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Ninth Circuit Court Upholds California’s Workers’ Comp Liens

The U.S. Ninth Circuit court on Monday upheld California’s fee requirement on workers’ compensation liens. The lien fees were a key part of Senate Bill 863, the workers’ comp reform bill passed in 2012. These liens are filed by medical …

Ridesharing Apps in California Get Kids Around When Parents Are Busy

Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren’t around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn’t show up or, …

7 in California and Washington Charged With 100+ Counts of Auto Insurance

Seven people in California and Washington were arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud eight insurance companies by submitting fraudulent auto insurance claims totaling more than $175,000. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, assisted by Snohomish County Marshall’s Office and …

$40M Jury Award in Suit Over California TGI Friday’s Killing

A Southern California jury awarded $40 million to the parents of a man who was stabbed to death in a TGI Friday’s restaurant. The panel found that the restaurant’s operator was 55 percent responsible for the January 2009 death at …

Will Uber Employee Status Ruling in California Impact Its Business Model?

An Uber driver is an employee not a contractor, according to a California Labor Commission ruling on Wednesday that opens the door to more scrutiny over the rideshare giant’s business model. Earlier in the day some media outlets reported that …

Ground Gained Large Wildfire in Northern California

Firefighters made progress late Sunday in battling a lightning-sparked Northern California wildfire that has been burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for five days, officials said. Light winds helped firefighters directly attack the 1,480-acre blaze as they worked in hot, …

DUIs, Traffic Violations From Court Under in California Corruption Probe

Hundreds of Orange County court cases are being scrutinized amid suspicions that someone was paid to fix DUI and other traffic violations by falsifying court records. The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating, and about 600 Superior Court cases, some …

Plan to Limit Vacation Rentals Held off in San Francisco for Now

San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares this week, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move …

Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

Arson Suspected in Car Dealership Fire in Northern California

Arson investigators say they suspect car fires were intentionally set at a dealership north of San Francisco. KNTV-TV reported Sgt. Sasha D’Amico says officers found several vehicles on fire when they responded to a call Wednesday night about a brush …