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Colgate-Palmolive settles lawsuit claiming cancerous fibers in baby powder

By Angela Underwood | Jul 17, 2018

A Southern California man claiming Colgate-Palmolive baby powder caused him cancer has reached a settlement with the major brand before the trial even started.

California Bar Court recommends disbarment for New York attorney imprisoned in bribery scandal

By Karen Kidd | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — New York attorney Benjamin Yu, admitted to the bar in California 12 years ago and disbarred in New York in 2016, faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation over Yu's alleged part in an East Coast bribery scandal.

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'They're always wrong': NYC's hired guns cite overturned case as authority for climate change lawsuit

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 19, 2018

It was a surprising opening move, to say the least. Arguing for the City of New York in its climate lawsuit against five major oil companies, attorney Michael Pawa cited AEP v. Connecticut, a 2009 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as “persuasive authority” in his clients’ favor.

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NYC's climate change lawsuit faces scrutiny from judge during dismissal arguments

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 14, 2018

A clearly skeptical federal judge questioned the basic premise behind New York City’s lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies over climate change on Wednesday

Insurance company alleges Purpose Driven Personnel owes more than $100,000 for premiums

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Whittier employer is alleged to have refused to pay additional premiums owed to an insurance company.

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States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

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No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Law firm Morrison & Foerster faces maternity discrimination suit filed by California plaintiffs

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 30, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Morrison & Foerster, a big name in the legal world, is now facing a $100 million class action suit brought by Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP on behalf of three current Morrison & Foerster female employees and its California offices.

Woman alleges use of Johnson & Johnson talc products caused cancer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A woman alleges her use of talcum powder products for the majority of her life caused her to develop cancer.

Consumers claim drug Abilify caused compulsive behaviors

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Several individuals allege a prescription drug caused them to engage in compulsive behaviors.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

By John Breslin | May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

Daughter files wrongful death suit against Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A California woman alleges her mother sustained cardiac injuries as the result of taking two prescription drugs.

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

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Mar 11, 2018

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.

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Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

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

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2018

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.

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2018

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.

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New York City mayor on podcast: 'Let's help bring the death knell' to the fossil fuel industry

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

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

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

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.

By Richard Jones | Aug 10, 2017

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. “

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