednesday.
U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision further splitting the circuits on the scope of whistleblower protections under Section 21F of the Dodd Frank Act (DFA). In Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, No. 15-17352 (March 8, 2016), a former employee brought an employee discrimination case regarding sexual orientation as well as a wrongful termination claim under the anti-retaliation statute of Section 21F of the DFA.
Steve Berman acknowledges that about half the legal work that went into negotiating a $1.2 billion settlement for franchise dealers was also submitted as part of a fee request in the main consumer settlement. But, he insists, VW's complaint misses the point.
Pierce Sergenian, a Los Angeles-based firm formed in January by John Pierce, a short-lived litigation leader at K&L Gates, is expanding by hiring a Kirkland & Ellis partner and an of counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
A career prosecutor who has not been through Senate confirmation, Brian Stretch wasn't impacted by last week's removal of Obama-era U.S. attorneys.
The nascent legalized marijuana industry has never been easy for regulators, forcing difficult decisions over how to enforce federal laws in states that have cleared cannabis for medical and—in some cases—recreational use. But the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has a decidedly simpler calculation: If a marijuana company misleads investors, it's as ripe an enforcement target as another firm.
After the sudden departure of Ronald Bell, Yahoo's former general counsel, the company has named Arthur Chong as his replacement.
Those who have watched U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman say she is a quick study who's willing to dive into complicated subject matter.
Those driverless test cars cruising California streets may soon, in fact, be driverless. The state Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday posted its latest proposed regulations for testing and deploying fully autonomous vehicles in the Golden State. The long-awaited move set a clock in motion that could mean the DMV will enact final rules by the end of the year. Here are four takeaways.
In an extraordinary 31-page order imposing terminating sanctions, the judge took issue with what he described as an "utter disregard for the court's authority."
Section 101 of the Patent Act of 1952 has been increasingly used to challenge patent validity.
The California Supreme Court has declined to temporarily lower the score needed to pass the state bar exam despite pleas from lawmakers and the deans of dozens of law schools.
A California judge said in a tentative ruling that she's inclined to reject the $7.75 million deal that sparked criticism from other plaintiffs lawyers.
In Asia, the 648-lawyer firm saw several departures across offices last year, but chair Brad Butwin says his firm remains committed to the region.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor held court on Thursday in front of an enthusiastic, capacity crowd at the 2,600-seat Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.
The growing technology scene in Silicon Beach, home to more than 500 technology start-up companies, has shifted the economic tides of Los Angeles. As the third largest tech hub in the country, LA has put its unique stamp on the landscape with the intersection of media, tech, entertainment and marketing, followed by digital support of the medical industry. As this ecosystem grows, so too do their legal needs. For the legal industry, a world of unique opportunities has opened for lawyers looking for a new challenge.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was greeted as something of a judicial rock star on Thursday by an enthusiastic, capacity crowd at the 2,600-seat Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.
The firm landed Travis LeBlanc, a former chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, as a partner in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California, where Boies Schiller Flexner has also hired Kathleen Hartnett, another ex-government lawyer who spent the past five years handling some controversial matters in the Obama administration.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe saw its head count rise in 2016, although the size of its equity partnership fell. The mixed bag extended to the firm's financials, as gross revenue grew, although profits per partner and revenue per lawyer both declined.
Insurance representatives told California lawmakers Wednesday that access to data generated by autonomous vehicles will be key to their industry's ability to write policies and assess liability.
Reckitt Benckiser is accused of stealing the trade secrets after pretending to be interested in buying Absorption Pharmaceuticals and its spray.
With its decision Wednesday, the appeals court waded into a circuit split over whether employees who report securities violations internally qualify for protection under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Justice Kathryn Werdegar is retiring from the California Supreme Court on Aug. 31, ending a 23-year career on the court and five decades in public service.
Kelly Woodruff, chair of the appellate litigation team at Farella Braun + Martel, has joined the California Appellate Law Group. The move is part of a growth spurt for the Bay Area-based appellate boutique, which since January 2015 has tripled in size to 13 lawyers.
Judge appoints retired federal judge to conduct probe of fee requests from Labaton Sucharow, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstien and Thornton Law Firm.
The planned suspension of expedited processing for H-1B applications, starting next month, could derail recruiting efforts and disrupt daily life for workers at some of the largest temporary work nonimmigrant visa employers in the United States, immigration attorneys say.
Christine Flores has been appointed general counsel at Pinterest.
The firm, having broken off merger talks with Chadbourne & Parke more than a year ago, saw improvement in several key financial metrics in 2016. While the number of equity partners dropped at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the firm saw gains in gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer.
Public officials may turn to private email and messaging services to evade public scrutiny of potentially embarrassing information. In California at least, avoiding public disclosure just became much more difficult.
About 100 lawyers and staffers are poised to leave Ropes & Gray within the next few months as the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm prepares to spin-off its patent prosecution practice into an independent firm.
The court found three patents cover ineligible subject matter and the fourth is not clearly owned.
A $7.75 million deal that would resolve California PAGA claims against Uber is being blasted by Shannon Liss-Riordan and other plaintiffs lawyers who have a lot to lose if it's approved.
Patrick Coughlin of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, who struck the settlement deal, says a Florida lawyer who appeared in anti-Trump ads has political reasons for objecting.
The new normal in the legal market is constant lateral movement by attorneys from one law firm to another. The competition among law firms is fierce, and attorneys and entire practice groups are sometimes wooed by other firms promising greener pastures.
I cannot imagine a collection of six words without profanity or references to the New York Yankees that antagonizes me more than, "Do you know who I am?"
The company said it would turn over recordings from the device in an Arkansas murder case because the defendant consented to their release.
Generally speaking, lateral associate hiring follows some defined annual cycles, but there is sporadic noncyclical activity as well.
Days after Snap Inc.'s nearly $3.5 billion initial public offering, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is heading to Santa Monica, where Snapchat's parent company is based.
Former Niro lawyer David Mahalek represented Intellect Wireless, which was found to have misled the PTO to obtain its patents related to displaying caller ID on wireless phones.
Whether or not it passes constitutional muster, President Donald Trump's new executive order on immigration from six predominantly Muslim nations complicates ongoing cases.
It was another day of musical chairs in the capital, with Donald Verrilli bringing another Jenner & Block alum to Munger Tolles, King & Spalding picking up an ex-Florida congressman, a colleague of Sally Yates landing at Linklaters, and the EPA's top lawyer joining Gibson Dunn.
The Richmond, Virginia-based firm, which opened its San Francisco office last year, has hired Chapman and Cutler’s local office leader Peter Szurley. The banking and financial services expert brings with him three other partners.
Uber Technologies Inc. has used software to evade law enforcement and public officials in cities where the company faced opposition from regulators, The New York Times reported Friday, and legal ethics professionals said the company may be steering into the wrong lane.
In November of last year, the Federal Circuit narrowed the types of patents eligible for covered business method review in Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc. The court's decision narrowed what patents are eligible for CBM review, and provided some guidance for future cases.
A judge Friday ruled JAMS was not entitled judicial immunity or litigation privilege in an attempt to avoid trial.
Jay Edelson, the charismatic founder of Chicago’s Edelson PC, and Steve Berman, co-founder of Seattle-based plaintiffs powerhouse Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, saw different paths for the litigation—and different price tags for settlement.
John “Jack” Sheridan, a former co-managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is joining Latham & Watkins as a corporate partner in the firm’s emerging companies practice in Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley GCs say Former Yahoo General Counsel Ron Bell is a "good lawyer" being punished for the company's problems.
Democratic members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee asked the California Supreme Court on Thursday to temporarily reduce the required passing score on the state bar exam.
The Los Angeles-based firm saw declines in several key financial metrics in 2016, as gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer fell for the second straight year. Despite some big name lateral hires, Munger, Tolles & Olson’s head count also slipped below 200.
The departure of Ron Bell, the general counsel of Yahoo, from his position in the wake of massive data breaches at the company raises the question of how much legal departments should be held responsible for cybersecurity failures.
Major technology companies and other businesses, warning of the negative business consequences of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a transgender boy's sex discrimination claim, on Thursday stepped into a simmering controversy that pits them against the Trump administration.
Shares of Snap Inc., the parent company of photo-sharing and ephemeral messaging service Snapchat, surged in their market debut Thursday. Cooley has taken the lead for the company on its initial public offering, one that values the company at $33 billion. The firm holds shares now worth some $11.7 million.
The company has agreed to make additional disclosures about how it scans private messages and won't share URL data with third parties.
Overall patent filings dropped in 2016, a trend analysts attributed to a change in federal pleading requirements in December 2015.
In its latest push into the life sciences sector, Cooley is poised to hire Goodwin Procter venture capital and technology partner Ryan Sansom from Goodwin Procter. Sansom has grabbed roles on two key initial public offerings by biotechnology clients in recent months.
Last year's associate salary increases could have a big impact on law firm profitability. Middle-tier firms may be especially vulnerable—unless they act quickly.
Kirk Jenkins, head of Sedgwick's appellate task force, is using data to forecast outcomes in the California Supreme Court. We put him to the test.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Wednesday rejected three mobile payment patents that led an Eastern District of Texas jury to hit Apple with a $533 million verdict in 2015.
The California-based firm saw its gross revenue rise 8.5 percent in 2016, to $607 million, the 26th consecutive year of revenue growth by Sheppard Mullin, said its chairman Guy Halgren.
Ron Bell, general counsel at Yahoo, has resigned from the company amid revelations that the company's legal team and senior executives did not sufficiently pursue investigation of a massive 2014 data breach.
Effective in May, the civil clerk's office in San Jose will close early on Fridays. A press release said it's not "fiscally feasible" to maintain current business hours.
A look at how attorneys might find “ethical hacking” useful in the e-discovery process.
A federal judge has rejected Santa Clara County, California's bid to have its case against GlaxoSmithKline over Avandia removed from the federal multidistrict litigation over the diabetes drug, but made way for an appellate court to immediately review the decision.
The Law School Admission Council is teaming up with Khan Academy—a major global provider of free online education—to offer test prep for the Law School Admission Test at no cost.
When a new sheriff comes to town, it creates an air of mystery as well as anxiety among the town’s inhabitants. Who is this person? What kind of manager is this person? What is s/he like? Will I like my new boss? Will s/he like me? What will I need to do to succeed?
A common concern of partners in a law firm is the potential that they will be held personally liable for actions taken by another partner. However, partners do not have to live in fear, as there are a number of proactive steps that can help limit the risk.
The Silicon Valley stalwart pulled in $361.5 million in gross revenue last year, a slight dip from the 11.2 percent surge that saw Fenwick & West's turnover hit $363.5 million in 2015.
Antonin Scalia led a revolution in class actions and arbitration. Will Trump’s nominee pick up the mantle?
How does one effectively deal with an attorney bully?
The lawsuit claims several prescription pet food products sold to dog and cat owners at inflated prices are available for less money without the prescription.
In July 2016, California's bar pass rate fell to 43.1 percent, a 32-year low for July bar exams. In December, the chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, expressed her concern about California's falling bar pass rate, but said that she wanted to wait and see what happens to scores when the new, shortened format is administered in July 2017, with its scoring and format changes.
A federal lawsuit alleges that PayPal failed to transmit money to intended donors if they were not registered on the site.
Ray LaSoya, chair of the private equity practice at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has joined Cooley as an M&A partner in Los Angeles.
The firm, which last week made two notable lateral hires in Houston, has bolstered its Bay Area base by bringing on a five-lawyer state and local tax team from Morrison & Foerster led by partner Andres Vallejo.
The showdown over access to data recorded by the Amazon "smart" device is pushing the limits of traditional First Amendment and Fourth Amendment principles.
The administration, which has indicated it plans to revise the executive order banning entry to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations, has until March 10 to submit its opening brief in the pending appeal.
Mark the date: Feb. 27, 2017, may go down in history as the day that social media—from Facebook to Snapchat, Twitter to LinkedIn—entered the pantheon of expressions deserving First Amendment protection.
The waiting is the hardest part, and we want to make it a little easier. The National Law Journal’s annual Go-To Law Schools report will publish in full on Monday, March 6, but we’ll be providing a taste of the rankings throughout the week.
This is the story of how Rodrigo Rodriguez, who was born in Mexico and who worked in the fields there as a young child, and who later immigrated to the United States, just litigated a landmark worker’s compensation issue before the Idaho Supreme Court – and won.
Both companies have placed big bets on autonomous vehicles and view the technology race as a business imperative.
The firm's gross revenue ticked up 2.7 percent, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner both declined during what managing partner Doug Clark calls "a year when we invested in the business."
The case is the most recent in a series of lawsuits filed against Uber involving claims that a driver sexually assaulted riders.
The file cabinet Robert Van Nest used as part of a demonstration at trial against Oracle was thoroughly vetted, the Bay Area litigator said Thursday at a panel discussion on breaking down complex IP cases for juries.
A federal judge ruled that claims against Chicago-based Johnson & Bell for allegedly failing to protect client information must proceed individually in arbitration, not lumped together as a class.
A former engineer's published allegations that she was sexually harassed at Uber Technologies Inc. during her tenure at the ride-sharing company created ongoing tumult that is unlikely to be settled solely by an internal investigation launched in its aftermath, labor and employment lawyers and experts say.
Google parent Alphabet has turned to the litigator who waged its smartphone wars—Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Charles Verhoeven—for a suit over the future of self-driving cars.
Latham & Watkins increased its gross revenue in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has agreed to tack on $3.5 million in attorney fees and costs to the $11 million tally it already owes former general counsel Sanford "Sandy" Wadler.
Suit against the ADR firm shows the complications that can follow when a litigant is also a customer.
Litigation funding is making inroads with Big Law firms and clients in the energy, technology and automobile sectors, but ethics concerns continue to pose a hurdle to greater adoption of third-party financing arrangements, according to new survey results.
On Jan. 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report (the report) on cross-device tracking, a commonly used practice that allows companies to associate multiple internet-based devices with the same consumer in order to track behavior across devices.
Dismissal of outside attorney following her criticism of the university's procedure for handling cases draws ire of scholars.
One week after California's state bar leader declared a "crisis" in legal education due in part to a decline in student applicants, a first-year lawmaker has introduced legislation endorsing the creation of a new law school at UC Riverside.
Airbnb and its critics in New York City are back in conflict over 2016 state rental law, with the company's supporters now charging that a state law penalizing those who advertise units illegally discriminates against minorities.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria also wrote in an order on Wednesday that a law barring IMDb.com from publishing the age of entertainers would do little to thwart age discrimination in Hollywood.
Latham & Watkins has added two partners to its litigation practice in Los Angeles and Century City. Thomas Nolan joined the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Joshua Hamilton joined from Paul Hastings.
Microsoft and Stripe are urging federal banking regulators not to draw cybersecurity rules for the largest banks so narrowly that they exclude innovative technologies developed by innovative third-party providers.
A unanimous court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ruling that shipping a single component cannot trigger a provision of the Patent Act that applies extraterritorially.
In selling their firm to lateral candidates, firm leaders are often using the same pitches as their competitors. Recruiter Dan Binstock offers advice on differentiation.
I'm interviewing for two different jobs and just got an offer for my second choice. Should I just take the offer or tell the first-choice employer about it to expedite their process?
Longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe intellectual property partner Neel Chatterjee is joining Goodwin Procter's litigation department and intellectual property practice in its Silicon Valley office.
Judges and executives representing 49 trial courts are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to add $159 million to the judiciary's budget, saying his hold-the-line spending plan will lead to employee layoffs and courtroom closures.
Uber Technologies Inc. is responding to a female engineer's allegations that she was sexually harassed by a supervisor at her former employer by hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead an internal review panel including top executives and the company's legal department.
In an age of mass shootings and terrorist attacks, entertainment venues have a responsibility to implement stronger security measures to protect patrons.
Law firms are founded with the expectation of success. Partnership agreements are drawn up with beneficial interests in mind. Business development plans are set into motion. Staff and other attorneys are recruited with growth in mind. The concept of firm failure is usually not entertained in the same way.
Although President Barack Obama's time in office is complete, his impact on patent litigation in the Northern District of California is only beginning to be fully felt. Between 2010 and 2014, President Obama appointed 11 of the district's 14 current full-time district judges. Only the Southern District of New York is filled with more Obama appointees.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired four lawyers from Clifford Chance in Paris, including local competition head Patrick Hubert.
Civil litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be used to go after state actors for cyberattacks—but it wouldn't be easy.
The Chicago plaintiffs lawyer argues that the bill, which has been called a "death knell" for class actions, would instead spur unnecessary litigation and increase defense costs.
Clete Johnson highlights the challenges government and private sector cybersecurity partnerships still face and discusses what counsel should know about modern cybersecurity risks.
Neil Gorsuch, standing before an audience of conservative lawyers in Washington several years ago, decried the thousands of federal criminal statutes on the books. "And the spigot keeps pouring, with hundreds of new statutory crimes inked every few years," Gorsuch, now President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, said then. Gorsuch's confirmation would bring some comfort to the white-collar defense bar and business advocates.
U.S District Judge Vince Chhabria made clear at a hearing Thursday that he's ready to scrap a California state law that requires online entertainment database IMDb.com to remove actors' ages on request.
President Donald Trump took a shot at the Ninth Circuit during a press conference Thursday, saying the "circuit is in chaos."
The firm, having watched the bulk of its Hong Kong office decamp for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has hired technology partner Squire Patton Boggs in the Bay Area.
Cloud computing company Vapor IO based in Austin, Texas hired Catherine Bedell as general counsel this week. Audio hosting platform SoundCloud hired Amazon veteran Merritt Farren as GC.
The State Bar of California is looking to the court technology platform to bolster its regulation of bar members. Here’s a look at the tool.
Thomas J.P. McHenry will assume the school's top administrative post on July 1.
The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.
A week after welcoming back former technology partner Rezwan Pavri in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has recruited Munger, Tolles & Olson corporate and securities partner Katherine Ku in Los Angeles. Ku made partner at her former firm in 2013.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found MIT's patents are distinct from Berkeley's before tossing the California university's interference claim.
The firm saw its gross revenue surge by more than $60 million in 2016, to $974 million, while profits per partner rose by nearly $1 million, to almost $1.97 million. Head count at Cooley hit 854, an increase of more than 50 lawyers from 2015.
Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.
I refused to report to a person who made me feel uncomfortable. As a result, I was put on a performance plan. I just resigned with a severance, but am totally devastated. How do I address the circumstances of my departure in an interview?
The head of California's state bar told lawmakers on Tuesday "there's no good answer" for why the state requires the second-highest bar exam passing score in the nation. The issue has caught the attention of legislators, who devoted three hours Tuesday to studying the complexities of law school admissions and testing—and hearing from frustrated law deans.
Law firms could learn a thing or two from the way public interest law organizations and government agencies hire new attorneys.
The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.
Trial lawyer James Wagstaffe describes his winning strategy in the wrongful termination suit by whistleblower Sanford Wadler, former general counsel of Bio-Rad Inc. Wadler was awarded more than $15 million.
Covington & Burling, Kirkland & Ellis and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz are working to shut down antitrust suits challenging the exclusive NFL-DirecTV broadcast deal.
Companies responding to records requests from law enforcement often face conflicting mandates, said Google's chief counsel for law enforcement and security.
Legal malpractice insurance can save your career and your firm. Although maintaining coverage isn't mandatory in California, it is encouraged. Indeed, for some time, the Rules of Professional Conduct have required California attorneys to disclose to clients if they do not carry malpractice insurance (or if their insurance is terminated during the course of a representation).
When former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson to launch a new office for the Los Angeles-based firm, it was an unconventional move on both sides.
In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.
The ruling from an Oakland federal judge is the first to deal with privacy issues related to beacon technology used in apps.
For many businesses, President Donald Trump's order to cut two existing rules for every new rule was a welcome harbinger for an era of fewer regulations. But the fledgling commercial drone industry—still sorting out the rules federal regulators rolled out in August—isn't so sure Trump’s 2-for-1 plan is a good deal.
Of counsel Rosita Chu, Eli Gao, Yan Zeng and Roger Zhou will follow the footsteps of nine partners who all start at the Philadelphia-based firm on Monday.
Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas—lawyer to FedEx and former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds—to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.
For many companies, the attorney-client privilege is akin to a security blanket. Executives take comfort in the fact that communications with the company's general counsel, especially those involving sensitive topics, will never see the light of day.
A key issue in Oracle's appeal is that the company was not allowed to show Google intended to directly compete with it by bringing Android products to the PC market.
Though Gorsuch's views on patents are mostly unknown, the Tenth Circuit judge has had plenty to say in other areas of intellectual property. And attorneys see signs that he might scale back some procedures created by the America Invents Act.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges Friday against a Chinese investment manager and five brokerage account holders for allegedly reaping $56 million from insider trades in advance of the 2016 Comcast-DreamWorks merger.
Most banks will continue to shy away from doing business with the marijuana industry, even as more states legalize the drug's use, until Congress provides concrete legal protection for financial institutions, a banking regulation expert told California's Cannabis Banking Working Group on Friday.
One day after a panel ruling went against the Trump administration, an unidentified judge on the Ninth Circuit has called for a vote on whether the court should rehear the case en banc.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh picked a five-firm coalition led by lawyers in Florida, California, New York and Minnesota.
It's been a year since the larger-than-life justice died unexpectedly, and in many ways, according to lawyers, the court feels like a different place.
Judge James Robart in Seattle, who last week issued a TRO blocking President Trump's travel ban, will let Microsoft challenge rules that block companies from disclosing to customers when the government has requested their data.
The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously approved the nominations of San Diego County Superior Court Judge William Dato and Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Meehan was confirmed on a 3-0 vote to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.
Whistleblower lawyers who worked with Jeffrey Wertkin while he was at the Department of Justice said his role was pivotal in their False Claims Act litigation.
While the Lone Star State's IP Bar frets over the possibility of losing the Eastern District of Texas as the nation's most favored patent infringement jurisdiction because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision, they'll get no sympathy from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Reed Smith has brought back Paul Mohun, a former partner and ex-associate general counsel for real estate at The Gap Inc. in San Francisco, for its real estate group in the Bay Area. Mohun also has some personal involvement in the real estate business, having once founded The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley.
We asked appellate lawyers to share their best arguments for preserving the nation's largest—and most controversial—appeals court.
Microsoft Corp. has announced it will make 10,000 patents available to customers who face lawsuits over innovations that run on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, and will expand its indemnification program.
The lawyers who attempted to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to dismantle 40-year-old case law, only to lose in a 4-4 decision, clearly think the political winds have shifted in their favor.
We distill the best lessons from Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and others at this month's inaugural Women LEAD conference at UCLA School of Law.
Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.
The civil liberties group will collaborate with the Silicon Valley tech incubator on updates to its constituent management, fundraising, and education technology.
My friend told me about a job he was excited about and was interviewing for. It sounds like the perfect job for me and I want to apply, too. Would this be inappropriate?
Even as firms capitalize on economies of scale and project further expansion as the economy strengthens, downsizing remains a reality in all major markets, including California.
Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.
Former Bio-Rad GC Sanford Wadler's jury win of $2.9 million in back pay and $5 million in punitive damages for wrongful termination Monday holds some lessons for companies and their attorneys.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. came to Sacramento Tuesday to meet with some of his newest clients, California's legislative Democrats.
A lawyer for Facebook argued Tuesday before New York state's highest court that the Manhattan district attorney's investigation of 381 account holders could ultimately threaten the confidentiality of information about all the social medial company's New York users.
The Internet Association, a trade group for Uber, Airbnb and other web-based companies, said it is opening an Albany office to "engage" New York state public policy makers.
It was Judge Michelle Friedland, the most junior judge on the panel, who opened the hearing and had the first pointed question for the lawyer representing the Trump administration.
U.S. regulators are moving ahead with a new rule that imposes new burdens on airlines and their staffs to identify and report to federal authorities passengers who are ill and subject to quarantine, a response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
A tangle of possibilities lie on the other side of Tuesday's Ninth Circuit showdown. We look at the possible paths.
Daniel Petrocelli, who defended Donald Trump in litigation over Trump University, will lead litigation for the homeowners association against the building's developer.
The appeals court is getting conflicting guidance as it prepares to rule on the standing issue that propelled 'Spokeo v. Robins' to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.
In closing arguments attorney James Wagstaffe asked the jury to award his client, former Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. general counsel Sanford Wadler, $8.29 million in past and future compensatory damages for alleged wrongful termination.
Joshua Hill Jr., a former federal prosecutor who spent the past four years as a partner at Sidley Austin in San Francisco, has joined Morrison & Foerster’s headquarters in the Bay Area. Hill specializes in white-collar defense and investigations work.
Some 128 U.S. companies, led by tech giants Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., have joined a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit saying the Trump travel ban “makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees."
Even Jones Day, a firm that has seen at least a dozen of its lawyers take key posts in the Trump administration, joined the legal fight Monday, spurring acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco, a former Jones Day lawyer, to hold back from signing the Justice Department's latest brief.
A coalition of law deans and diversity advocates mounted a fourth-quarter campaign against the proposal.
The Delaware Court of Chancery has refused to open the books of electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. to a stockholder who accused the company of fabricating explanations for failing to meet its sales and production benchmarks.
Judge Neil Gorsuch and President Barack Obama agree at least on one thing: a third-year of law school should be optional. Gorsuch questioned the need for three years of law school in a September 2015 paper he presented at the United Kingdom-United States Legal Exchange in London. One of Gorsuch's legal heroes—the late Justice Antonin Scalia—vigorously objected to the notion of two-year law school.
After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?
The suit, which comes on the heels of dozens of similar suits filed across the country, argues the president's executive order on immigration is unconstitutional.
New York state's highest court will hear arguments this week into whether Facebook may challenge the constitutionality of search warrants that Manhattan's district attorney issued for information of the accounts of 381 of its users.
The author claims to be a far better fisherman and poker player than Judge Thelton Henderson. But somehow, the judge always manages to catch more, bigger fish, and win at the poker table.
Thomas Siebel is either a man who stands up for his principles, or someone who uses his vast resources to grind his opponents into the ground. Either way, he's probably not someone you want to be litigating against.
A Delaware federal judge on Thursday gave final approval to a $5.5 million settlement between Google Inc. and a nationwide class of plaintiffs that had challenged the tech giant's practice of overriding cookie blockers to access users' internet history information.
The rules rolled out in the Northern District of California seek to avoid last-minute challenges that throw trials into chaos.
Snap Inc., the parent company of photo-sharing and messaging service Snapchat, is seeking to raise $3 billion through an initial public offering. The company, which is being advised by Cooley in its effort to go public, also disclosed in securities filings how much it has paid Munger, Tolles & Olson for legal work over the past three years.
California judges should not hold any financial stake in marijuana businesses, even though medical and now recreational cannabis use is legal in California, a state Supreme Court ethics committee says in a draft opinion.
The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sets up a debate over one of the thorniest issues in data breach cases—whether and how to compensate individuals for the theft of personal information when it cannot be tied to financial injury.
The United States has a shortage of security analysts qualified to stop cyberattacks, and trouble competing with high-tech companies such as Google and Microsoft also trying to recruit them, FBI and private sector computer experts said.
Martine Beamon, who was hired to investigate potential FCPA violations, testified Thursday that the company's general counsel rejected her firm's conclusion that the suspicions were "meritless."
"Legal Asylum" by Paul Goldstein spotlights a corrosive impact on law schools.
Leaks, secret meetings and bar politics were featured topics on the first day of the arbitration to decide the legality of Dunn's ouster as the bar's executive director.
Some legal scholars say the Denver appeals judge may be the best that a blue state like California can hope for.
The torrent of drastic changes to U.S. immigration law—including a draft proposal of an executive order to restructure and possibly rescind entire worker visa programs—has sent Silicon Valley tech companies into a frenzy, seeking legal help for a multitude of questions.
From real sports to fantasy sports, two gaming companies filed for bankruptcy in California on Tuesday, owing thousands of dollars to several law firms.
In a win for lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a Dallas jury found Facebook-owned Oculus with a $500 million verdict.
Suit claims that NFL teams agreed not to recruit dancers and set other rules that have left cheerleaders underpaid in a multibillion-dollar industry.
The deans of 20 California law schools on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to temporarily lower the bar exam’s minimum passing score to let the State Bar study whether the number is unjustifiably high.
The latest settlement, which comes on top of a similar $14.7 billion payment, resolves lawsuits brought by consumers and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles.
Sometimes two people are just oil and water. It may not be anyone’s fault … necessarily; it may be that you just don’t really click–or see eye to eye on one thing or another. When that other “eye” happens to be your boss’s, it can make for not only a rocky employment period, but the relationship can become a liability come reference-checking time–as a lukewarm or negative review from a former boss will frequently spike a candidacy. So how does a candidate navigate this situation without compromising his/her candidacy?
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. chief financial officer Christine Tsingos added a new claim to the company's case against fired general counsel Sanford Wadler in court Tuesday: Wadler allegedly once became openly hostile in a meeting, pounding his fists and yelling at the room.
The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch triggered a range of responses across the legal and political spectrum Tuesday as lawyers and advocacy groups touted—and criticized—his positions on regulatory matters and civil rights.
Here are some of the Supreme Court nominee's most memorable comments on assisted suicide, the changing work of trial lawyers, and the death of the justice he’s been named to replace.
In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.
If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.
Across the country, firms large and small continue to face big exposures because of avoidable mistakes or because of aggressive plaintiffs. Time and again, these claims result in multimillion-dollar legal malpractice payouts.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said at a press conference Tuesday morning that he hopes the suit will send a message to the president that he’s “not emperor who rules by fiat.”
In which our columnist muses on the German law against insulting people.
California officials will likely need to rely on emergency rules, provisional licenses and grace periods to ensure the state's recreational marijuana market is up and running by Jan. 1, 2018, the state's lead pot regulator said Monday.
After the weekend’s flurry of volunteer efforts, advocacy groups are now organizing shifts to staff the airport with volunteer attorneys for the days ahead.
A loose coalition of social media activists is pushing to help lawyers camped out at airports around the country.
Lawyers for the company behind Pokémon Go have taken their first swing at knocking out a lawsuit that tests whether property owners can hold the makers of augmented reality games liable for players' actions in the real world.
Former Apple Inc. intellectual property veteran Taraneh Maghamé joins independently run Dolby Labs subsidiary Via Licensing Corp. as senior director of wireless programs and corporate development.
As lawyers around the country responded this weekend to President Donald Trump’s executive order, protesters also raised signs and voices.
More than 4,000 lawyers had signed up to volunteer legal services across the country by Sunday in response to the Trump administration's swift move to restrict immigration travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. President Donald Trump's executive action Friday brought nationwide confusion—and mass protests—as lawyers, major airlines and national companies struggled to assess the scope of the travel bans.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe capitalized on a recent merger between two competitors to land new talent, hiring a new tech practice leader in its Silicon Valley office.
Valeria Calafiore Healy must pay her opponent $250 for belongings that were damaged in the great coffee kerfuffle of 2016.
Latham partner Steven Bauer, who led PG&E's trial team in a case stemming from the 2010 San Bruno blast, confirmed his team would be stepping aside.
The chipmaker has been hit with suits in the U.S. and China following an FTC action in the waning days of the Obama administration.
When F. Daniel Leventhal started practicing corporate finance law 35 years ago, he said enjoyed being able to travel and meet people. Those aspects of the job dwindled over the past decade, but Leventhal is looking forward to new horizons.
U.S. senators aren't the only ones with questions for President Donald Trump's State Department nominee. Bay Area plaintiffs firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy wants a chance to grill Rex Tillerson in litigation over climate change.
Blake Liggio recently made partner at Goodwin Procter, making him one of the first outwardly transgender partners at an Am Law 100 firm. Liggio and Goodwin Procter partner Scott Webster reflect on the challenges he faced and ways that large firms can create a more inclusive environment.
A federal judge on Wednesday recommended that a patent dispute over semiconductor devices used in video game accessories be kept in Delaware, a major roadblock in OmniVision Technologies Inc.'s bid to have the litigation shipped to California.
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 shields interactive computer services from liability for third-party posts, but the edges of that protection continue to be defined.
Lawyers for Bio-Rad's former GC, Sanford Wadler, portray the company's internal investigation as cursory.
U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, rejected a no-cash settlement with debt collector ARS National Services, finding "no evidence" that it would provide value to roughly 4 million class members.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen couldn't get a straight answer Wednesday for why prosecutors suddenly abandoned charges in cases that defense lawyers had said were tainted by racial bias.
Fifteen partners are splitting from Sedgwick in the New York region and Texas, forming a boutique in the Northeast and launching a new office for Drinker Biddle & Reath in Dallas.
Paying too much for PACER? You could get an email notice later this spring to join a class action that seeks refunds for several hundred thousand people who allege the electronic court service has charged excessive fees.
Employers are careful with their communications to candidates. And there are several reasons that drive the desire keep the real meaning of their words between the lines
Applying for professional malpractice insurance is sometimes considered a chore. Too many law firms and attorneys breeze through insurance applications, without carefully considering their responses to each question and the implications. However, failing to properly answer questions can create serious risks for law firms.
Third-party litigation funding companies are investors first and foremost, and they base their funding decisions on the present value of their expected return. This means that even if a lawsuit has little or no merit, it may be a worthwhile investment if there is a potential (however small) to recover a very large sum of money.
Steven Engel is the presumptive nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, according to sources with knowledge of the vetting process.
Steven Engel is the presumptive nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, according to sources with knowledge of the vetting process.
Steve Berman was wrapping up the $1.2 billion emissions settlement for Volkswagen's franchise dealers last month when he turned to a new automaker, Chrysler, filing a consumer class action alleging thousands of its Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee clean diesel vehicles emitted dangerous levels of nitrogen oxides.
A disclosure mandate in the Northern District of California could trigger a wider transparency debate.
Testifying for Bio-Rad on Tuesday, a former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner said he recommended the company's longtime GC be fired.
After a whirlwind nomination and confirmation process, Xavier Becerra was sworn in Tuesday as California's 33rd attorney general. The first Latino to hold the position as California's top prosecutor told reporters to "fasten your seat belts" because "I just got the keys to the car. So get ready." He'll have plenty of other issues filling his agenda in his first 100 days. Here is a look at four of them.
ATopTech, a software company on the losing end of a $30 million IP battle with Synopsys last year, filed for bankruptcy last week in Delaware. Arnold & Porter, Dorsey & Whitney and Wilson Sonsini are advising AtopTech in its Chapter 11 case. Arnold & Porter is owed at least $3.5 million for its work as special litigation counsel to the debtor.
A U.S. District judge ruled the use of Gmail alone is not enough to establish jurisdiction in California.
As he returns to his old firm, Andrew Ceresney says the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won't lose momentum under Donald Trump's administration.
The rule change is narrower than an earlier proposal which drew opposition from major litigation funders.
Bio-Rad CEO Norman Schwartz, who testified Monday in the company's whistleblower trial, said attorneys at two firms raised concerns about the company's general counsel before he was fired.
The California Supreme Court dealt a blow to property insurers on Monday with a ruling that endorses the commissioner's rulemaking authority and reinstates a rule governing home replacement cost estimates.
California's Senate on Monday voted to confirm Xavier Becerra as the next attorney general, putting the 12-term U.S. congressman from Los Angeles one step closer to becoming the state's legal point man in any battles with the Trump administration.
The top performing law firms continued to pull away from the rest of the Am Law 200 last year, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group. Meanwhile certain regions, including the mid-Atlantic states, struggled to achieve even modest revenue growth.
A federal judge in Los Angeles wrestled on Monday with whether to keep certain documents sealed in a case against Chrysler that prompted the defense bar last year to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the standards of sealing court records.
In a win for Jenner & Block, the court let stand a $4.4 million fee award for work performed in a patent suit before the firm withdrew and new lawyers secured a settlement.
At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.
Competition for the lead counsel role in data-breach litigation against Yahoo has some lawyers complaining there may be too many cooks in the courtroom.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is promoting 18 lawyers to partner this year. The makeup of the 2017 class, half of which is spread around the firm’s California offices, reflects Orrick's belief that technology will continue to drive the Golden State’s economy, firm leaders said.
California likes to be different. Attorney Mark Robinson made that distinction clear when discussing how to move forward on dozens of California lawsuits filed on behalf of more than 300 women who claim they now have ovarian cancer from prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.
Here are four takeaways from Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court that saw unprepared attorneys and signs that the justices could craft a narrow decision excluding the Washington Redskins.
Keeping Michele Lee would ensure continuity at the PTO as Donald Trump's administration steps into the White House.
Fernando & Partners, a four-lawyer IP firm in Palo Alto, California, has agreed to join Squire Patton Boggs. The move comes almost a year after Squire Patton Boggs absorbed another Golden State-based litigation firm.
The associate justice of the California Supreme Court explains his view that judicial federalism is vital to our system of dual state and federal sovereignty.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide the California Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Anderson.
Uber on Thursday agreed to pay $20 million to resolve federal allegations that the online ride-hailing service duped drivers about vehicle financing and inflated how much money they could earn at the company. Uber did not admit or deny wrongdoing in the Federal Trade Commission case.
With 2017 underway and the entrance of a new Republican administration and Congress, whether robust regulatory oversight will remain a federal priority is more than uncertain and the area of data privacy and security is no different. The data privacy and security action, however, may continue at the state level where already-active state legislatures and regulators see these areas as a focus. Reviewing recent developments in California over the past year may shed light on key issues and trends that we can expect to see in the coming months.
A remembrance of former public defender Terry Diggs by her husband Barry Helft.
The number of sex-based discrimination charges from LGBT individuals that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received increased significantly over the last four years, according to data released by the agency Wednesday.
An employer's decision not to pursue a candidate is almost always final, but there are scenarios where a candidacy can be brought back to life.
Bio-Rad executives were disinterested in conducting robust training in the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and shut down his efforts to report suspected violations, Sanford Wadler testified Wednesday in his whistleblower retaliation trial.
When not handled properly, the selection and use of consultants and experts can create unnecessary risks for attorneys and clients.
The Beatles singer is seeking to use an expiration provision in the Copyright Act to reclaim rights to numerous songs that currently belong to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Boies Schiller Flexner has brought on Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as a partner specializing in nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors in Palo Alto, California.
As Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended his record Wednesday in Washington, lawmakers in California raised new concerns about potential clashes over regulatory policies.
The perception there's more heat on Silicon Valley comes as large tech companies have become big federal contractors.
As the British pound falls, so does the reluctance of many firms to gamble on future exchange rates.
An op-ed from two judicial watchdogs claims that the Stanford rape case demonstrates the need for more information, not more judicial independence.
Several justices appeared sympathetic to the band during oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, which bodes well for the Washington Redskins' fight to restore its trademark.
An op-ed by Richard Kuhns, the author of a recently published Henderson biography, about two of the judge's seminal decisions.
The company's lead defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday that Sanford Wadler was an "FCPA slacker" who first failed to prevent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and then raised claims that were discredited after review.
Speaking last week at UC-Hastings, the California Supreme Court justice posited that state courts can stray from the U.S. Supreme Court on foundational legal principles.
Newly introduced legislation would expand the number of government offices where cannabis business owners can pay state fees and taxes, a nod to the safety issues inherent in what largely remains an all-cash industry. One big problem for marijuana business is that most banks and credit unions balk at handling marijuana business receipts, fearful of punishment from federal regulators.
The two attorneys are representing Sanofi and Amgen in an appeal involving patents for a LDL cholesterol drug.
San Francisco Judge Harold Kahn said the company's arbitration clause was both unfair and inconspicuous.
Marilyn Martin-Culver, a business litigation partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Costa Mesa, California, recently left the firm to become a name partner at Robertson & Culver in nearby Irvine. The firm, now known as Robertson & Olsen, recently saw a name partner depart.
Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook's 2014 purchase of the virtual reality developer Oculus wasn't tainted by stolen technology.
Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women.
Newly released data for California's July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Saxena White will lead litigation in the Northern District of California stemming from the bank's fake accounts scandal.
The retired federal judge has no qualms about his role as an adviser to Bentham IMF and takes issue with pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In an op-ed, two public interest lawyers call for the Judicial Council to embrace alternatives to license suspensions as a debt collection tool.
Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.
Just as Cowboy Bourbon was becoming recognized as one of the nation's finest whiskeys, Garrison Brothers became the target of a trade infringement lawsuit filed in a Northern District of California federal court by Allied Lomar, an international liquor distributor. Allied Lomar alleged they had registered a trademark for "Cowboy Little Barrel" in 2001 and that Garrison Brothers were infringing on their product.
Judge Kathleen O'Malley seemed inclined at a hearing Thursday to uphold an injunction blocking Qiagen N.V. from selling its GeneReader devices in the United States.
In what looks like the first major tax fight involving digital currency, San Francisco's Coinbase is fighting an IRS subpoena that seeks information on every transaction conducted by U.S. customers over three years.
John Simon takes on his new GC role effective March 1, adding to his current corporate and human resources responsibilities.
Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.
Consumers have standing to sue Apple over App Store pricing, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday.
The company is petitioning to enforce the ruling, which held for the first time in a U.S. arbitration that Uber does not employ its drivers.
Traci Ribeiro and her new lawyers at Sanford Heisler have beefed up their claims against Sedgwick, adding a bid for $200 million in class action damages.
A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The list includes Randall Rader, a former chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who once called the office's administrative courts a "death squad" for property rights.
A state Assembly committee voted along party lines Tuesday to recommend that Democratic U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra be confirmed as California’s 33rd attorney general. The 6-3 vote followed a friendly, two-hour hearing in which the 12-term congressman from Los Angeles took measured jabs at President-elect Donald Trump and his proposals on immigration, health care and the environment.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday unveiled a $179 billion state spending plan, amplifying his typical message of fiscal restraint with warnings about potential federal funding cuts on the horizon.
A panel seems poised to uphold the art fraud conviction of Luke Brugnara, a pro se defendant who brazenly escaped custody in the lead-up to his 2015 trial.
A U.S. Supreme Court case that was touted as a significant retail business dispute with First Amendment ramifications seemed to fizzle fast Tuesday as justices questioned whether freedom of speech was involved at all.
When interviewing for a job, the topic of work-life balance is not one that is easy to raise. And if done poorly, it can sabotage a candidacy as well as a reputation.
Carrie LeRoy has joined White & Case's intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm's Silicon Valley office.
Lora Blum, director of corporate legal, is leaving her job to head SurveyMonkey's legal department. She inherits a nine-lawyer team that has helped the company grow for years.
Firms should consider ways to prepare for the inevitable loss of attorneys to other firms.
Stacey Rosenberg, a debt finance transactions expert at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for the past decade, is poised to join Hogan Lovells in the City of Angels.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila ruled traditional federal rules were enough to preserve emails on company-owned mobile devices until they are turned over.
The 83-year-old federal judge, known as a champion of prison and police reform, said Monday it would serve the court best "if I don't play a season too long."
The small plaintiffs firm set out to disrupt privacy litigation when it launched a Bay Area office led by partner Rafey Balabanian. So far, returns are mixed.
Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra told state lawmakers he is prepared to defend Californians' constitutional rights on numerous fronts "at a time of promise and peril for us all."
U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson included a 30-day stay on her order to give affected parties a change to seek an expedited review.
As the lawyer hero of "Making a Murderer," Netflix's hit true-crime series from 2015, you might think Dean Strang would be optimistic about the power of TV to improve the public's understanding of what lawyers do. You'd be wrong.
Change is coming to the nation's largest, and arguably its most liberal, appeals court. We parse the possibilities.
A retired litigator living in Millennium Tower claims in a new lawsuit that the San Francisco City Attorney's Office knew the tower was sinking as early as 2010.
Two judges, Brian Walsh and Thomas Kuhnle, have replaced Peter Kirwan in the court's complex litigation department as part of routine reassignments.
After a spike in 2015, the numbers of nonprosecution and deferred prosecution agreements dropped back to normal levels last year, according to a report from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
At a hearing Thursday, Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose considered issues of patent eligibility for various features of fitness monitoring devices.
The California Supreme Court sided with the state bar in a unanimous decision that resolves a lingering dispute over the state's anti-SLAPP statute.
Charles Harder, whose $140 million verdict brought down Gawker Media, filed a $15 million libel suit this week on behalf of Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.
At this week's Association of American Law Schools conference, law professors and doctors alike urged a shift in the bar exam's structure to be more akin to med school, all in an effort to improve bar passage rates.
David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.
California legislative leaders on Wednesday said they have retained a team of Covington & Burling attorneys led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help fend off "potential challenges" from the incoming Trump administration. The hire follows eight weeks of post-election promises by state Democrats to create a firewall against potential Republican attacks on California's immigration, environmental and health care policies. It also offers a high-visibility platform for Covington, which has long sought a stronger presence on the West Coast.
Internet wonks call it the Internet of Things, or IoT—those everyday devices, gadgets and appliances that connect to the web. They are vulnerable. An October hacking of hundreds of thousands of "things"—including cameras and digital video recorders—disrupted the web. The Federal Trade Commission wants to do something about it—and you can help. The agency on Wednesday announced the latest in a series of cash-reward contests for solutions to protect personal data.
John Pierce, who left K&L Gates just months after his splashy hire earlier last year, has now formed his own firm with former fellow Quinn Emanuel alum David Sergenian.
The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.
In today's competitive insurance market, there are a wide range of options available that can help combat the ever-increasing risk of a legal malpractice claim.
The San Francisco firm accuses Bay Area author and socialite Elisabeth Thieriot of transferring her assets to avoid paying a $467,000 fee award.
Plaintiffs lawyers don't need to put forth a plan for identifying class members to secure class certification, Judge Michelle Friedland wrote Tuesday in a defeat for the defense bar.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the patent office failed to explain why Apple's patent for moving icons on a screen was obvious.
As you determine what you want to achieve this year, set your plan, execute and be resolute.
It’s easy to forget how intensely personal and stressful litigation can be--until the consequences of a loss become overwhelming. Now, a San Diego lawyer is grappling with the suicide of his client after losing a high-profile gay civil rights case in December.
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Saturday spotlighted the "crucial role" played by federal district judges, asserting they "deserve tremendous respect" for performing the often thankless tasks of the job. In past years, Roberts has sometimes used the annual platform to advocate for higher pay for judges, or to defend the ethics of his fellow justices. But his 2016 report displayed no sharp edges or fodder for controversy.
Our list of cases to watch in California includes novel, quirky and consequential legal battles.
The plaintiffs bar can bid farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also a few notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.
From the shocking resignation of Berkeley's law dean to the controversy over Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, we count down the most popular news stories of the past year.
Los Angeles-based Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack couldn't show that all the expenses it claimed for its attorneys' private jet travel had "a business purpose," the Ninth Circuit ruled.
Writing for the majority, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar said that law firm invoices aren't categorically shielded from disclosure. The court's dissenters complained the decision undermines a “pillar of our jurisprudence.”
The former Stanford swimmer makes an appearance, along with other famous mug shots from history, in an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to guarantee public access to the booking photos.
Jonathan Delshad, a Los Angeles-based plaintiffs lawyer, said he assembled the team after hearing horror stories from former bank employees.
In which our columnist muses on how disclaimers on drug ads might lead one to conclude the cure is worse than the disease.
Some of the year's more offbeat moments at the Federal Circuit featured patent law's biggest players.
Edlund, who practiced at Pillsbury and Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Tarrant, continued trying cases into his 80s.
Most attorneys will face more than one malpractice claim over the course of their careers. Here's a checklist to understand when there's a real threat.
Evidently some lawyers and litigants don't understand what it means to be "on the record" during a deposition. Either that or they don't mind being caught saying or doing something untoward, ridiculous or downright horrible.
A decision Tuesday by the Tenth Circuit declaring that the way the SEC appoints Administrative Law Judges violates the Constitution sets up a clean split among the circuits and may implicate the validity of administrative proceedings in other areas of government.
A look back at this year's best advice on how to build your business, compete for talent and successfully steer your career.
The veteran trial lawyer, best known for leading Apple's IP case against Samsung, is retiring after four decades at Morrison & Foerster.
Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.
After a setback earlier this year, gun control advocates will get a second chance to defend an Alameda County ordinance that restricts where firearms can be sold.
Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a warning Tuesday to law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."
As 2016 closes out, here are some areas that seem ripe for growth in the coming year
New Jersey bills regulating app-based car-sharing services Uber and Lyft were approved by legislators Monday, while Uber continued to clash with California regulators over its testing of autonomous vehicles on public streets.
In 2016, the General Assembly approved landmark legislation that eliminated the state's "three strikes" policy and cut mandatory sentences for some repeat offenders. Commonly known as the habitual offenders bill, SB 163 abolished automatic life sentences for three-time violent felons and cut in half mandatory minimum sentences for felons convicted of a first-violent felony after committing three nonviolent felonies.
Complaint says manager violated the confidentiality provisions of the employment agreement he signed five years ago.
Half a dozen of the biggest law firms with California roots have announced their new partner classes so far. Those firms named a total of 73 partners for 2017—a very slight decrease from last year, when those same six firms named 75 new partners total.
Apple claims Nokia is using nonpracticing entities to harass the company with exorbitant patent royalty claims.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. lost out on a bid to exclude wide swaths of internal company communications from evidence in a whistleblower retaliation suit brought by the company's former general counsel Sanford Wadler.
E. Randol Schoenberg specializes in cases involving stolen art. But it was fears of a stolen election that motivated the Los Angeles attorney's latest lawsuit.
A new California law prohibits employers from requiring California-based workers to litigate their claims outside California or under other states' laws.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revisit a September ruling that steered class action claims on behalf of thousands of Uber drivers into arbitration.
Deciding whether to sue a client for unpaid fees requires a careful balance of risks and rewards. While litigation is sometimes inevitable, the decision is not to be made precipitously.