California

Trials & Litigation

Utility faces contempt hearing for lobbying to choose judge in $1.29B rate case linked to fatal fire

Legal Ethics

Lawyer’s photoshopped celebrity pictures lead to suspension recommendation

Immigration Law

San Francisco to publicly fund legal services for unaccompanied immigrant minors

Securities Law

Employee of Wilson Sonsini is charged with insider trading; firm calls case ‘deeply disturbing’

Legislation & Lobbying

New law says California drivers must stay 3 feet away while passing bicyclists

Attorney Fees

Los Angeles to pay $725K to lawyers in homeless rights case

Criminal Justice

Lawyer is convicted for helping frame school volunteer

White-Collar Crime

Clients invested $47M in immigration lawyer’s ethanol plant hoping to get US green cards, feds say

Law Firms

Growing military and federal employment boutique opens new San Diego office

Energy Law

Record $1.4B fine levied against gas company in fatal explosion and fire

Legal Ethics

Two California judges censured for in-chambers sex, among other conduct

Criminal Justice

Lawyer is accused of persuading client to invest $120K in his cat litter box invention

Criminal Justice

Deputy distracted by patrol car’s computer won’t be charged in fatal collision with bicycling lawyer

Constitutional Law

Federal gun ban applies even if domestic violence victim isn’t injured, state appeals court says

Labor & Employment

‘Seismic’ 9th Cir. rulings nix FedEx claim its drivers aren’t employees, could cost company millions

Criminal Justice

Serial airline stowaway attempter is now in Arizona, where she has been arrested again

Criminal Procedure

9th Circuit revives pro se habeas petition, says trial court erred in applying ‘prison mailbox’ rule

Criminal Justice

Owners of 100-pound dogs charged with 2nd-degree murder in fatal attack on jogger

Natural Disasters

Worst quake in decades hits San Francisco Bay area; law firms, at least one courthouse damaged

Evidence

Selfie sent to burglary victim’s cloud account put couple at forefront of investigation