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Outcome of Apple-Samsung trial could affect patent value, experts say

Experts believe the ultimate resolution of a long-running head-to-head between Samsung and Apple over the design of their phones could have deep implications for the value of patents.

Manufacturers' group calls ExxonMobil's move toward counter-suing a 'win'

A group that backs the interests of energy producers calls ExxonMobil's recent move toward counter-suing parties involved in California climate change litigation a "win" for manufacturers.

Ex-federal prosecutor: Could take 'many years' to understand DaVita RX settlement ramifications

Former federal prosecutor Nick Oberheiden knows health care fraud.

Consumer board seeks $287 million in restitution over CashCall case

LOS ANGELES -- A Nov. 20 hearing featured the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calling CashCall a purveyor of “financial snake oil” and arguing the online lender should pay as much as $287 million because they deceived customers.

California ranks 2nd in latest 'Hellholes' report

California ranked second in the latest listing of "Judicial Hellholes," an annual report from the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) that tracks real-time disadvantages to defendants by civil court judges across the U.S.

San Francisco lawyer recommended for partially stayed suspension over immigration case misconduct

San Francisco attorney Frank Patrick Sprouls faces a six-month suspension following a California State Bar filing after being found culpable in three counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

Appeals court grants injunction against San Francisco's sugary drinks ad requirements

SAN FRANCISCO – A California appellate court has found that advertising requirements set out by the city of San Francisco concerning sugar-sweetened beverages is unconstitutional, and has granted a preliminary injunction to the ordinance’s opponents.

New survey ranks California's lawsuit climate 47th worst in the nation

Litigation over a small businessman's pursuit of the perfect kitty litter scoop is one example of why the lawsuit climate in California continues to rank low compared to other states, according to a survey released this week.

California legal climate among nation's worst, survey says

California's lawsuit climate is bad and isn't getting any better, according to a video by Faces of Lawsuit Abuse, a project of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this publication.

State Sen. Moorlach views SB33 bill as job killer

California Sen. John Moorlach said SB33 bill is looked at as a job killer, "like trial attorneys [that] push to try and avoid class action lawsuits."

IRS accused of illegal sting operation

A group of businesses who participated in an IRS scheme to catch those filing fraudulent tax returns has claimed they lost millions of dollars.

Ninth District judge rules no fraud in 2007 forest fire

SAN FRANCISCO - California Ninth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas found no alleged fraud in United States of America v. Sierra Pacific Industries. “

Cypress Semiconductor and former CEO enter into settlement

T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has entered into a settlement agreement with the company stemming from a conflict of interest suit he filed over the company’s involvement with Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, an equity investment firm backed by the Chinese government.

Attorney plans to file petition to U.S. Supreme Court in MLB antitrust suit

After a federal court dismissed appeal filed by former minor league players in an antitrust suit, their counsel is planning to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit reverses decision in retaliation case against Angelo Dairy

The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a district court’s decision on a Fair Labor Standards Act case (FLSA).

Employees allege city of San Diego owes them unpaid overtime wages

SAN DIEGO – Three San Diego Fire-Rescue Department employees allege that they are owed unpaid wages.

Qualcomm faces legal battles over chip technology

Tech giant Qualcomm is facing litigation on several fronts related to its exclusive patent on the chip essential to all iPhones.

California lawyer says class-action litigation bill would protect price fixing

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted 220-201 to pass the Fairness In Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, and one attorney is not pleased to see the bill pass.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

Ruling on controversial cap-and-trade auctions expected by late April

During the past four years, more than $4 billion from greenhouse gas emission credits that are auctioned off through the state’s cap-and-trade program have poured into California’s general fund.