Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, California, faces a federal class-action lawsuit after one of its storage tanks lost liquid nitrogen for a short time in early March of 2018, which may have caused the loss of some frozen eggs and embryos. The lead plaintiff, identified only as S.M., alleges gross negligence on the part of Pacific Fertility Center in the maintenance, inspection, and monitoring of the malfunctioned storage freezer, which resulted in the loss of S.M.'s eggs.

Former Georgia State Bar President and longtime Justia friend and client Kenneth Shigley recently announced that he was running for Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals in the statewide nonpartisan judicial primary on May 22, 2018.

Posted in: Election Law

Bitcoin trader Morgan Rockoons will stand trial in San Diego after being indicted for failure to comply with federal anti-money laundering rules. His case highlights questions that authorities have wrestled with since the emergence of cryptocurrencies, namely whether they are subject to the same banking rules as government-recognized currency.

The lawsuit is seeking a declaratory judgment that the company producing the play does not have the final authority to determine whether the adaptation remains consistent with the spirit of the novel.

Posted in: Trusts & Estates

Google has reportedly spent approximately $270,000 to close unexplained pay gaps it identified among over 200 employees in six job groups. As part of this effort to close any "statistically significant" pay inequities, Google reviewed any job group with 30 or more employees, and at least five employees in every demographic group for which it had data. The pay increases occurred following a revised class action that was filed against the search giant earlier this year, alleging that women make less than their male counterparts at Google.

The ACLU filed a FOIA lawsuit to collect information about the policies, equipment, and training that apply to the search of electronic devices brought by passengers on domestic flights, a practice that may have begun last fall.

The judge overseeing a lawsuit filed in U.S. federal district court last fall which aims to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ("DACA") is considering an order which would require the Trump administration to re-start the Program to admit new applicants.

Posted in: US Immigration
Tagged: DACA, immigration

Plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft in Alameda County, California, claiming violations of state disability laws for the ride-hailing company's alleged failure to make its services available to wheelchair users in the San Francisco Bay Area. Represented by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the plaintiffs claim that Lyft's current efforts to make rides accessible to wheelchair users are a "sham," and simply direct them to local paratransit and other services if they are unable to utilize a folding wheelchair.

On March 13, 2018, Jamaican songwriter Michael May filed a complaint in New York federal court against pop artist Miley Cyrus. May, who performs under the name Flourgon, alleges copyright infringement associated with some of the lyrics in Cyrus's 2013 song, "We Can't Stop."

On March 13, 2018 the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion regarding Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), a Texas law that forbids "sanctuary city" policies throughout the state, and held that SB4's provisions, with one exception, did not violate the Constitution. Read the opinion summary and opinion on Justia.