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Labor and Employment Law
Jun 24 | Labor and Employment Law
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed a complete victory by Safeway Inc. over a certified class of wage-and-hour plaintiffs. Esparza v. Safeway Inc., et al., B287927 (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BC369766, June 10, 2019). The published opinion reinforces three major points for defending against California wage-and-hour class actions.
Insurance Coverage
2018 | Insurance Coverage
Insurance companies can no longer breach the duty to defend believing that, as long as they act in good faith, their potential liability is capped at policy limits or any costs incurred by the insured in mounting a defense.
Business Litigation
Jan 03 | Business Litigation
Read about challenges presented by third party discovery in arbitration and strategies for obtaining such discovery efficiently and expeditiously.
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 24 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed a complete victory by Safeway Inc. over a certified class of wage-and-hour plaintiffs. Esparza v. Safeway Inc., et al., B287927 (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BC369766, June 10, 2019). The published opinion reinforces three major points for defending against California wage-and-hour class actions.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
May 03 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in Dynamex applies retroactively.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 30 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Yesterday, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued an employer-friendly Opinion Letter. Although initial reports have painted the Opinion Letter as a boon for companies, employers should take caution.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 30 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
The #MeToo movement and a recent wave of sexual harassment claims against high-profile individuals have greatly increased scrutiny of the use of nondisclosure agreements in settlement agreements involving sexual misconduct claims.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 30 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month’s key employment law cases address the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and arbitration agreements.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 30 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month’s key California employment law cases involve reporting time pay and potential liability of payroll companies for wage and hour violations.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 24 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On April 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") bars orders requiring class arbitration when an agreement is ambiguous about the availability of such a procedure.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 25 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 11 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
California Supreme Court unanimously held in Goonewardene v. ADP, Inc. that a payroll service provider cannot be held liable for errors it makes in issuing paychecks to workers of companies it contracts with.

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