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When it comes to Roundup and cancer, everybody's lobbying the regulators

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 28, 2019

The federal jury that this week ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million for allegedly causing a man’s cancer likely was swayed by internal documents suggesting the unit of Bayer AG had improperly influenced regulators to keep its Roundup weedkiller from being classified a carcinogen.

Roundup trial’s second phase closes; plaintiff seeks punitive damages from Monsanto

By Rich Peters | Mar 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The second phase of the case of Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto came to a close on Tuesday and the jury will now decide what damages are owed to the 70-year-old Northern California resident.

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Making money out of spam: 'Excessively punitive' Calif. law allows $1K per email

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Instead of clearing out their spam folder, some email users are instead using a California law - one that a telecommunications attorney thinks is possibly unconstitutional - to file lawsuits.

Class action involving 'Varsity Blues' not likely to get certified, legal expert says

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The recent discovery of bribing scandals involving wealthy parents and prestigious educational institutions has had a new development as students have filed a lawsuit against the institutions over allegations that the admissions process was unfair.

California legislators move to ban certain chemicals in personal care products, including PFAS

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California legislators are moving to try and ban a wide range of chemicals historically used in cosmetic products.

Attorney on college bribing scandal and lawsuit: 'This is a wake-up call'

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A group of students who claim they weren't given a fair chance in getting admitted to their colleges of choice blame the well-publicized bribery scandal in a lawsuit filed in federal court on March 13.

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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Court dismisses Navy vets' case over radiation exposure from Japanese power plant

By Charmaine Little | Mar 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO – On March 4, GE and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) convinced the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California to dismiss U.S. Navy vets' case against them after allegedly being exposed to radiation.

Emissions case against VW remanded back to state court despite company's attempts to keep it in federal

By Charmaine Little | Mar 21, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled it does not have proper jurisdiction over an ongoing fraud, unfair competition law and warranty case against Volkswagen and remanded the case back to state court on March 8.

Brian Cummings helps patients, families find justice in malpractice cases

By Sponsored Content | Mar 14, 2019

A resident physician’s undetected error may have cost a patient her life during treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – just the type of case Nashville attorney Brian Cummings seeks to address.

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In the wake of previous failures, Michigan lawyer again sues social media companies over alleged terrorist links

By John Breslin | Mar 12, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – An attorney gaining a reputation for representing plaintiffs suing social media organizations over claims they aided and abetted terrorists is involved in yet another case against the companies.

Researcher and witness for Johnson & Johnson says plaintiff had cancer in 2013

By John Sammon | Mar 8, 2019

ALAMEDA – A British pathologist told a jury on Thursday that plaintiff Terry Leavitt had an identifiable cancer reported in 2013, but treatment did not take place until 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge grants motion to dismiss San Diego woman's product liability suit against Abbott Laboratories

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 28, 2019

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently granted a motion by Abbott Laboratories to dismiss a San Diego's woman's lawsuit that claimed she suffered injuries because of a failed medical device.

Tenants allege San Francisco unit does not comply with codes, does not have heat

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 28, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The tenants of a San Francisco apartment allege the unit does not have heat and mold is present in several rooms.

Fred Loya Insurance seeks $8,500 subrogation payment from driver

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 26, 2019

FRESNO – An insurance company is seeking damages from a driver who allegedly backed into a pedestrian.

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