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Utah attorney faces possible disbarment by default after allegedly misappropriating more than $3.4 million

By Karen Kidd | Jun 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Philip James Layfield, a Park City, Utah, attorney who was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999, faces disbarment following a May 18 California State Bar Court recommendation on over 12 counts of violating professional conduct rules, including alleged misappropriation of millions of dollars from clients.

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 2, 2018

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.

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

By Karen Kidd | Oct 18, 2017

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.

Deceased man’s family wins $13 million judgment in mesothelioma case against Hillshire Farms

By Laura Halleman | Sep 8, 2017

The family of a man who died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos use at a sugar refinery owned by Hillshire Brands Company was awarded $13 million by a California jury in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Dish Network alleged to have unlawfully contacted woman after she revoked consent

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES – A Pomona consumer claims Dish Network continued to call her without her permission.

Government settles $2.6 M whistleblower suit against sleep clinics

By John Severance | Mar 16, 2017

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.

Nation's first undocumented lawyer set to release book in March

By Melissa Busch | Jan 27, 2017

CHICO – Soon, the first undocumented lawyer in the nation will release his book that tells the story of his journey.

Federal government ends case with Berkeley Patients Group marijuana dispensary

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Jan 18, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. — About four years ago, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag filed a lawsuit threatening to confiscate the land owned by Nahla Droubi on which a marijuana dispensary sat and operated, citing a violation of federal law but not California law, because it was located within 1,000 feet of two preschools.

Eastern District of California collects $49 million through criminal, civil actions

By S. Laney Griffo | Jan 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO — The Eastern District of California collected $49 million in criminal and civil enforcement actions and, with the help of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other offices, an additional $3 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Alaska Airlines settles antitrust case

By S. Laney Griffo | Dec 18, 2016

Plaintiffs in the case against the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines agreed to settle on Dec. 7.

Federal judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen settlement

By Joe Dyton | Nov 25, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge recently approved a $15 billion settlement, one of the largest in the history of the United States, concerning Volkswagen Groups' diesel car emissions scandal.

Mortgage loan modification service providers under fire for violating Fair Housing Act

By Kerry Goff | Nov 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging that several mortgage loan modification service providers violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by intentionally discriminating against Hispanic homeowners by targeting them for predatory mortgage loan modification services. 

Presidio Trust CEO looks forward to guiding national park's growth

By Karen Kidd | Nov 3, 2016

Presidio Trust's newly appointed chief executive officer said during a recent interview that she has flowed naturally from law to business to public trust.

U.S. Department of Justice disallows admission of Iraq Inquiry in civil suit against the former Bush administration

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 14, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected the submission of the Chilcot Report, barring the documents from reaching the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit as supplemental evidence in the ongoing case centered on the Iraq War.

Attorney says he hopes DOJ will not appeal court ban on feds prosecuting medical marijuana cases

By Karen Kidd | Sep 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – An attorney representing clients in whose favor a California appeals court ruled last month that they could not be prosecuted for marijuana offenses if no state laws were broken, says he hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will not file an appeal.

Judge's nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals depends on politics, professor says

By Jenna Spinelle | Aug 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Following a successful confirmation hearing, Lucy Koh is one step closer to becoming the first female Korean-American judge on an appellate court.

Immigration attorney disbarred for repeated misconduct and non-compliance

By Kerry Goff | Jul 27, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Justice has disbarred attorney Carla Ruth McBeath from practice before the Department of Homeland Security, the Board the Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Court.

Attorney argues that sexual assault victims should be able to file civil cases

By John Severance | Jul 21, 2016

IRVINE – The Stanford University case where a young woman claimed she was raped by Brock Turner, an Olympic hopeful, sent shockwaves through the nation.

U.S. district court shuts down Sacramento soy sauce, tofu plant

By Andrew Burger | Jul 13, 2016

FRESNO – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 24 issued a permanent injunction that shuts down the operations of Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp., a Sacramento-based manufacturer and distributor of soy sauce and tofu. 

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