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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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October 16, 2023 | The Recorder

New Law Will Raise Dollar Caps on Limited Civil Cases, Small Claims

While supporters said it's past time to raise the dollar limits on smaller-scale litigation, opponents argued a new law will make it more difficult for some consumers to find attorneys who will take their cases.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

October 13, 2023 | The Recorder

Chief Judge in Sacramento Set to Take Senior Status Next Year

"I think lawyers and [state] judges from all over are going to be clamoring for that seat," criminal defense and white-collar attorney Mark Reichel said.

By Alaina Lancaster | Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

October 12, 2023 | Law.com

Cannabis Lawsuit Law/Mandelbaum Barrett's Cannabis Chair/MedMen's Suit/Hemp Case Guilty Pleas

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law legislation that will allow licensed cannabis operators to sue unlicensed competitors.

By Cheryl Miller

7 minute read

October 11, 2023 | The Recorder

Newsom Signs Bill Curbing Arbitration-Appeal Stays Into Law

The governor also signed legislation that will maintain current levels of lawyer licensing fees and give city attorneys and county counsel more authority to pursue Labor Code violations.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

October 10, 2023 | The Recorder

Lafayette Attorney Indicted for Role in Alleged DC Solar Ponzi Scheme

Ari J. Lauer has also been named in a securities fraud suit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

October 10, 2023 | The Recorder

Newsom Signs Bill Creating 26 Unfunded Trial Court Judgeships

The judgeships, when funded, will be allocated to courts around the state based on the Judicial Council's needs study.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

October 05, 2023 | The Recorder

Judge Jumps to Neighboring Court After Six Weeks on the Bench

On Aug. 24, David Hood was sworn in as a judge of the Merced County Superior Court. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom named him to the Stanislaus County Superior Court amid a round of 15 trial court appointments around the state.

By Cheryl Miller

5 minute read

October 05, 2023 | Law.com

California Psychedelics/Rescheduling FOIA Suit/Axel Bernabe's New Role/A Massachusetts Regulator Sues

When it comes to legalizing psychedelics, "There's actually lots of approaches to be tried," said Eric Munevar, campaign director for the California Psilocybin Initiative 2024. "You want pressure coming from all sides of society on something like this."

By Cheryl Miller

10 minute read

October 05, 2023 | The Recorder

Attorney Cleared of State Bar Charges She Encouraged Violence Amid George Floyd Protests

Los Angeles lawyer Marla Brown's tweets, including one that said "Shoot the protestors," were reflections of anger and frustration with looting and vandalism, not a call to arms, said State Bar Court Judge Dennis Saab.

By Cheryl Miller

5 minute read

October 04, 2023 | The Recorder

9th Circuit Seems Wary of Trump's Claims of Collusion Between Feds, Twitter

Alex Kozinski, a former Ninth Circuit judge now representing Donald Trump, said a district court was wrong to dismiss a suit that accused federal officials and Twitter executives of "collaboration, coordination [and] coercion" against the former president.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read