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A federal prosecutor delivered opening statements Friday in the public corruption retrial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca with new allegations that Baca lied to federal investigators about his efforts to thwart a probe into inmate abuse, while his defense team countered that the septuagenarian had a failing memory.
Uber Technologies Inc. was sued Thursday in California federal court by a Minnesota woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver, the latest suit to allege the company’s purportedly lax background check measures compromised the safety of its female passengers.
A Texas federal judge on Friday transferred a patent case against Google Inc. to California court after the Federal Circuit granted a rare writ of mandamus a day earlier, finding in a split decision that the initial ruling had unfairly weighted the transfer factors against the technology giant.
A California Appeals Court on Wednesday ruled the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Inc. had a duty to conduct criminal background checks on its coaches, setting a precedent that such organizations could be held liable for a third party’s sexual abuse of a minor.
Former employees of religious hospital systems have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold circuit court rulings that their former employers are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing that the businesses are run as hospitals not churches, so they don’t qualify for a religious exemption.