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California Supreme Court will hear class members' case

Karen Kidd Oct. 22, 2016, 9:06pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court's decision to hear a case that questions whether unnamed class members have rights to appeal court-awarded attorneys’ fees without formally intervening in litigation amounted to winning the legal appeal lottery.

California Supreme Court Denies Hearing on San Mateo County Community College project

Michelle de Leon Oct. 22, 2016, 8:52pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court has declared that it is not authorized to determine whether or not the disputed project in the high-profile case of the Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens vs. San Mateo County Community College District could be considered as a “new” undertaking.

Multistate Tax Compact declared nonbinding in California

S. Laney Griffo Oct. 21, 2016, 7:06pm

CALIFORNIA – The Gillette Company is out of options in their case against California Franchise Tax Board after the United States Supreme Court denied their appeal.

California county unions appeal to state supreme court on pension decision

Kate Jacobson Oct. 13, 2016, 7:45pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Four labor union groups in Marin County, California, are asking the state supreme court to reconsider a lower court ruling that would alter pension plans and retirement benefits for public employees currently on the job.

Appeals court advances case regarding Beats by Dre headphones royalties

Mike Helenthal Oct. 12, 2016, 1:20pm

LOS ANGELES – A California appeals court judge recently cleared the way for the founders of Beats by Dre headphones to settle their dispute over royalties in a courtroom.

California law professor says Supreme Court should overturn ruling in Yelp case

Karen Kidd Oct. 9, 2016, 9:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO -– A Santa Clara law professor claims the California Supreme Court should reverse an appeals court order for Yelp to remove negative posts about a San Francisco personal injury attorney.

Court dismisses patent infringement case against

Russell Boniface Oct. 8, 2016, 11:59pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed a suit against by Tridim Innovations alleging patent infringement.

California court rules in favor of Plavix lawsuits proceeding

Kerry Goff Oct. 8, 2016, 11:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court recently announced its decision that patients or their family members can sue manufacturer Bristol-Myers for falsely advertising the benefits of the cardiovascular drug Plavix, even though the company and most of the plaintiffs are based in other states.

California Supreme Court to review federal de minimis doctrine

Joe Dyton Oct. 7, 2016, 8:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court will give a case based on the established doctrine de minimis on the recommendation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Affordable housing legal dispute likely headed for U.S. Supreme Court

John Breslin Oct. 4, 2016, 3:35pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Legal disputes stemming from local governments forcing developers to set aside land for affordable housing, or else pay fines, are expected to persist until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the matter.

Joshua Tree Business Alliance takes fight against Dollar General to state Supreme Court

Dawn Geske Sep. 21, 2016, 7:35pm

JOSHUA TREE – The opposition of a Dollar General store in a small rural community has been taken before the Supreme Court of California.

Calif. Supreme Court follows the lead of U.S. Supreme Court on amending proposed initiatives

Nancy Crist Sep. 18, 2016, 8:02pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court’s first-time interpretation of Section 9002 of the state’s Elections Code shows its willingness to follow the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court.

California Bar asks for Supreme Court intervention in dues issue

Mike Helenthal Sep. 18, 2016, 4:05pm

SAN FRANCISO – The State Bar of California (SBC) is throwing itself at the mercy of the Supreme Court of California, hoping to reinstate its ability to collect fees, which lapses Jan. 1, 2017.

Delta Island purchase gets go ahead by state Supreme Court

Dawn Geske Sep. 16, 2016, 5:33am

LOS ANGELES – The California Supreme Court has ruled that a Southern California water supplier can go ahead with the purchase of the Delta Islands, regardless of the opposition and lawsuit against it.

Employers cannot enforce arbitration agreements, according to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision

S. Laney Griffo Sep. 15, 2016, 2:42pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers can no longer enforce class-action waivers in arbitration agreements signed by their employees.

Are out-of-state plaintiffs clogging California courts?

Seth Sandronsky Sep. 14, 2016, 4:25pm

SACRAMENTO - A new study by the Civil Justice Association of California details the volume of product liability cases that out-of-state plaintiffs filed in Los Angeles and San Francisco against pharmaceutical companies between January 2010 and May 2016.

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. 

Attorney disbarred after failing to appear for hearing twice

John Breslin Sep. 11, 2016, 3:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco attorney has been disbarred after twice failing to appear before the State Bar Court for a disciplinary trial.

State Supreme Court rules retirees protected with prompt pay laws

Quinten Plummer Sep. 7, 2016, 8:01pm

SACRAMENTO – Retiring is a form of quitting when it comes to prompt pay protections provided for in California labor laws, the state’s Supreme Court concluded.

Attorneys hope Supreme Court ends prescription drug innovator liability

Carrie Salls Sep. 7, 2016, 7:54pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court will decide a case that attorneys hope will once-and-for-all put an end to courts allowing brand-name drug manufacturers to be held liable for injuries resulting from use of their products’ generic counterparts.