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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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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Exceeding even the newly expanded requirements of state law, on June 2, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council increased the city-wide minimum wage to $10.50 per hour and doubled employee paid sick time to 48 hours per year.
Article, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Article, Insurance Coverage
It’s hard to see anything positive in a denial letter from an insurer. But denials sometimes have a silver lining: an insurer’s wrongful denial may actually expand coverage for the insured. This article explores three legal theories that courts use to turn an insurer’s wrongful denial into greater coverage than the insured would have otherwise had: bad faith liability, estoppel, and waiver.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
2016 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Almost all companies have information that they consider trade secrets. On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act creating a new federal civil cause of action which companies may use to defend their trade secrets from misappropriation.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
In an opinion that can have a significant impact on insureds' ability to settle claims, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that policyholders will lose coverage if they strike a deal without their insurer's consent. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co., No. 13SC815 (Colo. S. Ct. April 25, 2016).
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
With the Mayor’s signature, San Francisco has formally adopted the country’s most generous paid parental leave policy with its new law requiring employers to provide fully-paid family leave for parents after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that primary insurers may not hide behind "other insurance" clauses to refuse to provide coverage.
Resource, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Resource, Labor and Employment Law
This sample harassment, discrimination and retaliation policy may need to be modified depending on the circumstances of a particular employer, and therefore it does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before implementing.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2016 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
In a ruling that should help policyholders secure defense funding, the California Court of Appeal issued another opinion limiting the application of "other insurance" clauses in commercial general liability policies.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") proposed revisions to the Employer Information Report ("EEO-1") that are intended to identify pay discrimination and promote equal pay in the workplace.

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