Karen Kidd News

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.

Pacific Legal Foundation's new president and CEO plans ambitious agenda

By Karen Kidd | Jul 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Pacific Legal Foundation's new president and CEO Steven Anderson has high and ambitious plans for the public interest legal organization.

CA Supreme Court ruling on Brandt fees likely will have little reach, specialist says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The state Supreme Court's recent ruling that certain attorneys’ fees be included when a trial court calculates a jury’s penalty damage award likely won't have much impact, a class-action specialist said during a recent interview.

Business advocate: State Supreme Court OKs reform initiative amendments

By Karen Kidd | Jun 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A recent state Supreme Court ruling that was a win for Gov. Jerry Brown's judicial reform initiative makes it plain that the high court is fine with amendments that were added after the comment period, a small business advocate said during a recent interview.

Moore Foundation's new general counsel encourages other lawyers to 'aim high'

By Karen Kidd | Jun 8, 2016

PALO ALTO – The way into a legal career in public interest service can start in the commercial sector, Sasha Abrams, general counsel and secretary to the board for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, said during a recent interview with the Northern California Record.

Pending ruling expected to clarify reach of medical marijuana amendment

By Karen Kidd | Jun 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – A pending federal appeals ruling has many medical and recreational marijuana legal observers speculating over how legislation, sponsored by two California law makers, will be interpreted while others are waiting for the ruling itself.

Attorney: Northern California ruling on TCPA exemptions leaves many questions

By Karen Kidd | May 26, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that last year's congressional amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) are retroactive, but left other questions open, a TCPA specialist said during an interview.

Retired IRS Chief Counsel Paul Handleman reflects on 30 years in service

By Karen Kidd | May 24, 2016

SAN DIEGO – Paul Handleman, now a couple of months into retirement from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, waxed nostalgic from the initial interview question: "How would the world be different if you had not been at the center of the development of consequential tax credit regulations and guidance?"

Oakland-based advocacy group takes interest in Dish Network suit over Spanish-speaking customers

By Karen Kidd | May 13, 2016

An Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit legal service and advocacy group is helping to represent an Alameda County man suing Dish Network over claims it deceives Spanish-speaking customers.

State Supreme Court turns down appeals in long-standing asbestos case

By Karen Kidd | Apr 29, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Even with 2016 shaping up to be an active year for asbestos litigation in California, the long-running Casey v Kaiser Gypsum Co. will not be heard by the state's Supreme Court.

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