Carrie Salls News

Affymetrix, Life Technologies cleared of patent infringment claim

By Carrie Salls | May 13, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Affymetrix Inc. and Life Technologies Corp. have not infringed on a patent held by the Regents of the University of California or Becton, Dickinson and Co., and Sirigen, according to a summary judgment entered May 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

BMW of North America fee dispute in 'Lemon Law' case decided by federal court

By Carrie Salls | May 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California partially approved the payment of $18,431 fees and costs incurred in a settled lawsuit filed against BMW of North America LLC, according to an order filed April 30.

Time runs out for several claims against P.I. Iron in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, court rules

By Carrie Salls | May 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California agreed with P.C. Iron Inc.’s contention that most claims filed against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a former employee who was allegedly fired because of her pregnancy were time-barred, according to an order filed May 1.

Fed Ex successful in moving wrongful firing lawsuit to federal court

By Carrie Salls | Apr 28, 2018

A former Fed Ex employee has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, alleging age discrimination and retaliation and other wrongdoing.

Elderly passenger files lawsuit after North Tahoe Cruises fails to settle fall dispute

By Carrie Salls | Apr 28, 2018

An elderly Nevada resident filed a lawsuit on April 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, alleging that North Tahoe Cruises Inc. and other defendants did not address a safety hazard on a lake cruise boat after the plaintiff allegedly fell.

Petitioners ask court to order Gov. Brown, attorney general to comply with Trump immigration efforts

By Carrie Salls | Apr 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Two California residents filed a petition asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Fresno Division to order Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. and Attorney General Xavier Becerra to comply with the promises made in their oath of office and enforce the immigration rules mandated by President Donald J. Trump, according to an April 20 court filing.

United States, Insight sue for payment of $570,367 allegedly owed for remediation work

By Carrie Salls | Apr 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The United States of America filed a breach of contract lawsuit on behalf of Insight Environmental Engineering & Construction Inc. against Aecom Technical Services Inc., Federal Insurance Co. and 10 Doe defendants in connection with remediation work performed at Edwards Air Force Base, according to a complaint filed April 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

NFIB senior staff attorney calls Wisconsin litigation funding disclosure law 'a step forward for small business'

By Carrie Salls | Apr 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the passage of a bill in Wisconsin dealing with amendments to that state’s civil litigation guidelines, Luke Wake, senior staff attorney for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, said he believes the Wisconsin legislation is “a step forward for small business.”

From Legal Newsline

Phoney Lawsuits: TCPA plaintiff didn't really want texts to STOP, group claims

By Carrie Salls | Jan 31, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A woman who couldn't follow directions to "STOP" receiving text messages shouldn't be allowed to sue over them, a group representing the interests of credit and collections professionals says.

Ninth Circuit upholds ruling that lenders, marketers had no role in unwanted text

By Carrie Salls | Jan 25, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a federal district court ruling absolving three lenders and two marketing companies from allegations they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in connection with an unsolicited text message sent Dec. 6, 2011, according to a Jan. 10 opinion authored by District Judge Sandra S. Ikuta.

Ninth Circuit sends PG&E stormwater discharge issue back to lower court

By Carrie Salls | Nov 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed part of a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California summary judgment in a lawsuit aimed at limiting Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) “indirect and direct stormwater discharges of wood treatment chemicals from various of its facilities in San Francisco and Humboldt Bays,” according to a Nov. 2 Ninth Circuit opinion.

USC seeks to get fraud class action thrown out

By Carrie Salls | Aug 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California is asking the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed against the university and 10 unnamed “Doe” defendants amid allegations that the plaintiffs’ credit card information was compromised because more than five digits of the card numbers were printed on receipts.

Appeals court validates assessment against Manteca Unified School District

By Carrie Salls | Apr 18, 2017

The California Third District Court of Appeal recently reversed a ruling in which Judge Bobby W. McNatt of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County found that flood control and drainage assessments levied by Water Reclamation District No. 17 against Manteca Unified School District were not valid.

Missouri AG takes states' fight against California egg law to US Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Mar 3, 2017

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.

Promissory note security classification ruling called limited in scope

By Carrie Salls | Mar 3, 2017

SAN JOSE – The California Court of Appeals, in a Feb. 16 ruling, held that a promissory note did not qualify as a security under two legal tests. However, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP partner Keith Paul Bishop said the ruling in People v. Black “is limited to the particular facts presented.”

Insurer loses latest round in fight against Prop. 103-related rate decreases

By Carrie Salls | Feb 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO — The California insurance industry recently lost another battle against a law that protects consumers against excessive rate hikes when the California Court of Appeal upheld a lower-court ruling in a challenge brought by Mercury Casualty Co. and industry lobbying groups.

Commission: Payday lender ruling 'a win for California consumers'

By Carrie Salls | Jan 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Business Oversight is “extremely pleased” with a Dec. 22 California Supreme Court ruling in a nearly decade-long case related to payday lenders’ ties to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.  

Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Dec 1, 2016

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).

Secretary of Labor disagrees with whistleblower reinstatement ruling; no decision on appeal

By Carrie Salls | Nov 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has rejected a request by a California cement plant worker for temporary reinstatement of his employment as a whistleblower after the company for which the employee had worked had changed hands.  

Judge's comments to jury pool stating mistrust of plumbers leads to reversal of murder conviction

By Carrie Salls | Oct 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Comments made to potential jurors by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge regarding her distrust of plumbers has led to an appeals court decision overturning the murder conviction of Vincent Tatum.  

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