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3366 ABA Journal California articles.

Two high-profile law firms file class action blaming utility company for deadly Camp Fire

Two law firms known for their class action practices have filed a new lawsuit that blames Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the November fire that killed at least 88…

Indiana commission to examine bar exam cut score; California asked to take ‘fresh look’ at its exam
Following a July 2018 bar exam pass rate of 65 percent, the Indiana Supreme Court has assembled a special commission to review the test’s format and content and consider whether the cut score should be changed.
Lawyer and wife convicted of extortion for filing meritless suits alleging gender price bias

A California lawyer and his wife were convicted Monday of extortion and other charges for a series of suits and offers to settle against several small businesses owned by minorities…

Federal judge orders utility company to explain any role it had in causing California wildfires
A federal judge has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to reveal what role, if any, it had in causing the Camp Fire that destroyed the California town of Paradise and killed at least 88 people.
ABA announces hotlines for California fire victims; state bar warns of fraud as first suits filed

The ABA has announced new legal assistance hotlines for victims of California wildfires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The number for fire victims in Butte County is 1-800-345-9491,…

Lowest bar pass rate for California in 67 years; other states see drop, too
Only 40.7 percent of the people who took the California July 2018 bar exam passed, according to a state bar news release.
9th Circuit keeps DACA in place, says decision to end program is likely ‘arbitrary and capricious’
A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a nationwide injunction that bars the Trump administration from phasing out a program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors.
Michael Avenatti ordered to pay $4.85M to former lawyer at his law firm

A Los Angeles judge has ordered lawyer Michael Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to a former contract lawyer at his now-defunct law firm, Eagan Avenatti.

Avenatti was accused of breaching…

Judge slashes $211M from punitive award in Roundup cancer case

A San Francisco judge has slashed a punitive damages verdict by about $211 million in a lawsuit claiming the weed killer Roundup caused a groundskeeper’s cancer.

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos…

Thomas Jefferson School of Law wins California accreditation

The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners voted Friday to approve state accreditation for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, an ABA-accredited institution that has been on probation since…

Does a diverse bench really matter?
It has been said that justice is blind, and for the legal profession, that is the hope and the ideal that we believe in. Unfortunately, in reality “justice” has many factors that influence outcomes, and the lack of diversity on the bench can lead to unjust results.
Judge criticizes lawyer’s champagne argument as she considers trimming $289M verdict

A San Francisco judge on Wednesday criticized a lawyer’s closing argument as she considered cutting a $289 million jury award to a groundskeeper who blamed Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer for…

ABA weighs in on California Supreme Court case affecting state’s new bail reform law
Updated: The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Tuesday asking the California Supreme Court to affirm a decision critical of that state's bail schedule.
DoNotPay app aims to help users sue anyone in small claims court—without a lawyer
Updated: A new update to an existing chatbot app promises to allow users to "sue anyone in small claims court for up to $25,000 without the help of a lawyer," though early users warn of technical bugs and legal and ethical concerns.
California approves major revision to attorney ethics rules, hewing closer to ABA Model Rules
The Supreme Court of California has approved a series of changes to that state’s Rules of Professional Conduct that bring them closer to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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