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Seeds of anti-Exxon campaign were planted at 2012 climate change conference, company says

LA JOLLA - A 2012 climate change conference in La Jolla, Calif., was designed to impose a uniform perspective on climate policy that has resulted in abuses of government power, according to a major oil producer that says it's been unfairly targeted.

L.A. County jurors find link between talc, mesothelioma unconvincing

&&& Johnson & Johnson scored a legal win in Los Angeles Superior Court Nov. 16 in what its legal team described as the country’s first trial to examine the claim that J&J talcum powder products cause a lung-related disease.

Inequitable conduct defense struck down in patent infringement case

REDWOOD CITY – An inequitable conduct defense is not permitted in the patent infringement case between Nevro v. Boston Scientific Corporation.

Lawyer foresees potential spread of talc suits beyond baby powder after $400 million verdict

LOS ANGELES — Plaintiff lawyers will be on a never-ending search for defendants that use talc in their products, with the targeting of a cosmestics company likely only the beginning, according to a leading business defense attorney.

Appeals court allows arbitration in TIBCO Software, RapidMiner case

The California First District Court of Appeal recently overturned the San Mateo County Superior Court's decision in a case involving allegations of inappropriately using trade secrets and will allow two defendants the chance for arbitration.

Stanford attorney disbarred for defrauding elderly business partner out of $3.5 million

The State Bar Court of California recently disbarred Wade Anthony Robertson, a Stanford attorney, from the practice of law after an investigation found that he had defrauded his business partner and client out of $3.5 million.

Nevro alleges patent infringement by Boston Scientific

A Redwood City-based medical device company is suing Boston Scientific, alleging patent infringement. Nevro Corp. filed the lawsuit on Nov. 28 with the Court for the Northern District of California, claiming that Boston Scientific is using technology covered by patents held by Nevro.

Bloomberg Law's litigation analytics tool aims to give insight on judges' actions

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bloomberg Law has launched its predictive litigation analytics tool, which will be used to answer questions about actions taken by judges, such as the average time it takes for judges to issue rulings, how often they overturn appeals and how they rule on certain motions. 

Attorneys need to venue shop and find the right plaintiffs in talc-related cancer cases, Mass Torts speakers say

LAS VEGAS (Northern California Record) – California is a very attractive venue in which to bring cases alleging a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but plaintiffs must be carefully chosen, attorneys said during a recent trial lawyer gathering.

VLP Law Group adds partner with diverse background to the Intellectual Property Practice Group

PALO ALTO – The VLP Law Group LLC continues to expand its organization. Leaders recently announced that a new partner will be joining the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group based in Silicon Valley, California.

Consumer advocate: VW settlement could have been stronger, but still a win for consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The fact that Volkswagen will be paying up to $14.7 billion in a proposed settlement brokered by federal agencies and California regulators is good for consumers and the environment, but could have been better, according to Mike Litt, a consumer program advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Former U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart joins leading venture philanthropy firm

MENLO PARK – The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation welcomed former U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart to its team of five managing directors on April 4.

Hanover Insurance Co. seeks declaratory judgment from court

SAN FRANCISCO – A Massachusetts-based insurance company is seeking a judgment from the court in relation to a lawsuit filed against several California residents and businesses.

Hanover Insurance Co. seeks declaration from court in connection with class-action suit

SAN FRANCISCO – A Massachusetts insurance company is seeking a declaration from the court that it is not responsible for covering claims in a class-action lawsuit.