LOS ANGELES — In 2006, insurance agent and securities broker James Davidson learned at a meeting about a new product that could be used to sell more insurance, but ultimately would wind up as the basis for legal problems.
LOS ANGELES — The plaintiff's lawyers spent days working to show how Tony Russon, the head of a MetLife subsidiary, stood by while the owner of an investment fund offering premium financing for insurance customers sold himself as a wealthy individual with a solid business.
LOS ANGELES — Despite what have been interpreted as warning signs, Tony Russon testified last week that he continued to trust the owner of Diversified Lending Group during the years that the fund was taking on investors and financing premiums for insurance policies.
SAN RAFAEL -- A California attorney has been disbarred, because he actively represented 300 to 400 trademark cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) despite not being able to practice in this area of law.
OAKLAND – The law firm lauded by Vault.com for having this year's best summertime legal associate training program and the second-best diversity program in the nation is spearheading a market-leading student loan pay-off program.
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn last month's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in the Northern District of California that an estimated 480,000 Apple users who downloaded the Path social network app can continue as a class against Path Inc. and Apple.
LOS ANGELES – The plaintiff who claims MetLife and one of its subsidiaries endorsed that turned out to be a fraudulent real estate investment fund choked up as she described the embarrassment she felt when the fund was uncovered as a Ponzi scheme in 2009.
SAN FRANCISCO – A Sunnyvale company facing a lawsuit by one of its field service engineers for allegedly not paying him overtime wages will have a difficult time defending itself if the employee's legal counsel's assessment of the case plays out.
SAN FRANCISCO – In November 2013, a State Bar judge argued that two Bay Area attorneys should be disbarred for cheating homeowners by promising to save their homes and then providing incompetent representation, or none at all, and turning their cases over to a non-lawyer. In March, the state Supreme Court agreed.
SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney James Patrick Klier, who practices in San Francisco, was suspended on March 19 from practicing law for 90 days and placed on probation for two years after he stipulated to failing to file tax returns for 11 years, based on a total of $1.3 million in earnings.