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July 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 18, 2016

Can a California homeowner be sued for a wildfire?

A 2013 wildfire burned 43 square miles near Palm Springs, Calif., threatening a town and costing an estimated $15 million to put out – and the federal government wants Tarek Al-Shawaf to pay for it. Officials say that Mr. Shawaf's warped electrical box started the fire in the San Jacinto Mountains. By Lucy Schouten — The Christian Science Monitor

Riverside woman files lawsuit over her Corinthian Colleges debt

A California mother of two and a former student of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, seeking damages and an end to daily collection calls over private loans she received to attend the for-profit school. Attorneys for Deborah Terrell say the case, which seeks class-action status, could involve thousands of ex-Corinthian students and millions of dollars. By Jennifer C. Kerr — The Associated Press

Prosecutors close to wrapping up case against PG&E

Federal prosecutors plan to wind up their pipeline-safety case against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. next week without testimony from some high-ranking PG&E personnel who had previously been listed as witnesses. After an abbreviated session Friday, the start of the trial’s fifth week, prosecutors said they would call two or three more witnesses and rest their case by Wednesday. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle

TRIBES: Foster family won't give up on Lexi, despite legal setback

A 6-year-old girl with Native American heritage will remain with her relatives in Utah under a court ruling last week but the Santa Clarita foster parents who had to surrender her in the contentious custody battle are refusing to stand down. In a unanimous decision, a California appellate court July 8 upheld a lower court’s ruling in March that removed the girl, known as Lexi, from the home of Rusty and Summer Page – where she had lived for more than four years – and placed her with relatives in Utah, including a half-sister. By Brenda Gazzar — The Press-Enterprise

Firms offer cash to help new lawyers pay student debt

Young lawyers, struggling with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, are finding relief from a new source: their employers. Some law firms are starting to contribute cash to help their newly hired lawyers meet monthly payments on education loans that can be as large as a mortgage payment on a house. By Elizabeth Olson — The New York Times

Fraud complaints cloud foreclosure relief

In 2012, after a heart attack left him too ill to work and unable to make his mortgage payments on time, John M. Green turned to the Litvin Law Firm for help. Green, according, in part, to records he provided to federal bankruptcy court, said he paid the firm about $8,000 over the next two years to negotiate better terms with the lender on his house in Baker, La. By Fred Schulte — USA Today

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