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Oral arguments next step in Starbucks wage case that challenges de minimis rule

By W.J. Kennedy | Jul 19, 2017

California employers await the scheduling by the state Supreme Court for oral arguments in Troester v. Starbucks, a case that challenges the authority of a “de minimis” rule that has been repeatedly applied in other disputes over wages.

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies advancing in state legislature

By W.J. Kennedy | Jun 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A proposal that would require state agencies to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump, is headed for a floor vote in the Assembly by late September.

California delays vote on asbestos transparency legislation

By W.J. Kennedy | May 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO - A California Assembly committee put off a scheduled late April vote on legislation that would pull the curtain back on awards from bankruptcy trusts established for victims of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos transparency legislation set for committee vote next week

By W.J. Kennedy | Apr 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Legislation that would help prevent doubling up on awards by trial lawyers and their clients, allegedly injured through exposure to asbestos, is scheduled for a vote in the Judiciary Committee of the California Assembly on April 25.

California PCB cases could expose businesses everywhere

By W.J. Kennedy | Feb 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Legal actions taken by ten governments on the West Coast against the chemical giant Monsanto could eventually ensnare thousands of other manufacturers (even of discontinued products) in the same types of these highly speculative, virtually defenseless actions, legal experts warn.

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