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Appeals court reverses $55 million Alameda County jury award, citing trial court errors

A $55 million Alameda County jury award in favor of a Pennsylvania-based company against its insurers in 2016 has been reversed in a recent appeals court ruling that states the trial court committed too many errors for the verdict to stand.

The real public nuisance in California

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.

Eye care company accuses Kimberly-Clark of trademark violations

LOS ANGELES — A San Luis Obispo eye care company is suing Kimberley-Clark, alleging unauthorized used of its Soft Touch trademark.

Professor doubts Johnson & Johnson talc product liability victory will be appealed

The talc-asbestos case in which a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury last month found that two litigation-beleaguered companies were not responsible for a woman's cancer likely will not be appealed, a legal and health management expert said during a recent interview.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Oral arguments next step in Starbucks wage case that challenges de minimis rule

California employers await the scheduling by the state Supreme Court for oral arguments in Troester v. Starbucks, a case that challenges the authority of a “de minimis” rule that has been repeatedly applied in other disputes over wages.

Man files suit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals over alleged injuries from Risperdal

SAN FRANCISCO – A Mississippi man alleges he was injured as a result of taking a prescription drug.

Consumer files class against over alleged performance of Comcast modems

SAN FRANCISCO – A consumer claims modems Comcast Corp. uses are functionally unreliable and defective.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

Penske case over wages for meal, rest breaks one of many similar disputes

SAN DIEGO — Penske Logistics recently settled a case over wages for meal and rest breaks for $750,000.

Texas attorney talks about California pharmaceutical case

SAN DIEGO — An Austin, Texas attorney with a professional background in pharmaceutical cases has offered his thoughts on the case of Salvatore Lafata vs. the United States, Thrifty Payless Inc. and Rite Aid Corp.

Appeals court rejects sealing of settlement in Quest Diagnostics qui tam case

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has ruled that a shared agreement between two claimants who brought qui tam suits against Quest Diagnostics International should not have been placed under a seal.

Study shows decline in UC Berkeley, Stanford grads securing employment

BERKELEY – The University of California Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University of Law have dropped in their rankings in a Princeton Review study of graduates' ability to gain employment, but still show strong numbers in reports required by the American Bar Association (ABA).

34th Assembly District candidate Vince Fong seeks to help small businesses

SACRAMENTO – As the highest taxed and regulated state in the country, California small business owners face many challenges when it comes to starting a business within the area. But one candidate is hoping to change this in the 34th Assembly District. 

Lawsuits against Bayer to be consolidated in Alameda County Superior Court

OAKLAND – A number of product liability suits brought against a birth control manufacturer on behalf of 900 women will have those cases coordinated before one judge in Alameda County Superior Court.

Leading Silicon Valley dealmaker joins Covington for West Coast expansion

SILICON VALLEY – Silicon Valley lawyer Tom DeFilipps was named chair of Covington & Burlington’s West Coast corporate practice group in September.

Record companies allege YouTube illegally distributed their music

LOS ANGELES -- Numerous record companies allege YouTube and others have committed copyright infringement.

Physician claims insurance company wrongly denied him long-term disability

SAN FRANCISCO — A doctor suffering from depression alleges his long-term disability plan administrator incorrectly denied his disability claim.

Comcast case calls California tax tests into question

LOS ANGELES -- Comcast and the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) are set to square off before the before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, about whether or not Comcast controlled the shopping network QVC in the late 1990s.

Life Insurance Co. allegedly wrongly denied man long-term disability payments

SAN DIEGO — A man has filed suit against a life insurance company for allegedly refusing to pay him long-term disability benefits.