Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against S.F. Tobacco Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by Walgreens drugstore chain that challenges a San Francisco ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales at drugstores. The First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday said the ban could be unconstitutional because it only targets drugstores...

Closing Arguments Set In California Gay Marriage Trial

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in a landmark lawsuit that challenges California's ban on gay marriage. Two same-sex couples are suing to overturn Proposition 8, which voters passed in 2008. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is hearing the case in San Francisco...

Free Speech Group Fights Lawsuits Against News Sharers

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A San Francisco group that defends online free speech is taking on a Las Vegas company it says is shaking down news-sharing Internet users through more than 140 copyright infringement lawsuits filed this year. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's counterclaim represents the first...

Lawsuit Seeks To Block San Francisco Vote On Circumcision Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) An unlikely coalition of Jews and Muslims on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, a procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths. The case filed in San Francisco Superior Court asks the court to...

Court: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Stay In Place

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to...

Judge Dismisses Safeway Lawsuit Over San Francisco Tobacco Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge on Friday found that the city of San Francisco has a right to ban tobacco sales in stores with pharmacies even if the pharmacy is not the store's main business. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dismissed a suit filed by grocery chain Safeway Inc. against the...

ACLU Sues Feds For Shackling Immigrant Detainees

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit i n San Francisco federal court seeking to stop a practice in which alleged illegal immigrants are shackled at the feet, waist and wrists while appearing in immigration court. The groups allege in the suit filed...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Lead Paint Ruling May Spur More Lawsuits

Over the last 25 years, public agencies across the country have failed at least 50 times to convince courts that paint manufacturers should have to foot the bill for removing lead-based paint from homes built before the federal government banned that product in 1987. But they finally succeeded last week...