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It's No Rainmaker's Paradise

Jan. 29, 1999
By Cheryl Romo

A confident cockroach strolled back and forth across the worn carpet and past the hopelessly battered desk in attorney Jim Pr...


Change will definitely be in the air when the State Bar Board of Governors meets this weekend in San Francisco. Whether any o...



Judge Dismisses Capping Charges Against Attorney

Jan. 29, 1999
By Michael Harris

Lambasting a key prosecution witness as "completely incredible," a Los Angeles judge Wednesday took the rare step of dismissi...


If an expert witness in a product liability case consults with the plaintiff's lawyers and then is inadvertently retained by ...



L.A. Hosts Drug Court Training

Jan. 28, 1999
By Anne La Jeunesse

Officials of the Los Angeles Drug Court hosted 45 judges, prosecutors and court coordinators from 10 states Tuesday at an int...


A North Hollywood man on Tuesday became the second person in about a year to be convicted of threatening to kill Los Angeles ...



Council Limited in Seeking Changes

Jan. 28, 1999
By Lauren Blau

The Los Angeles City Council has extremely limited authority over changes it wants to make to the police inspector general po...


As he had earlier indicated he would, a federal judge Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring the use of controversia...



RIVERSIDE - Stricken with grief over the death of her brother in a plane crash, Myra Moldawsky says she received professional...


WASHINGTON - President Clinton resubmitted to the Senate on Tuesday 12 of the 21 federal judicial nominees who did not receiv...



Billiard Ban in The Wee Hours Is Put to Rest

Jan. 28, 1999
By Anna Marie Stolley

A Riverside city ordinance restricting poolroom hours of operation violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment...


No-Merit Briefs Rejected as Ineffective Aid

Jan. 28, 1999
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that could have a broad impact in this state, a federal appellate court held Tuesday that a contr...



Prop. 65 Plaintiffs' Group Sues Attorney

Jan. 28, 1999
By Dennis Pfaff

SAN FRANCISCO - As You Sow, one of the earliest and most prolific plaintiff groups pursuing cases under California's Propositi...


A California state court upheld its jurisdiction Monday over a bad-faith insurance case arising out of an Italian life insura...



Prosecutors Begin Ng Closing Arguments

Jan. 27, 1999
By Rebecca Kuzins

SANTA ANA - Prosecutors on Monday laid out evidence they said would prove that a "bond of evil" existed between Charles Ng an...


WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration cannot use scientific sampling methods in the 2000 census to remedy a chronic populat...



Fraud Claims Against B of A Thrown Out

Jan. 27, 1999
By Vivien Lou Chen

SAN FRANCISCO - After nearly five years of litigation against California's largest bank, a federal judge in San Francisco thr...


Even before a federal judge awarded him $1.5 million last week, actor Dustin Hoffman was having a ball suing the pants off Lo...



SACRAMENTO - With little fanfare, Gov. Gray Davis has proposed that the counties - not the state - pay $100 million in federa...


Expressing concern that a recent decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would hamper the city's efforts to enfor...



Hughes Wins Right to Keep Pension Surplus

Jan. 27, 1999
By David Pike

WASHINGTON - Handing a major victory to employers, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a company may use the surp...


Kennard Praises Legal Efforts for Kids

Jan. 27, 1999
By Cheryl Romo

Joyce Luther Kennard's message to battle-weary, often underpaid attorneys was simple and elegant: "Continue to bring hope to ...



WASHINGTON - Taking on a major issue under the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider wh...


S.F. Seeks Warnings on Smokeless Tobacco

Jan. 26, 1999
By Dennis Pfaff

SAN FRANCISCO - Efforts by San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne and a battery of private law firms to bring an unusual ca...



Our Next Caller Is...

Jan. 26, 1999
By Cindy Simmons

SEATTLE - Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders traded his robe for a microphone to host a call-in show on KIRO Ne...


Ex-Defender Gets Year in Jail for Sex With Girl

Jan. 26, 1999
By Michael Harris

Noting the defendant's job as a Los Angeles County deputy public defender must have made him aware having sex with an underag...



High-Security Valley Case Will Be Tried Downtown

Jan. 26, 1999
By Michael Harris

A judge Friday turned down a bid by prosecutors to reverse his previous ruling assigning a high-security San Fernando Valley ...


L.A. Agrees to Record $11M Settlement

Jan. 26, 1999
By Denise Levin

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to pay a record $11 million to a paralyzed man to settle his negligence...



DENVER - In an impassioned plea for more funding for the courts, Colorado Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarky told a joint session...


Awarding actor Dustin Hoffman $1.5 million in damages, a federal judge ruled Friday that the actor, along with other celebrit...