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A case that has been working its way through the California courts for most of the last decade is making headlines again as another big defendant, 7-11, decided to settle before the judge issues his ruling. The lawsuit, filed by the nonprofit group Council for Education and Research on Toxics, seeks to hold coffee makers liable for not warning consumers about the presence of acrylamide in coffee, which, according to California's legislature, is on the list of cancer causing agents.

As part of the relief requested by the lawsuit (which was tried to the bench last year and is still awaiting a decision), in addition to the fines and penalties under the law, the plaintiffs want the court to order defendants to put up written warnings that their coffee contains cancer causing agents.

Coffee shops might want to start diversifying their tea and non-coffee offerings.

Negligent Undertaking: In Re. Didn't Really Check the Hotel Room

Priscilla O'Malley checked into a hotel room, but her husband started to worry when she didn't answer her phone.

After making many calls, he contacted the hotel clerk to find out if his wife was alright. A hospitality worker went to check, but he didn't see her inside.

Mrs. O'Malley, lying alone on the floor of the darkened room for the next 10 hours, had suffered a brain aneurysm. In O'Malley v. Hospitality Staffing Solutions, an appeals court said the hospitality service might be liable for her injuries the during that time.

Court: No Duty to Businesses for Economic Loss From Gas Leak

Judge John Wiley, Jr. gets rave reviews for being a "very thorough," intelligent," "gentleman and a scholar."

So it was with respect when an appeals court reviewed the judge's invitation to review his ruling in the Southern California Gas Company Gas Leak Cases. After all, it was about a leak of 190,000 metric tons of methane that put 15,000 residents out of their homes.

"The legal issue here -- the existence of a duty of care -- is significant and of widespread interest," said the California Second District Court of Appeal.

Inflatable Pool Case Deflated Against Thrifty Payless

The plaintiff said the inflatable pool was too small. The judge said the pool of plaintiffs was too small. Case dismissed.

That's pretty much the story in Noel v. Thrifty Payless, Inc. But if you were looking for a better explanation, that's what the court said, too.

The trial judge said the class-action attorney did not identify the class well enough to proceed. The lawyer appealed, but the California First District Court of Appeals said it wasn't the judge's fault.

Watchtower Tagged With $4K per Day Discovery Sanction

For most, a $4,000 discovery sanction is a stiff penalty.

As a daily sanction, however, it could get out of hand quickly. Tallied over a year, that's about $1.46 million for non-compliance with a court order.

For the Watchtower and Jehovah's Witnesses, a $4,000-a-day sanction might feel like religious persecution. But to a California appeals court, it was just about right for the defendant in a child molestation case.

Talcum Powder Case Dissolves in California

One case to rule them all?

That's a big question after a judge overturned a $417 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The Los Angeles judge said the plaintiff did not prove the company's talcum powder product caused her ovarian cancer.

Eva Echeverria, who died after the verdict, is one of thousands of plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson in talc powder cases across the country. She had the largest jury award of them all, but the reversal casts a long shadow on the plaintiffs' bar.

Some things are just not okay. An Uber driver making unwanted, lewd, sexually harassing comments to riders, male or female, underage or not, just shouldn't happen. As a result of an Uber driver doing so to a 16-year-old rider, the company is now facing a lawsuit.

The teen alleges that, earlier this year, her driver pulled over on the side of a California highway and asked her if she wanted to get in the front seat. She felt pressured into saying yes. He then proceeded to ask her about her virginity, and commented on the fact that he had an erection -- even after finding out she was only sixteen. She was shocked and afraid by the questions and comments, and the lawsuit against Uber followed.

Recently, a line of cases have all been filed against Apple and other device makers as a result of auto accidents caused by smartphone-induced distracted driving. Following a federal decision in a similar case against Apple out of Texas, a California court rejected the theory that device makers are liable for distracted driving accidents caused when drivers are using their devices.

In sustaining the demurrer, the court explained that:

The chain of causation alleged by plaintiffs in this case is far too attenuated for a reasonable person to conclude that Apple's conduct is or was a substantial factor in causing plaintiffs' harm.

Suit Revived to Make Glassdoor Identify Anonymous Review Posters

A state appeals court ruled that a company may compel an online review site to identify its anonymous critics.

In the case against Glassdoor, a website for jobseekers and others to post information about employers, California's Second District Court of Appeal said the First Amendment does not protect anonymous posters from making libelous statements in the guise of opinion.

"On the contrary, where an expression of opinion implies a false assertion of fact, the opinion can constitute actionable defamation," said Acting Presiding Justice Maria Rivera in ZL Technologies v. Does 1-7.

West Hollywood Club Liable for $5.4M After Bathroom Assault

Here Lounge in West Hollywood is on the hook for $5.4 million in damages to a woman who was sexually assaulted in the club's bathroom, despite the club's policy of posting guards outside of the bathrooms. This number is an affirmation of the lower court's decision back in 2014.