BELLFLOWER – A lawsuit out of the state of Idaho regarding the way cities across the country can enforce sleeping in public was declined to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court, opening up more questions and concerns for municipalities dealing with sprawling homeless populations.
SAN DIEGO – A federal judge last week ruled that California’s freelance truckers are temporarily exempt from the state’s new Assembly Bill 5 gig economy law as the California Trucking Association (CTA) now seeks permanent injunction.
SACRAMENTO – During a recent panel discussion regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), John Kabateck, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, explained that one component of the law may affect a large number of small businesses: the collection of 50,000 pieces of consumer data.
SACRAMENTO – The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) has released the names of the top law firms that are using the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) the most, informing the public of the potential abuse of the law.
WASHINGTON – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRF) released its annual Judicial Hellholes report last week with the state of California placing as the second worst legal climate in the nation following the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
SACRAMENTO – The California Trucking Association (CTA) has filed a motion for preliminary injunction to cease enforcement of Assembly Bill 5 on the industry. The case is set for hearing on Thursday, Dec. 19 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
LOS ANGELES – PG&E continues to stand firmly behind itself despite former California Public Utilities Commission president Loretta Lynch recently saying that the state may need to take over California’s largest investor-owned utilities company following a string of utility-sparked wildfires that have killed scores of Californians and destroyed billions in property.
SAN FRANCISCO – California’s electricity suppliers are facing more scrutiny since former California Public Utilities Commission president Loretta Lynch said that the state may need to take over their investor-owned utilities in an article in the Los Angeles Times.
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California this week granted Ford Motor Co.’s motion for summary adjudication in the case of a consumer who alleged there was a defective DPS6 transmission in his 2013 Ford Focus.
A Los Angeles County judge recently slashed attorney fees in a Lemon Law case against Hyundai Motor America, denying the plaintiff’s legal counsel tens of thousands of dollars and taking a stance against a dubious trend that has been taking place in similar cases.
SACRAMENTO – The California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit earlier this month against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to end the requirement for Proposition 65 warnings on acrylamide in food and beverages.
LOS ANGELES – Two prominent law firms are sparring over an alleged breach of contract surrounding attorney’s fees from a number of California Lemon Law cases in which they worked together, with the defendant firm arguing that there is no legal claim to the basis of the allegations because the alleged contract was an oral one.
SACRAMENTO – A nationwide coalition of agricultural producers and business organizations representing a substantial segment of U.S. agriculture filed a motion on Sept.25 for a permanent summary judgment against the California Attorney General regarding the state’s cancer warning requirement for products containing glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65.
LOS ANGELES – U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. last week denied summary judgment sought by Ford Motor Co. in multi-district litigation involving transmission issues with Focus and Fiesta models, but he will allow further hearing on the company's moves to exclude certain plaintiff expert witnesses.
SACRAMENTO – California has passed a landmark employment legislation that challenges the business model of such “gig-economy” companies as ride-hailing giants Uber Technologies and Lyft, some of the powerhouses of Silicon Valley over the past decade.