Legal Issues

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.

London firm sues Visalia over bid on $93M project

Multi-national contractor Balfour Beatty of London has filed suit against the City of Visalia in a dispute over bidding on a $93-million upgrade to the city’s water plant.

CalChamber: Valley votes in Sacramento mostly in-step

The Valley’s legislative delegation in Sacramento was mostly in step with the California Chamber of Commerce when it comes to legislation affecting the business community, according to an analysis of voting records.

Conklin elected Fresno County presiding judge

Judge Jonathan Coklin will serve as Fresno County Superior Court presiding judge effective Jan. 1, 2014.Judge Jonathan B. Conklin has been elected as the presiding judge of Fresno County Superior Court.

Fresno law firms announce merger

Fresno law firms Bolen Fransen and Sawyers & Holland announced a merger of their practices to combine their expertise and better serve clients.

Clovis man pleads guilty to aiming laser pointer

A Clovis man has plead guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno County Sheriff's helicopter.A Clovis man indicted under a new federal law against aiming a laser pointer at aircraft pleaded guilty today, facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Union treasurer pleads guilty to embezzling

Adam C. Raimer, a secretary-treasurer for a local branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union, pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement and fraud charges on Wednesday.