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Federal lawsuits over glyphosate's cancer risk consolidated, moved to California district

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 22, 2016, 9:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. district judge in Northern California will oversee the consolidated cases against Monsanto, which faces claims that its most widely used herbicide, Roundup, can cause cancer.

Law aimed at protecting against surprise medical bills misses mark, physicians group says

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 30, 2016, 9:00am

SACRAMENTO – A group of physicians oppose a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that they say allows insurance companies to set price controls that spill over network boundaries.

Legal services matchmaker website expands to pair California litigants and attorneys

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 26, 2016, 12:34pm

SACRAMENTO – An idea hatched in Miami for helping individuals find an attorney who fits their budget has expanded to northern California.

Judge rules Coastal Commission overreached in forcing mobile homeowner to waive property protection right

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 21, 2016, 7:29pm

SAN CLEMENTE – A judge has ruled that the state agency responsible for overseeing land use and public access to the California coast overreached when it tried to force a beachfront homeowner to waive his rights to repair and maintain a rock wall that protects his and other homes from erosion and storms.

Lawyer says NLRB ruling imposed 'radical, new standard' for use of replacement workers

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 16, 2016, 4:00pm

OAKLAND – A long-term care facility is waiting to see which court of appeals will hear its case after the National Labor Relations Board refused Aug. 24 to reconsider a previous ruling that the facility violated the National Labor Relations Act.

Appeals court breathes new life into auto manufacturer conspiracy case

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 16, 2016, 6:04am

SAN FRANCISCO – Plaintiffs in a decade-long lawsuit may finally take their case to trial after an appellate decision revived claims against an automaker’s Canadian affiliate.

Unanimous verdict sides with plaintiff in suit against MetLife, awards $15.6 million

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 1, 2016, 12:36pm

LOS ANGELES – The jury has awarded $15.6 million to the plaintiff in the lawsuit against MetLife, its subsidiaries and a former managing partner, holding the insurance giant responsible for the losses of a woman who invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.

Attorneys make final arguments in MetLife lawsuit

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 28, 2016, 4:21pm

LOS ANGELES – After weeks of testimony in the lawsuit against MetLife and its subsidiary, attorneys delivered their closing arguments and handed the case over to the jury for deliberation, rehashing the facts and pleading for justice.

Judge dismisses cities' claims against Monsanto over PCB contamination in bay

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 26, 2016, 8:06pm

SAN JOSE – A U.S. district court judge has dismissed several cities’ claims attempting to hold Monsanto responsible for PCB contamination in the San Francisco Bay.

Defense wraps up testimony in MetLife case

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 26, 2016, 7:51pm

LOS ANGELES – A key MetLife policy that prohibits insurance agents from referring clients to anyone selling unapproved securities should have pulled the plug on any referrals to Diversified Lending Group for premium financing, but corporate manuals didn’t instruct supervisors and agents on how to identify which products were off limits, according to testimony in the trial against MetLife.

Office assistant testifies Russon pushed DLG as an opportunity for insurance customers

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 26, 2016, 9:20am

LOS ANGELES — Two witnesses in the trial against MetLife offered glimpses of what workdays looked like in the financial services office that became entangled with a fraudulent real estate investment fund.

Insurance agent, DLG rep who pitched fund to plaintiff testifies in MetLife trial

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 19, 2016, 11:20am

LOS ANGELES – Before introducing prospective clients to an investment fund promising a 12-percent return, Scott Brandt always started by pitching insurance. Dating back to a meeting for insurance agents in his office in 2004, he made an association between Diversified Lending Group’s premium financing program and MetLife insurance products.

If Clinton is elected president, California judges could be SCOTUS nominees

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 19, 2016, 10:54am

SAN FRANCISCO – California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu is reportedly included in a shortlist of Hillary Clinton’s top choices for the U.S. Supreme Court, according to advocates.

Investment fund employee testifies that he didn't know DLG was a Ponzi scheme

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 16, 2016, 2:59pm

LOS ANGELES – After Diversified Lending Group (DLG) became associated with MetLife and one of its subsidiaries in 2004, the number of investment accounts in the real estate fund grew from fewer than 20 to about 800, according to an employee of the company’s marketing arm.

Former insurance agent says DLG owner 'deceived' his boss

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 14, 2016, 3:59pm

LOS ANGELES — In 2006, insurance agent and securities broker James Davidson learned at a meeting about a new product that could be used to sell more insurance, but ultimately would wind up as the basis for legal problems. 

Insurance agents' supervisor: 'Friedman owed me money' but kept quiet about it

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 14, 2016, 3:24pm

LOS ANGELES — The plaintiff's lawyers spent days working to show how Tony Russon, the head of a MetLife subsidiary, stood by while the owner of an investment fund offering premium financing for insurance customers sold himself as a wealthy individual with a solid business.

Head of MetLife subsidiary continues testimony in fraud case

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 14, 2016, 3:14pm

LOS ANGELES — Despite what have been interpreted as warning signs, Tony Russon testified last week that he continued to trust the owner of Diversified Lending Group during the years that the fund was taking on investors and financing premiums for insurance policies.

75-year-old plaintiff says she invested in DLG because she trusted MetLife; admits she should have asked more questions

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 12, 2016, 7:02pm

LOS ANGELES – The plaintiff who claims MetLife and one of its subsidiaries endorsed that turned out to be a fraudulent real estate investment fund choked up as she described the embarrassment she felt when the fund was uncovered as a Ponzi scheme in 2009.

Court sides with marine mammal advocates in naval sonar lawsuit

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 7, 2016, 10:54pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal agency tasked with granting the U.S. Navy permission to use low-frequency active sonar for training, testing and routine operations in oceans around the world didn’t do enough to protect marine mammals, a panel of judges in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided recently.

MetLife compliance officer testifies in investment fraud case

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 7, 2016, 10:45pm

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys in the lawsuit against MetLife and its subsidiary grilled a vice president in the insurance giant’s compliance department about policies governing its employees’ activities.