Riverside Business Journal
Saturday, June 15, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Legislature has not created an evidentiary privilege for collaborative law as it has for mediation. For those opting for collaborative law and desiring confidentiality, it's advisable to craft a legally binding contract that explicitly ensures confidentiality throughout the process.
The jury in New York made clear that no one, not even a former president, is above the law.
Private equity funds that contemplate an NAV facility should work with legal counsel and advisors who can help them navigate the complex and nuanced aspects of NAV-based lending, such as the review of governing and financing agreements, the negotiation of valuation and covenant terms, and the mitigation of associated risks and costs.
Uber on Monday lost its long-running attempt to overturn a California law that would require it to provide employment rights to its drivers and delivery workers.
Even though Los Angeles Unified dropped its COVID vaccine mandate for school staff almost a year ago, a lawsuit accusing the district of violating workers' rights can still move forward, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A white teacher in Sacramento County has sued his union for reserving one seat on its governing board for a non-white member, and highlights the controversy surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies. The constitutional solution appears to be clear – with more than enough qualified candidates of color to make race-based determinations obsolete.
California is facing a retail theft and fentanyl crisis, but the proposed solutions by politicians in Sacramento fall short of solving the problem.
In "1984," George Orwell's novel about a dystopian future, he describes "newspeak," a propagandistic language of euphemisms and inversions used by officialdom to mask the reality of their meaning.
California has a rich and complex history. With that, comes a responsibility to acknowledge and address the painful legacy of slavery.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The report fails to provide verifiable data or specific analysis to justify its proposals, and in some cases, contradicts its own facts and findings.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Tax professionals can play a vital role in clarifying the taxation of damages and legal fees, assessing tax gross-up assertions, unraveling complexities in tax-related investments, and pinpointing tax reporting inaccuracies.
Lawyers who face ethical dilemmas when dealing with clients who propose or commit illegal acts may consult their firm's in-house or outside counsel specializing in liability issues.

Friday, June 7, 2024

The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, an anti-tax initiative, is likely to pass in November, which could lead to the demise of Los Angeles' mansion tax. The California Supreme Court is currently deciding whether voters may weigh in on a ballot measure.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows lawsuits against the government for injuries caused by contaminated water, but plaintiffs must produce evidence showing that the water contamination caused their harm. This may require hiring expensive experts and accessing scientific studies that are still under review.
Every tax season hundreds of thousands of Californians are hit with an unexpected bill: They owe hundreds of dollars or more to the IRS because they accepted more money in subsidies for health insurance than they were allowed.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The "cleaned up" citation format, proposed by attorney Jack Metzler in 2017, has gained popularity in legal writing, with nearly 100 California opinions using the signal.
The IRS has stepped up enforcement efforts against mills that prepared inflated or illegitimate Employee Retention Credit claims. Taxpayers can take corrective action by withdrawing or amending their claims, and taxpayers with valid pending claims can file a lawsuit against the IRS.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

California is facing a crisis as insurance companies are leaving the state due to the increasing frequency and severity of climate-related disasters. The insurance industry must be allowed to use "forward-looking" models to calculate premiums and spread the risk of disasters without encouraging risky behavior.
The Court ruled that challenges to a re-districting map must establish that "race was the predominant factor motivating the legislature's decision to place a significant number of voters within or without a particular district." The Court further noted that the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits a state from engaging in racial gerrymandering unless it satisfies strict scrutiny.
The man who would finally break up California is a real estate developer from Rancho Cucamonga.

Monday, June 3, 2024

The court's decision could have significant repercussions for the southern California landlord-tenant legal landscape.
Governments have been trying to stay ahead of the specific concerns AI raises in the employment context, but there is still relatively little federally mandated guidance for employers. Employers should remain aware of relevant AI-related regulations in any state where employees are located and develop internal ethical guidelines.
Self-regulation is a messy business. In politics, it can seem elusive.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Adopting the European model of antitrust law could harm California's economy, especially its technology industry and its startup ecosystem by punishing the mere possession of monopoly power and forcing platforms to share their valuable assets with rivals.
Seven years ago, California's Supreme Court declared broad support for the historic right of voters to make law through the initiative process.
In March 2023, Gov. Gavin Newsom stood before a crowd in Sacramento's Cal Expo event center and made a promise: He'd send 1,200 tiny homes to shelter homeless residents in the capital city and three other places throughout the state.

Friday, May 24, 2024

The proposed federal tax hikes will hit harder in California than in some other states, as California already has the highest state income tax rate in the nation, which applies to both ordinary income and capital gains.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has, for now, allowed claimants to recover damages for acts allegedly occurring more than three years before their lawsuit.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The California State Bar is considering adding privacy law as a new area of legal specialization, which would require lawyers to demonstrate a broad-based and comprehensive experience in the area of specialty, complete 36 hours of LSCLE every three years, and recertify every five years.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A defense is available to employers when it comes to section 226 premium penalties, based on dictionary definitions of "knowing" and "intentional" and the legislative history of section 226. The court also made the good faith defense available where the employer's obligations are genuinely uncertain, but not where there is a failure to comply with well-established law.
As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that's plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can't count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

Monday, May 20, 2024

The court's decision contradicts previous Ninth Circuit decisions and Supreme Court statements that the Second Amendment applies only to law-abiding citizens.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System in California is at the forefront of healthcare technology, including digital pathology, which expedites the diagnosis of diseases like cancer. The system has been integrated into select VA facilities across the country, thanks to a $4 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Biden administration recently revised Title IX regulations that govern how colleges and universities handle sexual assault allegations. The new rules, which will take effect in August, modify some of the controversial aspects of the Trump-era rules.

NEWS

General News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Silicon Valley Bank imposed "systemic illegal employment practices" on hourly employees, including forcing them to work through meal breaks and failing to reimburse business-related expenses, according to a proposed class action filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
General News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

In a move that could create significant legal and procedural complications, Democratic lawmakers in California are considering adding poison pill provisions to several bills aimed at addressing retail theft. These clauses would render the new laws invalid if voters pass a Proposition 47 overhaul this fall.
General News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Last year, my colleague Tara Siegel Bernard and I wrote a series of articles about banks that shut down the checking accounts of scores of everyday citizens and small businesses. There was often no clear reason, explanation or recourse.
General News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

As an architect, Ivan Rupnik thinks the solution to America's affordable housing shortage is obvious: Build more houses. Start today. But the way homes are built in the United States makes speed impossible.
General News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Johnson & Johnson will pay $700 million over three years to settle claims by 43 state attorneys general, including California, that the pharmaceutical giant's baby powder and other talc-based products are carcinogenic, the company announced.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sixteen Los Angeles Unified School District 10th graders received $20,000 college scholarships from O'Melveny & Myers LLP at the Warren Christopher Scholarship Program awards on June 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

LOS ANGELES — When the popular Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened in 2021 with exhibits celebrating the diversity of the film industry, the museum was criticized for having largely omitted one group: the Jewish founders of Hollywood.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

At first glance, you might think that Angels Camp, a small city in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is famous for its frogs.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Lawmakers in California last month advanced about 30 new measures on artificial intelligence aimed at protecting consumers and jobs, one of the biggest efforts yet to regulate the new technology.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a three-judge panel, ruled Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Postmates do not have an equal protection claim against the state over legislation, AB 5, that they said targeted their businesses by requiring them to treat drivers as full-time employees.
General News

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

CNET Networks, Inc., a leading tech and consumer electronic media company, was hit with a proposed class action last week, accusing the company of using "pen registers" to illegally track the IP addresses of California residents visiting the company's website, CNET.com.
General News

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Three UCLA students, including two who attend the law school, sued the university for allowing an encampment in the middle of campus that they said barred Jewish students.
General News

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Longtime colleagues have launched a new civil litigation venture at Schonbuch Hallissy LLP.
General News

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

America is saturated with food trademarks. The Cronut? Trademarked. Pop-Tarts? Trademarked. Even grapes that taste like cotton candy, and the mash-up of gai lan and broccoli called Broccolini are legally protected.
General News

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

A woman who claims to be the inspiration for a character portrayed as a rapist and convicted stalker in the hit miniseries "Baby Reindeer" has filed a $170 million defamation lawsuit against Netflix. She claims the show "outrageously" and inaccurately portrayed her as criminal, pointing to a 2014 tweet she claims links her to the show.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

Since the early days of the pandemic, owners of big buildings in New York and other large cities have been desperately hoping that the commercial real estate business would recover as workers returned to offices.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

SAN DIEGO — For years, Father Joe's Villages, a nonprofit homeless services provider and housing developer in Southern California, could reliably count on the insurance premiums for its properties rising up to 10% every year.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

A federal fair-housing law prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, ethnicity, religion and other factors, like gender identity and disability. That applies to any number of scenarios, in which such discrimination has occurred: a homeowner refusing to negotiate a sale; a landlord failing to make repairs; a mortgage lender denying a loan.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has been disqualified from representing on appeal a defendant who lost a $10 billion breach of contract dispute because the firm's attorneys consulted with the plaintiff about potentially representing him in the matter more than 20 years ago.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

The state Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether the city of Los Angeles could be sanctioned for $2.5 million for discovery abuse during a legal dispute with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC over a lawsuit it dropped.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

Ontrak Inc. founder and former CEO Terren Peizer intended to sell his share of the company due to approximately one million expiring stock warrants months before executives at Cigna – Ontrak's largest health insurance client at the time – raised financial concerns to him and later terminated their contract with the company, his attorney told a jury during opening statements late Tuesday afternoon.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

In 2023, Americans reported they were the victims of more nearly $10 billion in financial fraud1.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

SAN DIEGO — From sunrise to sunset, the U.S. Border Patrol buses arrived every hour at a sunbaked parking lot in San Diego.
General News

Friday, June 7, 2024

A Los Angeles County judge sustained demurrers by the county to a lawsuit seeking the closure of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, the subject of thousands of complaints from nearby residents. In his ruling on Wednesday, Judge Stephen I. Goorvitch found that the petitioners, a coalition of citizens, did not allege any violation of ministerial duty by the county and that their discrimination claims could not stand.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The general manager of a Los Angeles spice supplier is accused of bleeding the company dry to pay for tuition fees and new cars in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County. The complaint claims that defendant Juan Carlos Romano conspired to divert company funds away from El Ruisenor de Mexico Inc., in part by forcing it to purchase inferior products from a separate company he secretly formed.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

LOS ANGELES — About two weeks after Marcell Leon Viragh moved into the Park Santa Monica, a Los Angeles building where residents can sweat in a Himalayan salt sauna or gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the expansive roof deck, he took the elevator down to the spa, where a registered nurse slid a needle into a vein in his arm, sending a liter of saline, vitamins and electrolytes coursing through his bloodstream.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

LOS ANGELES — The fans control everything in the "Vanderpump Rules" multiverse, and lately what the fans want are crisp, pressed turkey sandwiches and prebiotic sodas under the soft glow of shabby-chic chandeliers in West Hollywood.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Borrowers of the popular "buy now, pay later" installment loans should find it easier to dispute charges and get refunds under a new rule announced by the federal government last week.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of OpenAI insiders is blowing the whistle on what they say is a culture of recklessness and secrecy at the San Francisco artificial intelligence company, which is racing to build the most powerful AI systems ever created.
General News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Counsel for disbarred attorney Tom Girardi argued his celebrity status and "voluminous publicity" before and after his California indictment would put his constitutional rights in jeopardy should a federal judge decline to issue private questionnaires to potential jurors in his upcoming wire fraud trial.
General News

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

For most of the University of California system, the last week of classes for the spring quarter began Monday. But it's likely to be disrupted on a number of campuses.
General News

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

For decades, environmentalists fought power plants that burn coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, by highlighting their pollution: soot, mercury and the carbon dioxide that is dangerously heating the planet. But increasingly, opponents have been making an economic argument, telling regulators that electricity produced by coal is more expensive for consumers than power generated by solar, wind and other renewable sources.
General News

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The variant, called KP.2, is steadily overtaking what had been the dominant COVID variant for most of the year in the United States, raising the possibility of a summer surge in cases in California and across the nation.
General News

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

A Los Angeles lawsuit accusing Madonna of breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress because the temperature at her concert venue was too hot, she started the show late and had topless women on stage is unlikely to succeed, according to attorneys familiar with the matter.
General News

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Bradley/Grombacher LLP hopes to make the world a little better one case at a time.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

A security guard who was fired after he reported misconduct by administration officials at the Redlands Unified School District won a wrongful termination lawsuit and was awarded $800,000.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Popular prebiotic soda brand Poppi, one of the leading nonalcoholic beverages on the market, was accused in a newly filed proposed class action of misleading consumers about the gut health benefits of its products.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

LOS ANGELES — For months, Los Angeles residents believed the park had been vacated. Only the memory of P-22, the beloved celebrity mountain lion who had once made it his home, lingered as the city mourned his death. That was until this month, when an apparent successor — another mountain lion, seemingly bigger, younger and stronger — emerged late one night.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Typically quiet Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, erupted in tumult last fall over a bold proposal to kill all the deer on the island using sharpshooters in helicopters.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

When Interstate 25 was constructed through Denver, highway engineers moved a river.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

The U.S. economy has been an enigma over the past few years. The job market is booming, and consumers are still spending, which is usually a sign of optimism. But if you ask Americans, many will tell you that they feel bad about the economy and are unhappy about President Joe Biden's economic record.
General News

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The families of U.S. Marines killed after an aircraft crashed during a training exercise in California are suing its manufacturers, alleging design and production defects caused the deaths. The complaint accuses defendants Bell Textron, The Boeing Co. and Rolls Royce Corp. of failing to disclose aircraft's problems to the U.S. government.
General News

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The U.S. Department of Justice and 30 attorneys general filed a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Thursday, accusing the ticketing giant of acting as a "gatekeeper" for live music events.
General News

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The state Supreme Court, answering a certified question from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected a bid Thursday by a Berkeley concert promoter to force its insurer to cover losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
General News

Monday, June 10, 2024

A multibillion-dollar antitrust class action against the National Football League over the legality of its "Sunday Ticket" broadcast package opened Thursday to a jury in a courtroom so full it spilled into overflow seating.
General News

Monday, June 3, 2024

Neutral Craig Karlan understands that flexibility is crucial to reaching a resolution.