Legal Issues

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.

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.