It's been 16 years since Philip Morris USA was first hit with a class-action lawsuit about using the terms "Lowered Tar and Nicotine" and "Lights" on their packages of cigarettes. A judge at the California Superior Court has issued a decision in the case and denied the plaintiffs any relief at all.
September 2013 Archives
California Skateparks had emerged as the likely leader in its bid to be chosen as the firm responsible for the designing and building of a $1.44 million skate park at Kennedy Park in Napa, California. That may not be the case now after someone anonymously dropped off an envelope that contained several documents detailing the company's legal troubles.
One of the intricacies about construction litigation is determining who is liable when construction defects or deficiencies are found. Because most general contractors enter into contracts that agree to guarantee their work, but also agree to defend other subcontractors, engineering firms or similar companies, one might assume that the liability would usually fall upon the general contractor. It all depends on the contract that was signed, though, and one example of this is the current legal wrangling in progress in the Yolo County Superior Court in California.
A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington reversed a ruling from a U.S. District judge in San Jose, California, on Aug. 23. The appeals case was over the lower court's ruling that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. had to make all exhibits public that were used in a trial between the two companies last year. Both companies asked the judge to keep the information confidential; however the judge denied both requests. Her ruling, though, was not carried out because the appeals case was filed.