Orange County Reporter
Sunday, January 29, 2023
GUEST COLUMNS

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Logical analysis may give structure to estate or trust negotiations. But each dispute will be based on factors that cannot consistently be evaluated and weighed against others.
A federal jury trial is scheduled for March 14 in Los Angeles for Christopher Kamon, who is accused of draining $8 million from the law firm's accounts.
Lawmakers from seven other states, including Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Illinois and Washington were introducing new taxes for the rich on the same day.
The framework for distinguishing patents that claim laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas from those that claim patent-eligible applications of those concepts is a two-step process.
In dismissing the latest iteration of the complaint, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson found that the plaintiffs had failed to plead factual details proving that the company knowingly misled shareholders about sexual discrimination allegations and investigations in SEC filings.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ms. Gutierrez-Reed maintains that she doesn't know how the weapon had live rounds in it and that she is not to blame for the death of Hayla Hutchins. If that were true, then where is the witness to testify that they saw Mr. Baldwin or someone else put bullets in the weapon?
The persuasive attorney and wise jurist recognize that the historical underpinnings of a law, decision, or custom is critical to its proper application, whether in making an argument or in supporting a judicial ruling. In short, in the field of law, the past guides the future.
A phalanx of left-leaning legislators, led by Assemblyman Alex Lee, a San Jose Democrat, introduced the new measures – a bill and a constitutional amendment – as part of a nationwide drive by progressives for wealth taxes in California and other blue states. They hope that imposing wealth taxes at the state level would spur a national tax.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Some advocates say the proposed school funding in the budget waters down the intent of the bill and will perpetuate the achievement gap for Black students.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 51-year-old hospital over the brink, hospital leaders said.
Non-breaching parties to a letter of intent may have a claim for costs incurred in reliance on that promise if that promise is breached.

Monday, January 23, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the IRS may issue a summons seeking an innocent party's records without providing that person notice.
Why hack corporate databases to get personal data? Just read the person's brainwaves instead.
State officials say we need to build 180,00 new units of housing each year to meet demand, even though the state's population has been slowly declining of late
While that particular policy changed last year and now children with Medi-Cal who are system-involved or have experienced trauma theoretically have access to benefits, the ability to actually receive care has not materially improved.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Coinbase sides with the majority view, lamenting in its petition that it has been forced to answer two complaints that seek to proceed as class actions and face imminent discovery
The only practical solution is for Congress to promptly act to increase the debt ceiling, which it recently did with bipartisan support on three occasions during the Trump Administration, to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.
That's with good reason. Financial wisdom is a gift that can have lifelong rewards and last longer than a monetary gift.
Although founded on fairness principles, Newsom's proposed tax will do little to address the underlying root causes of the price spikes.
Sites that are operating under 50% capacity are scheduled to close before the end of January.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

One can easily foresee the potential issues raised by the new law, and its impact on employees and employers, as well as the courts.
This law is a positive step toward regulating the use of "time-limited demands" in third-party liability claims, but it is limited in scope and has several important carve outs.
The issue arose as a result of two standing orders issued by Judge Connolly. The first standing order requires non-governmental companies and corporations to disclose the name of every person all the way up the chain of ownership who has "a direct or indirect interest in the party."

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Companies engaging in a collaboration with another company may consider steps to protect their trade secrets and insulate themselves from improperly obtaining or using their counterparty's confidential information.
Companies with 75 or more employees must provide advance written notice of mass layoffs, relocations or terminations of operations.
Despite a fairly wet winter – so far – California is still coping with a multi-year drought that's devastating the nation's most productive agricultural industry, the electrical grid struggles to meet demand, public school students are struggling with learning losses from COVID-19 school shutdowns, and the state's chronic housing shortage underlies the nation's highest rates of poverty and homelessness.

Friday, December 30, 2022

The newest form is Form 1099-NEC, and it covers the waterfront for any independent contractor.
California extends employment protection To medical and recreational cannabis consumers.
Here are four steps to consider as you assess your portfolio.
New York Times News Service
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via videoconference before a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

NEWS

General News

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

9th Circuit Judges Ronald M. Gould and William A. Fletcher agreed that the plaintiff's litigation history, filing well over 1,000 lawsuits, couldn't be used to deny him standing, although Judge Daniel P. Collins dissented.
General News

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

"See's Candies primarily seeks coverage under a provision that appears not to have been addressed by any court or even raised by any litigant. That is because See's Candies manufactures and sells unique, perishable products that have a limited shelf life; it secured unique 'stock throughput' coverage specifically designed to cover losses to its unique, perishable products," said the complaint filed by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.
General News

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said he wanted a more robust oversight mechanism, with the appointment of a special master to assist the court in supervising the deal. The settlement between the County of Los Angeles and plaintiffs anticipates five years of judicial supervision.
General News

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

These companies have access to state courts in jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis. But this hasn't stopped attorneys from trying to find an exception to the rules to bar them from federal civil relief or access to Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
General News

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

"Plaintiff's theory of recovery as to the meal periods is that defendant failed to provide employees fully compliant meal breaks, and unlawfully permitted its employees to 'waive' their meal breaks on shifts of any length," Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman wrote in his Jan. 11 order.
General News

Monday, January 23, 2023

Skye Bioscience Inc. was found liable for retaliating against Wendy Cunning, the company's former vice president of business operations, after she approached the former CEO about allegedly committing securities fraud. She received $1.35 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages.
General News

Monday, January 23, 2023

"It's not automatic — the judge would have to make a decision — but evidence of a judgment, conviction of a felony, can be used to prove any fact that's essential to the judgment, and that's also true even if it's nolo contendere or no contest," said plaintiffs' attorney Mary E. Alexander.
General News

Monday, January 23, 2023

"We're very pleased to have the continued support of Sen. [Richard] Roth in putting forth that bill seeking to get additional judgeships for not only the Inland Empire but all of the under-resourced courts throughout the state," said Riverside County Superior Court Presiding Judge Judith C. Clark.
General News

Friday, January 20, 2023

Nicole A. Clark, also a labor and employment attorney at Newmeyer and Dillion, is suing engineer Andrew Thaler for allegedly interfering with investor relations, defamation and commercial disparagement. Clark is also defending allegations of wrongful termination by Thaler, who is countersuing and has denied the claims against him.
General News

Friday, January 20, 2023

Stefanie Pollack accuses Dennis Chernov of breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment, and seeks $650,000 in damages. Pollack is represented by H. Mark Madnick and Jonathan M. Starre of Kramar Madnick.
General News

Friday, January 20, 2023

The lead counsel for Activision, Kevin P. Muck, said the decision could have broad applications to other companies. "The fundamental issue in this case is whether Activision's board is entitled to do its job — specifically, to make decisions as to what is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders," wrote Muck.