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San Bernardino Says It Has Complied With Eligibility Requirements For Bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The City of San Bernardino, Calif., on June 4 said it is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, despite objections from the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), because the city has complied with California ...read more

Federal Judge Allows Suit Over Deductions From Pharmacy Accounts To Continue

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 31 declined to dismiss a contract dispute involving allegations that a pharmacy benefit manager withdrew deductions from multiple pharmacies' accounts without authorization (Jajco Inc. v. Leader ...read more

Court Rejects Real Estate Agent's Competition Law Action Involving Insurance

SANTA ANA, Calif. - An errors and omissions insurance provision was secondary to the agreement between a real estate and broker and thus not unlawfully sold, a California appeals court held June 3 in affirming dismissal of California unfair competition ...read more

Produce Company Will Appeal After Stipulated Dismissal Of Competition Law Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A produce company on June 4 both stipulated to dismissal of its California unfair competition law (UCL) claims against the joint owner of a tote bag concept and notified the court of its intent to appeal, after a federal judge said ...read more

Federal Circuit Vacates Construction, Judgment Of Noninfringement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge erroneously construed a disputed claim term in a patent for an improvement to read only memory (ROM) chips, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 4, reversing a stipulated judgment of noninfringement ...read more

Calif. High Court Reverses Ruling For Doctor In Dispute Over Panel Selection

SAN FRANCISCO - A decision by a hospital's committee to delegate its authority to select a hearing officer and panel members for a hearing to the hospital's Governing Board may have violated hospital bylaws, but the violation was not material ...read more

Previous Actions Bar Claims In Mortgage Suit, Federal Judge Finds

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 5 dismissed with prejudice a borrower's suit alleging improper transfer of her mortgage, finding that her allegations are barred by claim preclusion because they were dismissed in a previous ...read more

California Jury Awards $27,342,500 In Take-Home Asbestos Case

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California jury on June 5 imposed $11 million in punitive damages on a company accused of exposing a worker's wife to asbestos, bringing the total award to $27,342,500 (Rose-Marie and Martin Grigg v. Owens-Illinois Inc., No. RG12629580 ...read more

San Francisco Sues Companies Selling Large-Capacity Gun Magazines

SAN FRANCISCO - Four companies flout the state's ban on magazines containing more than 10 rounds of ammunition by disguising them as "repair kits," San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera alleges in a California unfair competition ...read more