The medical marijuana fray has gotten complicated, with no signs of mellowing. Judge James C. Chalfant has reversed a ban on new dispensaries in the city, while Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have come out against the dispensaries. The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has announced that the federal government will not seek to enforce federal laws against marijuana distribution when they run counter to state laws. And in United States v. $186,416 in Currency (9th Cir. - Oct. 20, 2009), the Ninth Circuit rules against the LAPD and in favor of the United Medical Caregivers Clinic on Wilshire. LAist has details about Trutanich's proposed new ordinance.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has launched a suit against State Street Bank and Trust, charging that the bank defrauded Calpers and the California State Teachers Retirement System.
Ever try to win an argument with a cable TV company? How about a credit card company? The Ninth Circuit rules in favor of John Gorman, who sued after his credit rating went down because he wouldn't pay the cable company. The ruling addresses FCRA preemption of California's arguably more pro-consumer credit reporting law.