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Federal appeals court approves class-action suit over US Airways missing luggage

John Myers May 23, 2017, 7:39am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is allowing a class-action lawsuit against US Airways and its parent company American Airlines over baggage fees to move forward.

Appeals court sides with female driver in sexual harassment case

John Severance Apr. 26, 2017, 5:52pm

A female truck driver who accused CRST International of retaliation and a coworker of sexual harassment won an appeal last month after a ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Attorneys say Google likely to pay $22.5 million to settle junk advertising case

John Sammon Apr. 23, 2017, 6:40pm

Attorneys recently said that Google is likely to pay $22.5 million in restitution to advertisers who allegedly didn’t get their money’s worth when the internet giant placed their advertisements on “error pages” and “inactive” websites.

California city's case involving video release of police shooting dismissed by appeals court

Tricia Erickson Mar. 24, 2017, 2:34pm

GARDENA, Calif. — A federal appeals court recently dismissed a California city’s claim that a judge prematurely released video of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man.

U.S. government agrees to $1 million settlement in Mexican man’s death

Laura Halleman Mar. 19, 2017, 10:50am

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has tentatively approved a settlement for the United States government to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by federal border officers who beat and shot him with a stun gun while he was handcuffed.

Appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit

Laura Halleman Mar. 15, 2017, 11:57am

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court recently rejected a lawsuit that would have required labels on egg cartons to indicate the type of housing the chickens were raised in.

Republican senators push bill to split up 9th Circuit

Rebecca Campbell Mar. 7, 2017, 6:18pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A Republican push to split up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is gaining ground on Capitol Hill, as the Trump administration has rolled out a revised version of the travel-ban executive order, more than a month after the original version was blocked by the court.

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.

California environmental lawsuit still up in the air

Dee Thompson Feb. 2, 2017, 5:47pm

SAN FRANCISCO–Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 are hoping that a change in the White House will have the desired effect on a clean air policy on the other side of the nation.

Appeals court rules against small-business group in transparency case over Pentagon contracts

Russell Boniface Jan. 30, 2017, 3:37pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The American Small Business League lost an appeal on Jan. 6 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco in an attempt to show evidence of reduced subcontracting opportunities for small businesses in Pentagon contracts.

California case could set national precedent on Native Americans' water rights

Glenn Minnis Dec. 7, 2016, 10:52am

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California federal appeals court is expected to rule soon in a water rights case pitting the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians against the state government in a decision that could spark concerns across the country.

Ninth Circuit confirms fairness of neutral time clock rounding system

Michelle de Leon Dec. 1, 2016, 8:27pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared that a petitioner seeking overtime pay and damages under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act was misguided in his claims that the time clock rounding system cheated him of his pay.

Settlement proves costly in case of pre-recorded phone calls

Chandra Lye Dec. 1, 2016, 6:33pm

&&&CALIFORNIA--The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has approved the settlement terms of the class action lawsuit Stemple v. QC Holdings. The plaintiff, Paul Stemple, filed a complaint against QC Holdings alleging it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by contacting him – and others – via cell phone.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals changes opinion on lip balm slack-fill case, putting pressure on similar suits

Heather Doyle Nov. 26, 2016, 10:21pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Courts may now approach slack-fill suits with greater skepticism when a manufacturer accurately labels its net weight following an amended opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, according to a lip balm lawsuit.

Appeals court settles Tahoe agency's clash with environmental groups

Mary Anne Kress Nov. 22, 2016, 7:58pm

SAN FRANCISCO – An ongoing conflict between the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has come to an end ... for now. The environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr, appealed their lawsuit to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez dismissed it in April 2014. The appeals court upheld the TRPA plan.

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.

Commercial liability insurer found not liable under watercraft exclusion for fish oil contamination claim

Robert Lawson Nov. 3, 2016, 11:42pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A commercial liability insurer (CGL) has been declared as not responsible for damages claimed in a lawsuit settlement over contaminated fish oil aboard a vessel operated by the company suing, according to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling filed in September.

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.

Court to consider deportation case involving man classified as lacking 'good moral character'

Chandra Lye Oct. 25, 2016, 5:59pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has ordered a rehearing for a case that involves an undocumented immigrant who was classified as lacking “good moral character” because he was considered a “habitual drunkard.”

Ninth Circuit Judge O'Scannlain to assume senior status

Robert Lawson Oct. 24, 2016, 12:09am

SAN FRANCISCO – United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain will assume senior status.