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April 29, 2000 | Myron Levin
Facing resistance from tobacco companies, a federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., for now has dropped a plan to appoint a special master to try to forge a settlement of major tobacco lawsuits in his court and nationwide. Tobacco lawyers had told U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein that legal obstacles to such a global settlement were too great to overcome, and that the effort would trigger an avalanche of opportunistic new suits against cigarette makers.
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December 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details. SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge has ordered California to come up with a plan to provide intensive, long-term psychiatric care to mentally ill prisoners on death row. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order, issued Tuesday afternoon, says California made progress three years ago when it created a special program for the most seriously mentally ill prisoners on...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1988 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, Times Urban Affairs Writer
Appointment of a "special master" to run the complex, $2.5-billion Century Freeway project was recommended Thursday by special court-appointed consultants. James Hunt, project manager for the accounting and management consulting firm of Price Waterhouse, told federal Judge Harry Pregerson that a special master is needed to end the "years of bureaucratic paralysis" that have plagued the project. Pregerson presides over a 1981 consent decree under which the huge project, which includes a 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and "denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear," a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has been overseeing mandated improvements of care for mentally ill prisoners throughout California, treatment that the courts 18 years ago deemed so substandard as to be unconstitutional.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
In a twist in the Microsoft legal saga, a federal appeals court Monday ordered a temporary halt to the work of a court-appointed Harvard law professor who had a significant role in the antitrust case. The decision represents a significant but temporary victory for Microsoft Corp., which fought strenuously to disqualify Lawrence Lessig as a "special master" appointed to prepare a report on technological issues relating to the dispute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1987 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge promised Tuesday to appoint a special master to investigate complaints that inmates in the main Orange County Jail are held in custody too long after they post bail. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois pledged to appoint former federal prison warden Lawrence Grossman to investigate the matter and make recommendations, according to Richard P. Herman, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1985 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Lawrence G. Grossman, a warden for many of his 26 years with the federal government, has experienced overcrowded conditions in his own prisons. But Grossman says he has never asked an inmate to sleep on the floor. "They may be criminals, but I think we've just got to give them at least a bed to sleep on," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1985 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Jail remains too crowded, but the population is down and fewer inmates have to sleep on the floor than six weeks ago, according to a status report issued Thursday from the court-appointed special master. The report also praised jail deputies for doing a good job under conditions in which "there are just too many inmates, too many things to do and too many unexpected happenings . . . ."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Ask John Hagar about the state of the state's prisons and he gets right to the point. California's correctional system is in crisis, he says, and the governor's election-year ambitions are bedeviling efforts to fix it. Last week, Hagar laid out his case at an extraordinary hearing in a San Francisco courtroom. As stunned onlookers stifled gasps, Hagar, a special master overseeing prison reforms for a federal judge, fired a barrage of accusations at Gov.
NEWS
November 28, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its court filings contesting the Florida election Monday, the Gore campaign sought appointment of a "special master"--a monitor whose job it is to help arbitrate a particularly thorny legal dispute. "In essence, what Gore is saying is that we can't have the court sit down and count every vote. So we'll have an arm of the court do it," said William Rubenstein, acting professor of constitutional law at UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2013 | By Paige St. John
A federal judge has rebuked Gov. Jerry Brown's lawyers for taking a swipe at the court-appointed monitor for prison mental health care. U.S. District Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton on Wednesday issued an order giving California five days to either show why its allegations against Special Master Matthew Lopes should remain in the court record, or take them back. "The court takes very seriously any allegation of unethical conduct," Karlton wrote. "However, the court can only be dismayed by the cavalier manner in which defendants ... level a smear against the character and reputation of the Special Master...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012
Carlo Rambaldi Oscar-winning special effects master Carlo Rambaldi, 86, an Academy Award-winning special effects master known as the father of "E.T.," died Friday in southern Italy after a long illness, Italian news media reported. He won visual effects Oscars for "E.T.," Steven Spielberg's 1982 extraterrestrial hit, Ridley Scott's 1979 film"Alien" and John Guillermin's "King Kong" in 1976. "Carlo Rambaldi was E.T.'s Geppetto," said Spielberg, referring to the fictional character who created Pinocchio.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera
The Obama administration's pay czar will tell Congress this morning that he does not favor expanding his authority to dictate compensation to employees at companies beyond the seven largest recipients of government bailout money. "My limited mandatory jurisdiction involving just these seven companies is justified by the fact that the American taxpayers have a vested interest as particularly significant stakeholders in these seven companies," Kenneth Feinberg, the special master for executive compensation, said in written testimony submitted to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee ahead of a hearing today.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
The government plans to announce today that it will offer MasterCard debit cards to the estimated 4 million Social Security recipients who don't have bank accounts. Instead of getting a paper check, a recipient's monthly benefit would be electronically transferred, at no cost, to the debit card's balance. Using the card to make purchases would be free, as would one ATM withdrawal a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Ask John Hagar about the state of the state's prisons and he gets right to the point. California's correctional system is in crisis, he says, and the governor's election-year ambitions are bedeviling efforts to fix it. Last week, Hagar laid out his case at an extraordinary hearing in a San Francisco courtroom. As stunned onlookers stifled gasps, Hagar, a special master overseeing prison reforms for a federal judge, fired a barrage of accusations at Gov.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court claimed control Thursday over the future of Arkansas' school system, saying the Legislature had missed its deadline to come up with a plan to resolve a decades-long fight over school quality. The justices said they will appoint a special master to recommend ways to bring education up to constitutional standards. The Legislature can continue its attempts to address the issue, but the court will decide whether they are adequate.
OPINION
January 15, 2004
Re "For MTA, the Bucks Start Here," Jan. 13: The route to compliance with special master Donald Bliss' order to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to buy more buses is clear: Raise bus fares. Doing so will raise more revenue and reduce ridership, thereby reducing overcrowding. If the special master does not like this approach, then let him come up with $40 million per year. The taxpayers cannot be expected to subsidize transit without limit. David Lombardero Altadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wildlife Waystation, the troubled animal sanctuary near Lake View Terrace, has admitted violating the terms of its three-year probation for altering stream beds and agreed to the court appointment of a special master to monitor compliance, county prosecutors said Thursday. The agreement will extend probation for another three years at the 120-acre refuge, home to grizzly bears, tigers, and other exotic animals.
OPINION
January 15, 2004
Re "For MTA, the Bucks Start Here," Jan. 13: The route to compliance with special master Donald Bliss' order to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to buy more buses is clear: Raise bus fares. Doing so will raise more revenue and reduce ridership, thereby reducing overcrowding. If the special master does not like this approach, then let him come up with $40 million per year. The taxpayers cannot be expected to subsidize transit without limit. David Lombardero Altadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Wah Ming Chang, one of Hollywood's top special-effects masters who was part of the team whose work on the 1960 science fiction film "The Time Machine" won an Academy Award, has died. He was 86. Chang, an environmentalist and artist whose bronze sculptures reflected his interest in wildlife, died of undisclosed causes Dec. 22 at his longtime home in Carmel Valley, Calif. In partnership with Gene Warren Sr. and Tim Barr, Chang established Project Unlimited in 1956. The company produced special effects, masks, props and animation for many TV shows and films, including "Tom Thumb," "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm," "The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao" and "Spartacus."
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