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September 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 15, 2016

New state law expands tenant privacy in eviction suits

Tenants who fight off their landlords’ attempts to evict them can keep their names sealed from other property owners, improving their prospects of renting a future residence or obtaining credit, under a new state law sponsored by a Bay Area legislator. AB2819 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, expands confidentiality provisions in a current law that seals case records for 60 days when a landlord seeks to evict a tenant for such reasons as nonpayment of rent or damaging property.By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle


A new study by the Civil Justice Association of California details the volume of product liability cases that out-of-state plaintiffs filed in Los Angeles and San Francisco against pharmaceutical companies between January 2010 and May 2016. In the 64-month period, the study shows that there were a total of 2,919 cases, with 25,503 plaintiffs. By Seth Sandronsky — Northern California Record

San Diego Justice Alex C. McDonald, who served on the state 4th District Court of Appeal for more than two decades, died unexpectedly on Sept. 8, the court announced. McDonald had gone to work at the appeals court that day but died that night after leaving work. By Greg Moran — San Diego Union-Tribune


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