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Womble Bond Dickinson Moves Into New Silicon Valley Digs
2018-05-16 00:52 UTC by Xiumei Dong

Only a few months after acquiring a local intellectual property firm, newly-formed Womble Bond Dickinson has set up shop in Palo Alto.


Judge Tosses Facebook's Suit Against IRS Challenging Denial of Internal Appeal
2018-05-16 00:48 UTC by Ben Hancock

The company sued the IRS last fall as part of an ongoing dispute over the value of assets Facebook Inc. transferred in 2010 to its Irish holding company.


Trump Tweets and Litigation Risks: Key Takeaways From 9th Circuit's DACA Hearing
2018-05-16 00:13 UTC by Ellis Kim

The Justice Department questioned the court's reviewability of the rescission, while three different lawyers for plaintiffs urged the judges to affirm the lower court's finding that the rescission was likely “arbitrary and capricious.


The Fight Continues: Apple v. Samsung Heads Back to Court for Third Trial
2018-05-15 23:19 UTC by Caroline Spiezio | Scott Graham

Apple and Samsung are back for more. Lawyers for the two tech giants gave their opening arguments on Tuesday in San Jose.


Grubhub Resists 'Do-Over' in Worker's Classification Case After Landmark Ruling
2018-05-15 22:00 UTC by Erin Mulvaney

"Basic principles of fairness and due process preclude retroactive application of the new ABC test in a way that would nullify years of litigation and a full trial," Grubhub's lawyers at Gibson Dunn told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.


Sheppard Mullin Snags 2 Corporate Partners From Big Law Rivals
2018-05-15 21:53 UTC by Xiumei Dong

Hogan Lovells partner John Booher in Palo Alto and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips corporate finance co-chair Eric Newsom in San Francisco have joined the Am Law 100 firm to bolster its Bay Area expertise.


Patenting the Internet of Things for Renewable Energy
2018-05-15 20:35 UTC by Scott Graham

The founders of MelRok have turned to Knobbe Martens to protect their plans for smoothing out the bumps in solar energy generation.


Big Law Partner, Ex-Bay Area Police Commission Head Found Dead
2018-05-15 20:19 UTC by Xiumei Dong

L. Julius Turman, head of the San Francisco office at labor and employment firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, died over the weekend at 52.


The Purpose of 'The Process' in Your Job Search
2018-05-15 15:00 UTC by Julie Q. Brush

Whether you've jumped in with both feet or have one toe in the water, the purpose of the job application and interview process is one of education and exploration.


Munger Tolles Nabs Skadden Real Estate Specialist in Los Angeles
2018-05-15 00:05 UTC by Xiumei Dong

Real estate counsel George Fatheree III, a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for nearly a decade, has left the firm to become a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.


Telegram Launches Cryptocurrency Trademark Fight After Startup Seeks to Register the Term 'Gram'
2018-05-14 23:39 UTC by Ben Hancock

Telegram may not have an operational network yet for its cryptocurrency, but that's not stopping the company from going after another crypto startup that also wants to use the term "gram" as the name for its digital asset.


Holland & Knight Alums Ditch Big Law to Start New Boutique
2018-05-14 21:08 UTC by Xiumei Dong

Holland & Knight land use partner Amanda Monchamp and former firm associate Joanna "Joey" Meldrum have co-founded Monchamp Meldrum in San Francisco.


The Blurred Lines of Copyright Law Are Limiting Musical Creativity
2018-05-14 15:00 UTC by Christopher J. Buccafusco

The tactics of “legacy interests—parties who own copyright interests in already-created songs but who won't be making any new music—are limiting the creative space for today's pop musicians


Patent Owner Launches Takings Class Action in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling
2018-05-11 22:26 UTC by Scott Graham

Heninger Garrison Davis serves up a challenge to AIA proceedings that Justice Clarence Thomas refused to rule out.


Five Things California Lawyers Should Know About New Ethics Rules
2018-05-11 20:42 UTC by Cheryl Miller

What to know? The rules don't specifically mention lawyers serving clients in the marijuana industry. In most cases, lawyers can't sleep with their clients. Conflict of interest rules are broader and less case-specific. And more.


Takeaways From Four Recently Rejected Class Action Settlements
2018-05-11 19:55 UTC by Terence N. Hawley and Joshua D. Anderson

Approval is not a given, and these cases illustrate some of the important factors practitioners should consider in connection with proposed class settlements in an environment of heightened scrutiny.


Ninth Circuit Revives US Chamber's Challenge to Seattle Ride-Hailing Union Law
2018-05-11 05:37 UTC by Erin Mulvaney

“Digital platforms like Uber and Lyft have become 'highly interconnected with modern economic and social life,' and present novel challenges and contexts for regulation, the Ninth Circuit panel said.


On the Move: Tracking the Ins and Outs of California Lawyers
2018-05-11 05:03 UTC by Pearl Wu

Attorney hires and promotions from across the California legal market.


O'Melveny Sports Deal Guru Takes a Turn as Owner for New L.A. Soccer Team
2018-05-11 00:51 UTC by Meghan Tribe

Irwin Raij, an O'Melveny & Myers partner known for handling high-profile sports transactions, recently saw his four-year wait finally end for the debut of the Los Angeles Football Club, a new Major League Soccer team he co-owns alongside high-profile investors.


Beverly Hills Boutique Gets New Name Amid Partner Departures
2018-05-11 00:06 UTC by Xiumei Dong

A number of lawyers, including a former name partner, have left Eisner Jaffe in recent weeks for Jeffer Mangels, Greenspoon Marder and other new employers.


SEC Cyber Unit Chief Warns Steeper Penalties May Be Coming for ICO Issuers That Flout Rules
2018-05-10 23:15 UTC by Ben Hancock

The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's cyber unit said participants have been put on notice that more actions and penalties could be in store for violators.


Plaintiffs Pitch Dueling Visions, One Big & One Small, to Judge in iPhone MDL
2018-05-10 22:01 UTC by Ross Todd

The judge overseeing claims Apple deliberately slowed older iPhones heard leadership pitches in front of a courtroom full of about 40 lawyers Thursday, with another 10 or so on the phone.


Trump Nominates Ryan Nelson to Fill Ninth Circuit Vacancy
2018-05-10 18:28 UTC by Ben Hancock

Nelson, general counsel of an Idaho-based nutrition and home goods company called Melaleuca Inc., was previously nominated to be solicitor for the Department of the Interior but never confirmed.


2 New Suits Challenge Gig Worker Classification, And This Is Just the Beginning
2018-05-10 18:07 UTC by Erin Mulvaney

The predicted spike in worker classification litigation—following the California Supreme Court's big gig economy ruling—is beginning. Two new suits challenge how Lyft and Postmates classify their workforce.


In Gender Discrimination Case, Twitter Says There's No Certifiable Class or Viable Lead Plaintiff
2018-05-10 00:03 UTC by Ross Todd

Twitter's lead lawyer, Orrick's Lynne Hermle, told a state court judge in San Francisco that the plaintiff couldn't show that the company's promotion practices caused a disproportionate number of women software engineers to be passed over for promotions.


Hogan Lovells' Tech Team Takes Lead on Walmart's $16 Billion Flipkart Buy
2018-05-09 23:40 UTC by Xiumei Dong

The global legal giant is working with lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Gunderson Dettmer and at least six other firms on a deal that will see the world's largest retailer acquire a majority stake in a growing e-commerce company.


Ninth Circuit Nominee Expresses Regret for Undergraduate Writings, but Insists He Didn't Hide Them
2018-05-09 18:16 UTC by Ross Todd

Ryan Bounds, the Oregon assistant U.S. attorney President Donald Trump nominated to the Ninth Circuit, expressed regret for the “overheated and “overbroad rhetoric he used in opinion pieces he wrote while in college, but said he hadn't intentionally withheld them from his home state senators' vetting committee.


What Can I Do to Be Happier in My First Year as a Law Firm Associate?
2018-05-09 15:55 UTC by Julie Brush

The topic of unhappy law firm associates seems to be popular these days. The discussion often involves the values of the Millennial generation and how these values clash with the fundamental nature of how law firms operate—and the people who run them.


Judges Raise Concerns About Proposal to Open Up Their Settlements
2018-05-09 00:35 UTC by Cheryl Miller

"Some CJA members have expressed concern that the disclosure of settlement agreements would be contrary to the understanding that the agreements would remain confidential despite case law interpreting" open records rules, the California Judges Association said in a comment about the proposal.


Lawsuit Against Ripple Labs Is Not Your Typical ICO Case
2018-05-09 00:33 UTC by Ben Hancock

The case involves the third-largest cryptocurrency in the world, and could delve into questions of how a digital asset's decentralization (or lack thereof) impacts its legal status.


Jackson Lewis Lands L&E Duo to Continue Bay Area Growth
2018-05-08 23:47 UTC by Xiumei Dong

The national labor and employment giant has brought on a pair of new partners from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Morrison & Foerster.


3 Things to Watch For at Potentially Contentious 9th Circuit Confirmation Hearing
2018-05-08 23:21 UTC by Ross Todd

Ryan Bounds, an assistant U.S. attorney from Oregon, has been nominated for the Ninth Circuit bench by President Donald Trump despite the fact his home-state senators oppose him.


On Appeals: Can 'Rizo' Help Eliminate Gender Pay Gap in the Legal Profession?
2018-05-08 20:55 UTC by Kelly Woodruff

Most people are aware of Equal Pay Day, which is the approximate day the average woman in the United States must work into the new year to make what the average man made the previous year.


Twitter Heads to Court to Fight Class Claims of Discriminatory Promotion Practices
2018-05-08 19:56 UTC by Erin Mulvaney

"Holding companies accountable for systemically keeping underrepresented groups out of these leadership positions is an important step in achieving that balance,” plaintiff Tina Huang said.


Ninth Circuit Holds Maricopa County Liable for Former Sheriff's 'Racially Discriminatory Policing'
2018-05-07 21:05 UTC by Ross Todd

The county had argued that it couldn't be held liable for the policies of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio whose office routinely targeted Latinos with traffic stops to screen for federal immigration law violations.


Should Musical Works be Entitled to 'Broad' or 'Thin' Copyright Protection?
2018-05-07 20:17 UTC by Dr. Dariush Adl

A hotly disputed legal issue between the majority and dissent in the recent, highly publicized, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit “Blurred Lines decision in Williams v. Gaye, No. 15-56880, concerned whether Marvin Gaye's 1976 hit song “Got to Give it Up was entitled to “broad or “thin copyright protection.


Kagan Says She'll 'Take Into Account' Whether Judges Follow New Clerk Hiring Plan
2018-05-07 18:45 UTC by Marcia Coyle

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recently threw her support behind a hiring plan developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring—a committee which includes Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Sidney Thomas.


New Ogletree Deakins Director of Data Analytics on the Challenges of Crunching Labor Data
2018-05-07 16:30 UTC by Gabrielle Orum Hernández

Andrew Cook, the firm's new head of data analytics based in its Torrance office, said that with labor data analytics, access and reliability tend to be the biggest challenges.


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