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Activist for audit of state judicial commission jailed, action could be retaliatory, fellow activist says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 3:34pm

MARTINEZ – A five-times disciplined Contra Costa County judge has jailed the founder of a group that was the leading lobbyist for a recently announced audit of the state's commission that disciplines California judges, an incarceration that activists say appears retaliatory.

Purple Berets founder: Nondisclosure agreements in domestic violence cases have ‘very negative impact on women in particular’

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 3:09pm

SANTA ANA – Nondisclosure agreements, such as that signed by Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend that recently cost her $500,000 for discussing domestic abuse in their relationship, is one way to make assault victims shut up, a noted women's rights activist said during a recent interview.

No legislative or voter action prompted by announced Covered California rate increase

Karen Kidd Aug. 19, 2016, 8:30am

SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview.

Law students should 'remember who they are and what they represent,' Mills College's new president says

Karen Kidd Aug. 16, 2016, 3:07pm

OAKLAND – The new president at Mills College recalled the words of her predecessor when offering advice to young women entering their new careers, especially those aspiring to the legal profession.

Attorney: Courts, DOL say field service engineers are nonexempt, entitled to OT pay

Karen Kidd Aug. 12, 2016, 1:16pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A Sunnyvale company facing a lawsuit by one of its field service engineers for allegedly not paying him overtime wages will have a difficult time defending itself if the employee's legal counsel's assessment of the case plays out.

Law school dean: U.S. Supreme Court decision to take up Fannie Mae case not surprising

Karen Kidd Aug. 3, 2016, 2:25pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case about Fannie Mae's charter awards jurisdiction to federal courts is not too surprising, the dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law said during a recent interview.

Prof.: Winemakers’ push for stricter label rules fraught with unintended consequences

Karen Kidd Jul. 25, 2016, 12:25pm

WASHINGTON – A federal proposal that California winemakers and legislators hope will tighten labeling rules for wine in the state also will have unintended consequences, a law professor said during a recent interview.

Committee member: Pfizer should educate physicians, consumers about Viagra risks

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2016, 8:19pm

EL SEGUNDO – Consumers should be better informed about Viagra's risks, a California attorney recently appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Steering Committee in Viagra Products Liability Action said during a recent interview.

Pacific Legal Foundation's new president and CEO plans ambitious agenda

Karen Kidd Jul. 13, 2016, 10:46am

SACRAMENTO – Pacific Legal Foundation's new president and CEO Steven Anderson has high and ambitious plans for the public interest legal organization.

CA Supreme Court ruling on Brandt fees likely will have little reach, specialist says

Karen Kidd Jul. 8, 2016, 7:54pm

SACRAMENTO – The state Supreme Court's recent ruling that certain attorneys’ fees be included when a trial court calculates a jury’s penalty damage award likely won't have much impact, a class-action specialist said during a recent interview.

Business advocate: State Supreme Court OKs reform initiative amendments

Karen Kidd Jun. 30, 2016, 8:30pm

SACRAMENTO – A recent state Supreme Court ruling that was a win for Gov. Jerry Brown's judicial reform initiative makes it plain that the high court is fine with amendments that were added after the comment period, a small business advocate said during a recent interview.

Moore Foundation's new general counsel encourages other lawyers to 'aim high'

Karen Kidd Jun. 8, 2016, 10:20am

PALO ALTO – The way into a legal career in public interest service can start in the commercial sector, Sasha Abrams, general counsel and secretary to the board for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, said during a recent interview with the Northern California Record.

Pending ruling expected to clarify reach of medical marijuana amendment

Karen Kidd Jun. 7, 2016, 7:56pm

WASHINGTON – A pending federal appeals ruling has many medical and recreational marijuana legal observers speculating over how legislation, sponsored by two California law makers, will be interpreted while others are waiting for the ruling itself.

Attorney: Northern California ruling on TCPA exemptions leaves many questions

Karen Kidd May 26, 2016, 8:19pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that last year's congressional amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) are retroactive, but left other questions open, a TCPA specialist said during an interview.

Retired IRS Chief Counsel Paul Handleman reflects on 30 years in service

Karen Kidd May 24, 2016, 11:46am

SAN DIEGO – Paul Handleman, now a couple of months into retirement from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, waxed nostalgic from the initial interview question: "How would the world be different if you had not been at the center of the development of consequential tax credit regulations and guidance?"

Oakland-based advocacy group takes interest in Dish Network suit over Spanish-speaking customers

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 1:16pm

An Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit legal service and advocacy group is helping to represent an Alameda County man suing Dish Network over claims it deceives Spanish-speaking customers.

State Supreme Court turns down appeals in long-standing asbestos case

Karen Kidd Apr. 29, 2016, 11:51am

SAN FRANCISCO – Even with 2016 shaping up to be an active year for asbestos litigation in California, the long-running Casey v Kaiser Gypsum Co. will not be heard by the state's Supreme Court.

Few developments in education lawsuit since data release order, state DOE spokesman says

Karen Kidd Apr. 28, 2016, 6:45pm

SACRAMENTO – Not much has happened in a five-year-old education lawsuit since a federal court ruling ordering 10 million California students' personal data be released and a deadline to opt out of that release has passed, a state education spokesman said.

Pacific Legal Foundation interested in other mandated affordable housing cases

Karen Kidd Apr. 26, 2016, 3:14pm

SAN JOSE – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in late February not to hear a challenge to a San Jose-mandated affordable housing law has effectively ended that challenge, a Pacific Legal Foundation official said in an interview.

State Supreme Court mulls Washington Legal Foundation amicus brief in asbestos case

Karen Kidd Apr. 3, 2016, 9:19pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The plaintiff and defendant in a long-standing asbestos case filed papers Friday with the state Supreme Court, which has not yet decided whether to hear the appeal, though the Washington Legal Foundation urges the court to do so.