TORRANCE – A jury ruled in favor of baby powder giant Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday in a lawsuit launched by a woman who claimed asbestos in cosmetic talc powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lungs.
SACRAMENTO – A nationwide coalition of agricultural producers and business organizations representing a substantial segment of U.S. agriculture filed a motion on Sept.25 for a permanent summary judgment against the California Attorney General regarding the state’s cancer warning requirement for products containing glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65.
SAN FRANCISCO – Millions of Californians are unable to access legal services and the state's legal community must continue to lead the way to rectify that problem, a newly sworn-in state bar official recently said.
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 – Assembly Bill 51 was just one of many labor and litigation bills that was pushed through this legislative session but some experts believe it was the most significant and will harm future business across the state.
SACRAMENTO – California recently ranked 48th in the country in an annual lawsuit climate poll, sliding down two spots from a year ago and adding to the long, growing list of economic troubles facing the state.
SACRAMENTO – The state of California can add to its already long list of growing economic problems as the Golden State was recently ranked 48th in the nation in a lawsuit climate survey, dropping two spots from a year ago.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO – A California attorney whose nomination to the federal bench was stymied by the state’s Democratic senators has been given a second chance by President Donald Trump in a move that has garnered support and drawn objections from around the country.
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.
In a move that appeared preordained after his comments at an August hearing, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster approved an unprecedented “negotiation class” of every city and county nationwide to try and reach a global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors.
SACRAMENTO – California companies are challenging the California Consumer Privacy Act to clarify the reach and scope of the law before 2020. The CCPA will require companies to inform consumers about any data collected, allow consumers to request their data be deleted or request their data isn’t sold.
SACRAMENTO – On July 5, the Office Environmental Health Hazard Assessment proposed modified amendments to Proposition 65 that could increase the amount of warnings on food products, and business leaders are uneasy on how it would affect business in the state.
SACRAMENTO – Pundits throughout the state and country are growing concerned for the future of business in California due to the current litigation climate and backlash from Proposition 65 and its potential modifications.
SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform released a study last month that found laws that include private rights of action, which allow private attorneys to act on behalf of the state, are not effective.
SACRAMENTO – A recent CNBC state-to-state business report exposed the difficulties of doing business in the state of California. The annual poll ranks each state across the country in a number of major categories, including workforce, economy and structure and the Golden State finished among the worst.
SACRAMENTO – With California's addition of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) – to its Proposition 65 list, the state may have potentially ignited a combustible litigation atmosphere.