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Court Oks Food Stamp Cut-off to Non-citizens

Washington state’s cut off of food stamp help to non-citizens living legally in the U.S. did not violate their equal protection rights, a federal appeals court says.  The state planned to terminate its food assistance program for legal immigrants who…

Pair Nabbed in $130M Ponzi Scheme

Federal prosecutors say a Napa couple ran a $130 million Ponzi scheme selling fake certificates of deposit to more than 1,200 people.  An indictment issued Wednesday accused William Wise, 62, and Jacquline Hoegel, 55, of operating the scheme to sell…

Supreme Court: Cut Prison Overcrowding

California must release roughly 40,000 inmates over the next two years to ease the severe overcrowding of the state’s prisons, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote Monday.  In the most significant prison rights case by the high court in years, the…

Court to Rehear Superbowl Threats Case

Kurt W. Havelock sent letters to news outlets threatening to massacre people attending the 2008 Super Bowl game in Arizona.  Now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will have 11-judges rexamine their 2010 decision to toss his conviction.  Havelock went around…

San Francisco’s MS-13 Gang Trial

The largest gang trial in San Francisco’s federal court in years has seven defendants accused of four murders in 2008, assaults and extortion as part of an alleged racketeering conspiracy in city neighborhoods. The MS-13 gang is described by the…

Obama’s Born to Run

Here is an instance of not letting reality stand in the way of a lawsuit.  Just days after President Obama issued the long form copy of his Hawaii birth certificate, lawyers Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz went ahead with a…

Gunning for Gun Shows

The Ninth Circuit sided with Alameda County in the long-running fight over the county’s right to prohibit gun shows on the county fairgrounds.  The appeals court ruling May 2 makes it all but impossible hurdle for the gun show promoters to overcome if they hope…

Big Hack, Playstation’s Final Fantasy

As soon as word got out that 77 million Sony PlayStation customers had their personal credit-card, password and other private data stolen by a hacker lawyers slapped the company with a federal class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit was filed in…

Deal Redux

The Winklevoss twins are not to be deterred by a unanimous Ninth Circuit opinion that it is time for them to accept the $65 million settlement  with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame over who really had the idea for Facebook.…

Auditor Must Face Backdating Suit

Stock back-dating cases are not dead yet. The 9th Circuit Thursday resurrected the shareholder suit against auditors Ernst & Young in options back-dating case that hit Broadcom Corp.   A federal judge in Los Angeles earlier dismissed the suit, but the…

Cheaper by the Dozen

Just in time for Easter, the federal court in San Francisco has an entirely different egg story. A woman who participated in human egg donor services has accused the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and fertility clinics of keeping human…

A Deal is a Deal

The fight between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss once again gives meaning to the advertising catch phrase, “you can never be too rich.” The Winklevoss brothers, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook…