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Zurich American Insurance Co. alleges heating and cooling company breached obligation regarding claim

SAN FRANCISCO – An insurance company alleges a company breached its obligation by failing to defend or indemnify another company regarding a claim.

California Supreme Court says Heller Ehrman law firm can't profit after bankruptcy

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – In a ruling made on March 5, the Supreme Court of California ruled that Heller Ehrman LLP can’t profit from unfinished hourly work that remained after the firm folded.

Molecular biologist alleges he was not listed as inventor in three patents, seeks correction

LOS ANGELES – A molecular biologist and biochemist residing in Shanghai, China alleges he was not listed as an inventor on three U.S. patents.

Insurers allege they have no duty to defend Solvis Staffing Services in workers' comp claims

SAN DIEGO – An Escondido corporation is alleged to have misrepresented facts to two insurance companies.

Federal judge declines to dismiss Facebook photo tagging class-action

A class-action lawsuit that challenges Facebook's use of facial recognition and biometric data-collection software to identify people in user-uploaded photos is moving ahead following a recent order handed down by a federal judge in California.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Francesca's Collections scores partial win in former manager's overtime complaint

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has dismissed part of a former Francesca's Collections store manager's complaint that she is still owed for unpaid overtime accrued during almost four years of working for the retailer.

Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

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OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

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.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

2 employees allege freight business failed to pay proper wages

LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles County delivery drivers have filed a class action lawsuit against a freight business, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, appeals panel told

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Oral arguments set Aug. 24 in $1.15 billion lead paint public nuisance case

SAN JOSE – Nearly three years ago, a California judge ordered a group of three paint makers to pay $1.15 billion to 10 California cities and counties to remediate what the judge decided was the “public nuisance” of lead paint in homes.

Oral arguments next step in Starbucks wage case that challenges de minimis rule

California employers await the scheduling by the state Supreme Court for oral arguments in Troester v. Starbucks, a case that challenges the authority of a “de minimis” rule that has been repeatedly applied in other disputes over wages.

Entrepreneur Media files suit over companies' use of Enterpreneur mark

SANTA ANA – An Irvine company alleges that it has been damaged by a Miami company's use of an infringing mark.

Appeal court rules Tucker Ellis LLP does not need permission to release former attorney's documents

A California appeals court recently ruled in favor of a law firm in a dispute with a former employee over documents he composed during his employment.

Appeals court rules against Boeing, Aetna in benefits dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently overturned a district court ruling that upheld insurance company Aetna’s decision to cancel a former Boeing employee's long-term disability benefits because she allegedly met the criteria for the plan’s discretionary “mental health exception.”

Appeals court rules that Unfair Competition Law does not apply in Bank of America case

The California Sixth District Court of Appeal recently ruled that California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL) does not apply to a California couple who attempted to challenge the repossession of their home.

Federal appeals court approves class-action suit over US Airways missing luggage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is allowing a class-action lawsuit against US Airways and its parent company American Airlines over baggage fees to move forward.

Holiday Inn will go to trial for damages from rape after receptionist allegedly gave key to perpetrator

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California judge has denied Holiday Inn’s request to dismiss a complaint filed on behalf of a rape victim claiming damages for an incident that occurred at the hotel after the receptionist allegedly gave a room key to the perpetrator without asking for proper identification.