Articles by Brian Melley

Associated Press

California Court Rules That Sports Organizations Must Protect Athletes

Sports governing organizations such as those for swimming and gymnastics have a duty to protect young athletes from sexual and other abuse and can be legally liable if they don’t, the California Supreme Court has ruled. In a case involving …

Captain Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in California Dive Boat Fire

The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not guilty this week to manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan was arraigned in federal court in Los Angeles on 34 counts of …

Report Shows Pilot Felt Pressure to Fly Bryant to Game

As helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan encountered a cloud bank and decided to try to climb out of it, he was likely worried about getting his star client, Kobe Bryant, his daughter and six others to a girls basketball tournament, federal …

California Supreme Court Rejects Rideshare Vote Lawsuit

The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that sought to overturn a ballot measure that makes app-based ride-hailing and delivery drivers independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. Justices on Wednesday declined to hear the case …

Some Rideshare Drivers Sue Over California Ballot Measure

Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said …

L.A. Restaurants Win Court Battle Over Virus Closures

Los Angeles County’s health director acted “arbitrarily” and didn’t prove the danger to the public when she banned outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus cases surged last month, a judge ruled Tuesday in a case other businesses may use to …

California Dive Boat Captain Indicted in Fire That Killed 34

The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime …

California Voters Back Ballot Measure Treating Gig Drivers as Contractors

Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections. …

Utility in California Slow to Pull Plug Before Wildfire Erupted

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the Associated Press misspelled the last name of Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut …

Uber, Lyft Seeking to Kill California Law App-Based Drivers

Californians are being asked decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees. The battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and labor …