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CA Wine Producers Score Legal Win in Court

In what had the appearances of being a major legal battle over arsenic levels in California wines, the industry scored a major win when Judge Shepard Wiley dismissed a lawsuit against 83 California wine brands. Celebrations are sure to follow the defendants' successful demurrer of the suit Doris Charles v. The Wine Group.

Despite the loss, plaintiff's lawyers have vowed to keep on the fight. In the meantime, we can enjoy the quiet with a little wine.

Someone must have been pretty high when they came up with this legal argument. A medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Springs recently argued that it does not need to comply with that city's dispensary permitting program, which limits the total number of dispensaries to six.

According to the dispensary, that permitting rule was preempted by federal law, the very laws that ban marijuana dispensaries themselves. Can you guess how this turned out?

California Supreme Court Cuts State Bar Exam to Two Days

Lawyer-hopefuls can now rejoice: California's Supreme Court has conferred its approval for the State Bar of California's shortening of the bar exam from three days to two. Lucky examiners will get to try out the new test in July of 2017.

We lawyers here at FindLaw would probably be lying if we didn't admit some envy for law students who will dodge California's storied 3-day bar exam. For as long as anyone can remember, the three day exam has been prompting divorce, causing heart attacks, and more. Thankfully, that's almost all in the past now.

California Supreme Court to Stream Oral Arguments Starting in May

In a culture shift aimed to improve fairness in the state's judicial system, California's highest court is set to start streaming oral arguments online, according to the Associated Press. This development is also partly a response to a significant reduction in funds to California's courts.

OSHA: No Mandatory Condoms or Goggles for Porn

California's Occupation Safety and Health Administration rejected a proposal to force all pornographic actors and actresses in the state to widespread use of condoms, gloves, and ... "eye protection." OSHA officials only secured three votes -- just one short in order to have made the proposal law.

The hearing lasted more than five hours as regulators and industry bigwigs gathered in Oakland to hear arguments for and against the proposal.

A public meeting on the future of the California courts recently exposed "a fundamental philosophical difference over how California courts should operate," the Courthouse News Service reports. On one side are the members of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System, an almost-all-judge panel tasked with examining ways to increase efficiency and financial stability in the court system.

On the other are court workers and labor representatives, who view the Commission as a bureaucratic intrusion, CNS reports -- an intrusion that threatens to replace many court jobs with machines.

It's a tough time for high fructose corn syrup. Once found in pretty much everything sweet, King Corn has fallen from his pedestal a bit since corn syrup was connected to everything from obesity to heart disease to honeybee die offs. It's gotten so bad that HFCS now wants to be known as "corn sugar." After all, sugar is sugar right?

Not according to the actual sugar industry. They've taken "Big Corn" to court, suing corn syrup giants for $2 billion in false advertising based on their claims that corn syrup was just as good as cane sugar.

Right-To-Die Lawsuit Rejected by California Appeals Court

The Associated Press reported yesterday that a California appeals court rejected a lawsuit brought by Christy O'Donnell and two other terminally ill patients who sought to legalize the procedure for doctors to prescribe them fatal medication.

The court ruled that current law would criminalize physicians who helped patients commit suicide. The news comes as a blow to the patients in light of this month's signing of the California's physician-assisted suicide law. This is ironic because O'Donnell's face has become synonymous with California's freshly legalized right to drug-assisted suicide.

Blue Moon Is 'Craft Beer' ... Even If the Label Is Just Marketing Puffery

Another trademark violation case has been decided, but this time, it appears to have been in the favor those who make craft beer ... whatever that means.

What does the term "craft beer" mean to you? Does it evoke images of crusty, bearded men over rusty antique vats and hand-stirred mash? If it does, and you go out to buy a case of Blue Moon, the joke's on you.

Nevada to Pay San Francisco $400k to Settle 'Patient Dumping' Suit

The State of Nevada has agreed to settle with San Francisco in the amount of $400,000 in a lawsuit over allegations that the Silver state wrongfully bused over psychiatric patients to San Francisco without the funds to pay for their care.

The deal still must be approved by the Nevada Board of Governors and by a similar board sitting in San Francisco. If approved, it will be a welcome close to San Francisco's grievances against Nevada. The issue began in 3013 when it was discovered that as many as 1,000 mentally handicapped or indigent patients had been shipped out of the state to fend for themselves.