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Another Suit Against Ex-California Priest Moving Forward

Just days after a Southern California diocese announced the settlement of two child-abuse lawsuits, a lawyer says he has no plans to settle a third suit against a former Catholic priest. Attorney Anthony De Marco tells the Sun newspaper the …

Federal Appeals Court: U.S. Has Jurisdiction in Chinese Drywall Suits

U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that a Chinese drywall company’s defective product wrecked homes, and a company that failed to show up in court must pay $2.7 million for damage to seven Virginia couples, a federal appeals court in …

Abuse Suits Settled by California Diocese For $3.8M

A Southern California diocese has paid $3.8 million to settle two child-abuse lawsuits brought against a former Catholic priest. The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro Castillo came from a combination …

San Francisco Firefighter Alleges Defamation Over Asiana Crash

A San Francisco firefighter has filed a legal claim alleging fire officials falsely identified her to the media as the person responsible for killing a 16-year-old survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash, a newspaper reported. Fire officials wanted to protect …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Church Shelters Protected from Liability Lawsuits

An Oklahoma legislator is proposing a measure that would protect churches from lawsuits if someone is injured when they open their doors as disaster shelters. On Friday, state Rep. Bobby Cleveland of Slaughterville proffered a bill that would protect churches …

Online Audio Access Starts for 9th Circuit Hearings

The public can now listen to hearings from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals online. The court said Thursday it will offer online audio access to all of its proceedings beginning with its hearings next week in Pasadena. It’s …

Louisiana Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds

Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year …

Another Missouri Appeals Court Questions Red Light Cameras

For the third time in a month, a Missouri appeals court ruling has raised concerns about red light cameras. The Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals on Dec. 17 reversed an earlier ruling that favored the red light …

California’s $1.1B Paint Ruling Could Prompt More Suits

Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state. The ruling, …

Legal Fallout Continues over Arkansas Oil Leak

Lawsuits and alleged safety violations are mounting against Exxon Mobil Corp. following the rupture eight months ago of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas. Since Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled the …