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Concern remains over pre-litigation subpoena bill in California Senate

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.

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

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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.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Federal appeals court affirms dismissal of antitrust suit against Major League Baseball

A federal court judge panel has affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an antitrust suit filed by former minor league players against Major League Baseball.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lets ruling stand that bars felon coaches from NCAA events

A federal judge panel has sided with the NCAA in a legal dispute where an African-American youth basketball coach charged that the NCAA's policy of banning convicted felons from coaching in its sanctioned events is discriminatory.

California judge voices support for transferring judgeships

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to move two vacant judgeships from one county to another could gain the support of the judge who could be losing the slots provided his county’s budget is not impacted.

California lawmakers lobby to lower bar-exam standards

SACREMENTO — Lawmakers in California are urging members of the state Supreme Court to consider lowering the score required to pass the state’s bar exam.

Commission-based employees entitled to separate rest period pay, court rules

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court has found that nonexempt workers paid on commission must also be paid separately for all legally required break periods.

Friedrichs 2.0: New lawsuit by 8 teachers challenges mandatory dues paid to California union

BURLINGAME, Calif. — The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit on behalf of eight California teachers challenging the school district’s practice of making union membership and ascribed dues mandatory.

Appeals court grants stay in antibody patent claim

WASHINGTON (Northern California Record) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has stayed a Delaware court’s decision allowing for the continued sale of the cholesterol-fighting drug Praluent until the courts can render a final verdict in the manufacturers Sanofi and Regeneron’s legal battle with Amgen Inc.