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Not long into closing arguments in the trial of a pipeline company charged with criminal negligence in a 142,000-gallon oil sp...


Why were three companies singled out to pay an enormous “public nuisance” bill? Because in the first half of the 20th century,...



Court eases immigration of minors claiming abuse

Aug. 17, 2018
By Chase DiFeliciantonio

The state Supreme Court set limits Wednesday as to how far state courts must go in consulting parents of abused alien minors ...


Lawyers should have professional relationships that minimize the risk that nonlawyers will interfere with their independent ju...



A bill aimed at increasing the transparency of peace officer personnel files passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee Thur...


The traveling chair

Aug. 17, 2018

Elizabeth Winthrop’s “The Mercy Seat” gives us a glimpse into the early days of the electric chair.



The state Supreme Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. to review California’s decision to list the main chemical in its ...


Different Paths

Aug. 17, 2018

Mediator Mark Loeterman does more than look for the middle ground.



Here are a few updated rules lawyers and clients should know about the taxation of settlements.


Sessions curtails continuances in immigration court

Aug. 17, 2018
By Chase DiFeliciantonio

Immigration judges must take into account if a case also proceeding outside of immigration courts is likely to succeed before ...



While the LSAT is dominant among law schools, the GRE is gaining ground as a more accessible alternative.


Little by little, defense attorney Marcellus McRae has sought to reveal the information a plaintiff’s historian didn’t present.



James Fox will step down as a State Bar trustee to assume his new post.


The question of whether employers are required to provide seating to a class of cashiers heads to trial for the first time on ...



Can California legislate its way out of a $331 million court-ordered debt? That’s what plaintiffs in a long-running legal case...


The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took the unusual step of publishing a judicial misconduct order recen...



Visual Aid

Aug. 17, 2018
By Skylar Dubelko

David Ulich’s films examine controversial moments in the history of Olympic competition.


A U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals panel remanded a $7.3 million infringement award against Apple Inc. Thursday, finding ...



An appellate court has determined that a trial court miscalculated an award of spousal support by improperly accounting for ta...


A federal civil lawsuit seeking damages for the 2016 police shooting of a Sacramento man has evolved into a complicated standi...



Judge Kavanaugh left quite a record for senators to sort through to prepare for his confirmation hearings, but there’s a few i...


A judge granted class certification to nearly 2,000 Cambodians with criminal records who claim they were unfairly subjected to...



Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law amendments to the new “prior salary history” ban, “pay scale” disclosure requirem...


A San Francisco County Superior Court jury’s finding that Monsanto Co.’s massively popular weed killers caused a dying man’s c...



In a recent speech, William Hinman, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance, began ...


A county counsel attorney has been selected to provide oversight at the Mendocino public defender’s office, according to count...



Detached Deliberations

Aug. 16, 2018
By Arin Mikailian

Orange County Commissioner Carmen Luege takes time to rule despite emotional evidence.


On Aug. 8, the Internal Revenue Service released long-awaited proposed regulations for the new Internal Revenue Code Section 1...



Assemblyman Mark Stone is worried law school deans have an outsized role in rule crafting


Last month, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations describing the transition tax for controlled foreign corp...