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San Francisco city attorney opposes state's fixed bail schedule

Cheyenne Dickerson Dec. 2, 2016, 12:14pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- In October 2015, legal action was taken against the state of California by a rights group based in Washington, D.C., claiming the current fixed bail scheduled system is unconstitutional and does not provide equal opportunities for wealthy and poor incarcerated individuals.

California ACLUs seek to allow ballot selfies

John Myers Dec. 2, 2016, 11:40am

SAN FRANCISCO -- California residents will be able to share their ballot selfies after a new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

California Franchise Tax Board will take action on pending claims

S. Laney Griffo Nov. 27, 2016, 3:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's franchise tax board (FTB) has announced actions it will take in cases that were being held up pending a decision in the Gillette Company & Subs v. California Franchise Tax Board case.

State Farm ordered to refund rate inflations back to California policyholders

Chandra Lye Nov. 26, 2016, 9:59pm

SACRAMENTO — A court has ordered insurance company State Farm to repay California policyholders millions of dollars in a case that stems from a petition filed by the Consumer Federation of California (CFC) questioning the company’s decision to raise rates in July 2015.

Attorney says communication key to attorney-client relationships and avoiding disputes

Karen Kidd Nov. 22, 2016, 11:41pm

NEWPORT BEACH – While a city in southeast Ventura County grapples with its disputed half-million-dollars' worth of legal fees, an Orange County attorney offered advice for lawyers about how to keep such arguments out of the court system.

University of California, illegal immigrant students await court decision on college subsidies

Heather Doyle Nov. 14, 2016, 9:46am

LOS ANGELES — University of California and its illegal immigrant student population are awaiting the students' fate following a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, who is representing state resident and taxpayer Earl De Vries.

Fight against tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants continues in California

Noell Wolfgram Evans Nov. 10, 2016, 11:04pm

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – A lawsuit concerning who can and cannot be offered in-state tuition benefits in the State of California has been brought against the University of California (UC) Board of Regents by Judicial Watch and Earl De Vries (a state resident).

Court rules CarMax's generic used car inspection reports violate California law

Tara Mapes Nov. 6, 2016, 10:39pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's Ninth Circuit Court reversed a district court’s summary judgment in favor of CarMax Auto Superstores LLC (CarMax) and remanded with instructions to enter summary judgment for plaintiff Travis Gonzales. Gonzales sued CarMax after experiencing problems with a vehicle he purchased at one of its lots.

California court rules employee pay stubs must contain nine items to be legal

John Myers Nov. 6, 2016, 10:28pm

SAN DIEGO -- In Lidia Soto vs. Motel 6 Operating LP, California's Fourth District Appellate Court sent a clear message to employers: they are not obligated to include the monetary amount of accrued vacation pay on their employees' wage statements.

State Bar of California seeks Supreme Court ruling to collect dues

Michelle de Leon Oct. 30, 2016, 11:48pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite the controversial issues darkening the California State Bar, including concerns about the group's expenses, a Senate bill initially anticipated to resolve such matters was not passed by the state legislature.

34th Assembly District candidate Vince Fong seeks to help small businesses

Dawn Geske Oct. 27, 2016, 9:53am

SACRAMENTO – As the highest taxed and regulated state in the country, California small business owners face many challenges when it comes to starting a business within the area. But one candidate is hoping to change this in the 34th Assembly District. 

Siskiyou County Hmong residents file suit claiming voter irntimidation

Claudia Balthazar Oct. 27, 2016, 9:41am

SACRAMENTO – Siskiyou County officials say that allegations made in the Vang Et Al. v. Lopey Et Al. case filed against the county and its officers for voter intimidation are not completely supported by actual facts. Instead, the allegations were just another distraction from what is really going on, they say. 

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to decide dietary supplements case

Michelle de Leon Oct. 26, 2016, 10:58pm

ORLANDO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is on the verge of providing a concrete resolution to the contrasting opinions of district courts regarding certification and classification of dietary supplements and the lawsuits related to them.

Court case says tampon tax is discriminatory

JoAnn Seltzer Oct. 24, 2016, 12:02am

SAN FRANCISCO – California has been taxing tampons and sanitary napkins for years, classifying them as “luxury” items, while labeling items like Viagra and Lubriderm lotion as” medical necessities. Now the court is being asked to change that classification.

California law imposes stricter punishment on prosecutors who withhold, falsify evidence

Dawn Geske Oct. 23, 2016, 12:07pm

SAN FERNANDO – A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will make it a felony for prosecutors to withhold from the defense or falsify evidence in a case.

Efforts continue to boot Judge Aaron Persky from the courtroom after Stanford rape case

Quinten Plummer Oct. 12, 2016, 12:38am

SANTA CLARA - Efforts to recall a now infamous Santa Clara judge continue while opposition has sprung up against a bill that prevents courts from handing down short sentences like the one Judge Aaron Persky handed down in the Stanford rape case.

California to return $36.2 million to Pauma Band after decade-long casino fight

Kathleen McGuire Gilbert Sep. 21, 2016, 7:17pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill appropriating funds for a $36.2 million payment to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians after a court found that the Pauma unfairly overpaid for the right to add slot machines to Casino Pauma.

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. 

Legislative committee chairman can't predict outcome of state's first judicial commission audit

Karen Kidd Aug. 26, 2016, 9:42am

SACRAMENTO – An upcoming audit of California's only commission responsible for disciplining California judges, the Commission on Judicial Performance, will be objective and credible, state legislators say.

Police transparency bill dies in committee

John Jarvis Jul. 5, 2016, 6:05pm

SACRAMENTO – An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said a California Senate bill that recently died in committee would have provided the public access to information it deserves about possible police misconduct.