The efforts of the California Legislature and governor in 2013 demonstrate a continuing commitment to expanding the state’s reliance on energy generated from renewable resources in all of their forms and, in particular, a desire to make renewable energy more accessible to the general population, says Jill Yung of Paul Hastings LLP.
Among 10 battle-proven strategies for getting your witnesses ready for trial is to role-play the cross-examiner. For instance, if you expect the cross-examiner to yell, get in the witness’ face or use scathing sarcasm, do that during practice to minimize surprises at trial, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
California’s wrongful foreclosure litigation had been simmering for a while. Borrowers threatened with foreclosure were running to court with the goal of stopping the taking of their homes, but few of their arguments stuck. An appeals court holding in Glaski v. Bank of America, however, has turned up the heat, says Annette Mijanovic of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
A case involving the offering of 450 condominium hotel units at the Hard Rock Hotel is of unique importance to the resort real estate industry. Among other things, the case makes clear that if properly structured, condominium unit offerings associated with rental programs can be real estate offerings and not investment contracts subject to securities law, says Richard Davis of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The expansion of the California breach notification law to cover user names and email addresses may have a significant influence nationwide, aiding a broader movement to pass similar amendments to the existing breach laws in 45 other states and to proposed federal breach notification legislation in Congress, say Paul Martino and Dominique Shelton of Alston & Bird LLP.
By recently vacating an injunction against the application of a California regulation that establishes caps on average carbon intensities of transportation fuels consumed in California, the Ninth Circuit, in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, issued a ruling that may have significant consequences for oil and ethanol producers across the globe, says Jonathan Marsh of King & Spalding LLP.
When it comes to using a trendy word as part of a mark, the race is not always to the swift. That's the lesson Umami Burger is learning from its trademark infringement suit against recently opened Umami Mia Pizzeria, says Natalie Lederman of Sullivan & Worcester LLP.
According to a California appeals court, its ruling in Moradi v. Marsh USA is not a departure from existing law — but most employers will be surprised by what the court found to be an act within the “course and scope” of employment, says Gregory Smith of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
In addition to the impact California's new privacy law will have on businesses whose websites, online services or applications are directed to or used by minors residing in California, the law may also influence the debate over, and development of, new privacy laws and regulations protecting children in other states and at the federal level, say Paul Martino and Claire Lucy Readhead of Alston & Bird LLP.
In an attempt to balance a response to perceived shakedowns of property owners by unscrupulous attorneys and their clients asserting specious accessibility claims, the California Legislature has implemented a new act. Unfortunately, the act only applies to claims brought in state court — which, consequently, savvy plaintiffs’ attorneys are avoiding altogether, say attorneys with Locke Lord LLP.