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Cabela agrees to multi-million-dollar settlement in alleged customer phone recordings

Kerry Goff Oct. 23, 2016, 11:23pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- A proposed $3,850,000 class-action settlement has been reached in Saunders et al. v. Cabela's Wholesale Inc. by the San Francisco County Superior Court.

Monsanto prevails in PCB pollution case, but cities plan to appeal

Kerry Goff Oct. 16, 2016, 11:14pm

SAN JOSE -- A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits in which the cities of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley sought to force Monsanto to help pay for reducing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contamination in the San Francisco Bay.

Court upholds conviction of Redondo Beach contractor regarding his "monster mansion"

Kerry Goff Oct. 16, 2016, 10:37pm

REDONDO BEACH -- An appeals court has upheld the conviction of Rami Nassif, owner of the "monster mansion" on 733 Paulina Ave. in Redondo Beach. Although the house was demolished in 2015 and is now an empty lot, Nassif appealed the conviction, alleging judicial bias. A three-judge panel did not agree with his appeal and upheld the decision.

Public pushes for impeachment of judge in Brock Turner's rape case

Kerry Goff Oct. 9, 2016, 11:43am

STANFORD -- It didn’t take long for public outrage to hit social media and other digital platforms when Judge Aaron Persky handed down what some perceived to be a lenient six-month sentence to convicted rapist and former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, whose case created considerable debate on how accountable judges should be to the public. 

California court rules in favor of Plavix lawsuits proceeding

Kerry Goff Oct. 8, 2016, 11:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court recently announced its decision that patients or their family members can sue manufacturer Bristol-Myers for falsely advertising the benefits of the cardiovascular drug Plavix, even though the company and most of the plaintiffs are based in other states.

Court maintains 'conversion therapy' ban, saying it does not affect First Amendment

Kerry Goff Oct. 7, 2016, 8:45pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a 2012 law that prohibits licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

California State University trustee Lupe Garcia nominated to Alameda Co. Superior Court

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:11pm

On June 28, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Lupe C. Garcia, who is a member of California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court.

Willow Glen Trestle deemed not historical by National Register

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:10pm

SAN JOSE -- Residents who have been fighting to save the Willow Glen Railroad Trestle from demolition, arguing that it was a historical landmark, were disappointed when the National Register of Historic Places recently declared the 1922 railroad bridge ineligible for historic status and could be removed to erect a prefabricated pedestrian bridge.

USA Gymnastics sued for alleged negligence in child molestation case

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:04pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys for a U.S. gymnast who medaled at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games recently filed suit, alleging that a team physician sexually assaulted and molested plaintiff Jane J.D. Doe. 

Professor sues University of California Berkeley for alleged discrimination

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:04pm

BERKELEY -- Former University of California Berkeley school of law dean Sujit Choudhry has sued the university's board of regents, including university president Janet Napolitano, and other university officials. 

Chino Hills attorney disbarred for multiple counts of professional misconduct

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:01pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steven Jay Brock, an attorney who practiced in Chino Hills, was disbarred May 29 and ordered to comply with the California Rules of Court, because he did not respond to a notice of disciplinary charges (NDC). 

Valley Village attorney disbarred for failure to cooperate with court

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 5:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Lee Corber, an attorney who practiced in Valley Village, was disbarred May 29 and ordered to comply with the California Rules of Court to make restitution for not complying with a notice of disciplinary charges (NDC) after he failed to respond to telephone and written messages from a client, refund unearned advanced fees or release the client’s file. 

Monrovia attorney disbarred for multiple professional conduct violations

Kerry Goff Oct. 5, 2016, 9:14pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nicholas Hrant Lambajian, who practiced law in Monrovia, was disbarred May 28 and ordered to comply with the California Rules of Court. 

Canoga Park attorney offered two years' probation for allegedly not performing each service in clients' contracts

Kerry Goff Sep. 19, 2016, 7:57pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Thomas Richard D’Arco, who practices in Canoga Park, admitted to wrongdoing in two client cases and was placed on two years’ probation, facing a one-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation.

Attorneys find new embrace of cannabis industry shaping their practices, journal reports

Kerry Goff Aug. 29, 2016, 12:45pm

SAN FRANCISCO – In the June issue of the California Bar Journal, reporter John Roemer discussed the growing cannabis industry and how industry supporters in the legal profession are laying the groundwork for the upcoming November elections that has recreational marijuana legalization on the ballot.

State Bar will swear in newly elected executive officers in October

Kerry Goff Aug. 28, 2016, 7:51pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The board of trustees has elected James P. Fox as president of the State Bar of California for the 2016-2017 year.

President: 'Tomorrow's State Bar will not be the same as last generation’s State Bar'

Kerry Goff Aug. 28, 2016, 7:37pm

SAN FRANCISCO – President of the State Bar of California David Pasternak identified areas of needed improvement in a recent article in the California Bar Journal.

Trial held over request of bar members' information for research purposes

Kerry Goff Aug. 28, 2016, 7:29pm

SAN FRANCISCO – In an August article for the California Bar Journal, Laura Ernde reported on the Sander v. State Bar of California case that will have closing briefs in September, heard by Judge Mary E. Wiss, to fully determine the necessary parameters needed to protect bar applicants’ privacy with regards to research publications.

Law professor offers insight into Supreme Court trends

Kerry Goff Aug. 28, 2016, 4:01pm

OAKLAND – In an August California Bar Journal article, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and distinguished professor at the University of California Irvine School of Law, offered an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court and his interpretation of its liberal leanings, especially after Justice Antonia Scalia’s death earlier this year.

Pleasanton attorney suspended, accused of sending false report to the State Bar

Kerry Goff Aug. 23, 2016, 3:45pm

TALLAHASSEE – Marilyn Dina Weinstein, an attorney who practices in Pleasanton, was suspended for 30 days and ordered to take the Multistate ProfessionalResponsibility Examination (MPRE).