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Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

California Supreme Court affirms decision to deny law firm's arbitration award

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's decision to deny an arbitration award to a law firm that was in a dispute with a pipe maker.

Appeals court reverses and remands FERC decision against irrigation district

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a complaint stemming from an alleged breach of contract between an irrigation district and an electric company.

MAYER BROWN: Top Litigators in Los Angeles: Dale J. Giali

By Press release submission | Aug 24, 2018

Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Dale Giali (Los Angeles) was selected to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018 “Top Litigators in Los Angeles” list.Original source can be found here.

Starbucks requests rehearing following Supreme Court 'off the clock' wage decision

By John Breslin | Aug 20, 2018

The state Supreme Court, in a July 26 opinion, said the federal "de minimis" is not applicable to California's wage and hours laws.

Ruling on Trump's sanctuary city executive order premature, dissenting judge says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

An August ruling declaring President Donald Trump's executive order withholding money from sanctuary cities unconstitutional was too hasty, a dissenting federal judge wrote in an opinion.

Asbestos claims dropping in Los Angeles County, experts question why

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Asbestos litigation appears, by many measures, to have reached the top of its curve, including in California, and particularly in Los Angeles.

Court denies request by President Trump and government agencies to dismiss environmental lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 28, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the U.S. government’s second petition to drop an environmental lawsuit brought by Earth Guardians and Future Generations.

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New, strong Calif. data privacy act 'moves the needle' and could inspire other states

By John Breslin | Jul 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – California's new Consumer Privacy Act will affect businesses as it introduces a limited private right of action and other penalties for violations.

Bellwether trial over Monsanto's Roundup opens

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney for a 46-year-old California man diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma told a jury during opening arguments on Monday that chemical giant Monsanto has known its best-selling weed killer Roundup causes cancer for almost as long as his client has been alive, claims the company is fighting.

Former federal prosecutor ruled fit to practice again in California

By Karen Kidd | Jul 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Once-disbarred former assistant U.S. attorney G. Paul Howes, disciplined over alleged ethical misconduct as federal prosecutor in prominent cases during the 1980s and 1990s, is again fit to practice law in California, according to a recent decision.

Judge denies EPA's motion to dismiss suit over pesticide registration

By Sandra Lane | Jun 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A judge has denied the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's motion to dismiss a complaint over allegations it violated duties regarding the registration of pesticides under a federal act.

Sierra Club alleges EPA failed to timely respond to FOIA requests

By Karen Kidd | Jun 19, 2018

OAKLAND – The Sierra Club has asked a federal court in Oakland to order the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to more timely produce records the grassroots environmental organization has been requesting for almost a year under the Freedom of Information Act.

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NYC's climate change lawsuit faces scrutiny from judge during dismissal arguments

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 14, 2018

A clearly skeptical federal judge questioned the basic premise behind New York City’s lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies over climate change on Wednesday

Utah attorney faces possible disbarment by default after allegedly misappropriating more than $3.4 million

By Karen Kidd | Jun 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Philip James Layfield, a Park City, Utah, attorney who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999, faces disbarment following a May 18 California State Bar Court recommendation on over 12 counts of violating professional conduct rules, including alleged misappropriation of millions of dollars from clients.

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No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Businesses surprised, alarmed, over new narrower test for classifying independent contractors

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses are calling their lawyers and a trade organization in the wake of a decision by a California Supreme Court to substantially reduce the number of reasons a worker can be classified an independent contractor.

California employers at reduced risk for labor litigation following Supreme Court decision, litigators say

By Karen Kidd | May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – California employers now have a lower risk of ending up in court fighting Federal Arbitration Act and National Labor Relations Act lawsuits following a split U.S. Supreme Court decision in a major arbitration case earlier this month, two California litigators said in recent interviews.

EEOC alleges Albertsons 'harassed' Hispanic employees for speaking Spanish

By John Breslin | May 19, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A grocery company is accused of violating the civil rights of Hispanic workers who claim they were subjected to harassment for speaking Spanish at one store in California.

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