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Monsanto-Roundup bellwether trial results in $289 million verdict

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 13, 2018

A California jury has ordered agricultural giant Monsanto to pay a former school groundskeeper $289 million in damages after finding he contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma from using the company’s industry leading weed-killer Roundup.

Plaintiff in Monsanto-Roundup bellwether trial seeks $373 million; Defense maintains product did not cause man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorneys for a California man, spending some of his final days locked in a bitter dispute with chemical giant Monsanto over what caused his deadly non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, asked jurors during closing arguments on Tuesday to render a verdict that would “actually change the world.”

Bellwether trial over Monsanto's Roundup opens

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney for a 46-year-old California man diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma told a jury during opening arguments on Monday that chemical giant Monsanto has known its best-selling weed killer Roundup causes cancer for almost as long as his client has been alive, claims the company is fighting.

Food distributor claims KNB Restaurants owes $114,000

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 2, 2018

​A California merchant has filed a lawsuit against a local restaurant, alleging non-payment for goods and services over a period of time dating as far back as February 2014.

Lawsuit alleges UPS 'systematically' violates labor law

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 2, 2018

​​​​​A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit against former employer United Parcel Service, alleging the company systematically violated federal labor codes by not allowing certain employees rest or meal breaks and not properly compensating them for all hours worked.

From Legal Newsline

Attorney: $21.7 million California verdict in talc, mesothelioma case 'probably changes the complexion of things a bit'

By Glenn Minnis | May 30, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Defense attorney Walter “W.G.” Watkins Jr. thinks the impact of a $21.7 million mesothelioma-related verdict recently reached against Johnson & Johnson and its talc suppliers by a Los Angeles jury could have implications that extend far beyond that region.

Nonpartisan groups petition U.S. Supreme Court in California's foie gras fight

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ilya Shapiro hopes the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear foie gras producers and sellers' challenge to California's ban on the product in the name of freedom.

Concern remains over pre-litigation subpoena bill in California Senate

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO - John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, isn’t willing to leave anything to chance over a bill in the State Assembly that would expand pre-litigation subpoena power.

From Legal Newsline

Retailers get help from lawsuits when new Prop 65 regulations take effect

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A list of products that require warning labels because they contain possible cancer-causing ingredients continues to grow in California, though retailers will be gaining some protection from litigation that stems from them.

From Legal Newsline

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

California high court ruling in Novartis liability case differs from existing law, experts say

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 26, 2018

John Doherty argues the recent California Supreme Court innovator liability verdict holding brand-name pharmaceutical-maker Novartis AG liable for sickness caused by generic versions of the drugs the company once manufactured is quite different from what is widely perceived to be the letter of the law.

Citizens group sees jobs threat in Senate Bill 63

By Glenn Minnis | Nov 15, 2017

Maryann Marino is among those concerned about the impact “job killing” Senate Bill 63 could have on business across California.

Judicial body lauds decision to toss out $417 million Johnson& Johnson verdict

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 26, 2017

John Doherty views a California Superior Court judge’s decision to throw out a record-setting, $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson as a measure of gravity being returned to the judicial system.

Bill to enhance subpoena power of city attorneys draws more opposition

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 20, 2017

The California Chamber of Commerce and the Civil Justice Association of California are among the local organizations that have banded together to oppose a bill that would grant city attorneys the power to subpoena before formally filing suit.

Proposition 65 receives oversight hearing

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 8, 2017

California Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) recently convened a panel of experts to take about Proposition 65 at an environmental safety and toxic materials (ESTM) oversight hearing that also touched upon new changes to the 30-year law that are slated to take effect in 2018.

State senator defends 'no' vote on California gender pay gap bill

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 8, 2017

California Sen. Pat Bates (R- Laguna-Nigel) stands by her no vote on the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act bill that recently passed an approbations committee.

California arbitration bill heads to General Assembly

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 21, 2017

Democratic legislators in California are seeking to enact a new rule to allow consumers of financial products to litigate all contractual disputes, even in cases involving valid contracts that hold arbitration provisions both parties have previously given their consent.

Assembly OKs gender pay bill; senate vote awaits

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 13, 2017

California’s Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act has been returned to an approbations committee after the California Senate amended the bill to require employers with more than 500 employees to submit pay gap statistics to the secretary of state and publish them on a public website.

Civil Justice Association of California hopes to thwart pre-litigation subpoena bill

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 20, 2017

John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), is appealing to lawmakers in hopes of thwarting a bill many feel will hamper local businesses by allowing city attorneys the power to subpoena before formally filing suit.

Cypress Semiconductor and former CEO enter into settlement

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 11, 2017

T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has entered into a settlement agreement with the company stemming from a conflict of interest suit he filed over the company’s involvement with Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, an equity investment firm backed by the Chinese government.

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