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Anti-court clogging activist: Private Attorney General Act needs reform

By John Sammon | Feb 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers are seeking to reform the state’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), adopted by the California Legislature in 2004, because they contend that even with the best original intentions, the law hasn’t worked out as planned.

Kiley to reintroduce asbestos trust bill in California Assembly

By John Sammon | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Staffers for California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said his Assembly Bill (AB) 1056, designed to protect funds for the treatment of asbestos exposure, has been withdrawn but a new bill could be crafted later this year.

California high court clarifies home defect law

By John Sammon | Feb 13, 2018

The California Supreme Court on Jan. 18 sought to end uncertainty over the state’s Right to Repair Act in deciding that a party who encounters defective home construction can file suit and no longer has to wait until a building defect has caused property damage or injury.

Appeals court affirms district court decision compelling arbitration in AT&T case

By John Sammon | Dec 20, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Nov. 11 affirmed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California compelling the plaintiffs to seek arbitration in a class action alleging that broadband carrier AT&T falsely advertised mobile services as “unlimited,” when, in fact, they weren't.

Growers challenge chemical labeled as causing cancer

By John Sammon | Nov 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO - A collection of agricultural grower associations is asking a federal court for punitive relief in a complaint against the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the state Attorney General’s Office, over the labeling of a chemical called “glyphosate” as cancer causing.

Attorney: New technology causes spike in California copyright lawsuits

By John Sammon | Oct 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO - A phenomenon called “copyright troll,” a person who misleads customers into using copyrighted photos, films or other media saying that their use is free, only to demand settlement money and threaten a lawsuit is becoming more common in California, said an attorney who specializes in such cases.

Senate Bill 33 described as job killer, consumer protection

By John Sammon | Oct 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 33, which would require arbitration of a dispute between a bank and a plaintiff even if a complaint was thought to be without substantive merit, has drawn the ire of state capital lawmakers who predict it would be a job killer.

California judges granted greater empowerment to rule on trial expert testimony

By John Sammon | Aug 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Fred Ufkes, an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, said a 5-year-old California Supreme Court decision is giving judges greater empowerment to determine if expert testimony given during trials is reasonable and therefore admissible. “

Legal association president wants more public notice on contingency fee lawyers

By John Sammon | Aug 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The president of the Civil Justice System of California (CJAC) said he intends to craft a new bill to submit to the California State Legislature that would require greater transparency, public notice, from cities and counties that hire outside private attorneys to go after statute violators based on a “contingency fee,” in other words, only paid upon the successful outcome of a case.

Retired union workers ask for rehearing in American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines bankruptcy case

By John Sammon | Jun 19, 2017

Retired union members who lost a suit against the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) claiming they were denied equity after the bankruptcy of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines Inc. have asked the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing.

Attorneys say Google likely to pay $22.5 million to settle junk advertising case

By John Sammon | Apr 23, 2017

Attorneys recently said that Google is likely to pay $22.5 million in restitution to advertisers who allegedly didn’t get their money’s worth when the internet giant placed their advertisements on “error pages” and “inactive” websites.

Economy and corporate mills lower California court reporter numbers

By John Sammon | Mar 30, 2017

It appears a healthier economy, high living expenses in California and a trend away from “mom and pop” court reporting firms of the past in favor of larger companies have led to a shortage of court reporters in the Golden State.

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