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Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

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April 1, 2014 By James Poulos. It's official: Many of California's biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary judgment effectively throwing out the lawsuit. On Friday, Judge Koh denied that request, allowing California's most high-profile w...

New fears push more California e-cig bans

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March 31, 2014 By James Poulos. Southern California's thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting "vapes" in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine solution found in e-cigs "poison by the barrel." That has producers and retailers in a "defensive crouch," according to the ...

New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

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March 31, 2014 By James Poulos. Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate's Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost. Last year, Brown signed Assembly Bill 10, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, which boosted the state's current $8 minimum wage this way...

Only Sen. Anderson demands Senate expel 3 disgraced members

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March 31, 2014 By John Hrabe. A lone Republican lawmaker is calling on the California State Senate to expel three of its Democratic members that are facing criminal charges. State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, the lone dissenter in Friday's vote to suspend with pay three members of the state Senate, said that his three colleagues, who stand accused of criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public...
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