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Bellwether trial over Monsanto's Roundup opens

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney for a 46-year-old California man diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma told a jury during opening arguments on Monday that chemical giant Monsanto has known its best-selling weed killer Roundup causes cancer for almost as long as his client has been alive, claims the company is fighting.

Former federal prosecutor ruled fit to practice again in California

By Karen Kidd | Jul 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Once-disbarred former assistant U.S. attorney G. Paul Howes, disciplined over alleged ethical misconduct as federal prosecutor in prominent cases during the 1980s and 1990s, is again fit to practice law in California, according to a recent decision.

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NYC's climate change lawsuit faces scrutiny from judge during dismissal arguments

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 14, 2018

A clearly skeptical federal judge questioned the basic premise behind New York City’s lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies over climate change on Wednesday

Utah attorney faces possible disbarment by default after allegedly misappropriating more than $3.4 million

By Karen Kidd | Jun 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Philip James Layfield, a Park City, Utah, attorney who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999, faces disbarment following a May 18 California State Bar Court recommendation on over 12 counts of violating professional conduct rules, including alleged misappropriation of millions of dollars from clients.

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No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Businesses surprised, alarmed, over new narrower test for classifying independent contractors

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses are calling their lawyers and a trade organization in the wake of a decision by a California Supreme Court to substantially reduce the number of reasons a worker can be classified an independent contractor.

California employers at reduced risk for labor litigation following Supreme Court decision, litigators say

By Karen Kidd | May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – California employers now have a lower risk of ending up in court fighting Federal Arbitration Act and National Labor Relations Act lawsuits following a split U.S. Supreme Court decision in a major arbitration case earlier this month, two California litigators said in recent interviews.

EEOC alleges Albertsons 'harassed' Hispanic employees for speaking Spanish

By John Breslin | May 19, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A grocery company is accused of violating the civil rights of Hispanic workers who claim they were subjected to harassment for speaking Spanish at one store in California.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

By John Breslin | May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

U.S. labor secretary alleges Los Angeles companies failed to pay overtime wages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Two Los Angeles recycling centers are alleged to have failed to pay their employees overtime wages.

Time runs out for several claims against P.I. Iron in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, court rules

By Carrie Salls | May 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California agreed with P.C. Iron Inc.’s contention that most claims filed against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a former employee who was allegedly fired because of her pregnancy were time-barred, according to an order filed May 1.

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Appeals court won't dismiss climate change lawsuit against U.S. government; Group suing Exxon supports case

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of youths who want the government to take stronger actions in fighting climate change.

Judge dismisses RICO suit against IRS

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 29, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the IRS of engaging in unauthorized collection activities in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Nonpartisan groups petition U.S. Supreme Court in California's foie gras fight

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ilya Shapiro hopes the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear foie gras producers and sellers' challenge to California's ban on the product in the name of freedom.

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In suing Exxon over climate change, Boulder is hoping company's deep pockets will pay for its left-wing agenda, group says

By John O'Brien | Apr 25, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – It remains to be seen if Exxon will fight the latest climate change lawsuit against it in the same way it is attacking the first round, by scrubbing municipal documents for evidence of hypocrisy by the public officials filing them.

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Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Proposition 65 benefits private activists, lawyers, Cato Institute fellow says

By Angela Underwood | Apr 10, 2018

Following a court ruling based on a voter proposition requiring cancer warnings on coffee, a senior fellow for Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center has said California voter initiatives should come with better warnings.

Cyberharassment victim highlights fee Verizon charges to block stalker

By Angela Underwood | Apr 7, 2018

After suffering cyberharassment, one California woman has to pay to keep her stalker from contacting her.

Orinda attorney faces disbarment following child pornography plea

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Orinda attorney James Edward Kroetch faces disbarment following a State Bar of California recommendation after his 2016 child pornography conviction.

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Manufacturers group continues transparency initiative with records request to Richmond, the latest climate change plaintiff

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 13, 2018

RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – In an effort to defend energy manufacturers against climate liability lawsuits, the Manufacturers Accountability Project has filed a California Public Records Act with many of the cities and counties regarding their contact with private attorneys working on contingency fees.

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