News from August 2018

From Legal Newsline

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.

Judge grants removal of NorthFace breach of contract suit from Vermont to California

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 1, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. – A Vermont judge has granted a motion for a change of venue to a California court requested by the owners of the clothing brand NorthFace in a breach of contract suit.

Klamath Tribes claims irrigation project hurts endangered sucker fish

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge denied a Native American tribe's request to immediately protect two endangered species of sucker fish.

Dexcom mobile glucose monitoring systems alleged to infringe patents

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 1, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A Michigan company alleges that a San Diego company's medical devices infringe two patents.

Oasis Media Group alleged to have illegally contacted consumers for solicitation purposes

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Shell Beach consumer alleges she was illegally contacted by an online business consultant company to solicit its services.

Wheelchair user alleges Los Angeles store doesn't have ADA-compliant parking

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A wheelchair user alleges a Los Angeles liquor and grocery store has failed to comply with federal and state standards for parking spaces.

Woman alleges age was a factor in termination from Permanente Medical Group

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

FRESNO – A Fresno County woman alleges that she was involuntarily terminated by a medical facility and that her age was a factor.

Driver on cellphone alleged to have caused Fresno County auto accident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

FRESNO – A driver alleges another motorist was distracted by a cellphone and caused a collision in Fresno County.

Allstate seeks subrogation from Fresno residents over auto accident damages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

FRESNO – An insurance company is seeking nearly $100,000 from two Fresno residents over an auto accident.

California Man Calls for Independent Investigation of Police Force

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 1, 2018

Gary Easley claims that he was beaten unconscious and stunned by police

Federal judge ends shareholder's dispute with Amyris

By Brandi Fleeks | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge dismissed a shareholder's lawsuit against Amyris, a renewable products company, in a dispute over revenues.

Released inmates say Alameda County and ankle bracelet monitoring company are guilty of 'extortion'

By Charmaine Little | Aug 1, 2018

A private company responsible for monitoring GPS and alcohol tracking devices on recently released inmates faces accusations of extortion and civil rights violations.

JPL Recovery Solutions alleged to have failed to identify itself as debt collector in voicemail

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 2, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego consumer alleges a New York-based debt collector harassed him with collection calls.

Former SkyWest Airlines ramp agents allege they were not given rest breaks

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A proposed class-action lawsuit against SkyWest Airlines has been filed in federal court by former employees who allege they were denied lunch breaks and overtime pay.

Fitbit found accountable for bad faith actions in heart-rate tracker accuracy dispute

By Brandi Fleeks | Aug 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently found that Fitbit Inc. acted in bad faith when the company’s legal representatives delayed and impeded arbitration of a suit filed by plaintiff Kate McKlellan.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of suit challenging California labor code amendment

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 2, 2018

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruling dismissing a contractor’s complaint challenging an amendment to the California labor code that permits employers to take a wage-credit only with employee consent, ruling that the bill does not infringe upon the plaintiff’s 1st Amendment Rights.

Victorville attorney faces disbarment; misappropriated more than $10,000

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Victorville attorney Patrick Thomas Nichols faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation over multiple counts of alleged misconduct in two client matters.

Ohio attorney disbarred after allegedly failing to comply with probation requirements

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Ohio attorney Raymond Thomas Lee III, admitted to the bar in California more than eight years ago, faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with probation requirements.

Riverside attorney faces disbarment by default over multiple misconduct allegations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Riverside attorney Keith Alan Kelly faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation over multiple counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

Coronado attorney faces disbarment by default over noncompliance with public reproval conditions

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Coronado attorney Blake Edward Wilson faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with conditions attached to a prior public reproval.

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