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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Of Football and Business Litigation: Tweaking the Rules for a More Satisfying Contest

It’s a great time of the year, in large part because one of my favorite pastimes is watching football, usually with my teenage son, an avid fan as well as a high school football player. A few weeks ago, when a game was becoming a lopsided contest diminishing its entertainment value, I began to summarize […]

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THE ONLY SURPRISE IS THAT IT TOOK THIS LONG . . . THE FIRST EBOLA RELATED CLASS ACTION HAS BEEN FILED

I am always amused by the manner in which class action lawyers attempt to capitalize on current events and public fears in bringing a “cutting edge” lawsuit that will garner a great amount of media attention. Although the Ebola headlines are giving way to the election news, last week, the first Ebola related class action […]

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