Category: US District Court

Same-sex Judge Bias Claim Rejected

California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage remains unconstitutional for now. Judge James Ware rejected the argument that retired Judge Vaughn Walker should have disqualified himself from presiding because he is gay and in a long-term relationship. The 19-page order…

Gang Snitches Proliferate

The government’s MS-13 gang prosecution in San Francisco is full of rats and they keep popping up as the trial progresses.  That’s only because the prosecutors say some defendants keep making threats against snitches and new snitches step up to…

Taleo, Kenexa in Patent Dispute

Taleo Corp., a headhunting firm, filed patent infringement claims Monday against Kenexa Corp., which provides recruiting software, over four patents on its resume storage and retrieval system. Taleo (TLEO) suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeks an…

Gang Trial Tapes Battle

 Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the MS13 gang trial are locked in a battle over use of audio recordings made by a confidential informant known only as 1211.  The government decided it would skip calling the informant to testify after…

Crocodile Handbag on Hold

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have launched a criminal investigation into allegedly illegal import of crocodile products from Singapore, in this case a French-made Hermes crocodile handbag worth as much as $55,000. They feds aren’t talking and there is no…

Text Me At Your Peril

Hate getting those unsolicited advertising texts on your cell phone?  So does Bret  L. Lusskin, who filed one of two class actions that popped up this week in federal court.  He is particularly miffed at Google, Inc.’s new disco.com service,…

Illegal Toad Venom Pills

A 79-year-old San Franciscan was charged with selling Chinese cold remedies that contained toxic substances, including arsenic, bufotenine and toad venom, according to the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. The pills, “Six God Tablets” or “Six Spirit Pills,” were sold as…