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Defendants in long-running lead paint litigation to take case to Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO – Defendants in a long-running action taken by municipalities and counties in California over who should pay for lead removal in properties are planning to seek a California Supreme Court review.

Lawyer: Split decision in TCPA case involving Lakers leaves room for more litigation

SAN FRANCISCO — Violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) should automatically be considered invasions of privacy, leaving corporate defendants and not insurers to shoulder hefty defense costs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled.

Charter school resource center limits in line with democratic principles, supporters argue

Supporters of restrictions on charter school resource centers said they believe the limits are in line with democratic principles that elected representatives should retain control of operations in their districts.

Lawyer foresees potential spread of talc suits beyond baby powder after $400 million verdict

LOS ANGELES — Plaintiff lawyers will be on a never-ending search for defendants that use talc in their products, with the targeting of a cosmestics company likely only the beginning, according to a leading business defense attorney.

California charter school centers set to close, but many expected to receive one-year waivers

Charter school resource centers may begin shuttering this week following a court ruling limiting where they can operate, but many will remain open for at least another year after receiving waivers from the state Board of Education.

Wage rule avoids innumerable lawsuits, 'absurdities,' Starbucks argues in Supreme Court filing

SAN FRANCISCO — A rule that employees do not have to be paid for the brief amount of time between clocking out and closing a store applies in California, Starbucks argues in a filing with the state Supreme Court.

Pom faces problems in trademark suit against competitor

LOS ANGELES — Pom Wonderful, the makers of pomegranate products, may encounter serious difficulties proving trademark infringement by a smaller competitor, according to one attorney in the field.

Lawsuit lives on after rejected Similasan settlement

SAN DIEGO – Pretrial motions are continuing in a class-action lawsuit against Similasan, a company that sells homeopathic products, after a federal court rejected a settlement that would have netted lawyers more than a half-million dollars.

Raisin Cain: Class action claims candy came up short

Lovers of chocolate-covered raisins might one day get some cash back for satisfying their sweet tooth. Californian Sandy Hafer recently filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Nestlé alleging that approximately 40 percent of a box of Raisinets she bought was nothing but air.

Concerns raised over increasingly sophisticated marketing by tort trial lawyers

Trial lawyers hoping to bag as many clients as possible when launching mass tort campaigns can attend conferences where they learn about the latest marketing and data mining techniques to be used to rack up the biggest numbers possible.

Tort-reform advocates, business leaders speak out on wage and hours case

SAN FRANCISCO — Tort-reform advocates and business leaders are speaking out on a pending California Supreme Court review of a lawsuit that has potential serious implications for employers.

Building-industry association mulls appeal to Supreme Court on special district taxes

SAN FRANCISCO — A building-industry association has until March to decide whether to make a federal appeal against a California Supreme Court decision to deny its challenge to a city ordinance that, it is claimed, unconstitutionally penalizes developers.

Energy-drink maker soothes customers following convictions

SAN FRANCISCO — Following the high profile trial and conviction of two people on charges of distributing potentially dangerous counterfeits, the maker of a popular energy drink were moved to remind customers they were removed from shelves many years ago.

Supreme Court case review could have major implications for businesses

SAN FRANCISCO -- It is a lawsuit that has largely made its way through the court system under the radar, but it is one with potentially major implications for businesses, both large and small.

Judge tosses lawsuit accusing Twitter of failing to block ISIS propaganda

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit accusing Twitter of facilitating a terrorist who killed two United States contractors in Jordan last year.

Cap and trade in California now tangled in high stakes suit and political changes

The future of cap and trade in California faces uncertainty amidst an expected shortfall in auction income, the onset of a Trump presidency and a lawsuit that could dismantle the program all together. 

10-year-old entrepreneur crowdfunds permit, equipment costs

A 10-year-old entrepreneur facing the shut down of her popular lemonade stand because of permit costs has crowdfunded enough to pay to go legitimate.

Federal appeals court upholds endangered seal species listing

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruling regarding an endangered seal species will have an impact far from the Arctic Circle, environmentalists say.

Cybercrime center created; includes fast-response mobile lab

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA – A new initiative designed to combat cyber crime in California includes retrofitting a mobile command vehicle as a digital forensics laboratory that can be dispatched to more traditional crime scenes.

Affordable housing legal dispute likely headed for U.S. Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO -- Legal disputes stemming from local governments forcing developers to set aside land for affordable housing, or else pay fines, are expected to persist until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the matter.