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March 28, 2017

Executive decision makers typically rely on reports from managers, as well as their own observations and judgments, in making employment decisions. Based on the Baker court's ruling, decision makers should clearly document the reasons for their employment decisions, making it clear that the decision is not based on any discriminatory animus and is not in retaliation for an employee's protected act in order to avoid claims of personal liability against the decision maker....

March 27, 2017

How has increased reliance on and use of technology affected the legality of real estate transactions? The pervasiveness of technology in the context of real estate transactions, specifically with regard to the distinction between the existence or non-existence of a binding contractual agreement, has increased dramatically over the past few years. From communications concerning purchase and sale of real property via text message to the use of electronic signatures in entering into binding transactions, the influence of technology in this industry cannot be understated. In effect, it has become pertinent to analyze the use of technology in a legal context in order to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the effect these tools can have in many types of transactions....

March 26, 2017

On August 30, 2018, revised Proposition 65 regulations will take effect impacting many business selling consumer goods and offering services in California. The revisions affect the warnings that manufacturers, distributors and sellers must provide to any California consumer who may be exposed by a business to one or more of the 900 chemicals listed by the State as being "known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity." This article summarizes the new requirements and provides guidance to companies seeking to comply with the revised regulations, with the goal of avoiding costly enforcement litigation brought by the State, or by private Attorney General "bounty hunter" enforcers....

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