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Barking dogs get a hearing before the First District Court of Appeals in a dog park nuisance case

By Carrie Salls | Aug 26, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – An appeals court has sided with the City of San Francisco in a dog park case filed by a city resident who claims the barking is a nuisance.

9th Circuit denies Native American tribe's petition for review of whistleblower case

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Montana Native American tribe has an appeal of a U.S. Department of Interior decision denied in court.

Copyright case against CBS involving remastered digital recordings is sent back to district court

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a district court decision that granted summary judgment to CBS Corp. in a copyright case brought by four record and entertainment companies.

9th Circuit Court upholds dismissal of antitrust case filed by Sea Breeze Salt, Innofood

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Diego salt company has lost an appeal in a California court in an antitrust claim against a Mexican salt producer owned partially by the Mexican government and a Japanese company.

Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in suit between Mexican corporations over multimillion dollar brine deal

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal court has upheld a lower court's decision in a breach of contract suit between two Mexico-based corporations.

Appeals court sends suit in dairy worker's death back to trial court

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 20, 2018

FRESNO – California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court ruling granting a safety consultant's motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a dairy worker killed in a tractor accident.

Appeals court agrees to dismiss Costco sales tax case involving Ensure

By Karen Kidd | Aug 18, 2018

An appeals court will not rehear a sales tax case against Costco involving the nutritional supplement Ensure. California's First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, modified a lower court's opinion but supported the ruling to dismiss the case.

Ruling favors Nutrition Distribution in false advertising claim against Pep Research

By John Breslin | Aug 18, 2018

In the underlying case, which began in 2016, Nutrition Distribution sued its rival under the Lanham Act and later added the claim the company was in the violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

Case involving public's right to take photos at U.S.-Mexico border will be heard in court

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 18, 2018

A California court has reversed a ruling that dismissed a First Amendment case involving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The matter, involving the public's right to take photographs at the U.S.-Mexico border, will now be heard in court.

Claim against anti-obesity drug Contrave can move forward

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 18, 2018

Claim alleges that anti-obesity drug maker Contrave violated SEC rules, in releasing case study information early

Appellate court orders denial of summary judgment in suit over San Francisco marathon runner's death

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – On Aug. 13, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, 1st Appellate District, Division Four reversed in part and affirmed in part a wrongful death case filed by the family of a man who died shortly after crossing the finish line of the San Francisco Half Marathon.

Appeals court addresses the definition of 'outdoor' in AC Transit bus case

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Court of Appeal of the State of California for the 1st Appellate District, Division Four reversed in part and affirmed in part a case that addressed whether the inside of a non-air-conditioned bus should be held to state regulations as an outdoor work environment on Aug. 13.

Court rules Center for Biological Diversity's motion does not entitle it to order stop of injections

By Charmaine Little | Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Court of Appeal of the State of California in the 1st Appellate District, Division Five affirmed a lower court’s ruling that denied a biological center’s petition to order a state department to close oil and gas wells.

Photographers denied rehearing of copyright infringement by real estate listing service

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied a request for a rehearing from two photographers who lost their copyright infringement claim against a real estate listing service.

Concealed carry ban on school grounds ruled constitutional

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 13, 2018

A group of concealed firearm permit holders and gun rights organizations lost an appeal on Aug. 3 over their opposition to a recent amendment of California’s 1994 Gun-Free School Zone Act.

Judge dismisses Glass Egg's negligence, infringement complaints against Gameloft

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A California judge has dismissed claims that Gameloft acted negligently and infringed upon the copyrights of a Vietnamese video game company in relation to the development of a racing car game application.

Appeals court upholds ban of tribe's online casino

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 12, 2018

Judge Carlos Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California wrote in his opinion that the act of placing a bet in the virtual casino while in the state of California was not protected under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

An employee's labor is not property that can be stolen, state appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A person's labor is not property that can be stolen, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month in the case of a pharmaceutical software company's former vice president who said he was recruited by false promises so the firm could use his industry contacts and then fire him.

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.

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