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Whistleblower claims PriceWaterhouseCooper overlooked accounting deficiencies; sacked, blacklisted him

By John Breslin | May 13, 2018

A former employee with PriceWaterhouseCooper is claiming the firm failed to properly audit companies, and then retaliated by sacking and blacklisting him when he began asking questions.

'Tsunami' of ADA lawsuits regarding website accessibility

By John Breslin | May 6, 2018

Website operators that fail to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations making them accessible to the blind and people with other disabilities have been increasingly targeted in lawsuits.

Unclaimed assets bill halted, sponsor says needs more work

By John Breslin | Apr 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill designed to stop California businesses being penalized for holding unclaimed assets has been put on hold as its sponsor believes it needs more work.

Differences of opinion in courts over Equal Pay Act heightens likelihood of U.S. Supreme Court review, attorney says

By John Breslin | Apr 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Differences of opinion among different federal courts of appeal makes it likely that a dispute over the interpretation of the Equal Pay Act is likely to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court with a request for a review.

New case filed against Monsanto over claims Roundup caused cancer mirrors California actions

By John Breslin | Apr 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A new case initially filed in Missouri against Monsanto claiming its herbicide Roundup directly caused cancer mirrors similar ones making their way through the California courts.

Attorneys for Johnny Mathis ask for Supreme Court review in window cleaning injury suit

By John Breslin | Apr 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorneys for singer Johnny Mathis have asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that there is enough evidence for a jury to consider a contractor's injury negligence claim against the legendary singer.

Experts testifying for plaintiffs in Monsanto action recalled by doubting judge

By John Breslin | Apr 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Two expert witnesses who testified on behalf of plaintiffs suing Monsanto over claims a weed killer caused their cancer will be recalled to give further evidence.

Assessment of California regulations needed, says business development exec

By John Breslin | Feb 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO - If there is one person who knows the business of doing business in California and its relationship with state neighbors and rivals, it is Barry Broome.

From Legal Newsline

New York City mayor on podcast: 'Let's help bring the death knell' to the fossil fuel industry

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

Fight not over in protracted 18-year lead paint battle; Companies will seek USSC review

By John Breslin | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO - While the California Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court decision against three companies ordered to pay hundreds of millions for lead paint abatement, the long running fight over the deeply fractious issue is not over.

AG unveils wording of lead paint ballot initiative as manufacturers ask high court for review

By John Breslin | Feb 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra has unveiled the wording of the title and summary of a ballot initiative that proposes to raise $2 billion in bonds for remediation work on homes and other buildings affected by lead paint.

Known serial disability discrimination litigant files again in California

By John Breslin | Jan 31, 2018

A disabled woman suing a California hotel over claims of discrimination has filed dozens of lawsuits in the state and others in Arizona.

Lawyer: ExxonMobil made 'notable point' in petition regarding bond offerings in climate change suit

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2018

ExxonMobil, in a legal filing against named Californian municipal officials, made "a very notable point" when it flagged up the failure to mention climate change dangers in bond offerings by cities and counties, according to a leading environmental law export.

Outcome of Apple-Samsung trial could affect patent value, experts say

By John Breslin | Jan 16, 2018

Experts believe the ultimate resolution of a long-running head-to-head between Samsung and Apple over the design of their phones could have deep implications for the value of patents.

Stanford professor says judicial misconduct no longer tolerated

By John Breslin | Jan 11, 2018

An investigation into the activities of Alex Kozinski, a former judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, will not continue after he resigned from his position.

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

By John Breslin | Dec 13, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Sep 12, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Aug 29, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Aug 25, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Jun 27, 2017

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.

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