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SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce that Eugene "Geno" Ashley has joined the firm's Business Litigation group. A senior litigator and trial attorney, Geno, a former Hopkins & Carley shareholder, brings a wealth of litigation and trial experience to Hoge Fenton.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response will hold its second working hearing February 15, 2018. The Subcommittee is laying the groundwork for developing new, bicameral policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual harassment complaints.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Debra B. Vernon has joined the firm's Corporate Practice Group as a partner based in the San Francisco Bay area. She specializes in startup formation and capitalization, financings, corporate venture, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and corporate governance.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Debra Schiff has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Schiff is the second Los Angeles based attorney to join the firm's growing Real Estate Practice Group in recent weeks. Los Angeles attorney Craig P. Wood joined the firm as a Partner in December.
Calif. Asm. Kevin McCarty Introduces Measure to Make CA Legislators Pay for Sexual Harassment Payouts – AB 1750
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fulfilling his commitment to address sexual harassment at the State Capitol, Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), on Wednesday introduced AB 1750, which would require the California State Senate and the California State Assembly to seek reimbursement for any sexual harassment settlements paid by the Legislature when there is clear evidence of wrongdoing by a legislator.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Auditor on Thursday released its findings of a nine month audit of the Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego County Sheriff Departments’ Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) license programs, uncovering substantive flaws in how these counties issue CCW licenses. The audit also found that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones violated numerous state laws and his own procedures in issuing CCW licenses.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Craig P. Wood has joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Wood's practice encompasses the representation of institutional investors, private equity sponsors, high net-worth individuals, pension funds, pension fund advisors and private companies in a broad range of real estate projects throughout the U.S.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of bills to enhance housing, school, workplace and civil protections for California's immigrants. "This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected," said Governor Brown.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that David Jargiello has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and the firm's General Counsel. Mr. Jargiello is a business transactional lawyer with more than 25 years' experience in San Francisco and Silicon Valley primarily representing venture capital funds, professional service firms and legal technology companies in complex corporate finance, corporate securities, fiduciary duty and risk management matters.
PALO ALTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- VLP Law Group LLP announces that David J. Thibodeau has joined the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner, based in Boston and New Hampshire. Mr. Thibodeau's law practice emphasizes the development and refining of patent portfolios, strategic advice concerning competitive intellectual property rights, and due diligence for technology-based financial, merger/acquisition and other business transactions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ....
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was joined today by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and members of the...
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.
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...
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.
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...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the Calif. State Senate approved SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote...
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? asks Assemblyman...
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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' 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...
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.