Doctor and couple in fertility clinic

Any soap opera writers looking for steamy ideas for their next plot need look no further than a recent case from a California district court. It has all the elements that make for addictive, shocking drama – a bereaved widow, a fight over the frozen sperm of her deceased husband,... Read More »

Mall of America

The Mall of America has reached a settlement with the family of a five-year-old boy who was thrown off of the third-floor balcony of The Mall of America in an unprovoked attack in April 2019. The lawsuit, which was filed in July 2021, accuses the mall of failing to provide... Read More »

walmart store

Walmart has found itself the target of a $50 million lawsuit after a former team leader, 31-year-old Andre Bing of the Chesapeake, Va, supercenter shot up the store on November 23, killing six of his coworkers and injuring several others before taking his own life. The lawsuit was filed by... Read More »

e-cigarette

Over the last few years, safety officials and health advocates around the country have been raising the alarm about flavored tobacco. Advocates argue products such as flavored vape pens and mini-cigars are not-so-secretly marketed toward children. California is one of several states that has enacted bans on the sale of... Read More »

Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer acknowledges the crowd after a national semifinal win against UCLA on Dec. 6, 2019. Meyer's parents have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Stanford, saying the 22-year-old goalie was distressed over facing discipline over an incident from August 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group/AP)

In a lawsuit filed last week in Santa Clara County Superior Court by the parents of Stanford University student Katie Meyer, the parents accused the university of negligent actions in disciplining their daughter. They say the negligent actions led to their daughter’s death. Meyer was the captain of the University's... Read More »

transgender law concept

An Idaho law prohibiting trans athletes from participating on sex-segregated teams is under review by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Idaho was only the first state to pass a transgender athlete ban, demonstrative of the shifting political landscape regarding trans rights. In 2020, Idaho became the first state in... Read More »

In a speech on Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams issued a directive telling city agencies to transport people with severe mental illness to hospitals.  (Benjamin Norman for the New York Times)

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is making national headlines over his latest initiative to combat the needs of homeless individuals throughout the city. Last week, Adams announced his new guidelines titled Mental Health Involuntary Removals. Under this new policy, individuals, mainly those who are homeless, can be involuntarily hospitalized... Read More »

confused jurors

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal issued a clarifying opinion that goes beyond what the Supreme Court has ruled about how a jury must weigh a defendant’s failure to testify if a trial judge does not properly instruct the jury about his rights. Although issued as an unpublished opinion, the... Read More »

Video footage recorded inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde at 12:04 p.m. May 24. Authorities stormed the classroom at 12:50 p.m.

As Uvalde families continue to grieve the 21 lives lost on May 28th, just days before the end of the school year, one Uvalde mother is taking her frustration to the courtroom. Sandra Torres, the mother of ten-year-old victim Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit earlier this week against the... Read More »

Cannabis

Although a number of states, including California, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, many vestiges of prohibition remain. As previously reported in Law Commentary, a new California law aims to rectify at least one: employers firing employees for lighting up on their days off. Currently, employers can still ask... Read More »

pothole in road

A quick trip to the store to pick up a prescription led to a trip in the parking lot for a Georgia woman, and a painful and debilitating trip at that. On December 15, 2020, Lynn Miller, the mayor of Culloden, Georgia (pop. 200) stopped at the CVS pharmacy in... Read More »

A Balenciaga retail store is seen closed to customers due to pandemic lockdowns in Melbourne, Australia, in 2021. The brand has come under fire in recent weeks due to back-to-back ad scandals.

Balenciaga, the international luxury fashion powerhouse, is facing massive controversies for two offensive and tone-deaf ad campaigns, featuring young children with S&M accessories. The company is now suing a production company, North Six, for the work it did in creating one of the ads. The international scandal has two distinct... Read More »

Theranos on app

After a spectacular fall from grace, Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced former founder and CEO of Theranos, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison for defrauding numerous investors out of almost $1 billion. Ms. Holmes, 38, was convicted on four wire fraud counts due to her deceiving... Read More »

prison guard standing in front of jail cell

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng has tentatively approved a $155 million settlement for over 10,000 current and retired prison supervisors throughout the state. The settlement was filed on behalf of employees who argued they were entitled to compensation for tasks and other job duties they performed before and... Read More »

Mesa View Middle School as part of Yucaipa School District

A San Bernardino County school district has agreed to a $15.75 million settlement with the family of a student who died following an asthma attack while on campus. Thirteen-year-old Adilene Carrasco was a student at Mesa View Middle School in Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District when she suffered an asthma... Read More »