Guild Mortgage sued

Real estate bubble's done popping, but the law is not

San Diego–based Guild Mortgage is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly failing to properly underwrite hundreds of federally backed FHA mortgages between 2006 and 2011, the Department announced Thursday (May 19). ...

California State Bar shakes loose John Douglass Jennings

Attorney ensnared by "fraudulent and/or felonious intent," disbarment to follow

As of May 29, John Douglass Jennings will be officially disbarred. He has been ineligible to practice law since October 10 as a result of an action by the California State Bar Court, but the ...

Real estate fraudsters stole more than $30 million

Coronado, check...La Jolla, check...Del Mar, check...

Coronado businessman Courtland Gettel and Arizona lawyer Jeffrey Greenberg pleaded guilty this week to pulling off a real estate scam that took in $30 million. They took out big loans against expensive homes in La ...

Crawford student/ex-lover sues district over teacher-sex case

San Diego Unified had "a special duty of care, in addition to a duty of ordinary care..."

The 16-year-old boy and his legal guardian Loretta Sinette accuse the district of negligence in hiring former 37-year-old former Spanish teacher and volleyball coach Toni Sutton. The suit also faults the district for failing to ...

Friends of Eli make broad pitch to change paper owners

L.A. hedge fund pushes for Union-Tribune chain sale to Gannett

It wasn't very long ago that Fox News media mogul Rupert Murdoch was predicting that the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune would soon be in the hands of fellow billionaire Eli Broad. But Murdoch's ...

Phil Mickelson faces gambling-related charges

Did pro golfer profit from inside information?

Top pro golfer Phil Mickelson was charged with insider trading today (May 19) in a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint that will be tried in federal court in the Southern District of New York. The ...

Widow sues city over preservation of 57-year-old tree

Despite mayor's word it could remain, attorney suspects "political stunt"

Marie Ostwald, a 91-year-old widow, is suing the City of San Diego to ensure that the pepper tree her husband planted in front of their Allied Gardens home in 1959 stays put. Ostwald made headlines ...

Could Chargers fan boycott cripple hotel magnates?

War of the super-rich looms in downtown stadium versus hotel subsidies

"More than a stadium" is a rallying cry of the multimillion-dollar campaign to get a proposed $1.8 billion combined Chargers and convention venue on the ballot for November. Now, note observers of San Diego's peculiar ...

FBI miscreants are their own favorite charity

Credit card miles and cash pile up for bureau’s “recreational association” officers

The location is being withheld to protect the guilty, and staffers’ names are similarly excised, but a recent audit of a certain Federal Bureau of Investigation Recreation Association pulls few other punches. Though not generally ...

City sued over Mission Beach Elementary School site redevelopment

Unacceptable: private roads, larger lot sizes, increased density...

As promised, a group of Mission Beach residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and developer Christopher McKellar over a proposed residential development to be built on the site of the former Mission Beach ...

Thank Dave (Stutz) for disorganizing local crime

Worked on task force that took down Mr. San Diego, C. Arnholt Smith

Andre David (Dave) Stutz, who was instrumental in bringing down banker/conglomerateur C. Arnholt Smith (once named "Mr. San Diego of the century" by a San Diego Union reporter), died last month. In 1966, a Los ...

Opioid-addicted doctor gets five years of probation

She initially took hydrocodone following an operation

The Medical Board of California has put Kathryn Papier Hirst, M.D., on five years of probation. Following surgery, she became addicted to hydrocodone, and at one point was taking 30 to 40 tablets a day. ...

SDG&E undergrounding case goes to court..next year

City agreed to 62-year deal with utility — over $1.6 billion at stake

The legality of a hidden surcharge that San Diego residents pay SDG&E and the City of San Diego to fund the burying of utility lines is slated for trial in April 2017. In the meantime, ...

What’s next after Shamu splashes the last guest?

New group offers plans for retiring SeaWorld residents

In November of last year, the California Coastal Commission decided the San Diego location of the SeaWorld theme-park chain could expand its concrete tanks housing orca whales only on the condition that the park curtail ...

Big Oil money in for Faulconer

World fracking capital’s mayor wields carbon cash clout in San Diego

With locals debating whether San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer's much-ballyhooed pre-election climate protection plan has any teeth, big carbon, in the form of the American Petroleum Institute of Washington DC, is letting its cash do ...

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