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Now that the 2021 legislative session has closed, personal injury lawyers should be aware of new statutory changes taking effect on January 1, 2022.

Survival statute allows claims for pain and suffering

If a personal injury plaintiff dies during the litigation, the plaintiff’s estate may pursue the action under Code of Civil Procedure section 377.34, California’s “survival statute”—except that traditionally

As California faces yet another brutal wildfire season, solutions-oriented conversations have turned more frequently toward what, for some, may seem like a counterintuitive mitigation method: more fire.

Controlled or “prescribed” burning of land has long been recognized by Indigenous communities, ecologists, and land management professionals as a practice with numerous environmental benefits — including the strategic reduction of fuel that

Earlier this year, the State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct issued Formal Opinion No. 2021-205. This opinion provides a deeper explanation on compliance considerations when a law firm or lawyer is contacted by a prospective client (“PC”) and the duties that the attorney or law firm may have to their existing client should there

First there was the publication in 2016 of Meghann Foye’s novel “Meternity” about a woman who fakes a pregnancy to get time off from work. Then came the backlash. The problem for many people was her linkage of the desire for an extended (and presumably restful) leave from work with maternity leave, which is anything but restful.

The

While racial covenants prohibiting the sale or occupancy of homes by non-whites have been void and unenforceable for decades under both state and federal laws, deed restrictions that evidence the history of race discrimination in housing remain on record for a countless number of homes throughout the state and country. For example, a deed restriction recorded on a home originally

Lasya, a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, is careful to emphasize that she’s relatively fortunate. She’s been gainfully employed throughout the pandemic, making just over $200,000 a year at a BigLaw firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. And when she was in law school, her parents were able to cover those three years of living

In light of the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, many employers have recently made the decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. Disney, Uber, Microsoft, and Walmart are some of the larger employers that are requiring all or some of their employees to be vaccinated in order to return to the workplace.

Federal and California law make

In the world of American alcohol and beverage regulation, as of the spring of 2020, Carrie Bonnington had seen it all. The Sacramento-based partner at Pillsbury leads that law firm’s wine, beer, and spirits practice, advising alcohol manufacturers, distributors, and retailers across the United States. She was appointed to the executive committee of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

In workers’ compensation cases, the amount of an injured employee’s temporary disability payments are calculated based on the employee’s average weekly earnings (AWE).

When an employee is temporarily totally disabled, payments are calculated at two-thirds of the employee’s AWE during the period of disability. (Lab. Code, § 4653.) When an employee is temporarily partially disabled, payments are calculated at two-thirds

With the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions, California now starts on a path of “return to normal.” However, without a doubt, our “new” normal will not exactly match the old.

The pandemic proved the viability of the remote workforce for many industries, with VPNs, phone forwarding, and videoconferencing replacing the traditional office environment. For the estate planner, virtual client meetings