California

Trials & Litigation

Sued after posting video of brawl with neighbor, law partner loses bid for SLAPP protection

Consumer Law

Suit says Starbucks puts too much ice in cups; rep calls it ‘essential component’ of iced drink

Criminal Justice

Gay men were unfairly targeted by undercover police in lewd conduct investigation, judge rules

Evidence

Court ruling suggests using fingerprint ID on smartphone may be riskier than traditional password

Features

Secret Snitches: California case uncovers long-standing practice of planting jailhouse informants

Labor & Employment

PricewaterhouseCoopers hires ‘stunningly low’ number of people over 40, says age-discrimination suit

Legal Technology

Elevate Services acquires Legal OnRamp

Criminal Justice

Real-estate heir Robert Durst takes 7-year plea deal in gun case, but unrelated murder case ongoing

Prosecutors

2 exited city attorney’s office after nearly 100 unprocessed misdemeanor files were found

Labor & Employment

Uber to pay up to $100M to settle claims of misclassification by drivers in 2 states

Civil Rights

Up to 450 mistakenly jailed on warrants for others in one California county over 5 years, suit says

Bankruptcy Law

9th Circuit discharges $6K that bankrupt attorney owed ex-client

Health Law

New Florida law seeks to prevent big hospital billing surprises

Consumer Law

Lawyer ordered to disgorge $11.4M to former clients loses challenge to consumer bureau’s power

Criminal Justice

Board OKs parole for ex-Manson Family member convicted in ‘Helter Skelter’ slayings

Labor & Employment

Farmers Insurance to pay $5.8M to settle discrimination suit by female claims litigators

Education Law

Teacher tenure law doesn’t violate equal-protection guarantee, California appeals court says

Criminal Justice

Hacked info and legitimate trucks help sophisticated bandits drive off with big loads of nuts

Cybersecurity

Convicted journalist gets 2 years for helping Anonymous alter online LA Times story

Labor & Employment

Some retailers end on-call scheduling after probes by multiple states