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Claims for Defective Solar Panels Are Covered by CGL Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging the panels are defective and need to be replaced. As will be explained below, these kinds of claims are covered by general…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Insurance, Products Liability, Real Estate - Residential

California Liberalizes Mandatory Sick Leave Law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation immediately amending the California Sick Leave Law, clarifying some provisions which had caused confusion and heartburn for employers. The changes are as follows..…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New Case Highlights Deep Hole in Cyber Insurance Policies

Insurance policies covering data breach liability began appearing roughly ten years ago. We noted then a troublesome provision in some forms that seemed to exclude coverage for the insured’s failure to maintain data security –…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Williamson Decision Will Encourage Patent Defendants to Challenge Software Claims

In Williamson v. Citrix Online, announced on June 16, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a partially en banc opinion that claims expressed in terms of functionality can be subject to statutory requirements for…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Inclusionary Housing Ordinances

On June 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, No. S212072, unanimously upholding the validity of inclusionary housing programs in California…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Personal Injury, Privacy

Major League Baseball Is Exempt From The Antitrust Laws – Like It Or Not: The “Unrealistic,” “Inconsistent,” And “Illogical” Antitrust Exemption For Baseball That Just Won’t Go Away.

The Athletics baseball team has been located in Oakland, California for many years. Several years ago, the A’s decided they would like to move their franchise to San Jose, which they anticipate would be a more profitable…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Supervisor-Caused Stress is Not a “Disability” under the FEHA

The inability to work under a particular supervisor because of anxiety and stress related to the supervisor’s standard oversight of job performance is not a disability recognized under California’s Fair Employment and Housing…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Troubled Waters: Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Remains Muddled After New Rule Issued

After years of deliberation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Agencies) issued their long-awaited final rule last week defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) for Clean Water Act…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Submitting Your Defense Bills to Insurers Could Mean Waiving Privilege

Recently, the California Court of Appeal decided County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015), a case considering whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department could be…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Policyholders Should Resist Insurer Demands to Allocate Settlements

« California’s “Independent” Cumis Counsel Regime Faces A Novel Challenge | Main by Dennis Cusack Policyholders seeking insurance funds to settle a case often face an insurer’s demand that some amount should be allocated to…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

California’s “Independent” Cumis Counsel Regime Faces A Novel Challenge

On May 5, the California Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that has the potential to profoundly change the relationship between the insurer, its insured and the insured’s independent defense counsel under Civil Code…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Insurance

San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Increases to $12.25 on May 1, 2015

On May 1, 2015, the minimum wage within the city limits of San Francisco will rise to $12.25 per hour. All employers, regardless of where their facilities are located, must pay this new minimum wage for all hours worked to any…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Mind the Gap! Avoiding Unexpected Gaps in Insurance Programs

No one insurance policy covers all liability risks. Risk managers expect to purchase several types or layers of insurance to cover different types of insurance liabilities, to provide sufficient limits for a catastrophe loss, or…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Insurance, Professional Malpractice

Documenting Your Gifts to Charity: Don’t Jeopardize Your Charitable Deduction

April 15th is fast approaching. This is the time of year when many of our clients ask us how to properly document charitable contributions. In several recent cases, donors have been denied all or a portion of their charitable…more
| Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law, Taxation
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