Category: Cases

Supreme Court strikes down bond hearings for detainees

In a major immigration case, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a class action lawsuit challenging the federal government’s practice of jailing immigrants while they litigate their deportation cases. It ruled that detainees… Read More

Criminal records cleared for some Californians convicted on pot charges

Those convicted of marijuana-related infractions could receive a clean slate in California, based on a trend in some jurisdictions. “Thousands of people with misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession dating back 40 years will have their criminal records cleared,… Read More

More civil lawsuits in wake of deadly fires in Oakland, Calif.

Oakland is facing a lawsuit stemming from a fatal fire that killed four people in a halfway house at 2551 San Pablo Avenue in March 2017, The Mercury News reported. “Surviving tenants and families of victims who lived at 2551 San Pablo… Read More

Closure of Office for Access to Justice

The ability of the poor to access civil courts suffered a setback with the effective closure of the federal Office for Access to Justice, critics of the move say. “The Justice Department has effectively shuttered an Obama-era office… Read More

More lawsuits expected over J&J talcum powder in 2018

Johnson & Johnson returned to the courtroom in January to face more litigation over allegations that its talcum products caused cancer. The pharmaceutical company’s lawyers entered a Middlesex County, N.J. courtroom for opening statements in a lawsuit “alleging… Read More