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Payne & Fears provides high quality legal and business insights, and we are committed to delivering practical and timely updates for a diverse range of issues, businesses and industries.

Labor and Employment Law
Oct 13 | Labor and Employment Law
This month's key employment law cases involve piece-rate employees and questions of arbitrability of a labor issue.
Insurance Coverage
Sep 15 | Insurance Coverage
This week, in AXIS Reinsurance Co. v. Northrop Grumman Corp., ____ F.3d ____, 2020 WL 5509743 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2020), the Ninth Circuit addressed an important question of first impression: When can an excess insurer second-guess an underlying insurer’s decision to pay a claim? Prior to AXIS Reinsurance, there had been no California or the Ninth Circuit case discussing an excess insurer’s right to make a covered-claims challenge to the exhaustion of underlying insurance, even though policyholders frequently encounter such arguments.
Business Litigation
Oct 27 | Business Litigation
The Ninth Circuit recently reminded companies that they must provide notice to consumers when they change their terms and conditions, even where original terms state that they are subject to change at-will and at any time (i.e. the original contract contains a “change-of-terms” provision). Without express notice to the consumer, any change is unenforceable.
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Aug 14 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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In Robinson v. Southern Counties Oil Co., 2020 WL 4696742 (certified for publication Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 13, 2020), the California Court of Appeal held that an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), Cal. Labor Code § 2699, et seq. cannot be duplicated once another PAGA matter covering the same set of facts, the same employer, and during the same time frame is resolved, and claim preclusion deprives a former employee of standing to bring claims arising exclusively after he was employed.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Aug 14 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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In Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc., S256927, 2020 WL 4432623 (Cal. Aug. 3, 2020) (“Ixchel Pharma”), the Supreme Court of California clarified two points: (1) that to state a claim for interference with an at-will contract by a third party, the plaintiff must allege that the defendant engaged in an independently wrongful act, and (2) whether contractual restraints on business-to-business contracts are invalid depends on whether the restraint is reasonable.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
Aug 13 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
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Using a carrot-and-stick approach, Nevada’s new law limits civil liability for personal injury or death resulting from COVID-19 for most businesses in exchange for compliance with controlling COVID-19 health standards. However, failing to comply with such standards may result in personal injury liability, fines, and business license suspensions.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Aug 10 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has recently issued a half-dozen decisions addressing the lawfulness of employee arbitration agreements. Employers should not ignore this body of law, which applies to union and non-union employers alike.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Aug 10 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month's key employment law cases involve ministerial exception, arbitration agreements, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
Article, Business Litigation
Aug 05 | Article, Business Litigation
Freedom of contract is broad. Parties have many options when divvying up rights and duties pursuant to a written contract. Remedies can be limited; damages can be liquidated. One option is an indemnity provision. Everyone knows what that entails, right?
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jul 27 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On July 24, 2020, California released the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening. The Employer Playbook provides detailed information for employers in an easy-to-read checklist format.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jul 17 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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In the past few months, federal, state, and local governments have rapidly and constantly proliferated laws, orders, and guidance for conducting business in light of COVID-19. Unless a business has personnel dedicated to monitoring the ever-changing legal requirements related to the pandemic, it can be terribly confusing and difficult to keep track of this morass of information. The purpose of this article is to identify the California guidance, federal laws and federal agency guidance, and local orders, ordinances, and local public health agency guidance, applicable to businesses and to explain the relationship between them.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jul 17 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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This promises to be the year that requires businesses to be highly adaptable in meeting staffing needs while supporting employees with school-age children. In today’s press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced schools in counties on the County Data Monitoring list may not physically reopen school campuses for in-person instruction this coming fall until certain criteria are met. This mandate is applicable to private and public schools.

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