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Marketing Arm Of Bankrupt 'Girls Gone Wild' Video Maker Forced Into Chapter 11

LOS ANGELES - The proposed counsel for GGW Marketing LLC, an affiliate of GGW Brands LLC - the maker of adult videos carrying the title "Girls Gone Wild" - on May 22 moved in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California seeking ...read more

Panel: Consumer Failed To Plead, Credit-Reporting, Debt-Collection Law Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 22 ruled that a federal judge in California did not err in dismissing a consumer's federal debt-collection and credit-reporting law claims against an attorney because the consumer ...read more

Public Relations Firm Dismissed From Tobacco Case; 1 Negligence Claim Remains

SAN FRANCISCO - Public relations company Hill & Knowlton Inc. (H&K) has no liability to a smoker who sued several companies in California federal court over the development of lung cancer, a California federal judge said in a May 22 opinion; the ...read more

California Appellate Panel Upholds Overtime Verdict For Assistant Store Manager

LOS ANGELES - A California appellate panel on May 23 upheld a $26,184.60 award of overtime pay for a grocery store assistant manager who was found to have spent more than 50 percent of her work hours performing "nonexempt" tasks (Linda M. Heyen ...read more

9th Circuit Majority Says Court Should Decide Futility Of Negligence Claim

PASADENA, Calif. - A 2-1 panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 24 held that a federal judge in California should determine if a proposed class of plaintiffs who were unable to obtain loan modifications through Aurora Loan Services should ...read more

Judge: Indirect Purchasers Of Pool Products May Pursue Competition Law Claims

NEW ORLEANS - Pool owners who purchased pool products may proceed with California unfair competition law (UCL) claims alleging that a manufacturer's anti-competitive conduct caused them to pay higher prices, a Louisiana federal judge held May 24 ...read more

Elder Abuse Claim Hinges On Bad Faith Finding, Judge Rules

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on May 23 declined to dismiss an insured's claim for financial elder abuse because he found that it was contingent on a finding that a homeowners insurance provider denied the insured's claim in bad faith ...read more

California Panel Affirms Stay Of NFL's Coverage Suit Over Player's Brain Injuries

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on May 28 affirmed a lower court's order staying a commercial general liability coverage dispute brought by the National Football League and NFL Properties LLC (collectively, NFL) pending the outcome of parallel ...read more

9th Circuit Orders Class Certification In Warehouse Workers' Wage Suit

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 28 reversed a trial court's denial of class certification in a wage-and-hour suit filed by a warehouse worker who claims that his employer violated various California labor laws (Jesus ...read more

Magistrate Judge Quashes Subpoena To Verizon Seeking Plaintiff's Account History

SAN DIEGO - A federal magistrate judge in California on May 28 quashed a subpoena served by the city of San Diego on Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon, seeking a plaintiff's entire account history as well as any text messages and instant ...read more

Judge Dismisses Insurer's Fraud, Accounting Claims In Defects Coverage Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on May 30 dismissed an insurer's fraud, accounting and reimbursement claims against an insured and a law firm regarding defense coverage for underlying construction defect lawsuits (Travelers Property Casualty ...read more

Court Vacates Judgments, Finds Trial Judge Erred In Handling Discovery

LOS ANGELES - A trial judge erred in setting, and refusing to continue, hearings on summary judgment motions set three days after two asbestos defendants presented representatives for deposition, a California appeals panel held May 30 (Edward Catiller ...read more

Judge Finds 4 Defense Denials Sufficient To Support Bad Faith Claim

SAN DIEGO - Even though an insurer ultimately paid all of its insureds' defense costs in an underlying trespass lawsuit, a California federal judge on May 30 found that "this did not eliminate the Plaintiffs' bad faith claim," it merely ...read more

Purchasers' Settlement With Video Game Software Maker Receives Final Approval

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal judge in California on May 30 granted final approval to a $27 million settlement of purchasers' claims that a manufacturer of interactive video game software violated antitrust law by entering into exclusive trademark licenses ...read more

'Girls Gone Wild' Founder: Appeal Must Not Be Heard By Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

LOS ANGELES - Joseph Francis, the founder of bankrupt GGW Brands LLC, the parent company of the maker of adult videos carrying the name "Girls Gone Wild," on June 3 filed a statement that the appeal of the order that authorized the trustee to ...read more

CalPERS: San Bernardino Fails To Meet Burden Of Eligibility For Bankruptcy

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) on June 3 filed a status report in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of the City of San Bernardino, Calif., in which it claims that "it appears that the bankruptcy case was ...read more

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