The specter of Black Friday has come and gone, fortunately with no deaths this year (at least related to shopping). But the controversy at California checkout counters is far from over. Proposed legislation and pending litigation could change the face of toys, and shopping in general.
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California's egg law is still causing consternation in Washington, but while politicians are fighting over the farm bill, California has moved on to vaccines, booze tasting and fracking. As we get closer to January deadlines for new laws to take effect, here's a roundup of how these law are progressing.
The facts of this case are tragic. The victim, a 90-year-old stroke survivor, told her daughter that she needed to be removed from her nursing home, Monterey Pines Skilled Nursing Facility (now known as Cypress Ridge Care Center after a transfer of ownership). Despite her limited ability to communicate, she told her daughter that her catheter had been removed, the nurse call button had been disabled, and her clothing had been taken off by someone the night before.
She remembers her assailant stating, "This is why I love my job."
The victim had bruising on her inner thighs and pelvic region and complained of increased pain in the area. It was later discovered that she contracted genital herpes. Her sole sexual partner, her husband of nearly 70 years, tested negative.
Remember Lt. John Pike? Back in 2011, when he was still employed by the University of California at Davis, he turned a bottle of non-sanctioned pepper spray on a group of peacefully-protesting students who were blocking the sidewalk in the middle of campus's large, grassy quad, and ordered a second officer to join the fun, reports the Davis Enterprise.
Now, he's going to cash a massive settlement check, and receive retirement benefits from the university due to the "trauma" he suffered after traumatizing a dozen or so students.
There are no words to express the ludicrousness of the situation, other than, "Go Aggies!"
In your young and crazy days, did you ever do something you regretted? Have you ever been thankful that the watchful eyes of social media and smartphones with cameras weren't lurking behind every corner?
Deputy Sheriff Rowell Quemuel noticed a car heading the wrong direction on a one-way street. He flicked on his lights, pursued, and pulled the driver over. As he opened his door to exit the car ...
Mark Moreno saw the lights from two or three blocks away, yet was taken by surprise when a car door opened up immediately in front of his motorcycle. He is now suing for negligence and negligence per se, pursuant to Vehicle Code section 22517, which requires motorists to only open a traffic-facing car door when safe.
Greyhound Therapy. It's an evocative, sarcastic colloquialism used to describe the practice of dumping your mental health patients on busses or trains, with one-way tickets, in hopes that they'll become some other city/state/county's problem.
The practice, which was prevalent in the 1970s due to deinstitutionalization, is generally frowned upon by the mental health community, as the patients often lack resources in the destination community, and the communities themselves often have more people in need than they can handle.
This past Saturday, community groups and environmental workers held a rally in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond to mark the one-year anniversary of the Chevron refinery fire, started by a rupture in the pipeline, reports Reuters. The one-year anniversary however, has had much more significance for Chevron. On Monday, Chevron entered a plea to criminal charges alleging violations of the Labor and Health & Safety Codes.
Ah, but it doesn't end there for Chevron. On Friday, it came face-to-face with a civil action.
Yesterday was a bad day for Bank of America ("BofA"). Forbes reports that in a regulatory filing, BofA noted that it was awaiting civil charges from the Department of Justice and the SEC. As if that wasn't enough, the California Supreme Court also ruled against them. TGIF.
At issue before the Supreme Court of California was the interplay between the federal Truth in Savings Act ("TISA") and the California Unfair Competition Law ("UCL"). The Court had to determine whether plaintiffs could base an UCL claim upon violation of TISA. The Supreme Court, ruled for plaintiffs, and stated that it could.
In 2011, five separate claims against Naked Juice, a PepsiCo company, were consolidated into a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, reports the LA Weekly. The essence of the complaint centered around the use of the words "all natural," "100% juice," and "100% fruit" on the Naked Juice labels.
Plaintiffs argue that the use of the those words on the labels were false and misleading, and were violations of California Unfair Competition law, California False Advertising law, California fraud law, and breaches of warranty and strict liability under state, and federal common laws.
Now, Naked Juice has agreed to pay $9 Million to settle the claims, even though it continues to deny "all of plaintiff's claims." PepsiCo also stated that they would drop the word "natural" from Naked Juice labels until the FDA provides more guidance on how the word "natural" should be used.