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…

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…

9th Circuit Advances Facebook Facial Data Suit

September 10, 2019 – Rejecting arguments that Facebook users suffered no “concrete harm” by having their facial data mapped and stored, the Ninth Circuit advanced a $35 billion class action against the social media giant. Facebook sought to swat down the lawsuit last year after U.S. District Judge James Donato ordered the company to alert…