Choice-of-Law

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California Choice of Law Provision Defeats Claim Under NJ Consumer Protection Law

On Monday, a California federal judge enforced the California choice-of-law clause in Facebook’s online terms of use, and on that basis refused to consider the claims of a New Jersey resident that aspects of those terms of...more

Two Decisions Issued the Same Day Highlight Choice of Laws Issues: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described a Maine case applying the narrow pre-Upjohn "control group" standard for corporate communications. Harris Mgmt., Inc. v. Coulombe, 2016 ME 166, ---A.3d---. Illinois is by far the largest...more

Announcing Must-Have Treatise on Business Divorce Litigation

There’s little doubt in my mind that “business divorce” has achieved name recognition as a distinct subgenre of commercial litigation whose regular practitioners, by dint of experience dealing in and out of court with the...more

Labor Code Section 925: Answers to 10 Key Questions About California’s New Limits on Out-of-State Choice of Law and Forum...

On January 1, 2017, California Labor Code Section 925 went into effect. This new provision limits an employer’s ability to require employees to enter agreements that include out-of-state choice of law and/or forum selection...more

Hague Securities Convention’s Impact on Secured Transactions Choice-of-Law Rules

Choice-of-law rules for security interests in security entitlements in securities credited to security accounts will change on April 1, 2017 when the Hague Securities Convention comes into effect....more

A Software Services Agreement Checklist For Companies

Technology constantly changes. Firms are periodically put to the choice about whether to upgrade their technology or build a new platform. An expert software vendor/installer can greatly assist firms in making and...more

New Year, New Laws: What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

Once again California will ring in the New Year with a number of new laws affecting employers and employees in the Golden State. Much of this new legislation clarifies existing laws to provide guidance to employers or grant...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo Discusses Financial Regulation Since the Crisis

Federal Reserve Board Governor Tarullo gave a speech defending post-financial crisis efforts to strengthen regulation governing the financial system. Governor Tarullo also criticized recent Republican legislative regulatory...more

California Employers – New Year, New Rules in 2017

The new year will bring along a variety of new obligations for California employers. Although some of the new laws clarify existing law and provide helpful guidance, several impose additional requirements. This update...more

California Employers: Time to Gear Up for 2017

Now is the time of year for California employers to review the numerous employment laws that will be going into effect in 2017 to ensure that their policies and practices are in compliance and properly address new...more

Forum Shoppers Beware (But Not in Alabama)!

Since non-compete law can vary drastically by state, many employers who operate in a multistate environment can benefit from utilizing forum-selection and choice-of-law clauses. These clauses are intended to ensure employers...more

A Possible New Year’s Hangover for Multistate Employers With California Employees

Multistate employers with headquarters located outside California may wake up to a rude surprise on January 1, 2017, as a result of a new California Labor Code law affecting their employment agreements with California...more

California Restricts Choice of Law and Venue Selection Clauses in Employment Agreements

On September 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1241 into law, adding Section 925 to the California Labor Code. This new California law prohibits an employer from requiring California employees to agree to...more

New California Employment Laws 2016

California’s 2016 legislative session ended, once again, with a flurry of activity in the legislature and by Governor Jerry Brown, resulting in numerous new laws requiring employer action. The end-of-session bills were not...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees - On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract...more

Choice of Law Meets Civil RICO

The Supreme Court’s opinion in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community (decided June 20, 2016) limited the extraterritorial reach of the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Now, a recent case out of...more

Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

Choice of Law in Unfair-Trade-Practices Cases

Can a contractual choice of law disable N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1? Yes, according to a recent decision from a federal court in New York. In Canon U.S.A., Inc. v. Cavin’s Business Solutions, Inc., a business filed a 75-1.1...more

[Webinar] Employment and Severance Agreements At Home and Abroad - Part 2: Employment Agreements (Two Part Series) - December 7th,...

Please join us for another of Locke Lord’s informative live webinars: a practical overview of employment agreements around the globe. On December 7th, our panel of speakers will discuss key aspects of employment agreements,...more

Can Contracting Transactional Parties Select Favorable Privilege Law?: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described diversity cases in which litigants did not address the choice of laws issue, and in which the issue was irrelevant because there appeared to be no material difference between the...more

Can Contracting Transactional Parties Select Favorable Privilege Law?: Part I

Federal privilege common law governs federal question cases, but federal courts hearing diversity cases must choose the applicable attorney-client privilege law. Many litigants do not even focus on the choice of law...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Narrow State Payday Lending Act

Last week, in Western Sky Financial v. State of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision rejecting challenges to the state's Payday Lending Act (the "Act") and affirming the denial of a motion to dismiss claims...more

California’s New Law Restricts Choice of Law and Forum Selection Provisions in Employment Agreements

On September 25, 2016, Governor Brown approved a very short but powerful piece of legislation for California employees who work for employers who are based outside of California and wish to have another state’s laws govern...more

California Enacts New Employment Laws for 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown concluded the 2016 Legislative Session by signing several bills affecting employment relationships. Listed below are those bills that perhaps most critically impact your daily operations. ...more

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