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Per CDC guidelines, effective Monday, December 19, masking is not required in any divisional officesBefore coming to the courthouse, all individuals must review the pre-screening questionnaire and notice.

Cases of Interest

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.

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.

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.

Zepeda Rivas, et al. v. Jennings, et al.

Plaintiffs, civil immigration detainees, filed a Class Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Class Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief against Defendant, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), challenging plaintiffs' conditions of confinement in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency.