Articles Tagged With ‘lawsuit’




San Luis Obispo attorney loses $3.6 million lawsuit, selling assets

By KAREN VELIE Two weeks after losing a $3.6 million lawsuit, San Luis Obispo attorney John Belsher is selling his personal belongings, with plans to sell his home and move out of state. During an estate sale at his home... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit accuses SLO County Jail staff of mistreating disabled inmate

By KAREN VELIE A 64-year-old disabled inmate won the first battle in a lawsuit alleging he was neglected and mistreated while incarcerated in the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Rick Holliday spent nine days in jail in 2023 for failure... (Continue reading)

Central Coast fishermen challenge state over wind energy plans

By KAREN VELIE Fishermen from Morro Bay and Port San Luis recently filed a legal challenge against the state’s wind energy plans, arguing the process violates their constitutional right to fish. In 2022, the federal government auctioned off three offshore... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach loses Public Record Act lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE A man seeking police officer oaths of office won his public records lawsuit against the City of Pismo Beach last week, in a case over redactions that has already cost taxpayers over $35,000. San Luis Obispo Superior... (Continue reading)

Kristin Smarts’ family files wrongful death lawsuit against Cal Poly

By KAREN VELIE The family of Kristin Smart filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for wrongful death, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress, according to the suit. Paul Flores murdered Smart during an... (Continue reading)

Jury awards $332 million to California man claiming Roundup caused his cancer

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Diego County jury awarded $332 million to a Carlsbad man who claims long-term use of the weed killer Roundup caused him to develop a rare form of cancer. [NBC San Diego] Roundup is a glyphosate-based... (Continue reading)

SLO developer takes stand over allegations he swindled an investor

By KAREN VELIE After five years of legal wrangling, San Luis Obispo-based developer John Belsher is answering questions under oath about what he did with funds from projects he and his partner developed in SLO County. The Jeffrey Chase and... (Continue reading)

Parents of Kyle Doan allege wrongful death, file suit

By KAREN VELIE Nearly nine months after floodwaters swept away 5-year-old Kyle Doan of San Miguel, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against multiple local agencies on Thursday. [KSBY] The suit accuses San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles and... (Continue reading)

Partners accuse SLO developer of fraud, breach of contract

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series regarding allegations of fraud and breach of contract against high-profile developer Hamish Marshall. By KAREN VELIE In a pair of lawsuits filed earlier this year, partners of Hamish Marshall level... (Continue reading)

Former Oceano official facing punitive damages in harassment case

By KAREN VELIE A bitter row between former Oceano Community Services District Director Cynthia Replogle and several of her neighbors could leave the controversial public figure owing punitive damages, a judge ruled last week. While multiple neighbors, community and former... (Continue reading)