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All female appeals panel affirms dismissal of San Jose State professor’s defamation suit

By Sandra Lane | Oct 29, 2018

SAN JOSE – An all-female judges’ panel in California's Sixth District Court of Appeal, which was noted on the court’s website as an historic event, recently affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit filed by a San Jose State University professor who had claimed some university employees and university administrators accused him of trying to defraud the university by seeking airfare reimbursement for himself and a traveling companion.

Judge gives VMWare mixed ruling on clerk's taxation of costs for trial with Phoenix Technologies

By Sandra Lane | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – After the culmination of a jury trial to settle a lawsuit between two tech companies, a federal court has ruled to deny in part a motion of review of costs submitted by the defendant.

Appellate court affirms that $5 million should be paid to class members in Wells Fargo suit, not law firm

By Sandra Lane | Oct 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The 1st District Court of Appeal, Division Three affirmed an earlier judgment from a trial court, ruling that $5 million in settlement proceeds could not be paid to a legal group for representing homeowners who sued Wells Fargo Bank concerning home mortgages.

California company faces patent infringement suit regarding wireless data transmission system

By Sandra Lane | Oct 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Texas-based tech company recently filed a federal suit accusing Sunvalleytek International of Fremont of infringing on its patent regarding a wireless mutliplex data transmission system.

Appeals judge denies malpractice claim in insurance dispute over settlement of personal injury suit

By Sandra Lane | Oct 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California's Third District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a lower court's ruling concerning allegations of legal malpractice in an insurance dispute and denied a motion for a writ of mandate and prohibition order.

Judge grants, denies parts of Apple’s motion to dismiss complaints filed over iPhone battery life allegations

By Sandra Lane | Oct 16, 2018

SAN JOSE – Apple was granted several motions to dismiss claims filed by customers over allegations the tech company reduced the performance of certain iPhone models in iOS updates.

Appeals court says water districts not entitled to grants because they can levy taxes for state mandated projects

By Sandra Lane | Oct 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Third District Court of Appeal recently ruled that water districts are not prevented from levying fees in order to provide state mandated services not funded by the state.

American Airlines can compel arbitration with employee allegedly fired for whistleblowing, 9th Circuit rules

By Sandra Lane | Oct 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Sept. 26 reversed part of a lower court's regarding arbitration between American Airlines, an employee and a union.

Federal judge grants and denies parts of Symantec's motion to dismiss software lawsuit

By Sandra Lane | Oct 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Defendant Symantec’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit concerning the alleged defects of a computer software security program was granted in part and denied in part by Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California on Sept. 21.

Judge denies motions for judgment for MicroTechnologies, Autonomy in suit over multimillion software transaction

By Sandra Lane | Oct 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Judge Joseph C. Spero of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California denied the motions in a dispute between two software companies in which both companies asked for judgment on the pleadings.

Federal judge approves sale of land held by SEC in fraudulent investment scheme

By Sandra Lane | Oct 2, 2018

SAN DIEGO – In a lawsuit concerning the sale of foreclosed property, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently approved a motion to sell a 42-acre section of a 106-acre tract for $1,282,600 with the proceeds being paid to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Judge dismisses anticipatory-breach claim in contract dispute over sale of educational courses

By Sandra Lane | Sep 27, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Pearson Education recently gained a partial victory in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California when a judge approved one of its two motions in breach of contract lawsuit concerning the sale of educational products.

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.

From Legal Newsline

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.

From Legal Newsline

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.

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