Category: US District Court

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…

Lehman’s x-CEO Sued Over Meltdown

Lehman Brothers is still in bankruptcy, making it tough to recover for losses in the 2008 mortgage meltdown.  But its former CEO Richard Fuld, and company directors are fair game.  California’s state Compensation Insurance Fund sued Fuld, former directors and…

Gay Judge’s Fairness Defended

California’s same-sex marriage case started heating up again this week.  And this case now has pieces in three separate courts.   On Thursday state Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera came to the defense of former…

Senate Confirms Ed Chen

Edward M. Chen will become the first Asian-American to serve as a federal judge on the San Francisco-based federal trial court. The U.S. Senate confirmed Chen by a 56-42 vote after repeated delays and three nominations by President Obama.  Federal judicial…

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…

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…

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…