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Into fifth week of J&J talc trial, sides continue to spar over testing of baby powder

By John Sammon | Feb 12, 2019

ALAMEDA – Under questioning by a defense attorney on Monday a witness appearing on behalf of plaintiff Terry Leavitt said documents on test results for asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder had been “fabricated,” information in the early 1970’s left out to make it seem no asbestos had been found.

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.

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.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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