News from April 2016

Malibu Media alleges work was distributed illegally

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – An unknown BitTorrent user is facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles company over allegations that the user wrongfully distributed unauthorized copies of the company's property.

Suit filed against California couple seeking balance of allegedly unpaid loan

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Mississippi couple is suing a California couple alleging that a loan remains unpaid.

Viagra alleged to cause melanoma

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Florida man alleges that a pharmaceutical company wrongfully manufactured and distributed a product to the market without proper testing or warning.

Woman alleges coverage of treatment was denied by insurance companies

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Los Angeles County woman alleges that her insurance company denied claims for mental health treatment.

Man alleges Viagra cause of melanoma diagnosis

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Colorado man alleges he had to have an amputation to treat melanoma as a result of using Viagra.

Fountain Inc. seeks court's help in dispute with eBay

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Woodland Hills business alleges several online sellers are offering products similar to its own.

Bakersfield resident accuses Kraft Heinz Foods Co. of false advertising

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO –  A Bakersfield woman is suing a food manufacturer alleging that it wrongfully advertised its product as containing 100 percent Parmesan cheese, but actually ontains a percentage of cellulose as well.

Pacific Legal Foundation fights for equality under the law

By Sean Fowler | Apr 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO - At a panel on Affirmative Action held in February at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, three of the four panelists held generally the same positive opinion of the policy, but the fourth stood out for his differing view.

Suit filed against individual over allegedly unpaid loan

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Cyprus business company is suing a California individual seeking the balance on an allegedly unpaid loan.

New director of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation hopes to reach out to the community

By Hoang Tran | Apr 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO – The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, an organization which has been helping people put their charitable vision into action, announced two new directors last month. One of the directors is Louis A. Mezzullo, a consulting partner at Withers Bergman LLP.

Made in the USA Foundation chairman fights in California courts

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES – One attorney's man on a mission is another's "vexatious litigant," but Joel D. Joseph, co-founder and chairman of Made in the USA Foundation says he just believes the U.S. needs to be a strong manufacturing nation.

State Supreme Court mulls Washington Legal Foundation amicus brief in asbestos case

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The plaintiff and defendant in a long-standing asbestos case filed papers Friday with the state Supreme Court, which has not yet decided whether to hear the appeal, though the Washington Legal Foundation urges the court to do so.

Campaign in California believes the state should be its own country

By Hoang Tran | Apr 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A group in California is taking independence to heart and is pushing for something that may change the nation: secession. The Yes California Independence Campaign, which started in 2014, believes that California should be its own country separated from the United States.

Court-ordered release of student information causes concern in California school districts

By Emma Gallimore | Apr 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Some California parents are outraged at a judge’s order to release information about schoolchildren to two non-profit organizations comprising parents of students with special needs.

Lawyers help position state as No. 1 among America’s Judicial Hellholes

By Vanessa Van Voorhis | Apr 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO – After a brief hiatus from the dubious "Judicial Hellholes" list, California has once again been recognized as the worst of the worst states in America for civil justice, thanks – at least in part – to a relatively small number of lawyers.

PIAA: California tort reform needs to go national

By Vanessa Van Voorhis | Apr 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Physician Insurers Association of America says a bill before Congress that seeks to discourage frivolous lawsuits by limiting noneconomic compensation is an important step toward much-needed tort reform.

New UCSF master’s program to target intersection of health law, policy

By Jacob Bielanski | Apr 3, 2016

The first applications are now being accepted for a new, online, one-year master’s program designed to address the growing demand for experts in health policy and law.

Man claims melanoma diagnosis result of taking Viagra

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – An Ohio consumer is suing a pharmaceutical company alleging that it knowingly distributed the drug Viagra despite knowing the harmful effects it could cause to consumers.

Woman alleges respirators failed to protect against silica dust

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 4, 2016

BAKERSFIELD – A former Halliburton and Haven Trucking employee is suing a respirator manufacturer alleging that the devices provided inadequate protection equipment from harmful elements in the work space.

Georgia man accuses Pfizer Inc. of not warning of drug's side effects

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Georgia man alleges the use of a drug prescribed for erectile dysfunction caused cancer.

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