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Deceased man’s family wins $13 million judgment in mesothelioma case against Hillshire Farms

By Laura Halleman | Sep 8, 2017

The family of a man who died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos use at a sugar refinery owned by Hillshire Brands Company was awarded $13 million by a California jury in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Erwin Chemerinsky named dean of UC Berkeley’s law school

By Laura Halleman | May 29, 2017

Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean of UC Irvine’s School of Law, will become the next dean of UC Berkeley’s law school.

U.S. government agrees to $1 million settlement in Mexican man’s death

By Laura Halleman | Mar 19, 2017

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has tentatively approved a settlement for the United States government to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by federal border officers who beat and shot him with a stun gun while he was handcuffed.

Appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit

By Laura Halleman | Mar 15, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court recently rejected a lawsuit that would have required labels on egg cartons to indicate the type of housing the chickens were raised in.

Gerawan Farming asks superior court to order the ALRB to release documents

By Laura Halleman | Mar 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Gerawan Farming recently asked the Sacramento Superior Court to order the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to release documents relating to “whistleblower” allegations from a former lead prosecutor for the board, according to a news release.

California Supreme Court to review documentary transfer tax case

By Laura Halleman | Mar 5, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court of California this summer will review a 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal for the 2nd District to determine whether local governments can impose a documentary transfer tax on a “legal entity that indirectly owns real estate within the state.”

Automotive Recovery Services sued for alleged nonprotections of donor information

By Laura Halleman | Feb 5, 2017

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A San Bruno resident has filed a complaint against Automotive Recovery Services, alleging that her personal information was not protected against hackers when she donated a car to charity.

Costco to pay $11.75 million in prescription settlement

By Laura Halleman | Feb 3, 2017

Costco Wholesale has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from allegations that its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by filling prescriptions for controlled substances.

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