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Business leaders welcome coffee toxic warning decision, legal action still pending over labeling

By John Breslin | Jun 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Business leaders in California are welcoming a move by regulators to not include a toxic substance warning on brewed or roasted coffee.

Attorney: High-profile gamer Tfue stands for all vulnerable to exploitation in FaZe Clan suit

By John Breslin | Jun 17, 2019

LOS ANGELES – A high-profile gamer is standing for all mostly young people in the industry who face the potential for exploitation, his attorney said.

Gamer's lawsuit against FaZe Clan could clear air over 'Wild West' world of e-sports and gamers, attorney says

By John Breslin | Jun 13, 2019

LOS ANGELES – A pending court case could go some way to clearing the legal air around the still-murky position of e-sports players, gamers, and influencers, industry watchers are predicting.

Civil Justice Association of California applauds decision regarding cancer warning for coffee

By John Breslin | Jun 11, 2019

California lawsuit reform advocates are welcoming a recent decision by the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment that warning labels are not needed for coffee after it determined there was no significant risk that trace amounts of a chemical in the beverage causes cancer.

Final plans for renewed drilling in Central California issued

By John Breslin | Jun 5, 2019

OAKLAND – Final plans for renewed oil and gas drilling on federal lands in Central California have been issued less than a month after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management unveiled its draft plan.

Westland Water District denies violating any state law over potential raising of Shasta Dam

By John Breslin | Jun 3, 2019

REDDING – A California water district is disputing claims made in lawsuit filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra that it is violating state laws over a dam project.

From Legal Newsline

Judges overseeing giant Roundup verdicts have been 'derelict in their duty,' law prof says

By John Breslin | May 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Following the more than $2 billion awarded to a California couple who claimed the use of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, one legal expert is arguing that the judges presiding over the cases were "derelict in their duty" for not granting summary judgment against the plaintiffs.

Bill aimed at banning chemicals in personal care products stalls in California legislature

By John Breslin | Apr 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California legislators have parked a bill that would have banned the use of a range of chemicals in personal health care products.

From Legal Newsline

Compound drug producer Fusion IV asks federal court to rule California was wrong to block operation

By John Breslin | Apr 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A producer of compound drugs has asked a federal court to rule that California was wrong to deny a license for an outsourcing facility in the state.

California legislators move to ban certain chemicals in personal care products, including PFAS

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California legislators are moving to try and ban a wide range of chemicals historically used in cosmetic products.

From Legal Newsline

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

From Legal Newsline

In the wake of previous failures, Michigan lawyer again sues social media companies over alleged terrorist links

By John Breslin | Mar 12, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – An attorney gaining a reputation for representing plaintiffs suing social media organizations over claims they aided and abetted terrorists is involved in yet another case against the companies.

As deadline looms for bill filing, fallout from Dynamex decision, arbitration on the watch list

By John Breslin | Feb 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Bills barring mandatory arbitration in employment disputes are likely to be filed ahead of next week's deadline for introduction of proposed legislation in the California legislature, according to a group that campaigns against what it believes is excessive litigation.

J&J letters show officials made efforts to prevent asbestos-related regulation of talc baby powder

By John Breslin | Feb 10, 2019

Plaintiffs argued that in the 1970s, officials of Johnson & Johnson tried to avoid possible regulation of talc baby powder by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and considered strategies to prevent it.

Other industries could end up facing wild fire-climate change litigation like PG&E, business expert predicts

By John Breslin | Jan 29, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - Natural gas pipeline operators, auto manufacturers and construction firms could all end up paying for wild fires blamed on climate change, according to a leading expert on business and energy policy.

Plaintiff in Roundup MDL wants case moved back to state court in Missouri

By John Breslin | Jan 28, 2019

A plaintiff whose claims against Monsanto got included in a mass action involving the weedkiller Roundup, wants a federal court in California to return litigation to a state court in Missouri.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

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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