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Judge rules that evidence must be focused on science ahead of weedkiller trial

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has barred plaintiff lawyers in a bellwether case alleging a Monsanto weed killer causes cancer from introducing evidence in the initial trial that the company manipulated evidence, intimidated scientists and regulators.

Immigration act leaves companies squeezed between federal and new state law: consultant

By John Breslin | Dec 28, 2018

Employers in California are in an impossible position, squeezed between the state and federal governments, because of an immigration act passed at the turn of the year, according to one business location consultant.

California named No. 1 'judicial hellhole' by civil liability reform group

By John Breslin | Dec 8, 2018

California has been named No. 1 in an advocacy organization's list of what it describes as "judicial hellholes."

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Appeals court returns class action to lower court after only $225,000 paid out to class members, but $12M awarded to attorneys and third-party universities

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

Attorneys involved in a class-action lawsuit must return to a lower court to renegotiate close to $9 millon in fees awarded, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court has ruled, following an objection that affected class members only received $225,000 out of a $12-million settlement.

Record $2.25 million settlement reached for violation of San Francisco short-term rent law

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

A San Francisco couple accused of violating the city's short-term rental law has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle a lawsuit taken against them by the city.

Lawsuit claims Greyhound violating law by allowing border patrol officers to board buses

By John Breslin | Nov 28, 2018

A lawsuit filed in a California court is accusing Greyhound Lines of violating state law by allowing border protection officers to board its buses and demand information from passengers.

Ward and Smith attorney says U.S. companies heed California privacy law

By John Breslin | Nov 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Companies across the United States will have to take heed of a new privacy law introduced in California, according to one lawyer with expertise in this field.

California, other states grapple over climate change litigation

By John Breslin | Oct 29, 2018

Should states intervene in lawsuits against fossil fuel companies over financial responsibility for future climate change costs?

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review California court decision over lead-based paint

By John Breslin | Oct 15, 2018

SAN JOSE - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a California decision penalizing companies involved in the lead-based paint business.

California senators angry over White House move forward with appeals court nominations

By John Breslin | Oct 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's two U.S. Senators reacted with anger over the nomination by the White House of three individuals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

CalPers sued over failure to reveal whether retirees are on disability pensions

By John Breslin | Sep 27, 2018

California's largest pension system is being sued over its failure to list whether its members have retired on a disability pension.

Companies gear up for review and reversal of lead paint public nuisance case

By John Breslin | Sep 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses and legal scholars are weighing in on a request that the U.S. Supreme Court review, and then overturn, a decision out of California that penalizes companies over lead-based paint, forcing them to pay potentially hundreds of millions for clean up costs.

Supreme Court denies petition for rehearing in Starbucks wage-and-hour case

By John Breslin | Sep 1, 2018

The California Supreme Court modified slightly the wording of a July 26 opinion, but denied the rehearing petition in a case involving a Starbucks shift supervisor who claimed he was not paid for regular off-the-clock work.

Federal judge denies class action certification in Google action, conflict of interest 'intolerable'

By John Breslin | Aug 28, 2018

In a motion asking the court to deny class certification, Google focused on the lead plaintiff's relationship with two law firms, and a third one that later joined the action.

Woman loses fourth attempt at suit claiming use of the word 'diet' in diet soda is misleading

By John Breslin | Aug 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Santa Rosa woman recently lost her fourth attempt to convince a federal court that she thought the word "diet" in a soda drink would help her lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Court certifies Walmart wage action, Supreme Court decision not in play, yet

By John Breslin | Aug 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Walmart current and former workers have won class certification in California over claims the giant retail company failed to pay wages when they were off the clock but on the premises.

Starbucks requests rehearing following Supreme Court 'off the clock' wage decision

By John Breslin | Aug 20, 2018

The state Supreme Court, in a July 26 opinion, said the federal "de minimis" is not applicable to California's wage and hours laws.

After staggering award in latest talc trial, just what is the scientific and geological evidence?

By John Breslin | Aug 19, 2018

From past history, the size of the award by a St. Louis jury will drop, likely drastically, and it may well be overturned on appeal.

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