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Company Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million in Denied Benefits

KRON 4 | sylvia Ramirez | October 16, 2013
A San Francisco Superior Court judge today upheld orders for a janitorial company to pay more than $1.3 million to its employees who did not receive benefits they were entitled to under the city’s health care law [...]

 

Bayview Janitorial Company Vows To Fight Ruling In Favor Of Employees Who Were Denied Health Care Benefits

SF Appeal | Bay City News | October 16, 2013
A San Francisco Superior Court judge today upheld orders for a janitorial company to pay more than $1.3 million to its employees who did not receive benefits they were entitled to under the city’s health care law [...]

 

Nevada hospital 'dumps' patients in Oregon, receipts show

Katu.com | Bob Heye | October 11, 2013
Bus ticket receipts show just how many mental health patients were sent from Nevada to Oregon as part of a multistate practice known as "patient dumping." Hundreds of patients were put on buses and several dozen ended up in Oregon. And most of those ended up in Portland [...]

 

SF City Lawyers Get Props

SF Appeal | Julia Cheever | October 1, 2013
Two top deputies in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office will be honored by two different organizations meeting in the city this week. Burk "Buck" Delventhal, the longtime chief of the office’s Government Team, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association [...]

 

Once Suicidal and Shipped Off, Now Battling Nevada Over Care

New York Times | Rick Lyman | September 21, 2013
David Theisen keeps his legal papers in a frayed yellow envelope in his tiny transients’ hotel room, a toilet down the hall, the covers of his beloved comic books, with titles like "Dark Mysteries" and "Vault of Horror," lining the drab walls [...]

 

San Francisco Sues Nevada, Claims State Dumped Psychiatric Patients In The City

Huffington Post | By Lydia O'Connor | September 11, 2013
After Nevada allegedly sent newly discharged psychiatric patients on one-way buses to San Francisco without arrangements for care upon arrival, the city has filed a class action lawsuit against the state following its refusal to reimburse the resulting medical costs [...]

 

S.F. sues to recoup costs for patients 'dumped' by Nevada hospital

Los Angeles Times | Lee Romney | September 10, 2013
The San Francisco city attorney on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Nevada on behalf of all California local governments where patients have allegedly been bused from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital in recent years [...]

 

San Francisco Sues Nevada Over Alleged Patient Dumping

CBS 5 | September 10, 2013
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada, seeking reimbursement for the treatment of psychiatric patients allegedly bused over the border and dropped on the streets of California cities [...]

 

San Francisco sues Nevada over ‘patient dumping’

Sacramento Bee | Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese | September 10, 2013
The state of Nevada and its primary psychiatric hospital "intentionally and wrongfully" foisted the cost of caring for indigent mentally ill people onto California cities and counties by issuing patients bus tickets out of town without making proper arrangements for their care, a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco charges [...]

 

San Francisco Sues To Block City College Accreditation Sanctions

CBS 5 | Barbara Taylor | August 22, 2013
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop the agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western U.S. from revoking the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. In March, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges pulled the accreditation of City College of San Francisco, effective next year, if changes aren’t made in classes and governance [...]

 

City Attorney Dennis Herrera sues to block closure of City College

SF Examiner | Andrea Koskey | August 22, 2013
City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed dual legal challenges Thursday designed to block the closure of City College of San Francisco while blaming state education officials for failing to properly oversee the school. In a lawsuit, Herrera accused the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of retaliating against CCSF’s stance that community colleges should remain open and accessible to all students instead of adopting an approach encouraging students to complete degrees [...]

 

City attorney files suit on behalf of SF City College

ABC 7 | Carolyn Tyler | August 22, 2013
San Francisco City College's fight to keep its accreditation got a boost from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. He filed two legal motions. ABC7 News takes a look at the legal battle to keep the school from closing. Herrera wants the decision rescinded regarding City College's accreditation and he wants the state to take more responsibility [...]

 

SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera sues to keep City College open

San Francisco Bay Guardian | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez | August 22, 2013
City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a suit today to block City College of San Francisco’s accreditation agency from closing down the school. The accreditation agency, the Association of California Community and Junior Colleges, moved to put City College on a sanction last July that would lead to its closure in exactly one year. Since then, enrollment at the college has plummeted and the school has been in the fight for its very existence. Now Herrera is saying that closure action was improper, unwarranted, and out of line with the agency’s prior actions [...]

 

San Francisco may sue Nevada over alleged 'patient dumping'

CNN | Melissa Gray | August 21, 2013
San Francisco on Wednesday threatened to sue Nevada over the practice of "patient dumping," in which the state allegedly sent hundreds of indigent mentally ill patients on one-way trips to California. In a letter to Nevada's state attorney general, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera threatened a class-action lawsuit, saying Nevada's state-run psychiatric hospital Rawson-Neal sent two dozen patients to his city and hundreds more to other spots in California without any arrangements for care once they arrived [...]

 

California borrowers net $7.7 million from S.F.'s City Attorney's payday lender lawsuit

YAHOO! Finance | August 5, 2013
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced that more than 2,000 claimants for restitution from storefront payday lender Check 'n Go will begin receiving refund checks this week as a result of his office's consumer protection litigation settlement and statewide outreach program. All Check 'n Go claimants are expected to receive their refund checks--totaling nearly $2.2 million [...]

 

San Francisco Returns the Favor, Sues Monster Energy Drink

KQED | May 6, 2013
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against Monster Beverage Monday, on the heels of Monster filing suit against Herrera last week. The city's suit calls Monster's business practices around its energy drinks "unfair, deceptive, and unlawful" and asserts that Monster violates both California's health and safety code and its business and professions code. The suit cites recent reports of health complications and [...]

 

San Francisco’s city attorney: ‘We put discrimination on trial’

Washington Post | Brook Silva Braga | March 25, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear arguments about California’s Proposition 8 on Tuesday. San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera, has been at the forefront of the battle for nearly a decade and is in D.C. to observe the arguments [...]

 

National Media Salutes SF City Attorney's Office

Beyond Chron | Randy Shaw | March 20‚ 2013 A front page story in the March 19 New York Times ("Ban on Gay Marriage Led Lawyers to Shift Role") confirms what many San Franciscans already knew: City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his staff are perhaps the nation’s leading legal organization for achieving progressive change. While its legal strategy on marriage equality gets the most national focus, Herrera’s office has also used the courts to combat wage theft, close nuisance liquor and grocery stores, improve substandard housing, and ensure that restaurants [...]

 

Ban on Gay Marriage Led Lawyers to Shift Role

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | March 18, 2013
Nine years ago, city officials here sued to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage. It was the first government challenge to such a law, and it set in motion a legal chain reaction that gave rise to a momentous Supreme Court case to be argued next Tuesday. The move was also the beginning of a kind of civil disobedience movement by government officials. Around the nation, executive branch officials started to abandon their traditional role, which is to enforce the laws and defend them when they are challenged in court [...]

 


 

City attorney gets rulings against Tenderloin markets

SF Examiner | Ari Burack | March 31, 2012
A judge has imposed strict sanctions against two Tenderloin markets that police and city officials had accused of maintaining “safe havens” for drug dealers and traffickers in stolen goods [...]

 

Civil cases are new tool in fight for safe streets 

SF Examiner | Examiner Editorial | February 2, 2012
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has unholstered a powerful new weapon to help crime-besieged neighborhoods rid themselves of blatant lawbreaking. Two Tenderloin markets were [...]

 


 

$44 million settlement reached in 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill

SF Examiner | Katie Worth | September 20, 2011
Four years after a container ship sideswiped the Bay Bridge, ripping open and spilling 53,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay, the people responsible for the spill have agreed to pay up [...]

Last updated: 10/31/2013 4:58:27 PM