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Woman Sues Church for Slipping Slope

Jan. 30, 1999
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

MURRIETA - As the cracks in her concrete patio and block retaining wall widen, Murrieta resident Ossi Wells is wondering how ...


Judge Sweetens Hoffman Award by $1.5M

Jan. 30, 1999
By Garry Abrams

A federal judge handed actor Dustin Hoffman a "Tootsie" roll Thursday by awarding the Oscar-winning movie star $1.5 million i...



Lawyer Sues DAs for Malicious Prosecution

Jan. 30, 1999
By Denise Levin

A San Luis Obispo attorney whose obstruction of justice and perjury convictions were overturned on appeal has sued the two Lo...


SAN JOSE - Controversial legislation to grant copyright protection to databases - including court-decision databases - not cu...



Prosecutors File Charges in LAUSD Contracts

Jan. 30, 1999
By Michael Harris

Two units of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office have filed separate cases alleging antitrust violations and br...


L.A. Bar Will Join 'Natural Born Killers' Brief

Jan. 30, 1999
By Don De Benedictis

The Los Angeles County Bar Association will join a friend of the court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Louisi...



Keeper of The Flame

Jan. 30, 1999
By Stephanie Cahill

When the founders of Bet Tzedek Legal Services started the organization more than two decades ago, they envisioned serving cl...


Man Who Sent Racist E-Mail to Plead Guilty

Jan. 30, 1999
By Martin Bergn

An Inland Empire man has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor federal criminal civil rights violations stemming from hateful...



Awards in Deaths of Two Fathers Show Inequality

Jan. 30, 1999
By Mathew Heller

VENTURA - Ron Johnson and Jason Hoskins were both fathers and they both died after a lethal brew of toxic gases and water eru...


SAN JOSE - Inventors and entrepreneurs are scurrying to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in record numbers to gain monopo...



Los Angeles attorney Leslie C. Burg's law practice was a reflection of the type of man he was - competent and quiet, say his ...


SACRAMENTO - Focusing extraordinary attention on the need to fix California's troubled child-support system, a coalition of l...



SAN FRANCISCO - A retired schoolteacher suffered elder abuse at the hands of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. when the utility ...


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...