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Qualcomm faces legal battles over chip technology

Dee Thompson Apr. 21, 2017, 10:15am

Tech giant Qualcomm is facing litigation on several fronts related to its exclusive patent on the chip essential to all iPhones.

Favorable ruling given in cases brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Dee Thompson Apr. 6, 2017, 6:30pm

SACRAMENTO — A recent order in the case against a California energy company could have far-ranging implications in actions brought against companies by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

California Supreme Court rules lower court failed to consider if coho salmon are native species

Dee Thompson Mar. 25, 2017, 4:43pm

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that claimants who are seeking to remove coho salmon from the state's endangered species list can now attempt to demonstrate that the fish never should have been included on the list.

Netflix, Fox battle over executive employment contracts

Dee Thompson Mar. 15, 2017, 2:02pm

LOS ANGELES — Fox and Netflix are locked in a battle over the employment contracts of two executives who Netflix lured away from the rival network.

Data: Criminal cases in California not argued in a timely manner before state Supreme Court

Dee Thompson Mar. 14, 2017, 4:56pm

SACRAMENTO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP has made a science of analyzing the California Supreme Court and how it operates, but its handling of criminal cases has bore particular scrutiny.

Judge in Monsanto/Roundup lawsuits asks for briefings on flaws in agency reports

Dee Thompson Mar. 9, 2017, 11:04pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California entered a pretrial order in the Roundup litigation last month, asking the parties to submit briefs addressing the flaws or biases within the Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Scientists fighting over patent for gene-editing technology

Dee Thompson Mar. 8, 2017, 7:00pm

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the world of genetic-editing technology known as CRISPR, a major battle is brewing between rival scientists who both feel they deserve the patent.

Attorney uses analytics to advise clients about chances of victory

Dee Thompson Mar. 5, 2017, 5:42pm

CHICAGO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins has developed a specialty in the fast-growing field of legal analytics, advising clients of his firm about their chances of winning at the appellate level.

Tenant loses eviction case involving reportedly sinking Millennium Tower

Dee Thompson Mar. 5, 2017, 1:51pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A tenant of the Millennium Tower recently lost an eviction action by the building’s owners, but the victory in court spotlights the continuing issues faced by the reportedly sinking building.

California Horse Racing Board 'disappointed' in appellate-court decision in De La Torre case

Dee Thompson Feb. 11, 2017, 9:58am

LOS ANGELES — Horse trainer Jose De La Torre had a trial-court decision overturned in his favor in a lawsuit brought against the California Horse Racing Board, according to a news release on

California environmental lawsuit still up in the air

Dee Thompson Feb. 2, 2017, 5:47pm

SAN FRANCISCO–Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 are hoping that a change in the White House will have the desired effect on a clean air policy on the other side of the nation.

Retired justice said Brock Turner's judge was right to rule the way that he did

Dee Thompson Jan. 31, 2017, 8:09pm

STOCKTON — A retired judge who served on a panel of legal experts that met recently to discuss the Brock Turner case said that a Santa Clara judge was right to rule the way that he did in the case.

California Supreme Court clarifies rules on employee rest breaks

Dee Thompson Jan. 20, 2017, 12:25pm

SACRAMENTO — Should meal breaks and rest breaks be treated equally under California law, with employees not subject to being “on call?” A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court says yes.

Appeals court rules in defective-flooring case

Dee Thompson Jan. 19, 2017, 11:34pm

SACRAMENTO — A California appeals court recently sided with an insurer in a case involving Best Buy store contractors and flooring.

Stanford University Law School helps build new app to help Louisiana flood victims

Dee Thompson Dec. 20, 2016, 2:15pm

STANFORD – A new app developed in California is helping flood victims in Louisiana rebuild their lives after the devastating floods of last August.

New ruling impacts real estate companies representing both buyers and sellers

Dee Thompson Dec. 1, 2016, 7:12pm

SACRAMENTO, California – On Nov. 22, the California Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that promises to have a significant impact on how real estate transactions are handled in this state.

California Supreme Court ruling in medical negligence cases has far reaching effect

Dee Thompson Nov. 26, 2016, 10:42pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- A recent California Supreme Court court ruling has broken new ground when it comes to the interpretation of the statute of limitations regarding medical negligence lawsuits.

Marin Clean Energy counsel: Communities need 'passionate' people regarding renewable energy as options expand

Dee Thompson Nov. 23, 2016, 7:59pm

SAN FRANCISCO – On Oct. 24, University of San Francisco law students hosted a panel of experts discussing Implications for California’s energy future. The audience of about 50 people learned about a new model of energy service in California, community choice aggregation (CCA) programs, which are a way that communities can choose their energy source and choose which energy option best fits the needs of their customers.

Lawsuit alleges Facebook ads are discriminatory

Dee Thompson Nov. 17, 2016, 6:24pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook alleging civil rights violations in its ads.

New ACLU study reveals police in California schools do more harm than good

Dee Thompson Nov. 6, 2016, 10:03pm

OAKLAND -- A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that in California, police intervention in school disciplinary matters is ineffective and unfairly targets minority students and disabled students.