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N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up – Updated 12:38 pm PDT 10/11/17

This article is no longer being updated. Please click over to the newest one: Fire pushes into City of Sonoma’s NE corner driven by Red Flag winds. Containment advances on other fires. Death toll rises Interactive Map From San Francisco Chronicle SUMMARY: Red flag warnings frpm 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday, predict that […]

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$12.6 Million Settlement Proposed in WTSO Wine Flash Site Deceptive Sales Lawsuit

Wines ‘Til Sold Out (WTSO) is close to settling a class action lawsuit for $12.6 million in cash and consumer credits.   A proposed settlement has been agreed upon by WTSO and a group of law firms who argued that the flash wine site’s sales tactics were deceptive.   The lawsuit was filed on March […]

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Sullivan Bankruptcy Trustee Hits The Ground Running, But Secured Creditors Losing Patience

JUST FILED: Late Sept 21: Trustee Operating Reports for Sullivan Vineyards Corporation & Partnership. Full documents for premium subscribers available in links at bottom of this article.     The newly appointed Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy Trustee, Timothy Hoffman has charged full speed into sorting out the  winery’s Chapter 11 process and says he has gotten […]

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Sullivan Vineyards Bankruptcy: Napa Valley’s Chapter 11 From Hell

The wildest Falcon Crest episode ever made pales by comparison with Napa Valley’s Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 proceeding is one of the messiest, most convoluted, and personally vicious winery insolvencies ever to hit a financial rock bottom in Napa Valley without ending in murder suicide.   The Sullivan saga features corporate boardroom skullduggery, […]

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The Mystery of Jeffry Hill’s Secret Federal Court Files Continues. Is Grape Fraud OK With Feds?

If anyone at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco knows anything about grape fraudster Jeffry Hill’s federal wiretapping case, they are saying nothing. The court records have been sealed for more than 3-1/2 months now in a case that has lingered without federal sanctions for more than three years. Also in this article: Legal […]

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Drinking water, tampons and diapers: New Calif legislation would put them all in same taxable category

California has long considered it regressive to tax items that are considered essential to life such as food, shelter, power, water and prescription drugs.   Last year Golden State lawmakers ran into that buzzsaw when they took heat for labeling tampons as non-essential and it’s now on course to add drinking water to the list […]

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Duarte signs consent decree to settle federal court case over Tehama County plowing case

Without admitting guilt or liability or accepting the federal charges against him and his family’s nursery, John Duarte has signed a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to end his long, grueling fight with the Army Corps of Engineers (CoE). DoJ attorneys had sought $2.8 million in fines and substantial more in […]

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Duarte Trial Judge Blocks Key Expert Evidence: Says Would Hurt Federal Government’s Case

Federal District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller has refused to admit testimony of two expert witnesses whose evidence indicates that the wetlands that John Duarte is accused of harming were, in fact, not harmed. The reports also assert that the government’s experts erred in fundamental ways.   According to Mueller’s written opinion (premium link), published […]

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Ripped? Not so much. U.S. Attorney promotes unsubstantiated & inflammatory allegations in Duarte plowing case

  The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) attorneys prosecuting the case against John Duarte’s Tehama County wheat farming case have consistently overstated their case by deliberately using inflammatory allegations such as ” deep ripping” to describe tillage that their own expert witness testimony puts in various reports at 7 to 14 inches.   (Right click […]

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Trump “re-codification” of WOTUS fails to clear up or change Clean Water Act confusion or regulation. Farmers, property owners left in limbo

  Comments on he re-codification are open for 30 days, at “Waters of the United States” – Reinstatement of Preexisting Rules — Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203   The  “re-codification” of pre-existing rules for “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) announced yesterday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) fails to clarify the existing confusion […]

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