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Skyroam permitted to add trade secret misappropriation counterclaims in patent suit

By Charmaine Little | Feb 1, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – On Jan. 25, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part a company's motion for leave to file an amended answer and counterclaims in a patent infringement lawsuit.

Court upholds denial of writ petition challenging approval of project in Helena

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 31, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Two neighborhood groups have lost an appeal in a suit over the planned development of a residential building in Helena.

Appeals court upholds prescriptive easement allowing access to path leading to MacKerricher State Park

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – California's First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a Mendocino County Superior Court ruling that granted a homeowner, who also rents the property on Airbnb, access to a path that runs along a neighbor's property line and leads MacKerricher State Park.

Appeals court affirms ruling that 244 attorneys in VW 'clean diesel' case are not entitled to recoup fees

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit recently affirmed a district court ruling that determined a group of 244 attorneys seeking to recoup attorneys' fees from a class action suit regarding emission test "defeat devices" in certain Volkswagen an Audi diesel vehicles.

Court rules Securities and Exchange Commission failed to show entitlement to disgorgement from Berkeley Healthcare Dynamics

By Charmaine Little | Jan 18, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California partially granted the Securities Exchange Commission’s motion for summary judgment in its case against companies it alleged violated federal securities laws.

International Aero Products granted leave to amend complaint in Aero trademark infringement case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted in part and denied in part motions in a company’s trademark infringement case against a similarly named company on Jan. 8.

Court rules MetLife owes couple nearly $500,000 for attorneys' fees in insurance claim dispute

By Charmaine Little | Jan 18, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – On Jan. 7, a federal court granted in part a couple’s motion for judgment award against their insurance company after they were denied coverage several times for payment of accident dismemberment benefits.

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Exxon argues for Texas justice as it defends self from climate change lawsuits

By David Yates | Jan 17, 2019

FORT WORTH – Texas justices will soon decide whether California municipalities took aim at Texas-based free speech by bringing climate change lawsuits against ExxonMobil, a Texas company, in California courts.

Decision in man's case against Mission Soaring over hang gliding accident reversed by appellate court

By Karen Kidd | Jan 14, 2019

SAN JOSE – A man's lawsuit against a Milpitas hang gliding company following his injury during a hang gliding crash in 2013 is headed back to a San Benito County court following a state appeals court decision.

Caltec Ag remains on hook for fine regarding products that should be classified as pesticides

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

FRESNO – California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently said Caltec Ag Inc.. a Modesto-based agricultural technology company, remains on the hook for a $784,000 fine by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation over three Caltec products that should have been classified as pesticides.

Federal judge gives consumers leave to amend dismissed claim over Nature Made biotin supplements

By Karen Kidd | Jan 9, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A putative class action by two California consumers alleging they were deceived into buying more biotin than their bodies need was dismissed by a federal judge earlier this month, but were allowed a period to amend their complaint.

State appeals court sides with Sacramento Municipal Utility District in smart meter case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A man won't get his money back from having the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) smart meter he never asked for in his home replaced by an analog meter, a state appeals court said in a recent ruling.

Appeals court sides with Sacramento in McKinley Village CEQA case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The city of Sacramento has proven that the drive around a controversial residential development project on its north side will become no worse than it is now as construction continues, a state appeals court said in a recent ruling.

Polish immigrant fired from UC - Davis for misconduct not entitled to unemployment benefits, appeals court affirms

By Karen Kidd | Jan 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California's Third District Court of Appeal recently found that an associate of Solidarity movement leader Lech Walesa who became a political refugee and was later fired for misconduct by University of California - Davis is not entitled to unemployment benefits.

California appeal court affirms Recology ruling in employee drug testing and counseling lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Jan 5, 2019

A state appeal court recently declined to revive a consolidated employee class action against San Francisco's largest recycling and solid waste company over its drug testing and counseling program.

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