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California Supreme Court Rejects ‘New Project’ Test

The California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that subsequent changes to a development project which has already been subject to review under the California...

Split Appeals Court Decision Upholds Cap-and-Trade Revenues

In a 2-1 ruling, the 3rd District Court of Appeal has upheld the state’s practice of auctioning greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances to raise...

U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sexual Orientation, Transgender Protections

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on whether a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity fall within Title VII of...

State Supreme Court Ruling May Threaten Longstanding Local Taxpayer Protections

A California Supreme Court decision makes it easier to raise some local taxes. But how much easier remains to be seen. For two decades, local...

CalChamber Files Lawsuit to End Prop.65 Warnings for Acrylamide

On behalf of its members, the California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit on October 7 to stop the multitude of Proposition 65 warnings...

Progress on Prop. 65 Acrylamide Warnings

Challenges to Proposition 65 acrylamide warnings scored victories in two cases last month. A California Superior Court judge ruled last month in favor of coffee...

High Court Decisions Leave Employers with Uncertainty

California employers are once again left with uncertainty regarding the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Enforcement Policies and Interpretations Manual following a California...

California Chief Justice Recaps Progress on Civil Justice Reform, Ongoing Challenges

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Photo Courtesy Judicial Council of California) In an address to the California Legislature last week, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye...

State of Judiciary Address Highlights Civil Justice Reforms

The funding boost proposed in the state budget plan for the coming year will help the judicial branch continue reforms to provide access and...

Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor, established by last year’s California...

California Supreme Court Adopts New Test for Deciding Independent Contractor Status

The California Supreme Court has issued its much-anticipated decision on which test should be applied when determining whether an individual is an employee or...

California Has One of Worst Lawsuit Climates in Country, Business Survey Shows

California has one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, affecting companies’ decisions on whether to do business in the state, according to...

California Court of Appeal Upholds Lead Safe Harbor Under Proposition 65

The legal fight over the validity of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) “safe harbor” for lead may finally be over for...

CalChamber-Led Coalition Challenges Anti-Arbitration Law in U.S. District Court

A coalition of businesses led by the California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit on December 6 to stop a new California law that...

High Court Ruling Raises Questions on Passage of Local Special Taxes

How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local...

Anti-Arbitration Lawsuit Update

As Alert went to print this week, a U.S. District Court judge was scheduled to hear arguments on whether to permanently stop a new...

State Supreme Court Ruling Protects Employers, Preserves Workers’ Comp Exclusivity

The California Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of employers, finding that an employee’s tort claims against a doctor who reviewed workers’ compensation cases...