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Labor and Employment Law
Jan 18 | Labor and Employment Law
This past year brought new laws requiring changes to policies commonly found in California employee handbooks. To ensure compliance with current California law, employers should review and update their handbooks within these first few months of 2021.
Insurance Coverage
2020 | 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
2020 | 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, Insurance Coverage
Mar 11 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
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The California Court of Appeal issued an important decision that may significantly impact how settlement opportunities are evaluated in catastrophic liability claims.
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 09 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 25 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The California Supreme Court held that employers cannot use the practice of rounding time punches in the meal period context, and that unrounded time records that show noncompliant meal periods raise a rebuttable presumption of meal period violations, including at the summary judgment stage. Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, No. S253677 (February 25, 2021).
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 09 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 03 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued new employer guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance is intended to help employers and workers outside the healthcare setting to identify risks of being exposed to and of contracting COVID-19 and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. While this guidance is largely duplicative of prior OSHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance and recommendations, it contains a few new and updated recommendations that employers should note.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Jan 25 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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Recently we have seen a slew of class action filings under the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA). CIPA is an older privacy law, associated with eavesdropping and wire fraud, not to be confused with the California Consumer Privacy Act that became effective in 2020.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 18 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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This past year brought new laws requiring changes to policies commonly found in California employee handbooks. To ensure compliance with current California law, employers should review and update their handbooks within these first few months of 2021.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 15 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on January 15 upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (“FMCSA”) determination that federal law preempted California’s meal and rest break rules (“MRB rules”), as applied to drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles who are subject to the FMCSA’s own rest break regulations.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 14 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Today, in responding to a certified question from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court held in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchise International, Inc., S258191 (2020) that the three-part test announced in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, 4 Cal. 5th 903 (2018) applies retroactively.

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