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Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review California court decision over lead-based paint

By John Breslin | Oct 15, 2018

SAN JOSE - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a California decision penalizing companies involved in the lead-based paint business.

Lead paint: California exports unconstitutional public nuisance law demanding Supreme Court review

By Bonnie Campbell | Oct 8, 2018

Whether it is movies, music or fashion, California has never been short of exports to the rest of the United States. But not all its offerings are as wholesome as the Beach Boys. California’s creative reinterpretation of public nuisance law is now inspiring copycat lawsuits to victimize honest businesses around the country, most recently in a lead paint litigation threatened last week in Delaware, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.

Companies gear up for review and reversal of lead paint public nuisance case

By John Breslin | Sep 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses and legal scholars are weighing in on a request that the U.S. Supreme Court review, and then overturn, a decision out of California that penalizes companies over lead-based paint, forcing them to pay potentially hundreds of millions for clean up costs.

KOREIN & TILLERY: Millennials in the Court Room: Judges Ready to Hear from Younger Attorneys

By Press release submission | Sep 17, 2018

Law firms are no longer the bastions of old, white men that they used to be, but most courtrooms don’t reflect the updated statistics.

BAKER STERCHI COWDEN & RICE LLC: $224 million sought in Lawsuit against AT&T over cryptocurrency theft

By Press release submission | Aug 25, 2018

A cyber thief was able to trick AT&T into providing Michael Terpin’s account information, enabling that thief to make off with nearly $24 million in cryptocurrency belonging to Terpin, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of California in Los Angeles.

From Legal Newsline

Objector fighting $21.5M settlement with Monsanto, says lawyers, paid more than $6M, didn't get enough for class

By Sandra Lane | Aug 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district judge on May 25 approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over the herbicide Roundup, but one class member is challenging it by arguing the plaintiffs attorneys are selling out Californians in order to reap millions in attorneys fees.

Defendants in lead-based litigation hoping to benefit from conservative U.S. Supreme Court

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - Three defendants in the long running litigation over lead-based paint liability are probably hoping they will benefit from a significantly more conservative U.S. Supreme Court, according to one California-based law professor.

Defective roofing lawsuit moves ahead, federal court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court of Eastern California denied a building company’s request to throw out a class action lawsuit over defective fiberglass roofing shingles.

From Legal Newsline

As Facebook faces class action, likelihood of other platform companies being sued increases

By John Breslin | Jun 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) - As Facebook faces a deeply damaging class action suit over its admitted sale of data to third parties, the potential that other social media and tech companies will be hauled before the courts is increasing in likelihood.

Flurry of bills targeting lead-based paint hazards and manufacturers. one down, one parked, four remain alive

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would allow homeowners to pursue lead-based paint manufacturers in cases where they cannot identify the maker has been parked by its sponsor in the California State Assembly.

NL Industries settles lead paint case for $60 million; Ballot initiative on track with signature support

By John Breslin | May 27, 2018

Organizers of a ballot initiative aimed at stopping lead paint manufacturers from facing financial liability for legacy use of the product have filed enough signatures ahead of the July deadline.

The real public nuisance in California

By The Northern California Record | Feb 21, 2018

Five years ago, at the close of a 13-year public nuisance case against ConAgra, et al. in which 10 California counties sought a billion-dollar judgment for lead paint abatement, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg urged defendants to give up.

Fight not over in protracted 18-year lead paint battle; Companies will seek USSC review

By John Breslin | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO - While the California Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court decision against three companies ordered to pay hundreds of millions for lead paint abatement, the long running fight over the deeply fractious issue is not over.

AG unveils wording of lead paint ballot initiative as manufacturers ask high court for review

By John Breslin | Feb 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra has unveiled the wording of the title and summary of a ballot initiative that proposes to raise $2 billion in bonds for remediation work on homes and other buildings affected by lead paint.

Lead paint amicus: Slumlords rewarded, low-income tenants stiffed if public nuisance decision stands

By Amanda Robert | Feb 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO - As the Supreme Court of California considers whether to review a ruling that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state, it will weigh several amicus letters filed by community and business organizations that also request a different outcome in the case.

Black man alleges Bakersfield police officers arrested him without probable cause

By Louie Torres | Feb 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A Bakersfield man alleges he was unlawfully arrested by members of the city's police department during a traffic stop.

From Legal Newsline

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Father accuses Bakersfield of deprivation of civil rights

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO — A parent is suing the city of Bakersfield alleging assault and violation of civil rights in the treatment of his infant child.

Ozark attorney disbarred following suspension for commingling personal, client funds

By Karen Kidd | Aug 29, 2017

Ozark attorney Scott C. Hinote's has been disbarred following an Aug. 16 Missouri Supreme Court order handed down less than a year after Hinote was suspended for commingled personal and client funds in both his operating and trust accounts.

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