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September 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 23, 2016
Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016

Bay Area shareholder sues Wells Fargo over unauthorized accounts

A Wells Fargo shareholder sued executives of the reeling San Francisco bank Thursday, accusing them of unethical conduct and seeking to make them cover the costs — $185 million in government penalties, and uncounted harm to the bank’s reputation — of setting up nearly 2 million unauthorized customer accounts. A federal investigation that culminated Sept. 8 “exposed a far-reaching, systemic breakdown in corporate governance,” lawyers for shareholder William Sarsfield of San Carlos said in the San Francisco Superior Court lawsuit. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle


Heated debate over tougher punishment for sex crimes as some worry it could unfairly affect California's minorities

Outside the Santa Clara County Jail this month, U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez joined other political leaders in calling for the ouster of Santa Clara County District Judge Aaron Persky, who attracted widespread criticism over the lenient sentence he handed down to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. She also made another appeal — that Gov. Jerry Brown sign Assembly Bill 2888, which would impose mandatory minimum sentences for offenders like Turner, who have been convicted of sexually assaulting someone who is unconscious or intoxicated. By Jazmine Ulloa — Los Angeles Times

Cory Briggs’ conduct ‘unethical and possibly criminal,’ appellate court says

The state court of appeal has denied local attorney Cory Briggs more than $258,000 in fees he sought against the city of San Diego, citing “unethical, unprofessional, or even illegal conduct…” In a published opinion Thursday, three justices of the 4th District Court of Appeal said Briggs knowingly represented a suspended corporation in a lawsuit challenging a new San Diego tax to finance an expansion of the downtown convention center, but didn’t acknowledge it and then didn’t give a reason for his actions. By Brad Racino — KPBS


Oracle lawyer chastised for telling Google secrets

A federal judge on Thursday scolded an Oracle attorney for revealing Google's secrets in open court earlier this year. Oracle attorney Annette Hurst said during a Jan. 14 discovery hearing that Google made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit since launching its Android mobile platform in 2008. By Nicholas Iovino — Courthouse News Service

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