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Appeals court sides with elderly investor, remands her suit in real estate dispute to Marin County Superior Court

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – California's First Appellate District Court of Appeal recently remanded a dispute involving a real estate investor and her lawyer and accountant to Marin County Superior Court.

California jury deadlocks in Johnson & Johnson mesothelioma trial

By John Sammon | Sep 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A jury is unable to decide if plaintiff Carolyn Weirick's long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, an incurable fatal lung cancer.

Petaluma-based ukulele maker claims North Carolina firm infringed on its trademark

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Kala Brand Music Co., a Petaluma-based music instrument maker, recently filed a federal lawsuit claiming a North Carolina firm violated the copyright regarding a Kala ukulele.

Silicon Valley startup accused of shutting out early creators

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 20, 2018

A Florida investment company claims a blockchain startup took its software and shut the company out of its success.

Two Santa Rosa property owners face federal lawsuit over rare salamander

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 19, 2018

An environmental group brought a federal lawsuit against two landowners for allegedly threatening the Sonoma County population of the California tiger salamander.

Companies gear up for review and reversal of lead paint public nuisance case

By John Breslin | Sep 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Businesses and legal scholars are weighing in on a request that the U.S. Supreme Court review, and then overturn, a decision out of California that penalizes companies over lead-based paint, forcing them to pay potentially hundreds of millions for clean up costs.

Appeals court upholds granting of nonsuit in favor of Honeywell in asbestos exposure case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Court of Appeal First Appellate District, Division Four, recently concluded that the Alameda County Superior Court did not err in granting a nonsuit in favor of Honeywell International Inc. in a mechanic's asbestos exposure suit.

Appeals court allows preliminary injunction of SB 84

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 17, 2018

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction preventing implementation of a California law imposing railroad fees on certain hazardous materials.

Appeals court says minor's due process rights were not violated in conservatorship ruling

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A California appeals court upheld the appointment of a public guardian as a conservator of a minor, despite the minor’s arguments that the conservatorship failed to comply with the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS Act) as well as violated her due process rights.

Fremont, California officials violated Constitution, lawsuit says

By Carrie Salls | Sep 15, 2018

A Fremont resident claims the city violated his civil rights numerous times.

Widow of deceased NFL football star sues NCAA over head injuries

By Sandra Lane | Sep 15, 2018

SAN DIEGO - The widow of former NFL and NCAA football player Jeffrey Staggs filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Aug. 27, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, naming the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as defendant.

West Sacramento's environmental lawsuit dismissed

By Sandra Lane | Sep 14, 2018

A federal judge threw out a wide-ranging environmental lawsuit against more than 60 companies by the city of West Sacramento.

Defense witness in J&J trial says Weirick had bad luck; Disease not caused by baby powder

By John Sammon | Sep 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson rested their case Wednesday after portraying Carolyn Weirick as a victim of bad luck in contracting mesothelioma, not from the baby powder she claimed in her lawsuit contained asbestos and gave her the rare and deadly disease.

Defense makes non-asbestos claim while plaintiff attorney argues fragments are asbestos in J&J trial

By John Sammon | Sep 13, 2018

Add Teaser here LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for the defense of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit alleging the company’s baby powder caused a woman to develop mesothelioma on Tuesday sought to establish that fragments in talc powder can look a lot like asbestos, and not actually be asbestos.

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Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

State Bar Court recommends partially deferred suspension for Anaheim attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Anaheim attorney Rae Diane Shirer faces possible suspension following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation regarding issues with a prior probation.

Arleta attorney faces disbarment by default after allegedly failing to cooperate in investigation

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Longtime Arleta attorney Howard Stephen Levine faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over a single count of misconduct.

State Bar Court recommends disbarment by default for Covina attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Covina attorney Jeffrey Anthony Miller faces possible disbarment following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation regarding 13 counts of misconduct, including alleged misappropriation of more than $232,000.

State Bar Court recommends disbarment for longtime Pasadena attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Pasadena attorney George Mason Turner, practicing in California for nearly 50 years, faces possible disbarment by default following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation regarding alleged misconduct in a single client matter.

State Bar Court recommends San Francisco attorney be disbarred for alleged scheme to defraud trust

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — San Francisco attorney Drexel Andrew Bradshaw faces possible disbarment following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation over three of five counts of professional misconduct.

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