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Appeals court closes book on ownership dispute regarding two paintings stolen by Nazis in World War II

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

A decades-long suit filed by the descendant of a Dutch art gallery owner claiming the descendant is the rightful owner of two Renaissance paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War II recently ended with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the Dutch government had transferred ownership of the paintings as a sovereign act.

Ninth Circuit agrees Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office violated court orders

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) withheld evidence and manipulated investigations in a lawsuit over racial profiling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.

Ninth Circuit reverses judgment in favor of YouTube creator in trademark infringement suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed the district court ruling in a trademark infringement suit against Papyrus-Recycled Greetings and Drape Creative filed by a narrator of a popular YouTube video.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of suit challenging California labor code amendment

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 2, 2018

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruling dismissing a contractor’s complaint challenging an amendment to the California labor code that permits employers to take a wage-credit only with employee consent, ruling that the bill does not infringe upon the plaintiff’s 1st Amendment Rights.

Guild denied motion to add third party in dispute over writers' pay for movie 'Breaking the Girls'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently denied a motion by the Writers Guild of America West to add Myriad Pictures Inc. as a judgment debtor in the guild's suit against BTG Productions that claimed the production company refused to pay several guild writers for the movie “Breaking the Girls.”

Motion to compel arbitration in Trademark Engine case denied

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Northern California District Court denied patent website Trademark Engine’s motion to compel arbitration for LegalForce, stating that Trademark failed to show that “plaintiffs are parties to the Terms of Service or that they are estopped from avoiding arbitration.”

Defective roofing lawsuit moves ahead, federal court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court of Eastern California denied a building company’s request to throw out a class action lawsuit over defective fiberglass roofing shingles.

Owners of Santa Rosa mobile home community ask to move suit over cleanup after wildfires moved to federal court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Hometown America Management Corp., which owns The Orchard Park mobile community in Santa Rosa, recently filed a motion to transfer to federal court a lawsuit alleging they violated the Mobilehome Residency Law and the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act by charging fees and delaying cleanup after wildfires destroyed many mobile homes in the community.

San Jose business claims New Jersey church failed to repay firm for solar energy system

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

SAN JOSE – San Jose-based Technology Credit Corp. (TCC) recently filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, against the First Assembly of God of Cold Springs (Cold Springs) claiming the church breached their contract when they refused to repay TCC for funding the purchase of their solar energy system.

IKON seeks to remove unfair labor practices lawsuit to federal court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

IKON Office Solutions Inc., Ricoh USA Inc., and Ricoh Americas Corporation recently filed a motion to remove to federal court a lawsuit claiming the company violated California Labor laws by not allowing employees to take meals and breaks and failing to reimburse or pay overtime wages.

Blue Shield of California claims outsource company cost them millions

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

Blue Shield of California recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against HealthPlan Services Inc. (HPS) that alleges HPS cost Blue Shield to lose tens of millions of dollars in mistakes and poor service after HPS was hired to help Blue Shield during the Covered California exchange.

Department of Defense's policy regarding permanent resident military recruits challenged as discriminatory

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Two lawful permanent residents have failed a suit in federal court alleging that the U.S. military’s new policy discriminates against immigrant lawful permanent residents (LPRs) by imposing longer background investigations than those for U.S. citizens, preventing immigrants from serving.

Fitbit granted motion for sanctions against Smart Wearable Technologies in infringement case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted technology company Fitbit’s motions for sanctions and attorney’s fees against Smart Wearable Technologies Inc., noting that plaintiff Smart Wearable’s arguments were “borderline frivolous.”

Flexible Funding alleges Apollo Research Partners misappropriated more than $400,000

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by a financial company who claims it provided finances to a man starting a temporary staffing company who misappropriated the payments for his own personal use.

Son of late Navy veteran alleges delay in treatment at VA-contracted hospital caused death

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The son of a U.S. Navy veteran filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, alleging the VA is directly responsible for his father's death after suffering three heart attacks.

Field Asset Services workers awarded restitution in misclassification case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Former workers at Field Asset Services in California were awarded restitution of more than $600,000 in May after the U.S. District Court of the Northern California District previously found the company misclassified the workers as independent contractors and were liable for damages.

Underground Specialties alleged to have failed to submit to audit per bargaining agreement

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Board of Trustees for Northern California District Council of Laborers, et al. has filed a complaint for audit against Underground Specialties and requests that a federal court issue an injunction for the company to submit to an audit and pay damages.

Judge pares allegations against Disney, Fox and Paramount in patent infringement case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied most of Disney, Fox, and Paramount’s motions to dismiss an intellectual property lawsuit alleging the companies used a patented motion picture visual effects technology program.

Construction firm denied bid to dismiss insurer's claim in case related to contaminants leak at preschool

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently declined to stay proceedings or dismiss a suit brought by an insurance provider alleging their policy does not cover a construction company being sued for allowing asbestos and other contaminants to leak into the air of a preschool.

Apple's patent infringement suit against Samsung dismissed after settlement is reached

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 2, 2018

SAN JOSE – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, recently issued a court order to dismiss Apple Inc.’s lawsuit claiming Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. copied Apple’s patented designs, ending the 7-year-old case.

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