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LITIGATION UPDATES – FEBRUARY 2015

Revenge Porn Extortionist Convicted A California state jury convicted the owner of “revenge porn” website YouGotPosted.com, where jilted lovers submitted nude photos of their exes for public humiliation, of identity theft and extortion.  The owner’s conviction is the first to come after Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2013 signed a bill outlawing the posting of… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – JANUARY 2015

Recent Changes to Minimum Wage Laws On July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage was increased to $9.00 per hour.  Next year, on January 1, 2016, the California minimum wage will again be increased to $10.00 per hour.  Employers should be aware of changes to California’s minimum wage laws because, in order to classify employees… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – JANUARY 2015

Expanding Whistleblower Protection Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act With the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Congress sought to protect employee whistleblowers.  The scope of this protection, however, was unclear.  Did it apply only to employees of publicly-traded companies, or also to employees of the contractors and subcontractors with whom those companies work?  The Supreme Court resolved this… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – DECEMBER 2014

LinkedIn Statuses and Non-Solicitation Agreements A Connecticut company brought suit against a former employee alleging violations of a non-compete agreement.  The non-compete agreement lacked a provision about sharing on social media, which allowed the former employee to use LinkedIn to announce to all of his connections, including the company’s clients, that he was joining a… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – DECEMBER 2014

Employee Was Not Within Course and Scope of Employment While Driving Home from Work In Lobo v. Tamco, Daniel Lobo was killed by Luis Del Rosario while Del Rosario was leaving the premises of his employer, defendant Tamco, to go home for the day.  Del Rosario was driving his personal vehicle at the time of… Read More »

Small Restaurants Seek Big League Through Franchises

Michael Cho was interviewed by the Orange County Business Journal for a November 17 story about the growth of local restaurants through franchising.  Cho, whose clients include restaurants, said franchise agreements – and the company’s commitment to it – is the “Number one thing.” Handle that, and franchising has benefits, he said. The article covered known… Read More »

New Limits to Employee Coverage Under an Employer’s CGL

Norman Rodich, a partner in the business litigation practice group, wrote an article for the Daily Journal’s Insurance supplement published on November 12th about Baek v. Continental Casualty Company. The case stemmed from a massage therapist’s alleged sexual assault of a client during a massage. The court determined that the therapist was not covered under… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – NOVEMBER 2014

Employers May be Liable for Certain Labor Code Violations of Staffing Agencies On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897 (“AB 1897”), which amends California Labor Code section 2810 by creating a new section, 2810.3.  Once AB 1897 becomes effective January 1, 2015, employers using labor contractors, such as temporary staffing agencies, will… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – NOVEMBER 2014

California Bans Non-Disparagement Clauses Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2365, popularly referred to as the “Yelp” bill, on September 9, 2014.  The new law, codified at California Civil Code section 1670.8, will prohibit the use of “non-disparagement” clauses in consumer contracts beginning January 1, 2015.  The new law provides that a “contract or proposed… Read More »

HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY NANCY!

Nancy D. Simpson, a paralegal in the firm’s Estate Planning Practice area, celebrated her 85th birthday on October 31, 2014. In 1951, Nancy graduated from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science and a split minor in economics and history.  In February, 1975, Nancy received a certificate in Attorney Assistant Training -… Read More »