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Advisers claim ModiFace didn't pay transaction fee after L’Oreal deal

By Elizabeth Alt | May 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — ModiFace, an augmented reality technology service for the beauty industry, is being sued by an investment bank for $1 million over allegations it secured a contract with L’Oreal for which advisers claim they should have received a fee.

Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club requests court to exonerate or limit liability in injury case

By Elizabeth Alt | May 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club in San Francisco has filed a request for a court to exonerate it from liability after a man claimed he sustained injuries when one of its boats ran into his leg while he was swimming.

Lucasfilm, Denny's face lawsuit from gaming company alleging copyright infringement

By Elizabeth Alt | May 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm and Denny’s Restaurants are being sued over allegations they used the name of a trademarked video card game “SABACC” to promote the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” movie.

Laborers union claims Legend Theatrical failed to pay benefits

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 22, 2018

A California board of trustees for multiple union trust funds in Northern California filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on April 9, alleging Legend Theatrical owes fringe benefits and refuses to pay the trust nearly $30,000.

Muslim Advocates seek retraction of inflammatory report released by federal government

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 22, 2018

Attorneys for Muslim Advocates recently filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the United States departments of Justice and Homeland Security regarding a recent report they claim is another step in President Donald Trump’s” anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda."

Disparate state laws prevent class action against Hyundai in faulty power steering case

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 20, 2018

The United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the majority of claims brought by Oregon residents who alleged that Hyundai Motor Co. knowingly put defective power steering in their vehicles.

From Legal Newsline

Apple files motion to dismiss lawsuit over allegedly defective Powerbeats headphones

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Apple has responded to a class action lawsuit with a motion to dismiss claims its Powerbeats headphones have a defective battery, arguing in the motion that the plaintiffs have no standing.

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Kiss My Face: Stop letting class action plaintiffs try to fix their lawsuit

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for the cosmetics company Kiss My Face have asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to dismiss the complaint alleging its use of the term “natural” misleads customers, stating the plaintiffs have “largely disregarded” the court’s previous orders to amend their complaint.

Iranian doctor ordered to arbitrate harassment claims against hospital

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 6, 2018

California's 2nd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling March 14 ordering a former medical resident to arbitrate her claims of harassment and threats against White Memorial Center.

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California court rules mortgage companies can be considered debt collectors under Rosenthal Act

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 28, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – On March 13, California’s 4th Appellate Court, Division One issued a ruling that reversed the San Diego County Superior Court's decision that favored a mortgage servicer, finding that mortgage companies can be considered debt collectors under the state's Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Man tries again at lawsuit alleging Synthes' surgical implant was defective

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 14, 2018

A Johnson & Johnson-owned company will face another lawsuit over a defective surgical implant device used to assist in the repair of broken bones after a man has amended his lawsuit, naming the company as the defendant responsible for his injuries nearly three years after the lawsuit began.

9th Circuit seeks answers from D.C. court in bankruptcy case

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 7, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Feb. 27 issued an order to stay a case until the District of Columbia Court of Appeals can answer three certified questions the 9th Circuit says will determine how to rule in a bankruptcy case.

California appellate court reverses ruling for ex-ranch worker who alleged years of unpaid work

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- A former ranch worker has won his appeal against his former employer for unpaid wages and overtime compensation.

Ford accused of faulty transmissions; judges order case to be consolidated in California

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 23, 2018

More than 100 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Ford Motor Company to claim a transmission in certain Ford models is defective.

Audi, Volkswagen move to dismiss lawsuit over 'defeat devices'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jan 15, 2018

Audi and Volkswagen recently filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against them, claiming the class of the plaintiffs’ complaints have nothing to do with Audi’s gasoline engines and are based just on information connected to the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.

9th Circuit denies Cinemark’s motion to dismiss improper wage lawsuit

By Elizabeth Alt | Jan 11, 2018

Former workers of Cinemark will have an opportunity once again to seek class certification of their lawsuit after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the company's motion to dismiss the certification for lack of jurisdiction and said the district court erred in denying class status.

9th Circuit remands case against company running bad-check diversion program

By Elizabeth Alt | Jan 10, 2018

The case against a private company that runs a program for fraudulent check writers will continue after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed its motions to strike claims under the anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) statute and to compel arbitration.

California appellate court reverses decision in Bakersfield oil refinery case

By Elizabeth Alt | Dec 18, 2017

Several groups who came together with the “Association of Irritated Residents” won their appeal of a trial court decision that approved the Kern County plan with Alon USA Energy to double the volume of local oil refinery Nov. 21 in the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Holocaust victim’s heirs win 16-year battle for Nazi-stolen art in Madrid museum

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 26, 2017

On July 10, the Court of Appeals ruled that the heirs of a Pissaro painting taken by Nazis during the holocaust may sue the Madrid museum holding the painting, after a 16-year legal battle.

San Rafael resident accuses city of impounding vehicles without warning

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 21, 2017

The California’s Supreme Court ruled June 5 that requiring an individual to pay a property tax to bring a suit against a local government entity unfairly limits a person’s rights.

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