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Attorney plans to file petition to U.S. Supreme Court in MLB antitrust suit

Zachary Lewis Jul. 11, 2017, 10:47pm

After a federal court dismissed appeal filed by former minor league players in an antitrust suit, their counsel is planning to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

Melissa Busch Apr. 7, 2017, 2:55pm

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

SCOTUS to hear appeal on Plavix case

John Severance Mar. 14, 2017, 7:07pm

SAN FRANCISCO — On the day before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal concerning jurisdiction involving Bristol Myers Squibb and its blood-thinning medication Plavix.

Missouri AG takes states' fight against California egg law to US Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 5:05pm

WASHINGTON — A California law designed to improve the living conditions of hens has drawn opposition from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has taken his challenge of the law’s egg-sale restrictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friedrichs 2.0: New lawsuit by 8 teachers challenges mandatory dues paid to California union

Glenn Minnis Feb. 18, 2017, 3:20pm

BURLINGAME, Calif. — The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit on behalf of eight California teachers challenging the school district’s practice of making union membership and ascribed dues mandatory.

Supreme Court takes nonresident jurisdiction case

Christopher Knoll Feb. 3, 2017, 12:10pm

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take up the arguments put forth in the appealed Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, a case that involves establishing the limits of personal jurisdiction over nonresident parties cited in a mass class-action lawsuit.

US Supreme Court to review $4M in damages awarded in police shooting

Rebecca Campbell Jan. 25, 2017, 3:04pm

LOS ANGELES — A Lancaster, California, couple that was awarded $4 million in damages for a California police shooting three years ago could have its award reversed after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider overturning it.

Supreme Court rules for Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 8, 2017, 6:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samsung on Dec. 6, in what is being heralded as a major victory in the patent controversy with rival tech giant Apple.

Supreme Court to determine pension laws for religious-affiliated hospitals

JoAnn Seltzer Dec. 20, 2016, 2:52pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court will determine if hospitals with a church affiliation qualify for a church pension plan or if they must follow federal laws for pension benefits, a decision that would have a grave financial impact on hospitals.

Prop 64 affecting court sentences, lawyer says

John Myers Dec. 8, 2016, 8:05pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the state of California, but the new laws are taking effect under a haze of confusion.

Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Dec. 1, 2016, 7:00pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case related to the removal of a 1/64 Native American girl from her potential adoptive family in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Federal appeals court upholds endangered seal species listing

John Breslin Nov. 3, 2016, 12:17pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruling regarding an endangered seal species will have an impact far from the Arctic Circle, environmentalists say.

Supreme Court decision in Bristol Myers Squibb case will impact products liability lawsuits

Dee Thompson Oct. 23, 2016, 11:37pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- A recent California Supreme Court decision involving the pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb will greatly impact products liability lawsuits in California and possibly in other states, experts say.

Former Solicitor General Verrilli joins law firm, opens D.C. office

Robert Lawson Oct. 18, 2016, 11:39am

SAN FRANCISCO — Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP will open a new office in Washington, D.C., led by former United States Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. The Washington, D.C., office is the firm's first new office in 25 years.

Lawyer: Northern District Court's ruling in Rose case could open more certification litigation

Dawn Geske Oct. 13, 2016, 9:52pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A new ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has opened implied certification claims to the elimination of proof in a two-part test.

U.S. Supreme Court seeks solicitor general's input on California securities case

Kate Jacobson Oct. 13, 2016, 7:32pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the solicitor general to weigh in on a jurisdiction question for a federal securities lawsuit out of California.

Professor agrees with L.A. Times column that 9th Circuit seems more centric

Robert Lawson Oct. 12, 2016, 9:58pm

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Times opinion editorial piece written by Ben Feuer described the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as the court "conservatives love to hate." 

Environmental law attorney: EPA's clean power plan among major litigation in California

Karen Kidd Sep. 27, 2016, 4:51am

SAN FRANCISCO – The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) clean power plan is among the major environmental and energy litigation in the state right now, according to a San Francisco-based industry attorney.

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.

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.