2019 Installation Gala

On October 3, 2019, the SFVBA held its annual Installation gala at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the installation of the Bar’s newly elected officers and Board of Directors. 

New Mediation Protections Law Takes Effect January 1

On January 1, 2020, a new California law will take effect that requires lawyers to make sure their clients understand the implications of California’s legal protections for mediation communications, before the client agrees to mediation. If the client has already agreed to mediation before seeking counsel – by participating in a divorce mediation, or signing…

New Law To Close Abusive Caregiver Loopholes

October 21, 2019 – The California Legislature has closed loopholes in the Probate Code that allow abusive caregivers to marry their way into a dependent adult’s wealth. Assembly Bill 328, recently signed into law by Governor Newsom, takes effect on January 1, 2020. The new law will create a presumption of undue influence that applies…

Cal Court of Appeal Rules on Meal Period Liability

October 10, 2019 – Do meal period premiums trigger derivative liability for waiting-time penalties and inaccurate wage statements? The National Law Review reports that the California Court of Appeal has ruled in the negative on the oft-asked question. The Court has ruled that actions to recover unpaid meal period premiums under Labor Code section 226.7…

New Law Will Affect How Businesses Classify Workers

October 2, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a new measure—Assembly Bill 5—which redefines how businesses classify their workers. Commonly known as AB 5, the new law seeks to codify the “ABC Test” for determining the professional nature of an employer/employee relationship. Simply put, the bill makes it much more difficult…

LASC Sets 2020 Appellate Division Hearing Dates

September 30, 2019 – LASC Appellate Division hearings in 2020 will be scheduled at 9 a.m. for Infraction and Misdemeanor cases and at 1:30 p.m. for Limited Civil cases. Hearings will be held in the Appellate Division courtroom, Department 70, Room 615, in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Hearings will be held…