Inter-City Express
Sunday, March 03, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Friday, March 1, 2024

Warner Chappell Music, Inc. v. Nealy could affect the incentives and challenges for copyright owners to monitor and enforce their rights, as well as the potential for abuse and nuisance lawsuits by plaintiffs.
Courts have overturned decisions by city councils or other agencies that acted as appellants and adjudicators in their own cases, violating the principle of impartiality and fairness. Why should the Coastal Commission be different?

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Disney has publicly stated that it would rather have a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election than voluntarily recognize the union, which is what the union is seeking once it has majority support.
All youth, regardless of whether they are homeschooled or not, should be taught and assessed on a standardized basis to ensure they learn factual and historical information.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Monday, February 26, 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

Rule 8.3 involves many judgment calls, such as what constitutes a substantial question, credible evidence, material prejudice, and a reportable violation. The rule also requires the lawyer to consider whether to seek the client's consent to disclosure, and whether to report to the State Bar or a tribunal.
Legal practitioners who oversee cases involving children with disabilities must be aware of the state and federal laws and regulations that protect their educational rights.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Damages are often the most difficult and overlooked aspect of mediation. Parties should analyze them early and realistically.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

The difference between legitimate tax avoidance and tax evasion is critical. The arguable "loan debt" may have been concocted by Donald Trump as a fictional way of avoiding income taxes.
A recently published case provides direction on how courts should calculate credits when a defendant is resentenced.
PDAAs have given arbitration an undeserved bad reputation. Here is the way to fix the problem.
It would be premature to label AI a danger to the legal profession or useless altogether. While we should not blindly cite imaginary case law suggested by ChatGPT, new AI programs exist to make document review far more efficient.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Multiple new laws related to housing development go into effect this year, and could finally bring a much-needed boost to a state plagued by a dearth of affordable housing.
Judicial Counsel Form FL-460, entitled Qualified Domestic Relations Orders for Support, can be used for both current and spousal support obligations of the obligor, as well as child and spousal support arrearages, pursuant to USC 414 (p) 29 USC 8 1056(d).
CFAA cases often involve highly sensitive information, and mediation offers a unique level of privacy as generally mediation briefs and related documents are not filed with the courts or publicly reported.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

To operate lawfully, Napa Valley wineries must comply with State and Federal laws, as well as the County's general-plan, zoning-ordinance and permitting-process regulations. And those local regulations have evolved significantly over the years.
Assumption of the risk applies to most sporting activities. Olson v. Saville adds to the long list of California cases holding that the only duty sporting coparticipants owe each other is the duty to not increase the inherent risks of the activity.
Prevailing payment bond sureties, even if defended by their principals pursuant to a defense and indemnity agreement, are entitled to recover the attorneys' fees incurred in defending against claims against the payment bond.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Monday, February 5, 2024

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Justice Leondra R. Kruger

NEWS

General News

Friday, March 1, 2024

The plaintiffs have not sufficiently proven that there was a widespread practice of sexual assault and exploitation at the prison, according to the Justice Department.
General News

Friday, March 1, 2024

Some legal professionals wonder if changes to the Code of Civil Procedure to allow for more alternative methods of service are in order.
General News

Friday, March 1, 2024

A district court judge accused federal prosecutors of misleading the 9th Circuit and a magistrate judge to effect the rearrest of a man whose indictment had been dismissed.
General News

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case, filed by Grants Pass, Oregon, on April 22, challenging a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that that city's ordinance violated the Eighth Amendment.
General News

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The plaintiffs' claims against Zuckerberg are based on personal statements, not his actions as a corporate officer, the plaintiffs' attorneys said.
General News

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Attorney General Rob Bonta agreed the state will bide by a 2023 federal court order that leaves the tribes dealing directly with the federal government. Several other tribes could soon also escape state regulation.
General News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Google's attorney argued that the YouTube channel owners could not be found liable under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act as the plaintiffs did not allege that the owners improperly collected or used data.
General News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The lead plaintiffs, who use wheelchairs, claim that Hertz discriminated against them and other disabled renters by only offering hand controls and spinner knobs in a small number of vehicles, thereby excluding them from renting entire categories of cars such as electric vehicles and luxury sedans.
General News

Monday, February 26, 2024

The complaint alleges that SVB Financial provided false and misleading statements in the offering materials given to Boston Private investors to entice them into trading their shares for SVB Financial stock.
General News

Monday, February 26, 2024

Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Bunmi O. Awoniyi warned that the state will face a $73 billion budget deficit, with Sacramento County being in a more precarious situation than many other counties.
General News

Monday, February 26, 2024

Chris de Mauny will lead the San Francisco office, which Bird & Bird opened in 2018, with Pattie Walsh, who recently moved from the firm's Hong Kong office.
General News

Friday, February 23, 2024

UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said the court "is not ready to consider race-neutral programs that have the effect of increasing diversity."
General News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Dileep Kumar Reddy Kamujula acknowledged that he used information provided by a cousin who worked at a cloud communications company to make trades during the pandemic.
General News

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The ABA has rejected a "teach-out" plan to allow the students to complete their current coursework as the institution winds down operations.
General News

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The company's stock value has plummeted in recent months following a data breach that allegedly exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of people with Ashkenazi Jewish and Chinese ancestry.
General News

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup in San Francisco erred in granting summary judgment to the social media giant by misinterpreting some patent terms and wrongly applying collateral estoppel, the three-judge panel unanimously held.
General News

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The airline did not include incentive compensation as part of the employees' regular rate of pay" when calculating overtime and break premiums, the lawsuit claimed.
General News

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"Californians are owed a neutral title and summary of that initiative as part of their core political speech," said attorney Emily K. Rae with the Liberty Justice Center, one of those who filed a petition against Attorney General Rob Bonta's ballot language.
General News

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Despite the facts being compelling, "counsel knows that there is also a pleading requirement that supports the motion for summary judgment or opposition … to the motion. That is what's lacking here and I can't ignore that," U.S. District Judge Sherilyn P. Garnett.
General News

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"The subject matter of the prior representations and this representation substantially overlap because they involve the same legal issues … and are based on the same product," U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman wrote in her order.
General News

Friday, February 16, 2024

Getaround's attorneys claim that Broadspire's "utter failure to provide Getaround with competent third party administration services" caused the rental company's insurance claims costs to skyrocket. Broadspire denied these accusations.
General News

Friday, February 16, 2024

The parties requested that the courts hold the lawsuits in abeyance because they are engaged in discussions regarding the rule's implementation and whether a settlement could eliminate the need for further litigation in either case.
General News

Friday, February 16, 2024

The policy "clearly contemplates the advancement of defense costs for potentially covered claims, subject to recoupment by the insurer if it ultimately turns out that the claims are not actually covered," according to a federal court ruling.
General News

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Court of Appeal ruling comes as state lawmakers are evaluating several news bills to regulate the technology industry.
General News

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Supporters of the recall effort want DA Pamela Price removed from office because they believe she is too lenient and is not keeping the community safe.
General News

Thursday, February 15, 2024

After the Tesla founder purchased Twitter in April 2022, the SEC opened a probe as to whether Musk buying the social media company's shares in the preceding months violated federal securities laws.
General News

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

"Consumers have been misled, induced, and defrauded into spending money and thus harmed by defendants' fraudulent misrepresentations and false advertising," Singleton Schreiber LLP partner Christopher R. Rodriguez wrote in the complaint.
General News

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Starbuzz International Inc. has been trying to recoup $2.8 million in tobacco taxes for over eight years. Anti-tax groups see the case as an example of government overreach.
General News

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The endorsements for a reversal of some of the provisions — by San Francisco Mayor London Breed and San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan — come as legislators in Sacramento have introduced bills that would allow courts to consider a criminal's prior convictions for theft, possibly transforming misdemeanor offenses into felonies for a third offense.
General News

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

"People should have free access to mediating their case rather than going into a high-conflict situation. Instead of litigation, let's try to resolve these through a mutual conversation," retired Chief Justice of California Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said.
General News

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Community Initiatives accused the University of San Francisco's attorney, Allen Gomes of Anderies & Gomes LLP, of "abusing the discovery process" by failing to adequately respond to 23 interrogatories.
General News

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Accused of enacting unconstitutional ordinances restricting homeless camps, the San Francisco city attorney's office insisted that the scope of discovery would be drastically different if the Supreme Court's decision shot down the plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claim in this case.
General News

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A preliminary annual report shows violent crime in Oakland rose 21%, robbery increased 38%, and vehicle theft increased 45% in 2023, but data from other major cities in the state show crime rates down.
General News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The court's unanimous opinion reversed and remanded a case that stemmed from a 2015 crime in which a gang member unlawfully entered a woman's home, raped her, and stole her laptop and phone, which were later sold by other gang members.
General News

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The company has secured three defense verdicts, but its biggest loss in California courts came in the 2019 Pilliod trial, where a judge ordered the company to pay $2.05 billion.
General News

Thursday, February 15, 2024

"Any stay would be of an indefinite duration," U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer wrote in his order.