Charmaine Little News

Appeals panel revives class action alleging nutrition supplement company misled consumers

By Charmaine Little | Nov 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined a class action claiming a nutritional supplement company misled consumers shouldn’t be dismissed, reversing the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC gets summary judgment against man accused of securities fraud in appeals court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 9, 2018

On October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission was able to convince the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm its summary judgment already granted by a lower court.

Southern District court denies summary judgments for both parties in misappropriation suit

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO – On Oct. 11, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied both a group of plaintiffs and defendants’ motions for summary judgment in a case of misappropriation of likeness.

Court: Feather River Air Quality Management District entitled to anti-SLAPP motion in suit over dust emissions

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 11, the 3rd Appellate District Court reversed a ruling from Yuba County Superior Court that denied a special motion to strike an anti-SLAPP statute.

Summary judgment denied in dispute alleging infringement regarding outdoor garden broom

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently denied motions for summary judgment in case alleging infringement of trade dress rights regarding an outdoor garden broom.

Apple loses bid to dismiss patent infringement suit involving iPhone camera technologies

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

SAN JOSE – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied Apple’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by camera technology developer Corephotonics accusing Apple of infringing on several of its patents for smartphone and mobile devices.

Third Appellate District Court rules in favor of insurance company in bodily injury case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

AMADOR – On Sept. 25, the Court of Appeal for the 3rd Appellate District affirmed a lower court’s judgment in favor of an insurance company after a couple impacted by an accident were denied additional damages.

Appellate court rules agreement wasn't breached in dispute with North Valley Mall, Longs Drug Stores

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 25, the 3rd Appellate District in the Court of Appeal of California in the affirmed a lower court’s decision in a triangular merger case.

Oyster Point Hotels' motion to dismiss denied in Graebel Commercial Services' breach of contract case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A local hotel group’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract claim against it was denied in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Oct. 5.

Court dismisses suit over woman's allegations that Carelick Hospice Services committed Medicare fraud

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A woman’s claims that a local hospice facility committed Medicare fraud fell short in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as her case was dismissed Oct. 1.

Appeals court says law firm should get more than 10 percent in $18 million wrongful death settlement

By Charmaine Little | Oct 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES – California's Second District Court of Appeal recently determined that a law firm is entitled to more than the 10 percent in attorney fees it was awarded by the Los Angeles County Superior Court after winning an $18 million settlement in a wrongful death case.

Judge denies motion to dismiss investor's suit alleging fraud regarding casino project

By Charmaine Little | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied motions to dismiss an investment group's lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of contract regarding a Pinoleville Pomo Nation casino project.

Federal judge backs some of Volkswagen's claims in class action over 'clean diesel' feature

By Charmaine Little | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted in part and denied in part a Volkswagen motion to dismiss a misrepresentation class action lawsuit.

Federal court resolves multi-million contract dispute between car auction company and consulting business

By Charmaine Little | Oct 4, 2018

A vehicle auction company will receive more than $9 million after a contract dispute with three technology consulting companies.

Patterson Frozen Foods, others ordered to hold annual shareholders' meetings in suit over family member dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

FRESNO – On Sept. 12, the Court of Appeal for the State of California in the 5th Appellate District reversed and remanded a court order that denied four siblings’ request to compel a family member to hold shareholders’ meetings.

Appellate court reverses ruling in suit against Fidelity National Title over fees

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SAN JOSE – On Sept. 7, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, 6th Appellate District reversed a lower court's ruling in favor of a class action representative that claimed Fidelity National Title Co. unlawfully charged mailing fees.

9th Circuit sides with musicians' union in dispute with Paramount over 'Same Kind of Different As Me'

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with a musicians’ organization that sued Paramount Pictures Corp., reversing a lower court’s order, on Sept. 10.

Court green-lights modification in preliminary Roadrunner Intermodel Services class action settlement

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 13, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California OK'd the approval of a change in a continuous preliminary class action settlement.

Coyle Residential awarded summary judgment in indemnity agreement dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California upheld an indemnity agreement Sept. 14.

Appeals court wants California Supreme Court to answer "public works" question in wage dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed off to the California Supreme Court a case concerning the definition of “public works” in the California Labor Code.

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