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Appeals court rules against attorney seeking fees in American Arbitration Association award

A California appeals court recently overturned a lower court’s ruling to deny an attorney’s client an arbitration award.

Fidelma Fitzpatrick appointed lead council of Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in Bayer cases

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Fidelma Fitzpatrick, a medical device attorney at Motely Rice, has been appointed lead counsel of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the Essure litigation in California against Bayer Corp.

Energy-drink maker soothes customers following convictions

SAN FRANCISCO — Following the high profile trial and conviction of two people on charges of distributing potentially dangerous counterfeits, the maker of a popular energy drink were moved to remind customers they were removed from shelves many years ago.

Appeals court agrees with 23andMe arbitration clause

SAN FRANCISCO – The arbitration clause included in a contract with a California biotechnology company was upheld by the appeals court.

Federal appeals court upholds endangered seal species listing

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruling regarding an endangered seal species will have an impact far from the Arctic Circle, environmentalists say.

Court case says tampon tax is discriminatory

SAN FRANCISCO – California has been taxing tampons and sanitary napkins for years, classifying them as “luxury” items, while labeling items like Viagra and Lubriderm lotion as” medical necessities. Now the court is being asked to change that classification.

Berkeley's cell phone case questions judge's relationship with wireless industry

BERKELEY – The wireless industry has filed an appeal to stop notifying consumers of the harms of cell phone use at the point of sale for cell phone retailers under the Cell Phone Right To Know Ordinance.

University of San Francisco graduate appointed to the board of Global Sources in Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- A former partner with Russin & Vecchi law firm has been named one of two newly appointed members of the board for Global Sources Ltd. 

California arbitration bill draws opposition, would force cases out of state

SACRAMENTO – Opposition has formed against an arbitration bill designed to increase time and cost burdens for arbitrators in California.

Physicians on board Princess Cruise Lines allegedly misdiagnosed passenger

LOS ANGELES — A former passenger with liver cancer has filed suit against a cruise ship and its medical staff for alleged negligence after he claims he impaled his foot on an object in the ship's pool and a piece of the object was left in his foot after it was sutured on board. 

San Diego Unified Port District alleges Lockheed Martin breached lease

SAN DIEGO – A Maryland-based successor to Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. and Lockheed Aircraft Corp. is accused of not restoring a leased property back to its original condition.

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.

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

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. 

NLRB decision on joint employers could have broad impact, lawyer says

WASHINGTON – A case before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals could have a wide-ranging impact on whether companies are considered joint employers of workers and therefore must engage in collective bargaining under federal labor law, according to an employment lawyer.

Industry critic says drug patents lead to high prices

SAN JOSE – A critic of the pharmaceutical industry says liberal interpretation of U.S. patent laws has led to the wasteful infighting displayed recently between drug-makers Merck and Gilead in a case decided earlier this month by a Northern California federal judge.

Apple, Samsung patent infringement battle continues

WASHINGTON – Samsung Electronics Co. LTD petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in May to vacate an injunction related to a February patent infringement ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that was one of the latest chapters in the ongoing dispute between Samsung and Apple Inc., according to a Samsung spokesman.

Nurse alleges Metropolitan Life wrongfully terminated benefits

SAN FRANCISCO – A former surgical registered nurse alleges her disability benefits were wrongfully terminated.

Fresno man accuses Kraft of false advertising for cheese product

SACRAMENTO – A Fresno man is suing a food manufacturer alleging that it wrongfully advertised its Parmesan cheese products with misleading labels.

KHN Solutions alleges company infringed blood alcohol monitor patent

SAN FRANCISCO – A New York business is being sued by a San Francisco company over allegations it sells a similar blood alcohol monitoring device.

Environmental groups sue government agency over alleged violation of Endangered Species Act

SAN FRANCISCO – A Native American tribe and other agencies are seeking to halt a logging project in the Klamath River watershed area until more consultation has been completed.