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Environmental groups, governments and Patagonia sue Forest Service over logging project

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2022  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment, left, Regions, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Environmental groups, governments and Patagonia sue Forest Service over logging project

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Santa Barbara County court first in region to put civil filings online; other counties plan to follow suit

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2022  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment, middle, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County court first in region to put civil filings online; other counties plan to follow suit

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Trucker, employer settle cases over 2020 Santa Maria oil spill

By   /  Monday, January 24th, 2022  /  Energy, Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Trucker, employer settle cases over 2020 Santa Maria oil spill

Santa Barbara County prosecutors have settled criminal and civil cases against the trucker and trucking company responsible for a March 2020 oil spill outside of Santa Maria. Jesse Villasana was driving an oil tanker truck for Golden Valley Transfer on March 21, 2020, on his way from Bakersfield to Santa Maria, when the tanker detached Read More →

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Two cannabis growers in Santa Barbara County to pay environmental fines

By   /  Tuesday, August 17th, 2021  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Two cannabis growers in Santa Barbara County to pay environmental fines

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office has settled cases against two cannabis growers for violating environmental laws. Both settlements were announced Aug. 17. The first was with 805 Agricultural Holdings, which will pay $40,000 in civil penalties to a variety of state and county agencies. The fines settle a complaint that the grower “unlawfully Read More →

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Westlake Village card processing company agrees to $2 million-plus settlement with DA’s office

By   /  Friday, July 9th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Westlake Village card processing company agrees to $2 million-plus settlement with DA’s office

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced July 9 that it has settled a civil law enforcement action against Westlake Village-based Leaders Merchant Services. The complaint alleged that Leaders violated California laws against unfair competition and misleading advertising when Leaders’ sales personnel didn’t fully disclose the company’s fees while signing customers up for payment card Read More →

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Isla Vista landlord, management company settle civil case

By   /  Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Isla Vista landlord, management company settle civil case

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office reached a civil settlement Dec. 23 to resolve consumer protection complaints against two companies operating apartment complexes in Isla Vista. The civil complaints, filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court, contended that property owner CP910BMIV and property management company Isla Vista Luxury Living committed unlawful business practices by not Read More →

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Montecito man gets 3 years for stock fraud scheme

By   /  Monday, August 31st, 2020  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Montecito man gets 3 years for stock fraud scheme

Efstratios “Elias” Argyropoulos of Montecito was sentenced Aug. 31 to three years in federal prison for defrauding 130 investors out of more than $3.4 million, federal prosecutors announced. Argyropoulos was the president and sole shareholder of the financial services firm Prima Ventures from 2010 to 2015. During that time, he told investors he had the Read More →