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California High Court Revives Baycol Class Action Appeal
Posted on 28 Feb 2011 by Tom Moylan

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) The California Supreme Court on Feb. 28 revived an appeal involving a Baycol heart drug state consumer class action, saying an appeals court misapplied the state's "death knell" doctrine about what claims can... Read More

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits
Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Samantha Drake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced... Read More

California High Court: Contingency Fee Agreements In Lead Paint Action Deficient
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by James Cordrey

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) The California Supreme Court on July 26 found that contingency fee agreements between numerous California municipalities and their counsel as part of a public nuisance suit against the lead paint industry are deficient under... Read More

California Top Court: Purchase Of Mislabeled Product Satisfies Standing Requirement
Posted on 27 Jan 2011 by Bryan Redding

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Mealey's) Saying "labels matter," a divided California Supreme Court held Jan. 27 that consumers who purchase a product because of its deceptive labeling have "lost money or property" within the meaning of Proposition... Read More

Jury Returns Verdict For Plaintiffs In 1st Phase Of Contamination Trial
Posted on 2 Apr 2011 by Bill G Lowe

FRESNO, Calif. - (Mealey's) A federal jury in California on April 1 returned a verdict for the plaintiffs in the first phase of a mass tort action against the owners of an industrial site in Merced County, Calif., for allowing hexavalent chromium... Read More

California High Court: Unpaid Wage Penalties Not Recoverable Under Section 17200
Posted on 18 Nov 2010 by Bryan Redding

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Nov. 18 that statutory penalties for unpaid wages are not recoverable as restitution under the state's unfair competition law (UCL), Business and Professions Code Section... Read More

California Shower Subcontractor Agrees To $11,400 Settlement With Developer In Case Alleging Construction Defects
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

Case name: Jose Aceves, et al. v. RWR Homes, Inc., et al. Case number: GIC 862301 Court: California Superior Court for San Diego County Judge: Luis R. Vargas Verdict / Settlement (breakdown): $11,400 settlement Plaintiff(s): Jose Aceves... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Discretion In Issuing Gun Permits
Posted on 12 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) The nationwide debate over liberalizing gun laws spilled into a federal courtroom in Sacramento on Thursday as gun-rights groups challenged how much discretion California's law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed... Read More

California Appeals Court Reverses Countrywide Lawsuit Dismissal
Posted on 20 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An appeals court has overturned the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by investors against mortgage giant Countrywide Financial Corp. The move by a panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal reverses the decision... Read More

Toyota Sues Old GM For California Plant Damages
Posted on 1 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

TOKYO - (AP) Toyota is suing the company handling bankrupt General Motors' assets, demanding $73 million in damages from the shuttering of a joint-venture California plant. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday the lawsuit was filed... Read More

Free Speech Cases At Top Of Supreme Court's Agenda
Posted on 4 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and... Read More

California Diocese Settles 2 More O'Grady Abuse Cases
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

STOCKTON, Calif. - (AP) The Roman Catholic diocese in Stockton, Calif., has settled two more lawsuits involving a defrocked priest who spoke openly in a 2006 documentary about molesting children. The diocese released a statement to the Modesto Bee on... Read More