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Federal judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen settlement

Joe Dyton Nov. 25, 2016, 6:13pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge recently approved a $15 billion settlement, one of the largest in the history of the United States, concerning Volkswagen Groups' diesel car emissions scandal.

Mortgage loan modification service providers under fire for violating Fair Housing Act

Kerry Goff Nov. 3, 2016, 3:22pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging that several mortgage loan modification service providers violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by intentionally discriminating against Hispanic homeowners by targeting them for predatory mortgage loan modification services. 

Presidio Trust CEO looks forward to guiding national park's growth

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2016, 12:29pm

Presidio Trust's newly appointed chief executive officer said during a recent interview that she has flowed naturally from law to business to public trust.

U.S. Department of Justice disallows admission of Iraq Inquiry in civil suit against the former Bush administration

Michelle de Leon Oct. 14, 2016, 1:21pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected the submission of the Chilcot Report, barring the documents from reaching the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit as supplemental evidence in the ongoing case centered on the Iraq War.

Attorney says he hopes DOJ will not appeal court ban on feds prosecuting medical marijuana cases

Karen Kidd Sep. 5, 2016, 12:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO – An attorney representing clients in whose favor a California appeals court ruled last month that they could not be prosecuted for marijuana offenses if no state laws were broken, says he hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will not file an appeal.

Judge's nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals depends on politics, professor says

Jenna Spinelle Aug. 11, 2016, 6:23am

SAN FRANCISCO – Following a successful confirmation hearing, Lucy Koh is one step closer to becoming the first female Korean-American judge on an appellate court.

Immigration attorney disbarred for repeated misconduct and non-compliance

Kerry Goff Jul. 27, 2016, 7:59am

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Justice has disbarred attorney Carla Ruth McBeath from practice before the Department of Homeland Security, the Board the Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Court.

Attorney argues that sexual assault victims should be able to file civil cases

John Severance Jul. 21, 2016, 10:29pm

IRVINE – The Stanford University case where a young woman claimed she was raped by Brock Turner, an Olympic hopeful, sent shockwaves through the nation.

U.S. district court shuts down Sacramento soy sauce, tofu plant

Andrew Burger Jul. 13, 2016, 10:28am

FRESNO – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 24 issued a permanent injunction that shuts down the operations of Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp., a Sacramento-based manufacturer and distributor of soy sauce and tofu. 

Illegal drug case dismissed against FedEx

Dawn Geske Jul. 1, 2016, 7:36pm

SAN FRANSICO – At the request of prosecutors, the lawsuit against shipping giant FedEx Corp. was dropped, which accused it of knowingly shipping illegal online prescription drugs.

DoJ weighs in on Apple, Samsung patent litigation

Carrie Salls Jun. 28, 2016, 8:32pm

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice believes the U.S. Supreme Court should turn a long-standing patent infringement battle waging between Samsung Electronics Co. LTD and Apple Inc. back over to a trial court for a ruling on whether a new trial should be held regarding the calculation of damages.?

Suit filed against Trader Joe's Co.

Wadi Reformado Jun. 22, 2016, 11:58am

SAN FRANCISCO – A Monrovia-based grocery store chain is being sued by the federal government.

Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp. alleged to use unsafe food handling processes

Wadi Reformado Jun. 21, 2016, 7:07pm

SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento soy product distributor is being accused of unsanitary packing conditions.

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.

Grande Lum returns to California's Accordence

Rebecca Campbell May 31, 2016, 7:58pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Grande Lum, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service (CRS), has returned to Accordence, the California negotiation training and consulting company he founded, to serve as a senior adviser.

Feds allege Kun Wo Food Products fail to follow food manufacturing practices

Wadi Reformado Apr. 19, 2016, 1:50pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The federal government has filed suit against a San Francisco company alleging its food products are at risk of contamination.

Apple-FBI truce doesn't resolve key issues on encrypted data access

Michael Carroll Mar. 30, 2016, 11:41am

MALIBU – The U.S. Justice Department may have backed out of its legal showdown with Apple this week, but the question of how far law enforcement can go to get private companies to compromise their encryption technology remains an open question.

Apple to pay back $450 million after Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in antitrust case

Emma Gallimore Mar. 15, 2016, 2:22pm

CUPERTINO – The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear challenges to an antitrust case that will force Apple Inc. to pay $450 million after a lower court found that the company contributed to a scheme to fix prices for electronic books.

Journalist sues DOJ, FBI over alleged violation of FOIA

The Northern California Record Mar. 10, 2016, 3:03pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco journalist is suing two federal government entities over allegations of violating the Freedom of Information Act.

Federal government seeks allegedly unpaid taxes from business owner

The Northern California Record Mar. 3, 2016, 9:24pm

SACRAMENTO – A former Orangevale business owner is facing allegations from the government that he owes unpaid taxes.