Category: Civil

No Jury for State Tax Disputes

California taxpayers have no constitutional right to a jury trial to resolve disputed tax refunds.  The state Supreme Court unanimously rejected the notion that taxpayers may ask a jury to decide whether they should get a tax refund in disputes…

Costly Prison Guard Training

Cash-strapped California has run into a new cost for training prison guards.  A state appeals court says new cadets may only receive basic training in either the state’s training academies at Galt or Stockton where the cadets are paid state…

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,…

Rent Subsidy Cuts ‘Inhumane’

To cut off $191 monthly housing allowances to 6,000 unemployed adults on Alameda County’s general assistance rolls because their landlords fail to provide a social security number would be “arbitrary and inhumane,” a state court of appeals ruled.  General assistance…

Subpoenas Over Robosigned Foreclosures

No sooner had California Attorney General Kamala Harris set up a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force than her crew mailed out subpoenas looking for documents on alleged “robosigning” of foreclosures. The moniker, “Robosigning,” attached to the practice of mortgage servicing outfits signing thousands of documents…

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…