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Appeals court validates assessment against Manteca Unified School District

Carrie Salls Apr. 18, 2017, 10:31am

The California Third District Court of Appeal recently reversed a ruling in which Judge Bobby W. McNatt of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County found that flood control and drainage assessments levied by Water Reclamation District No. 17 against Manteca Unified School District were not valid.

Missouri AG takes states' fight against California egg law to US Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 5:05pm

WASHINGTON — A California law designed to improve the living conditions of hens has drawn opposition from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has taken his challenge of the law’s egg-sale restrictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Promissory note security classification ruling called limited in scope

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 2:57pm

SAN JOSE – The California Court of Appeals, in a Feb. 16 ruling, held that a promissory note did not qualify as a security under two legal tests. However, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP partner Keith Paul Bishop said the ruling in People v. Black “is limited to the particular facts presented.”

Insurer loses latest round in fight against Prop. 103-related rate decreases

Carrie Salls Feb. 18, 2017, 2:39pm

SACRAMENTO — The California insurance industry recently lost another battle against a law that protects consumers against excessive rate hikes when the California Court of Appeal upheld a lower-court ruling in a challenge brought by Mercury Casualty Co. and industry lobbying groups.

Commission: Payday lender ruling 'a win for California consumers'

Carrie Salls Jan. 27, 2017, 5:55pm

LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Business Oversight is “extremely pleased” with a Dec. 22 California Supreme Court ruling in a nearly decade-long case related to payday lenders’ ties to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.  

Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Dec. 1, 2016, 7:00pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case related to the removal of a 1/64 Native American girl from her potential adoptive family in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Secretary of Labor disagrees with whistleblower reinstatement ruling; no decision on appeal

Carrie Salls Nov. 27, 2016, 10:29pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has rejected a request by a California cement plant worker for temporary reinstatement of his employment as a whistleblower after the company for which the employee had worked had changed hands.  

Judge's comments to jury pool stating mistrust of plumbers leads to reversal of murder conviction

Carrie Salls Oct. 27, 2016, 10:05am

LOS ANGELES – Comments made to potential jurors by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge regarding her distrust of plumbers has led to an appeals court decision overturning the murder conviction of Vincent Tatum.  

Warriors' arena project lawsuit appeal gains support

Carrie Salls Oct. 23, 2016, 12:33pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The Center for Biological Diversity, Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment and the Sunset Coalition have filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of those opposing the Golden State Warriors’ proposed 18,000-seat arena.  

Class action blames mortgage servicer's noncompliance for lost homes

Carrie Salls Oct. 21, 2016, 7:14pm

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – A class-action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California alleges that Specialized Loan Servicing (SLS) improperly processed loan modification applications for customers in California that often led to overpayments on the loan and unjust foreclosures of the borrower’s home. 

State high court allows jury trials for testing compensation disputes in 'victory for property owners'

Carrie Salls Sep. 13, 2016, 11:24am

SAN FRANCISCO – A Walnut Creek real estate dispute attorney believes a July 31 ruling entered by the California Supreme Court that reforms legislation to give property owners a right to a trial by jury to determine compensation for pre-condemnation entry and inspection will push the state to try harder to resolve these disputes to avoid costly, time-consuming jury trials. 

Attorneys hope Supreme Court ends prescription drug innovator liability

Carrie Salls Sep. 7, 2016, 7:54pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court will decide a case that attorneys hope will once-and-for-all put an end to courts allowing brand-name drug manufacturers to be held liable for injuries resulting from use of their products’ generic counterparts. 

Back pay lawsuit against Lincare, Alpha will 'proceed on a class-wide basis'

Carrie Salls Sep. 2, 2016, 8:22pm

RIVERSIDE – A federal court has ruled that a lawsuit filed on behalf of non-exempt hourly employees working in California for Alpha Respiratory Inc. and Lincare Inc. should be able to proceed as a class action. The lawsuit seeks payment of back overtime wages and premiums for alleged missed meal breaks.

State Bar fee legislation amended, Bar prepares high court submission 'in the event that is necessary'

Carrie Salls Aug. 23, 2016, 4:59pm

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly voted on new amendments on Aug. 19 related to a heavily disputed State Bar of California fee bill, which authorizes the agency to collect annual licensing fees from attorneys.

Kesha drops abuse lawsuit, continues to fight producer's label

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 11:08am

LOS ANGELES – Singer and songwriter Kesha has dropped a lawsuit filed in California alleging that her producer sexually abused her, although other legal disputes between the two remain. 

Foster family to take fight for return of child with Choctaw heritage to state's high court

Carrie Salls Aug. 10, 2016, 5:49am

LOS ANGELES – The attorney for a foster family that was broken up when a 6-year-old girl was removed after a California appeals court upheld a ruling based on the provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its state-law counterpart said a petition for review will be filed by Aug. 8, asking the California Supreme Court to hear the case.

Attorney-client privilege wins out in fight to share harassment claim investigation report

Carrie Salls Aug. 3, 2016, 2:50pm

PETALUMA – A California appeals court ruled in June that the city of Petaluma is not required to share a report related to the investigation of a 2014 sexual harassment claim filed against the city by former Petaluma firefighter and paramedic Andrea Waters.

Lyft $27 million driver class-action deal gets preliminary court OK

Carrie Salls Jul. 14, 2016, 3:51pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A $27 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed against Lyft Inc. concerning the independent-contractor status of its drivers was granted preliminary approval in a June 23 order entered by Judge Vince Chhabria in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Preliminary injunction ruling among first under new federal trade secrets law

Carrie Salls Jul. 14, 2016, 1:50pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A preliminary injunction granted June 22 by U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar reveals a glimpse at federal courts’ ability to make rulings in trade secret misappropriation cases in connection with the newly enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA).

Crisis pregnancy clinics claim act notification requirement violates free speech rights

Carrie Salls Jul. 5, 2016, 5:48pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A recently enacted California Law requiring licensed family-planning clinics in the state to post a notification on the availability of free or low-cost contraception, prenatal care and abortions for qualifying patients is drawing the ire of several crisis pregnancy centers in the state, which believe being forced to display the posters violates their First Amendment rights.