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Arbitration Award OK'd Based on State Rule

Nov. 24, 1998
By Anna Marie Stolley

Making it more difficult to overturn arbitration awards in state court, a state appeal panel has held that California's strin...


To handle cases that present conflicts for the Los Angeles city attorney's office, the City Council approved a list of outsid...



Split Decision

Nov. 24, 1998
By Jean Guccione

Six years after the precedent was established, the state's appellate justices remain widely divided over the wisdom of a state...


Hard-Charging Prosecutor Experiences Setback

Nov. 24, 1998
By Mathew Heller

RIVERSIDE - One mother is now serving three consecutive 15-years-to-life sentences in a precedent-setting case of murder by m...



Tough Guidelines for Punishment Rejected by Court

Nov. 24, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has given judges sweeping new power to reject federal sentencing guidelines and impos...


SAN DIEGO - Terry O'Rourke, a controversial San Diego Superior Court judge, was nominated Thursday to fill a nearly 2-year-ol...



Verdict in Cannabis Club Case a Mixed Bag

Nov. 21, 1998
By Tori Richards

WESTMINSTER - The founder of an Orange County cannabis club was convicted Thursday of seven counts of selling marijuana and o...


A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against labor unions representing striking ABC workers who the broadcast com...



Rejecting an argument that federal law supersedes state law, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request Thursday by ...


Paralegals Charged With Bankruptcy Fraud

Nov. 21, 1998
By Martin Bergn

Criminal charges have been filed against the operators of several Southern California paralegal firms as part of what federal...



A Los Angeles County civil service hearing officer concluded Thursday that District Attorney Gil Garcetti's administration wa...


Starr-Crossed Lubbers Reign In the House

Nov. 21, 1998
By Daniel Shaw

WASHINGTON - In a marathon House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday that ranged from raucous to rote, and stretched well in...



Politicization of Legal Services Decried

Nov. 21, 1998
By Stephanie Francis Cahill

In a speech at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' annual awards luncheon Tuesday, John McKay, president of the Legal Se...


Teen Accused in Killing Tried as Adult

Nov. 21, 1998
By Michael Harris

Joseph William Davidson was only 14 years old when he allegedly shot to death his mother in 1996. Despite his age, however, p...



Rare Court Suit Against HMO Set to Begin

Nov. 20, 1998
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

SAN BERNARDINO - A Redlands woman is suing the nation's largest health maintenance organization in a case that is one of the f...


Judge: Defense Attorney Was Ineffective

Nov. 20, 1998
By Tamara Koehler

VENTURA - A Ventura County Superior Court judge set aside the 1996 guilty verdict and subsequent life sentence of a gang-rela...



SAN DIEGO - U.S. Attorney Charles La Bella, who as head of a Department of Justice campaign finance task force recommended th...


SACRAMENTO - A major fight is brewing in California over fees paid to lawyers under the proposed national settlement of tobac...



Westlaw Severs Link to Shepard's

Nov. 20, 1998
By Anthony Aarons

For more than 100 years Shepard's has been the standard method for lawyers to check case law citations, but in the future, it...


A $15,000 settlement has been reached in a lawsuit arising out of last year's Carroll O'Connor trial in which the attorney re...



Old Fashioned

Nov. 20, 1998
By John Roemer

SAN FRANCISCO - An Alameda County probate-court debate over the death of a loved one wasn't what Priscilla Camp's client had i...


WASHINGTON - When independent counsel Kenneth Starr appears before the House Judiciary Committee in today's impeachment heari...



L.A. Courts Told Real, Significant Change Needed

Nov. 20, 1998
By Don De Benedictis

The Los Angeles Superior Court must develop a new way to govern itself to give its leaders greater power to deal with problem...


Late Treasure Hunter's 'Golden Award' Overturned

Nov. 20, 1998
By Anne La Jeunesse

The Hawaii Supreme Court this week overturned a $22 billion judgment against the estate of deposed Philippines president Ferd...



WESTMINSTER - Marvin Chavez, according to his lawyer, is a loving man who sought to end the misery of people with chronic pai...


DENVER - Lawyers here argued on Tuesday before an expanded panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals about whether pros...



In the wake of an audit criticizing the Children's Services Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel's office as the "dumpi...


Garcetti Spars With Supervisors Over Bureau

Nov. 19, 1998
By Michael Harris

Appearing Tuesday before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Gil Garcetti delivered his most force...



Losing Plaintiff Ordered to Pay $1.1M in Fees

Nov. 19, 1998
By Michael Ueda

SANTA ANA - An Orange County Superior Court judge ordered a former University of California, Irvine doctor who unsuccessfully...


Inspector General Demands Retraction

Nov. 19, 1998
By Lauren Blau

The feud between outgoing Inspector General Katherine Mader and the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners has escalated w...