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California state bar court recommends Virginia attorney be disbarred by default

By Karen Kidd | Nov 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Longtime Virginia attorney Wayne Richard Hartke faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation and suspension in his home state after appearing drunk at a conference.

Appeals court agrees to dismiss Costco sales tax case involving Ensure

By Karen Kidd | Aug 18, 2018

An appeals court will not rehear a sales tax case against Costco involving the nutritional supplement Ensure. California's First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, modified a lower court's opinion but supported the ruling to dismiss the case.

Department of Defense wins lawsuit involving endangered dugong

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) followed appropriate laws protecting endangered species during the planned relocation of a military base in Japan, a federal judge ruled on Aug. 1.

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With two high-profile losses, when do climate plaintiffs start worrying about sanctions?

By Dan Fisher | Aug 1, 2018

Now that federal judges on either coast have dismissed two of the most prominent climate lawsuits against the oil industry, risks to taxpayers may be going up.

Department of Defense's policy regarding permanent resident military recruits challenged as discriminatory

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Two lawful permanent residents have failed a suit in federal court alleging that the U.S. military’s new policy discriminates against immigrant lawful permanent residents (LPRs) by imposing longer background investigations than those for U.S. citizens, preventing immigrants from serving.

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As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Cyberharassment victim highlights fee Verizon charges to block stalker

By Angela Underwood | Apr 7, 2018

After suffering cyberharassment, one California woman has to pay to keep her stalker from contacting her.

California court upholds $30 million judgment against Russian businessman

By Amanda Thomas | Mar 19, 2018

A California appeals court has upheld a Russian court’s $30 million judgment against a businessman who fled the country to seek political asylum in the United States.

Dell, Samsung concede wrongful death

By Angela Underwood | Feb 23, 2018

A wrongful death settlement has been reached regarding a fatality caused by a computer charger.

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.

Dollar Tree wins class action suit over pay stubs

By Dee Thompson | Nov 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Dollar Tree stores have been cleared of wrongdoing in federal court when a jury sided with the store in a class action regarding employee access to electronic wage statements (pay stubs).

Two individuals accused of selling counterfeit Adobe software on eBay

By Wadi Reformado | Jul 12, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Adobe alleges that two individuals are selling counterfeit copies of its software online.

Adobe Systems Inc. claims individual is selling counterfeit software online

By Wadi Reformado | Jun 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – A Los Altos Hills individual is accused of selling counterfeit Adobe software on eBay.

United Poultry Concerns vows to fight ritual killing of chickens

By Dee Thompson | May 30, 2017

A recent court victory by an Orthodox synagogue in Irvine in a case brought by United Poultry Concerns, a Virginia-based animal rights group, is not the end, according to the group's founder.

Synagogue wins suit filed by United Poultry Concerns over ritual killing of chickens

By Dee Thompson | May 22, 2017

An Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Orange County has won a suit filed against it by an animal rights group alarmed by the ritual killing of chickens.

Man claims Volkswagen, dealership sold car with emissions test-defeating device

By Wadi Reformado | May 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — An individual is suing Volkswagen of America and Dirito Brothers VW, citing alleged breach of implied warranty, fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office holds roundtable at Stanford on patent laws

By Cloreth Greene | May 16, 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently held a roundtable discussion at Stanford University on whether Congress should adjust rules that prohibit the patenting of abstract ideas, laws of nature and natural phenomena.

Wrongful termination lawsuit against Barnes & Noble moves forward

By Angela Underwood | May 1, 2017

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.

Adobe Systems files suit against eBay seller over sales of allegedly unauthorized software

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Adobe Systems alleges that an eBay seller offers equipment with pirated versions of its software.

Appeals court rules against defendant in mortgage case

By Nicholas Gueguen | Apr 28, 2017

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.

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