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Father of 2015 Paris Attack Victim Sues Social Media

The father of one of the victims who fell in the Paris attacks in late 2015 is suing Twitter and other social media platforms for their role in bringing the attacks about. Specifically, he has accused the defending parties of "providing material support for terrorism."

The defendants have responded by claiming that the Communications Decency Act shields them from liability associated with user posts. But in this delicate case, who will -- or should -- win?

California Diesel Amendments Impact Truckers, Big and Small

California Superior Court Judge Mark W. Snauffer has ruled against recent amendments that eased up on heightened diesel regulations in favor of industry little guys, causing controversy in a county that is highly reliant on transport of goods and the diesel engines used to get them to and fro.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has responded negatively to the ruling, describing it as "deal[ing] a profound blow to ... smaller fleets, small farmers and independent owners."

CA Assumption of Risk Doctrine Applies to Thrillseekers

Personal injury attorneys intuitively understand that the potential payout for injured plaintiffs is inversely related to both the dangerousness of the plaintiff's personal conduct at the time of the injury and the foreseeability of his injury. In a recent California case, the Third Appellate District drew a line in the sand in favor of defendants.

It's just another reminder that those engaged in anything more dangerous than a simple job run the risk of losing certain premise liability suits against landowners in California. As you might have guessed, this has its fans as well as its detractors.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris brought suit against Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, accusing the company of violating advertising laws in marketing its pelvic mesh devices. Pelvic mesh, also known as transvaginal mesh, is a net-like implant that's used to treat prolapse and incontinence in women. But the devices can also cause serious complications, including urinary dysfunction, constipation, loss of sexual function, and debilitating pain.

For years, Johnson & Johnson, along with its Ethicon unit, falsely marketed the device as safe and even superior to other treatments, despite being aware of significant evidence to the contrary, California's suit alleges.

CA Passes ADA Tort-Reform Bill to Protect Small Businesses

After it breezed through the California Legislature, Senate Bill 269 was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, conferring major protections to small California businesses that find themselves on the receiving end of an ADA violations suit. The bill, effective immediately, will give small businesses under 50 employees additional time to comply with the law before incurring fines and fees. It will additionally give 15 days to address violations alleged in a suit.

Senator Richard Roth, the author of the bill, described the passage as a "major victory for all Californians."

Twitter can be hard. Politicians accidentally tweet out compromising photos, prosecutors embarrassingly follow porn stars, and Courtney Love accidentally accuses her attorney of being "bought off."

And Love's Twitter mishaps are just the tip of the crazy iceberg that floated in to California's Second District Court of Appeals after Love's former attorney unsuccessfully sued her for the allegedly defamatory tweet.

On October 23rd, the Southern California Gas Company's natural gas storage well sprung a leak in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch. For over two months, it has spewed gas, releasing over 80,000 metric tons of methane. No one seems able to stop it, either.

While the leak pumps out thousands of tons of toxic greenhouse gases, the lawsuits are already piling up: 25 so far and climbing.

UPS Worker Loses Mislabeled Package Weight Lawsuit

UPS worker Stephen Moore sued William Jessup University over an injury he suffered after handling a package that was significantly heavier than indicated on the package's label. A California Appeals Court found for the university under the tort doctrine of assumption of risk, underscoring the power of the the police/fireman rule in California.

If I'm going to spend extra on organic produce and products, they better well be fully organic. We're talking pesticide-free, earth-friendly, non-synthetic organic here. If I get a product labeled organic that doesn't meet those standards, I'm going to feel cheated.

And, as of today, I could sue. In an opinion released today, the California Supreme Court ruled that consumers can sue over "misrepresentations in labeling," when products are misleadingly labeled as organic.

California Colleges May Not Have a Duty to Protect Students, Court Rules

A California Appeals Court just reaffirmed a rule that California colleges and universities do not owe a general duty to their student body to protect them from the violent acts of other students. It found that UCLA student, Katherine Rosen, was owed no duty by the university to ensure her safety from a paranoid, knife wielding fellow student.

The ruling was handed down almost six years to the day of the attack in question. The appeals court based its decision on California case law and not federal law. It also comes amidst increased debate all generally concerned about the proper role of university administrators regarding student behavior and safety.