Timeshare Settlement

Welk Resorts will pay up to $5.5 million to settle a consumer protection suit alleging it misled customers who purchased a timeshare in its Platinum Program, the San Diego County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday. Customers were led to believe they were buying real estate, that the value of their investment would increase and that they could easily access vacation spots on high-demand dates.

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License Suspension

An appeals court in California reversed the denial of a petition to compel the Department of Motor Vehicles to discontinue their practice of automatic license suspension upon receipt of a notification of failure to appear. Statute requires a finding the person willfully violated his or her promise to appear, which is not satisfied by the DMV’s reliance on automatic notifications from traffic courts. 

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Habeas Corpus

Ronald Prible, who was convicted of capital murder in 2002 for the killings of two adults and three children, is entitled to habeas corpus relief, a federal court in Texas ruled, finding the state suppressed material evidence that two jailhouse informants were “part of an organized attempt to secure favors in return for fabricating a false confession,” and committed other violations. 

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Fiduciary Duty

An appeals court in California upheld the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by the former chairman of a Chinese transportation construction company who faces claims that he breached his fiduciary duty by allegedly accepting $19 million in bribes. The former chairman claimed the company is a “component of China’s military industrial complex involved in developing magnetic levitation military weapons.”

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