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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. 

Advertisements play role in class actions following ovarian cancer study, verdict

Carrie Salls Jun. 30, 2016, 8:01pm

SACRAMENTO – An uptick in the filing of class-action lawsuits stemming from a study linking talc to ovarian cancer can be largely traced to advertisements aired by personal injury attorneys in the wake of a recent verdict, according to Julie Griffiths of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA).

Land use attorney McDermott elected to partnership at Allen Matkins

Carrie Salls Jun. 28, 2016, 8:43pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Land use attorney Michelle Moore McDermott was elected to a partnership in real estate and business law firm Allen Matkins’ San Francisco office.

DoJ weighs in on Apple, Samsung patent litigation

Carrie Salls Jun. 28, 2016, 8:32pm

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice believes the U.S. Supreme Court should turn a long-standing patent infringement battle waging between Samsung Electronics Co. LTD and Apple Inc. back over to a trial court for a ruling on whether a new trial should be held regarding the calculation of damages.?

California real estate broker seeks full-panel review of Nebraska free speech ruling

Carrie Salls Jun. 24, 2016, 8:07pm

OMAHA, Neb. – The attorney for a California real estate broker said a full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit panel will be asked to reconsider a Nebraska court’s ruling that the broker’s free speech rights were not violated when she was barred from posting properties located in Nebraska on real estate websites.

Appellate briefs latest step in battle over California carbon auctions

Carrie Salls Jun. 9, 2016, 6:53pm

SACRAMENTO – Six supplemental appellate briefs were filed on May 23 in the latest leg of a four-year lawsuit filed by manufacturers in connection with California’s carbon market auction system.

Assembly bill looks to criminalize distribution of certain recordings

Carrie Salls Jun. 7, 2016, 7:44pm

SACRAMENTO – California Assembly member Jimmy Gomez is sponsoring legislation that would make it illegal to disseminate a recorded conversation in the state if both parties to the conversation have not given their consent, stirring controversy in connection with the bill’s constitutionality.

Apple, Samsung patent infringement battle continues

Carrie Salls Jun. 6, 2016, 6:57pm

WASHINGTON – Samsung Electronics Co. LTD petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in May to vacate an injunction related to a February patent infringement ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that was one of the latest chapters in the ongoing dispute between Samsung and Apple Inc., according to a Samsung spokesman.

California Supreme Court refuses to review deputy disability discrimination case

Carrie Salls Jun. 3, 2016, 8:55pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court declined a petition filed by Stanislaus County to review a disability case involving Deputy Dennis Wallace, who was seeking payment of $468,000 in connection with being placed on unpaid leave by the county for two years after he was injured.

California Court of Appeal rules class action against DirecTV can proceed

Carrie Salls May 26, 2016, 8:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Court of Appeal issued a decision on May 9 remanding a class-action lawsuit filed against DirecTV to trial court for a ruling on whether the company waived its right to enforce an arbitration agreement that the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld as enforceable in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia.