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Restore Hetch Hetchy vows to take Sierra Canyon restoration case to California Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

FRESNO — A Berkeley environmental group that wants the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in northwestern Yosemite drained to restore the Sierra Canyon has vowed to take the case to the California Supreme Court after losing an appeal in July.

Ruling on Trump's sanctuary city executive order premature, dissenting judge says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

An August ruling declaring President Donald Trump's executive order withholding money from sanctuary cities unconstitutional was too hasty, a dissenting federal judge wrote in an opinion.

Appeals court closes book on ownership dispute regarding two paintings stolen by Nazis in World War II

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

A decades-long suit filed by the descendant of a Dutch art gallery owner claiming the descendant is the rightful owner of two Renaissance paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War II recently ended with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the Dutch government had transferred ownership of the paintings as a sovereign act.

Ninth Circuit agrees Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office violated court orders

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) withheld evidence and manipulated investigations in a lawsuit over racial profiling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of suit challenging California labor code amendment

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 2, 2018

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruling dismissing a contractor’s complaint challenging an amendment to the California labor code that permits employers to take a wage-credit only with employee consent, ruling that the bill does not infringe upon the plaintiff’s 1st Amendment Rights.

San Jose police officers do not have immunity in lawsuit over Trump rally violence, appellate court rules

By Gabriel Neves | Jul 31, 2018

A group of San Jose police officers lost an appeal on July 27 in a case involving an attack on attendees of a Donald Trump rally in the city.

State's high court says Starbucks must pay workers for time it takes to close store

By John Breslin | Jul 30, 2018

The California Supreme Court recently said employees must be paid for the small amount of time it takes to close up a store in ruling in a case in which a Starbucks worker filed suit claiming labor law violations.

Guild denied motion to add third party in dispute over writers' pay for movie 'Breaking the Girls'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently denied a motion by the Writers Guild of America West to add Myriad Pictures Inc. as a judgment debtor in the guild's suit against BTG Productions that claimed the production company refused to pay several guild writers for the movie “Breaking the Girls.”

Appeals court reverses lower court in tax case involving limited liability companies

By Charmaine Little | Jul 29, 2018

Appeals court refuses to uphold decision that denied class certification in a case concerning the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

Cherokee tribal member, claiming Indian Child Welfare Act violations, loses appeal to regain custody of children

By Takesha Thomas | Jul 28, 2018

County workers failed to enroll children in Cherokee Indian Tribe, the mother alleged in her lawsuit.

Court denies request by President Trump and government agencies to dismiss environmental lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 28, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the U.S. government’s second petition to drop an environmental lawsuit brought by Earth Guardians and Future Generations.

Appeals court upholds decision in UC Berkeley sexual harassment case

By Takesha Thomas | Jul 27, 2018

California court ruled four of five plaintiffs claims have 'minimal merit.'

Appellate court grants attorney fees over California Truck and Bus Regulation battle

By Takesha Thomas | Jul 25, 2018

A California appellate court will award attorney fees in litigation involving new regulations for trucks and buses in the state.

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of Southwest Airlines discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | Jul 24, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a discrimination case against Southwest Airlines on July 23.

Ernst & Young's motion for reconsideration in federal securities case denied

By Angela Underwood | Jul 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – An Eastern District of California judge has denied a defendant’s motion to reconsider or certify an interlocutory appeal in a consolidated class action.

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