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Hertz, partner to pay San Francisco $3.65 million to settle city's suit regarding Golden Gate Bridge tolls

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Auto rental company Hertz Corp. and its business partner recently agreed to pay $3.65 million to San Francisco to settle a city lawsuit that alleged Hertz assessed "steep, hidden fees to unwitting rental car customers who crossed the Golden Gate Bridge," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a press release.

San Francisco attorney faces possible disbarment for allegedly impersonating another lawyer

By Karen Kidd | Feb 6, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco attorney Christopher Matthew Weidinger faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over allegations he has impersonated another attorney multiple times since 2013.

Westminster attorney faces suspension, probation following alleged copyright infringement

By Karen Kidd | Feb 6, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Westminster attorney Lenore LuAnn Albert could face a largely stayed suspension and probation following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over allegations of misconduct in two client matters.

Sacramento attorney faces disbarment over seven counts of misconduct in a single client matter

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Sacramento attorney William Buckner Menn II faces disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation regarding seven counts of misconduct involving a single client matter.

Los Angeles attorney faces disbarment over four counts of misconduct in a single client matter

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2019

Los Angeles attorney Kyle Sheldon Hackett faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over four counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

Decision in man's case against Mission Soaring over hang gliding accident reversed by appellate court

By Karen Kidd | Jan 14, 2019

SAN JOSE – A man's lawsuit against a Milpitas hang gliding company following his injury during a hang gliding crash in 2013 is headed back to a San Benito County court following a state appeals court decision.

West Covina attorney faces possible suspension for misconduct in divorce case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 11, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — West Covina attorney Gabriel Castellanos faces a possible mostly stayed suspension following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over seven counts of misconduct in a single matter.

State bar court public reproves L. A. attorney over demand letter drafted while ineligible

By Karen Kidd | Jan 10, 2019

State bar court public reproves L. A. attorney over demand letter drafted while ineligible

Federal judge keeps alive photographer's copyright infringement lawsuit against Scholastic

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

A freelance photo journalist's copyright infringement lawsuit against children's publisher Scholastic Inc. is still alive following a federal judge's order issued earlier this month.

Caltec Ag remains on hook for fine regarding products that should be classified as pesticides

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

FRESNO – California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently said Caltec Ag Inc.. a Modesto-based agricultural technology company, remains on the hook for a $784,000 fine by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation over three Caltec products that should have been classified as pesticides.

Judge orders Google to provide some information to AdTrader regarding suit alleging fraud and deceit

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

SAN JOSE — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently said Google will have to provide information for interrogatories regarding an online ad agency's lawsuit alleging fraud and deceit against the multinational technology company.

Federal judge gives consumers leave to amend dismissed claim over Nature Made biotin supplements

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A putative class action by two California consumers alleging they were deceived into buying more biotin than their bodies need was dismissed by a federal judge earlier this month, but were allowed a period to amend their complaint.

Federal judge orders SEC-alleged Ponzi fraudster to pay off purchase agreement with California firm

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

A New York man charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with bilking millions from investors has been ordered by a federal judge to pay off a defaulted purchase agreement with a California wealth management company.

State appeals court sides with Sacramento Municipal Utility District in smart meter case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A man won't get his money back from having the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) smart meter he never asked for in his home replaced by an analog meter, a state appeals court said in a recent ruling.

Appeals court sides with Sacramento in McKinley Village CEQA case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The city of Sacramento has proven that the drive around a controversial residential development project on its north side will become no worse than it is now as construction continues, a state appeals court said in a recent ruling.

Polish immigrant fired from UC - Davis for misconduct not entitled to unemployment benefits, appeals court affirms

By Karen Kidd | Jan 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California's Third District Court of Appeal recently found that an associate of Solidarity movement leader Lech Walesa who became a political refugee and was later fired for misconduct by University of California - Davis is not entitled to unemployment benefits.

California appeal court affirms Recology ruling in employee drug testing and counseling lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Jan 5, 2019

A state appeal court recently declined to revive a consolidated employee class action against San Francisco's largest recycling and solid waste company over its drug testing and counseling program.

Court affirms jury verdict in case over closure of San Francisco's apartment courtyard to use by children

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A state appeals court recently affirmed a lower court jury's verdict in a tenant harassment lawsuit filed by residents of an upscale San Francisco apartment complex over the use of a courtyard.

Westlake Village attorney faces disbarment over 5 counts of misconduct

By Karen Kidd | Jan 3, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Longtime Westlake Village attorney Ira Cohen faces disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation on misconduct charges.

Santa Monica attorney faces suspension for allegedly accepting settlement offers for dead client

By Karen Kidd | Jan 3, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Santa Monica attorney Edmond Elias Salem faces disbarment following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over allegations he settled a case on behalf of a deceased client.

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