Civil

Judiciary Budget Boost

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The recent spending measure approved by Congress included a $6.7 billion appropriation for the federal judiciary, a nearly 3 percent increase in discretionary funding over fiscal year 2014. This increase is roughly $187 million.  It will help courts to recover…

Oh Sweet

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A federal judge has halted consideration of a class action against Mars Inc for allegedly misleading consumers about the calorie content of chocolate bars to give an appeals court time to resolve a similar case. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh…

Jaime Named Bankruptcy Judge

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Reno attorney Christopher Jaime has been named a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Sacramento-based Eastern District of California, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas announced Tuesday. Jaime, 47, will take over Jan. 2, 2015 to fill a vacancy from…

Whistleblower Job Protection Boosted

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A California appeals court reinstated the wrongful termination lawsuit Monday of a woman fired by Santa Clara University, and in doing so expanded the protection of whistleblowers in employment cases. Linda Ferrick, a senior administrator in SCU’s real estate department,…

EPA Fails to Get the Lead Out

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Two Northern California environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency last week to force regions in six states and Puerto Rico to produce plans to cut lead contamination in the air. The Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco and…