Karen Kidd News

California court upholds $4 million sex abuse judgment against Jehovah's Witnesses Watchtower organization

By Karen Kidd | Dec 28, 2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has affirmed a more than $4 million judgment against the nation's leading body of Jehovah's Witnesses in favor of a woman who claims she was molested as a child in by a church elder.

San Bernardino judge improperly applied attorney-fee award to lemon law recovery, appeal panel rules

By Karen Kidd | Dec 27, 2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A largely concluded lemon law case is on its way back to San Bernardino Superior Court after an appeals court panel found the lower court was wrong to apply a negative multiplier to the plaintiff's $500,000 request for attorney fees.

California appeals court overturns USC student's expulsion following rape allegations

By Karen Kidd | Dec 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The expulsion of a University of Southern California student possibly involved in an alleged rape of another student has been overturned after a California appeals court ruled the private university denied the expelled student a fair proceeding.

Anonymous survey good science but poor trial plan, California court says in class cert denial

By Karen Kidd | Dec 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles judge's denial of class certification to more than 1,500 property inspectors who claim to have been treated like independent contractors when they really were employees will stand, a state appeals court ruled earlier this month.

California appeals court sends wage dispute back to lower court to determine wages owed

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A class action by workers employed by a Washington-based staffing and management services agency under a Los Angeles County contract is headed back to a county court to determine how much they should receive for being required to work during meal breaks.

Illinois high court: Circuit courts should decide cases on nonconstitutional grounds 'whenever possible'

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A wrongful death suit that the Cook County Circuit Court declined to dismiss is on its way back after the Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling that the lower court should limit itself to deciding cases on nonconstitutional grounds.

Split Colorado Supreme Court says stroke victim's recording not protected by attorney-client privilege

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A stroke victim must turn over to the chiropractic practice she is suing a recording of her initial consultation with her attorney following a sharply spit Colorado Supreme Court opinion that the tape is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Baltimore County hookah lounge midnight curfew is constitutional, Md. appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Hookah smokers in Baltimore County, Maryland, will have to continue to get their puffs in before midnight following a recent decision by a Maryland appeals court that a county ordinance setting a curfew for hookah lounges is constitutional.

School officials have immunity in case over alleged sexual abuse, Kentucky Supreme Court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

Breathitt County Schools officials are shielded by qualified immunity in litigation brought by the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a former teacher, the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled.

Kentucky Supreme Court upholds ruling in case over inmate's death

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Over a lone justice's dissent that concerns over qualified immunity remain in the case of a 36-year-old woman who died in a Russell County detox cell in 2011, a Kentucky Supreme Court majority recently upheld a decision that granted summary judgment in the favor of jail personnel.

Indiana SC: If a product is misused, its maker can't be sued for resulting injuries

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio tool manufacturer is not liable for the injuries a man suffered when he misused one of its power tools and eventually lost an eye, the Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled.

Delaware judge denies motion for judgment in lawsuit over Pandur, an armored fighting vehicle

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge recently denied a Washington, D.C.-based energy and security company's motion in its breach of contract litigation with a defense company, saying the motion was premature.

Delaware couple who lost chicken house in blizzard failed to prove insurance coverage was available, judge rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Greenwood, Delaware couple who sued their insurance company over the denial of their claim for loss of a new chicken house in a 2016 blizzard failed to prove snow and ice coverage was generally available to them, a state superior court judge recently ruled.

Injunction entered against Cabela's competitor founded by former employees

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware chancellor recently granted a Nebraska-based sporting goods retailer's request for a preliminary injunction against a group of the retailer's former managers who allegedly started their own competing company in the same town where the retailer is headquartered.

Sandy Hook shooter's journals to be released, per Conn. SC ruling

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Connecticut will not appeal the state's Supreme Court's recent unanimous decision that journals and other documents belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza should be released to the public.

State board did not forfeit review authority in California attorney's 2010 dismissal, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The California State Personnel Board could not - and did not - forfeit its authority in its review of discipline against a former corrections attorney when it initially referred the matter to an administrative law judge, a state appeals court recently ruled.

California appeals court sends long-running wage and hour litigation against Ralphs Grocery back to Superior Court

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – After about a decade of litigation against a southern California grocery store chain, a wage and hour lawsuit is headed back to Los Angeles Superior Court after a state appeals court found that at least some new claims in the case should be heard.

Arizona Supreme Court leaves Proposition 306 on Tuesday's ballot

By Karen Kidd | Nov 5, 2018

PHOENIX — Proposition 306, the "Clean Election Account Uses and Commission Rulemaking Measure," will remain on Tuesday's ballot in Arizona, following a decision handed down by that state Supreme Court.

Alabama Supreme Court: Daughter in wrongful death case didn't have authority to sign arbitration agreement

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The daughter of a deceased dementia patient will not have to submit to arbitration in her wrongful death lawsuit against a Huntsville, Alabama nursing and rehabilitation center following an Alabama Supreme Court opinion issued earlier this month.

Blind man's lawsuit will continue; Case alleges repeated attacks on his guide dog by trucking company's guard dog

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The case of a blind man and his guide dog repeatedly attacked by a Bell Gardens, California truck hauling company's guard dog is headed back to a Los Angeles court after a three-justice appeals panel found earlier this month that a demurrer should not have been sustained.

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