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Employment at Will Comes with Many Exceptions

Kentucky employment law generally recognizes that most employment is “at-will” – meaning, employees serve at the pleasure of the employer, and termination of an employee does not require “just cause.” ...more

California Court Of Appeal Sides With Federal Arbitration Act Over State Law Unconscionability Rule

The California Court of Appeals recently held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) preempts California’s Broughton-Cruz rule, which states that arbitration agreements for injunctive relief under California’s unfair...more

Choice-of-Law Agreements and Public Policy Enforceability Exception

By statute, Delaware has affirmed the ability of parties to agree to have their rights, remedies, liabilities, powers and duties governed by the law of Delaware. Originally published in the Delaware Business Court...more

Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren, Politics & Policy Advisor, Author, Talks with @HsuUntied  [Video]

Today, my special guest is Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren, a politics and policy advisor, who is the author of “Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics.” Raised by a father who served in four...more

Blog: Agenda Overload For Audit Committees?

In its 2015 Global Audit Committee Survey, KPMG found that audit committee members around the world had four key concerns: “economic and political uncertainty and volatility, regulation and the impact of public policy...more

Chancery Court Applies New Statutory Amendment Retroactively

Before the newly enacted statutory amendment, 10 Delaware Code Section 8106(c), parties could shorten, but were not permitted to lengthen, an applicable limitations period by contract because an extension of the statute of...more

More on California Non-Competes – But This Time from Delaware

When it comes to California non-competes, you can never get enough clarity.  And when that clarity comes from a Delaware Chancery Court, it adds a utility element that our corporate brethren appreciate....more

Chancery Court Refuses to Enforce Non-Competition Agreement Against a California-Based Employee Despite Delaware Choice-of-Law...

In non-competition agreement disputes involving California employees, it is common to encounter an agreement stating that the law of another state governs the non-compete. Since non-competes in California are generally...more

UPDATE: SCOTUS Denies Petition For Cert In Iskanian

On June 24, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a controversial decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. While the Court in Iskanian confirmed that an express class action waiver in an employment...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Delaware Choice Of Law

The public policies of California and Delaware both espouse freedom. Ironically, the freedoms that they espouse are antithetical to each other. California embraces the freedom of people to pursue any lawful and employment...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Application Of Delaware Law

This is an important decision on choice of law. The Court held that the parties’ choice of Delaware law to govern the terms of a noncompete agreement was unenforceable in the face of contrary public policy of California that...more

Employee Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit Based On Employer’s Mistaken Belief She Had Complained

Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 231 Cal. App. 4th 913 (2014) - Cecilia Diego, the former assistant director of Pilgrim United’s preschool, sued her former employer for retaliation in violation of public...more

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views - It is rare for the Federal Communications Commission to expressly invite local government participation in formulating communications policy, so when this happens it is worth special...more

Arbitration Award Roundup

Following is a roundup of recent opinions on motions concerning the confirmation, vacation, and modification of arbitration awards, organized by the issues presented in the motions...more

Two California Appellate Decisions Expand the Scope of Tameny Claims Based on Whistleblower Laws

Two significant decisions on whistleblower protections were recently issued by two districts of the California Court of Appeal. Both courts reversed trial court dismissals of claims for wrongful termination in violation of...more

Pa. Supreme Court Agrees that Policyholders May Assign Their Bad Faith Claims

This week, in a 5-1 decision resolving a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a policyholder or insured is permitted to settle the claims against it...more

Cal. App. Court Finds in Favor of “Whistleblower” Who Never Blew the Whistle

In Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, 2014 WL 6602601 (Cal. App. 4 Dist.), the California Court of Appeal determined that Cecilia Diego (Plaintiff) could pursue a common law public policy retaliation...more

California Public Policy Prohibits Employer Retaliation Based on Mistaken Belief That Employee Engaged in Whistleblowing Activity

In Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ (November 21, 2014) --- Cal. App. 4th ---), the California Fourth District Court of Appeal considered whether California public policy precludes employers from retaliating against...more

Extraordinary Turnout and Discussions at ULC Unclaimed Property Drafting Meeting

Failing to attend last week’s Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC’s) Drafting Committee meeting to revise the 1995 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (the Act) was worse than missing the 2012 Extravakranza. On November 7 and 8, 2014,...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Republicans Gain Control of the U.S. Senate - How That May Impact Health Reform [Video]

Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate winning seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. This is the first time since 2007 the Senate has gained majority control. How...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Scope and Application of the “Anti-Technicality” Statute

In Greene v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the Texas Supreme Court clarified the scope and application of § 862.054 of the Texas Insurance Code, the “anti-technicality” statute, holding that the clause would only operate in...more

Washington Court of Appeals Expands "Jeopardy" Element of Claim for Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy

This month the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III issued a ruling in Becker v. Community Health Systems, Inc. that expands protections in a wrongful termination action based on violation of a public policy....more

Court Finds Coverage For Settlement Of Restitution Claim

Insurers often take the position that indemnification for claims for “restitution” are barred by public policy, and contend they have no obligation to reimburse a settlement of such claims. They often take this position even...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Waiver Of Post-Foreclosure Fair Market Value Hearing

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court, consistent with its long-standing “respect for the strong public policy [in Texas] of respecting parties’ freedom to design contracts according to their wishes,” held that a broad,...more

Commission of Agriculture Approves Revised GAAMP’s Limiting Scope of Right to Farm Act

For over a year, the Michigan Ag Commission has considered expanding the scope of the "site selection" GAAMPs in order to bring even small livestock facilities within its scope. The site selection GAAMPs have traditionally...more

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