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Settlement talks underway in Sebastopol CVS lawsuit

The city of Sebastopol and the people behind stalled plans for a new downtown CVS drugstore and adjacent JPMorgan Chase Bank have entered into legal negotiations in hopes of resolving a pending federal lawsuit, attorneys involved in the case said Thursday.

Court rejects lawsuit over Petaluma asphalt plant

A state appellate court on Friday rejected on all counts an appeal by the city of Petaluma and environmental groups that challenged county approval of the Dutra Materials asphalt plant just south of Petaluma.

Appeals court sides with Santa Rosa in police official’s firing

Nearly six years after he was fired from the Santa Rosa Police Department, former Capt. Jamie Mitchel’s legal battle with the city appears to be coming to a close. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco Friday upheld an arbitration panel’s 2009 ruling that Michel’s termination was handled properly by the city.

Federal judge may dismiss CVS lawsuit against Sebastopol

A federal judge handling the CVS Pharmacy lawsuit against the city of Sebastopol may dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, suggesting the matter properly belongs in state court.

Santa Rosa to sue state over lost redevelopment funds

Santa Rosa plans to sue the state to recover some of the millions of dollars it lost when its redevelopment agency was dissolved.

Wastewater lawsuit ruling to cost Petaluma

A Sonoma County judge has ruled that Petaluma must reimburse its wastewater fund as much as $2.1 million that it improperly used to pay for storm-drain maintenance over a three-year period.

Santa Rosa’s approval of new asphalt plant silos allowed, judge likely to rule

Santa Rosa acted properly in letting an asphalt plant add three new 82-foot-high silos without a full environmental review, a judge has tentatively ruled.

Sonoma County sues over LIBOR banking scandal

Sonoma County has filed its own lawsuit against LIBOR — the collection of banks caught in an international rate-fixing scandal — alleging it was short-changed on investment returns.

GOLIS: Santa Rosa council had a bad, bad week

The lawyers were busy last week with the usual back and forth about whether the Santa Rosa City Council broke the law by failing to disclose a $327,000 embarrassment.

Appellate court rules Santa Rosa must pay $240,000 in legal fees

An appellate court has ruled that Santa Rosa must pay more than $240,000 in legal fees to the attorneys who successfully challenged the constitutionality of a city law imposing a special tax on new developments.

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