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SF Tenants Unite to Sue City's Biggest Landlord

Scores of tenants have sued San Francisco's largest landlord for allegedly trying to drive them out -- as if rent weren't already a problem.

"Jaw-dropping rent" and "San Francisco" are practically synonymous for those who can barely afford to live there. At a median price of $3,460 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, it's enough to send city dwellers to the country.

Now, plaintiffs say, Veritas Investments is turning the screws on them to ratchet up rent. For them, it's getting ugly in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The California Supreme Court has had quite the year. The annual "Year in Review" is in, and the data is, as usual, fascinating.

The court received nearly 7,000 filings from September 2017 through August 2018, and processed close to the same number of dispositions during that time. Notably, 85 opinions were issued, 39 in civil cases, while the remaining were split evenly between criminal and death row cases.

Other big highlights from the last year involve: the success of the live streaming oral arguments, which received over 25,000 listeners; And (how can we forget about) the sweeping changes that were made to the code of attorney conduct.

While most butter knives may barely be able to qualify as knives, the California Supreme Court has just heard arguments on whether a butter knife should be considered a deadly weapon.

The In Re: B.M. case may finally, definitively answer whether a butter knife, if poorly wielded by an angry teenage girl against her own sister, can be considered a "deadly weapon." On appeal, it was held that the non-sharp butter knife, despite being used ineffectively, nevertheless qualified as deadly. After all, it's a knife.

Catholic Bishops Sued for Sex Abuse in California

Another lawsuit has been filed against Catholic bishops for sex abuse, but this one is of epic proportions.

Thomas Emens, who says a priest molested him for years, wants every bishop in California to answer the complaint. The plaintiff says they have covered up sex abuse in the church for too long.

The problem has plagued Catholics for decades. Even the Pope says something has to change, or another Exodus is coming.

Navigating normal litigation when insurance adjusters are involved can be complicated, but most attorneys don't struggle too much with making adjusters fall in line ... or suffer.

But when it comes to bad faith insurance litigation, that's a whole different matter, and a whole different area of law, for that matter. Not only are the claims complex, but issues surrounding assignments of rights, or even coverages, can quickly expose those litigators who have no business pressing forward with a bad faith insurance case. Fortunately, The Rutter Group has an upcoming seminar that will benefit both novice and experienced litigators looking to bring or defend bad faith insurance cases. (Disclaimer: The Rutter Group is a sister company to FindLaw.)

When the FCC decided to turn its back on net neutrality, the state of California decided it was time to take action. In response, the California legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, Senate Bill 822, named the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018.

The California law is similar to the Brightline regulations imposed by the FCC in 2015, which were rescinded earlier this year. However, living up to its reputation as a leader, California's new net neutrality law goes a little bit further. Unfortunately for the state, the federal government isn't pleased with the state's new law and has filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District Court seeking to permanently enjoin enforcement of the law and have it invalidated under the Supremacy Clause.

California Judge Allows Girl to Take Cannabis Medicine to School

Brooke Adams is not the first kid to take cannabis to school.

But she is the first 5-year-old in California to get a court order allowing her to do it. Her parents said she needs her cannabis-infused medicine to control seizures.

They tried to get permission the mellow way -- working with school and state officials. But when that didn't work, they did it the hard way -- they sued.

How Much Can Hospitals in CA Charge Patients Without Insurance?

An unpublished case about a $7,812 medical bill could change the way hospitals charge patients without insurance in California.

It depends on two main questions: Will a decision stand that allows self-pay patients to challenge their bills? And will the California Supreme Court certify the decision for publication?

In Solorio v. Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center, the answers could change everything. It's not just about the $7,812 bill; it's about how much hospitals can charge.

Former Content Moderator Sues Facebook for Psychological Trauma From Images

Selena Scola scrolled through Facebook like millions of other people, except it was her job -- and it made her sick.

She worked as a content moderator, looking for objectionable content to flag for removal. What she saw -- "videos, images and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder" -- caused her psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a new lawsuit filed in California, Scola alleges the social media giant is to blame for negligently failing to maintain a safe workplace. She's not the only one; it's a class action.

Harley-Davidson Seeks California Supreme Court Review of Tax Decision

Harley-Davidson is headed toward the end of the road in California.

After losing an appeal over a discriminatory tax, the motorcycle company will ask the California Supreme Court to review the case. In Harley Davidson v. Franchise Tax Board, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld California's requirement that out-of-state companies report combined tax liability on a single return.

Even though the tax favors in-state corporations, the lower court said there is no better way to apportion taxes for the inter-state business. Harley-Davidson says there has to be a nondiscriminatory way.