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 →
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 →
Ventura, Santa Barbara counties go to court to shut down gyms
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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 →
Courts say electronic records are on the docket
Coming soon to a courthouse near you: Electronic document filing, judges swiping through case files on touch pads and digital public access to court records.
Dole to appeal $59M fine
Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. said it will appeal to Europe’s highest court after a lower-court decision that upholds a $59.8 million fine levied by the European Union over allegations that the fresh fruit company colluded with German banana importers to fix prices. The decision, issued by the E.U.’s General Court, upheld the fine of Read More →
Courthouse project slashed by one third
State officials have chopped plans for a new criminal courthouse in Santa Barbara from three stories to two and slashed its square footage by one-third in the face of budget cuts. Instead of constructing a new building, the existing Figueroa Street structure will used as the basis for an expansion. The new courthouse slated for Read More →