Federal Judge Strikes Down City Ordinance Requiring Steep Payouts to Ellis Act Evictees
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Federal Judge Strikes Down City Ordinance Requiring Steep Payouts to Ellis Act Evictees

A federal judge today struck down a San Francisco ordinance that steeply increased payments landlords were required to pay tenants evicted from properties they intended…

Environmental Group Settles with Air District Over Chevron Project Litigation
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Environmental Group Settles with Air District Over Chevron Project Litigation

A California environmental group has settled with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District months after it sued the district over permits for Chevron’s $1…

Identity Thief Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison
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Identity Thief Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

A federal court judge sentenced a 34-year-old woman on Wednesday to 27 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges of credit card fraud…

SF Superior Court Reduces Services During Court Workers Strike
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SF Superior Court Reduces Services During Court Workers Strike

A one-day strike being held by San Francisco Superior Court workers with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 at courthouses across the city today is…

Man Sentenced to 51 Years to Life Imprisonment for 2009 Tenderloin Homicide
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Man Sentenced to 51 Years to Life Imprisonment for 2009 Tenderloin Homicide

A man found guilty of killing another man over a drug dispute at a residential hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in 2009 was sentenced…

Alleged Gang Member Convicted of 2010 South SF Triple Murder
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Alleged Gang Member Convicted of 2010 South SF Triple Murder

A Petaluma man was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco today of a gang-related triple murder on a South San Francisco street in…

Family of Woman Fatally Struck by City Employee at Holly Park to Receive $15.1M Settlement
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Family of Woman Fatally Struck by City Employee at Holly Park to Receive $15.1M Settlement

The family of a 35-year-old woman who was run over and killed by a city employee driving on the grass in San Francisco’s Holly Park…

US Appeals Court Upholds Alameda County Drug Disposal Law
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US Appeals Court Upholds Alameda County Drug Disposal Law

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today upheld a pioneering Alameda County law that requires prescription drug makers to pay for programs to dispose…

Jury Rejects Journalist’s Claim of Retaliation Arrest at BART Protest
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Jury Rejects Journalist’s Claim of Retaliation Arrest at BART Protest

A federal jury in San Francisco today rejected a journalist’s claim that he was unfairly arrested during a 2011 protest at a BART station in…

Foster City Man Sued for Alleged ATM Investment Business Fraud
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Foster City Man Sued for Alleged ATM Investment Business Fraud

A Foster City man who faces criminal charges in state court for an alleged ATM investment scheme was sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Former Top Federal Exec Charged with Fraudulent Travel Claims
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Former Top Federal Exec Charged with Fraudulent Travel Claims

A former high-ranking federal executive who organized a notoriously lavish western conference in 2010 was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in San Francisco today…

Court Workers Decide Whether or not to Strike Over Stalled Contract Negotiations
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Court Workers Decide Whether or not to Strike Over Stalled Contract Negotiations

Dozens of San Francisco court workers rallied outside the city’s Civic Center Courthouse this afternoon to cast their votes on whether to strike amid what…

Jury to Begin Deliberating in South SF Racketeering and Murder Trial
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Jury to Begin Deliberating in South SF Racketeering and Murder Trial

A federal jury is set to begin deliberating in San Francisco Tuesday in a lengthy racketeering trial in which two alleged members of a South…

City College Trial to Begin Next Month
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City College Trial to Begin Next Month

A San Francisco Superior Court judge decided Friday that a lawsuit over whether City College of San Francisco wrongly faced the loss of its accreditation…

Shrimp Boy: Mayor Lee “did something illegal and wants to hide it”
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Shrimp Boy: Mayor Lee “did something illegal and wants to hide it”

A lawsuit filed Thursday against San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and Alfred Scolari claims that Lee failed to disclose documents…

Several Judges on Appeals Court Panel Dubious of Bonds Obstruction Conviction
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Several Judges on Appeals Court Panel Dubious of Bonds Obstruction Conviction

Several members of an 11-judge federal appeals court panel appeared dubious of home-run champion Barry Bonds’ obstruction-of-justice conviction during a hearing in San Francisco today….

Closing Arguments Begin in South SF Triple Murder Racketeering Case
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Closing Arguments Begin in South SF Triple Murder Racketeering Case

A two-and-a-half month racketeering trial in which two alleged gang members are accused of a triple murder in South San Francisco in 2010 began winding…

Prosecutors Dispute Keith Jackson’s Bid on Undercover Agents
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Prosecutors Dispute Keith Jackson’s Bid on Undercover Agents

Federal prosecutors, alleging that former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson is “far from an innocent lured into criminal conduct,” have asked a U.S….

HP Russian Subsidiary Pleads Guilty, Fined $58.8M For Violating U.S. Anti-Bribery Law
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HP Russian Subsidiary Pleads Guilty, Fined $58.8M For Violating U.S. Anti-Bribery Law

A Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose today to violating a U.S. anti-bribery law and was sentenced to…

City Attorney, ACCJC Spar in Hearing of City College Lawsuit
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City Attorney, ACCJC Spar in Hearing of City College Lawsuit

In a lawsuit that could go to trial next month, attorneys for San Francisco and a regional accrediting commission argued at a hearing today over…

Appeals Court Appears Likely to Favor Marriage Equality in Three States
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Appeals Court Appears Likely to Favor Marriage Equality in Three States

Three federal appeals court judges left little doubt at a hearing in San Francisco today that they are likely to favor same-sex marriage rights in…

Appeals Court Reinstates Ivory Coast Child Slaverly Lawsuit
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Appeals Court Reinstates Ivory Coast Child Slaverly Lawsuit

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today reinstated a lawsuit filed by three citizens of Mali who say they were forced to work as…

Former Wine Tasting Network VP Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison in Embezzlement and Tax Scheme
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Former Wine Tasting Network VP Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison in Embezzlement and Tax Scheme

A former vice president of the Wine Tasting Network was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison for his involvement in an embezzlement and tax…

Attorney Disputes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against Yelp
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Attorney Disputes Appeals Court Ruling Dismissing Lawsuit Against Yelp

A lawyer for four small businesses said today his clients haven’t yet decided whether to appeal a federal circuit court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that…

PG&E Set to Appeal $1.4B Pipeline Safety Penalty
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PG&E Set to Appeal $1.4B Pipeline Safety Penalty

PG&E Co. announced in San Francisco today it will appeal a record $1.4 billion pipeline-safety penalty and fine to the California Public Utilities Commission. The…

San Bruno Mayor Questions Allocation of PG&E Penalties For 2010 Pipeline Explosion
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San Bruno Mayor Questions Allocation of PG&E Penalties For 2010 Pipeline Explosion

The mayor of San Bruno commended the California Public Utilities Commission today for its unprecedented fine of $1.4 billion against PG&E for a deadly gas…

Judge Denies Bid to Restore Ambulance Service to Doctors Medical Center
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Judge Denies Bid to Restore Ambulance Service to Doctors Medical Center

A federal judge today in San Francisco denied a bid to force Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo to restore services cut in the face…

Oracle Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.3B Verdict, Lesser Award Offered
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Oracle Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.3B Verdict, Lesser Award Offered

Oracle Corp. of Redwood Shores lost a bid to a federal appeals court today for reinstatement of a $1.3 billion jury award levied against its…

Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court
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Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court

Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was unanimously confirmed to a post on the California Supreme Court by a state commission at a hearing in…

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery Member Pleads No Contest in Kidnapping, Carjacking
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Former Your Black Muslim Bakery Member Pleads No Contest in Kidnapping, Carjacking

A former member of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland pleaded no contest today to one count of kidnapping and two counts of…

Man Found Guilty in 2011 Killing of Sexual Partner in Buena Vista Park
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Man Found Guilty in 2011 Killing of Sexual Partner in Buena Vista Park

A jury found a man accused of killing a sexual partner and setting his body on fire in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park in 2011…

California To Recover $300M For Pension Funds In Bank Of America Settlement
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California To Recover $300M For Pension Funds In Bank Of America Settlement

California will recover $300 million in damages from Bank of America as part of a $16.65 billion settlement over the bank’s handling of mortgage-backed securities…

Family of Alex Nieto Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Following March and Rally Against Police Brutality
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Family of Alex Nieto Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Following March and Rally Against Police Brutality

The family of 28-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, who was fatally shot by police officers at San Francisco’s Bernal Heights Park in March, filed a civil…

Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants
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Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants

A federal judge in San Francisco declined today to issue an immediate order blocking a new city law that sharply increases the relocation payments landlords…

Family of Man Shot By SFPD to File Lawsuit Following Rally and March Friday
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Family of Man Shot By SFPD to File Lawsuit Following Rally and March Friday

The family of 28-year-old Alejandro Nieto, who was fatally shot by police officers in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights Park in March, plans to file a…

Aunt of 2-Year-Old Killed in Hit-And-Run Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment
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Aunt of 2-Year-Old Killed in Hit-And-Run Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment

A San Francisco woman pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges of felony child endangerment in connection with the death of her 2-year-old niece who…

Ramos Conviction Upheld, Defense Attorney Plans Future Appeal
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Ramos Conviction Upheld, Defense Attorney Plans Future Appeal

A state appeals court in San Francisco has upheld the conviction and three consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole for a former MS-13…

Doctor, Power Wheelchair Recruiter Sentenced for Health Care Fraud
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Doctor, Power Wheelchair Recruiter Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

A San Francisco doctor and a recruiter for power wheelchair companies were sentenced Tuesday for a conspiracy with three other defendants to collect $1.6 million…

Aunt of 2-Year-Old Girl Who Was Struck and Killed to be Arraigned Thursday
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Aunt of 2-Year-Old Girl Who Was Struck and Killed to be Arraigned Thursday

The aunt of a 2-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a car in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Friday night will make…

Defense Attorneys In Leland Lee Corruption Case Line Up To Get Details On Undercover Fed’s Alleged Misconduct
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Defense Attorneys In Leland Lee Corruption Case Line Up To Get Details On Undercover Fed’s Alleged Misconduct

Update: Today in federal court Judge Charles Breyer denied Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s second attempt to lift the the gag order preventing attorneys from discussing…