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Sony unsuccessful in effort to have data breach lawsuit dismissed

A federal judge in California has rejected the request of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to have a suit filed by some of its former employees dismissed. The legal action relates to the November 2014 data breach that occurred as the company prepared to release a controversial movie "The Interview". It is believed that the responsibility for data theft lies with North Korea, prompted by the nature of the film which was based on the fictional death of that nation's leader.

Small firm representation with large firm results

When your California business is considering hiring a law firm to handle a commercial dispute, you may be uncertain about whether you should go with a large one or a small one. The answer to that question largely depends on the goals you are trying to achieve, and often, a small firm may be a better fit for your business over the long term.

Deceptive trade practices in California

When a business or individual engages in behavior that is designed to mislead others about the qualities of a product in order to get them to purchase it, the activity is called a deceptive trade practice. Federal law provides a uniform law that applies to such activities in all states, and the practices are also prohibited under state law.

Settlement reached on large employee antitrust case

Despite earlier criticism from a U.S. District Court Judge in California, Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have reached a preliminary settlement in a suit about actions that violated antitrust laws. This $415 million settlement is reportedly the second largest settlement awarded to a group of workers.

Apple and Ericsson go to court over licensing dispute

According to sources, Apple Inc. and Ericsson have filed lawsuits against each other due to a licensing dispute. Apple filed a lawsuit in California claiming that Ericsson is charging excessive fees for use of its patents and that the patents themselves may not be essential in devices that Apple makes. Ericsson filed a lawsuit in Texas district court asking for a determination as to whether or not its fees are fair.

California city files suit against Deepak Chopra, others

On behalf of OSI Systems, the City of Irvine filed a civil lawsuit against multiple defendants. The lawsuit is based on allegations of the defendants manipulating testing results for the company, misleading the company about its financial health through reports and creating products beyond the scope of the company's contracts.

Billionaire facing lawsuit from his son's business partner

Pacific Investment Management Company's co-founder remained a partner at the company until very recently. After his departure, however, other partners at the firm claimed that billionaire damaged the company. Now, in addition to those allegations, the man is facing a lawsuit from his son's former business partner.

Appellate court rules for Yelp over reviews placement dispute

In a prior post, we highlighted the possibility that businesses who received bad reviews on Yelp.com could sue customers who posted such reviews. We explored the threshold of proof a company would have to meet in order to be successful given that customers are free to make their feelings known about a company or its products in any way they choose, as long as they are not providing false information.

Ruling against NCAA could change college sports

In what was described earlier this summer as the case that could fundamentally change the NCAA has come to an end…at least for now. A federal judge recently ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by denying college football and basketball players the right to sell the rights to their images and likenesses, essentially striking down long held regulations that prohibit college athletes from earning money other than scholarships and the cost of attending the schools they play for.

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