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May 1, 2019

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveils 2019 Sustainable City pLAn

By Jennifer Tung This past Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the 2019 Sustainable City pLAn, which the City refers to as its “Green New Deal.”  An update to the 2015 pLAn, version 2019 envisions sweeping changes to everything from car culture, to air quality, to urban planning in Los Angeles. Notably, the 2019 […]

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April 11, 2019

New California Insurance Laws 2019

By JoLynn M. Scharrer A number of new California laws impacting the insurance industry took effect at the start of the New Year.“In 2019 consumers, and in particular seniors and disaster survivors, will benefit from new insurance laws we sponsored to provide greater protection,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.“ These new laws will help safeguard […]

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January 30, 2019

What’s Fair Is Fair: Court Of Appeal Affirms Order Granting Insurers’ Motion To Vacate Default Judgement Against Insured Based On Equitable Grounds

By Sander Alvarez In Mechling v. Asbestos Defendants, filed on December 11, 2018, the California Court of Appeal affirmed four trial court orders granting an insurer’s motions to set aside millions of dollars in default judgments against a defunct insured. The court held that a trial court has inherent power to vacate default judgments on […]

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January 22, 2019

Due Process For Subcontractors On Public Works Projects: Let The Agencies Decide!

By Paul Rogoff In JMS Air Conditioning and Appliance Service, Inc. v. Santa Monica Community College District, the California Court of Appeal recently examined the due process rights of a subcontractor facing substitution by its general contractor. In doing so, the court found that a public agency’s authority to define the parameters of a subcontractor’s […]

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January 9, 2019

New California Employment Laws 2019-Part III

By Alison Gibbs and JoLynn M. Scharrer A number of new California laws impacting employers took effect at the start of the New Year. Here is the final installment of Hunt Ortmann Employment Law Group’s three-part series summarizing key developments in each of the newly-enacted bills: AB 1565- Direct Contractor Liability for Wages/Benefits Owed to […]

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November 28, 2018

New California Employment Laws 2019-Part II

By Lisa Lawrence-Hughes and JoLynn M. Scharrer As the holidays approach once again, it’s time for California employers to familiarize themselves with the new employment legislation taking effect on January 1, 2019. This year, California has added several new laws affecting California employees, many of which are amendments to existing legislation. The Hunt Ortmann Employment […]

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November 14, 2018

New California Laws Impacting Employers-Three Part Series

By JoLynn M. Scharrer The California Legislature had a prolific year with over 15 significant pieces of legislation impacting employers scheduled to become law in 2019. The following summary of the new laws is designed to serve as a guide for further action by employers to seek education and advice regarding compliance. Hunt Ortmann’s Employment […]

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October 25, 2018

Ninth Circuit Orders Individual Arbitration of Uber Class Actions Under Epic Systems

By Lisa Lawrence-Hughes Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. (September 25, 2018), became one of the first courts to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis (May 21, 2018) to enforce class action waivers in employment disputes. In Epic Systems, the U.S. Supreme […]

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October 11, 2018

ALLIED CONCRETE REVERSED: Ninth Circuit Finds Statute Extending Prevailing Wage Laws to Ready-Mix Concrete Drivers Is Constitutional

By Alison Gibbs In Allied Concrete & Supply Co. v. Baker, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed part of a district court’s judgment finding Labor Code §1720.9, which extended prevailing wage laws to ready-mix concrete drivers, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Ready-mix concrete suppliers argued that the law arbitrarily […]

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