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The Second District Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in In re Ezequiel G. (Jul. 29, 2022, B314432) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ illustrates an issue that comes up regularly among appellate courts: appeals of juvenile dependency rulings alleging inadequate inquiries under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Under the ICWA (and implementing state law), California courts and county welfare departments have

Despite a longstanding requirement that California employers must “provide[]” suitable seats for their employees when the work allows for it, no published California authority has clarified what steps an employer must take to “provide” such seats.

This was the Second District Court of Appeal’s observation in Meda v. AutoZone, Inc. (July 19, 2022, B311398) ___ Cal.App.5th ___, which reversed

The Ninth Circuit’s recent Berman decision looks to be even more of a game-changer after a federal district court in California relied on it to hold that widely-used clickwrap “continued-use” provisions allowing companies to amend their terms of service at will, and binding consumers to the amended terms merely by their continued use of the service, will not be enforced

Rising sea levels, devastating wildfires, and prolonged drought: the impact of climate change in California is noticeable. One way to mitigate the effects of climate change is to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, which accounts for most of the nation’s emissions according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Consumers are often encouraged to decrease their carbon footprint by

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing proposed amendments to its regulation regarding the consideration of an applicant’s criminal history in employment decisions.

A public hearing on the amendments will be held on August 10, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the California State Building in Oakland (1515 Clay Street, Second Floor,

With drought conditions expected to continue in California, efforts to protect water sources have ramped up with significant attention on the cannabis industry. Often portrayed as an eco-friendly or “green” industry, cannabis cultivation can actually have a significant environmental impact particularly because of its water use–cultivating a single plant can use between 450 and 900 gallons of water, although

In Ass’n des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec v. Bonta, plaintiff-appellees (foie gras producers and a California restaurant) argued a third set of appeals in their challenge to California’s foie gras law. Ultimately, their goose is cooked: the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the complaint in its entirety. However, in affirming the district court’s

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, one of the most hotly contested legal questions has been employers’ liability surrounding the virus. California appeals courts have already ruled on the issue regarding employees whose family members get sick after they contract COVID-19 at work and bring it home. And now, employment law attorneys in the state are