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California appeals court denies class action status in U.S. Bank National Association lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – A California Court of Appeal denied a class action certification in a lawsuit against the U.S. Bank National Association on Jan. 17.

IRS accused of illegal sting operation

A group of businesses who participated in an IRS scheme to catch those filing fraudulent tax returns has claimed they lost millions of dollars.

California Supreme Court upholds day of rest requirement in case against Nordstrom

The California Supreme Court recently settled a dispute in a class-action lawsuit against Nordstrom regarding the California Labor Code’s day of rest requirement.

Judge denies permission for attorney to access former partner's server

SAN JOSE — A judge for the U.S. District Court Northern District of California has denied an application for an attorney to access his former legal partner’s server.

State Bar files disciplinary charges against former LA city attorney

LOS ANGELES — Disciplinary charges have been filed by the State Bar of California against the former city attorney of Los Angeles, Carmen Trutanich.

Dispute between Synopsys and ATopTech dismissed by district court

SAN FRANCISCO — A district court has dismissed a dispute over a copyright infringement between tech companies Synopsis and ATopTech.

University of San Francisco grad added to Judicate West's neutrals

SAN FRANCISCO — Judicate West, a private dispute-resolution company, has added a University of San Francisco graduate to its list of neutrals.

Competing companies promise to 'vigorously' fight in trade-secrets lawsuit

A showdown between two competing power-solution companies headquartered in California is set to play out before a Delaware court.

Settlement proves costly in case of pre-recorded phone calls

&&&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.

State Farm ordered to refund rate inflations back to California policyholders

SACRAMENTO — A court has ordered insurance company State Farm to repay California policyholders millions of dollars in a case that stems from a petition filed by the Consumer Federation of California (CFC) questioning the company’s decision to raise rates in July 2015.

More lawyers opting to work in a shared workspace instead of law offices in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – There are more lawyers in the Bay Area who have opted for a shared workplace environment than in the local top law firms.

UC Davis hosts appeal court hearings

DAVIS — University of California, Davis Law School hosted appellate court hearings in the school’s King Hall last month, giving students and the public an opportunity to see how the judicial system works.

DMV allegedly targeting low-income residents with license suspensions

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been sued by a group of civil rights and legal aid organizations who allege the department illegally suspended the driver’s licenses of low-income residents.

California Supreme Court to examine standards for evidence in product defect cases

SAN FRANCISCO – The type of evidence allowed at product defect cases may soon change, pending a decision by the California Supreme Court.

City of San Ramon service tax may head to California Supreme Court

SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA — A decision by a state appeals court that upheld a tax on new development within City of San Ramon may be heading to the California Supreme Court.

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

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.”

California court of appeals rejects company's anti-deficiency claim

LOS ANGELES – California's Second District Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by a trial court that granted anti-deficiency protection for a company that claimed it was both the borrower and guarantor of a loan. 

Uber comes out on top in appeals court decision

CALIFORNIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has found that Uber’s arbitration agreements with its drivers are legal and binding.

Judge orders changes to Proposition 64 pamphlet wording

SACRAMENTO – Both for and against groups of California’s Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, have been ordered to change the wording of their arguments on a public pamphlet.

Wells Fargo continues payouts following overdraft fees court decision

WASHINGTON – Wells Fargo Bank has continued to refund overdraft fees to customers following its loss in a class-action lawsuit.