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Court upholds nearly $20,000 refund to Burbank Housing Development Corp. in school impact fee case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A state appeals court affirmed a trial court’s decision on Sept. 10 that granted a petition for a writ of mandate and declaratory relief, invalidated agreements as well as refunded Burbank Housing Development Corp. $19,557 in fees in a case over school impact fees.

First Appellate District Court reverses judgment in favor of Softsol Technologies in fraud case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California appeals court reversed and remanded the Alameda County Superior Court’s judgment on Sept. 11 “with instructions to enter an order sustaining the demurrer with leave to amend” in a first cause of action over fraud allegations against defendant and respondent Softsol Technologies Inc.

Appeals court upholds granting of nonsuit in favor of Honeywell in asbestos exposure case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Court of Appeal First Appellate District, Division Four, recently concluded that the Alameda County Superior Court did not err in granting a nonsuit in favor of Honeywell International Inc. in a mechanic's asbestos exposure suit.

Appeals court allows preliminary injunction of SB 84

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 17, 2018

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction preventing implementation of a California law imposing railroad fees on certain hazardous materials.

Appeals court says minor's due process rights were not violated in conservatorship ruling

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A California appeals court upheld the appointment of a public guardian as a conservator of a minor, despite the minor’s arguments that the conservatorship failed to comply with the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS Act) as well as violated her due process rights.

California judge grants motion to quash in a dispute between businesses seeking to provide Indonesian pay TV service

By Sandra Lane | Sep 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Judge Kathleen M. Bank has ruled in favor of a motion to quash and threw out the claims of another in a dispute between D-Rock Holdings and Axxis Financial of California.

California Supreme Court ruling supports Toyota in vehicle stability control case

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Toyota has won an appeal regarding a safety feature in one of its pickup truck models.

Production company gets summary judgment reversal over painting ownership

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California production company obtained a partial summary judgment in a case involving the ownership of a famous painting.

Court of Appeals affirms summary judgment denial against art school

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has affirmed a decision to deny the Academy of Art University's request for summary judgment.

California Supreme Court affirms decision to deny law firm's arbitration award

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's decision to deny an arbitration award to a law firm that was in a dispute with a pipe maker.

LendingClub shareholder suit dismissed two years after original request

By Carrie Salls | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A motion to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit on behalf of LendingClub Corp. was granted in an Aug. 29 order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Appeals court wants California Supreme Court to answer "public works" question in wage dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed off to the California Supreme Court a case concerning the definition of “public works” in the California Labor Code.

Appeals court sends minimum wage case involving Marriott back to California state court

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal court of appeals vacated a summary judgment in a case involving an alleged violation of a San Jose minimum wage ordinance.

Appeals court reverses and remands FERC decision against irrigation district

By Charmaine Little | Sep 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a complaint stemming from an alleged breach of contract between an irrigation district and an electric company.

Ninth Circuit Court reverses dismissal of NFL players' claims of illegally supplied drugs

By Charmaine Little | Sep 7, 2018

A group of retired NFL players can pursue claims the National Football League illegally supplied players with opioids and other prescription drugs, a federal appeals court ruled.

Supreme Court denies petition for rehearing in Starbucks wage-and-hour case

By John Breslin | Sep 1, 2018

The California Supreme Court modified slightly the wording of a July 26 opinion, but denied the rehearing petition in a case involving a Starbucks shift supervisor who claimed he was not paid for regular off-the-clock work.

Appeals court rules employers have affirmative defense over rest/nonproductive time claims under labor code

By Carrie Salls | Aug 28, 2018

SAN JOSE – The Court of Appeal of the State of California, 6th Appellate District ruled Aug. 14 that California Labor Code protects employers that pay piece-rate employees for “rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time on the job” in accordance with laws passed on Jan. 1, 2016, from lawsuits related to payment claims for rest periods through Dec. 31, 2015.

Appellate court reverses judgment in a contract dispute lawsuit over a sale of Panzer IV tank

By Erianne Leatherman | Aug 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District Court of Appeal, Division Two reversed a judgment in a lawsuit centering on a contract dispute between The Collings Foundation and Auctions America By RM Inc.

Appellate court affirms $15.3 million award in Alameda-Contra Costa Transit injury lawsuit

By Erianne Leatherman | Aug 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 1st Appellate District, Division Three has upheld a $15.3 million award to a woman who sued Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District for damages in an injury lawsuit.

Appellate court upholds dismissal of suit filed to vacate Instacart shopper's arbitration ruling

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A court of appeals has affirmed a decision that dismissed a case that disputed an arbitration ruling of an Instacart shopper and delivery driver.

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