November 13, 1998 |
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.
April 24, 1998 |
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.
April 1, 1998 |
The city and county of San Francisco and an environmental group Tuesday sued producers and retailers of smokeless tobacco products, accusing them of targeting underage consumers and failing to comply with California's "right to know" law on toxics. With the recent explosion of anti-tobacco lawsuits aimed mainly at cigarette makers, the case is among the first to target the smokeless tobacco industry, led by U.S. Tobacco Co., the maker of Skoal and Copenhagen snuff.
March 27, 1998 |
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.
May 14, 1997 |
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.
May 2, 1997 |
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.