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

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2017, 8:00am

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

Sara McCleary Sep. 22, 2017, 1:25pm

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 11, 2017, 9:00pm

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 11, 2017, 9:00pm

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

Angela Underwood Sep. 11, 2017, 12:45pm

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

Chandra Lye Aug. 10, 2017, 12:14pm

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

Angela Underwood Aug. 7, 2017, 2:15pm

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

Glenn Minnis Jul. 11, 2017, 11:18pm

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

Zachary Lewis Jul. 11, 2017, 10:47pm

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

Sara McCleary Jun. 30, 2017, 4:14pm

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

Delma M. Serrano Jun. 7, 2017, 2:00pm

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

Qualcomm faces legal battles over chip technology

Dee Thompson Apr. 21, 2017, 10:15am

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

Nicholas Gueguen Apr. 10, 2017, 6:59pm

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

Melissa Busch Apr. 7, 2017, 2:55pm

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

Jon Campisi Mar. 18, 2017, 10:51am

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.

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.

Netflix, Fox battle over executive employment contracts

Dee Thompson Mar. 15, 2017, 2:02pm

LOS ANGELES — Fox and Netflix are locked in a battle over the employment contracts of two executives who Netflix lured away from the rival network.

SCOTUS to hear appeal on Plavix case

John Severance Mar. 14, 2017, 7:07pm

SAN FRANCISCO — On the day before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal concerning jurisdiction involving Bristol Myers Squibb and its blood-thinning medication Plavix.

Missouri AG takes states' fight against California egg law to US Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 5:05pm

WASHINGTON — A California law designed to improve the living conditions of hens has drawn opposition from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has taken his challenge of the law’s egg-sale restrictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal FMLA bill hopes to reflect California model that benefits workers, employers

Charmaine Little Mar. 3, 2017, 3:14pm

WASHINGTON - The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in California is in the spotlight as a handful of lawmakers hope to use some aspects of the state statute it to pass a federal FMLA bill under the new administration.