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

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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.

Appeals court rules FCC regulatory order 'does not rob' FTC authority to pursue case against AT&T

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court recently uphelp the Federal Trade Commission's regulatory authority over large Internet service providers and allowed the commission to move ahead in its case against AT&T for allegedly throttling the data speeds of millions of unlimited data plan customers.

Ninth Circuit gearing up to rehear San Francisco soda warning label case

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court is preparing to give San Francisco another shot at enforcing its ordinance requiring large warning labels in sugary drink advertisements. The ordinance is opposed by beverage retailers who allege it violates their First Amendment rights to free speech.

Retailers get help from lawsuits when new Prop 65 regulations take effect

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LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A list of products that require warning labels because they contain possible cancer-causing ingredients continues to grow in California, though retailers will be gaining some protection from litigation that stems from them.

Assessment of California regulations needed, says business development exec

SACRAMENTO - If there is one person who knows the business of doing business in California and its relationship with state neighbors and rivals, it is Barry Broome.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

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NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

'Dispassionate analysis' lacking in California climate change litigation, environmental attorney says

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Government officials in California who made dire climate change predictions in lawsuits against energy companies but not to prospective bond investors didn't think hard enough before filing those cases, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental attorney said during a recent interview.

Pipeline serves a 'railroad purpose' as long as railroad operation continues and benefits, 9th Circuit rules

A pipeline can suffice as a "railroad purpose" under right-of-way rules granted to railroads in the 19th century, as long as the railroad benefits, an appeals court ruled this month.

Climate lawyers hope 'public nuisance' strategy reverses years of failure

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Contra Costa DA among signatories in Los Angeles 'sanctuary' case amicus brief

A Justice Department policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements hampers local law enforcement and threatens public safety, Contra Costa County's district attorney said during a recent interview.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

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.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

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CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

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.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

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.