July 17, 2009 |
Frank Ricci -- the named plaintiff in a lawsuit that Republicans have made Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's albatross -- said at her confirmation hearing Thursday that "Americans have the right to go into our federal courts to have their cases judged based on the Constitution and our laws, not on politics or personal feelings." The white firefighter and 19 of his colleagues sued the city of New Haven, Conn.
May 18, 2011
In a perfunctory order, the Supreme Court on Monday denied a day in court to five alleged victims of one of the grossest abuses of the war on terror: "extraordinary rendition. " That's the euphemism for transferring suspects abroad for interrogation and, it's alleged, torture. Besides denying the five any form of redress for their grievances, the court's action endorses the federal government's overuse of the so-called state secrets privilege to short-circuit the judicial process. That makes the court's action doubly shameful.
July 29, 2011 |
The subprime litigation nightmare that Bank of America Corp. inherited with its acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp. was compounded Thursday when 16 investors — including the giant California Public Employees' Retirement System — brought a new lawsuit alleging that Countrywide misled them about the risks it was taking. The suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles is a setback for Bank of America, which has sought to put the subprime morass behind it by striking settlements with a range of securities holders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2004 |
Caltrans has agreed to pay a $12.5-million settlement to the relatives of six people killed on a dangerous stretch of Interstate 15 when the driver of a motor home fell asleep and crashed into a dirt wall near Barstow, attorneys confirmed Wednesday. Ten family members were heading home to Utah after taking a Valentine's cruise out of Los Angeles in 1998 when the motor home veered off the road in Yermo. Four passengers survived the crash and were among the 27 relatives who sued the state.
August 28, 2009
In a small, spare courtroom in the Amazon region of Ecuador, Chevron Corp., California's largest company and one of the world's largest oil producers, will soon face a day of reckoning. After 16 years of litigation, a case the company inherited in a merger, Aguinda vs. Texaco Inc., is nearing an end. The legal battle that began in the United States in 1993 and resumed in Ecuador in 2003 has pitted the multinational against an unlikely adversary, a coalition of indigenous tribes and communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Monday ordered a halt to Palmdale's November municipal election on grounds that the city's at-large method of choosing council members violates the California Voting Rights Act. Officials of Palmdale, one of several cities that have been sued under the decade-old law, said they would file an immediate appeal. In July, Judge Mark V. Mooney found that the city's election system undermines opportunities...
June 28, 2011 |
Critics are apoplectic about the Supreme Court's decision last week to reject a class-action suit brought against Wal-Mart. They claim the ruling, made in a case brought by an employee named Betty Dukes and two others alleging gender discrimination, will make it more difficult to enforce civil rights protections. What's gotten lost in the debate is that all nine justices -- including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer for women's rights -- agreed that this class action went too far and jeopardized the due-process rights of millions of employees, who would have been powerless to determine their own fate if the court hadn't stepped in to protect their rights.
August 2, 2013 |
Female Wal-Mart workers in California suing for gender discrimination can't pursue their claims against the retailer as a group because the evidence didn't show they had enough in common, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco said the women's request for class certification suffered from the same deficiencies as an earlier version of the case brought on behalf of a national group of more than 1 million women. That case was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2000
I have a different perspective to offer on the Emil Matasareanu lawsuit. First of all, in my opinion neither the Los Angeles Police Department nor the paramedics did anything wrong. Let us assume for the sake of argument that the defendants in this case were found 100% liable by the jury. On what basis would the damages be calculated? Will [plaintiffs' attorney] Stephen Yagman argue that Matasareanu's children were deprived of the loving companionship of their father as well as his ability to provide financial support?