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  1. USA Sues Berkeley for Blocking Post Office SaleRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Courthouse News Service

    The U.S. Postal Service has sued Berkeley, California, claiming the city interfered with a federal mandate by passing an ordinance to block the sale of its historic post office building. The Monday lawsuit in Federal Court is the latest wrinkle in a four-year fight over the 102-year-old downtown post office.

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  2. Polluted Stormwater Isn't Owned by Bay Area Cities, Monsanto SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 10 | Courthouse News Service

    Whether a landmark environmental lawsuit moves forward may hinge on who owns the rain, Monsanto says in fighting a lawsuit from Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. The cities sued Monsanto in Federal Court, claiming its production and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls from 1935 until 1969 polluted San Francisco Bay.

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  3. Monsanto Says Bay Area Cities Can't Sue It for Polluting SF BayRead the original story

    Wednesday Aug 10 | Courthouse News Service

    Whether a landmark environmental lawsuit moves forward may hinge on who owns the rain, Monsanto says in fighting a lawsuit from Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. The cities sued Monsanto in Federal Court, claiming its production and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls from 1935 until 1969 polluted San Francisco Bay.

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  4. Cal Students' Title IX"Claims on Thin IceRead the original story

    Monday Aug 1 | Courthouse News Service

    A federal judge reluctantly dismissed with leave to amend two civil cases against the University of California, Berkeley that claimed the institution failed to do enough under Title IX to address two separate instances of sexual assault. U.S. District Judge William Orrick conceded that UC Berkeley "bungled its response" to the two sexual assaults in questions, but said the ineptitude did not rise to the standard of deliberate indifference needed to make a case for money damages under Title IX.

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  5. Gut Bacteria Predates Humanity, Study FindsRead the original story

    Jul 22, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    The history of the bacteria in our guts predates our species, evolving in parallel with our ape relatives over millions of years, according to a new study . Researchers detailed how microbes in our ancestors' intestines split as humans continued to evolve and split in the ape family tree, beginning with ancestral African apes.

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  6. 'Sugary Drink Tax' Going to Portland VotersRead the original story

    Jul 11, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    A proposed ballot initiative could make Portland, Oregon, the third major city in the country to put a special tax on sugary drinks. The nonprofit Upstream Public Health proposed Portland's ballot initiative in June.

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  7. Berkeley Doesn't Know What It's Doing on Housing, Landlords SayRead the original story

    Jun 9, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    Berkeley's decrepit affordable rental housing stock will stay that way because the city demands an unconscionable $34,000 "construction mitigation fee" for each new unit, building owners say in a constitutional complaint. Clifford and Olga Orloff sued Berkeley on Monday in Federal Court, claiming a new ordinance "unconstitutionally requires property owners to transfer massive sums of money to the city and tenants in order to exercise an essential right of property ownership: the right to redevelop property."

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  8. Bay Area Cities Eager to Take on MonsantoRead the original story

    May 6, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    An attorney for three cities suing Monsanto over the presence of dangerous chemicals in the San Francisco Bay told a federal judge Thursday he was eager to take the matter to trial. "We would like to push this case toward trial," John Fiske, attorney representing the cities of San Jose, Berkeley and Oakland in their respective lawsuits against Monsanto, said during a case management conference on Thursday.

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  9. UC Pays $4.75 Million in Cal Football Player's DeathRead the original story

    Apr 15, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    The family of a University of California, Berkeley football player who died during a workout in 2014 has reached a $4.75 million settlement with the UC system. Ted Agu, a 21-year-old defensive lineman for the Golden Bears who had sickle-cell trait, died on Feb. 7, 2014 during a conditioning drill that his family said was "extremely intense and egregiously inappropriate, given his medical condition" in their August 2014 lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court.

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  10. Board Says Builders at Fault in Balcony FailRead the original story

    Apr 11, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    Poor workmanship and waterproofing contributed to a deadly fifth-floor balcony collapse in Berkeley and five contractors could have their licenses revoked, California officials said Friday. After a nine-month investigation into the collapse that killed six college students this past June, the California Contractors License Board concluded that the apartment building's contractors likely deviated from trade standards and compromised the eight-year-old structure.

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  11. Class Claims California DMV Violates PrivacyRead the original story

    Feb 26, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    California's Department of Motor Vehicles violates privacy and the state constitution by illegally retaining and reporting confidential criminal history records, six Californians claim in a class action in state court. Five pseudonymous plaintiffs and Steve Thomasberger sued the DMV and its director Jean Shiomoto on Wednesday, accusing them of violating the Information Practices Act, due process, the vehicle code and other charges.

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  12. Occupy Berkeley Civil Rights Case Set for TrialRead the original story

    Jan 29, 2016 | Courthouse News Service

    A federal judge delivered a mixed bag of rulings in Occupy Berkeley protesters' civil rights claims against UC-Berkeley administrators, paving the way for a November trial. Yvette Felarca et al. say they were engaged in a peaceful protest of tuition hikes and privatization of public education when officers in riot gear raided their Sproul Hall encampment on Nov. 9, 2011, for the second time that day.

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  13. Pot Clubs' Racketeering Fight Hits Federal CourtRead the original story

    Dec 10, 2015 | Courthouse News Service

    A federal judge seemed incredulous to hear a case Thursday in which a medical pot collective sued the city of Berkeley for allowing three dispensaries to operate for profit and as the city's "authorized dispensaries." Lead plaintiff Christopher Smith sued the Berkeley, its medical cannabis commission, its city council and three dispensaries in Alameda County Superior Court this past April, claiming that the city "has knowingly allowed for-profit organizations to operate as the 'authorized dispensaries' exclusively allowed to sell marijuana to cannabis patients who need the medicine, and to grossly inflate the prices of this medicine to line the pockets of these organizations' owners."

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  14. Solitary as Punishment Nixed at Juvy HallRead the original story

    Dec 2, 2015 | Courthouse News Service

    A federal judge approved a $2.5 million settlement that prohibits a Bay Area juvenile detention center from using 24-hour solitary confinement as punishment and requires assessment, treatment and education for children with disabilities. Three guardians sued Contra Costa County and its Office of Education in August 2013, on behalf of children at the county's Juvenile Hall in Martinez.

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  15. 13 Claims Filed in Berkeley Balcony DisasterRead the original story

    Nov 16, 2015 | Courthouse News Service

    Thirteen lawsuits were filed last week over the collapse of an apartment balcony in Berkeley that killed six students and seriously injured seven in June. The fourth-floor balcony of an apartment at the Library Gardens complex at 2020 Kittredge St., near the UC-Berkeley campus, was hosting a 21st birthday party when it buckled and crashed 40 feet to the street.

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