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California Joins 3D-Printed Gun Battle

California has joined the legal battle against 3D-printed guns, demanding the federal government stop publication of blueprints for the plastics guns on the internet.

In a case filed by eight other states, a judge in Washington has ordered the U.S. State Department to block the release. California will enter the fray with a temporary restraining order already in place.

Win or lose in the next legal round, California is proving it is possible to be fashionably late to a gun fight. Or not.

The federal Eastern District court in California recently sent a letter to Congress, as well as the members of its bar, explaining that the court will soon be in crisis as the judges in the district are already overworked compared to their peers in other district courts, and there are a couple judges with retirements planned.

Notably, when the retirements happen next year, each judge in the district is expected to take on an additional 500 cases. And that's on top of the 900 or so cases they already have, which is roughly double the national average.

Court Rules Breakfast Cereals Don't Need Cancer Warning

Luckily for Californians, breakfast has been saved.

After a California judge said coffee products must include a cancer warning because of a chemical in roasted coffee beans, the legislature jumped in to save the bean. Then another judge ruled against cereal-makers because of the same carcinogen.

But a state appeals court threw out the ruling in Post v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County. And no, the carcinogen is not caffeine or sugar.

CA Supreme Court Takes Initiative to Split Up the State Off the Ballot

California has about 18 million voters, but only six were necessary to decide whether it should be divided into three states.

The state Supreme Court, in an unusual preemptory strike, removed a voter initiative from the November ballot. Proposition 9 would have given voters a chance to decide California's boundaries.

Then this happened in Planning and Conservation League v. Padilla.

California Sues Student Loan Company Navient

California joins a growing number states in lawsuits against Navient, the largest student loan company in America.

The complaints allege the lender steered borrowers to payment options that cost them more money. With the forbearance option, for example, loan balances get larger.

Navient says it has done nothing illegal. But it doesn't look good for the company, students, or the economy.

Yelp Can't Be Ordered to Remove Negative Reviews

Whoever said 'even bad publicity is good publicity' was wrong.

At least it didn't work out so well for attorney Dawn Hassell. After she obtained a default judgment and an appeals court ruling in a defamation case, the California Supreme Court reversed.

In Hassell v. Bird, the online review site won a split decision for freedom of speech. The state supreme court said Yelp could not be ordered to take down a user's negative reviews.

California Governor Appoints 12 New Judges

Not to be outdone by President Trump, who is poised to nominate a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Jerry Brown stepped into the limelight by naming 12 new judges in California.

Unlike the president, the governor does not have to go through a confirmation process for most of his appointees. There is no confirmation for Superior Court judges in California.

Brown's appeals court nominees, however, will have to be approved by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Fifth District Court of Appeal can't wait.

Filthy Jail Conditions in Alameda County Lead to 14th Amendment Claim

Cynthia Turano, arrested after grabbing her husband's camera in a divorce case, spent the night in jail cells stained with feces and blood and littered with garbage, food scraps, and used medical supplies.

She was not charged and was released the next morning, but by that time was blood-stained from her own menstrual period. Guards refused to give her menstrual pads throughout the ordeal.

She sued the police who arrested her and the jailers who held her. A trial judge dismissed the claims against police, but said the case may proceed against the jailers.

Is California Overruling State Court's Coffee Ruling?

It's probably minimizing things to say so, but a dispute over a new coffee regulation seems like a tempest in a teapot.

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says coffee does not pose a cancer risk. It's controversial because California Superior Court recently said retailers must include cancer warnings on coffee products.

Naturally, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are upset. But for the millions who line up for Starbucks everyday, it's really just another day.

Environmentalists Win Beach Closure for Seals Over Children

There goes that neighborhood.

It began with the barking, then the loitering. When they started mating on the beach, well, that was it.

The city decided to close the beach to protect seals from humans. What was once a children's beach is now, by court order, the seals' beach.