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Friant Ranch development further delayed in California Supreme Court decision over air quality concerns

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

The development of the 942-acre Friant Ranch, as approved by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors about eight years ago, met yet another delay in a split California Supreme Court finding that the proposal doesn't provide enough state Environmental Quality Act analysis.

California Supreme Court decides procedural question about quit notice service timing

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

California law requires that owners who acquire titles to real property in a deed of trust's power of sale must perfect that title before issuing a three-day written notice to quit the premises, the state Supreme Court ruled last month.

California high court says health care workers working 12-hour shifts can waive a second meal break

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court recently found that health care workers in the state who do not want to take a second meal break during shifts that exceed 12 hours aren't legally bound to do so.

Beverly Hills attorney faces possible suspension over alleged misconduct in workers' comp case

By Karen Kidd | Dec 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Beverly Hills attorney Bob Babak Khakshooy faces possible suspension following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over allegations stemming from a workers' compensation case.

San Rafael attorney faces possible disbarment by default for alleged probation noncompliance

By Karen Kidd | Dec 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — San Rafael attorney Barbara Truman Zorr faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation for allegedly failing to comply with terms of a previous probation.

San Diego attorney faces possible disbarment by default over 7 misconduct counts

By Karen Kidd | Dec 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — San Diego attorney Michael John Brown faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over seven counts of misconduct in two client matters.

Santa Ana attorney faces possible disbarment over multiple misconduct allegations

By Karen Kidd | Dec 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Santa Ana attorney K. D. Hughes-Cione faces possible disbarment following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over serious misconduct in multiple client matters.

Federal appeals court reverses dismissal of class action over Intel putting employee retirement savings in allegedly risky investments

By Karen Kidd | Nov 30, 2018

A plaintiff must have actual knowledge, rather than constructive knowledge, to trigger a three-year limitation in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claim, a federal appeals court ruled earlier this week.

9th District court reinstates class action against USA Water Polo over athlete's concussion-related injury

By Karen Kidd | Nov 30, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. appeals court this week resuscitated a case against USA Water Polo for allegedly failing to protect a teenage athlete who was allowed to return to play despite suffering a concussion during a tournament in 2014.

Appeals court affirms judgment in 'Ivy Screens' fraud litigation

By Karen Kidd | Nov 24, 2018

A California appeals court upheld an almost-$900,000 award against a man who claimed to investors that he had developed an idea for a fake ivy landscaping screen even though the product already existed on the market.

Another California appeals court rules state vaccination law does not violate constitution

By Karen Kidd | Nov 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – An anti-vaccine group and four parents failed to impress a three-judge panel that recently joined with another state appeals court in upholding a 2015 state law that repealed the personal belief exemption to California's immunization requirements for school children.

Plumas County wins appeal in grassroots group's challenge to environmental impact report

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

Despite concerns by a local preservation group, a large but sparsely populated county in the Sierra Nevada has done a good job planning for a future of continued population decline, according to a recent California appeals court decision.

CalTran not liable in contractor employee's 2012 death, state appeals court affirms

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

California's Department of Transportation is not liable in the 2012 death of an employee of a contractor who fell from a bridge during a road widening project in Chico because the department did retain control over the contractor's work, a state appeals court recently affirmed.

Appeals court modifies arbitration award between two deathcore band members

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California appeals court recently modified an arbitration award in a dispute between two original members of the Oakland-based "deathcore" band All Shall Perish.

Appeals court affirms commute in company vehicle is not work time in California

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO — A company-issued vehicle used by an employee to travel from home to their first call does not transform that commute into work time, a California appeals court recently affirmed in a class action by telephone company technicians.

Two class action litigation firms looking for wild fire clients, according to press release

By Karen Kidd | Nov 18, 2018

Two law firms that have made names for themselves in asbestos, personal injury, products liability and other class actions now are looking for victims of California's devastating Camp Fire to represent, according to a recent press release.

Children's rights violated by invasive medical exams in child abuse investigation, 9th Circuit rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – San Diego County acted unconstitutionally in its removal in 2010 of a couple's children under child abuse suspicion and then subjected the children to invasive medical examinations without their parents' consent, a federal appeals court ruled recently.

Federal appeals court stands by earlier opinion in copyright case against CBS

By Karen Kidd | Nov 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court will not be budging from its decision last summer that digitally remastered pre-1972 sound recordings are covered by federal law as newly copyrighted songs.

California bar court backs largely stayed suspension for Modesto attorney

By Karen Kidd | Nov 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Modesto attorney Jakrun S. Sodhi faces a possible stayed suspension and probation following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation in multiple client matters.

California state bar court recommends Virginia attorney be disbarred by default

By Karen Kidd | Nov 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Longtime Virginia attorney Wayne Richard Hartke faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation and suspension in his home state after appearing drunk at a conference.

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