Legal Issues

Fresno courtrooms to close temporarily for training

The Fresno County Superior Court announced that the Family Support Courtrooms in the B.F. Siske Courthouse will be closed intermittenly due to training in September.

Injunction issued to prevent foreclosure scammers

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Farmworker Florentino Salazar of Firebaugh decided to fight back against scam artists that that he says target low-income Spanish speaking residents of the Central Valley.

Sikh group hopes to sue Indian official in Wis.

(AP) — An Indian head of state is expected to visit Wisconsin next week, and a Sikh group accusing him of human-rights violations is offering $10,000 to anyone who serves him with a federal summons while he's here.

Website maker pleads guilty to wire fraud

Central Valley native Phillip Jacob Shinen, 33, pleaded guilty Monday before Senior District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to one count of wire fraud relating to the fraudulent sale of websites.

Calif. judge orders Indian casino's till tapped

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold has until the end of November to pay $725,000 to a former casino manager.(AP) — A judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a sheriff to take money from a Central California Native American casino's till to pay a $725,000 settlement reached between the tribe and a former casino manager.

Westlands files Bay Delta suit

Raising serious objections to the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Plan, the Westlands Water District joined the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority in a legal action filed May 24 in the Sacramento Superior Court to require the Delta Stewardship Council to revise the Delta Plan to be consistent with the 2009 Delta Reform Act, which created the Council.

Reyes appointed new Tulare Co. judge

Antonio Reyes was appointed the newest judge for the Tulare County Superior Court.Governor Jerry Brown appointed Visalia attorney Antonio Reyes as the newest judge for the Tulare County Superior Court.

Fresno investment manager sentenced

Joseph Randall Medcalf, 56, formerly an investment manager in Fresno, was sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony Ishii to 6 ½ years in prison, and pay $6.6 million in fines for a scheme to defraud investors, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Gerawan files suit over mandatory mediation

Gerawan Farming filed suit against the California Labor Relations Board recently challenging the constitutionality of the mandatory mediation and conciliation procedures of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

Law school wins in moot court competition

George Vasquez, Amanda DeHart and James Mugridge won the Roger G. Traynor trophy for best oral argument.The San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis beat 13 other law schools to win a Roger G. Traynor trophy during the Traynor Moot Court Competition held last week in Fresno.