SACRAMENTO – According to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey, California is ranked 48th, and tthe legal environment may become more perilous for businesses as more progressive legislation continues to be introduced, an industry leader says.
SACRAMENTO – Luke Wake, attorney with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center commented on the state Supreme Court's recent ruling involving the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) that workers cannot seek the recovery of wages that they claim were unpaid in civil lawsuits, and the underlying issue of the labor code in California.
SACRAMENTO – The California Manufacturing and Technology Association commented on the state Supreme Court’s Sept. 12 decision that workers cannot seek the recovery of wages that they claim were unpaid in civil lawsuits, seeing it as a positive step for the state.
STANFORD – While business interests have denounced the recent passage of Assembly Bill 5, a measure that would seek to bring changes to the ability of businesses to designate workers as independent contractors, William Gould, a Stanford law professor and expert on the gig economy, believes that this change will bring more good than harm to the state of California and workers there.
Amid the recently discovered college bribing scandal in which wealthy parents paid top universities to accept their children, another legal battle is arising in which students who were not accepted to these universities claim they were personally wronged.
OAKLAND – A group of conservation institutions filed an intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 22, alleging that the federal agency has neglected its responsibility to respond to a petition meant to protect a rare salamander.
SAN FRANCISCO – The recent discovery of bribing scandals involving wealthy parents and prestigious educational institutions has had a new development as students have filed a lawsuit against the institutions over allegations that the admissions process was unfair.
SAN FRANCISCO – A group of students who claim they weren't given a fair chance in getting admitted to their colleges of choice blame the well-publicized bribery scandal in a lawsuit filed in federal court on March 13.
LOS ANGELES – California law has long held utilities companies responsible for fires found to be caused by their utilities, even in instances when the companies themselves have not been negligent. According to an opinion piece recently published in the Los Angeles Times, this system has created a difficult climate for utilities and is generating interest in liability reform from experts.
SAN DIEGO – According to USA Today, comedian Jerry Seinfeld was recently sued by a company over claims that the 1958 Porsche it purchased at an auction from his collection was a counterfeit; in response, Seinfeld filed a counterclaim on Feb. 25, stating that European Collectibles of Costa Mesa sold him the vehicle first and sold it to him as an authentic Porsche.
Following a shooting incident, the San Jose City Council approved a $500,000 settlement on Dec. 11 for a man who was shot by police officers after he allegedly tried to take a gun from law enforcement.
PARADISE – As of Dec. 17, 47 additional families have filed lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) over allegations damages existed that the company failed to remedy and that these damages ultimately led to Camp Fire.
The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) filed a lawsuit alleging that fossil fuel companies' operations have caused damages over four years to fisheries, crabbers, business and those who work in the related industries.