City Attorney Dennis Herrera has settled his civil suit against MeetMe, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET) with an agreement by the mobile-focused social network to implement industry-leading safeguards for users under the age of 18. Herrera filed a dismissal of the case in San Francisco Superior Court on Aug. 19 before releasing the settlement agreement with the New Hope, Pa.-based MeetMe, which he praised for "thoughtfully and responsibly" addressing the practices his consumer protection action challenged. Herrera's Feb. 3, 2014 complaint alleged that innovations MeetMe employed to enable its users to meet new people through their mobile devices violated California law for users between the ages of 13 and 17. Herrera's complaint contended that MeetMe improperly relied on the legally-invalid consent of minor teens to publish their photographs and personal information in tandem with their real-time locations, in violation of California law.
But Herrera hailed as "groundbreaking" revisions to which MeetMe agreed in the settlement, which will dramatically enhance privacy and safety protections for minors in the burgeoning realm of location-based networking on mobile devices.
"MeetMe showed leadership to resolve this litigation that's worthy of its status as a market leader," Herrera said. "Company officials thoughtfully and responsibly considered the violations we alleged under California law, and ultimately aspired to remedies even beyond those we sought. Our settlement includes groundbreaking steps to protect the safety and privacy of minor teenagers, just as we'd hoped. But MeetMe deserves credit for also seeing the opportunity to expand and better explain privacy protections for the benefit of all of its users, of all ages. It's an approach that will serve consumers well, and hopefully also set an industry standard for all social networks at a time when they are increasingly accessed through mobile devices."
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is appealing an Oct. 21 decision by a federal judge invalidating recent amendments to a city ordinance that sought to mitigate the daunting financial harms facing San Franciscans who are evicted under the state Ellis Act. "There should be no doubt that when a landlord evicts a rent-controlled tenant, the immense rent increase the tenant faces is the direct result of the landlord's decision to evict," Herrera said. "The district court's decision is contrary to cases interpreting the U.S. Constitution. San Francisco is facing a housing affordability crisis that's historically unprecedented, and our tenant relocation law serves a legitimate and lawful public purpose in helping tenants to adjust to the loss of rent control and mitigating the harms of displacement."
After a thirteen year battle that broke new legal ground and consumed years of work by public and private attorneys, the City and County of San Francisco along with Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County and seven other California cities and counties won a $1.1 billion judgment from the Honorable Judge James P. Kleinberg of Santa Clara Superior Court, who ruled that three manufacturers of lead-based paints are jointly liable for the cost of removing their products from homes around the state.
City Attorney Herrera has filed a class action against the State of Nevada for its controversial "patient dumping" practices -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco, "with inadequate provisions of food and medication, and without prior arrangements for their care, housing or medical treatment upon arrival." The lawsuit is on behalf of all California localities affected by the practice.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is engaged in litigation against Monster Beverage Corporation for violating California law with its marketing of highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six-years-old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against three gun accessories companies and a gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines in California in violation of a state law that prohibits the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds. The equipment is marketed as gun magazine "repair kits" in a barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law, according to Herrera's complaint.