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California judge grants motion to quash in a dispute between businesses seeking to provide Indonesian pay TV service

By Sandra Lane | Sep 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Judge Kathleen M. Bank has ruled in favor of a motion to quash and threw out the claims of another in a dispute between D-Rock Holdings and Axxis Financial of California.

Widow of deceased NFL football star sues NCAA over head injuries

By Sandra Lane | Sep 15, 2018

SAN DIEGO - The widow of former NFL and NCAA football player Jeffrey Staggs filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Aug. 27, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, naming the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as defendant.

West Sacramento's environmental lawsuit dismissed

By Sandra Lane | Sep 14, 2018

A federal judge threw out a wide-ranging environmental lawsuit against more than 60 companies by the city of West Sacramento.

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Objector fighting $21.5M settlement with Monsanto, says lawyers, paid more than $6M, didn't get enough for class

By Sandra Lane | Aug 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district judge on May 25 approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over the herbicide Roundup, but one class member is challenging it by arguing the plaintiffs attorneys are selling out Californians in order to reap millions in attorneys fees.

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Calif. court reduces penalties against law firm in paralegal's wage dispute

By Sandra Lane | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The First Appellate District of the Court of Appeal of California has reduced the penalties on a law firm in a wage dispute between a paralegal and the law firm.

Federal judge grants motion to prevent woman in wage dispute from filing a similar lawsuit in state court

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion by Engineering Associates (EA) seeking a permanent injunction against a former employee in a wage dispute, preventing her from pursuing causes of action in California state court that were adjudicated.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises granted motion to strike several defense claims in book infringement case

By Sandra Lane | Jul 2, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently ruled on Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP's (DSE's) motions to strike several affirmative defenses by defendants in an ongoing infringement battle regarding two books.

Judge denies EPA's motion to dismiss suit over pesticide registration

By Sandra Lane | Jun 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A judge has denied the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's motion to dismiss a complaint over allegations it violated duties regarding the registration of pesticides under a federal act.

Judge dismisses patent infringement claim in e-cigarette case

By Sandra Lane | Jun 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently granted summary judgment in favor of defendants in a lawsuit alleging patent infringement concerning vaping products, popularly known as e-cigarettes.

Judge tosses fraud suit against Dolarian Capital after plaintiff misses deadline

By Sandra Lane | Jun 22, 2018

FRESNO – On June 7, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss with prejudice a case after the plaintiff failed to obtain a legal representative within the required time period after the original counsel withdrew.

Federal judge partially grants Dutch company’s motion to dismiss claims

By Sandra Lane | Jun 22, 2018

FRESNO, Calif -- Judge Dale A. Drozd of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 1, granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a case concerning infringement of patent rights for a drying machine used in making colorants and nutraceutical products.

Judge denies plaintiffs’ request for summary judgment in Bakersfield pipeline dispute

By Sandra Lane | Jun 21, 2018

FRESNO – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California recently denied plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment on three issues in a case involving pipelines that interfered with the property owners’ development plans.

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California agency's Prop 65 lead regulation upheld by appellate court

By Sandra Lane | Jun 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal,1st Appellate District, Division Two recently affirmed the ruling of a lower court in favor of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), regarding acceptable levels of lead in water as it relates to reproductive health.

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Uber driver says he was told to create fake accounts to mess with Lyft drivers; Lawsuit will not go to arbitration

By Sandra Lane | Jun 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has affirmed a ruling of a lower court that in the case of Ryan Smythe v. Uber Technologies Inc., “the court correctly found that the action is beyond the scope of Smythe’s arbitration agreement with Uber.”

Lendingtree files to move former employee's discrimination lawsuit to federal court

By Sandra Lane | Jun 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Lendingtree LLC, et al., defendants in a lawsuit filed by a former employee that alleges, among other things, sex discrimination, age discrimination and demotion and discharge in violation of public policy, recently served notice that they had taken proper actions to move the case from the Superior Court of California of San Mateo County to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.

Transgender woman claims she was harassed by deputies while demonstrating at San Francisco City Hall

By Sandra Lane | Jun 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Shawn Sunshine Strickland, a homeless, transgender woman who persisted in protesting on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall without first obtaining a permit, recently filed a petition in the U.S. District Court of Northern California claiming she was harassed by sheriff’s deputies, thereby threatening her civil rights and inflicting great emotional harm.

$5.6 million settlement approved in class action suit alleging unfair wages and working conditions

By Sandra Lane | Jun 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion for final approval and certification of a settlement in a class action regarding worker wages and hours.

Motions for summary judgment denied in former Neiman Marcus employee's claim of ADA violations

By Sandra Lane | Jun 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, denied motions for summary judgment made by the plaintiff and defendant in a complaint filed by former Neiman Marcus Group worker accusing the company of wrongful interference with his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Judge orders Center for Medical Progress to produce memoranda in Planned Parenthood case

By Sandra Lane | Jun 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – On May 31, Judge Donna M. Ryu of the U.S. District Court for Northern California declared that defendants in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and affiliates would have to produce some of the information demanded by plaintiffs.

Judge denies Hidden Valley Lake Association's motion to avoid posting bond while appealing judgment

By Sandra Lane | Jun 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of Northern California has denied a motion by a homeowners association to stay enforcement of a judgment without posting a supersedeas bond, or defendant's appeal bond.

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