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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, Business Litigation
2009 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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On December 19, 2008, the Fourth District Court of Appeal published its opinion in Cohn v. Corinthian Colleges, Case No. G038388. The case arose when the Angels Baseball club gave away tote bags to adult women fans who attended the Angels game on Mother’s Day, 2005.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Plaintiff Christine Brewer (“Plaintiff”), a waitress at the Cottonwood Golf Course Restaurant (“Cottonwood”), filed suit against Cottonwood, alleging age discrimination and Labor Code violations related to meal breaks, rest breaks, pay stubs, and minimum wage.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
2008 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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On December 2, 2008, the Fourth District Court of Appeal decided Greystone Homes, Inc. v. Midtec, Inc., et al. In a case of first impression, the court ruled that home builder may pursue claims for equitable indemnity against individual product manufacturers for purely economic losses where the losses would be recoverable by a homeowner under the Right to Repair Act (California Civil Code § 895, et seq.), also known as SB 800.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
2008 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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On November 18, 2008, the Fourth District Court of Appeal decided Surrey v. TrueBeginnings, et al., a case brought under the Unruh Act and the Gender tax Repeal Act (California Civil Code §§ 51 and 51.6).
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Three employees of the Oracle Corporation, instructors who trained customers to use Oracle software, sued the company for failure to pay overtime wages.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The plaintiff in McDonald v. Antelope Valley Community College, a job application for a library administrative staff position, repeatedly applied for a position with the defendant, a community college, but was turned down.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On October 22, 2008, the California Supreme Court granted review of and de-published Brinker Rest. Corp. v. Superior Court, 165 Cal.App.4th 25 (2008), an important recent decision that addressed employee meal period and rest break requirements under California law.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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This new legislation is touted as an effort to stop the flow of high-tech jobs out of California by simplifying the compensation requirements for overtime-exempt computer professionals.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2008 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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Leila Narvid published "U.S. Supreme Court Decision Expands Employees' Ability to Bring Retaliation Claims" in Compensation & Benefits Review.

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