California Prepares to Battle Washington, the Hiring of Eric Holder by the California Legislature

As the countdown to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump continues, the battle lines between the Left Coast and Washington D.C. are taking further form, with some surprising new twists. In a move that signals just how serious California lawmakers are about fighting changes promised by the new Trump Administration, California has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to coordinate the representation of its interests over the next four years. The Wall Street Journal reports.shutterstock_378987901

 “Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,” Kevin de León, the Democratic leader of the Senate, said in an interview. “This means we are very, very serious.”

Mr. de León said he expected California to challenge Washington — and defend itself from policies instituted in Washington — on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice. He said California Democrats decided to turn to Mr. Holder as they watched Mr. Trump assemble his cabinet and begin to set the tone for his presidency.

“It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric,” Mr. de León said of Mr. Trump’s proposals over the past year. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

As previously discussed in this post, this is another indication of the extent to which the most populous, powerful and progressive Blue State government in the nation will go to resist some of the changes promised in the new administration.

Naturally Misleading? Ninth Circuit Keeps “All Natural” Fruit Labeling Dispute Alive

Guest Post by Robert Lee, Dorsey & Whitney Does a food label advertising a product as “all natural fruit” mislead consumers when that product contains artificial preservatives? That is the question presented in Brazil v. Dole Food Co. Inc., which the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit answered with a definitive “maybe.”   The Court […]

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The 2016 Election, #Calexit and the Next Four Years on the Left Coast

It has been one week since what is arguably the most surprising and consequential election of many of our lifetimes.  While I steer clear of partisan politics at this blog, the impact and aftermath of the 2016 Election on California’s future and identity is too large to ignore. My own home, Orange County, went Democratic […]

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A Bit of Caution and Guidance Before Everyone on the Left Coast Goes to Pot

Last night was a historic election, and I’m still a bit groggy for having stayed up so late on a weeknight. Here on the Left Coast, California passed Prop 64 which legalizes the possession and use of marijuana (as fully expected).  But before everyone gets too excited, it is helpful to bear in mind some […]

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Evaporated Cane Juice: Litigation and Regulatory Risks

Guest Post by Creighton Magid, Dorsey & Whitney   LCL Note: Lawsuits relating to alleged consumer confusion arising from representations and statements about food products are a frequent topic of this blog is. Below is an excellent article written by my partner, Chip Magid, in which he addresses litigation and regulatory risks relating to food manufacturers’ […]

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Fashion Retailer Zara Hit With Pricing Disclosure Lawsuit

Zara’s USA, Inc., the affiliate of the Spanish fashion designer, has been hit with a class action lawsuit here on the left coast. The lawsuit, Rose v. Zara USA, Inc., U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of Cal. Case No. 2:16-cv-6229, advances a relatively simple and novel set of theories.  Plaintiff, represented by counsel Mark Geragos, contends that Zara […]

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Uber Trends in the Law, the “Gig Economy,” Self-Driving Cars and More

Here is a terrific article on the brave new world of the “gig” economy and related legal issues, ranging from Uber drivers to self-driving cars. I was not familiar with the term “gig” economy and found a good summary of the concept here, along with a video link that discusses all sorts of legal issues. […]

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A Constitutional Challenge to a Different Kind of Gun Control Legislation

A lawsuit was filed earlier this week which challenges the constitutionality of Cal. Penal Code § 26820, a California statute aimed at regulating the sale of guns. Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC v. Harris (E.D. Cal. filed Nov. 10, 2014). The statute provides: No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other […]

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