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California State Bar Court recommends disbarment for Auburn attorney

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Auburn attorney Wendell Dean Peters faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation over fifteen counts of misconduct in two consolidated notices of disciplinary action

An employee's labor is not property that can be stolen, state appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A person's labor is not property that can be stolen, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month in the case of a pharmaceutical software company's former vice president who said he was recruited by false promises so the firm could use his industry contacts and then fire him.

Alameda attorney faces disbarment after allegedly misappropriating $28,350

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Alameda attorney Mogeeb Weiss faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation over eight counts of misconduct.

Restore Hetch Hetchy vows to take Sierra Canyon restoration case to California Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

FRESNO — A Berkeley environmental group that wants the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in northwestern Yosemite drained to restore the Sierra Canyon has vowed to take the case to the California Supreme Court after losing an appeal in July.

DeMaio defends Prop B following Supreme Court ruling on public employee union measure

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

A prominent San Diego politician promised a vigorous fight to defend a 2012 measure that cut workers' retirement benefits following a California Supreme Court ruling sending the matter back to a lower court.

Ruling on Trump's sanctuary city executive order premature, dissenting judge says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

An August ruling declaring President Donald Trump's executive order withholding money from sanctuary cities unconstitutional was too hasty, a dissenting federal judge wrote in an opinion.

Santa Ana attorney 'fine' with possible disbarment by default

By Karen Kidd | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Santa Ana attorney Scott Bunker Hayward faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failing to comply with conditions of a prior disciplinary probation and he's "fine" with it.

Convicted murderer's attorney faces disbarment

By Karen Kidd | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Hemet attorney Laura Anita Ozols, counsel to a now-convicted murderer in a Riverside cold case, faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation and she says she doesn't want to be "bugged" about it.

California Bar recommends disbarment of attorney following disbarment in North Dakota

By Karen Kidd | Aug 8, 2018

Attorney Nicole Ellan Foster, admitted to the California bar more than seven years ago, faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation.

Dixon attorney faces possible stayed suspension, probation for allegedly lying to judge

By Karen Kidd | Aug 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Longtime Dixon attorney Dane Allen Besneatte faces probation following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly lied to a judge in 2012 about why his client didn't attend a trial conference.

Bermuda Dunes attorney receives mostly stayed suspension, probation for allege reproval violations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Longtime Bermuda Dunes attorney Keith B. Bardellini faces a mostly stayed suspension and probation following a California State Bar Court recommendation over alleged violation of a 2016 private reproval.

Seal Beach attorney faces disbarment by default after allegedly misappropriating more than $41,500

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Seal Beach attorney Marlon Magdadaro Alo faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation regarding five counts of misconduct stemming from two correlated matters.

Beverly Hills attorney faces possible stayed suspension, probation over alleged probation violations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 4, 2018

A Beverly Hills attorney allegedly failed to notify clients, co-counsel and others of his suspension last summer and failed to comply with the conditions of probation.

Los Angeles attorney faces possible suspension, probation following disbarment by U.S. Tax Court

By Karen Kidd | Aug 4, 2018

The California State Bar Court recommendation would overturn the 2015 disbarment of a Los Angeles attorney from U.S. Tax Court.

Coronado attorney faces disbarment by default over noncompliance with public reproval conditions

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Coronado attorney Blake Edward Wilson faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with conditions attached to a prior public reproval.

Riverside attorney faces disbarment by default over multiple misconduct allegations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Riverside attorney Keith Alan Kelly faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation over multiple counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

Ohio attorney disbarred after allegedly failing to comply with probation requirements

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Ohio attorney Raymond Thomas Lee III, admitted to the bar in California more than eight years ago, faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with probation requirements.

Victorville attorney faces disbarment; misappropriated more than $10,000

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Victorville attorney Patrick Thomas Nichols faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation over multiple counts of alleged misconduct in two client matters.

From Legal Newsline

Alcohol trader again wants Calif. fraud claims dismissed

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – This fall, a federal judge in San Jose is expected to hear arguments from a wine and spirits trade company about why a defunct restaurant and bar owner's putative class action lawsuit should, again, be dismissed.

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