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11 Jul 2018

Janice Dickinson’s Defamation Case Against Bill Cosby Gets Good News, Bad News from judge

Model Janice Dickinson’s defamation case against Bill Cosby will continue toward trial in Los Angeles, but likely in a slimmed-down form, a judge said Wednesday. “Mr. Cosby is not getting out of this case today,” Judge Randolph Hammock said as Cosby’s lawyer, Alan Greenberg, stepped to a podium to argue motions including an attempt to strike Dickinson’s amended complaint.

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21 Nov 2017

Janice Dickinson Scores Legal Victory Over Bill Cosby

Janice Dickinson will have her day in court with Bill Cosby after a judge ruled today that she can continue forward with her lawsuit against Cosby and his lawyer, Marty Singer. Dickinson had previously sued Cosby for defamation after the comedian called her a liar following her accusations of rape. She then added Singer to the suit after the lawyer issued a press release reiterating Cosby's comments. Dickinson's case was initially dismissed, but she appealed. Today, an appellate court issued an order saying that the lower court erred in tossing the case out and Dickinson has shown enough evidence to demonstrate the case has merit.

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14 Jul 2013

Jivaka Candappa Named 2013 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine

Jivaka Candappa has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013, an honor that recognizes only 2.5% of lawyers as top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. He was also named a Rising Star in 2012. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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12 May 2013

Candappa Law Firm Wins Dismissals of Wrongful Charges Against Four Occupy Oakland Demonstrators

In January of 2012, the Candappa Law Firm, through the National Lawyers Guild, volunteered to provide free legal representation to four Occupy Oakland demonstrators who were wrongfully arrested and prosecuted for participating in demonstrations in the City of Oakland. The demonstrators were charged with misdemeanor crimes including battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, vandalism, and obstructing a sidewalk or street.

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06 Jul 2012

Jivaka Candappa Named 2012 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine

Jivaka Candappa has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor that recognizes only 2.5% of lawyers as top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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21 May 2012

Jivaka Candappa Named In Top Verdict Search Settlements by The Recorder

Jivaka Candappa is named in California’s 2011 Top Verdict Search Settlements by the leading legal magazine, The Recorder. Mr. Candappa was recognized for winning a $1 million settlement on behalf of drug treatment center against the City of San Jose in a federal disability discrimination case.

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