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BUSINESS
July 16, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Employers vs. labor? Airlines vs. passengers? Investors vs. companies? When it comes to business lawsuits, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor can be hard to pigeonhole. Although Sotomayor's opponents paint her as an activist with a liberal bent, many legal experts say her record is far from that of an ideologue on business issues. In 1995, as a U.S. district judge, she favored the Major League Baseball players against the owners.
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May 17, 2009 | Maura Dolan
Consumer class-action lawsuits in California, which have encountered mounting skepticism from courts, face a major test in a tobacco case to be decided Monday by the state Supreme Court. The court will determine whether smokers who say they purchased cigarettes in response to deceptive ads can collectively sue the industry for the money they spent to smoke.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2009 | Joanna Lin
Thousands of mostly Latino workers will share in an $8.5-million settlement with a national construction firm they had accused in a class-action lawsuit of violating California's wage and hour laws, attorneys in the case said Tuesday. The workers, most of whom did not belong to a union, installed insulation, rain gutters and fireplaces, said Todd Jackson, one of several attorneys representing the more than 3,100 employees. The suit alleged that Masco Contractor Services Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Frustrated emergency room doctors filed a class-action lawsuit against the state Tuesday, saying that California's overstretched emergency healthcare system -- which ranks last in the country for emergency care access -- is on the verge of collapse unless more funding is provided. Across the state, scores of hospitals and emergency rooms have shut their doors in the last decade, leading to long waits, diverted ambulances and, in the most extreme cases, patient deaths.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of farmers will not be able to consolidate their lawsuits against Bayer CropScience over the accidental release of experimental genetically engineered rice into the food supply. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry denied a motion to certify the farmers' claims into one class-action suit, saying they were too different from one another to be lumped into a single case. The rice farmers are suing Bayer CropScience to recoup income they claim to have lost after the release of the company's so-called Liberty Link rice into the public food supply in 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
A luxury boutique in the middle of an art exhibition was supposed to be controversial -- but not a legal matter. The temporary retail space allowed in October by the Museum of Contemporary Art has become the center of litigation, though. A class action suit brought Monday by an L.A. collector alleges that Louis Vuitton failed to take the law into account when selling limited-edition prints by Japanese Pop artist Takashi Murakami at his show at the museum's Geffen Contemporary. Since 1970, California law has required dealers who sell limited-edition prints of artists' work to disclose an array of information supporting the prints' authenticity.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Milberg law firm said Monday that it agreed to pay $75 million to settle a federal kickback case involving class-action lawsuits against some of the nation's biggest corporations. The New York firm said the deal called for the government to dismiss all charges against it. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, which is handling the case, declined to comment immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Several homeless people in Fresno who claimed that their belongings were wrongfully seized and destroyed in raids on their camps have reached a $2.3-million settlement with the city and state. The proposed settlement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court calls for the city to pay the eight plaintiffs and any others who qualify under the class-action suit $1.4 million in cash and living allowances. The California Department of Transportation will pay an additional $85,000 in cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may paint a rosy picture of improving healthcare for veterans, but the agency has systematically denied benefits to sick veterans and delayed claims so long that many of them commit suicide, a lawyer for two advocacy groups argued in federal court Monday. "The court faces an agency that is in denial and a healthcare system and an adjudication system that are broken down and in crisis," said Gordon P.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
William S. Lerach, the securities lawyer whose multibillion-dollar recoveries on behalf of aggrieved shareholders made him a lightning rod, pleaded guilty Monday to a criminal charge that could send him to prison for up to two years. Lerach, 61, entered the plea to one count of conspiracy as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, admitting to obstructing justice and making false statements in connection with a scheme to bribe people to be plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits.
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