In March of this year I wrote two blog articles on how the new Biden administration would not enforce and was likely going to change the Trump administration’s Department of Labor final rule on environmental, social, and govenrnance (ESG) investing in ERISA plans that became effective January 12, 2021.  See “New President, New Hope, New ESG Policy. . .

The Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision in Cal. River Watch v. City of Vacaville (Case No. 20-16605) (“Vacaville”) regarding the breadth of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) liability for contributing to the transportation of a solid waste, which may present an “imminent and substantial endangerment” to health or the environment. (42 U.S.C. § 6972(a)(1)(B).)  Ultimately, the

In our last blog post, “Streaming Has Created a Showrunner Problem,” we discussed how the streaming of motion picture content and the binge-watching model of dropping all series episodes at once has not only changed the way Hollywood writers typically create.  It has also negatively impacted other workers in the entertainment and media industries. Among other impacts, according to SAG-AFTRA

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

In 2019, California only partially conformed to the section 1031 changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. For individuals below speified AGI levels in the year an exchange begins, the pre-TCJA version applies. These levels are under $500,000 of AGI for MFJ and HH and under $250,000 for single.Besides real property, what might individuals exchange? Well today, the

Starting a business rarely begins with a strategic checklist of all of the resources necessary to run and scale successfully. Rather, many, if not most businesses start because the founder has a passion or skill that is exceptional and in-demand and they grow from there.  Because of this, many business owners find themselves at strategic points in their growth with

Have you been re-using the same old settlement agreement template that was drafted many years ago?  Well, if you are in California, it is time for another refresh before year end (effective January 1, 2022).
The law currently prevents an employer from requiring victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment to agree to confidentiality regarding the underlying facts of their

In 2018, in response to the #MeToo movement, California enacted Senate Bill 820 which added section 1001 to the California Code of Civil Procedure and prohibited employers from including provisions into settlement agreements that prevent the disclosure of factual information relating to claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, failure to prevent harassment, harassment in a professional relationship, discrimination based on