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EEOC alleges Albertsons 'harassed' Hispanic employees for speaking Spanish

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

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

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

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.

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

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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

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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

Orinda attorney faces disbarment following child pornography plea

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.

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.