In a closely watched case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed that a social network application and its owners cannot be held liable for the acts of its users. Plaintiff sued Grindr and its owners, including the firm’s client, alleging that they were liable for the despicable conduct of one of the app’s users.
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, in a significant victory for the Navajo Nation, Chief U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson denied the United States’ motion to dismiss the Navajo Nation’s claims. This means all of the Navajo Nation’s claims against the federal government arising out of the unprecedented 2015 Gold King Mine will proceed.
On Tuesday, February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of our client Nutraceutical Corporation, adopting Hueston Hennigan’s argument that mandatory claim-processing rules are unalterable if properly raised. This preserves Hueston Hennigan’s victory at the lower court, where it obtained decertification of the putative plaintiff class. Hueston Hennigan has handled the case, Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, since inception at the district court stage.
As noted in the Daily Journal, on Monday, February 4, 2019, Judge Mitchell L. Bekloff of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Hueston Hennigan’s application for a preliminary injunction against a California state agency. The decision, in the closely watched case, holds that the pricing notifications to the state pursuant to California Senate Bill 17 are protectable trade secrets and may not be disclosed in response to a California Public Records Act request.