Cases of Interest
USA v. Nelson et al. ( Foakes, Ranieri & Burke)
In re Tesla Inc. Securities Litigation
This securities class action case is brought by a group of Tesla shareholders who allege that Elon Musk and Tesla violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5(b), by making materially false or misleading statements regarding a potential going-private transaction for Tesla that artificially affected the price of Tesla’s stock and other securities in August of 2018. Plaintiff also asserts that the members of Tesla’s Board of Directors violated Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which imposes liability upon persons responsible for controlling an entity that is found to have violated the federal securities laws.
Cornet et al v. Twitter, Inc. 3:22-cv-06857
Plaintiffs filed a putative class action complaint against Twitter claiming violations of the WARN Act (29 U.S. Code section 2101) and violations of California’s equivalent state law (Cal. Lab. Code section 1400).
United States vs. David Wayne Depape
A complaint was filed in this court charging David Wayne Depape with violations of 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(1)(A) and (B), assault on the immediate family member of a federal official, and of 18 U.S.C. § 1201(d), attempted kidnapping of a federal official.
In re: Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3047)
This is a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) involving various defendants such as Meta Platforms, Inc., Instagram LLC, Snap, Inc., TikTok, Inc., ByteDance, Inc., YouTube LLC, Google LLC, and Alphabet Inc. Plaintiffs have alleged that the defendants’ social media platforms are defective because they are designed to maximize screen time, which can encourage addictive behavior in adolescents. As alleged, this conduct results in various emotional and physical harms, including death.
Mickelson v. PGA Tour, Inc.
Professional golfers allege that the PGA acted an unlawful monopoly in suspending them for playing for LIV, Inc. They seek injunctive relief through a temporary restraining order that would permit them to compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
USA v. Balwani
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, former executive of health technology corporation Theranos, was charged along with Elizabeth Holmes with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. The charges stem from Defendants’ allegedly deceptive representations about their company and its medical testing technology. Defendants are to be tried separately; Ms. Holmes’ trial concluded in January 2022.
USA v. Holmes, et al.
Elizabeth A. Holmes and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, former executives of health technology corporation Theranos, are charged with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. The charges stem from Defendants’ allegedly deceptive representations about their company and its medical testing technology.
In re: McKinsey & Company, Inc., National Prescription Opiate Consultant Litigation (MDL No. 2996)
MDL case involving the role of McKinsey & Co., Inc., in providing advice to opioid manufacturers in the sale of prescription opioid drugs. Plaintiffs are cities, counties, tribal governments, and other entities alleging various claims including public nuisance, negligence, fraud, unjust enrichment, violation of consumer protection statutes, and federal RICO claims.
Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple Inc.
Plaintiff Epic Games, Inc. brings this action against defendant Apple Inc., alleging violations of antitrust laws through its Apple App Store policies on iOS devices. Apple counterclaims that Epic Games has breached its developer agreements and App Store guidelines by introducing a direct pay option on iOS devices in Epic Games’ videogame Fortnite.
Plata/Coleman v. Newsom
Class action by state prisoners alleging inadequate health care and overcrowding
USA v. Funez Osorto, 19-cr-00381-CRB-4
(Compassionate Release Waiver)
Court rejects a plea agreement containing a modified waiver of compassionate release, holding that the waiver is contrary to Congressional intent.
In re: PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company
In re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation
Multidistrict litigation grouping cases alleging, in part, that JLI has marketed its JUUL nicotine delivery products to minors, that JLI’s marketing misrepresents or omits that JUUL products are more potent and addictive than cigarettes, and that JLI promotes nicotine addiction.
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al. v. William P. Barr, et al.
Plaintiffs seek to enjoin enforcement of interim final rule providing that noncitizens who transit through another country prior to reaching the southern border of the United States are ineligible for asylum here
USA v. Alejandro Toledo Manrique
Extradition proceedings for former President of Peru
Innovation Law Lab, et al. v. Kirstjen Nielsen, et al.
Plaintiffs challenge the Department of Homeland Security's "Migrant Protection Protocols" under which asylum seekers are "returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings."
In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, & Products Liability Litigation
Multidistrict litigation arising from alleged unauthorized use of a software-based defeat device resulting in the misstatement of vehicle emissions data by car maker
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant et al v. Donald J. Trump et al
Plaintiffs seek to prevent enforcement of an interim final rule providing that all persons who enter the country in violation of the "Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States" are ineligible for asylum.
Crista Ramos et al. v. Kirstjen Nielsen, et al.
Plaintiffs challenge Trump Administration's termination of "Temporary Protected Status" (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan
Regents of the University of California v. United States Department of Homeland Security
University of California and four states challenge U.S. Government's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program
In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation
Multidistrict products-liability litigation arising from the allegedly carcinogenic qualities of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.