Charmaine Little News

9th District affirms states have standing to sue over religious exemption of contraceptive coverage

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – On Dec. 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed, vacated and remanded an Affordable Care Act case a handful of states filed against a number of federal agencies over regulations that would exempt religious employers from a contraceptive care policy.

9th Circuit rules Golden Gate Bridge users' privacy suit belongs in state court

By Charmaine Little | Dec 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A case over privacy concerns with the toll system at the Golden Gate Bridge belongs in state court, a federal appellate court has ruled.

Insurer granted summary judgment in lawsuit over rejected claim for jet that went missing in Mexico

By Charmaine Little | Dec 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently granted an insurance company's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit regarding the denial of an insurance claim for a Gulfstream jet that went missing in Mexico.

Video-game developers entitled to attorney-client privilege with PR company amid copyright lawsuit, court rules

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

Video game developers hoping to create a sequel to another company's video-game series have been allowed to keep their communications with lawyers and public relations team confidential.

Court denies motion to dismiss copyright claim over use of Willie Nelson photo on Facebook

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

A publication’s motion to dismiss claims it violated the Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was granted in part and denied in part by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Nov. 30.

Settlement agreement between Volkswagen and investors gets green light

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a motion for a preliminary approval of a settlement after a number of Volkswagen investors sued the company for allegedly violating federal security laws.

Investors accuse Fidelity Charitable of breach of contract after liquidating shares; court denies motion to dismiss

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

A couple suing Fidelity for contract and tort claims related to their $100 million donation to Fidelity Charitable have proper standing to make a claim, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California determined in denying Fidelity’s motion to dismiss.

Yelp may have misled investors, court rules while dismissing several parts of fraud lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

Popular review app Yelp had some claims against it dismissed in a lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors over the strength of its advertising business.

Court selects lead plaintiff and lead counsel for multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

A federal court ruled to consolidate cases involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who allegedly made false statements that he acquired enough money to take his company private.

Co-defendant not allowed to see Facebook's trade-secrets settlement with plaintiff

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

A company ordered to pay $30 million in damages following a jury trial over trade secrets will not receive access to Facebook’s settlement agreement with the same plaintiff, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, ruled on Nov. 26.

Law firm's contract with marketing company was illegal, court rules

By Charmaine Little | Nov 23, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California gave mixed rulings over motions for summary judgments in a fraud case related to a law firm’s promotional campaign.

TBS, 'Conan' show fail to prove fraud in copyright case over Tom Brady joke told on air, court rules

By Charmaine Little | Nov 23, 2018

A joke on the Conan late-night talk show ended up in court after a man sued the show for allegedly stealing one of his jokes; recently, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted his motion for summary judgement amid the show and network's fraud claims.

Appeals panel revives class action alleging nutrition supplement company misled consumers

By Charmaine Little | Nov 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined a class action claiming a nutritional supplement company misled consumers shouldn’t be dismissed, reversing the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC gets summary judgment against man accused of securities fraud in appeals court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 9, 2018

On October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission was able to convince the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm its summary judgment already granted by a lower court.

Southern District court denies summary judgments for both parties in misappropriation suit

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO – On Oct. 11, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied both a group of plaintiffs and defendants’ motions for summary judgment in a case of misappropriation of likeness.

Court: Feather River Air Quality Management District entitled to anti-SLAPP motion in suit over dust emissions

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 11, the 3rd Appellate District Court reversed a ruling from Yuba County Superior Court that denied a special motion to strike an anti-SLAPP statute.

Summary judgment denied in dispute alleging infringement regarding outdoor garden broom

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently denied motions for summary judgment in case alleging infringement of trade dress rights regarding an outdoor garden broom.

Apple loses bid to dismiss patent infringement suit involving iPhone camera technologies

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

SAN JOSE – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied Apple’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by camera technology developer Corephotonics accusing Apple of infringing on several of its patents for smartphone and mobile devices.

Third Appellate District Court rules in favor of insurance company in bodily injury case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

AMADOR – On Sept. 25, the Court of Appeal for the 3rd Appellate District affirmed a lower court’s judgment in favor of an insurance company after a couple impacted by an accident were denied additional damages.

Appellate court rules agreement wasn't breached in dispute with North Valley Mall, Longs Drug Stores

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 25, the 3rd Appellate District in the Court of Appeal of California in the affirmed a lower court’s decision in a triangular merger case.

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