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January 13, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Traffic radar guns, which save lives by catching speeders, have come under suspicion as a possible cause of cancer in traffic officers exposed to their microwave beams, triggering a series of lawsuits by an Agoura Hills lawyer. Attorney John E. Sweeney has filed suits on behalf of five former traffic officers who contracted cancer and are seeking millions of dollars in damages from radar equipment manufacturers, whom they accuse of failing to warn of health risks.
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BUSINESS
May 26, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Levi Strauss & Co. has countersued two fired employees who accused it of tax fraud, portraying them as liars who conspired to damage the reputation of the San Francisco apparel maker and its executives. In San Francisco Superior Court filings Friday, Levi also moved to have the lawsuit of former tax managers Robert Schmidt and Thomas Walsh thrown out.
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NEWS
September 4, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The American Civil Liberties Union says it filed suit over the mass arrests of 430 police brutality protesters to vindicate the innocent and preserve 1st Amendment rights. Defendants in the suit include the city, Mayor Frank Jordan, former Police Chief Richard Hongisto and several police commanders. The San Francisco demonstrators took part in a march a week after riots erupted in the wake of the not guilty verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case.
NEWS
May 25, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles and San Francisco will file lawsuits against the handgun industry today, joining other cities' attempts to use the courtroom as a tool for gun control. As with suits filed by Miami, Chicago, New Orleans and other cities, the California actions are intended to financially pressure gun makers to better control sales and add safety features to firearms, said Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn, who will file the Los Angeles lawsuit.
NEWS
May 25, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles and San Francisco will file lawsuits against the handgun industry today, joining other cities' attempts to use the courtroom as a tool for gun control. As with suits filed by Miami, Chicago, New Orleans and other cities, the California actions are intended to financially pressure gun makers to better control sales and add safety features to firearms, said Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn, who will file the Los Angeles lawsuit.
NEWS
December 28, 1995 | From Associated Press
San Francisco Police Chief Anthony Ribera was cleared Wednesday of federal charges that he sexually harassed a former policewoman who was once his friend and chief spokeswoman. But the city of San Francisco was found to have discriminated against Joanne Welsh by informally replacing her as department spokeswoman and failing to pay her for two weeks of work. The jury awarded Welsh $56,835. Outside court, Ribera thanked the jury and said he wanted to "wish them the best for the new year."
NEWS
April 3, 1988
Two minority firefighters who found a swastika in their office, one of several incidents that caused a shake-up within the troubled San Francisco Fire Department, have filed $1-million claims against the city. The claims submitted by Inspectors Walter Batiste and David Sun charge that the firefighters suffered emotional distress and humiliation as a result of the January incident. If the claims are denied, the firefighters can file suit.
NEWS
May 14, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
U.S. airlines filed a federal suit Tuesday to block a San Francisco ordinance requiring them to offer health benefits to domestic partners of their employees. The lawsuit filed by the Air Transport Assn., which represents the nation's major airlines, says the city has no right to regulate air carriers.
SPORTS
September 5, 1992 | Associated Press
The city of San Francisco sued the Giants to prevent the team from moving to St. Petersburg, Fla. In a 13-page action filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the city sought preliminary and permanent injunctions to keep the Giants from leaving. The team has 30 days to respond. Ernie Harwell, fired in 1991 after 32 years as the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers, is expected to be back next season as a member of the team's broadcasting crew.
NEWS
May 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city of San Francisco has notified the Modesto Irrigation District that it intends to file suit challenging a proposed water treatment plant. "It is truly with a heavy heart that the city has determined that it must proceed with litigation regarding your environmental impact report for the domestic water treatment plant," Mayor Art Agnos wrote the district.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
BankAmerica Corp. agreed Thursday to pay $187.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the state of California, the city of San Francisco and other local governments that claimed the bank fraudulently mishandled municipal bond accounts. BankAmerica, the biggest U.S. bank since its $40-billion merger with NationsBank Corp. in September, said it will distribute the money among 300 plaintiffs, based on a formula it will present to San Francisco Superior Court next month.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1998 | Associated Press
San Francisco cannot separate its claim from a state lawsuit accusing BankAmerica Corp. of mishandling hundreds of municipal bond accounts throughout California, a judge said. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge James Robertson denied the request Tuesday, though he said the city could refile. San Francisco has been trying to take its claims directly to trial in January to decide the bank's liability.
NEWS
March 27, 1998 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, joined by consumer and civil rights groups, sued state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush on Thursday to end the practice of setting auto insurance rates primarily by ZIP Codes. Displaying examples of city dwellers paying thousands of dollars more a year than suburban and rural residents with the same driving records, Los Angeles City Atty. James K.
NEWS
May 14, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
U.S. airlines filed a federal suit Tuesday to block a San Francisco ordinance requiring them to offer health benefits to domestic partners of their employees. The lawsuit filed by the Air Transport Assn., which represents the nation's major airlines, says the city has no right to regulate air carriers.
NEWS
May 2, 1997 | MAURA DOLAN and DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
City officials sued the Bank of America on Thursday, claiming bank officials mishandled government bonds and deliberately covered up overcharges and other mistakes that may have cost cities across the state more than $100 million. San Francisco is asking for at least $12 million in its lawsuit, which comes amid a two-year investigation by Atty. Gen.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The nation's tobacco companies claimed a major victory Thursday when a federal judge dismissed most of San Francisco's massive lawsuit against them. Judge D. Lowell Jensen said San Francisco's attorney could amend the complaint, but industry lawyers contended that it would be very difficult for the plaintiffs to leap the hurdles now in front of them. Lawyers for San Francisco, however, sharply disagreed with that interpretation of Jensen's 32-page ruling.
NEWS
December 28, 1989 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A federal judge has upheld the validity of San Francisco's contract preference system for minorities and women over a claim of reverse discrimination by white contractors. The challenged city ordinance provides preferences in bidding to minority and women construction contractors in the city. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson refused to issue a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of the law.
NEWS
June 7, 1996 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITERS
This city Thursday became the first local government in the United States to sue the tobacco industry, seeking to recover millions of dollars the city and county of San Francisco spend annually in the treatment of smoking-related illnesses. The San Francisco city attorney's office, aided by a high-powered law firm, filed suit in U.S.
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