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Fisherman attorney says resource use should cost accordingly in WDFW case

By Robert Lawson | Feb 19, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An attorney who represents fishermen on the West Coast agreed with a California court decision that could shake up a planned exemption by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Insurance app squashed by Facebook

By Robert Lawson | Nov 27, 2016

SILICON VALLEY — An attempt by a United Kingdom-based insurance company called Admiral to collect user data through an application designed to provide customer insurance rates has been shut down by Facebook, the platform used to run the app. 

1-800Contacts allegedly violated antitrust law, faces two lawsuits

By Robert Lawson | Nov 7, 2016

SAN DIEGO — 1-800Contacts is facing action from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and two civil lawsuits stemming from alleged antitrust law violation and unfair business practices.

Commercial liability insurer found not liable under watercraft exclusion for fish oil contamination claim

By Robert Lawson | Nov 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — A commercial liability insurer (CGL) has been declared as not responsible for damages claimed in a lawsuit settlement over contaminated fish oil aboard a vessel operated by the company suing, according to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling filed in September.

College players file suit against NCAA, PAC-12 for pay

By Robert Lawson | Oct 26, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — A University of Southern California (USC) football linebacker is taking the lead in a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pac-12 Conference in an ongoing struggle over pay for college athletics, claiming the organizations owe student-athletes unpaid wages and overtime. 

Ninth Circuit Judge O'Scannlain to assume senior status

By Robert Lawson | Oct 24, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain will assume senior status. 

Law firms face serious risks, consequences from data breaches

By Robert Lawson | Oct 22, 2016

SONORA — Wheeler & Egger CPAs LLP discovered a data breach at their firm in August involving several of the firm's clients who filed a 2015 tax return extension. 

Former Solicitor General Verrilli joins law firm, opens D.C. office

By Robert Lawson | Oct 18, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP will open a new office in Washington, D.C., led by former United States Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. The Washington, D.C., office is the firm's first new office in 25 years.

Professor agrees with L.A. Times column that 9th Circuit seems more centric

By Robert Lawson | Oct 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Times opinion editorial piece written by Ben Feuer described the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as the court "conservatives love to hate." 

Uber driver settlement terms rejected, both parties plan to resume negotiations

By Robert Lawson | Oct 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal district court judge has handed down a ruling that has Uber drivers rejoicing. 

California district court rules exclusions can be enforced in ERISA suit

By Robert Lawson | Oct 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO—A California District Court has ruled that a discretionary clause within a benefits policy was to be enforced in the case Bain v. United Healthcare Inc.

MetLife's paper reviews by doctors ruled as structural conflict in ERISA case

By Robert Lawson | Oct 10, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — MetLife has been found liable after denying a transition in Daniel Demer's benefits in Demer v. IBM Corporation LTD Plan, which was filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California. 

Two distinguished legal professionals honored at FBANC annual dinner

By Robert Lawson | Aug 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye and Rob Bonta were honored by the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) as exceptional in their work and duties at their 36th annual Installation Dinner held at the Oakland Rotunda Building in the Frank Ogawa Plaza. 

Supreme Court to review exemption of vote on California Cannabis Coalition initiative

By Robert Lawson | Jul 25, 2016

RIVERSIDE – The California Supreme Court agreed to review a petition filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) on behalf of the city of Upland after a court of appeals in the 4th District, Division 2, ruled in favor of a petition filed by California Cannabis Coalition (CCC) to be exempt from Proposition 218, which grants taxpayers the right to vote on new taxes. 

Attorney says judge's decision leaves questions in serving dissolved corporations

By Robert Lawson | Jun 9, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – In Core Distrib. v. Xtreme Power (USA) Inc., a case filed in a Minnesota court, a judge there wrestled with whether or not a California corporation's former directors or officers were properly served with a court summons to appear, and a California securities attorney says this leads to problems of accountability.

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