March 1, 2012 |
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told a judge she is entitled to pursue a lawsuit against the estate of a former Bernard Madoff investor for allegedly violating state laws, and the court should bar interference in the "people's action" by the Madoff trustee. Harris, who has a state enforcement proceeding against the estate of Stanley Chais, made the statements in a Bankruptcy Court filing in Manhattan in response to a lawsuit by trustee Irving Picard, who said he alone has the right to claw back money stolen from Madoff customers.
October 28, 2011 |
Lawyers for women who originally sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for sex discrimination on behalf of 1 million co-workers nationwide have amended the lawsuit, limiting it to gender-bias claims by California workers. The filing comes four months after the U.S. Supreme Court in June barred the case as a class action covering all U.S. stores, saying the women failed to prove that the world's largest retailer had a nationwide policy that led to gender discrimination. The Supreme Court sent the suit back to federal court in San Francisco, where it was first filed in 2001.
May 20, 2011 |
Quest Diagnostics Inc., the biggest provider of medical lab services in California, has agreed to pay $241 million to settle a whistle-blower's lawsuit that accused it of overcharging the state Medi-Cal program. The lawsuit also alleged that the Madison, N.J., company paid illegal kickbacks to doctors, hospitals and clinics that sent patients their way. The settlement was the largest in the history of California's False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the state if they have evidence that a government contractor has defrauded a state agency.
July 18, 2008 |
Countrywide Financial Corp., which faltered earlier this year under the weight of soured mortgages, made a practice of doling out bonuses to employees who sold risky loans, California officials alleged in an amended lawsuit Thursday. The allegations expand charges made in a suit filed by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown against Countrywide and several of its top executives in June.
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February 16, 2007 |
The California Supreme Court made it possible Thursday for people who become ill from smoking to once again win large judgments from tobacco companies, unanimously rejecting a four-year-old federal court decision that had virtually halted all smoker lawsuits in the state. "It reopens tobacco litigation in California," said Northeastern University Law Professor Richard A. Daynard, who heads a group that promotes lawsuits against the industry. "The light just went from red to green."
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June 15, 2002 |
A federal judge has temporarily blocked California from moving ahead with plans to introduce advanced technology cars, throwing the state's electric vehicle program into turmoil at the moment auto makers are poised to mass produce the cleaner machines. While the U.S. district court decision leaves intact the state's zero emissions vehicle mandate, it sets aside key amendments that air quality officials approved last year.