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News, Venice, Courts

Mentally Ill Transient Files Civil Rights Suit Against LAPD For Alleged Venice Beating

Posted May. 20, 2015, 9:26 am

A civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of a mentally ill transient alleges he was beaten last summer on the Venice Beach boardwalk by Los Angeles Police Department officers who used excessive force against him.

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News, Santa Monica, Courts

Lawsuit Alleges Health Net Cut Of Woman's Cancer Treatment

Posted May. 20, 2015, 9:23 am

A Woodland Hills woman and her sister are suing Health Net of California Inc., claiming the insurer cut off payments for their 75-year-old mother's colon cancer chemotherapy treatments and caused her to die earlier than she otherwise would have.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Sushi Chef Gets Probation For Selling Whale Meat At Santa Monica Restaurant

Posted May. 18, 2015, 11:56 am

A chef who worked at a now-defunct Santa Monica sushi restaurant was sentenced today to probation and fined $5,000 for serving meat from federally protected sei whales.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Justin Bieber Paparazzo Civil Suit Trial Delayed

Posted May. 15, 2015, 9:02 am

Attorneys for Justin Bieber and a photographer who alleges the singer kicked and punched him in 2012 at a Calabasas shopping center have agreed to delay Tuesday's scheduled start of trial of the paparazzo's civil suit in order to try to settle the case.

Santa Monica woman Sheri Myers Olmon was killed when the driver of a blue 2013 Maserati headed westbound in the 10200 block of Sunset, allegedly slammed into her eastbound blue 2008 Honda Fit last July 19.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Family Of Santa Monica Woman Killed In 2014 Westwood Crash File Lawsuit

Posted May. 14, 2015, 10:03 am

The husband and three children of a Santa Monica woman killed in a head-on collision on Sunset Boulevard in Westwood last year are suing the other driver as well as the city of Los Angeles, alleging officials were aware of previous accidents on the dangerous curve where the crash occurred.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Update: Lindsay Lohan Told To Complete 116 Hours Community Service By May 28

Posted May. 7, 2015, 9:29 am

Lindsay Lohan has completed only about nine of the 125 community service hours she is required to perform as part of her probation stemming from a 2012 traffic crash in Santa Monica, and the actress will face "consequences" if she fails to complete the hours by May 28, a judge said today.

Joseph Thomas Koetters.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man, Former Teacher In Hancock Park, Charged With More Student Sex Crimes

Posted May. 5, 2015, 9:24 am

A former English teacher at the prestigious Marlborough School in Hancock Park -- who was already accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student -- was charged with 10 additional counts for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a second student, prosecutors said Monday.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 39, is charged with murder and other counts for allegedly driving his car down the Venice boardwalk on Aug. 3, 2013.

News, Venice, Courts

Venice Boardwalk Rampage Trial: Husband Of Woman Killed Testifies

Posted May. 5, 2015, 9:17 am

An Italian man whose newlywed wife was struck and killed by a car driven onto the Venice boardwalk testified Monday that the motorist gave no warning as he weaved down the crowded tourist destination.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Former Santa Monica Sushi Chef Gets Probation For Selling Whale Meat

Posted May. 4, 2015, 12:38 pm

A chef who worked at a now-closed Santa Monica sushi restaurant was sentenced today to probation and fined $5,000 for serving meat from federally protected sei whales.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Courts, Police Department, Lax

Man Charged With Smuggling Endangered Butterflies Through LAX

Posted May. 3, 2015, 7:58 am

A man who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with more than 1,000 dried insects in his luggage -- including 150 endangered butterflies -- was expected to plead not guilty Monday to federal charges.

The stepchildren of the woman killed Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in a Malibu car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that involved reality TV star Bruce Jenner has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

News, Malibu, Courts, Pch

Stepchildren Of Woman Who Died In Bruce Jenner PCH Crash File Lawsuit

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:38 am

The stepchildren of a Calabasas woman who died in a multi-car collision involving Bruce Jenner in Malibu filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the former Olympic champion who says he has long suffered from gender confusion and now identifies as a woman.

Barry Sherman is one of two remaining rent-controlled tenants who live at Palihouse Santa Monica who are being evicted in May.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Remaining Two Palihouse Residents File Lawsuit Against City Of Santa Monica

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:32 am

The two remaining residents at Palihouse, formerly Embassy Apartments, Santa Monica, have filed a lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica and the Rent Control Board of the City of Santa Monica in the lead up to the residents’ impending eviction this month.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court has rejected the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes' appeal, meaning the ban on displaying nativity scenes at Palisades Park stands.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Backers Lose Court Appeal, Palisades Park Ban To Stand

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:12 am

The long-running legal battle between Santa Monica’s Nativity Scenes and the City appears to have come to an end, with a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica on Thursday. The ruling comes after the judges heard oral arguments from both sides Feb. 6 in Pasadena.

Ryan Taylor Bright was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Stabbing Friend To Death At 2012 Santa Monica Party

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:24 am

Ryan Taylor Bright, the man convicted of fatally stabbing his longtime friend at a Santa Monica apartment, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.

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News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Doctor Awaiting Trial for Prescription-Drug Fraud Arrested Again

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 3:41 pm

Two Southland doctors, including one from Santa Monica, who were already awaiting trial for alleged prescription-drug fraud were behind bars today, with prosecutors accusing the pair of violating the terms of their bail by continuing to write prescriptions.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation is a Canadian-American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 3, 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Film

Joss Whedon, Lionsgate Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Cabin in the Woods'

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:18 am

Author Peter Gallagher is suing Joss Whedon and Lionsgate in Los Angeles, alleging the director stole the concept behind the film "The Cabin in the Woods" from his novel, according to court papers obtained today.

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Opinion, California, Columnist, Courts

Court Frustrates Voters' Will on 'Jessica's Law'

Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 11:25 am

It was no surprise when Proposition 83, the so-called Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006 with better than a 2-1 majority. The issue, as stated in the ballot summary, was where convicted sex offenders should be allowed to live, no matter how long ago their offenses. The plain wish of the vast majority of voters is that these people become pariahs for life, unable to live anywhere near any potential victims.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Restaurant Owner Gets Probation In Whale Meat Case

Posted Apr. 6, 2015, 2:13 pm

The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant were sentenced today to fines and probation for serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Courts, Pch

Man Pleads No Contest To Malibu DUI Crash Involving Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:18 am

A Las Vegas man who crashed a pickup truck into singer Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce in Malibu last September pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor DUI charge.

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News, Courts, Lax

Defense In LAX Shooter Case Will Argue Death Penalty 'Unconstitutional'

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 3:51 pm

Attorneys for the suspect charged in a deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport plan to argue the government should be prohibited from seeking a death sentence on the grounds that it is "unconstitutional," according to court documents obtained today.

News, Health, Malibu, Courts, Smmusd

Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges PCB Contamination In Malibu Classrooms

Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

A citizen's lawsuit filed today accuses Malibu school officials of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the city's combined elementary, middle and high school campuses of allegedly illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals embedded in caulk and other building materials.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Chris Brown Released From Probation From 2009 Assault Of Rihanna

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 9:02 am

After nearly six years, R&B singer Chris Brown was released Friday from probation stemming from his February 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in Hancock Park.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica, Courts, Westwood

Another Patient Sues Medical Device Maker Over Superbug At UCLA Medical Center

Posted Mar. 17, 2015, 9:54 am

Another patient is suing a medical device maker, blaming the company for the superbug that recently broke out at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, infecting at least seven patients, killing two.

News, Los Angeles, Courts

Robert Durst, Manhattan Real Estate Heir, Arrested For Murder, Awaits LA Extradition

Posted Mar. 15, 2015, 9:44 am

Manhattan real estate heir Robert Durst, the subject of an HBO documentary, awaits extradition to California today after being arrested at a New Orleans hotel on a Los Angeles warrant for suspected murder, authorities said.

A class action lawsuit accuses Lyft of taking new drivers for a ride.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Lyft $1K Bonus Promotion For New Drivers Backfires: Santa Monica Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit

Posted Mar. 14, 2015, 9:25 am

A Santa Monica law firm has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing company, of promising $1,000 bonuses for new drivers that turned out was too good to be true. The lawsuit claims Lyft has paid very few of the new drivers the $1,000 bonus.

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