Charmaine Little News

Released inmates say Alameda County and ankle bracelet monitoring company are guilty of 'extortion'

By Charmaine Little | Aug 1, 2018

A private company responsible for monitoring GPS and alcohol tracking devices on recently released inmates faces accusations of extortion and civil rights violations.

Appeals court reverses lower court in tax case involving limited liability companies

By Charmaine Little | Jul 29, 2018

Appeals court refuses to uphold decision that denied class certification in a case concerning the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

Court denies request by President Trump and government agencies to dismiss environmental lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 28, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the U.S. government’s second petition to drop an environmental lawsuit brought by Earth Guardians and Future Generations.

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of Southwest Airlines discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | Jul 24, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a discrimination case against Southwest Airlines on July 23.

Plaintiffs who allege WellPet sold contaminated pet food granted leave to file amended complaint

By Charmaine Little | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California has granted the plaintiffs in a case over allegedly contaminated pet food products leave to file a second amended complaint.

Woman alleges medical marijuana use in HUD-subsidized apartment led to eviction

By Charmaine Little | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman at risk of losing her home because she uses medical marijuana and lives in a Housing Urban Development (HUD)-subsidized complex sued President Donald Trump and other federal agencies for allegedly having contradictory stances on cannabis.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center doctors, nurse seek to have child birth injury suit moved to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 26, 2018

Queen of the Valley Medical Center physicians and workers named in a negligence suit claiming an infant suffered major injuries after birth filed a notice of removal earlier this month to have the case moved from Napa County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Termination of immigration program for minors escaping violence in Central America sparks lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit by families impacted by the termination of the parole portion of the Central American Minors (CAM) program.

Environmentalists target EPA, Pruitt, alleging violations of Clean Water Act

By Charmaine Little | Jun 24, 2018

Environmental watchdog organizations have called out the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps for Engineers for two regulations in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

$7 million sought from Clearlake Shipping from boat charter company in fraud suit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The owner and charterer of ocean-going vessels is seeking more than $7 million after one of its ships was arrested in Singapore.

Delivery service wants case removed to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A same-day delivery service cited the Class Action Fairness Act as it main argument to remove a class action labor dispute involving delivery couriers.

Zimmer Biomet wants woman's hip replacement product liability suit moved to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 21, 2018

A company named in a product liability suit for an allegedly faulty hip replacement system recently requested the case be removed from the Alameda County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Canadian director claims Disney/Pixar stole 'Inside Out' in copyright infringement suit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 21, 2018

Director, cinematographer, and editor Damon Pourshian recently filed a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging Disney/Pixar’s "Inside Out" was stolen from a short film he wrote while in college.

From Legal Newsline

Court rules law firm's suit against Chuck Yeager, wife does not meet anti-SLAPP criteria

By Charmaine Little | May 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A law firm and lawyers who briefly represented a record-setting test pilot and his wife were denied motion to strike a suit on anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) grounds, according to a May 16 opinion in the court of appeal of the 3rd Appellate District of California.

Symantec securities owner alleges false statements in document led to inflated prices

By Charmaine Little | May 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A man alleges he was damaged when he purchased securities of a cybersecurity solution company at artificially inflated prices.

East Side Union School District student alleges district failed to prevent bullying, abuse from other students

By Charmaine Little | May 25, 2018

SAN JOSE – A Piedmont Hills High School student and her parents filed a legal complaint against a classmate, a teacher, the school district and its principal after the student alleged she suffered bullying and sexual abuse on and off school grounds.

MacBook owners allege butterfly switch keyboards are defective

By Charmaine Little | May 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Three Apple Inc. users filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc. alleging the company knowingly sold defective keyboards on MacBooks.

Former OpenSpend COO alleges company has not issued stock certificates

By Charmaine Little | May 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A former chief operating officer of OpenSpend alleges the company refused to provide his stock certificates after his termination.

From Legal Newsline

Exxon: Climate change plaintiffs' response to dismissal argument a 'distraction'

By Charmaine Little | May 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – ExxonMobil's motion to dismiss a climate change lawsuit filed against it by two California cities makes a jurisdictional argument while it pursues a possible lawsuit against city officials in Texas.

PetSmart seeks to remove overtime pay case to federal court

By Charmaine Little | May 21, 2018

FRESNO – A well-known pet supply company requested a removal of a suit filed by a former manager to federal court.

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