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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, Business Litigation
2016 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Last week, the California Supreme Court reaffirmed broad protections for borrowers using purchase money loans.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
In July 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (80 FR 38515) that will drastically change the DOL’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with respect to overtime exemptions. The rule has the potential to affect an untold number of employers and an estimated 5 million white-collar workers within the first year of its implementation.
Publication, Insurance Coverage
2015 | Publication, Insurance Coverage
The Nevada Supreme Count recently held that Nevada law requires liability insurers to provide independent defense counsel for their insureds when there is a conflict of interest between the insurer and its insured.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2015 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act, SB 358, which gives California the most expansive equal pay protections in the nation.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2015 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
The Nevada Supreme Court recognized for the first time an insured's right to independent counsel.
Article, Business Litigation
2015 | Article, Business Litigation
The most fundamental legal issue that you as the owner (or owners) of an esports organization will face is something called “corporate formation.”
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
2015 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
In McMillin Albany, LLC, v. Superior Court, the Court of Appeal held last week that when homeowners allege deficiencies in residential construction, they must comply with the prelitigation procedures of the Right to Repair Act, even if they only assert common law causes of action for construction defects and do not seek any remedies under the Act.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2015 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
A federal judge in San Francisco has dealt a huge blow to Uber Technologies, Inc. by certifying a class of Uber drivers who claim the popular ride-hailing company misclassified them as independent contractors and unlawfully withheld tips.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
2015 | Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
In an opinion that will likely have a major impact on mergers and acquisitions, the California Supreme Court ruled that an insurance carrier may not use a "consentto-assign" clause to deny coverage for injuries or damage that occurred before the insured assigned its rights to coverage under a liability policy.