Among California Gov. Gavin Newsom's picks for judgeships around the Golden State are a Morrison Foerster LLP partner, who will serve in the Marin County Superior Court, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP alumni.
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MoFo Partner, Ex-Kilpatrick Partner Tapped For Calif. Bench

By Lauren Berg

Among California Gov. Gavin Newsom's picks for judgeships around the Golden State are a Morrison Foerster LLP partner, who will serve in the Marin County Superior Court, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP alumni.

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Calif. High Court Strikes Anti-Tax Measure From Nov. Ballot

By Maria Koklanaris

A ballot measure that would make it more difficult to raise taxes in California would revise the state constitution and cannot be enacted by citizen initiative, the state's highest court held Thursday in an opinion that ordered the measure struck from the ballot.

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Snapchat Inks $15M Deal In Calif. Watchdog's Sex Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

The parent company of Snapchat agreed to pay $15 million to end a California Civil Rights Department suit alleging it discouraged women from applying for promotions and failed to protect them from inappropriate sexual advances, according to a filing in California state court.

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Tesla Let Racism Go Unchecked In Calif. Factories, Suit Says

By Grace Elletson

Harassment ran rampant in two Tesla factories where racist graffiti was commonplace and Black and Hispanic workers were taunted with racial slurs, according to a suit filed in California state court.

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Sutter Health Wins Trial Over $519M Double-Billing Claims

By Dorothy Atkins

A California state judge has handed Sutter Health a win following a weeks-long bench trial last year over a whistleblower's claims that the nonprofit hospital network violated the state's insurance fraud prevention statutes and owes $519 million for allegedly double-billing for certain operating-room services without documentation.

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Delta's $16M Pay Stub Deal Stalled On Runway By 'Problems'

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal judge said Thursday that he has "problems" giving preliminary approval to Delta Air Lines' $16 million deal in a pay stub class action that went to the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court, saying the settlement's release "seems way overbroad."

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Kraken Unlikely To Escape SEC's Crypto Exchange Case

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal judge said Thursday that he was not inclined to dismiss a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit claiming that cryptocurrency exchange Kraken illegally operated as an unregistered securities exchange, telling the company's lawyer, "You've got your work cut out for you" to change his mind.

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GM's Cruise To Pay Calif. $112K Fine Over Robotaxi Crash

By Linda Chiem

Cruise LLC agreed to pay a $112,500 penalty for mishandling its response to an October accident involving a pedestrian and one of its autonomous vehicles, and promised to disclose additional data on any collisions to California regulators under a settlement agreement approved Thursday.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

Prosecutors Deny Spoiling Evidence In OneTaste Case

By Elliot Weld

Brooklyn federal prosecutors have denied allegations of misconduct in the forced labor conspiracy case against two executives of sexual wellness company OneTaste, who claim an FBI agent instructed a potential key witness to delete emails.

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Calif. Court, Judge Escape Former Exec's Racial Bias Suit

By Emily Johnson

A California federal judge handed an early win Wednesday to a state court and one of its judges, tossing out a racial discrimination and retaliation suit after finding that a former court executive officer failed to show how the judge who fired her had discriminated against her as a Black woman.

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POLICY & REGULATION

19 Dem AGs Urge Law Group, Others To Ignore DEI Detractors

By Aebra Coe

A coalition of 19 Democratic state attorneys general issued a letter Thursday rebutting criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion programs within the American Bar Association, Fortune 100 corporations and law firms.

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INSURANCE

ACLU Urges 9th Circ. To Reject Insurer's Trans Health Appeal

By Kellie Mejdrich

The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Ninth Circuit to reject Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois' appeal seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that found denying transgender health plan participants gender-affirming care violated the Affordable Care Act, arguing federal healthcare nondiscrimination laws clearly protected against gender identity bias.

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Calif. AG, City Atty Target SpongeBob App Over Kids' Privacy

By Allison Grande

California's attorney general and the Los Angeles city attorney have teamed up to secure a deal that requires the operator of a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed app to pay $500,000 and overhaul its data-handling practices to resolve claims that the company gathered and shared children's personal information without consent. 

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Ex-ITT Students Net $12M Win In Predatory Lending Scheme

By Emily Lever

A California federal judge has ordered loan servicer Vervent Inc. to pay $12 million to ex-students of bankrupt for-profit college ITT Education Services Inc. for Vervent's role in an alleged predatory lending scheme for ITT's benefit, finding it was appropriate to triple a $4 million jury award.

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EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS

NLRB Attys, Calif. Tribe Settle Casino Subpoena Dispute

By Beverly Banks

A California federal court dismissed on Thursday National Labor Relations Board prosecutors' bids to enforce subpoenas requesting a list of casino employees who could be in a proposed bargaining unit from a tribe and a gambling company, with agency attorneys saying the parties settled the dispute.

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WHITE COLLAR

Ontrak Founder's Insider Trading Case Goes To Calif. Jury

By Gina Kim

Federal prosecutors delivered closing arguments Thursday in the insider trading trial of Ontrak's founder, telling jurors that he hurriedly dumped $20 million of shares in the healthcare company after discovering its biggest client was going to terminate their deal, while defense counsel argued he was simply exercising expiring warrants.

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Justices Say Experts Can Testify Broadly On Criminal Intent

By Cara Salvatore and Phillip Bantz

The U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday that a rule barring expert witnesses from testifying about a defendant's alleged criminal intent does not block testimony about the mental state of people in similar situations.

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COMPETITION

CORRECTED: Drug Cos., PBMs Score Win In Calif. AG's Insulin Price Suit

By Gina Kim

A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that the statute of limitations bars the California Attorney General's unfair competition law and unjust enrichment claims against drugmakers and pharmacy benefit managers over an alleged conspiracy to spike insulin costs, but granted leave to amend the allegations.

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TAX

Tax Preparer With $38M In Refunds Cops To S-Corp. Scam

By Anna Scott Farrell

The owner of a tax preparation business that secured $38 million in federal refunds for customers pled guilty to helping prepare false returns and admitted he required clients to establish empty corporations to lower their tax bills illegally, according to his plea agreement in a California federal court.

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PEOPLE

LA Boutique Adds Real Estate Pro As 4th Name Partner

By Tracey Read

Boutique entertainment and business legal firm Freedman Taitelman & Cooley LLP is rebranding for the second time in less than a year — adding real estate and business attorney Stuart Liner to the front of the masthead.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

Flawed Fintiv Rule Should Be Deemed Overreach In Tech Suit

A pending federal lawsuit over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's unilateral changes to key elements of the America Invents Act, Apple v. Vidal, could shift the balance of power between Congress and federal agencies, as it could justify future instances of unelected officials unilaterally changing laws, say Patrick Leahy and Bob Goodlatte.

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Best Practices For Chemical Transparency In Supply Chains

A flurry of new and forthcoming regulations in different jurisdictions that require disclosure of potentially hazardous substances used in companies' products and processes will require businesses to take proactive steps to build chemical transparency into their supply chains, and engage robustly and systematically with vendors, says Jillian Stacy at Enhesa.

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Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Series

Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Alston & Bird

ArentFox Schiff

Arias Sanguinetti

Baker McKenzie

Beal Sutherland

Bell McAndrews

Bernstein Litowitz

Bird Marella

Blood Hurst

Bonjean Law Group

Brown Rudnick

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Cleary Gottlieb

Clyde & Co

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Downey & Cleveland

Evans & Page

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Williams

Frankfurt Kurnit

Freedman Taitelman

Freeths LLP

Gibson Dunn

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig

Hach Rose Schirripa

Hausfeld LLP

Higgs Fletcher

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Husch Blackwell

John Exum Law

Jones Day

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kemp Jones

Kilpatrick Townsend

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lalezary Law Firm

Langer Grogan

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Silkin

Littler Mendelson

Macfarlanes LLP

McKool Smith

Mitchell Silberberg

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

NechelesLaw

Nichols Kaster

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Olson Remcho

Parker McCay

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Quarles & Brady

Quinn Emanuel

Rains Lucia

Ropes & Gray

Sheppard Mullin

Siegel Yee

Sirianni Youtz

Spratt Endicott

Stein Sperling

Tousley Brain

Umhofer Mitchell

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Waymaker LLP

Williams & Connolly

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Accenture PLC

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Aetna Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

BBB National Programs Inc.

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays PLC

BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois

Boyd Gaming Corp.

Brigham Young University

British Broadcasting Corp.

Business Roundtable

CVS Health Corp.

California Western School of Law

Cargill Inc.

Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V.

Coinbase Global Inc.

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Deutsche Bank AG

DoorDash Inc.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Express Scripts Holding Co.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Harvard University

Instagram Inc.

Kiteworks

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

NVIDIA Corp.

Netflix Inc.

New Civil Liberties Alliance

Novo Nordisk A S

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

OptumRx Inc.

Paramount Global

Payward Inc.

Qatar Investment Authority

Ripple Labs Inc.

Sales Inc.

Sanofi

Sephora SA

Sky River Casino

Snap Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sutter Health

Tesla Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The Cigna Group

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

TikTok Inc.

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United Network for Organ Sharing

University of California Davis

University of the Pacific

Vervent Inc.

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

California Department of Insurance

California Department of Justice

California Public Utilities Commission

California Secretary of State

California State Transportation Agency

California Supreme Court

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Financial Conduct Authority

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Internal Revenue Service

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Los Angeles Superior Court

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Labor Relations Board

New York City Police Department

Ohio Supreme Court

Riverside County District Attorney's Office

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

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

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court