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Appeals court affirms dismissal of wrongful death suit

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 24, 2018

SAN JOSE – California's Sixth District Court of Appeal recently affirmed the dismissal of a wrongful death suit, agreeing with the trial court that plaintiff Zejin Deng failed to properly prosecute his suit because he neglected to serve two of the deceased’s heirs.

Judge in Roundup trial slashes punitive damage award from $250 million to $39 million

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - A California judge has acknowledged the pleas of jurors in upholding a jury verdict that rendered agribusiness giant Monsanto liable in a school groundskeeper contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from the use of its popular weed-killer Roundup

9th District tosses $8.7 million in attorneys' fees in Provide Commerce settlement

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement awarding some $3.5 million to consumers who alleged they were placed in a membership rewards program without their consent and vacated a ruling on attorneys' fees.

Judge gives VMWare mixed ruling on clerk's taxation of costs for trial with Phoenix Technologies

By Sandra Lane | Oct 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – After the culmination of a jury trial to settle a lawsuit between two tech companies, a federal court has ruled to deny in part a motion of review of costs submitted by the defendant.

Appellate court affirms that $5 million should be paid to class members in Wells Fargo suit, not law firm

By Sandra Lane | Oct 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The 1st District Court of Appeal, Division Three affirmed an earlier judgment from a trial court, ruling that $5 million in settlement proceeds could not be paid to a legal group for representing homeowners who sued Wells Fargo Bank concerning home mortgages.

Appeals judge denies malpractice claim in insurance dispute over settlement of personal injury suit

By Sandra Lane | Oct 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California's Third District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a lower court's ruling concerning allegations of legal malpractice in an insurance dispute and denied a motion for a writ of mandate and prohibition order.

Court denies reconsideration of order for Egyptian entities to produce documents in estate case

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A California appeals court has denied a motion for reconsideration in a case involving the estate of an Egyptian national.

Court reverses judgment on UCL claim against Wiyot Band of Indians cigarette shop owner

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Table Bluff Rancheria cigarette shop owner has won a reversal from an appeals court regarding an Unfair Competition Law (UCL) claim in a case over cigarette sales filed by the state.

Judge rules agreement over sale of Primrose Mine is void after buyer failed to timely deposit funds

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The owners of a California mine have won an appeal to stop the sale of its mine to another company.

Appeals court says class action against Kroger over trans fat labeling can proceed

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 11, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District recently ruled that a class-action lawsuit filed against Kroger over claims of misleading labels on bread crumbs can move forward.

Appeals court says water districts not entitled to grants because they can levy taxes for state mandated projects

By Sandra Lane | Oct 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Third District Court of Appeal recently ruled that water districts are not prevented from levying fees in order to provide state mandated services not funded by the state.

Appeals court vacates jury decision in copyright suit against Led Zeppelin over 'Stairway To Heaven'

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorneys for Led Zeppelin are heading back to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to defend the band in copyright lawsuit over the song "Stairway to Heaven" after an appeals court ruled that the district court erred in jury instructions in the case.

San Francisco Police Officers' Association denied arbitration over use of force revisions

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – An appeals court has denied a petition for arbitration presented by the San Francisco Police Officers' Association.

9th Circuit orders Uber drivers' cases to arbitration

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – It's back to the negotiating table for Uber and its drivers who say they should be treated as full-time employees.

Appeals court rules Sonoma County residents' petition to stop Walmart Superstore barred by statute of limitations

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – An appeals court has upheld a denial of a petition submitted by a group of Sonoma County residents who claim a proposed Walmart would have a negative impact on the neighborhood.

Prevailing wage laws should include ready-mix concrete drivers, federal appeals court rules

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 26, 2018

Ready-mix concrete drivers will receive the prevailing wage of other public works employees, a federal appeals court ruled on Sept. 20.

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.

Patterson Frozen Foods, others ordered to hold annual shareholders' meetings in suit over family member dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

FRESNO – On Sept. 12, the Court of Appeal for the State of California in the 5th Appellate District reversed and remanded a court order that denied four siblings’ request to compel a family member to hold shareholders’ meetings.

Appellate court reverses ruling in suit against Fidelity National Title over fees

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SAN JOSE – On Sept. 7, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, 6th Appellate District reversed a lower court's ruling in favor of a class action representative that claimed Fidelity National Title Co. unlawfully charged mailing fees.

9th Circuit sides with musicians' union in dispute with Paramount over 'Same Kind of Different As Me'

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with a musicians’ organization that sued Paramount Pictures Corp., reversing a lower court’s order, on Sept. 10.

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