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Labor and Employment Law
The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) recently adopted amendments to the existing regulation on sex discrimination which address transgender identity and expression.
Insurance Coverage
In Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision that has the potential to upend years of settled law and create confusion about when policyholders can tap into excess insurance for insurance claims that span multiple policy years.
Business Litigation
Last week, the Ninth Circuit in DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017) confirmed that holders of non-exclusive copyright licenses lack standing to sue for infringement regardless of whether the licensee was also nominally assigned the legal title to the work.
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Interview, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 10 | Interview, Labor and Employment Law
Rod Sorensen, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of Payne & Fears, was interviewed by The National Law Journal. Regarding the popular legal topic - whistleblower claims.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 09 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ("Ordinance").
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 04 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The California Legislature continues to be very active in passing pro-employee legislation, creating additional compliance burdens and litigation risks for employers.
Resource, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 01 | Resource, Labor and Employment Law
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) - California
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
A federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Labor DOL from enforcing its Final Rule implementing higher salary requirements to qualify for an overtime exemption.
Publication, Business Litigation
2016 | Publication, Business Litigation
Attorneys Benjamin Nix and David Grant authored "The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Use Is It In California?" for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Fall 2016 Report.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Another city has added to the burdens of doing business in California by passing its own paid sick leave and minimum wage requirements not always consistent with state law. On June 7, 2016, voters approved an ordinance mandating paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage for employees working within the City of San Diego.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
The California Supreme Court has confirmed that the attorneys' fees an insured is compelled to incur due to a carrier's bad faith (its "Brandt fees") are compensatory damages to be considered when determining the constitutionality of a punitive damages award against an insurer whether the Brandt fees were awarded by a jury or by the trial court.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
The Ninth Circuit has certified to the Nevada Supreme Court the question of whether an insurer is liable for consequential damages caused by its breach of the duty to defend, including default judgments exceeding policy limits.

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