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2 employees allege freight business failed to pay proper wages

LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles County delivery drivers have filed a class action lawsuit against a freight business, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, appeals panel told

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Oral arguments set Aug. 24 in $1.15 billion lead paint public nuisance case

SAN JOSE – Nearly three years ago, a California judge ordered a group of three paint makers to pay $1.15 billion to 10 California cities and counties to remediate what the judge decided was the “public nuisance” of lead paint in homes.

Oral arguments next step in Starbucks wage case that challenges de minimis rule

California employers await the scheduling by the state Supreme Court for oral arguments in Troester v. Starbucks, a case that challenges the authority of a “de minimis” rule that has been repeatedly applied in other disputes over wages.

Entrepreneur Media files suit over companies' use of Enterpreneur mark

SANTA ANA – An Irvine company alleges that it has been damaged by a Miami company's use of an infringing mark.

Appeal court rules Tucker Ellis LLP does not need permission to release former attorney's documents

A California appeals court recently ruled in favor of a law firm in a dispute with a former employee over documents he composed during his employment.

Appeals court rules against Boeing, Aetna in benefits dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently overturned a district court ruling that upheld insurance company Aetna’s decision to cancel a former Boeing employee's long-term disability benefits because she allegedly met the criteria for the plan’s discretionary “mental health exception.”

Federal appeals court approves class-action suit over US Airways missing luggage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is allowing a class-action lawsuit against US Airways and its parent company American Airlines over baggage fees to move forward.

Holiday Inn will go to trial for damages from rape after receptionist allegedly gave key to perpetrator

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California judge has denied Holiday Inn’s request to dismiss a complaint filed on behalf of a rape victim claiming damages for an incident that occurred at the hotel after the receptionist allegedly gave a room key to the perpetrator without asking for proper identification.

Litigation is not the way to improve cyber security, corporate defense attorney says

MENLO PARK - Embedded technology that collects and shares information from all kinds of everyday items may be improving quality of life, but the accompanying liability risks have legal experts predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the next litigation target for the plaintiffs' bar.

International Association of Defense Counsel supports Toyota in product liability case

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) recently filed an amicus brief in favor of Toyota against claims of product liability for the alleged failure of an optional feature in the Toyota Tundra.

Attorney uses analytics to advise clients about chances of victory

CHICAGO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins has developed a specialty in the fast-growing field of legal analytics, advising clients of his firm about their chances of winning at the appellate level.

PTSD at center of disability lawsuit

SAN JOSE – An Apple software engineer has filed a lawsuit after being denied long-term disability benefits, which he claims he is entitled to for the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) he developed in June 2015.

Broadcom reaches class-action settlement

The semiconductor maker Broadcom Corp. has settled a stockholder class action lawsuit that originated after the company merged with Avago in 2015.

Dentons disqualified from National Law Journal's top 500 list due to global expansion

LOS ANGELES -- The brisk expansion of Dentons across the globe has prompted the National Law Journal to remove the law firm from its NLJ 500 and the American Lawyer 200 list. However, Dentons came out in sixth place in The American Lawyer’s Global 100 ranking this year, rising from No. 19 in 2015.  

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals changes opinion on lip balm slack-fill case, putting pressure on similar suits

SAN FRANCISCO — Courts may now approach slack-fill suits with greater skepticism when a manufacturer accurately labels its net weight following an amended opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, according to a lip balm lawsuit.

McDonald's settlement in wage dispute could affect franchisees everywhere, lawyer says

LOS ANGELES – A decision by one of the largest fast-food companies in the world to settle a franchise dispute could impact restaurants everywhere, according to an attorney who specializes in franchise law.

Courts to rule on whether calling in to work equals reporting to work

SAN FRANCISCO – A decision regarding whether waiting for a call to head into work is actually considered working has been bouncing around California courts.

New ACLU study reveals police in California schools do more harm than good

OAKLAND -- A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that in California, police intervention in school disciplinary matters is ineffective and unfairly targets minority students and disabled students. 

Study shows decline in UC Berkeley, Stanford grads securing employment

BERKELEY – The University of California Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University of Law have dropped in their rankings in a Princeton Review study of graduates' ability to gain employment, but still show strong numbers in reports required by the American Bar Association (ABA).