California

Criminal Justice

Citing prosecutor’s affair with lab technician, DA drops murder charges in 1989 slaying

Trials & Litigation

Woman punched by highway patrol officer in videotaped incident will get $1.5M settlement

Real Estate & Property Law

Judge rules against billionaire in beach-rights case, says he can’t close access road without permit

Copyright Law

Satellite radio services dealt a blow when judge rules for Turtles members in copyright dispute

Careers

Lawyer is jobless and sleeping in his car after losing suit seeking OT for document review

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