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There was a time when the California Judicial Council thought it was a good idea to unify the entire California court system's computers and make sure every court was operating on the same platform.

And apparently, the plan that got put in place some years ago has failed. Fortunately, the council's technology committee seems to have recognized where it should be focusing and has announced a new technology and strategic development plan. The plan should not only increase public access, but also technological cooperation among the courts.

LA Weekly Investor Lawsuit Continues

LA Weekly, long-known for its progressive coverage of Los Angeles culture, is having its own culture shock.

It's toxic litigation, the type that can tear apart any business. One investor is suing the others, alleging they are using the weekly newspaper to line their pockets.

A judge has denied a motion to end the case, but the litigation could spell the end for the publication. Some say the old LA Weekly is already dead.

Judge Cuts Monsanto Award From $289M to $78.5M

A San Francisco judge popped the balloon on a $250 million punitive damages award against Monsanto, but affirmed a jury verdict that found the company's weedkiller caused cancer in a former groundskeeper.

According to evidence at trial, the plaintiff contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by repeatedly spraying high concentrations of Roundup. Judge Suzanne Bolanos upheld a $39.2 million compensatory damages award, and reduced punitive damages to $39.2 million.

The judge could still order a new trial if DeWayne "Lee" Johnson refuses the reduced award in Johnson v. Monsanto Company. As for his lawyer, he popped the corks too early.

Plaintiffs Sue Scooter-Makers for Abetting Assault

Facial lacerations, broken teeth, and fractured fingers.

It wasn't a fight; it was a scooter. But the injuries have turned into a legal battle against the scooter-makers.

In a proposed class-action filed in Los Angeles, plaintiffs say the manufacturers are responsible for their injuries. They say electric scooter riders assaulted them.

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.

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.

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.

Judge Strikes California's Century-Old Ban on Gun Advertising

About 100 hundred years ago, California lawmakers decided shopkeepers could not display guns in their store windows.

Never mind that people could carry guns on their hips in some parts, but that's all history. A federal judge has struck down California's 95-year-old law on First Amendment grounds.

Tracy Rifle and Pistol v. Harris is a big decision for gunshops. It means they can show people what's inside their stores, in case they didn't know.