Charmaine Little News

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.

Appeals court sends Kentucky Fried Chicken class action case back to district court

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has remanded a class action lawsuit against Great American Chicken Corp., after it failed to meet the residency rule for class action members.

Appeals court reverses and remands FERC decision against irrigation district

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a complaint stemming from an alleged breach of contract between an irrigation district and an electric company.

Appeals court refuses to dismiss retired employees' class action case against Orange County

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

PASADENA — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court’s decision to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the County of Orange after it changed health benefits for retired employees.

Ninth Circuit Court reverses dismissal of NFL players' claims of illegally supplied drugs

By Charmaine Little | Sep 7, 2018

A group of retired NFL players can pursue claims the National Football League illegally supplied players with opioids and other prescription drugs, a federal appeals court ruled.

Appellate court orders denial of summary judgment in suit over San Francisco marathon runner's death

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – On Aug. 13, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, 1st Appellate District, Division Four reversed in part and affirmed in part a wrongful death case filed by the family of a man who died shortly after crossing the finish line of the San Francisco Half Marathon.

Appeals court addresses the definition of 'outdoor' in AC Transit bus case

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Court of Appeal of the State of California for the 1st Appellate District, Division Four reversed in part and affirmed in part a case that addressed whether the inside of a non-air-conditioned bus should be held to state regulations as an outdoor work environment on Aug. 13.

Court rules Center for Biological Diversity's motion does not entitle it to order stop of injections

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Court of Appeal of the State of California in the 1st Appellate District, Division Five affirmed a lower court’s ruling that denied a biological center’s petition to order a state department to close oil and gas wells.

Flextronics International USA alleges companies fixed prices of resistors

By Charmaine Little | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Japanese electronic manufacturing company and others already facing a class action lawsuit are now looking at more price-fixing allegations in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.

AJY International alleges supplier submitted false documents, seeks declaration it is not liable

By Charmaine Little | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – On July 26, a California food distributor submitted a lawsuit in a U.S. district court against several U.S. government entities seeking declaration it is not liable for any alleged misdeeds after a Korean supplier allegedly provided false documents to the federal government.

McKesson seeks to remove San Mateo County's suit over controlled substances orders to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A drug distributor the County of San Mateo sued over allegations it didn’t report suspicious opioid activity has filed a notice of removal to transfer the case to federal court.

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