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Parents refile lawsuit over IV rampage deaths

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Parents refile lawsuit over IV rampage deaths

  The parents of slain UC Santa Barbara students refiled a lawsuit against Isla Vista apartment property managers alleging they were legally obligated to do more to prevent the shooting that left six dead on May 23, 2014. A federal court dismissed the suit, which previously included the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department as well Read More →

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Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

By   /  Tuesday, December 8th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

  Environmental groups have filed lawsuits against federal regulators for allegedly refusing to release information regarding oil pipelines in the Tri-Counties. The Environmental Defense Center and Santa Barbara Channelkeepers sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on May 22. PHMSA has yet to fulfill the FOIA requests, Read More →

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Workers’ comp costs endanger small businesses

By   /  Friday, December 4th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Workers’ comp costs endanger small businesses

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Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

Lawmakers have launched another attempt to ban offshore oil drilling. While recent attempts to limit Big Oil’s reach have been concentrated to specific regions, this one is targeting the entire West Coast. But even bills with a more narrow scope do not often get passed. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, authored the West Coast Read More →

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Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

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Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

By   /  Monday, September 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

A lawsuit representing oil industry workers who were laid off following the Refugio oil spill was filed against Plains All American Pipeline, Santa Barbara-based law firm Cappello & Noel recently announced. Richard Lilygren, who has worked on the offshore oil platforms near Santa Barbara for more than a decade, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Read More →

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Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

By   /  Friday, September 11th, 2015  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

What was once a taboo question in the workplace may become a more explicit employee’s right. “How much does my co-worker make?” Even though workers are allowed to ask such a question under the protection of the National Labor Relations Act enacted in 1935, employees were often told — either overtly or implicitly — to Read More →

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