Orange County Reporter
Thursday, June 13, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Monday, June 10, 2024

Tax professionals can play a vital role in clarifying the taxation of damages and legal fees, assessing tax gross-up assertions, unraveling complexities in tax-related investments, and pinpointing tax reporting inaccuracies.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Every tax season hundreds of thousands of Californians are hit with an unexpected bill: They owe hundreds of dollars or more to the IRS because they accepted more money in subsidies for health insurance than they were allowed.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

When La Prensa publisher and longtime Chula Vista resident Art Castañares first filed a public records request in 2021 to review video footage from police department drones, he wanted "to see how police use the new drones and whether they may be violating people's privacy rights as they fly over thousands of homes around the city."

Monday, June 3, 2024

Self-regulation is a messy business. In politics, it can seem elusive.

Friday, May 24, 2024

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a huge deficit this spring, and he has one especially big money-saving option that he's not using.
In January, the University of California Board of Regents broke the hearts of undocumented students by halting a proposal to allow them to work on campus. A few days later, David Alvarez had a plan. The Democratic assemblymember from Chula Vista huddled with student organizers and decided to draft a bill to compel the UC, as well as the community colleges and California State University, to do what the UC regents would not.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Just minutes after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a revised state budget with billions of dollars in spending reductions on Friday, advocates for affected programs began showering reporters with statements of dismay.
Desperate for a way to help the tens of thousands of people living in tents, cars and RVs on California's streets, lawmakers are attempting to upend a key tenet of the state's homelessness policy.
For students struggling with the cost of college, Gov. Gavin Newsom has some bad news: there may be less financial aid this fall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The DeVillier v. Texas case highlights the need for government officials to act in good faith when dealing with citizens' constitutional rights, and the need for government lawyers to seek justice, not just convictions.

NEWS

General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

LOS ANGELES — When the popular Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened in 2021 with exhibits celebrating the diversity of the film industry, the museum was criticized for having largely omitted one group: the Jewish founders of Hollywood.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Consider a common scenario: You're driving on the highway, thinking about something that happened at work or what you're going to eat for dinner, and your car starts beeping.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Lawmakers in California last month advanced about 30 new measures on artificial intelligence aimed at protecting consumers and jobs, one of the biggest efforts yet to regulate the new technology.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a three-judge panel, ruled Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Postmates do not have an equal protection claim against the state over legislation, AB 5, that they said targeted their businesses by requiring them to treat drivers as full-time employees.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

CNET Networks, Inc., a leading tech and consumer electronic media company, was hit with a proposed class action last week, accusing the company of using "pen registers" to illegally track the IP addresses of California residents visiting the company's website, CNET.com.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

Since the early days of the pandemic, owners of big buildings in New York and other large cities have been desperately hoping that the commercial real estate business would recover as workers returned to offices.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

SAN DIEGO — For years, Father Joe's Villages, a nonprofit homeless services provider and housing developer in Southern California, could reliably count on the insurance premiums for its properties rising up to 10% every year.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

A federal fair-housing law prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, ethnicity, religion and other factors, like gender identity and disability. That applies to any number of scenarios, in which such discrimination has occurred: a homeowner refusing to negotiate a sale; a landlord failing to make repairs; a mortgage lender denying a loan.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has been disqualified from representing on appeal a defendant who lost a $10 billion breach of contract dispute because the firm's attorneys consulted with the plaintiff about potentially representing him in the matter more than 20 years ago.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

The state Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether the city of Los Angeles could be sanctioned for $2.5 million for discovery abuse during a legal dispute with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC over a lawsuit it dropped.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

Ontrak Inc. founder and former CEO Terren Peizer intended to sell his share of the company due to approximately one million expiring stock warrants months before executives at Cigna – Ontrak's largest health insurance client at the time – raised financial concerns to him and later terminated their contract with the company, his attorney told a jury during opening statements late Tuesday afternoon.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

In 2023, Americans reported they were the victims of more nearly $10 billion in financial fraud1.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

A Los Angeles County judge sustained demurrers by the county to a lawsuit seeking the closure of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, the subject of thousands of complaints from nearby residents. In his ruling on Wednesday, Judge Stephen I. Goorvitch found that the petitioners, a coalition of citizens, did not allege any violation of ministerial duty by the county and that their discrimination claims could not stand.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The general manager of a Los Angeles spice supplier is accused of bleeding the company dry to pay for tuition fees and new cars in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County. The complaint claims that defendant Juan Carlos Romano conspired to divert company funds away from El Ruisenor de Mexico Inc., in part by forcing it to purchase inferior products from a separate company he secretly formed.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Borrowers of the popular "buy now, pay later" installment loans should find it easier to dispute charges and get refunds under a new rule announced by the federal government last week.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of OpenAI insiders is blowing the whistle on what they say is a culture of recklessness and secrecy at the San Francisco artificial intelligence company, which is racing to build the most powerful AI systems ever created.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Counsel for disbarred attorney Tom Girardi argued his celebrity status and "voluminous publicity" before and after his California indictment would put his constitutional rights in jeopardy should a federal judge decline to issue private questionnaires to potential jurors in his upcoming wire fraud trial.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

A security guard who was fired after he reported misconduct by administration officials at the Redlands Unified School District won a wrongful termination lawsuit and was awarded $800,000.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Popular prebiotic soda brand Poppi, one of the leading nonalcoholic beverages on the market, was accused in a newly filed proposed class action of misleading consumers about the gut health benefits of its products.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

LOS ANGELES — For months, Los Angeles residents believed the park had been vacated. Only the memory of P-22, the beloved celebrity mountain lion who had once made it his home, lingered as the city mourned his death. That was until this month, when an apparent successor — another mountain lion, seemingly bigger, younger and stronger — emerged late one night.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Typically quiet Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, erupted in tumult last fall over a bold proposal to kill all the deer on the island using sharpshooters in helicopters.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

When Interstate 25 was constructed through Denver, highway engineers moved a river.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

The U.S. economy has been an enigma over the past few years. The job market is booming, and consumers are still spending, which is usually a sign of optimism. But if you ask Americans, many will tell you that they feel bad about the economy and are unhappy about President Joe Biden's economic record.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

A multibillion-dollar antitrust class action against the National Football League over the legality of its "Sunday Ticket" broadcast package opened Thursday to a jury in a courtroom so full it spilled into overflow seating.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Neutral Craig Karlan understands that flexibility is crucial to reaching a resolution.