LOS ANGELES – The attorney for a foster family that was broken up when a 6-year-old girl was removed after a California appeals court upheld a ruling based on the provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its state-law counterpart said a petition for review will be filed by Aug. 8, asking the California Supreme Court to hear the case.
MODESTO – Attorney Justin Thomas Allen, who practices in Modesto, was suspended on March 18 from practicing law for six months and placed on probation for two years after he stipulated to failing to comply with conditions attached to an earlier disciplinary probation order.
SACRAMENTO – FedEx Ground Package System Inc. (FedEx), which was alleged to not have suitably handled hazardous materials, has settled its case with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). FedEx will pay $3.4 million in civil penalties as terms of the June 16 settlement.
SAN FRANCISCO – The State Bar of California released its annual discipline report in June, which addressed the improvements made within the last year, as well as room for improvements in future studies.
SAN DIEGO – A group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All in California are suing the state over a new law (Senate Bill 277) requiring children to be vaccinated to attend school, which went into effect July 1.
SACRAMENTO - State Rep. Ken Calvert, (R-CA) spoke out against abusive litigation brought on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) earlier in the state's legislative session saying that businesses ought to be given a reasonable period of time to fix access problems.
SAN FRANCISCO — The federal agency tasked with granting the U.S. Navy permission to use low-frequency active sonar for training, testing and routine operations in oceans around the world didn’t do enough to protect marine mammals, a panel of judges in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided recently.
LOS ANGELES – California’s largest voluntary bar association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), has launched its own flat-fee service in an attempt to remain competitive with online companies that use the internet to offer consumers low-cost legal services.