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$185 Million Isn't Enough, Wells Fargo Victims Say

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By Nicholas Iovino

Wells Fargo’s $185-million settlement for opening millions of unauthorized accounts to meet aggressive sales goals fails to adequately compensate victims, bank customers say in a federal class action.

AmEx Defeats Antitrust Claims from Feds & Retailers

By Lorraine Bailey

American Express doesn’t violate antitrust laws by banning merchants from asking consumers to use lower-fee cards, even though the policy effectively raises prices on all consumers, the Second Circuit ruled.

Clinton Gets Under Trump's Skin in Their First Presidential Debate

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By Adam Klasfeld

The first presidential candidate debate of 2016 started out fiery and remained so throughout its entire 90-minutes, with Republican Donald Trump largely on his heels as Democrat Hillary Clinton hit him again and again on issues ranging from race relations and the economy to how to defeat the Islamic State group.

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Snap Polls Show Clinton Clear Debate Winner

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By Dan Mccue

Two snap polls conducted immediately after Monday’s presidential candidate debate in New York found that voters nationally believe Democrat Hillary Clinton handily won her first face-to-face showdown with Republican Donald Trump. Preliminary numbers from Nielson suggest 80.9 million tuned in for the fun.

Trump Blames Others After Combative Debate

By Josh Lederman, Lisa Lerer, AP

Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton’s.

Bill Clinton Touts Hillary's Debate Prowess in Ohio

By Andy Olesko

Touring Ohio on Tuesday after Hillary Clinton emerged a clear winner at her first debate with Donald Trump, a raspy-voiced President Bill Clinton greeted supporters in Toledo as part of a National Voter Registration Day event.

PACER Class Action Advances

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By June Williams

A federal judge refused Monday to dismiss a class action accusing the U.S. government of systematically overcharging for access to court records through its system PACER, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.

Judge Cautious as US Jockeys to Nix Military-Assault Case

By Brandi Buchman

The attorney for veterans contesting how the U.S. military handles sexual-assault cases pleaded with a federal judge at a court hearing to advance their case.

Vietnamese Fishermen Sue Steel Firm Over Fish Deaths

Hundreds of Vietnamese fishermen have filed claims seeking compensation from a Taiwanese steel company that acknowledged its toxic chemicals caused a massive fish kill, a local priest helping the fishermen said Tuesday.

Orlando Shooting Survivor Seeks Audit of Victim Fund

By Alex Pickett

A survivor of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting called for an audit of funds intended for victims, even as disbursements of those funds began Tuesday.

University Biased in Sex Assault Case, Student Says

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By Lowell Neumann Nickey

An Ivy League university discriminated against a student because of his race and gender in its independent investigation of a sexual assault, an unnamed student claims in federal court.

Bridge Gridlock Pleased Christie, Jury Hears

By David Porter, AP

Upon hearing that his appointee had engineered a traffic jam for political reasons, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared happy about it, the governor’s former ally testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie’s White House ambitions.

Derrick Rose's Accuser Asks for Anonymity

By Matt Reynolds

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The woman who accused NBA star Derrick Rose and two other men of raping her showed the court evidence the case is being criminally investigated and wants the judge to reconsider his ruling that she should not remain anonymous during her civil trial.

Contempt Finding Against Senators Tossed

By Jeff D. Gorman

Virginia senators should not have been held in contempt for refusing to turn over documents relating to voter redistricting maps, the state’s highest court ruled.

Ninth Circuit Judge Taking Senior Status

Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain will assume senior status on New Year’s eve after 30 years on the appeals court bench, and continue hearing a reduced caseload in the Portland Federal Courthouse.

CNS Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including snap polls showing Clinton won the first presidential candidate debate, the Bridgegate jury hearing that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was pleased when told an aide engineered the traffic tie-up, a judge in Illinois blocks same-day voter registration in the state, and more.

Contempt Finding Against Senators Tossed

By Jeff D. Gorman

Virginia senators should not have been held in contempt for refusing to turn over documents relating to voter redistricting maps, the state’s highest court ruled.

Shocking Neglect Alleged in Foster Program

By Karina Brown

In a lawsuit against Oregon, a little girl’s guardian claims the Department of Human Services certified a man as a foster father and placed her with him even though he told DHS that he was “a sex addict” with “obsessions and compulsions with pornography and strip clubs.”

'Unpersuasive' Isn't 'False,' Judge Rules

By Emma Gannon

A federal judge dismissed an investor’s class action accusing a computer security firm of lying about preventing a Russian hacking group’s attack, to bolster its flagging stock price.

11th Cir. Revives Sexual Predators' Housing Claim

By Julie Baker-Dennis

The 11th Circuit on Monday revived two sexual offenders’ challenges to residency restrictions in Miami-Dade County that they contend are the strictest in the nation and patently unconstitutional.

Court Bars Same-Day Illinois Voter Registration

By Lisa Klein

Illinois voters will not be able to register at the polls in November thanks to preliminary injunction granted by a federal judge today. The state’s law currently requires counties with a population of over 100,000 to allow citizens to register when voting, but the rest don’t have to and don’t.

ESA Petition Process Still Raising Questions

By Ramona Young-Gridle

Environmentalists say revisions to the petition process for listing endangered species is designed to intimidate citizen petitioners with cumbersome requirements.

'Affluenza' Killer Wants to Sue Over Jail Sentence

By David Lee

In a bid to spring their client from jail, attorneys for “affluenza” killer Ethan Couch said Tuesday that Couch could sue a criminal court judge for sentencing him to nearly two years in county jail.

'Affluenza' Killer Wants to Sue Over Jail Sentence

In a bid to spring their client from jail, attorneys for “affluenza” killer Ethan Couch said Tuesday that Couch could sue a criminal court judge for sentencing him to nearly two years in county jail.

Baca Wants Judge in Obstruction Case DQ'd

By Matt Reynolds

Former LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca says he will not get a fair trial on charges he obstructed an investigation into jailhouse abuses because a federal judge is already convinced of his guilt and media coverage has prejudiced him.

State Sued Over Murder of 'San Quentin 6' Inmate

By Nick Cahill

The 2015 prison murder of inmate-turned-civil rights activist Hugo Pinell has spawned a wrongful death lawsuit by Pinell’s daughter, who seeks answers as to why her father was let into the prison yard at all after 43 years in solitary confinement.

In Brief

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Merrill Lynch Fined $12.5 M

Merrill Lynch was fined $12.5 million for ineffective trading controls that let erroneous orders be sent and caused mini-flash market crashes, the SEC said.

Restitution Revisited

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a restitution order concerning goods bought at a Target store in Colorado, and Nordstrom stores in California, with fraudulent credit cards, even though the Target charges were not explicitly included as part of the plea.

Tech Patents

Broadcom and Avago Technologies claim Amazon.com violates 10 tech patents, in Federal Court.

Writer's Heartbreak

A writer claims Costco sold him a floor model of a laptop computer as new, without telling him it had been set to periodically erase all its files, and he lost 17 chapters of a book, in a $20,000 demand in Clatsop County Court.

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Securities Fraud

Mard fka KiOR and its CEO Fred H. Cannon Jr., 65, of Houston raised $150 million through false and misleading statements about its biomass energy projects, the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Opinion

By Robert Kahn

Idiot's Delight

 Maybe I'm more confident about my country than every TV network, radio station and newspaper in the United States, but was it really the top national news story for three days this week that a mentally disturbed person set off a couple of pipe bombs?
 I don't care whether he was "connected with" or "inspired by" al-Qaida or ISIS or not. Or the Girl Scouts. Why did we allow Ahmad R. Schmuck (his real name) — plus The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and everyone else — to throw the entire nation into a tizzy because a wannabe terrorist threatened random strangers by scattering pipe bombs on the street?
 That's not national news. It's not even important.
 Sure, it was a bad thing to do. People could have been killed, though they were not. But hundreds of people do worse things every day, and do kill other people, without becoming national news...

 

From The Editor

By Bill Girdner

Floating Man

A man floats in the waves, face up, clothed in black.
Eventually he stands up and walks ashore where I and two surfers have made a semi-circle with hands out, palms up.
He sits down on the sand, then lays down, and groans. He is giving up.
He had just entered a utility room in a house along the beach in Oceanside and then tried to enter my place. When he saw my girlfriend Sanae, a diminutive Japanese woman, on the other side of the window, he fled.
He jumped over a deck railing and dropped almost twenty feet onto a concrete walk between my house and the neighbor's, breaking his foot when he landed. Even so, he ran on.
He was high on methamphetamine.
A short time later, pursued, he ran a few steps along the sand and turned into the ocean, hoping perhaps for some escape by sea, some redemption. It was Saturday morning at the start of the Labor Day weekend...

 

From The Courts

By Milt Policzer

A Better Man Meeting

"The State Bar Requests Your Input."
 Believe it or not, that was the subject line of an email that showed up in my inbox last week.
 The State Bar wanted my input?
 How could this be?
 Did the State Bar have any idea of who I am?
 I know I'm an influential public figure, but the State Bar has always seemed smart enough not to ask me for advice before. What sort of crisis could this be?
 It turned out that the request was part of a mass mailing. The email contained a link to a survey about State Bar conventions and continuing legal education.
 Since I'm an expert on both those things, I was happy to help out and I recommend that all of you do the same. This is a nice opportunity for creativity because there are lots of "other" options that allow you to do some specifying...