SACRAMENTO – Lawsuits filed against the two leading ride-share firms allege Lyft and Uber are endangering California residents during the coronavirus emergency by not providing employees with paid sick leave, which is required by state law.
The Pacific Legal Foundation is legally challenging the California Department of Motor Vehicles personalized license plate program on behalf of five California residents, including Chris Ogilvie, on First Amendment grounds.
SAN FRANCISCO – A state appeals court unanimously ruled against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his refusal to release records that his office acquired from law enforcement agencies pertaining to police shootings, use of force and officer misconduct in a longstanding fight to enforce a state transparency law that took effect last year.
ALAMEDA – An appeals court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of the city of Newark, California, in its case against a pedestrian who was seriously injured after being hit by a car in an intersection crosswalk.
SAN JOSE – A U.S. magistrate judge granted, in part, fees sought by attorneys who represented unsatisfied headphone buyers in a class action settlement against an electronics company, but denied the lodestar method which resulted in approximately $200,000 less than sought.
One unintended effect of AB5, which makes it more difficult for businesses to classify employees as independent contractors, is that it may lead to reduced benefits for all workers, according to recent reports.
BERKELEY – The University of California, Berkeley removed the words Boalt Hall from the facade of its main law school building last week after Charles Reichmann, a lecturer at the school, discovered a racist speech delivered in 1877 by the Bay Area lawyer John Henry Boalt.
SACRAMENTO – Sun City Lincoln Hills, a Sacramento-area development for those 55 and older, is facing a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by two residents who allege the community association has discriminated against them by failing to provide devices and services at its board meetings, theater and elsewhere to help individuals with hearing loss.
SAN FRANCISCO – A California state appeals court shot down the appeal of a judgment in a lawsuit by the owner of the San Francisco Examiner that accused its direct competitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, of illegally selling advertising below actual cost to damage competition and sales numbers.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect at the turn of the year, reshaping the way online business is conducted throughout the state and beyond. Among those who have been forced to adapt are online publishers and media outlets, adjusting their marketing tactics in order to continue generating revenue – something that is already challenging in the world of journalism.
Another Bay Area Roundup trial was suspended Friday as more reports have alluded to a potential global settlement in the thousands of Bayer AG/Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits pending throughout the country. Both sides have continued to remain quiet on any such settlement talks.
SACRAMENTO – A group of California Republican lawmakers have authored a new bill to cure problems with Assembly Bill 5, which took effect on Jan. 1 and controversially reclassified independent contractors.
SAN FRANCISCO – A state appeals court on Jan. 15 ruled that a woman who was robbed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station cannot hold the public transit agency accountable because the crime took place while she was on the platform, not the train.