Legal Issues

Fresno jury awards $10.9M in mesothelioma case

A Fresno jury today made the city's first verdict in a mesothelioma case, awarding $10.9 million to the family of auto mechanic James 'Jimmy' Phillips against a company that made asbestos-containing brake pads and linings.

Fresno’s Sutton Hatmaker law firm partners go separate ways

From left, Fresno attorney Brett Sutton formed the Sutton Hague Law Corp. this month along with partners Jared Hague and Joseph Macias.Long known for its seminars and legal education for businesses, the Fresno law firm of Sutton Hatmaker split this month, forming two new practices to take on the demanding field of employment law.

Stuffed Pipe owner pleads to drug charges, forfeits $6.5M

The owner of the Stuffed Pipe smoke shops has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges related to synthetic marijuana.The owner of the four Stuffed Pipe smoke shops in Fresno has pleaded guilty to two federal counts related to the illegal sale of smokable synthetic cannabinoids.

Celebrated pilot settles California court battle

(AP) — A celebrated pilot who was the first person to break the sound barrier has avoided a courtroom battle in Central California over claims he owed thousands in unpaid legal bills.

Fresno Co. court recruiting for grand jury

The Fresno County Superior Court is seeking 19 citizens who will effect changes to local government through their service on the grand jury.

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.