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State Bar of California seeks Supreme Court ruling to collect dues

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 30, 2016

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

By Dawn Geske | Oct 27, 2016

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

By Claudia Balthazar | Oct 27, 2016

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. 

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to decide dietary supplements case

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 26, 2016

ORLANDO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is on the verge of providing a concrete resolution to the contrasting opinions of district courts regarding certification and classification of dietary supplements and the lawsuits related to them.

Court case says tampon tax is discriminatory

By JoAnn Seltzer | Oct 24, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – California has been taxing tampons and sanitary napkins for years, classifying them as “luxury” items, while labeling items like Viagra and Lubriderm lotion as” medical necessities. Now the court is being asked to change that classification.

California law imposes stricter punishment on prosecutors who withhold, falsify evidence

By Dawn Geske | Oct 23, 2016

SAN FERNANDO – A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will make it a felony for prosecutors to withhold from the defense or falsify evidence in a case.

Efforts continue to boot Judge Aaron Persky from the courtroom after Stanford rape case

By Quinten Plummer | Oct 12, 2016

SANTA CLARA - Efforts to recall a now infamous Santa Clara judge continue while opposition has sprung up against a bill that prevents courts from handing down short sentences like the one Judge Aaron Persky handed down in the Stanford rape case.

California to return $36.2 million to Pauma Band after decade-long casino fight

By Kathleen McGuire Gilbert | Sep 21, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill appropriating funds for a $36.2 million payment to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians after a court found that the Pauma unfairly overpaid for the right to add slot machines to Casino Pauma.

State high court allows jury trials for testing compensation disputes in 'victory for property owners'

By Carrie Salls | Sep 13, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Walnut Creek real estate dispute attorney believes a July 31 ruling entered by the California Supreme Court that reforms legislation to give property owners a right to a trial by jury to determine compensation for pre-condemnation entry and inspection will push the state to try harder to resolve these disputes to avoid costly, time-consuming jury trials. 

Legislative committee chairman can't predict outcome of state's first judicial commission audit

By Karen Kidd | Aug 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – An upcoming audit of California's only commission responsible for disciplining California judges, the Commission on Judicial Performance, will be objective and credible, state legislators say.

Police transparency bill dies in committee

By John Jarvis | Jul 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said a California Senate bill that recently died in committee would have provided the public access to information it deserves about possible police misconduct.

Assembly bill looks to criminalize distribution of certain recordings

By Carrie Salls | Jun 7, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Assembly member Jimmy Gomez is sponsoring legislation that would make it illegal to disseminate a recorded conversation in the state if both parties to the conversation have not given their consent, stirring controversy in connection with the bill’s constitutionality.

Microbead ban just one small step in Calif. lawyer's fight for the environment

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 1, 2016

LOS ANGELES – In 2015, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, banning certain types of small plastic pellets used in some exfoliating and cosmetic products beginning in 2017.

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