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Government settles $2.6 M whistleblower suit against sleep clinics

John Severance Mar. 16, 2017, 4:16pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A chain of sleep clinics agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle the U.S. government’s accusation that it made false Medicare claims over a 15-year period.

Nation's first undocumented lawyer set to release book in March

Melissa Busch Jan. 27, 2017, 6:20pm

CHICO – Soon, the first undocumented lawyer in the nation will release his book that tells the story of his journey.

Federal government ends case with Berkeley Patients Group marijuana dispensary

Kristin Danley-Greiner Jan. 18, 2017, 6:16pm

BERKELEY, Calif. — About four years ago, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag filed a lawsuit threatening to confiscate the land owned by Nahla Droubi on which a marijuana dispensary sat and operated, citing a violation of federal law but not California law, because it was located within 1,000 feet of two preschools.

Eastern District of California collects $49 million through criminal, civil actions

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 11, 2017, 11:39am

SACRAMENTO — The Eastern District of California collected $49 million in criminal and civil enforcement actions and, with the help of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other offices, an additional $3 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Alaska Airlines settles antitrust case

S. Laney Griffo Dec. 18, 2016, 2:50pm

Plaintiffs in the case against the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines agreed to settle on Dec. 7.

Federal judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen settlement

Joe Dyton Nov. 25, 2016, 6:13pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge recently approved a $15 billion settlement, one of the largest in the history of the United States, concerning Volkswagen Groups' diesel car emissions scandal.

Mortgage loan modification service providers under fire for violating Fair Housing Act

Kerry Goff Nov. 3, 2016, 3:22pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging that several mortgage loan modification service providers violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by intentionally discriminating against Hispanic homeowners by targeting them for predatory mortgage loan modification services. 

Presidio Trust CEO looks forward to guiding national park's growth

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2016, 12:29pm

Presidio Trust's newly appointed chief executive officer said during a recent interview that she has flowed naturally from law to business to public trust.

U.S. Department of Justice disallows admission of Iraq Inquiry in civil suit against the former Bush administration

Michelle de Leon Oct. 14, 2016, 1:21pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected the submission of the Chilcot Report, barring the documents from reaching the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit as supplemental evidence in the ongoing case centered on the Iraq War.

Attorney says he hopes DOJ will not appeal court ban on feds prosecuting medical marijuana cases

Karen Kidd Sep. 5, 2016, 12:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO – An attorney representing clients in whose favor a California appeals court ruled last month that they could not be prosecuted for marijuana offenses if no state laws were broken, says he hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will not file an appeal.

Judge's nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals depends on politics, professor says

Jenna Spinelle Aug. 11, 2016, 6:23am

SAN FRANCISCO – Following a successful confirmation hearing, Lucy Koh is one step closer to becoming the first female Korean-American judge on an appellate court.

Immigration attorney disbarred for repeated misconduct and non-compliance

Kerry Goff Jul. 27, 2016, 7:59am

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Justice has disbarred attorney Carla Ruth McBeath from practice before the Department of Homeland Security, the Board the Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Court.

Attorney argues that sexual assault victims should be able to file civil cases

John Severance Jul. 21, 2016, 10:29pm

IRVINE – The Stanford University case where a young woman claimed she was raped by Brock Turner, an Olympic hopeful, sent shockwaves through the nation.

U.S. district court shuts down Sacramento soy sauce, tofu plant

Andrew Burger Jul. 13, 2016, 10:28am

FRESNO – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 24 issued a permanent injunction that shuts down the operations of Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp., a Sacramento-based manufacturer and distributor of soy sauce and tofu. 

Illegal drug case dismissed against FedEx

Dawn Geske Jul. 1, 2016, 7:36pm

SAN FRANSICO – At the request of prosecutors, the lawsuit against shipping giant FedEx Corp. was dropped, which accused it of knowingly shipping illegal online prescription drugs.

DoJ weighs in on Apple, Samsung patent litigation

Carrie Salls Jun. 28, 2016, 8:32pm

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice believes the U.S. Supreme Court should turn a long-standing patent infringement battle waging between Samsung Electronics Co. LTD and Apple Inc. back over to a trial court for a ruling on whether a new trial should be held regarding the calculation of damages.?

Suit filed against Trader Joe's Co.

Wadi Reformado Jun. 22, 2016, 11:58am

SAN FRANCISCO – A Monrovia-based grocery store chain is being sued by the federal government.

Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp. alleged to use unsafe food handling processes

Wadi Reformado Jun. 21, 2016, 7:07pm

SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento soy product distributor is being accused of unsanitary packing conditions.

Pending ruling expected to clarify reach of medical marijuana amendment

Karen Kidd Jun. 7, 2016, 7:56pm

WASHINGTON – A pending federal appeals ruling has many medical and recreational marijuana legal observers speculating over how legislation, sponsored by two California law makers, will be interpreted while others are waiting for the ruling itself.

Grande Lum returns to California's Accordence

Rebecca Campbell May 31, 2016, 7:58pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Grande Lum, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service (CRS), has returned to Accordence, the California negotiation training and consulting company he founded, to serve as a senior adviser.