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Defense attorney predicts plaintiff no-show in J&J talc trial

By John Sammon | Aug 22, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Defense attorneys for baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson predicted on Tuesday attorneys for plaintiff Carolyn Weirick would not be able to rise to the burden of proof in a lawsuit that claimed the woman’s mesothelioma was caused by talc powder use.

Klamath Tribes claims irrigation project hurts endangered sucker fish

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge denied a Native American tribe's request to immediately protect two endangered species of sucker fish.

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Jos. A Bank moves to dismiss California claims from false advertising suit

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

GREENBELT, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a class of customers alleging negligent misrepresentation.

NFIB senior staff attorney calls Wisconsin litigation funding disclosure law 'a step forward for small business'

By Carrie Salls | Apr 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the passage of a bill in Wisconsin dealing with amendments to that state’s civil litigation guidelines, Luke Wake, senior staff attorney for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, said he believes the Wisconsin legislation is “a step forward for small business.”

Court affirms staffing agency Aerotek isn’t liable for client’s alleged failure to provide meal breaks

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District, Division of the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a temporary staffing agency doesn’t need to police its client’s meal periods.

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

By Angela Underwood | Jun 12, 2017

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

By Christopher Mobley | Feb 22, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Jan 8, 2017

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

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 19, 2016

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

By John Breslin | Nov 3, 2016

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

By JoAnn Seltzer | Oct 24, 2016

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

By Dawn Geske | Oct 22, 2016

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

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 16, 2016

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

By Dawn Geske | Sep 30, 2016

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

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 28, 2016

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

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 17, 2016

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

By Taryn Phaneuf | Aug 7, 2016

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

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. 

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

By Jamie Kelly | Jul 13, 2016

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

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 1, 2016

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.

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