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Another California appeals court rules state vaccination law does not violate constitution

By Karen Kidd | Nov 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – An anti-vaccine group and four parents failed to impress a three-judge panel that recently joined with another state appeals court in upholding a 2015 state law that repealed the personal belief exemption to California's immunization requirements for school children.

Plumas County wins appeal in grassroots group's challenge to environmental impact report

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

Despite concerns by a local preservation group, a large but sparsely populated county in the Sierra Nevada has done a good job planning for a future of continued population decline, according to a recent California appeals court decision.

Appeals court modifies arbitration award between two deathcore band members

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California appeals court recently modified an arbitration award in a dispute between two original members of the Oakland-based "deathcore" band All Shall Perish.

Appeals court affirms commute in company vehicle is not work time in California

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO — A company-issued vehicle used by an employee to travel from home to their first call does not transform that commute into work time, a California appeals court recently affirmed in a class action by telephone company technicians.

Appeals panel revives class action alleging nutrition supplement company misled consumers

By Charmaine Little | Nov 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined a class action claiming a nutritional supplement company misled consumers shouldn’t be dismissed, reversing the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Children's rights violated by invasive medical exams in child abuse investigation, 9th Circuit rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – San Diego County acted unconstitutionally in its removal in 2010 of a couple's children under child abuse suspicion and then subjected the children to invasive medical examinations without their parents' consent, a federal appeals court ruled recently.

Southern District court denies summary judgments for both parties in misappropriation suit

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO – On Oct. 11, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied both a group of plaintiffs and defendants’ motions for summary judgment in a case of misappropriation of likeness.

Court: Feather River Air Quality Management District entitled to anti-SLAPP motion in suit over dust emissions

By Charmaine Little | Nov 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 11, the 3rd Appellate District Court reversed a ruling from Yuba County Superior Court that denied a special motion to strike an anti-SLAPP statute.

Bakersfield has no 'design immunity' in suit over child struck by vehicle, state appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2018

FRESNO (Northern California Record) – California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a lower court's ruling that a city of Bakersfield plan or design for a crosswalk where a child was struck by a vehicle earlier this year does not grant the city "design immunity" in the subsequent liability lawsuit.

Third Appellate District Court rules in favor of insurance company in bodily injury case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

AMADOR – On Sept. 25, the Court of Appeal for the 3rd Appellate District affirmed a lower court’s judgment in favor of an insurance company after a couple impacted by an accident were denied additional damages.

Appellate court rules agreement wasn't breached in dispute with North Valley Mall, Longs Drug Stores

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 25, the 3rd Appellate District in the Court of Appeal of California in the affirmed a lower court’s decision in a triangular merger case.

Oyster Point Hotels' motion to dismiss denied in Graebel Commercial Services' breach of contract case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A local hotel group’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract claim against it was denied in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Oct. 5.

Bankruptcy of maritime fuel broker thwarts supplier's attempt to collect $1.7M payment

By Carrie Salls | Nov 1, 2018

A fuel supplier will not be allowed to seize and sell a shipping vessel over $1.7 million in unpaid marine fuel after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling denying maritime lien.

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Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

State appeals court favors hotel owners in dispute over San Francisco rental laws

By Karen Kidd | Oct 31, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A group of residential hotel owners recently scored a victory when a state appeals court found in their favor against San Francisco's attempts to lengthen required stays in short term rentals.

Obata Descendants Remain Sole Heirs to Estates of two sisters

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 30, 2018

California probate law recognizes Japanese "yoshi-engumi" as an “adoption,” appeals court rules

All female appeals panel affirms dismissal of San Jose State professor’s defamation suit

By Sandra Lane | Oct 29, 2018

SAN JOSE – An all-female judges’ panel in California's Sixth District Court of Appeal, which was noted on the court’s website as an historic event, recently affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit filed by a San Jose State University professor who had claimed some university employees and university administrators accused him of trying to defraud the university by seeking airfare reimbursement for himself and a traveling companion.

Appeals court says law firm should get more than 10 percent in $18 million wrongful death settlement

By Charmaine Little | Oct 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES – California's Second District Court of Appeal recently determined that a law firm is entitled to more than the 10 percent in attorney fees it was awarded by the Los Angeles County Superior Court after winning an $18 million settlement in a wrongful death case.

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