California Governor Signs Spate of #MeToo Bills Into Law

The following update was prepared by my Labor & Employment colleagues, Gabrielle Wirth, Jessica Linehan, Nisha Verma and Pavlina Rafter. In his last bill signing of his final term, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several bills affecting employers’ obligations relating to sexual harassment.  Those imposing the most sweeping changes are described briefly below. Nondisclosure […]

WARNING: The Prop 65 Transition Period is Over!

The following article was sent as an e-update on 8/30/2018 and was authored by Kirk Schuler with contributions from Kent Schmidt, Mark Kaster, Alexandra Krasovec. On August 30, 2018, new “Proposition 65” regulations went into effect drastically changing the way businesses must operate in California to comply with the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic […]

A New California Class Action Targeting Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line Tests the Limits of California’s Unfair Competition Law

California class actions never let us down. If there is a story or controversy that has cable news abuzz or involves new cutting-edge technology, it won’t take long for class action lawyers to think of ways to try to cobble together an ascertainable class of similarly-situated consumers or competitors that might plausibly assert a claim. If […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]