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John Doherty to replace Kim Stone as president of CJAC

By Tara Mapes | Dec 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has anounced that John Doherty, vice president of politics and policy, and general counsel of TechNet, as the named successor to president and CEO Kim Stone, who will be passing the torch to Doherty Dec. 15.

Kim Stone departing CJAC, but plans to continue her fight for justice

By Tara Mapes | Nov 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Kim Stone, president and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC)  will be departing the firm after six years at the helm.

Court rules CarMax's generic used car inspection reports violate California law

By Tara Mapes | Nov 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's Ninth Circuit Court reversed a district court’s summary judgment in favor of CarMax Auto Superstores LLC (CarMax) and remanded with instructions to enter summary judgment for plaintiff Travis Gonzales. Gonzales sued CarMax after experiencing problems with a vehicle he purchased at one of its lots.

Court tosses case against SBA for awarding billions in small business contracts to Fortune 500 firms

By Tara Mapes | Nov 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The American Small Business League’s (ASBL) request for an injunction against the Small Business Administration (SBA) for giving federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms was thrown out by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Oct. 18.

Lawsuit identifies sham lawsuits, stooge defendants used to hide negative online review

By Tara Mapes | Oct 30, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - Several corporations, two California attorneys and a few defendants are accused of constructing a scheme using sham lawsuits to suppress negative online reviews about the corporations.

California bankruptcy court rules that five debtors infringed upon creditors' rights to object

By Tara Mapes | Oct 18, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- Five California debtors made modifications to their Chapter 13 bankruptcy model plans that violate the bankruptcy code, according to a bankruptcy court in California.

Appeals Court ruling keeps Trader Joe's lawsuit against Pirate Joe's alive

By Tara Mapes | Oct 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -The 9th District Court in Northern California has reversed a dismissal of Trader Joe’s trademark lawsuit and sent it back to a Washington district court.

Appeals court agrees to review whether decision to build Carlsbad Energy Plant followed rules

By Tara Mapes | Oct 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – California's 1st District Court of Appeals announced on Sept. 14 that it agreed to review a decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build a new multibillion-dollar energy plant.

California water wasters to face new penalties, possible public disclosure of names

By Tara Mapes | Sep 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 814 into law to crack down on excessive water use during droughts. The law, effective Jan. 1, 2017, penalizes the state's biggest water wasters and could result in public disclosure of their names.

Court rules federal government not liable for kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, lawyer plans to file request for rehearing

By Tara Mapes | Sep 16, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 26, the U.S. government cannot be held responsible for the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years.

District court vacates USDA organic regulations document in 'rare' decision

By Tara Mapes | Sep 16, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – On June 20, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California vacated the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) guidance document ruling it violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

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