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California Supreme Court will hear class members' case

By Karen Kidd | Oct 22, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court's decision to hear a case that questions whether unnamed class members have rights to appeal court-awarded attorneys’ fees without formally intervening in litigation amounted to winning the legal appeal lottery.

California law professor says Supreme Court should overturn ruling in Yelp case

By Karen Kidd | Oct 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -– A Santa Clara law professor claims the California Supreme Court should reverse an appeals court order for Yelp to remove negative posts about a San Francisco personal injury attorney.

California Insurance Commissioner lands $200 million cash payment in CastlePoint conservation

By Karen Kidd | Oct 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -– California's insurance commissioner's office recently landed a $200 million cash payment for Castlepoint National Insurance Co. in a continuing effort to protect policyholders and covered injured workers.

Environmental law attorney: EPA's clean power plan among major litigation in California

By Karen Kidd | Sep 27, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) clean power plan is among the major environmental and energy litigation in the state right now, according to a San Francisco-based industry attorney.

Yelp case could have 'serious consequences' for sites that host user-generated content, Wikimedia fellow says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Speech freedoms enjoyed by online websites are in peril if the California Supreme Court will not hear a case in which a lower court said a woman could not post an allegedly defamatory review about her former attorney on a social media review site, a legal fellow said.

'X-Men' VFX Brothers Strause may appeal case of anonymous emailer to state Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Sep 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES – The burden is on two filmmaking brothers to prove an anonymous person talking about them in emails to Hollywood executives is making false statements, an entertainment industry attorney said in a recent interview

Court asked to prevent NFL from speaking to potential plaintiffs in canceled Hall of Fame game case

By Karen Kidd | Sep 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES – The attorney for potentially tens of thousands of fans who didn't get to see the abruptly canceled NFL Hall of Fame Game last month has asked a California federal court to make defendants stop talking to potential members of the putative class action.

Attorney says he hopes DOJ will not appeal court ban on feds prosecuting medical marijuana cases

By Karen Kidd | Sep 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – An attorney representing clients in whose favor a California appeals court ruled last month that they could not be prosecuted for marijuana offenses if no state laws were broken, says he hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will not file an appeal.

Oral arguments in critical real estate case before state Supreme Court to be live-streamed

By Karen Kidd | Sep 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Oral arguments in a critical real estate case scheduled before the California Supreme Court on Wednesday, Sept. 7, is expected to be live-streamed, providing interested parties inside the industry and out a chance to observe the proceedings.

Appeal pending in Hughson farmer's Clean Water Act, WOTUS case

By Karen Kidd | Sep 1, 2016

HUGHSON – A federal judge erred earlier this summer when she ruled against a Stanislaus County farmer fighting federal regulators over the Clean Water Act and claims that his property contains Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), a Pacific Legal Foundation attorney said during a recent interview.

Attorney: Supreme Court decision in precondemnation case a mix of win for state agencies and property owners

By Karen Kidd | Aug 29, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A state Supreme Court decision earlier this summer to reform an unconstitutional California statute in eminent domain cases wasn't exactly a loss for property owners and probably isn't over yet, an eminent domain attorney said during a recent interview.

Legislative committee chairman can't predict outcome of state's first judicial commission audit

By Karen Kidd | Aug 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – An upcoming audit of California's only commission responsible for disciplining California judges, the Commission on Judicial Performance, will be objective and credible, state legislators say.

Activist for audit of state judicial commission jailed, action could be retaliatory, fellow activist says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 24, 2016

MARTINEZ – A five-times disciplined Contra Costa County judge has jailed the founder of a group that was the leading lobbyist for a recently announced audit of the state's commission that disciplines California judges, an incarceration that activists say appears retaliatory.

Purple Berets founder: Nondisclosure agreements in domestic violence cases have ‘very negative impact on women in particular’

By Karen Kidd | Aug 24, 2016

SANTA ANA – Nondisclosure agreements, such as that signed by Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend that recently cost her $500,000 for discussing domestic abuse in their relationship, is one way to make assault victims shut up, a noted women's rights activist said during a recent interview.

No legislative or voter action prompted by announced Covered California rate increase

By Karen Kidd | Aug 19, 2016

SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview.

Law students should 'remember who they are and what they represent,' Mills College's new president says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 16, 2016

OAKLAND – The new president at Mills College recalled the words of her predecessor when offering advice to young women entering their new careers, especially those aspiring to the legal profession.

Attorney: Courts, DOL say field service engineers are nonexempt, entitled to OT pay

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Sunnyvale company facing a lawsuit by one of its field service engineers for allegedly not paying him overtime wages will have a difficult time defending itself if the employee's legal counsel's assessment of the case plays out.

Law school dean: U.S. Supreme Court decision to take up Fannie Mae case not surprising

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case about Fannie Mae's charter awards jurisdiction to federal courts is not too surprising, the dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law said during a recent interview.

Prof.: Winemakers’ push for stricter label rules fraught with unintended consequences

By Karen Kidd | Jul 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – A federal proposal that California winemakers and legislators hope will tighten labeling rules for wine in the state also will have unintended consequences, a law professor said during a recent interview.

Committee member: Pfizer should educate physicians, consumers about Viagra risks

By Karen Kidd | Jul 18, 2016

EL SEGUNDO – Consumers should be better informed about Viagra's risks, a California attorney recently appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Steering Committee in Viagra Products Liability Action said during a recent interview.

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