• February 05, 2024

    Biotech Co. NanoString Hits Ch. 11 In Del. With $325M Debt

    Life sciences company NanoString Technologies Inc. and three affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with $325 million in debt and $275 million in assets, months after a jury found it infringed several gene-technology patents.

  • February 02, 2024

    Monsanto Can't Wash Away Seattle's PCB Water Pollution Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Friday denied Monsanto's summary judgment bid in Seattle's complaint over polychlorinated biphenyl pollution in its waterways, ruling there are still significant factual disputes in play, including whether and to what extent PCBs traceable to Monsanto comprise the amount found in the city's water.

  • February 02, 2024

    Claims Against BNSF Cut From $1.3M Derailment Dispute

    A Washington federal judge trimmed several claims against BNSF Railway Co. and a transportation contractor from Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s $1.3 million suit over a shipment of clothing destroyed in a train derailment, finding they were preempted by federal law.

  • February 02, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Asylum Bid For Indian Politician's Son

    A split Ninth Circuit panel granted an Indian national and son of a Punjabi legislative assembly member another chance at asylum, faulting an immigration judge's lack of clarity about who carried the burden to show whether he could safely return to India.

  • February 02, 2024

    Tribes Fight Industry Bid To Weigh In On Land Swap Dispute

    The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are objecting to two industry groups weighing in on a dispute over a federal land transfer for the expansion of a fertilizer plant, telling the Ninth Circuit that the organizations' "impermissibly partisan" arguments offer no novel legal perspectives on the case.

  • February 02, 2024

    T-Mobile Owes Sprint Cloud-Storage Vendor $6.2M, Suit Says

    T-Mobile USA Inc. is accused of refusing to pay $6.2 million after a technology company said it struck a deal to develop a cloud storage feature with Sprint, only to see the deal fall through after the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington federal court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Debt Collector Broke Billing Law Over 82K Times, Judge Says

    A Washington state judge found a medical debt collector liable on Friday for violating a consumer protection law 82,729 times by failing to include legally required statements in notices for accounts tied to Providence Health & Services, marking another win for the state in what began as a dispute over the hospital system's billing practices.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurer Needn't Cover Contractor In Construction Injury Suit

    Evanston Insurance Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a contractor in an underlying suit filed by a worker who was injured when he fell off a ladder at a construction site, a Washington federal court ruled Friday, saying the policy's residential construction exclusion applies.

  • February 02, 2024

    9th Circ. Unblocks Seattle Graffiti Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed and remanded a lower court's preliminary injunction against a Seattle graffiti law that banned drawing, painting or writing on property without the permission of property owners.

  • February 01, 2024

    Judge Not Convinced Game Co. Can Dodge Royalty Payments

    A Washington federal judge said she was not persuaded that a video game company could keep from paying a former contract employee royalties for his work on a survival game that has sold millions of copies, telling an attorney for the company Thursday that someone who produces creative work is entitled to royalties.

  • February 01, 2024

    Wash. Hospitals Pay $158M To End Charity-Skimping Claims

    Providence Health & Services will refund patients $20.6 million and forgive $137.2 million in medical debt to end allegations that the hospital system failed to tell thousands of Washington state residents they were eligible for financial assistance and sent them to collection agencies over unpaid bills, under a settlement made public Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Pacific Market's Trendy Stanley Cups Contain Lead, Suit Says

    Pacific Market International was hit with a proposed false advertising class action in California state court Thursday by four women who allege that its trendy, Stanley-branded drinking tumblers that have gone viral and skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its brand partnerships with social media influencers, contain lead.

  • February 01, 2024

    Eddie Bauer Pushes 9th Circ. To Rethink False Ad Suit Revival

    Eddie Bauer has asked the Ninth Circuit to reconsider en banc a split three-judge panel's decision partially resurrecting a proposed class action claiming its outlet store price tags falsely advertised major discounts, arguing that the finding allows the suit to proceed even though there is "no risk of any future deception."

  • February 01, 2024

    Bankrupt Pharma Co. Impel Gets OK For $17.5M Sale

    Migraine-drug maker Impel Pharmaceuticals can proceed with its sale to JN Bidco LLC, which had made a $17.5 million stalking horse bid, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey G. Jernigan said at a hearing Thursday in a Texas bankruptcy court.

  • February 01, 2024

    $50M Tire Supply Demand Could Fall Flat, Conn. Judge Says

    A Hartford federal judge on Thursday said he was unconvinced that he could interpret an Iowa company's preferred supplier agreement in a way that would generate a nearly $50 million judgment against a longtime buyer, and asked for further briefing to justify the company's position.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

  • February 01, 2024

    9th Circ. Told RICO Claim Can't Stick To Enviro Complaint

    Developer Relevant Group has shot back at eight interest groups who told the Ninth Circuit in a combined brief that it should allow a property owner to challenge projects using California environmental law, in a case from the developer arguing the complaints over its work amount to extortion.

  • January 31, 2024

    Law Firm Shielded From Doctor's Claims It Abused Process

    A Washington state judge said the state's law against meritless litigation protects a law firm from a suit brought by a plastic surgeon who claimed the firm abused the legal process by accusing her of trying to evade a $13 million malpractice verdict. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Auto Parts Co. To Pay $3M To End China Import Duty Probe

    An Oregon-based auto accessory manufacturer has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it intentionally underreported certain duties owed on aluminum parts from China, defrauding U.S. Customs and Border Protection and illegally undercutting American competitors, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Consumer Slams Car Care Provider's Exit Bid In Contract Suit

    A Washington state vehicle owner urged a federal court to preserve her suit against a vehicle care protection provider and its insurer alleging they sold agreements lacking key disclosures, saying the agreement is a service contract under consumer protection laws.

  • January 31, 2024

    Worker Claims Boeing Owed Duty To Future Children

    A family suing Boeing in Washington state court for allegedly using factory chemicals that induced birth defects is arguing that the aerospace giant owed a duty of care to the employee's child because it knew about the risk of reproductive harm for decades before the employee became a father.

  • January 31, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Moves To Ditch Atty, Yank Plea

    A Seattle-based physician accused of generating false invoices for a group of NBA players to submit to the league's healthcare plan has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him drop his attorney, citing a difference of opinion over his trying to back out of his plea agreement.

  • January 30, 2024

    Amazon Beats Suit Over Privacy And Antitrust Issues For Now

    A Washington federal judge agreed Tuesday to throw out Amazon investors' suit claiming company leaders hid purported violations of privacy and antitrust law, though he said they could amend their complaint to address his concerns.

  • January 30, 2024

    Wash. Judge Won't Toss Dialysis Nurse's Class Wage Claims

    A Washington federal judge declined on Tuesday to dismiss a healthcare worker's proposed class action accusing Fresenius Medical Care and one of its subsidiaries of wage violations, ruling the former nurse has shown the companies are joint employers that could potentially both be held liable for the allegations.

  • January 30, 2024

    Boeing Hit With Securities Fraud Suit Over 737 Max 9 Blowout

    Rhode Island's largest public employees retirement fund accused Boeing of misleading investors about the overall safety of its 737 Max jets, alleging in a new lawsuit Tuesday that the recent midair blowout aboard an Alaska Airlines flight showcases how missteps by Boeing's top brass have diminished shareholder value.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Ruling Shows Barriers Remain For Kids' Privacy Regulation

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    A California federal court’s recent decision halting state officials from enforcing the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act demonstrates that major roadblocks continue to obstruct regulation intended to make browsing more appropriate for children, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • To Responsibly Rock Out At Work, Draft A Music Policy

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    Employers may be tempted to turn down the tunes after a Ninth Circuit decision that blasting misogynist music could count as workplace harassment, but companies can safely provide a soundtrack to the workday if they first take practical steps to ensure their playlists don’t demean or disrespect workers or patrons, says Ally Coll at the Purple Method.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Must Navigate Patchwork Of State Regs

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    With only modest action by the federal government on the autonomous vehicle regulatory front in 2023, states and localities remain the predominant source of new regulations affecting AVs — but the result is a mix of rules that both help and hinder AV development and adoption, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Federal Policies Keeping Autonomous Vehicles In Slow Lane

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    In the first installment of this two-part article, attorneys at Faegre Drinker examine recent federal regulations and programs related to autonomous vehicles — and how the federal government's failure to implement a more comprehensive AV regulatory scheme may be slowing the progress of the industry.

  • What UCC Article 12 Adoption Means For Digital Assets

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    Until it is widely adopted, both owners of digital assets and their secured lenders will need to exercise caution in jurisdictions that have adopted Uniform Commercial Code Article 12, and care will need to be taken when creating, transferring and managing digital assets to comply with its requirements, say Margo Tank and David Whitaker at DLA Piper.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Pesticide Labeling Bill, 9th Circ. Case Could Cut Prop 65 Suits

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    Both a pending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and a case currently on appeal before the Ninth Circuit could constrain California's ability to require Proposition 65 warnings on pesticide products — thus potentially preventing numerous lawsuits and bringing relief to businesses across the country, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • CFPB, FTC Actions Show Consumer Terms Need Fresh Eyes

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    Providers of consumer financial products and services should take recent statements and actions from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission as an invitation to review their consumer-facing disclosures to ensure that the terms are clear, easy to understand and prominently displayed, say Christina Grigorian and Eric Hail at Katten.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Checking In On How SuperValu Has Altered FCA Litigation

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    Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. ex rel. Chutte v. SuperValu, the decision's reach may be more limited than initially anticipated, with the expansion of the scienter standard counterbalanced by some potential defense tools for defendants, say Elena Quattrone and Olivia Plinio at Epstein Becker.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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