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San Francisco involved in two sanctuary-city lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO — Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, an immigrant residing in California, has sued the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department over sanctuary-city laws.

State DMV pulls autonomous Uber cars off streets for operating without permits

SAN FRANCISCO – The state DMV, along with the state attorney general, forced Uber to take its robotic cars off the streets of California and cease current state testing for failure to provide current permits. 

Supreme Court ruling expands liability to family members exposed to asbestos

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 2 that employers using asbestos-containing products and premises containing asbestos have a legal duty to household members who are also exposed to the mineral through other persons. 

Biotech 'trial of the century' could determine who owns CRISPR

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia heard arguments Dec. 6 from the University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard regarding the ownership of the CRISPR gene editing method. 

Achaogen adds Gary Loeb to its company as general counsel

SAN FRANCISCO- The California-based biopharmaceutical company Achaogen Inc.has named Gary Loeb as its new general counsel.

Rowley named new managing partner at Seyfarth Shaw firm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney Christian Rowley was named managing partner at the local law office of Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys LLP in San Francisco Nov. 28. 

San Francisco city attorney opposes state's fixed bail schedule

SAN FRANCISCO -- In October 2015, legal action was taken against the state of California by a rights group based in Washington, D.C., claiming the current fixed bail scheduled system is unconstitutional and does not provide equal opportunities for wealthy and poor incarcerated individuals.

Epistar settles patent litigation with Adamax in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Epistar Corp., an innovative LED global lighting company that took legal action in August against Adamax Inc. for alleged patent infringement of six of its LED lighting labels has reached an agreement with Adamax.

CalGang facial recognition technology has problems that spur concerns

SAN FRANCISCO – A state audit in August confirmed that CalGang facial recognition has numerous errors and inaccuracies and could be a breach of individuals' privacy. CalGang, the gang database used by 58 California police agencies, logs individuals with alleged ties to criminal gang activities in hopes of decreasing the crime rate in the state. 

California Supreme Court hears arguments in case alleging overreach by insurance commissioners

SAN FRANCISCO – Arguments were heard on Nov. 1 in the California Supreme Court regarding the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC) versus Dave Jones, one of many California insurance commissioners, regarding regulations and possibly misleading issues around insurance costs.

First ruling handed down in legal dispute between Varian Medical Systems, Elekta

PALO ALTO -- A preliminary decision was made Oct. 27 in the legal patent dispute between popular medical companies Elekta and Varian Medical Systems.

California couple's legal claims center on Samsung phone that burst into flames

BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA – Brandon and Jennifer Covert, a California couple, have filed five legal claims against Samsung recently in connection with its exploding-phone problem. 

Fire Mountain Casino construction delayed after United Auburn Tribe filed an appeal

SACRAMENTO – The United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria has filed an appeal in California's 3rd District Court of Appeal regarding the approval of the Enterprise Rancheria Fire Mountain Casino to continue construction outside of Sacramento.