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Pacific Gas & Electric loses part of contaminated water case

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court ruling in part but also affirmed part of the ruling in a case against Pacific Gas & Electric Company over contaminated water discharge.

Dollar Tree wins class action suit over pay stubs

LOS ANGELES -- Dollar Tree stores have been cleared of wrongdoing in federal court when a jury sided with the store in a class action regarding employee access to electronic wage statements (pay stubs).

Class action securities fraud case against Amirys dropped

SAN FRANCISCO -- Plaintiffs in a class action securities fraud case against a California biotechnology company have dismissed the case, with no reason given for the dismissal.

California Supreme Court remands case involving license plate readers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court has largely upheld but remanded, the American Civil Liberties Union's license plate reader data request case.

Condominium owners continue to fight Shell over contaminated soil, water

SAN FRANCISCO -- A condominium complex built on the site of a former fuel distribution terminal has lost part of its case against Shell Oil. An appellate court found Shell not guilty of negligence but the question of Shell’s failure to remove all its petroleum products from the soil and water at the site, thus creating a continuing nuisance, remain to be settled by the lower court.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules bank underwriters entitled to overtime

A federal appeals court recently ruled that mortgage underwriters who work more than 40 hours per week are entitled to overtime pay.

United Poultry Concerns vows to fight ritual killing of chickens

A recent court victory by an Orthodox synagogue in Irvine in a case brought by United Poultry Concerns, a Virginia-based animal rights group, is not the end, according to the group's founder.

Synagogue wins suit filed by United Poultry Concerns over ritual killing of chickens

An Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Orange County has won a suit filed against it by an animal rights group alarmed by the ritual killing of chickens.

Qualcomm faces legal battles over chip technology

Tech giant Qualcomm is facing litigation on several fronts related to its exclusive patent on the chip essential to all iPhones.

Favorable ruling given in cases brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

SACRAMENTO — A recent order in the case against a California energy company could have far-ranging implications in actions brought against companies by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

California Supreme Court rules lower court failed to consider if coho salmon are native species

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that claimants who are seeking to remove coho salmon from the state's endangered species list can now attempt to demonstrate that the fish never should have been included on the list.

Netflix, Fox battle over executive employment contracts

LOS ANGELES — Fox and Netflix are locked in a battle over the employment contracts of two executives who Netflix lured away from the rival network.

Data: Criminal cases in California not argued in a timely manner before state Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP has made a science of analyzing the California Supreme Court and how it operates, but its handling of criminal cases has bore particular scrutiny.

Judge in Monsanto/Roundup lawsuits asks for briefings on flaws in agency reports

SAN FRANCISCO — Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California entered a pretrial order in the Roundup litigation last month, asking the parties to submit briefs addressing the flaws or biases within the Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Scientists fighting over patent for gene-editing technology

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the world of genetic-editing technology known as CRISPR, a major battle is brewing between rival scientists who both feel they deserve the patent.

Attorney uses analytics to advise clients about chances of victory

CHICAGO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins has developed a specialty in the fast-growing field of legal analytics, advising clients of his firm about their chances of winning at the appellate level.

Tenant loses eviction case involving reportedly sinking Millennium Tower

SAN FRANCISCO — A tenant of the Millennium Tower recently lost an eviction action by the building’s owners, but the victory in court spotlights the continuing issues faced by the reportedly sinking building.

California Horse Racing Board 'disappointed' in appellate-court decision in De La Torre case

LOS ANGELES — Horse trainer Jose De La Torre had a trial-court decision overturned in his favor in a lawsuit brought against the California Horse Racing Board, according to a news release on

California environmental lawsuit still up in the air

SAN FRANCISCO–Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 are hoping that a change in the White House will have the desired effect on a clean air policy on the other side of the nation.

Retired justice said Brock Turner's judge was right to rule the way that he did

STOCKTON — A retired judge who served on a panel of legal experts that met recently to discuss the Brock Turner case said that a Santa Clara judge was right to rule the way that he did in the case.