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West Hollywood housing fee may be pitched to U.S. Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Jan 12, 2017

WEST HOLLYWOOD – After the California Supreme Court declined to hear his client's case against a half-million-dollar “affordable housing” fee levied in West Hollywood, a Pacific Legal Foundation attorney is hoping the nation's highest court will be more receptive.

Outgoing CJAC president reflects on Prop 65, housing crisis, asbestos litigation and recent Judicial Hellhole report

By Karen Kidd | Dec 28, 2016

Only days before the end of Kim Stone's time as the third Civil Justice Association of California president, American Tort Reform Association released its latest Judicial Hellholes list, ranking the state No. 2.

Insurance attorney: Concern over Brandt fees in damages calculations a matter of perspective

By Karen Kidd | Dec 15, 2016

&&&LOS ANGELES (Northern California Record) – An attorney specializing in insurance matters says whether insurers should be concerned about a California Supreme Court ruling that Brandt fees be included in damages calculations will depend on many factors.

California falls to No. 2 on ATRA's annual Judicial Hellhole list

By Karen Kidd | Dec 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California has dropped from No. 1 to second position on American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, which was issued earlier today.

Panel on track to present state Legislature with revised Political Reform Act, spokesman says

By Karen Kidd | Dec 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO, California – After beginning initial review last spring of California's landmark Political Reform Act, the Fair Political Practice Commission is on schedule to present the state Legislature with a proposed revision in January, an FPPC spokesman said during a recent interview.

Attorneys need to venue shop and find the right plaintiffs in talc-related cancer cases, Mass Torts speakers say

By Karen Kidd | Dec 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (Northern California Record) – California is a very attractive venue in which to bring cases alleging a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but plaintiffs must be carefully chosen, attorneys said during a recent trial lawyer gathering.

California Supreme Court ruling in public employee pension case seeks to clarify "reasonable" pension

By Karen Kidd | Nov 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A possible California Supreme Court ruling in a public employee pension case could clarify what a so-called "reasonable" pension for a state worker would be.

Attorney says communication key to attorney-client relationships and avoiding disputes

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2016

NEWPORT BEACH – While a city in southeast Ventura County grapples with its disputed half-million-dollars' worth of legal fees, an Orange County attorney offered advice for lawyers about how to keep such arguments out of the court system.

Presidio Trust CEO looks forward to guiding national park's growth

By Karen Kidd | Nov 3, 2016

Presidio Trust's newly appointed chief executive officer said during a recent interview that she has flowed naturally from law to business to public trust.

Lawyer: California high court leaning toward keeping L.A. County attorney bills CPRA-exempt

By Karen Kidd | Oct 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – State Supreme Court justices appear to be leaning in favor of considering defense bills as privileged attorney-client communications in a California Public Records Act case, an attorney who attended oral arguments earlier this month said during a recent interview.

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.

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