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Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Hantavirus case formally dismissed after 2017 settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) A California woman's lawsuit against Yosemite National Park and others, following her diagnosis with hantavirus cardiopulonary syndrome in 2012, has been formally dismissed by a federal judge after the parties reach a settlement in spring 2017.

Class action challenges cities' for profit prosecution scheme; One paid $6K in atty fees over $225 ticket

RIVERSIDE - An Indio property owner has filed a civil rights class action seeking to vindicate the rights of people who have been criminally prosecuted for municipal ordinance violations and then charged thousands of dollars to cover the alleged cost of their own prosecution.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

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NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Attorney plans an appeal of baseball's antitrust decision.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The attorney representing minor league baseball players has vowed to appeal a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeal Ninth Circuit dismissing the players' class action antitrust suit against Major League Baseball. “

Attorney plans to file petition to U.S. Supreme Court in MLB antitrust suit

After a federal court dismissed appeal filed by former minor league players in an antitrust suit, their counsel is planning to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Federal appeals court affirms dismissal of antitrust suit against Major League Baseball

A federal court judge panel has affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an antitrust suit filed by former minor league players against Major League Baseball.

Allied Rubber & Gasket Co. accused of patent infringement

SAN DIEGO – A New Jersey corporation alleges that a Carlsbad company infringed its patents.

Woman alleges Metropolitan Life wrongfully denied benefits claim

LOS ANGELES – A Riverside County resident claims that her claim for disability benefits was unlawfully denied.

Wrongful termination lawsuit against Barnes & Noble moves forward

A California appeals court has revered a summary judgement in a lawsuit that brands Barnes & Noble for wrongfully terminating an employee who had worked for the company for 23 years.

Appeals court rules against defendant in mortgage case

The California First Appellate District Court of Appeal recently decided to uphold the Solano County Superior Court's decision to drop Linda Vanpelt's case against HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc.

California Supreme Court sends arbitration suit back to appeals court

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court on April 6 challenged federal law on arbitration hearings and returned the case back to the appellate court.

California lawyer says class-action litigation bill would protect price fixing

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted 220-201 to pass the Fairness In Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, and one attorney is not pleased to see the bill pass.

Supreme Court takes nonresident jurisdiction case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take up the arguments put forth in the appealed Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, a case that involves establishing the limits of personal jurisdiction over nonresident parties cited in a mass class-action lawsuit.

Broadcom reaches class-action settlement

The semiconductor maker Broadcom Corp. has settled a stockholder class action lawsuit that originated after the company merged with Avago in 2015.

Report argues new zoning laws could be the key to solving California's affordable housing crisis

SAN FRANCISCO – Changes to California's zoning laws could reduce the state's affordable housing gap, according to a report from a global consulting firm that specializes in developing policy for the evolving business and economic landscape.

Bloomberg Law's litigation analytics tool aims to give insight on judges' actions

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bloomberg Law has launched its predictive litigation analytics tool, which will be used to answer questions about actions taken by judges, such as the average time it takes for judges to issue rulings, how often they overturn appeals and how they rule on certain motions. 

Dentons disqualified from National Law Journal's top 500 list due to global expansion

LOS ANGELES -- The brisk expansion of Dentons across the globe has prompted the National Law Journal to remove the law firm from its NLJ 500 and the American Lawyer 200 list. However, Dentons came out in sixth place in The American Lawyer’s Global 100 ranking this year, rising from No. 19 in 2015.  

Federal judge hired by commercial litigation funder IMF Bentham

SANTA MONICA -- A commercial litigation financier has appointed a former federal judge to its U.S. investment committee.