Articles Tagged With ‘Lawsuits’


a claim or dispute brought to a court of law for adjudication.



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Homeless man sues CAPSLO over bed bug infestation

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A homeless man filed suit Tuesday against two San Luis Obispo nonprofits for illnesses he suffered following a bed bug infestation at a homeless shelter the organizations own and operate. Bed bugs bit Jeff Stone during his... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court tosses Santa Maria groundwater rights case

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the disputed Santa Maria Groundwater Basin management plan, ending 16 years of costly litigation over water supplies in Northern Santa Barbara County and Southern San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Torres’ price for attempting to silence public debate

By KAREN VELIE Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo’s homeless services director’s attempt to stifle free speech could end up costing her an additional $41,930 for her opponent’s legal fees. In September, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Barry... (Continue reading)

Escrow companies linked to Gearhart win civil lawsuit

A lengthy and complex civil fraud trial featuring  Kelly Gearhart and his associated property predators ended Tuesday with complete exoneration of three escrow companies alleged to have conspired with the disgraced North County developer. Hurst Financial investors, many of whom... (Continue reading)

SLO County pays settlement in brutalization case

A Nipomo family allegedly brutalized by a sheriff’s deputy during a stop for a minor traffic violation in 2012 agreed to a $150,000 settlement from San Luis Obispo County. In July 2012, deputy Steven Hurl pulled behind Jesus Ruiz who... (Continue reading)

SLO woman sues Santa Barbara hospital over sexual assault

A San Luis Obispo woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging a nursing assistant at a Santa Barbara rehabilitation hospital sexually assaulted her while she was recovering from a brain tumor. [Independent] The lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court states... (Continue reading)

Court upholds California’s low carbon fuel standards

A federal appellate court ruled Wednesday that California regulators can impose low carbon fuel standards on wholesalers and refineries in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [LA Times] AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, requires producers, refiners and importers... (Continue reading)

CalCoastNews attorneys file anti-SLAPP motion in libel suit over hazardous waste story

Attorneys for CalCoastNews filed a motion Friday to dismiss a libel suit brought by the head of a hazardous waste management service in Arroyo Grande. Charles Tenborg sued CalCoastNews chief Karen Velie and reporter Daniel Blackburn for publishing an article... (Continue reading)

OneWest Bank pays 7 figures in mortgage fraud case

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A San Luis Obispo County couple has received a million-dollar-plus settlement and title to two houses in a case that is likely to result in more lawsuits by people who lost property to mortgage lenders after the... (Continue reading)

Torres defamation suit tossed

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) director of homeless services Dee Torres has lost her slander case against Mike Brennler, a private investigator who had been working with CalCoastNews on news articles about abuses of the homeless. San... (Continue reading)



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