News from February 2019

San Francisco lawyer claims he is owed more than $100,000 for legal services

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco attorney alleges a client failed to pay for his services in a family dispute.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance seeks more than $3,500 for damages to vehicle in collision

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – An insurance company alleges it is entitled to collect more than $3,500 for property damages sustained in an auto accident.

Couple files malpractice suit against Wong & Associates, others

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A couple allege that an Alameda County law firm and attorneys negligently and erroneously advised them to proceed with a suit.

Driver seeks damages over Highway 280 multivehicle collision

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 13, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman is seeking damages from two drivers over a collision on Highway 280.

BLANK ROME: Blank Rome Welcomes New Labor & Employment Associate in Los Angeles

By Press release submission | Feb 14, 2019

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Taylor C. Morosco has joined the Firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate in the Labor & Employmentgroup, which recently welcomed partner Mara B. Levin in the New York office and announced the elevation of Stephanie Gantman Kaplan to partner in the Philadelphia office.

Passenger files suit against SF Town Taxi over collision with MUNI bus

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A MUNI bus passenger alleges he was injured when a taxi driver collided with the bus in San Francisco.

Patient alleges procedure was performed on him without his consent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A patient alleges two physicians performed a procedure on him without his consent.

Doctor for woman at trial against J&J says patient's mesothelioma incurable

By John Sammon | Feb 14, 2019

ALAMEDA – A doctor brought as a witness for plaintiff Terry Leavitt said on Wednesday Leavitt has three months to live without further treatment for the mesothelioma she claims she contracted from Johnson & Johnson baby powder, but perhaps a year or longer if treated with a newly developed immunotherapy.

Court denies PopSugar's motion to dismiss Instagram influencer's copyright infringement case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Celebrity news website PopSugar, which was sued by an Instagram "influencer" over an allegation of copyright infringement of her content, has suffered a loss in court.

Court sides with Finjan in wording of patents in infringement suit against Cisco

By Chandra Lye | Feb 14, 2019

SAN JOSE – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently settled a dispute over the technical wording of several patents in an infringement case filed by cybersecurity company Finjan Inc. against tech conglomerate Cisco Systems.

Federal judge denies motion to remand workers' class action suit against MetLife to state court

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Three California residents who worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and filed a class-action against MetLife for several labor law violations recently lost their bid to have the case moved back to state court.

Court grants motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement with T-Mobile

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A former T-Mobile employee who sued the company alleging violations of labor laws has obtained an approval for a settlement in his class action suit.

Oracle International denied motion to supplement expert reports in case against Hewlett Packard

By Chandra Lye | Feb 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has denied a motion for a plaintiff to supplement expert reports in a copyright infringement case, stating it would "unreasonably burden the court."

Judge grants summary judgment to Techtronic Industries in case over alleged saw injuries

By Chandra Lye | Feb 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A district court judge has vacated an early judgment and issued a new one against two individuals who filed a negligence complaint against Techtronic Industries North over injuries alleged caused by a saw.

As deadline looms for bill filing, fallout from Dynamex decision, arbitration on the watch list

By John Breslin | Feb 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Bills barring mandatory arbitration in employment disputes are likely to be filed ahead of next week's deadline for introduction of proposed legislation in the California legislature, according to a group that campaigns against what it believes is excessive litigation.

Defense attorney for J&J debunks separation method in mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | Feb 15, 2019

ALAMEDA – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in the trial of a woman suing the company for allegedly causing her mesothelioma attempted to blunt criticism J&J failed to use a more comprehensive heavy-liquid testing method for detecting asbestos in baby powder, saying the method was not foolproof.

Court denies in limine motions on window-installation injury case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 15, 2019

A window manufacturer that was sued by a man injured by one of its products after a faulty installation has suffered a loss in court.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Becerra Announces Sentencing in $4 Million Southern California Mortgage Fraud Scheme

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the sentencing of Prakashumar ("Kash") Bhakta for operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout Southern California and the Inland Empire that preyed on homeowners facing foreclosure.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF CALIFORNIA: Sierra Pacific Mortgage Agrees to Pay $3.67 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to the FHA Loan Program

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced that Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company Inc. (SPM), a national mortgage lender headquartered in Folsom, has agreed to pay the United States $3,670,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying compliance with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance requirements in connection with certain loans.

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