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Los Angeles Sued Over New Law Targeting Medical Pot Shops

LOS ANGELES – (AP) A crackdown by Los Angeles on medical marijuana is drawing its first legal challenge. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by pot dispensaries and an advocacy group claims a new city ordinance capping the number of shops and limiting where they can operate is unconstitutional and...

Regulators Accused Of Lax Oversight At L.A. Oilfield

LOS ANGELES – (AP) This sprawling metropolis is built atop one of the richest oil basins in the world. Wells dot the city landscape, some hidden behind hollow building facades much like a Hollywood movie set, or, in the case of Beverly Hills High School, encased in a tower painted with flowers...

L.A. Council To OK $500K In May Day Settlements

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles City Council will consider approving settlements ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for media personnel injured by heavy-handed police in the 2007 May Day immigration demonstration. City Councilman Bernard Parks says six people who sued the city have agreed to settlements...

Lawsuit: Farmers Hasn't Paid California Wildfire Claims

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Farmers Group Inc. of refusing to pay claims to policyholders whose homes were damaged by last summer's massive Station Fire near Los Angeles. The suit, which claims breach of contract and unfair business practices, seeks unspecified damages for...

Deputy Who Arrested Mel Gibson Sues Own Department

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving in 2006 sued his department on Tuesday, claiming he has since been ostracized and passed over for promotions by the agency. Deputy James Mee's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for loss of income,...

Court Wants Records Made Public In Friars' Sex Cases

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A California appeals court ruled Thursday that psychiatric and other confidential records of Franciscan friars accused of sex abuse should be made public in a long-awaited decision that could speed the release of similar documents about dozens of other accused priests and religious...

L.A. Teachers Union Will Challenge Layoff Pact

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the nation's second-largest school district, while education experts hail it as a landmark that could pave the way for changes in urban districts across...

AP Probe: Nearly $1B In NYC Police Lawsuit Payouts

NEW YORK - (AP) The fiancee and friends of an unarmed man killed in a 50-bullet police shooting on his wedding day said they wanted justice. The legal system gave them money more than $7 million. The city did what it has done time and time again: pay. Nearly $1 billion. . . . Full version available to...

L.A. Court Can Hear Peruvian Case Against Oil Giant

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An appeals court ruled Monday that a case filed by indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon against Occidental Petroleum Corp. should be heard in Los Angeles. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturns an earlier district decision that the case should be litigated...

Family Of Autistic Man Sues Ex-Cop Over His Death

LOS ANGELES - (AP) It started as a routine police encounter after officers spotted a shadowy figure lying under a balcony behind a Hollywood apartment building. The man, Mohammad Usman Chaudhry, was cordial at first. He handed over his ID and chatted with officers about his shoes, other cops he knew...

Amway Settles Lawsuit, To Replace $20 Million In Gift Cards

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Amway has agreed to redeem more than $20 million in gift cards to settle a lawsuit claiming they improperly included a redemption date. Lawyers who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court announced the settlement this week. The suit accused Amway and two related companies of...

Lawsuit Alleges Paris Hilton Kept $60,000 In Borrowed Gems

NEW YORK - (AP) A break-in at Paris Hilton's Los Angeles home has led to a New York lawsuit over $60,000 in borrowed gems. A jeweler's insurer says the celebrity socialite simply held onto them after police gave them back to her. Insurer Allianz Global sued Hilton Wednesday. Her spokeswoman says...

Los Angeles Lawsuit Claims Deutsche Bank Is 'Slumlord'

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The city attorney sued Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, claiming the giant international lender illegally evicted tenants from foreclosed properties and left dozens of homes and apartments to rot, many in low-income neighborhoods. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses...

Gay Los Angeles Officer Awarded More Than $1 Million

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An openly gay police sergeant who said he was subjected to derogatory remarks by his supervisor was awarded $1.1 million by a jury Thursday. Sgt. Ronald Crump worked for the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations section in 2008 and 2009. While there, he said his supervisor...

Family Of Beaten Giants Fan Files Lawsuit Against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The hits keep coming for Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and they aren't the kind that is helping the organization. The latest off-the-field distraction came when the family of a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day sued the...

Judge Says $200 Million Los Angeles Train Crash Award Falls Short

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A judge on Thursday divided $200 million among victims of the disastrous 2008 collision of two trains but said he was forced to short-change them and make "impossible decisions" because of a federal cap on damages . Twenty-five people died and more than 100 were injured when...

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...