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  • March 04, 2024

    'Varsity Blues' Feds Rip 'Alice-In-Wonderland' Bid To Nix Plea

    Federal prosecutors in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case said Monday that a former television executive's bid to vacate her guilty plea is "built on an Alice-in-Wonderland version of events" in which pretrial litigation and rulings in her case never occurred.

  • March 04, 2024

    Auto Repair Website's Indicted VP Wants Co. To Pay Legal Bill

    The former finance vice president of RepairPal is suing the auto repair website in Delaware Chancery Court for an advancement of legal fees to help him fight accusations he directed $2.7 million in bonuses and extra pay to himself, saying the company is contractually obligated to foot the bill.

  • March 04, 2024

    Groups Push For Review Of $2.3B Walmart-Vizio Deal

    A group of 19 advocacy organizations including the American Economic Liberties Project and Public Citizen pushed the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the "serious threats" posed by Walmart's planned $2.3 billion acquisition of television maker Vizio.

  • March 04, 2024

    JPMorgan's Arbitration Fee Delay Trims Wage Suit

    JPMorgan Chase can't push into arbitration a former branch manager's claims not related to her wage and hour ones because it failed to timely pay the arbitration fees, a California federal judge ruled.

  • March 04, 2024

    Sorrento Creditors Fight To Keep Ch. 11 In Texas

    Creditors for drug developer Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. have asked a Texas bankruptcy judge to keep the company's Chapter 11 case in the Lone Star State, saying the U.S. trustee's bid to move it comes too late and wouldn't help those hoping for recoveries.

  • March 04, 2024

    Former IRS Commissioner Joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Former IRS Commissioner Charles "Chuck" Rettig joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry as a shareholder in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of his former acting chief of staff, whom the firm hired last year.

  • March 04, 2024

    Murdaugh Prosecutor To Join Capitol Police On March 11

    Johnny James, who was part of the team that successfully prosecuted former South Carolina prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh for murder, will start March 11 as a federal prosecutor in California with the U.S. Capitol Police and a U.S. attorney's office as part of the federal government's efforts to address the increasing number of threats around the country to members of Congress.

  • March 04, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A Swedish music producer's takeover, a proposed award payable in Tesla shares, Truth Social stock squabbles, and an unusually blunt slap down from the bench added up to an especially colorful week in Delaware's famous court of equity. On top of that came new cases about alleged power struggles, board entrenchment, consumer schemes and merger disputes.

  • March 04, 2024

    Storage Users Accuse Apple Of ICloud Monopoly

    A California iPhone buyer is bringing a proposed class action claiming that the limits Apple places on third-party cloud storage services violate anti-tying laws and drive up prices through an illegal monopoly.

  • March 04, 2024

    Sullivan & Cromwell-Led United Rentals Paying $1.1B For Yak

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is representing equipment rental giant United Rentals in a new agreement to buy the Yak roadway matting business from Morgan Lewis-guided Platinum Equity for $1.1 billion, United said in a statement Monday. 

  • March 04, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Adds Paul Hastings M&A Deal-Maker In LA

    Simpson Thacher is expanding its corporate team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Paul Hastings mergers and acquisitions expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • March 04, 2024

    Sodexo Nicotine Surcharge Suit Gets Backing From DOL

    The U.S. Department of Labor backed a proposed class action accusing food provider Sodexo of unlawfully charging employees who use nicotine $1,200 more per year for health insurance, telling the Ninth Circuit that the arbitration agreement the company wants to use to sink the case conflicts with federal benefits law.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Mexican Man's Torture By Gov't Facility Unlikely

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Mexican man's bid for deportation relief, agreeing with the Board of Immigration Appeals that the man failed to show he'd likely be tortured by healthcare providers in Mexico's state-run mental health facilities.

  • March 04, 2024

    JetBlue, Spirit Nix $3.8B Deal After Court Block

    JetBlue Airways said Monday that it has reached an agreement with Spirit Airlines to end their planned $3.8 billion merger, after the U.S. Department of Justice convinced a Massachusetts federal court to block the deal earlier this year.

  • March 04, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires 6-Partner IP Team From Allen & Overy

    Paul Hastings LLP hired a six-partner litigation team from Allen & Overy LLP to boost the firm's intellectual property practice across the country.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ventyx Investor Says Co. Overhyped Psoriasis Drug

    Ventyx investors filed a proposed securities class action in California federal court on Friday, alleging the biopharma company made misleading statements regarding the efficacy and commercial prospects of its candidate inhibitor to treat psoriatic arthritis and Crohn's disease, before terminating its second clinical phase, leading stock prices to drop 80%.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tesla Judge Sees 'Range Of Options' In Factory Race Bias Suit

    A California state judge who previously indicated she's prepared to certify a 6,000-member class of Black Tesla workers alleging the company allowed racist language and graffiti at a California factory cautioned Friday that she's still "exploring a range of options" on how to best adjudicate the case.

  • March 01, 2024

    Adamas' Ex-COO Agrees To $4.6M Deal In Investor Suit

    Adamas Pharmaceutical Inc. investors asked a California federal judge on Friday to approve a $4.65 million settlement with the company's former chief operating officer to resolve proposed class claims the company misled consumers about the success of its treatment for Parkinson's disease.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wealthy Calif. City Fighting Uphill In 'Builder's Remedy' Suit

    Attorneys for a pro-housing group and a real estate developer praised a Los Angeles judge's tentative ruling Friday that a wealthy suburb violated a state housing law by rejecting a development that would include low-income units, but urged him to find the decision was made in bad faith.

  • March 01, 2024

    EV Maker Rivian Rips Investors' Class Cert. Bid In Fraud Suit

    Investors alleging Rivian Automotive Inc. underpriced its electric vehicles and misrepresented its profitability ahead of a blockbuster 2021 initial public offering cannot certify their class with zero evidence, weak fraud-on-the-market theories and troubling litigation tactics, Rivian argued in a California federal court filing Thursday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Aetna Can't Escape Fertility Bias Suit From Same-Sex Couple

    A California federal judge has declined to toss a woman's case challenging Aetna's fertility treatment coverage as discriminatory, finding at this stage, she has sufficiently argued that the policy discriminates against LGBTQ couples in violation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    BofA Trims Zelle Fraud Victims' Suit For Good On 3rd Try

    A California federal judge has again trimmed a lawsuit accusing Bank of America of refusing to reimburse Zelle fraud victims, narrowing the case to a breach of contract claim and denying the plaintiffs another opportunity to rework their complaint.

  • March 01, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions Benefits Attys Should Watch In March

    The Biden administration will urge the Fifth Circuit to preserve preventive services requirements in the Affordable Care Act, the Eighth Circuit will dive into an insurer's payment practices, and the Eleventh Circuit will hear Home Depot workers' bid to revive their 401(k) suit.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tort Report: $42M Med Mal Award; Hot Coffee Suit In The Air

    A suit over hot coffee spilled at 40,000 feet and the affirmation of a $42 million medical malpractice verdict in Illinois lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • March 01, 2024

    Network Co. Directors Sue In Chancery To Stop Power Grab

    A power struggle at network connectivity services provider PacketFabric Inc. hit Delaware's Court of Chancery on Thursday, with an investor and two directors suing for a court declaration that they are still members of the board.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent Rulings Add Dimension To Justices' Maui Decision

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2020 decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund established new factual criteria for determining when the Clean Water Act applies to groundwater — and recent decisions from the Ninth and Tenth Circuits have clarified how litigants can make use of the Maui standard, says Steven Hoch at Clark Hill.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Protecting AI As Trade Secrets

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    Despite regulatory trends toward greater transparency of artificial intelligence models, federal policy acknowledges, and perhaps endorses, trade secret protection for AI information, but there are still hurdles in keeping AI information a secret, say Jennifer Maisel and Andrew Stewart at Rothwell Figg.

  • Complying With Enforcers' Ephemeral Messaging Guidance

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    Given federal antitrust enforcers’ recently issued guidance on ephemeral messaging applications, organizations must take a proactive approach to preserving short-lived communications — or risk criminal obstruction charges and civil discovery sanctions, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Lessons For D&O Policyholders From Pharma Co. Ruling

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    A California federal court's recent decision in AmTrust v. 180 Life Sciences, requiring insurers to advance defense costs for a potentially covered claim, provides a valuable road map for directors and officers insurance policyholders, rebutting the common presumption that a D&O insurer's duty to advance costs is more limited than under other policies, say attorneys at Pasich.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Regulatory Trends Offer 4 Lessons For Debt Relief Providers

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    A string of enforcement actions, including a New York lawsuit filed last month by seven states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, underscore the regulatory scrutiny that debt relief and credit repair companies face and offer important lessons on telemarketing and deceptive practices compliance, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Bracing Cos. For Calif. Privacy Agency's Restored Authority

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    A recent California state appeals court decision greenlights the California Privacy Protection Agency's enforcement of certain consumer privacy regulations, which may speed up compliance requirements, so businesses considering use of artificial intelligence, for instance, may want to reassess their handling of privacy notices and opt-out requests, say Kevin Angle and Matthew Cin at Ropes & Gray.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 2 Emerging Defenses For Website Tracking Class Actions

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    Putative class actions premised on state wiretapping statutes that bar website activity tracking continue to be on the rise, but they are increasingly being dismissed on two procedural grounds, says Sheri Pan at ZwillGen.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • After TikTok, Tiptoeing Toward Patent Transfer Alignment

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    Following the Fifth Circuit's TikTok decision, which aimed to standardize transfer analysis in patent cases, the Federal Circuit and Texas federal courts facing transfer requests have taken small steps to consider the practical realities of patent litigation, reinforcing the intensely factual focus of the analysis, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • Bank Secrecy Act Lessons For Casinos After DOJ Settlements

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent settlements with the MGM Grand and Cosmopolitan casinos, resolving an investigation into alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, signal a shift in the DOJ's enforcement focus and provide insight into potential pitfalls in anti-money laundering compliance programs, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Setting The Stage For High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case

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    Dori Bailey and Curtis Johnson at Bond Schoeneck examine relevant legislation and case law dating back 200 years ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Cantero v. Bank of America, the outcome of which will determine whether state laws governing mortgage escrow accounts can be enforced against national banks.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

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