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California Dreaming: Pennsylvania’s Proposed “Freedom to Work Act” Aims to Join California in Banning Non-Compete Agreements

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last year, Pennsylvania legislators introduced House Bill 1938, the “Freedom to Work Act” (the “Act”), an outright ban on “covenant[s] not to compete” in Pennsylvania. Under the Act, “a covenant not to compete is...more

Court Refuses To Reconsider Arbitrator’s Factual Determinations

by Carlton Fields on

In a case emphasizing the deference courts give to factual findings of arbitrators, a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York has confirmed an arbitration award granting damages and attorneys’ fees to a company...more

FOIL Request Denials Could Come with a Cost to NYS Agencies and Municipalities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

State agencies and New York State municipalities must have a reasonable basis to deny Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) requests or they will be subjected to mandatory attorney’s fees when a denial is successfully...more

Withdrawal of an Admission in California May Shift Costs—Including Attorneys’ Fees—Incurred in Connection with the Withdrawal

by Snell & Wilmer on

Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 2033.300, a court may permit a party to withdraw an admission made in response to a request for admission upon noticed motion. The court may only do so, however, “if it...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Case-Ending Sanction in CEQA Lawsuit - Decision Signals Re-Examination of Standing Requirements...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Creed-21 v. City of Wildomar et al., the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, upheld a lower court's dismissal of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) case filed by a plaintiff's attorney who...more

To Be or Not To Be: Can Attorneys’ Fees Be Recovered on a Void Contract

Trying to collect attorney’s fees based on a void contract? Surprisingly, you can, according to a recent California Court of Appeal case. In California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water Dist., the California Court of...more

2017 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

by CloudNine on

...We grouped those cases into common subject themes and will review them over the next few posts. Perhaps you missed some of these? Now is your chance to catch up!...more

Does California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Provide an Independent Right to Terminate a Beer Distributor Agreement?

by Mulcahy LLP on

The recent case of Mission Beverage Company v. Pabst Brewing Company, 15 Cal.App.5th 686 (2017), explores whether California law provides an independent right to terminate a beer wholesaler’s distributor agreement and whether...more

New Tax Reform Bill Stifles #MeToo Settlement Deductions

In acknowledgment of the recent sexual misconduct allegations and the confidential settlements in connection with those allegations, Congress added a new section 162(q) to the Internal Revenue Code as part of the Tax Cuts and...more

Prevailing Plaintiff Found To Be Liable For Defendant's Legal Fees

by Allen Matkins on

The Fourth District Court of Appeal's decision in Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP v. Hamilton (Cal. Ct. of Appeal Case No. G054337 (Jan. 8, 2018) reminded me of the opening lines of Carole King's 1971 hit song Sweet...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

The Taxman Cometh for Sexual Harassment Settlements

As you know, over the last few months, sexual harassment allegations have surfaced all over the place, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill to the Today Show. The hot topic of harassment in the workplace has garnered attention from...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Award of Attorneys’ Fees Incurred by Individuals for Stay Violation in Damages Action and on Appeal

The Bottom Line - Addressing an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, the Court in Mantiply v. Horne (In re Horne), 876 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2017), recently held that section 362(k)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

New Tax Act Affects Settlements of Sexual Harassment Suits

by Jackson Walker on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has a special provision that addresses the recent concerns growing out of Harvey Weinstein and other scandals related to sexual harassment and abuse. Specifically, the Tax Act addresses the concern...more

Getting the Dreaded Plaintiff's Letter: Businesses Being Sued for the Accessibility of Their Websites

A rash of lawsuits are being filed around the country against businesses and retailers, claiming their websites are not accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments. These lawsuits are being filed under Title III of...more

Tax Reform Act Denies Deductions for Some Sexual Harassment Settlements

In a little-noticed provision buried deep inside the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (signed into law on Dec. 22) is the following “denial of deduction”: “Payments related to sexual harassment and sexual abuse – No deduction...more

Do Not Clean, Clean Dirt: Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc.

On December 21, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting the private right of action under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc. The decision analyzes three...more

Petitioner’s Failure To Comply With Discovery Regarding Its Standing To Sue Results In Dismissal Of CEQA Case

by Perkins Coie on

A CEQA case challenging the City of Wildomar’s approval of a Wal-Mart retail complex has been dismissed because the petitioner refused to comply with discovery requests regarding its standing to sue. Creed-21 v. City of...more

Tax Reform Law Includes Paid Leave, Sexual Harassment Settlement Provisions

by Fisher Phillips on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), passed by Congress on December 20 and expected to be signed into law by President Trump in the coming days, contains several provisions that will directly impact employers and workplace...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Adopts Significant Changes to State Class Action Statute

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 21st, the Wisconsin Supreme Court entered an order adopting proposed amendments to Wisconsin’s class action procedures in state court actions, which are “intended to align [the state rule] with the federal class...more

#MeToo Settlements and the Tax Code Overhaul: No More Tax Incentive to Hush Victims

Taking note of the #MeToo movement, Congress included a new provision in the tax code overhaul bill — Section 13307 – which is titled “Denial of Deduction for Settlements Subject to Nondisclosure Agreements Paid in Connection...more

Attorney Fee Recovery by Contract and in Partition Actions

In California, parties to litigation normally pay their own attorney fees unless a contract or statute says otherwise. Parties often include attorney fee provisions in their contracts, but the specific wording of these...more

USPTO’S Attorney Fee Awards, Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Under the American Rule “each litigant pays his own expense, win or lose, unless a statute or contract provides otherwise.” But recently the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has sought to flip the American...more

Class Action Cash-In: 7th Circuit Allows Attorneys’ Fees To Exceed Plaintiffs’ Payout

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a class action asserting claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and statutory fraud in regards to the sale of general-use, pre-paid gift cards, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the final approval...more

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