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Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

By   /  Thursday, June 25th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

Litigation over the May 19 Plains All American Pipeline spill off the Gaviota Coast gained a powerful combatant on June 24 when former Santa Barbara City Attorney Barry Cappello said he’d filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 3,000 property owners from Point Conception to the Mexico border. Capello’s lawsuit comes as tar balls Read More →

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Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Law, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

Plains All American Pipeline is taking a page straight out of BP’s oil spill response playbook, according  to at least one attorney with firsthand experience in oil spill litigation. Thomas Young, a Tampa-based attorney who went to work trying to secure claims for clients in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, told the Read More →

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Law, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from Read More →

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Glendale court victory could mean big money for other cities

By   /  Friday, April 10th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Glendale court victory could mean big money for other cities

Policy makers should keep operating efficiencies and overall costs in mind as they reinvent the RDA game.

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Law: Ventura County case spotlights dispute over NBVC complex

By   /  Friday, March 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Law: Ventura County case spotlights dispute over NBVC complex

A company that helped build a 300-unit housing project for Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme claims it’s owed more than $7 million by its long-time development partner. Watt Properties, in addition to plaintiffs F.W. Parker and David Parker, filed a complaint March 3 in Ventura County Superior Court against Jesco Limited Partnership. The Read More →

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Isla Vista lawsuit claims red flags were ignored

By   /  Friday, March 6th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Isla Vista lawsuit claims red flags were ignored

The causes of action include violations of due process and negligence and the case will likely revolve around whether Rodger’s behavior in the months before his rampage warranted a warning to prospective roommates.

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Ex-managers at Santa Barbara mattress firm sue over pay

By   /  Friday, March 6th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ex-managers at Santa Barbara mattress firm sue over pay

In a suit filed Feb. 18, former Ergomotion executives claim they were promised departing wages prior to the company’s sale in late September.

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