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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.

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.

UC on court ruling: Affirmative action contributes to 'greater equity and participation in public higher education'

Andrew Burger Aug. 17, 2016, 4:32pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 upheld the right of universities to factor race into admissions decisions in order to promote greater diversity on college campuses.

Wells Fargo continues payouts following overdraft fees court decision

Chandra Lye Aug. 17, 2016, 2:29pm

WASHINGTON – Wells Fargo Bank has continued to refund overdraft fees to customers following its loss in a class-action lawsuit.

Lawsuit challenges law requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school

JoAnn Seltzer Aug. 9, 2016, 10:28am

SAN DIEGO – A group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All in California are suing the state over a new law (Senate Bill 277) requiring children to be vaccinated to attend school, which went into effect July 1.

UC Berkeley law professors view future of landmark Chevron deference

Erik Derr Aug. 3, 2016, 3:55pm

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Supreme Court's apparent recent retreat from its deference to the statutory interpretations of governmental agencies is causing concern, scholars said at an administrative law conference in June hosted by George Mason University's Center for the Study of the Administrative State. The event was held at the Antonin Scalia School of Law, newly dubbed in honor of the late Supreme Court justice.

Law school dean: U.S. Supreme Court decision to take up Fannie Mae case not surprising

Karen Kidd Aug. 3, 2016, 2:25pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case about Fannie Mae's charter awards jurisdiction to federal courts is not too surprising, the dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law said during a recent interview.

Attorneys to meet in state court in wake of SCOTUS refusal to review Google's appeal

Andrew Burger Jul. 18, 2016, 8:27pm

WASHINGTON – A massive civil court class-action lawsuit alleging that Google purposely misled and overcharged advertisers for online ads that were placed on error pages and inactive "parked" websites is advancing in the wake of a June 6 Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision not hear Google's appeal to put a halt to the case.