State of the Valley Courts Update Planned

On Thursday, April 16, the SFVBA Bench-Bar Committee will convene for a State of the Valley Courts Update and FAQs Regarding COVID-19. The session will feature Judge Huey P. Cotton, Judge David B. Gelfound, Judge Darrell Mavis, Judge Virginia Keeny and Judge Joseph A. Brandolino. It will include updates on courtroom and courthouse closures, what matters each…

Preliminary Injunction Halts Enforcement of AB51

United States District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller has granted plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in full halting enforcement of AB 51, which, effective January 1, would have prohibited employers from requiring job applicants and employees to arbitrate claims under the California Labor Code and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Government Code §§12900 et…

Central District Family Law Courtroom Reassignments

  Effective January 27, the Family Law trial courtrooms located at the Central Civil West Courthouse will relocate to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles and remain as Family Law trial courtrooms. New departments at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse are as follows: Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, Dept. 35; Judge Bruce G. Iwasaki, Dept. 46;…

Process to Continue Probate Petition Hearing Dates Changed

Effective January 15, the Probate Division is changing the process for seeking a continuance of petition hearing dates at the Stanley Mosk and Antelope Valley courthouses. A new form, Form LASC PRO 080―Request to Continue Petition Hearing and Order―must be used to request a continuance of petition hearing dates for contested and uncontested petitions. However,…

College Athletes to Benefit from Endorsements

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 206 that would permit college student athletes to benefit financially (for example, from endorsement deals) from their names, images, and likenesses while still in school. Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) sponsored, with much…

Draft Regulations for New Consumer Privacy Act Unveiled

November 7, 2019 – The California Attorney General released the highly anticipated draft regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The regulations focus heavily on three main areas: 1) notices to consumers, 2) consumer requests and 3) verification requirements. While the regulations focus heavily on these three topics, they also discuss special rules for minors,…

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…