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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.

Appeals court rules in favor of Rossdale Group LLC in malicious prosecution suit

The California Sixth District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court's decision in a malicious prosecution lawsuit.

Appeals court rules against defendant in mortgage case

The California First Appellate District Court of Appeal recently decided to uphold the Solano County Superior Court's decision to drop Linda Vanpelt's case against HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc.

Law firm both representing, fighting Toys R Us not disqualified

LOS ANGELES — A law firm that was representing Toys R Us in one case and fighting against the toy company in another will not be disqualified.

California federal court moves Hertz case back to San Francisco

A U.S. district court in California recently granted a motion to dismiss a Fair Credit Reporting Act class action against Hertz, with the case moving back to San Francisco.

Courts to rule on whether calling in to work equals reporting to work

SAN FRANCISCO – A decision regarding whether waiting for a call to head into work is actually considered working has been bouncing around California courts.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to decide dietary supplements case

ORLANDO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is on the verge of providing a concrete resolution to the contrasting opinions of district courts regarding certification and classification of dietary supplements and the lawsuits related to them.

Legal services matchmaker website expands to pair California litigants and attorneys

SACRAMENTO – An idea hatched in Miami for helping individuals find an attorney who fits their budget has expanded to northern California.

Allstate Insurance Co. allegedly failed to adequately investigate a claim, disclose discovery of asbestos

SAN FRANCISCO — Homeowners have filed suit against their insurance policy provider for allegedly failing to cover insured water damage caused by a dishwasher and for purportedly failing to notify them of asbestos found and blown about in their home during the evaluation process.

Gators Sports Bar & Grill alleged to have allowed performances of songs without license

RIVERSIDE – A Victorville restaurant is facing a suit from several owners of copyrighted music alleging their songs were performed without a license.

AAA alleges Boulevard Towing uses mark without authorization

LOS ANGELES – A Florida company alleges a Los Angeles towing company is using its mark without permission.

Aetna Life Insurance Co., allegedly wrongly denied woman's disability claims

GAINESVILLE — An individual has filed suit against an insurance company for allegedly denying her claim for disability benefits.

Former employee claims company allegedly refused a doctor's visit after he was injured

TAMPA — A former employee has filed suit against his previous employer for allegedly preventing him from seeing a physician for a shoulder injury, then purportedly forcing him to resign.

Pleasanton attorney suspended, accused of sending false report to the State Bar

TALLAHASSEE – Marilyn Dina Weinstein, an attorney who practices in Pleasanton, was suspended for 30 days and ordered to take the Multistate ProfessionalResponsibility Examination (MPRE).

Citrus Heights attorney suspended for rehabilitation non-compliance, allegedly tested positive for alcohol

TALLAHASSEE – Joseph Henry Marman, who practices law in Citrus Heights, was suspended from the practice of law for two years and until he provides proof of his rehabilitation after being terminated from the State Bar Court’s Alternative Discipline Program (ADP).

Court sides with marine mammal advocates in naval sonar lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal agency tasked with granting the U.S. Navy permission to use low-frequency active sonar for training, testing and routine operations in oceans around the world didn’t do enough to protect marine mammals, a panel of judges in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided recently.

Lawyers and other professionals should remain calm in volatile stock market year

MIAMI – It's been a volatile year for the United States stock market, falling below 16,000 in February before rebounding to more than 18,000 in April. For business professionals such as lawyers who have a lot invested, there's the temptation to pull their money out; however, that may not be the best idea.

Caddies appeal lawsuit against PGA Tour

SAN FRANCISCO – A group of golf caddies has taken its case against the PGA Tour to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge dismissed the suit in February.

PGA caddies land in the rough over suit involving wearing bibs with advertisements

Disgruntled golf caddies filed a class-action suit against PGA, largely because they alleged their bibs made them feel like “human billboards," but a federal judge recently threw the case out. 

Bayview Loan Servicing accused of breach of contract

SAN FRANCISCO – Owners of a mortgage are suing a loan service over allegations of breach of contract.