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Dole’s “All Natural” Description On Certain Fruit Products Could Mislead Reasonable Consumers

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit has highlighted the uncertainty that exists in the food product market about the use and definition of “All Natural” in labeling and advertising. In Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Paid Sick Leave: Coming to a Town Near You

You are likely familiar with the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 (“AB 1522”), which entitles California employees to use at least 24 hours of paid sick leave per year and caps accruals at 48 hours. However, you may…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California & the Federal Government Expand Laws to Eliminate Wage Disparity

California state legislature amended the Fair Pay Act to prohibit race and ethnicity-based wage differentials and to preclude employers from relying on salary history to justify the wage gaps. In addition, the U.S. Equal…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California’s No Aid Clause and Religious Endorsement: Davies v. County of Los Angeles

On April 6, 2016, several local religious leaders and scholars obtained a permanent injunction against the County of Los Angeles, which had approved a measure in 2014 altering the official County Seal to include a Christian…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law

Halfway Home — The Stories of Minority Partners

Blame the business structure of law firms, implicit bias, pipeline issues, or just the intransigent unwillingness of those in power to play fair, but when it comes to increasing the number of attorneys of color in law firms the…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

You Be the Judge: The Dispute Between Apple and The FBI/DOJ

Under the Constitution, the federal courts are courts of “limited jurisdiction,” which essentially means that, in the absence of a specifically delineated judicial power provided under the Constitution or federal law, the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law

Revised California Rules Intended to Streamline Demurrer Process With New Meet-And-Confer Requirements

California courts are tired of hearing your demurrers, and now the state has done something about it. Code of Civil Procedure Section 430.41, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, now requires a meet-and-confer process…more
| Civil Procedure

Controversy on Controversy: Developments in First Amendment Doctrine Respecting Compelled Commercial Disclosures

The First Amendment is well known as a limit on state power to restrain speech. Attempts to censor a newspaper, film, or video game, or to limit discussion in a public forum, are subject to the most exacting — and often…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

The Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Proportionality is King

As most federal practitioners are aware, certain amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015. The underlying objective of this year’s amendments is to resolve cases more quickly, more…more
| Civil Procedure

AB1141 Amends California Code of Civil Procedure

AB 1141, which was passed on September 28, 2015 and made effective January 1, 2016, revives an expired procedure for filing a motion for summary adjudication to facilitate resolution of a case. A change in the law in 2011…more
| Civil Procedure

Employer Alert re California Fair Pay Act

If they have not already done so, California employers must take steps to see that their pay practices conform to the new standards established under the California Fair Pay Act (“CFPA”), which becomes effective on January 1,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Supreme Court Raises the Bar for Recovery of Costs by Prevailing Defendants in FEHA Cases

In Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District, the California Supreme Court held that a prevailing defendant in a California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) case can only recover costs of suit where the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Uber Drivers – Independent Contractors or Employees?

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, following an evidentiary hearing, issued a decision finding that under the state’s wage and hour laws, Uber was an “employer” of drivers using its online platform to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

OMNICARE and its Implications

In the spring of this year, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015), resolving a circuit split regarding the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Health, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Written Objections to Summary Judgment Evidence are Preserved for Appeal

On August 10, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 470, codifying the holding in Reid v. Google, Inc. (2010) 50 Cal.4th 512, that evidentiary objections on motions for summary judgment are preserved on appeal whether or not the trial…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law
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