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Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments in Landmark Teacher Tenure Case

A three-judge panel at the Second District Court of Appeal this week heard arguments in the landmark teacher tenure case, Vergara v. California. The California...

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...

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...

CalChamber, Past Governors Defend Citizen Redistricting

The California Chamber of Commerce, three former California Governors and California redistricting proponents are supporting the constitutionality of an Arizona voter-approved redistricting commission before...

Court Affirms Rest Break Timing Requirement

A California court recently affirmed in Rodriguez v. E.M.E., Inc. that, in general, rest breaks cannot be combined. Relying on the California Supreme Court’s guidance...

Chief Justice: Innovations Still Leave Funding Shortfall

California courts are using innovation and efficiencies to provide access to justice in response to recession-based cutbacks, but more funding is needed, California Chief...

California Supreme Court Issues Worker-Friendly Overtime Ruling

Overtime pay in California is based on the employee’s “regular rate of pay,” which is not always an employee’s normal hourly wage and must...

U.S. Court Invalidates Anti-Arbitration Law

A ruling last week by U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller halted enforcement of and invalidated in full an anti-arbitration law identified by the...

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...

California Supreme Court Issues Key CEQA Decision

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that evidence that a project may have a significant effect on the environment does not, in and...

U.S. High Court Reverses Equal Pay Case; Judge Can’t Adjudicate from Beyond Grave

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a Ninth Circuit court case because the judge who wrote the opinion died before the opinion was issued...

CalChamber Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Arizona Redistricting Case​​​​​​

The California Chamber of Commerce today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al. “Today’s decision...

CalChamber Defends Arbitration; Seeks High Court Review of Key Case

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that threatens to disrupt existing arbitration agreements and erode...

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...

California Supreme Court Answers ‘One Day’s Rest in Seven’ Questions

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest in seven.” But what, exactly, does that mean? On May 8, the California Supreme Court...

Chief Justice Touts High Court’s Planning for Future

A “Futures Commission” headed by two associate justices is looking at ways to meet the state’s judicial needs, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said...

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...