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Ashley Furniture files notice to remove workplace discrimination case to federal court

By Amanda Thomas | May 28, 2018

FRESNO – Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. recently filed a notice to remove a former employee's age and disability discrimination complaint from Tulare County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division.

Former California City fire chief files suit against city over termination

By Amanda Thomas | May 14, 2018

FRESNO -- Former California City fire chief Justin Vincent has filed a lawsuit against city officials claiming he was pressured to be friendly to marijuana growers.

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Jos. A Bank moves to dismiss California claims from false advertising suit

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

GREENBELT, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a class of customers alleging negligent misrepresentation.

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Federal judge pares Lyft driver's privacy suit over Uber’s alleged driver tracking program

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit brought by a Lyft Inc. driver against Uber Technologies Inc. regarding Uber’s alleged “Hell” tracking program is moving forward.

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Appeals court won't dismiss climate change lawsuit against U.S. government; Group suing Exxon supports case

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of youths who want the government to take stronger actions in fighting climate change.

Judge recommends granting Fresno police officers’ motion in excessive force allegations case

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 30, 2018

FRESNO – A federal magistrate judge has made a recommendation in favor of two Fresno police officers who a man said used excessive force and unlawfully arrested him.

Judge overrules objection, reinstates motions in trademark infringment suit against BIC

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 29, 2018

A federal judge in the Southern District of California has overruled Marketquest Group’s objection to a status order and reinstated motions in a fair use lawsuit against the BIC Corporation.

Judge dismisses RICO suit against IRS

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 29, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the IRS of engaging in unauthorized collection activities in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Judge denies plaintiffs’ request to dismiss 2 charges in $13M investment fraud case

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has denied a request to voluntarily dismiss two charges in a securities fraud case involving Chinese nationals who claim they were victims of a $13 million investment scheme.

General Mills seeks dismissal of man's latest trans fat lawsuit

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 22, 2018

General Mills argues a federal trans fat class-action lawsuit the company faces is “unmistakably” pre-empted because of the passage of a federal statute in late 2015.

Lawsuits accompany backlash to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 22, 2018

As lawsuits pile up against Facebook and a firm accused of collecting private information from millions of people through a social media app, the president of a legal association wants lawmakers to hold accountable data holders who break privacy laws.

Civil advocacy group calls for stronger privacy protection after Facebook data scandal

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 19, 2018

Advocacy group calls for stronger privacy protection after Facebook, Cambridge data scandal

Former Alimera Sciences employee files workplace discrimination suit

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Alimera Sciences employee has filed a workplace discrimination suit in the Northern District of California, claiming the biopharmaceutical company terminated her because of her pregnancy.

South Carolina woman files class-action suit in Facebook, Cambridge data breach

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A South Carolina woman has sued Facebook and a data analytics firm over the firm's gathering of private data from up to 87 million people through the social network.

Judge affirms dismissal of TCPA lawsuit over patient survey calls

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 11, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit accusing a California marketing company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by repeatedly calling a medical group's patients.

Judge dismisses age discrimination case against Stanford University

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 11, 2018

SAN JOSE – A federal judge has dismissed an age discrimination lawsuit against Stanford University because the plaintiff failed to state "a plausible claim."

Foster Wheeler's request for summary judgment in asbestos suit rejected

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has denied a shipyard company's request for summary judgment in an asbestos exposure lawsuit brought by the estate of a worker who worked in the company's boiler rooms.

Judge: California health care department exempt from dormant Commerce Clause

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has reversed a district court's decision in a lawsuit brought by hospitals outside but near the California border against the state Department of Health Care Services.

Fitbit, Nike, others win lawsuit over data uploading patent

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 8, 2018

OAKLAND —A federal judge has thrown out lawsuits against Fitbit, Garmin, GoPro, Nike and other companies alleging they had infringed a data uploading patent, saying the technology described in the patent were abstract ideas and not inventive concepts.

Court affirms staffing agency Aerotek isn’t liable for client’s alleged failure to provide meal breaks

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District, Division of the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a temporary staffing agency doesn’t need to police its client’s meal periods.

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