The Richmond City Council on Tuesday had to delay a vote on an ordinance that would make the Bay Area burg the first California city in 30 years to institute rent control.


     A state court judge on Thursday said he would allow Katy Perry enter into a bidding war to rent a convent at the center of her dispute with two nuns.


     An alleged nonprofit in Texas charged up to $15,000 for diabetic alert dogs that were not trained or never delivered, 18 customers claim in court. 


     Actor James Woods claims a Twitter subscriber defamed him to hundreds of thousands of Woods' followers, and he wants to know who it is, and damages for defamation.

     A state court judge has temporarily blocked an anti-abortion group from releasing secret videos of leaders of a company that provides fetal tissue to researchers.

     The Justice Department indicted Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah on Wednesday, the same day the congressman's son sued the government for due-process violations. 

     A jury should decide whether a strongly worded letter to a doctor planning to offer abortions constitutes a threat, the 10th Circuit ruled on Tuesday, reversing a district court decision. 

     The Ninth Circuit refused Thursday to revive claims that federal rules against foreign competition in the domestic shipping market impaired Hawaii's interstate trade. 

     The labor class action against PAE Group and Arch Resources Group belongs in California state court, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday. 

     The Republican Party of Virginia sent campaign mailers that included a copyrighted photograph of a Democratic politician, a reporter claims in federal court. 

      Two federal lawsuits on Wednesday accused law enforcement officials of killing people with Tasers: in San Bernardino County, Calif. on Feb. 15, and in Worth County, Iowa on Sept. 22, 2013. 

     Chrysler Capital preys on poor people with usurious and illegal high-interest car loans, a class action claims in Federal Court.

     Double Tree Post-Acute Care Center employees let a woman's toe become infested with maggots, giving her gangrene that killed her, her family claims in Superior Court. 

     With their drought-ravaged state in its hottest summer on record, Californians exceeded a water-conservation benchmark, regulators said Thursday.

     A federal judge blocked an attempt at forum shopping Thursday in the spat over Tom Brady's National Football League suspension. 

     Environmentalists dropped a lawsuit against a trout and salmon hatchery run by California and Uncle Sam, for attorney's fees and a promise that the Fish and Wildlife Service would meet some demands. 

     An article in the July 28, 2015, edition of this page under the headline "Convicted Art Fraudster Claims Paintings Might Be Fakes," which reported on a hearing in presentencing phase of a criminal wire-fraud case against Luke Brugnara, contained incorrect information about the ownership of certain paintings. Contrary to what was reported in the article, New York art dealer Walter Maibaum and his company, Modernism Fine Arts Inc., do not own the 16 paintings by William de Kooning that authorities confiscated from Brugnara's home. Courthouse News has corrected the article in its database and deeply regrets the error.

     After describing her son's normal, happy childhood, the mother of mass murderer James Holmes wept on the witness stand Wednesday as she told the jury, "I didn't realize that his loudest cry for help was silence."

     Strapping themselves to a bridge Wednesday, Greenpeace members joining kayaking activists hoping to stop an icebreaker heading out of Oregon for the oil-rich Chukchi Sea.

     A former counselor at a North Carolina co-ed summer camp for children claims in court that she after she was raped by a co-worker, the program sought to cover the matter up, and when she resisted these efforts, it fired her. 


     California "warehouses" mentally ill criminal defendants in jails without treatment for months, often in defiance of judicial orders, five inmates and their families claim in court. 

     Riverside, Calif. sheriff's officers shot an unarmed, disabled homeless man 27 times and "killed him for no good reason" as he sought refuge from a storm, his sons say in court. 

     Film production company Nu Image claims a movie union tricked it into signing a collective bargaining agreement by lying about residual contributions to benefit plans, in a $5 million federal complaint. 


     Nevada's biggest utility company will pay the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians $4.3 million and close a power plant that is making tribal members sick from coal ash. 

     Two chimpanzees kept in a laboratory at the state university in Stony Brook, N.Y., do not have the same legal rights as humans and will therefore remain at the facility, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled. 

     Stock photo agency Minden Pictures Inc. has standing to sue a textbook publisher for allegedly printing hundreds of thousands of unauthorized copies of photos, the Ninth Circuit ruled on Friday. 

     Ferguson, Mo., police who charged a man with destroying police property for bleeding on their uniforms after beating him must face civil claims, the Eighth Circuit ruled. 

     Two rare-coin dealers facing lengthy prison terms for conspiracy won relief from the Second Circuit on orders to pay $41 million in restitution and forfeiture. 


     As emergency drought orders, legal challenges and fights over dwindling water supplies continue, relief may be on the way, as Californians watch the Pacific Ocean for a developing El Nino.

     A Defense Department contractor accused of stiffing its attorneys at Venable does not have a fraud case against the firm, a federal judge ruled. 

     After raping an epileptic inmate, a Kansas jail guard bragged about having gotten away with it before, and other guards laughed when she tried to report the assault, the woman claims in court. 

     An animal rights group frustrated in its efforts to protect two rare tortoise species, cannot sue the federal government for responding to its queries "with the alacrity of a proverbial tortoise," a federal judge ruled. 

     Fees paid to an expert witness should not have been awarded in a wage-and-hour lawsuit because it violates the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

     Brazilian gun maker Forjas Taurus SA will pay $30 million to settle a class action lawsuit over defective pistol trigger blade safeties. 

     A former professional wrestler's lawsuit claiming World Wrestling Entertainment profited while putting his and others health at risk, will be moved to Connecticut, a magistrate judge ruled. 

     A federal judge in Alaska on Thursday fined Greenpeace $2,500 for every hour protesters block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving a dock in Portland to head for the Arctic. 

     Two men caught on surveillance video leaving Confederate flags on two prominent black landmarks Thursday morning could face criminal charges, Atlanta police said.

     Accessing patient records will aid Wisconsin's investigation into narcotics prescribed to veterans at deadly rates, the state told a federal judge. 

     Leading U.S. electronics manufacturer Vizio inflates LCD sales figures by lying about its how quickly its screens refresh images, a class of consumers claim in court. 

     The Federal Bureau of Prisons will recognize humanism as a religion and allow inmates to "worship" accordingly under the terms of a settlement filed in an Oregon federal court. 


     Weatherford International must go to trial to dispute claims its supervisor-dominate culture let a boss humiliate workers by sticking his finger in their butts, a federal judge ruled. 

     An Inverness, Fla., gun store declared itself a "Muslim-free zone," in violation of federal law, the Council on American-Islamic Relations claims in court. 

     A $38 million Nebraska hospital was denied Medicare certification for lack of inpatients, because an accrediting team arrived just as it opened, and it couldn't accept Medicare patients yet, the hospital claims in court. 


     Warner/Chappell has no copyright for "Happy Birthday to You" because the song has been in the public domain since 1922, a filmmaker's attorney told a federal judge on Wednesday.

     A federal immigration agency and local police agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by residents of an apartment complex that was allegedly raided without legal justification.