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CA Legal and Law

California Legal News - including court actions, law firms, and related California law news

CA Legal and Law

CA Legal and Law
California Legal News - including court actions, law firms, and related California law news
Hoge Fenton Attorney and Shareholder Crystal Riggins

Hoge Fenton Attorney and Shareholder Crystal Riggins Honored In 2017 Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce that its shareholder Crystal Riggins has been named a 2017 Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. As a recipient of this award, Crystal is recognized for her contributions to her profession and community and represents the best of Silicon Valley.
Steve Comisar

Former ConMan Actor Steve Comisar Getting Released From Prison on July 21, Hopes to Return to Acting

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On July 21, 2017 the prison gates will open and actor Steve Comisar will once again be a free man. After spending 15 years in federal prison for fraud Comisar will try to pick up the pieces and resume an acting career. Unfortunately, after such a long absence the odds will be stacked against him.
Corporate Attorney Lloyd A. Schmidt

Silicon Valley Lawfirm Hoge Fenton Welcomes Veteran Corporate Attorney Lloyd A. Schmidt

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- We are pleased to announce that veteran corporate attorney Lloyd A. Schmidt, formerly a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, has joined Hoge Fenton. With over 30 years of experience advising companies and business owners, Lloyd is a well-known and respected corporate, M & A and business transactions attorney.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Passes Senate Committee – AB 222

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 to repeal anti-immigrant sections of the California Penal Code, enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187 to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and unfairly punish undocumented immigrants in California. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) AB 222 would place a measure on the 2020 ballot that would ask voters to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws by ensuring the use and manufacturing of a false immigration documents carries the same penalties for the use and production of a fake driver’s license.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

CA Legislation to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Provisions in Prop. 187 Approved by Calif. State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. State Assembly voted 54-21 to approve legislation to bring equity to California’s criminal justice laws, by ensuring the use and manufacturing of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as the use and production of a fake driver’s license. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra's (D-Pacoima) AB 222 requires California voters to repeal sections 113 and 114 of the California Penal Code.
VLP LAW GROUP LLP

VLP Law Group Welcomes David B. Franklin to Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that David B. Franklin has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Franklin's practice concentrates on real estate transactions and land use, primarily in California and Hawaii.
Grace Carr Lee, Hoge Fenton

Hoge Fenton Introduces Gradifi Student Loan Repayment Benefit for its Associates

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, announced today that they have signed on with Boston-based Gradifi, the industry's first provider of the Employer SLP Plan(TM) (Student Loan Paydown Plan) to introduce a new benefit for its associate attorneys: financial assistance with student loans.
actor Steve Comisar

Hollywood Actor-Felon Steve Comisar To Be Released From Prison

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Actor, felon and self-proclaimed social media superstar, Steve Comisar will be released from federal prison on July 21 after serving a 15 year sentence for fraud. Comisar will be placed on home confinement in Los Angeles until his sentence officially ends on April 16, 2018.
Ferret Owners Hopeful

Ferret Owners Hopeful as California Fish and Game Commission Finally Consider Issuing Pet Permits

LA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legalize Ferrets, a California organization that continues to advocate for ferret legalization in the state, has a watchful eye on The California Fish and Game Commission this month. Why? The commission is set to consider issuing permits for ferrets during its April 26, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys, Calif.
City of Culver City

Culver City, California Becomes Latest U.S. Sanctuary City

CULVER CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- At its March 27, 2017 meeting, the City Council of the City of Culver City adopted a Resolution to declare itself a sanctuary city. According to the Resolution, "The City of Culver City is a sanctuary city for all of its residents, and the City stands in solidarity with other sanctuary jurisdictions."
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

California State Legislature Approves Audit of Concealed Carry Weapon License Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California Joint Legislative Audit Committee has approved an audit request by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D - Sacramento) to evaluate the negative fiscal impacts and public safety questions raised by Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) license programs in the state.
Lueddemann and Khoury

Hoge Fenton Expands Its Intellectual Property and Privacy Data Security Practice

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- We are pleased to announce that Counsel Lee Lueddemann, formerly of the Law Office of Leopold Lueddemann in San Ramon, Calif., and Associate Marianna Khoury, formerly of Twitter, Inc., have joined Hoge Fenton. Both are members of the firm's Intellectual Property and Privacy & Data Security Groups.
Cannabis Business Expo

California’s 2018 Business-critical Cannabis Regulations to be Addressed at San Diego Cannabis Business Expo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MJIC, Inc., the leading provider of cannabis regulatory compliance solutions and services, media, investor capital and supply chain distribution, announced today that it expects to sell out for its upcoming third Annual Cannabis Business Expo, March 5 - 8, 2017 in San Diego, California.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Asm. Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to Bring Equity for Immigrants to California Criminal Justice Laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) introduced legislation to bring equity to our criminal justice laws, by ensuring that use of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as use of a fake driver’s license. AB 222 would amend Section 114 of the California Penal Code, a provision enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187, a largely unconstitutional attempt to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and punish undocumented immigrants in California.
attorney Crystal N. Riggins

Hoge Fenton attorney Crystal N. Riggins has been elevated to shareholder, effective Jan. 1, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Crystal Riggins, based in Hoge Fenton's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Ethics & Professional Liability practice groups. Hoge Fenton is a multi-service law firm.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Legislative Leaders on Hiring Former U.S. Attorney General to deal with challenges from incoming Trump Administration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement to announce they have hired outside legal counsel to deal with potential challenges from the incoming Trump Administration ....
News from California Newswire

A Voice For Choice, Inc. Statement On New Lawsuit Filed to Challenge California’s Extensive Vaccine Mandates

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A group of California plaintiffs, led by A Voice for Choice, Inc., have filed suit challenging California’s extensive vaccine mandates, one of the broadest in the nation. With the passage of Senate Bill 277 in 2015, California now requires kindergartners to get twenty-five doses of vaccines – including for a sexually transmitted disease – before they can attend school. Unlike previous suits, this lawsuit eschews much medical or scientific discussion, and focuses instead on constitutional rights.
Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Lesser Known Provision of California’s Prop 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) Allows Expungement of Previous Convictions

DAVIS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In addition to legalizing adult possession of small amounts of marijuana and the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, the passage of Proposition 64 allows those convicted under the previous marijuana laws to return to court and have their conviction either completely expunged or reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, says says California Marijuana Attorney Richard Glen Boire, of RGB LAW GROUP.
Melissa Krasnow joins VLP Law Group

Melissa Krasnow joins VLP Law Group LLP as Partner in Privacy and Technology Transactions Practice Groups

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Melissa Krasnow has joined the firm as a Partner in the Privacy & Data Security, Technology Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Groups. As the first Minnesota attorney to join VLP, she will be based in Minneapolis and will continue her practice in these areas.
VLP Law Group LLP

VLP Law Group LLP Welcomes Executive Compensation Partner Mark Bradford to Team

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Mark Bradford has joined the firm as a partner in its Executive Compensation Practice Group. Mr. Bradford brings over 16 years of experience as an executive compensation and employee benefits attorney.
Adelaide Prescod Cota

You are Your Best Advocate: Adelaide Prescod Cota Teaches People Importance of Self-Advocacy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Adelaide P. Cota learned the hard way that there's no better advocate than yourself. However, not many people know where to begin. They need the confidence and resources to get started. That's where Cota comes in. "I'm devoted to sharing my experiences with others so I can help them to advocate for themselves," she says.
VLP Law Group LLP

VLP Law Group LLP adds Partner Edward Kwok to Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Edward Kwok has joined the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner based in Silicon Valley, California. Mr. Kwok's practice focuses on patent prosecution and Inter Partes adverse proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and intellectual property litigations in state and federal courts.
EPIC’s Mark Niebuhr

EPIC’s Mark Niebuhr and Bill Cosgrove to Present at Globalaw’s European Regional Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Managing Principal and Practice Leader for the Financial Risk Solutions Practice Bill Cosgrove and Senior Vice President Mark Niebuhr will present at Globalaw ERM Amsterdam on Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Sofitel Legend the Grand Hotel in Amsterdam.

Weitz and Luxenberg Secure $5.2M Verdict in Asbestos Lawsuit Against Fluor and Subsidiaries

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nationally known law firm Weitz and Luxenberg P.C. secured a verdict of $5.2 million in damages on behalf of an 82-year-old Orange County, California, man and his wife who sued a Fortune 500 company they charged with contributing to his increased risk of developing mesothelioma, Weitz & Luxenberg announced today.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Practices What He Preaches, Signs Easy Estate-Planning Deeds at his Office

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was joined today by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and members of the...

Frank A. Daniele joins VLP Law Group LLP as Executive Compensation Partner in NYC

PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP announces that noted executive compensation lawyer Frank Daniele has joined the firm as a partner based in New York City. Prior to joining VLP, Mr. Daniele spent 23 years with Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, where he was a partner and served as co-head of the firm's Executive Compensation and ERISA practice group.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto's Calif. Crime-Solving DNA Bill Signed Into Law – AB 1492

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Brown signed AB 1492, legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), which revamps and improves California’s DNA-testing...
Weitz and Luxenberg

No Escape from Asbestos Liability: AMMCO-Hennessy Handed First Asbestos Defeat by Weitz and Luxenberg

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury this month handed Hennessy Industries, Inc. as successor to AMMCO Tools, Inc., its first-ever loss in an asbestos-exposure lawsuit despite the defendant company's self-assurances that the grieving family of an Army veteran and automotive parts store owner who died of mesothelioma had no chance of winning, victorious plaintiffs' law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, P.C., today announced.

Stockdale Law Firm welcomes new era, previous owner Myrlys L. Stockdale moves to Office of Inspector General

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Stockdale Law Firm, a well-known divorce and family law firm in El Dorado Hills, has announced it is transferring ownership at the end of August with the intent to carry on the success and trust it has built over the last 12 years. Previous owner Myrlys L. Stockdale moves to Office of Inspector General.
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas introduces Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), who co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice...
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Butane Hash Oil and Meth Manufacturing Target of Legislation Approved by State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the Calif. State Senate approved SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote...

Southern California Oil Spill Victims' Claims being explored by Weitz & Luxenberg

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Weitz and Luxenberg P.C., today announced it is investigating claims from members of the fishing industry, property owners and others harmed by an oil spill that began Tuesday and blighted the shoreline just north of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Legislation to Overhaul DNA Testing Regime Approved by Public Safety Committee – AB 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? asks Assemblyman...
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Illegal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and Meth Manufacturing Target of Legislation Approved by Calif. Senate Public Safety Committee – SB 212

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved SB 212 authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous,...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Huge Win For Middle Class Californians As Probate Simplification Legislation Passes State Assembly – AB139

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed” in California, allowing a...

On National Ferret Day 2015, California Ferret Enthusiasts Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Ballot Initiative

LA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- April 2 is National Ferret Day in the USA and California ferret lovers are using the occasion to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Tired of working and waiting for ferret legalization, which never comes despite thirty years of efforts - LegalizeFerrets.org is planning a ballot initiative to free our domestic ferrets from unnecessary and unfair regulation.

Anthem Inc. Data Breach Lawsuit Helps Kids, Too, says Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Anthem Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) data breach class action lawsuit brought this month by Weitz and Luxenberg, P.C. seeks to protect tens of millions of children - and not just adults - affected by the health insurance giant's massive loss of sensitive confidential records, the New York-based law firm today announced.

Anthem Inc. Customer Data Breach Sparks Class Action Lawsuit, Weitz & Luxenberg Announces

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today announced the filing of a class action lawsuit against the nation's second-largest health insurer, Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., following disclosure earlier this month that the private information of 80 million Anthem customers was stolen in a massive online data breach.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Bill to Create New DNA Testing Regime to Solve Crimes – AB 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a former constitutional lawyer, today introduced AB 84, which would allow DNA testing to resume in...
California vs. Big Plastic

'California vs. Big Plastic' Files Complaint with Calif. Secretary of State Alleging Deception by Referendum Signature Gatherers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Supporters of the state's plastic bag ban, collectively calling themselves "California vs. Big Plastic," today filed a complaint with...
Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Gov. Brown – AB 2494

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Thursday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics....

Attorney Stanley D. Prowse of San Diego North County Embraces Mobile Tech for Law Information Portal

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In response to the growing demand for sound legal information available over the internet, Certified Family Law Specialist Stan Prowse in San Diego has released an updated mobile-friendly version of his comprehensive and easy to understand legally oriented web site. Easy access to helpful legal information is now available 24/7/365, optimized for all devices and web platforms.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto Introduces California Legislation to Prevent Evidence Destruction at Gun Buy-Back Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- What is the quickest way to get rid of a murder weapon? Unfortunately, in some cities, it is turning...
California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Selects Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California...
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Makes Appointments to County Superior Courts for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wendesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced various the appointments of a judgeship in California County Superior...
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Appoints Four Justices to the Second District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice Frances Rothschild as presiding justice,...
Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Appoints Two Justices to the First District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice James M. Humes as presiding...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Increase Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Assembly – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As an 18-year-old victim remains hospitalized in a coma, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to increase penalties...
Senator Alex Padilla

California Senate Approves Military Sexual Assault Bill – Senate Bill 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 1422, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of...
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Grants 63 Pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that, on Good Friday, he has granted 63 pardons. The individuals...
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Legislation: Stop Putting Kids in Solitary or in Jail for Skipping School

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act of 2000...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)

Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Introduces Legislative Cure for 'Affluenza Defense' – AB 1508

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he introduced legislation on Tuesday to forbid the use of...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

New California Laws from Assemblyman Mike Gatto will take effect January 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Californians across the state will benefit from new laws authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that will take...
Calif Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces New Standards to Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Furniture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the approval of the state’s new flammability standards for upholstered furniture,...
Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Historic Prop. 65 Reform Signed into Law – Will Help California Businesses Avoid Unfair Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Proposition 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits was...
Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblyman Cooley’s Victims Restitution Money Protection Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 934 (Cooley), requiring agencies that collect restitution on behalf of...
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee and Attorney General Harris Launch JusticeMobile Initiative and SFPD Mobile App

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Earlier this month, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Attorney General Kamala Harris launched the JusticeMobile mobile application. On Sept. 9 they jointly announced that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is the first police department in the State of California to launch JusticeMobile law enforcement data initiative on a smartphone.
Calif. Governor Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Issues Statement on Historic Proposition 8 Ruling and same-sex marriage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court ruling on...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Bill to Protect Small Businesses Unanimously Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Prop. 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits passed the...

Fraud Doesn't Work Here: McDonald's Employee to Be Prosecuted for Five Counts of Alleged Felony Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, today announced another success in their 'Fraud Doesn't Work Here' campaign in partnership with the California McDonald's Preferred Operator Group (POG).

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