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$7 million sought from Clearlake Shipping from boat charter company in fraud suit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The owner and charterer of ocean-going vessels is seeking more than $7 million after one of its ships was arrested in Singapore.

Delivery service wants case removed to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A same-day delivery service cited the Class Action Fairness Act as it main argument to remove a class action labor dispute involving delivery couriers.

Zimmer Biomet wants woman's hip replacement product liability suit moved to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 21, 2018

A company named in a product liability suit for an allegedly faulty hip replacement system recently requested the case be removed from the Alameda County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Suit against Fitbit over devices claiming to track heart beat can proceed, federal judge rules

By John Breslin | Jun 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that a suit alleging Fitbit made inaccurate marketing claims regarding its wristband devices that track user heart beat can continue but agreed to dismiss allegations that the company attempted to unjustly enrich itself.

Canadian director claims Disney/Pixar stole 'Inside Out' in copyright infringement suit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 21, 2018

Director, cinematographer, and editor Damon Pourshian recently filed a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging Disney/Pixar’s "Inside Out" was stolen from a short film he wrote while in college.

Man seeks removal of case involving child custody to federal court

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California man recently filed a notice of removal in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California regarding a lawsuit against the state of California over alleged deprivations of fundamental rights in a dispute involving child custody.

Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring seeks more than $300,000 for equipment damaged in truck fire

By Karen Kidd | Jun 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – An Antioch drilling company is suing a Washington shipping company and an Illinois shipment contractor over damage to a large piece of drilling equipment during a truck fire during interstate transit in 2016.

Oakland Housing Authority wants IT director's lawsuit over demotion moved to federal court

By Karen Kidd | Jun 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – An Oakland Housing Authority official recently filed a notice to have a suit filed by the authority's IT director over his demotion last year to be moved to U.S. District Court for California's Northern District, San Francisco Division.

Judge rules patent infringement case against Belkin can proceed to trial

By Kory Oswald | Jun 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – A federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled a patent infringement case involving two cellphone car-mount providers can proceed to a trial by jury to determine if one’s company’s mount design infringes on the other’s patent.

Federal lawsuit claims feds Iack transparency about Trump immigration policy

By Karen Kidd | Jun 16, 2018

A federal lawsuit written by law students on behalf of a legal aid service and a Boston-based immigrants advocacy group accuses two federal agencies of withholding information about how the Trump administration is prosecuting immigration cases.

Postmates moves case alleging couriers were misclassified as contractors to federal court

By Karen Kidd | Jun 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Postmates recently moved a class action from a state court to a federal court as the courier delivery service grapples with a California Supreme Court decision earlier this spring that complicates how gig economy companies define independent contractors.

ARMO Biosciences shareholder's suit alleges misinformation about proposed merger with Eli Lilly

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 14, 2018

An ARMO Biosciences shareholder recently filed a complaint on behalf of himself and others against the company alleging its financial activities in regard to a proposed tender offer constitute violations of section 14e and 20a of the Securities Exchange Act.

Former VA worker files suit claiming violations of the Civil Rights Act

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 14, 2018

A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employee recently filed a lawsuit alleging her supervisor punished, harassed and threatened her based on her gender and religion and retaliated against her for making a complaint.

Lendingtree files to move former employee's discrimination lawsuit to federal court

By Sandra Lane | Jun 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Lendingtree LLC, et al., defendants in a lawsuit filed by a former employee that alleges, among other things, sex discrimination, age discrimination and demotion and discharge in violation of public policy, recently served notice that they had taken proper actions to move the case from the Superior Court of California of San Mateo County to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.

States allege EPA violated Clean Air Act by failing to respond to state-submitted emissions plans

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Eight states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator after the states claim they have violated the Clean Air Act.

Levi Strauss alleges Dorsaz, Nanal copied stitching design on jeans

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Levi Strauss & Co. is suing two companies for trademark infringement over their alleged use of its Arcuate stitching design.

Transgender woman claims she was harassed by deputies while demonstrating at San Francisco City Hall

By Sandra Lane | Jun 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Shawn Sunshine Strickland, a homeless, transgender woman who persisted in protesting on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall without first obtaining a permit, recently filed a petition in the U.S. District Court of Northern California claiming she was harassed by sheriff’s deputies, thereby threatening her civil rights and inflicting great emotional harm.

$5.6 million settlement approved in class action suit alleging unfair wages and working conditions

By Sandra Lane | Jun 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion for final approval and certification of a settlement in a class action regarding worker wages and hours.

Trust says company owners transferred assets to avoid $7 million settlement payment

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 10, 2018

Rescap Liquidating Trust is suing First California Mortgage Company, alleging intentional interference with a contract in order to avoid paying a multimillion settlement, among other allegations.

Petition to enforce nearly $18 billion foreign arbitration award filed against Chevron

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 10, 2018

​A petition for an order to confirm a nearly $18 billion foreign arbitration award has been filed against Chevron in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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