Legal Issues

Jury awards $128.6M to failed solar town developer

(AP) — A Kings County jury has awarded $128.6 million to developers of a proposed solar-powered city who claimed the land sellers broke a contract when they sold the parcels and water rights to someone else.

Fresno businessman arrested on tax evasion

Jeffrey G. Vincent, general partner in Fresno-based engineering company Stafford Group Limited Partnership, has been arrested for tax evasion.

Mexican consulate hosting legal forum

The Mexican Consulate in Fresno will host an educational forum on March 15 to inform the city's Mexican community of their rights and assist them with legal matters.

Fresno law firm wins class-action suit

From left, Ranjeet K. Brar, Andrea Henrickson, Miranda Bordson, Sean Jones, Lenden Webb, Ann Litten, Amy Lovegren, Michael Shaddix, Jotti Dhillon and Tonya AdamsWith the vast majority of civil lawsuits settling before ever seeing a courtroom, Ameriguard Security Services of Fresno had to put its foot down.

Valley Yellow Pages sues AT&T directory

AGI Publishing, Inc., the company that publishes the Valley Yellow Pages, filed a lawsuit today against the largest Yellow Pages company in the country claiming it used unfair business practices to harm its competition.

Chukchansi lawsuit requests casino money

The managers of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold are the subjects of a lawsuit filed today claiming more than $316,000 in revenues were recently diverted by an illegal faction running the establishment.

Madera man sentenced for bogus websites

Former Madera resident Phillip Jacob Shinen was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 27 months in prison for profiting off of websites that failed to deliver on his promises.

Madera family claims funeral home mishandled body

(AP) — A family is suing a Central California funeral home claiming it disfigured the body of their loved one and prepared the wrong body for viewing.

Farm labor contractor ordered to pay $4.2M

Hanford farm labor contractor Richard Lopez Escamilla Jr. has been ordered to pay nearly $4.2 million in restitution from a workers compensation fraud scheme.

New biz laws in the wings for 2014

Great American Car Wash in Fresno is among the non-unionized car washes in the state that will see their required bond to be posted increase from $15,000 to $150,000 when a new law takes effect next year. Photo via Great American Car WashLeave of absence rules will change and more protections against discrimination will go into effect, but the minimum wage hike has caused the biggest stir in the local business community when it comes to new state laws for 2014.