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Defendants in lead-based litigation hoping to benefit from conservative U.S. Supreme Court

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - Three defendants in the long running litigation over lead-based paint liability are probably hoping they will benefit from a significantly more conservative U.S. Supreme Court, according to one California-based law professor.

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Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

Jurors in mock cosmetic talc trial find in favor of plaintiff, but damages pale in comparison to real life

By Ann Maher | Jul 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Mock jurors returned a verdict in favor of a fictitious plaintiff who worked at a talc mining and milling facility 50 years ago, but unlike real court judgments awarding men and women millions in economic damages and recently billions in punitive damages, this jury of nine awarded less than $1 million, all in, to the mesothelioma victim and his wife.

Gatto Act case dismissed due to lack of specifics regarding land contamination allegations, attorney says

By Angela Underwood | Jul 18, 2018

A recent ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California granted a motion to dismiss a case involving soil and groundwater contamination allegedly resulting from the release of hazardous substances at a property once occupied by a metal plating facility.

Birth defect lawsuit will proceed against Sony Electronics, California's high court rules

By Trisha Marczak-Taurinskas | Jul 18, 2018

The Supreme Court of California allowed a lawsuit over birth defects to move forward against Sony Electronics Inc. on July 5.

Federal judge throws out environmental complaint against shareholders of Sacramento metal plating facility

By Angela Underwood | Jul 18, 2018

A California federal judge dismissed the city of Sacramento’s soil and groundwater contamination complaint against a metal plating facility.

Defective roofing lawsuit moves ahead, federal court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court of Eastern California denied a building company’s request to throw out a class action lawsuit over defective fiberglass roofing shingles.

Federal court allows class action settlement against Danell Custom Harvesting

By Chandra Lye | Jul 18, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California approved a class action settlement for employees of Danell Custom Harvesting LLC on July 10.

Bureau of Land Management ordered to complete administrative record regarding suspension of Waste Prevention Rule

By Angela Underwood | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently sided with citizen groups who filed a motion to complete the administrative record regarding the decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to suspend Waste Prevention Rule protections for one year.

Appeals court says state agency did not abuse its power in setting daily lead level limit

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — California's 1st District Court of Appeal recently ruled that the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) did not abuse its discretion when it set the maximum allowable dose level (MADL) for lead as a reproductive toxicant.

Appeals court orders the return of $330 million to foreclosure settlement fund

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 17, 2018

A California appellate court ordered the return of more than $330 million to the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) Deposit Fund after finding state officials unlawfully used the money for the state's general fund.

Owners of Santa Rosa mobile home community ask to move suit over cleanup after wildfires moved to federal court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Hometown America Management Corp., which owns The Orchard Park mobile community in Santa Rosa, recently filed a motion to transfer to federal court a lawsuit alleging they violated the Mobilehome Residency Law and the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act by charging fees and delaying cleanup after wildfires destroyed many mobile homes in the community.

Companies petition U.S. Supreme Court for review of California lead-based paint judgment

By John Sammon | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Three companies on the hook for a potential billion dollar judgment have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a public nuisance case filed by 10 counties and cities in California mandating they clean up lead-based paint in dwellings.

San Jose business claims New Jersey church failed to repay firm for solar energy system

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

SAN JOSE – San Jose-based Technology Credit Corp. (TCC) recently filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, against the First Assembly of God of Cold Springs (Cold Springs) claiming the church breached their contract when they refused to repay TCC for funding the purchase of their solar energy system.

Judge throws out copyright lawsuit filed by ex-lover against author Emma Cline

By Angela Underwood | Jul 16, 2018

A federal judge dismissed a copyright claim by the romantic partner of Emma Cline, author of the 2016 best-selling novel "The Girls."

Appeals court vacates denial of PG&E petition for summary adjudication in Butte Fire case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – An appeals court recently vacated a decision denying a motion for summary adjudication in a lawsuit involving the Butte Fire that started in Jackson and swept through Calaveras and Amador counties in September 2015.

Appeals court says DHCS needs to comply with duty to pay Medi-Cal claims

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 15, 2018

An appeals court rejected an appeal involving the State Department of Health Care Services and nearly two-dozen health clinics that serve medically underserved populations in California.

Appeals court vacates order in case involving grandparents' suit against Kaiser in death of grandson

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 14, 2018

An appeals court in California has ruled that a trial court erred when it denied a request for a continuance in a case involving a toddler who died of cancer.

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Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

Appeals court says disciplinary charges against San Francisco officers were filed in a timely manner

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 11, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A panel of justices in California's First District Court of Appeal recently disagreed with a San Francisco Superior Court decision that said disciplinary notices filed against several San Francisco police officers in 2015 had been filed within the statute of limitations.

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