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Will Jerry Brown tilt California Supreme Court against business?

Daniel Fisher Aug. 25, 2017, 12:40pm

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

John Myers Jun. 12, 2017, 8:32am

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

April Brown Apr. 11, 2017, 5:12pm

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

S. Laney Griffo Apr. 4, 2017, 9:41pm

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

Taryn Phaneuf Dec. 16, 2016, 1:07pm

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

Giovanni Whaley Dec. 15, 2016, 3:18pm

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

Michelle de Leon Dec. 11, 2016, 9:47pm

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

John Myers Dec. 8, 2016, 8:05pm

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

Cheyenne Dickerson Dec. 2, 2016, 12:14pm

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

John Myers Dec. 2, 2016, 11:40am

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

S. Laney Griffo Nov. 27, 2016, 3:38pm

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

Chandra Lye Nov. 26, 2016, 9:59pm

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

Karen Kidd Nov. 22, 2016, 11:41pm

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

Heather Doyle Nov. 14, 2016, 9:46am

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

Noell Wolfgram Evans Nov. 10, 2016, 11:04pm

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).

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

Tara Mapes Nov. 6, 2016, 10:39pm

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.

California court rules employee pay stubs must contain nine items to be legal

John Myers Nov. 6, 2016, 10:28pm

SAN DIEGO -- In Lidia Soto vs. Motel 6 Operating LP, California's Fourth District Appellate Court sent a clear message to employers: they are not obligated to include the monetary amount of accrued vacation pay on their employees' wage statements.

State Bar of California seeks Supreme Court ruling to collect dues

Michelle de Leon Oct. 30, 2016, 11:48pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite the controversial issues darkening the California State Bar, including concerns about the group's expenses, a Senate bill initially anticipated to resolve such matters was not passed by the state legislature.

34th Assembly District candidate Vince Fong seeks to help small businesses

Dawn Geske Oct. 27, 2016, 9:53am

SACRAMENTO – As the highest taxed and regulated state in the country, California small business owners face many challenges when it comes to starting a business within the area. But one candidate is hoping to change this in the 34th Assembly District. 

Siskiyou County Hmong residents file suit claiming voter irntimidation

Claudia Balthazar Oct. 27, 2016, 9:41am

SACRAMENTO – Siskiyou County officials say that allegations made in the Vang Et Al. v. Lopey Et Al. case filed against the county and its officers for voter intimidation are not completely supported by actual facts. Instead, the allegations were just another distraction from what is really going on, they say.