State of California News

Immigration act leaves companies squeezed between federal and new state law: consultant

By John Breslin | Dec 28, 2018

Employers in California are in an impossible position, squeezed between the state and federal governments, because of an immigration act passed at the turn of the year, according to one business location consultant.

Social activist groups condemn state’s DNA collection procedure

By John Sammon | Dec 17, 2018

Plaintiffs suing the California Justice Department over its retention of DNA samples from people arrested but not convicted of felonies said erasing private evidence of the innocent should be made an automatic requirement.

Fremont, California officials violated Constitution, lawsuit says

By Carrie Salls | Sep 15, 2018

A Fremont resident claims the city violated his civil rights numerous times.

AM2 Logistic Inc., BKSG Transportation alleged to owe more than $15,000 to former dispatcher

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 10, 2018

FRESNO – Two Fresno companies are alleged to have terminated a dispatcher over his complaints of past-due wages.

Companies petition U.S. Supreme Court for review of California lead-based paint judgment

By John Sammon | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Three companies on the hook for a potential billion dollar judgment have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a public nuisance case filed by 10 counties and cities in California mandating they clean up lead-based paint in dwellings.

Will Jerry Brown tilt California Supreme Court against business?

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO - At the end of this month, California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar is scheduled to retire, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to appoint his fourth justice to the highest court in the nation’s most populous state, ending a Republican majority and sealing his influence over the court for decades.

Appeals court rules against City of Galt in fight over redevelopment agency funds

By John Myers | Jun 12, 2017

The California Third District Court of Appeal recently ruled against the City of Galt, upholding a lower court’s decision to block a cooperative agreement between the city and a redevelopment agency.

Federal judge says cell phone tax challenge case belongs in state court

By April Brown | Apr 11, 2017

Judge Morrison England Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a memorandum and order on March 20 in the matter of Bekkerman v. Calif. Board of Equalization et al, remanding the case back to a state trial court.

Record-breaking settlement approved in California workers' compensation case

By S. Laney Griffo | Apr 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A workers' compensation judge recently approved to a record-breaking, $10 million settlement in a California case

Surprise Attorney General nominee raises concerns among business advocates

By Taryn Phaneuf | Dec 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO — After 24 years in Congress, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Gov. Jerry Brown’s pick for attorney general, has the experience to oppose the Trump administration. But small business advocates in California aren’t expecting an ally in the new top law enforcement officer.

California preparing to protect unauthorized immigrants from federal government

By Giovanni Whaley | Dec 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Unauthorized immigrants across the country are bracing for what many fear will be four years of life-changing immigration policies under the Trump administration starting in 2017. California, however, already has started preparing to protect people living in the state illegally, according to Southern California Public Radio.

Railroads succeed in blocking new Haz-Mat tax

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- A California judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the new tax scheme scheduled to be imposed on trains carrying hazardous materials, pointing out that the petitioners’ arguments merited a day in court.

Prop 64 affecting court sentences, lawyer says

By John Myers | Dec 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the state of California, but the new laws are taking effect under a haze of confusion.

San Francisco city attorney opposes state's fixed bail schedule

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Dec 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- In October 2015, legal action was taken against the state of California by a rights group based in Washington, D.C., claiming the current fixed bail scheduled system is unconstitutional and does not provide equal opportunities for wealthy and poor incarcerated individuals.

California ACLUs seek to allow ballot selfies

By John Myers | Dec 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- California residents will be able to share their ballot selfies after a new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

California Franchise Tax Board will take action on pending claims

By S. Laney Griffo | Nov 27, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's franchise tax board (FTB) has announced actions it will take in cases that were being held up pending a decision in the Gillette Company & Subs v. California Franchise Tax Board case.

State Farm ordered to refund rate inflations back to California policyholders

By Chandra Lye | Nov 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO — A court has ordered insurance company State Farm to repay California policyholders millions of dollars in a case that stems from a petition filed by the Consumer Federation of California (CFC) questioning the company’s decision to raise rates in July 2015.

Attorney says communication key to attorney-client relationships and avoiding disputes

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2016

NEWPORT BEACH – While a city in southeast Ventura County grapples with its disputed half-million-dollars' worth of legal fees, an Orange County attorney offered advice for lawyers about how to keep such arguments out of the court system.

University of California, illegal immigrant students await court decision on college subsidies

By Heather Doyle | Nov 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES — University of California and its illegal immigrant student population are awaiting the students' fate following a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, who is representing state resident and taxpayer Earl De Vries.

Fight against tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants continues in California

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Nov 10, 2016

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – A lawsuit concerning who can and cannot be offered in-state tuition benefits in the State of California has been brought against the University of California (UC) Board of Regents by Judicial Watch and Earl De Vries (a state resident).

The Record Network