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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...

Alameda Court Ruling Favors Business Community

In a favorable ruling for the California Chamber of Commerce and the broader business community, an Alameda Superior Court judge has denied an environmental...

Protecting Workers’ Comp Independent Medical Review

Oral arguments have been set in a workers’ compensation case that deals with the constitutionality of the independent medical reviews (IMR) that were part...

CalChamber Wins Landmark Prop. 65 Ruling

California businesses scored a landmark victory last week when Chief District Judge Kimberly Mueller of the Eastern District of California granted the California Chamber...

On-Call Rest Periods Not Allowed, California Supreme Court Rules

In a disappointing decision for California businesses, the California Supreme Court ruled recently that on-call rest periods are not permissible. This decision will require...

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...

Air Board Asks Courts to Create New Tax

In a landmark case before the Third District Court of Appeal, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently argued for creation of an unprecedented...

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...

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...

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...

State Lawsuit Climate Ties All-Time Low

For the third time since 2012, California’s lawsuit climate ranked No. 47 out of 50 in the national survey by the U.S. Chamber Institute...

Reporting to Work: No Physical Presence Required

Last week, the Second District California Court of Appeal ruled that on-call employees are entitled to reporting time pay if they are required to...

Federal Court: Current Drug Use Not Protected Under Disabilities Act

A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are...

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Prop. 22 Independent Contractor Initiative

The California Supreme Court this week rejected an attempt to overturn Proposition 22, the voter-approved ballot initiative classifying app-based drivers as independent contractors. A group...
Judicial Hellholes 2014-2015

California Ranks as No. 2 ‘Judicial Hellhole’

California was identified as the No. 2 “Judicial Hellhole” in the nation, after two years of taking the No. 1 spot, in the latest...