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Chevron says climate change lawsuit `not viable' as it participates in judge's science seminar

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Five of the world’s largest oil and gas producers filed a motion to dismiss a climate change lawsuit against them by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco even as they prepared to deliver an unusual “tutorial” on climate science to the federal judge overseeing the case.

Los Angeles man settles claims against Massage Envy

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County man's putative lawsuit against a Marina Del Rey spa for deducting a higher amount from his bank account than he agreed to has been dismissed following an announced settlement in the case.

Judge tosses case against Volkswagen, states plaintiff did not sufficiently plead reliance

SAN FRANCISCO – Earlier this month, a federal judge in California dismissed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen AG after a group of bondholders sued the company over its controversial “clean diesel” incident and its alleged unlawful marketing practices.

Plaintiff agrees to cap damages at $75,000 instead of $5 million in Walmart falling tables case

LOS ANGELES – A lawsuit involving Wal-Mart and a woman who alleged she was injured at a store has been remanded from the federal court back to Los Angeles Superior Court.

California court upholds $30 million judgment against Russian businessman

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.

Class action suit advances against Google, Huawei

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tech giants Google and Huawei were dealt a significant blow as a federal district judge in California has dismissed a motion to abandon the proceedings of a class action lawsuit against the two companies for the widespread “bootlooping” controversy with the popular Nexus 6P cell phone.

Class action appeal approved against Bank of America

SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeal justice has upturned a class action certification appeal brought by a major bank.

Identity theft victim wins nearly $120,000 in FDCPA case; lawyer takes big cut

LOS ANGELES — A federal district judge has ordered that the defendants in a case pertaining to the unlawful collection of debts levied against a victim of identity theft is to award $118,204 to the plaintiff.

Appeals court upholds ruling to dismiss copyright suit against Nike

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a decision to dismiss a photographer’s copyright infringement allegations against Nike Inc.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Man tries again at lawsuit alleging Synthes' surgical implant was defective

A Johnson & Johnson-owned company will face another lawsuit over a defective surgical implant device used to assist in the repair of broken bones after a man has amended his lawsuit, naming the company as the defendant responsible for his injuries nearly three years after the lawsuit began.

Federal judge declines to dismiss Facebook photo tagging class-action

A class-action lawsuit that challenges Facebook's use of facial recognition and biometric data-collection software to identify people in user-uploaded photos is moving ahead following a recent order handed down by a federal judge in California.

South San Francisco not entitled to help from Pacifica in firefighter's cancer settlement, appeals court says

South San Francisco is not entitled to help from Pacifica to pay a settlement for the cancer of a firefighter who worked for both cities, according to a recent appeals court decision.

Hantavirus case formally dismissed after 2017 settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) A California woman's lawsuit against Yosemite National Park and others, following her diagnosis with hantavirus cardiopulonary syndrome in 2012, has been formally dismissed by a federal judge after the parties reach a settlement in spring 2017.

Appeals court rules FCC regulatory order 'does not rob' FTC authority to pursue case against AT&T

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court recently uphelp the Federal Trade Commission's regulatory authority over large Internet service providers and allowed the commission to move ahead in its case against AT&T for allegedly throttling the data speeds of millions of unlimited data plan customers.

Ninth Circuit gearing up to rehear San Francisco soda warning label case

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court is preparing to give San Francisco another shot at enforcing its ordinance requiring large warning labels in sugary drink advertisements. The ordinance is opposed by beverage retailers who allege it violates their First Amendment rights to free speech.

Concern remains over pre-litigation subpoena bill in California Senate

SACRAMENTO - John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, isn’t willing to leave anything to chance over a bill in the State Assembly that would expand pre-litigation subpoena power.

L.A. attorney convicted of manslaughter faces suspension, probation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles attorney Spencer Freeman Smith faces suspension and probation following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was found culpable of failing to obey the terms of his interim suspension handed down following his 2015 manslaughter conviction.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Appeals court reverses $55 million Alameda County jury award, citing trial court errors

A $55 million Alameda County jury award in favor of a Pennsylvania-based company against its insurers in 2016 has been reversed in a recent appeals court ruling that states the trial court committed too many errors for the verdict to stand.