Choice-of-Law

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West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Commercial Contract Risk in 2017

Coming off a record year in car sales, it’s expected that warranty and recall costs will continue to be on the rise. With that in mind, it’s vital that OEMs and suppliers have both their foreign and domestic contracts in...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Starting a New Business? Include These Five Provisions in Every Formation Agreement"

The ultimate success of a business often rests on the ability of its owners to make sound decisions up front - an ounce of prevention, if you will - and avoid bigger problems that might arise later. This principle...more

Court Of Appeal Voids Jury Trial Waiver Notwithstanding New York Choice of Law

A New York state of mind, but California dreaming - A sophisticated lender and borrower negotiate a loan agreement in New York, the lender disburses the loan proceeds in New York, and both parties agree that New York law...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts the Substantial-Interest Test for Statute of Limitations Choice of Law

On January 24, the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted the substantial-interest test to determine choice-of-law questions in the application of statutes of limitations. New Jersey’s statute of limitations applies if (1) New...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Turns Back The Clock on Statute of Limitations

We thought we understood statutes of limitations and choice-of-law rules in New Jersey. Until yesterday. That was when we read the New Jersey Supreme Court’s opinion in McCarrell v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., No. 076524, 2017...more

Texas Legislative Outlook

It’s that time again – the 85th Texas Legislature is underway in Austin, and a number of bills could affect civil litigation in state courts. Below are a few bills that trial lawyers may want to follow....more

Fenwick Employment Brief

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

The following is a brief recap of the bills Governor Brown signed in 2016 that have added new laws to the books and modified existing laws affecting California employers. Employers should consult with counsel to ensure...more

Federal district court certifies interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

The California federal district court judge who is presiding over the CFPB’s lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced, and collected online installment loans has granted the...more

9th Circuit Certifies Questions Regarding California’s Notice-Prejudice Rule

In its recent decision in Pizter College v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 668 (9th Cir. Jan. 13, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had occasion to consider the applicability of a...more

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

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