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Edward J. Wallin, an associate justice on the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, will step down from the bench next m...


Lawyer Charged in Art-Theft Scheme

Jan. 22, 1999
By Martin Bergn

Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed insurance fraud charges against a Santa Monica attorney who has represented former Beach ...



Morrison Partner Gets Nod for Federal Bench

Jan. 22, 1999
By Daniel Shaw

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Wednesday recommended San Francisco attorney William Alsup for nomination ...


Seattle Firm Lures Litigator From Orrick

Jan. 22, 1999
By Pamela Mc Clintock

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco office of a Seattle law firm with close ties to Microsoft Corp. has lured a Bay Area intell...



Lawyer Never Showed Up, Plaintiff Says in Claim

Jan. 22, 1999
By Anna La Jeunesse

A Lancaster woman has filed a fraud and negligence complaint against her former attorney, claiming that although he maintaine...


SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether a pair of Los Angeles judges exceeded their a...



Attack on Napa Prosecutors Investigated

Jan. 22, 1999
By John Roemer

SAN FRANCISCO - Intense speculation and jangled nerves pervaded Napa County's tightly knit legal community Wednesday, one day...


SAN FRANCISCO - A sweeping federal court agreement setting timetables for cleaning up one-third of the dirtiest rivers, creek...



First Trial for Cyberstalking In L.A. Ordered

Jan. 22, 1999
By Michael Harris

In a prosecution that is seen as a harbinger of sophisticated new ways the Internet can be used to commit crimes, a North Hol...


Trying Times

Jan. 21, 1999
By Denise Levin

The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles has come a long way since the 1950s, when the entire membership - some 30 la...



A federal judge has slapped a businessman with a $700,000 fine for attempting to bribe an Orange County attorney who was acti...


Judge: Farm Not Responsible for Landslide

Jan. 21, 1999
By Mathew Heller

VENTURA - Nearly three years after a massive landslide smashed into the seaside community of La Conchita, residents have suff...



WASHINGTON - Before resuming their roles as impeachment juror/judges Tuesday, Republican and Democratic senators outlined the...


Supervisors Approve New Risk Management Post

Jan. 21, 1999
By Lauren Blau

Concerned about how much money Los Angeles County is paying out for judgments, settlements and claims, the Los Angeles County...



Legal Fees Got Her Nothing, Homeowner Claims

Jan. 21, 1999
By Anne La Jeunesse

A widowed school teacher claims her former attorney defrauded her by taking her case against a real estate firm even though h...


Superior Court Asked to Beef Up Security

Jan. 21, 1999
By Lauren Blau

Reacting to recent violence, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the Superior Court to impose in...



Defense Keeps Ng Off the Stand

Jan. 21, 1999
By Rebecca Kuzins

SANTA ANA - The trial of accused serial murder Charles Ng took another surprising turn Tuesday when defense lawyers abandoned...


County to Pay Nearly $1M to Resolve Suits

Jan. 21, 1999
By Lauren Blau

County supervisors approved four lawsuit settlements Tuesday totaling $910,000, including a $300,000 proposal to resolve a ca...



In what could be the first sign of impending change to the State Bar's discipline system, the special master in charge of rev...


WASHINGTON - White House counsel Charles F.C. Ruff began the president's defense against articles of impeachment Tuesday with...



Onetime Death Row Resident Wins Acquittal

Jan. 21, 1999
By Mathew Heller

RIVERSIDE - Lee Perry Farmer's attorney, representing the former death row inmate in his third trial since he was charged wit...


WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined, 8-1, to consider a challenge to California's three-strikes law by a homel...



Defendants in Hand-Off Case Plead Guilty

Jan. 20, 1999
By Michael Harris

The case of People v. Gaxiola et al. , will long be remembered in Los Angeles County criminal law circles as the one that fir...


Los Angeles City Attorney James K. Hahn will be able to fully enforce a new state law that allows his office to evict drug de...



Sniping Continues Over DA's Fund-Raising Letter

Jan. 20, 1999
By Michael Harris

Late last month, the administration of Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti referred to the state attorney gener...


SEATTLE - The Washington State Bar Association is asking the Legislature for massive increases in funding for civil legal ser...



SEATTLE - Washington's civil justice system is dangerously underfunded, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard ...


The only reason Cory Stephens, then 33, poor and struggling to stay in college, testified against two men who raped her on a ...



SAN FRANCISCO - A Sacramento postal worker was left suicidal, unable to work and so psychologically scarred from "egregious s...


SACRAMENTO - After years of tinkering with California's troubled child support collection system, frustrated legislators now ...