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Litigation

Judges Study Unification's Impact on Courts

Aug. 8, 1998
By Denise Levin

Three separate judicial committees will study and discuss the issues that kept the Los Angeles County judges from giving thum...


Judges and Judiciary

VENTURA - Suspended Ventura County Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley started serving a six-month jail sentence Thursday aft...



Civil Rights

Motion Seeks Injunction Against 'Stun Belt' Use

Aug. 8, 1998
By Michael Harris

Attorneys for the three-strikes defendant jolted with a 50,000 volt stun belt for interrupting a judge filed a class action m...


Criminal

VENTURA - Those who say law has gone to the dogs have never met Violet and Edith - the Perry Masons of puppies. Violet and Ed...



Government

Guarded Silence

Aug. 8, 1998
By Peter Blumberg

SACRAMENTO - One lesson to come out of the Legislature's hearings recently on explosive allegations of official misconduct, b...


In his first official act, Los Angeles County Counsel Lloyd W. Pellman has established a policy for his office regarding actu...



Judges and Judiciary

Judges Struggle with a New, Partisan World

Aug. 8, 1998
By Marty Graham

SAN DIEGO - When he heard that the San Diego Democratic Committee wanted to endorse him in his re-election bid, Superior Cour...


Real Estate

In a major financial boost for California cities, the state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the ability of municipalities to...



Government

Pellman Chosen as Los Angeles County Counsel

Aug. 7, 1998
By Michael Harris

Lloyd "Bill" Pellman, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles county counsel's office, has been appointed by the board of superv...


Labor/Employment

Court: Job Tests Can Discriminate

Aug. 7, 1998
By Philip Carizosa

SAN FRANCISCO - A female employee cannot force her employer to use a promotional test that benefited women but severely damag...



Technology & Science

Protection for Cyberspace IP Wins Approval

Aug. 7, 1998
By James Evans

SAN JOSE - Legislation to provide increased protection in cyberspace to intellectual property, the Digital Millennium Copyrig...


Judges and Judiciary

VENTURA - Suspended Ventura County Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley was accused Wednesday of again violating his drunken-d...



WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives voted Tuesday not to cut the Legal Service Corporation's budget in half, as initial...


Real Estate

Expense Account

Aug. 7, 1998
By Michael Ueda

In what is believed to be the first challenge of a Los Angeles landlord's attempt to pass certain building-improvement costs ...



Communications

Private Parts

Aug. 7, 1998
By Peter Blumberg

SACRAMENTO - Growing concern over a loss of personal privacy has fueled a lawmaking frenzy aimed at protecting consumers from...


Family

RED BLUFF - Peter Twede, a Tehama County Family Law Commissioner, is perplexed by parents who refuse to support their minor ch...



Education

ABA Authority To Accredit Is Under Scrutiny

Aug. 7, 1998
By Don De Benedictis

TORONTO - The American Bar Association could soon find itself whipsawed between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education ...


Judges and Judiciary

A Riverside County judge abandoned his judicial duties and undermined public confidence when he routinely left the bench duri...



Litigation

This Hit Squad Has Judges Crying Foul

Aug. 6, 1998
By Tori Richards

SANTA ANA - A special fast-track trial team recently created by the Orange County Superior Court presiding judge is a disaste...


Securities

Insider Trading Informant Given Probation

Aug. 6, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - A government informant who provided the key to 360,000 internal documents in the securities fraud and insider...



Government

Three settlements stemming from lawsuits filed against Los Angeles County-run hospitals for botched medical procedures were u...


Civil Rights

Jury to Decide if Pepper Spray was Reasonable

Aug. 6, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge Monday ruled a jury should decide whether it was reasonable for Humboldt County sheriff's dep...



Government

Bar Association to Prohibit 'Pay to Play' Donations

Aug. 6, 1998
By Don De Benedictis

TORONTO - Taking its strongest stand yet against lawyers who make political contributions in hopes of winning work from politi...


Juvenile

In a 1980s movie called "The Windwalker," a Native American family spends a lifetime looking for a child who was stolen as an...



Large Firms

Kaiser Slashes Favored Law Firms to Four

Aug. 5, 1998
By Vivien Lou Chen

SAN FRANCISCO- Reeling from what is anticipated to be a second consecutive year of losses, the Kaiser Permanente Group - the ...


Law Practice

Acting SG to Join O'Melveny & Myers

Aug. 5, 1998
By From Staff Reports

DELLINGER LANDS IN L.A. - Building its appellate practice, Los Angeles' O'Melveny & Myers has recruited Walter Dellinger, ...



Public Interest

IOLTA Community Ponders the Future

Aug. 5, 1998
By Daniel Shaw

TORONTO - Among IOLTA advocates and state bar officials who have gathered here at the American Bar Association's annual meeti...


Judges and Judiciary

Judges Back Kline Against Discipline Board

Aug. 5, 1998
By Philip Carizosa

SAN FRANCISCO - In a highly unusual move, the California Judges Association has joined in support of Court of Appeal Justice ...



Litigation

Starr Salutes Rehnquist Court

Aug. 5, 1998
By Kenneth Rutman

TORONTO - The nearest thing in Toronto to a media feeding frenzy greeted Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr at a breakfast mee...


Judges and Judiciary

Race for Orange County Judicial Post Heats Up

Aug. 5, 1998
By Tori Richards

SANTA ANA - Usually, the election of an Orange County assistant presiding judge is a drab affair, with the Superior Court iss...