CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 |
Well-connected lobbyists, political pressure and a good turnout at committee hearings used to be the special interest recipe for protecting turf in the state budget. Now, a potent new ingredient is being increasingly thrown into the mix: top-shelf litigators. Lawyers are being drafted in droves to unravel spending plans passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. The goal of these litigators is to get back money their clients lost in the budget process. They are having considerable success, winning one lawsuit after another, costing the state billions of dollars and throwing California's budget process into further tumult.
June 6, 2012 |
More than 2,000 former NFL players and their families will file a “master complaint” in court Thursday, consolidating their nearly 100 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL. The complaint will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the NFL “deliberately and fraudulently concealed from its players the link between football-related head impacts and long-term neurological injuries.” ...
July 30, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of an auto insurance discount initiative -- backed financially by the chairman of Mercury General Corp. -- are accusing the state attorney general and their opponents of submitting incorrect statements for the official ballot pamphlet. The campaign to pass Proposition 33 in November filed a lawsuit on Friday contending that the legal "title and summary" that is to be put before voters contains "inaccurate language that is highly likely to prejudice voters against the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 |
Robert Hill did not join the Los Angeles Police Department to become a millionaire. And yet, that's what happened in September when city officials cut the veteran cop and his lawyer a check for nearly $4 million. The money was compensation for the snide comments and other abuse Hill suffered at the hands of other LAPD officers after he reported that a supervisor used racial slurs and embezzled department funds. In the last decade, at least 16 other officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in lawsuits in which they leveled accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices.
May 11, 2011
There are a number of curious — and, in some ways, troubling — trends at work in the litigation record of the Los Angeles Police Department. This city's police officers appear to be abnormally litigious, suing their department at rates far higher than their counterparts in other big cities. Juries here seem inclined to dole out substantial awards, sometimes for relatively minor injuries: One motor officer whose demotion cost him $27,000 in lost income was awarded $1 million at trial.
March 13, 2014 |
McDonald's is facing several lawsuits filed this week by fast food workers who accuse the burger giant of systematically stealing their wages and committing other labor violations. The suits, filed Wednesday and Thursday, are seeking class-action status. Three complaints filed in the Bay Area allege that McDonald's failed to pay employees for all hours worked, skimped on overtime wages and break time, and altered pay records. A fourth case adds similar claims to a lawsuit already pending in Los Angeles County Superior Court against McDonald's.
July 5, 2012 |
For Apple in China, it's been one step forward and two steps back when it comes to lawsuits. It's an old cliche, but nothing describes Apple's situation more accurately now that the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has been sued by two more Chinese companies after having just come to a settlement with another. Apple received lawsuits from Zhi Zhen Internet Technology on Thursday, claiming the company is infringing on its voice assistant service patents with Siri, and another lawsuit reported earlier in the week from Jiangsu Xeubao, which is going after Apple with claims that the company infringed on its trademark of Snow Leopard, the name of an OS Apple released in 2009.
March 14, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The news of another stalled Carnival cruise ship has renewed interest in the fallout of the Carnival Triumph, towed ashore last month after an engine fire stranded its more than 4,000 passengers and crew in the Gulf of Mexico during a four-day Mexican cruise. Some passengers leaving the Triumph complained of dire conditions : sewage running down walls, food shortages and improvised encampments on deck. Others praised the crew, saying conditions had been exaggerated and that they would be willing to set sail with Carnival again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
February 7, 2014 |
That long and bitter fight to persuade a court to overturn the Alex Rodriguez suspension? Never mind, the New York Yankees' third baseman said Friday. Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, the players union, and Commissioner Bud Selig, according to a notice of dismissal filed by his attorneys Friday. “Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit," the union said in a statement. "His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest.” Rodriguez filed suit last month, after an arbitrator reduced his suspension from 211 games to one full season.