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Fresno attorney faces possible suspension over alleged misconduct in 3 client matters

Karen Kidd Nov. 22, 2017, 7:48am

Fresno attorney Benjamin Prescott Tryk faces a 60-day suspension following a California State Bar decision regarding nine counts of professional misconduct in three client matters.

Ninth Circuit rules against Kimberly-Clark in toilet paper suit

John Revak Nov. 20, 2017, 1:37pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a district court’s ruling on a lawsuit involving personal care giant Kimberly-Clark.

New standard set regarding NLRB arbitration deferral

Angela Underwood Nov. 17, 2017, 1:48pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Labor Review Board (NLRB) asked for an arbitration deferral and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the petition, setting a new standard.

California court issues injunction in Canadian order on Google searches

Sara McCleary Nov. 17, 2017, 1:39pm

SAN JOSE – A California court has deemed unenforceable a Canadian order directing Google to remove search results from all of its domains.

Pacific Gas & Electric loses part of contaminated water case

Dee Thompson Nov. 17, 2017, 1:34pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court ruling in part but also affirmed part of the ruling in a case against Pacific Gas & Electric Company over contaminated water discharge.

Article III standing possible for consumers in future false advertising class actions

Angela Underwood Nov. 16, 2017, 3:05pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Consumers could have Article III standing under California false advertising laws, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.

Growers challenge chemical labeled as causing cancer

John Sammon Nov. 16, 2017, 1:46pm

SACRAMENTO - A collection of agricultural grower associations is asking a federal court for punitive relief in a complaint against the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the state Attorney General’s Office, over the labeling of a chemical called “glyphosate” as cancer causing.

Lead paint makers lose another round In long-running, $1.1 billion California lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 15, 2017, 6:55pm

In ruling that three paint manufacturers have known since the early 20th Century of the danger the use of lead paint inside homes posed to children, a California appeals court has upheld the bulk of a judge’s reasoning in ordering the paint companies to pay more than $1 billion for their alleged contributions to a “public nuisance” caused by the continued presence of lead paint in old homes.

Stayed suspension, probation recommended for Los Angeles attorney

Karen Kidd Nov. 15, 2017, 2:37pm

Los Angeles attorney Jeffrey Allen Lewiston faces stayed suspension and probation following a California State Bar recommendation regarding 14 counts of misconduct in seven client matters in states where Lewiston is not licensed to practice law and which ended with a Federal Trade Commission investigation in 2013.

Citizens group sees jobs threat in Senate Bill 63

Glenn Minnis Nov. 15, 2017, 12:20pm

Maryann Marino is among those concerned about the impact “job killing” Senate Bill 63 could have on business across California.

Appellate court denies Genworth's motion to compel arbitration

Sara McCleary Nov. 15, 2017, 12:05pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District has affirmed a trial court’s decision denying an employer’s motion to compel arbitration in a suit brought against it by a former employee in a decision filed Oct. 26.

Dollar Tree wins class action suit over pay stubs

Dee Thompson Nov. 14, 2017, 12:36pm

LOS ANGELES -- Dollar Tree stores have been cleared of wrongdoing in federal court when a jury sided with the store in a class action regarding employee access to electronic wage statements (pay stubs).

Santa Barbara attorney faces disbarment by default following alleged probation violations

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 12:04pm

Santa Barbara attorney and former Mendocino County district attorney Joseph Dulles Allen faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar decision for alleged probation violations.

Goleta attorney recommended for disbarment following alleged probation violations

Karen Kidd Nov. 10, 2017, 6:26am

Goleta attorney John Francis Shellabarger faces disbarment following a recent California State Bar recommendation over allegations he violated probation conditions previously imposed by the California Supreme Court.

L.A. County case alleging asbestos-talc link could open new round of litigation for J&J

Michael Carroll Nov. 9, 2017, 5:26pm

PASADENA – A jury trial now unfolding in Los Angeles County Superior Court could open a new chapter in asbestos litigation as plaintiff’s attorneys argue that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products are to blame for their client’s lung-related cancer.

Ninth Circuit rules 'inability to rely on representation' satisfies FCA Article III

Pam Wright Nov. 9, 2017, 3:20pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has settled a district and circuit court split decision, ruling consumers can seek an injunction under California false advertising laws.

TransUnion appeals judgment in class action lawsuit

David Hutton Nov. 9, 2017, 3:15pm

TransUnion has filed an appeal in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco Division, challenging a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that denied its motion for judgment and request for a new trial.

Ninth Circuit sends PG&E stormwater discharge issue back to lower court

Carrie Salls Nov. 8, 2017, 3:22pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed part of a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California summary judgment in a lawsuit aimed at limiting Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) “indirect and direct stormwater discharges of wood treatment chemicals from various of its facilities in San Francisco and Humboldt Bays,” according to a Nov. 2 Ninth Circuit opinion.

Redlands attorney who represented marijuana initiative faces disbarment

Karen Kidd Nov. 8, 2017, 10:00am

Redlands attorney James DeAguilera, a former Loma Linda planning director who represented supporters of a losing marijuana ballot initiative earlier this year, faces disbarment following a California State Bar decision regarding 13 counts of misconduct in four client matters.

Orange County prosecutor faces one-year suspension for allegedly withholding evidence

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2017, 2:38pm

Santa Ana attorney and Orange County deputy district attorney Sandra Lee Nassar faces a year of suspension following a California State Bar ruling over allegations she failed to turn over her inmate client's mail that she'd secretly collected prior to trial to defense counsel.