News from March 2019

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Los Angeles Guidance Charter School Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

Guidance Charter School, of Palmdale, Calif will pay $8,000 and provide other injunctive relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: U.S. EPA settles with E. & J. Gallo Winery of Fresno, Calif., over chemical safety violations

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with E. & J. Gallo Winery to resolve risk management violations at its wine production facility in Fresno, Calif. E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest privately held wine company, will pay a $57,839 civil penalty and spend an estimated $350,000 to reduce the risk of chemical accidents at its facility.

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT: Chief Justice Leads Government Summit on Ensuring Justice

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Mar 4, 2019

Leaders of three branches of government met in Sacramento on February 27 to discuss different approaches to shared goals at a legislative-judicial summit convened by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT: Orange and San Diego County Schools Receive Top Awards for Civic Education

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Mar 4, 2019

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced that 92 schools will receive this year’s Civic Learning Awards, the most in the program’s history.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Becerra, Senator Jackson Introduce Legislation to Strengthen, Clarify California Consumer Privacy Act

By Press release submisssion | Mar 4, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson unveiled SB 561, legislation to strengthen and clarify the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Clovis Walmart customer alleges she was injured in fall in store

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A patron of a Clovis store alleges it failed to warn of liquid on the floor that caused her to fall.

Motorist allegedly talking to passenger instead of paying attention to road

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – Three individuals injured in a collision in Fresno allege the driver who struck them was not paying attention to the road because she was speaking to another passenger in the car.

Food Maxx shopper alleges puddle caused by leaky roof caused fall, injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A Food Maxx customer alleges she fell because of a puddle in the store caused by a leaky roof.

Pitman Farms employee alleges supervisor, manager sexually harassed her

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A Fresno County resident employed by a Sanger poultry processing plant alleges the company's human resource department did not take corrective action when she reported that she was harassed by a manager and a supervisor.

Two blame allegedly intoxicated driver for injuries sustained in Fresno auto accident

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – Two individuals allege they were injured in a collision in Fresno caused by an intoxicated driver.

Damages sought from motorist who allegedly failed to stop at red light at Fresno intersection

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A father and son are seeking damages from a motorist over allegations she failed to stop at a red light and caused a collision.

Wheelchair user alleges Respiratory Care Plus negligently repaired chair

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A woman alleges negligent repairs made by a business on her electric wheelchair caused her to fall and fracture her hip.

Damages sought from dog owners over alleged attack in Fresno County

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 4, 2019

FRESNO – A woman is seeking damages from two dog owners after the animal allegedly attacked her while she was on public property in Fresno County.

Roundup trial continues as San Francisco judge sets tone; Allows sprayer to be shown to jurors

By Rich Peters | Mar 5, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The second Monsanto Roundup case is beginning to take shape as each side continued to carefully prepare their arguments on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mineral investigator tells plaintiff attorney: No asbestos in baby powder in mesothelioma case

By John Sammon | Mar 6, 2019

ALAMEDA – A minerals investigator for the Pennsylvania-based R.J. Lee Group an analytical laboratory on Tuesday denied there was asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder despite presentations by the plaintiff’s attorney claiming that fibers seen in documented testing showed otherwise.

Epidemiologist tells jury in talc case that baby powder presents no risk for mesothelioma

By John Sammon | Mar 7, 2019

ALAMEDA – An epidemiologist told an Alameda County Superior Court jury on Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson baby powder presented no increased risk for causing mesothelioma, while attorneys for plaintiff Terry Leavitt tried to show that cases of the deadly disease were virtually nonexistent before the widespread worldwide use of cosmetic talc powder.

Attorney on Seinfeld alleged counterfeit Porsche case: 'Protection for consumers is a question of cost and benefit'

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 7, 2019

SAN DIEGO – According to USA Today, comedian Jerry Seinfeld was recently sued by a company over claims that the 1958 Porsche it purchased at an auction from his collection was a counterfeit; in response, Seinfeld filed a counterclaim on Feb. 25, stating that European Collectibles of Costa Mesa sold him the vehicle first and sold it to him as an authentic Porsche.

Reason Foundation analyst says can mitigate damages by changing infrastructure

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES – California law has long held utilities companies responsible for fires found to be caused by their utilities, even in instances when the companies themselves have not been negligent. According to an opinion piece recently published in the Los Angeles Times, this system has created a difficult climate for utilities and is generating interest in liability reform from experts.

Court grants partial summary judgment in insurance dispute with Crum & Forester Specialty Insurance, contractor

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 7, 2019

SAN DIEGO – An insurance company has won part of a summary judgment in a case involving a breach of contract claim by a contractor in a dispute over insurance coverage.

Court approves $800K settlement in wage class action against Interstate Hotel & Resorts

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 7, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal district court has approved a class action settlement in a suit filed by employees of Interstate Hotels & Resorts over pay.

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