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Vacant seat on California Supreme Court opens door for first openly gay justice

After 23 years on the California Supreme Court bench, a senior Republican justice will retire, offering a vacant seat to be appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Ruling in reasonable accommodation for disabilities reversed

A ruling that provided for reasonable accommodation for employees with disabled associates has been reversed.

California Supreme Court declines to depublish decision in CEQA case

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court will not depublish its decision regarding an environmental-impact report in a residential development project despite numerous requests by local and state organizations, associations, developers and law firms.

California law firms see push toward marketing spending, according to survey

MENLO PARK – A California-based legal staffing and consulting firm has conducted a survey that indicates that there will be an increase in marketing spending for law firms within the next few months.

PTSD at center of disability lawsuit

SAN JOSE – An Apple software engineer has filed a lawsuit after being denied long-term disability benefits, which he claims he is entitled to for the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) he developed in June 2015.

California Supreme Court sets interim dues for state bar, creates $4.5 million shortfall

SAN FRANCISCO - Interim dues have been set by the Supreme Court of California for the California State Bar in light of legislation that has not been approved a bar bill for 2017.

California Supreme Court rules against Coldwell Banker in real estate case

LOS ANGELES – The Supreme Court of California has ruled in favor of a home buyer in a real estate case against a brokerage firm.

Lenders Cloud lawsuit may push for settlement over alleged violation of phone statute

SACRAMENTO – A lawsuit has been filed against a company using telephone solicitation, claiming it is in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Study shows decline in UC Berkeley, Stanford grads securing employment

BERKELEY – The University of California Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University of Law have dropped in their rankings in a Princeton Review study of graduates' ability to gain employment, but still show strong numbers in reports required by the American Bar Association (ABA).

34th Assembly District candidate Vince Fong seeks to help small businesses

SACRAMENTO – As the highest taxed and regulated state in the country, California small business owners face many challenges when it comes to starting a business within the area. But one candidate is hoping to change this in the 34th Assembly District. 

California law imposes stricter punishment on prosecutors who withhold, falsify evidence

SAN FERNANDO – A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will make it a felony for prosecutors to withhold from the defense or falsify evidence in a case.

Berkeley's cell phone case questions judge's relationship with wireless industry

BERKELEY – The wireless industry has filed an appeal to stop notifying consumers of the harms of cell phone use at the point of sale for cell phone retailers under the Cell Phone Right To Know Ordinance.

Lawsuits against Bayer to be consolidated in Alameda County Superior Court

OAKLAND – A number of product liability suits brought against a birth control manufacturer on behalf of 900 women will have those cases coordinated before one judge in Alameda County Superior Court.

Lawyer: Northern District Court's ruling in Rose case could open more certification litigation

SAN FRANCISCO – A new ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has opened implied certification claims to the elimination of proof in a two-part test.

AirBNB files additional lawsuits to fight home-sharing city ordinances

SANTA MONICA – A series of lawsuits have been filed by home rental host AirBNB in an attempt to support the rights of its home rental users

American Small Business League continues fight against the federal government

PETALUMA – The American Small Business League (ASBL) has filed for an injunction to halt the alleged falsifying of small business contracts by the federal government.

Court determines police pursuit policy requires proof of understanding

SAN DIEGO – The recent ruling handed down in an appeals case against the Beaumont Police Department demonstrates that liability can still be an issue despite having policies in place to prevent problems.

Court: Banning gun purchases to medical marijuana cardholders does not violate Second Amendment

SACRAMENTO – A court has upheld a federal ban on medical marijuana cardholders in nine Western states, including California, to purchase a firearm.

California arbitration bill draws opposition, would force cases out of state

SACRAMENTO – Opposition has formed against an arbitration bill designed to increase time and cost burdens for arbitrators in California.

Joshua Tree Business Alliance takes fight against Dollar General to state Supreme Court

JOSHUA TREE – The opposition of a Dollar General store in a small rural community has been taken before the Supreme Court of California.