Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.
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Musk Says X, SpaceX Moving To Texas Over Calif. Gender Law

By Lauren Berg

Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.

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Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

By Lauren Berg

WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

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California Atty Accused In $282M Theft Put On Inactive Status

By Daniel Connolly

A California lawyer who's accused of stealing as much as $282 million from debt relief clients has been placed on involuntary inactive status, and bar discipline authorities say he deserves to lose his license permanently.

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Google Maps Antitrust Suit Deleted For Good

By Bryan Koenig

A California federal judge permanently dismissed a proposed class action targeting Google's Maps product, rejecting arguments that the company's terms of service barred third parties from using rival route guidance or places-of-interest tools with a Google-furnished map.

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Gilead Asks Calif. Supreme Court To Ax 'Disastrous' Decision

By Bonnie Eslinger

Gilead Sciences on Monday urged the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate panel's decision that the company can't ditch claims it held back a safer HIV drug to maximize profits on an older medication, saying that holding manufacturers liable for non-defective products would "yield disastrous policy consequences."

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Groups Slam UC Berkeley's 'Misreading' Of Antisemitism Case

By Jake Maher

Jewish organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school for allegedly tolerating an antisemitic culture on campus fought to keep their suit alive this week in the face of a motion to dismiss, maintaining their claims are ripe despite UC Berkeley's "bold misreading" of the case.

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Squishmallows' Build-A-Bear IP Suit Not Just Fluff, Court Says

By Lauren Berg

The Build-A-Bear Workshop toy company can't escape claims that its Skoosherz stuffed toys infringe the trade dress and copyright of Kelly Toys' popular Squishmallows, a California federal judge ruled, saying the complaint plausibly alleges substantial similarities between the two plushie brands.

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DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

By Xiumei Dong

Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

By Gerald Schifman

Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

Smirnov Wants David Weiss DQ'd After Trump Docs Ruling

By Hailey Konnath

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov said Monday that a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in the Donald Trump classified documents case means special counsel David Weiss should also be disqualified from Smirnov's case, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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INSURANCE

AIG Unit Must Face Mall's COVID-19 Coverage Claims

By Hope Patti

An AIG unit must face claims that it is liable for a mall operator's losses from rent abatement agreements entered into with tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, a California federal court ruled, also finding a material dispute about whether the policy's contamination exclusion bars coverage for pandemic-related losses.

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PRODUCT LIABILITY

Tesla Says Chinese Co. Sells 'Dangerous' Charging Adapter

By Emily Field

Tesla said on Monday that a Chinese company sells a "dangerous" charging adapter that lets owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles charge at its network, saying in a suit filed in California federal court that the device could injure consumers and damage the power infrastructure.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

UPC Knocks Out Amgen's Cholesterol Drug Patent

By Andrew Karpan

The Unified Patent Court on Tuesday ruled that Amgen's patent covering the cholesterol drug Repatha isn't valid in the European Union, less than a year after justices on the U.S. Supreme Court made a somewhat similar call on U.S. patents covering the same drug.

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EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS

Delta's $16M Pay Stub Deal Scores Initial OK

By Irene Spezzamonte

A California federal judge signed off on a $16 million deal Tuesday settling a suit accusing Delta Air Lines of wage statement violations under the California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act, finding the deal fair and reasonable.

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WHITE COLLAR

Former Ozy Media CEO Convicted Of Defrauding Investors

By Stewart Bishop

A New York federal jury on Tuesday convicted former Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson of fraud and identity theft in a case alleging the charismatic startup founder lied to banks and investors to secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for the multimedia company.

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SECURITIES & BANKING

Apple's Slowed IPhone Derivative Deal OK'd After Tweaks

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge said Tuesday she would approve Apple's non-monetary settlement to resolve a derivative-shareholder suit over claims it secretly slowed iPhones and award counsel $6 million in attorneys fees and expenses, after she rejected an earlier version of the deal because of the proposal's overbroad release of claims.

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Masimo Accuses Politan Of Deceit In Hostile Takeover

By Dorothy Atkins

Masimo Corp. has hit the activist investment firm Politan Capital Management LP and its top brass with a lawsuit in California federal court, accusing the hedge fund of violating securities laws by trying to gain control of Masimo through a proxy contest that duped Masimo shareholders using "lies and deceit."

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Green Dot Brass Hid Declining Biz And Fed Action, Suit Says

By Sydney Price

The top brass at prepaid debit card company Green Dot Corp. has been hit with a derivative shareholder suit, alleging they concealed the company's faltering core business and a proposed consent order from the Federal Reserve Board over internal controls while board members sold millions of dollars worth of shares at inflated prices.

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COMPETITION

FTC's In-House Kroger Case Delayed Until After Fed Suit

By Bryan Koenig

Kroger and Albertsons are getting a limited respite from the Federal Trade Commission's looming in-house merger challenge after an agency administrative law judge agreed to delay the case, but only until immediately after an Oregon federal court fight plays out.

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IMMIGRATION

Separated Families Worry Trial Delay Would Weaken Memories

By Alyssa Aquino

Families seeking redress for alleged psychological harms suffered under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance border policy are urging a California federal court not to grant the government's request to delay their trial, saying natural memory lapses would undermine their case.

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NATIVE AMERICAN

Calif. Tribe Awarded $8.2M Over Destruction Of Cultural Site

By Joyce Hanson

A California district court judge has granted the Quechan Indian Tribe's request for approximately $8.2 million in damages after finding that a federal government construction project damaged cultural and archaeological sites on the tribe's reservation.

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PEOPLE

Universal Music Exec Joins Pierson Ferdinand In Los Angeles

By Christine DeRosa

Alison Finley had always loved music, but she didn't know she could be an attorney in the industry until her first year at New York Law School when she walked into a panel on music.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

What FTX Case Taught Us About Digital Asset Recoverability

FTX's Chapter 11 plan has drawn lots of attention, but the focus should be on the anticipated outcome for investors, which counters several myths about digital currencies, innovation and recoverability, says Kyla Curley at StoneTurn.

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Series

Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

3 Reasons Why 2nd Menendez Bribery Case Was The Charm

By Carla Baranauckas

Nearly seven years after the government's first bribery case against longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez collapsed in a hung jury, prosecutors avenged that loss Tuesday by sealing a conviction on a new round of corruption charges.

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Menendez Guilty Of 'Shocking Corruption,' Urged To Resign

By Cara Salvatore, Pete Brush and Carla Baranauckas

A New York federal jury found U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez guilty on Tuesday of taking gold bars, cash and a Mercedes-Benz as bribes from three businessmen, handing a victory to the government on its second try to convict the embattled New Jersey Democrat on corruption charges and prompting calls for his resignation.

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Trump Special Prosecutor Ruling Could Find Favor On Appeal

By Carolina Bolado

When U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Florida over what she said was an unconstitutional appointment of a special prosecutor, she staked out a position that few other jurists have taken, but that could find support among some appellate judges, experts said.

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Ex-Trump Counsel Has Advice For GOP On Judicial Noms

By Courtney Bublé

A former Trump White House official who worked on judicial nominations has advised a potential future Republican administration to be aggressive, proactive and not to compromise on circuit court picks.

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Fed. Circ. OKs Judge Connolly's Fine Against IP Biz Owner

By Andrew Karpan

A precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit on Tuesday found that Delaware's top judge has the right to fine a Texas paralegal who is the sole owner of patent litigation outfit Backertop Licensing LLC $200 a day for refusing to show up in court as part of the judge's investigation into whether Backertop and others hid their connection to big-name intellectual property consulting firm IP Edge.

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$4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

By Sydney Price

An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

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ACLU Legal Director Leaving For Expanded Georgetown Role

By Kevin Penton

The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director plans to step down from a role he has held for eight years, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Arnold & Porter

Atheria Law

Atkinson Andelson

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Berry Appleman

Best Best & Krieger

Boies Schiller

Bookoff McAndrews

Buchalter APC

Buckley LLP

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Carpmaels & Ransford

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Cleary Gottlieb

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dechert LLP

Dentons

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Esler Stephens

Esner Chang

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Glancy Prongay

Grant & Eisenhofer

Gross Klein

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hueston Hennigan

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Keesal Young

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kershaw Talley

Knobbe Martens

Kudman Trachten

Larkins Vacura

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Daniel Weltin

Lewis Rice

Litigation Practice Group

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nematzadeh PLLC

Nichols Kaster

Nossaman LLP

Orrick Herrington

Pasich LLP

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Pierson Ferdinand LLP

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

Saveri & Saveri

Schneider Wallace

Seed IP

Shutts & Bowen

Squire Patton

Sterne Kessler

Stoll Berne

Summit Law Group

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Tostrud Law Group

Trammell PC

Waymaker LLP

Weil Gotshal

WeissLaw LLP

White & Case

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Zuber Lawler

​Bottini & Bottini

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alphabet Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Apple Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Capri Holdings Ltd.

Centene Corp.

Chevron Corp.

Cottrell Inc.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Epic Games Inc.

Ethereum GmbH

Gilead Sciences Inc.

Google LLC

Green Dot Corp.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Lexington Insurance Co.

LinkedIn Corp.

Masimo Corp.

McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.

National Rifle Association of America

New York Law School

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Sanofi

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

State Bar of California

StoneTurn Group LLP

Tapestry Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Kroger Co.

Universal Music Group NV

YouTube Inc.

eBay Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

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

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

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

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

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Unified Patent Court

Western Area Power Administration

World Health Organization