U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California News

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.

Jacobs Engineering contact breach lawsuit dismissal request partially granted

By Carrie Salls | Nov 30, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal court has granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a complaint between a nonprofit association and an engineering firm over the construction of a hospital.

California court approves $300,000 settlement in class-action lawsuit against Yahoo

By Chandra Lye | Nov 21, 2018

A U.S. District Court in California has made a final order in a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc. over automatically renewing subscriptions.

Court permits changes to allocation model for Volkswagen Indian Trust Fund

By Chandra Lye | Nov 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. district court has allowed changes to a trust fund set up by Volkswagen for emission mitigation projects among federally recognized Native American tribes.

Court appoints lead plaintiffs in class action against LendingClub

By John Sammon | Nov 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appointed lead plaintiffs in a class-action suit against LendingClub, alleging the San Francisco-based company tried to artificially inflate securities and defraud investors.

Court denies request to dismiss class-action suit against biomed companies

By John Sammon | Nov 17, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed against a biomedical company accusing it of violating labor laws by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Court grants preliminary injunction against Chinese company for trademark infringement

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 9, 2018

A Singaporean company obtained a motion for a preliminary injunction against its Chinese subsidiary on claims of trademark infringement.

Court orders transfer of oil and gas partnerships case to Oklahoma

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 9, 2018

A group of Californian investors who were solicited to invest in oil and gas partnerships had a motion to transfer the case to Oklahoma granted in court.

Court grants motion to dismiss patent infringement case

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 8, 2018

A Chinese company that produces electric vehicles and was previously banned from selling their products in the U.S. obtained a motion to dismiss a patent infringement suit.

Oyster Point Hotels' motion to dismiss denied in Graebel Commercial Services' breach of contract case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A local hotel group’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract claim against it was denied in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Oct. 5.

Court dismisses suit over woman's allegations that Carelick Hospice Services committed Medicare fraud

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A woman’s claims that a local hospice facility committed Medicare fraud fell short in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as her case was dismissed Oct. 1.

Judge denies motion to dismiss investor's suit alleging fraud regarding casino project

By Charmaine Little | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied motions to dismiss an investment group's lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of contract regarding a Pinoleville Pomo Nation casino project.

Federal judge backs some of Volkswagen's claims in class action over 'clean diesel' feature

By Charmaine Little | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted in part and denied in part a Volkswagen motion to dismiss a misrepresentation class action lawsuit.

Judge gives VMWare mixed ruling on clerk's taxation of costs for trial with Phoenix Technologies

By Sandra Lane | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – After the culmination of a jury trial to settle a lawsuit between two tech companies, a federal court has ruled to deny in part a motion of review of costs submitted by the defendant.

California company faces patent infringement suit regarding wireless data transmission system

By Sandra Lane | Oct 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Texas-based tech company recently filed a federal suit accusing Sunvalleytek International of Fremont of infringing on its patent regarding a wireless mutliplex data transmission system.

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