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California legislators seek to reform 'controversial' Private Attorney General Act

SACRAMENTO—The state of California faces challenges following the creation of law which seeks to protect employees from workplace violations committed by employers, while the system makes reform difficult to enact.

Suspicion and threats of increasing legislation loom in the midst of glyphosate debate

SACRAMENTO – A recent article published by Reuters calls into question the safety of glyphosate, a common weed killer, which, up until now, has only been challenged by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Small business often hurt by serial plaintiffs in ADA violation suits, expert says

LOS ANGELES – Companies throughout California have been suffering due to the occurrence of serial plaintiffs, individuals hired to find violations of requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, yet these lawsuits are doing little to further the cause of justice and may in fact be hurting the local economies, attorneys say.

Indio, Coachella aren't the only places where code violations can lead to huge legal bills, lawyer says

COACHELLA – A law firm that was contracted to prosecute code violations in Indio and Coachella is alleged to have taken residents to criminal court for small crimes and later billing them weighty prosecution fees.

California bill would extend time period employees can file harassment complaint

An amendment to California Government Code may stand to extend the statute of limitations that allows an employee to make a California Fair Employment and Housing Act claim from one year to three years.

Experts: Alameda County jury's $17M compensatory damages verdict in talc case may skew future awards

Although it's not the largest award in a talc lawsuit, experts say the recent award of more than $22 million from a California jury to the family of a deceased paint-maker threatens to skew awards for future talc-asbestos lawsuits.

Mother-daughter legal team join Poole & Shaffery in Santa Clarita

SANTA CLARITA – California's Poole & Shaffery LLP recently added the mother-daughter legal team of Claudia J. McDowell and M. Lisa Odom as partners.

Hispanic Ventures pharmacy company sued for alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations

SAN FRANCISCO— An Alameda County woman filed a class-action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company, alleging that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

State Farm General Insurance Company seeks removal following claims of policy denial

SAN FRANCISCO— State Farm General Insurance Company is seeking removal of civil action from a case alleging policy denial.

Aetna seeks to remove case to federal court

SAN FRANCISCO – Aetna Health and Life Insurance Co. is seeking a removal of a case alleging it denied payment of services.

Woman alleges she was filmed by hidden camera while staying at Airbnb residence

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman is seeking damages following an incident in which she claims she was filmed by a hidden camera in an Airbnb property.

Schnitzer Steel seeks to move case to federal court

SAN FRANCISCO – A steel company is seeking a removal to federal court following its alleged breach of contract and wrongful taking of funds.

St. Joseph Health accused of negligence after medical procedure

SAN FRANCISCO – A couple is seeking damages following an incident in which the husband allegedly suffered an infection and complications.