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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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Article, Business Litigation
2009 | Article, Business Litigation
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Erik Andersen published "Is the UTSA Swallowing the Law of Unfair Competition in California?" in the Orange County Lawyer.
Article, Business Litigation
2009 | Article, Business Litigation
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Benjamin A. Nix published "Stemming the Tide of Foreclosures - Recent Developments in Mortgage Foreclosure Legislation" in the Orange County Lawyer.
Publication, Business Litigation
2009 | Publication, Business Litigation
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Daniel M. Livingston published ""Mandatory Mediation" Provisions May Trap Unwary Defendant Prevailing Parties" in the Orange County Lawyer.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
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In The Retirement Group v. Galante, a California Court of Appeal held that customer non-solicitation agreements are enforceable only to the extent they prohibit former employees from using trade secrets to solicit their former employer's customers.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The California Supreme Court held in Hernandez v. Hillsides that the defendant employer did not violate employee privacy rights by installing a hidden camera aimed at catching a person viewing online pornography in the workplace after business hours.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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In a pair of companion cases, the California Supreme Court ruled on two major issues for employers facing workplace violation suits.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The U.S. Supreme Court held in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. that plaintiffs must prove that age is a “but for” cause of an adverse employment decision under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”).
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On June 2, 2009, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District issued its opinion in Chau v. Starbucks Corporation.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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