Santa Clara County Superior Court News

California Supreme Court denies review of public nuisance lead paint decision

By Ann Maher | Feb 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO - The Supreme Court of California has denied review of an approximate $600 million judgment that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state.

Ballot initiative would provide $2 billion fund for statewide remediation of wide range of hazards

By Ann Maher | Jan 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A ballot initiative to fund a $2 billion bond for statewide remediation of lead paint, mold, asbestos, radon, pests, and other environmental hazards in homes, schools and senior citizen facilities will protect home values and alleviate a state housing crisis, supporters believe.

State bar court dismisses disciplinary matter against Oakland attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 13, 2017

Disciplinary claims against Oakland attorney Peter Yeu Lee Chao, charged with presenting an unwarranted claim and maintaining an unjust action during a protracted civil litigation, have been dismissed, according to a recent California State Bar filing.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, appeals panel told

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 24, 2017

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Oral arguments still not set in appeal of $1.15 billion lead paint case

By Ann Maher | Sep 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO - Paint manufacturers ordered to abate lead paint inside millions of private residences across the state still await hearing on appeal nearly three years since a trial court entered a $1.15 billion judgment.

Legislators seek review of sentence, judge in Santa Clara County rape case

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 23, 2016

PALO ALTO – In the wake of the sentence given to Brock Turner, a 20-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while she was unconscious, people across the country have called for the judge in the case to be removed from office.

The Record Network