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July 29, 2001 | Kathleen Sharp, Kathleen Sharp is a Santa Barbara-based writer whose next book is a history of Universal and its chairman emeritus, Lew Wasserman
The corporate decor at Universal Music Group is high-tech modern, but here, in the Santa Barbara law offices of A. Barry Cappello, it's the Wild West. To the left is a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike. To the right is a bronze statue of a bucking bronco. A muffled hysteria unspools as faxes, phones and modems transmit the breaking news about Cappello's high-profile entertainment case against UMG.
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July 29, 2001 | Kathleen Sharp, Kathleen Sharp is a Santa Barbara-based writer whose next book is a history of Universal and its chairman emeritus, Lew Wasserman
The corporate decor at Universal Music Group is high-tech modern, but here, in the Santa Barbara law offices of A. Barry Cappello, it's the Wild West. To the left is a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike. To the right is a bronze statue of a bucking bronco. A muffled hysteria unspools as faxes, phones and modems transmit the breaking news about Cappello's high-profile entertainment case against UMG.
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June 24, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to rehear a case involving claims of contamination by residents living near Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley. Boeing Co., which owns the Rocketdyne nuclear and rocket-testing laboratory in the Santa Susana Mountains, had sought the rehearing after the 9th Circuit issued a similar ruling in November. Residents claimed, in about 300 separate lawsuits filed against Boeing and Rockwell International Corp.
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November 28, 2002 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A federal appellate court reinstated a lawsuit Wednesday against two aerospace companies accused of contaminating the environment around the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth and causing neighbors to become sick. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, found that newspaper articles on contamination at the site could not be used to throw out 18 of the 52 claims against Boeing North American and Rockwell International Corp.
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February 7, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Six newsroom employees of the Santa Barbara News-Press were fired this week after they and several former employees hung a large banner over a freeway urging subscribers to boycott the newspaper. The banner, displayed Friday from a bridge over the 101 Freeway, asked motorists to cancel their subscriptions. The protesters also held signs saying "Protect Free Speech."
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April 8, 1989 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
The former director of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and his financial backers filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the city's parks and recreation officials Friday, charging the city with ruining his plans to make profitable the financially troubled center. J.
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July 14, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Essentially adding 200,000 or more new plaintiffs, a federal judge on Monday allowed Rocketdyne neighbors to press a class-action lawsuit against the aerospace giant, alleging that activities at four facilities fouled their property and harmed their health. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins granted class certification to the neighbors in a tentative ruling, allowing them to press their claims en masse rather than one at a time.
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June 21, 1989 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
A landmark lender liability case is headed back to court after a Sonoma County judge granted two families of apple growers a new trial in their lawsuit against Bank of America. Judge William L. Bettinelli refused the bank's request that the lawsuit be dismissed. In a ruling late Monday afternoon, he said new allegations raised by the apple growers open the door for a second trial. A spokesman for the San Francisco bank said the ruling would be appealed, while an attorney for the growers claimed that the decision will allow them to prove that the bank's actions destroyed the apple growers' business.
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March 28, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal judge on Monday dismissed lawsuits filed by 60 plaintiffs alleging that rocket testing and research at Rocketdyne facilities caused them to develop cancer and related illnesses. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins also hinted that she would consider decertifying a class-action suit against Boeing North American, Rocketdyne's parent company. Based on her review of some cases, she said the claims may be substantially different from each other.
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February 27, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The idea struck Geoffrey D. Miller and David A. Eisenstadt as a sure-fire financial hit. The pair, who ran an airline consulting firm in Van Nuys called American Aviation Industries, hatched a plan in 1984 that they believed would uncover a rich new market for corporate jets. They would buy used Lockheed-built JetStar corporate planes, put new jet engines on them that were quieter and had longer range, and resell the planes for a profit.
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October 12, 1988 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
The former operator of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and his investors filed a $200-million claim Tuesday against the city of Los Angeles and parks and recreation officials, alleging that his financial reorganization plan was ruined when the city reneged on a promise to allow the conversion of rental stalls into "horse condos." J.
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