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Judge Tells EEOC to Revisit Rule for Workplace Wellness Programs

Posted By Administration, 1 hour ago
A federal judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to revisit regulations for increasingly popular workplace wellness programs, ruling in part that the agency failed to justify its 30 percent cap on cost incentives for participating workers.
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August 22 Diguest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ahead of Hearing, Anti-Trump Website Visitors Seek to Intervene in DreamHost Fight

Visitors to the website say execution of the government’s search warrant would violate their First Amendment rights to read information on the internet anonymously.
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Let's Talk About Charlottesville and Lawyering in the Age of Trump

Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”
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Rindskopf Parker to Resign from State Bar

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, executive director of the California State Bar, has announced her intent to resign from the post effective September 7.
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California's Chief Justice Raises New Alarms Over Immigration Arrests at Court

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday pushed back against criticism of her pleas to federal authorities to stop courthouse arrests of undocumented immigrants, telling a Sacramento gathering that she's challenging arrest policies, not immigration laws.
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Ubiquity of Cellphones Isn't Probable Cause for Home Searches, DC Circuit Rules

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 21, 2017
In its opinion, the court said the fact that most people carry cellphones “was not enough” to justify a warrant allowing police to search a suspect’s home in hopes of finding one.
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August 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 18, 2017

What to Watch in Government's Fight for Visitor Info on Anti-Trump Website

DreamHost refuses to comply with a search warrant that requests a broad swath of information related to a website it hosts, disruptj20.org, which was used to organize protests during President Donald Trump's inauguration.
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Ford Motor Will Do More Than Just Pay Up In Harassment Settlement

On top of a $10.1 million payment, the automotive company will have to work on its programs to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workforce.
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Judge Quits Over Facebook Posts Ripping Protesters of Confederate Monuments in Charlottesville

The Gwinnett County magistrate judge who posted Facebook insults over the weekend to protesters concerned about Confederate monuments in Charlottesville was off the job permanently by Wednesday evening.
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August 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tech Giants File Amici Brief in Supreme Court Case Over Cellphone Data

In a case involving law enforcement's use of cellphone location data, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other major tech companies on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that transmission to a service provider should not automatically bar protection of digital data from warrantless search and seizure.
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Jurors, in Groping Case Verdict, Heard Taylor Swift's Message Loud and Clear

Taylor Swift's goal from the start in suing Denver radio DJ David Mueller after he allegedly groped her before a concert performance was to make a statement by stepping into the spotlight and providing straightforward and graphic testimony. To underscore her priorities, the chart-topping singer sought just a symbolic award of $1.
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Uber Settles FTC Data Security Claims

Uber agreed Tuesday to submit to regular audits of its privacy protocols to resolve Federal Trade Commission allegations that the ride-hailing platform failed to properly safeguard sensitive data and misrepresented its monitoring of employee access to consumers' personal information.
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Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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August 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Can an Employer Fire a White Supremacist?

The naming and shaming of a number of participants in the weekend's "Unite the Right" rally has underscored some tricky questions about how discriminatory views should be treated in the workplace.
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Herrera, Becerra Team Up to Fight Federal Funding Cuts Aimed at Sanctuary Cities

The two men held a joint press conference at San Francisco Monday to announce a pair of federal lawsuits challenging special conditions the U.S. Department of Justice placed on a federal grant program.
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July 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump Has 'Confidential' Relationship with Kushner Lawyer Abbe Lowell

White-collar defense lawyer Abbe Lowell said he has a "confidential" relationship with Ivanka Trump tied to his work for her husband Jared Kushner.
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Donald Trump's Twitter Bashing of Jeff Sessions Raises Hostile Work Questions

President Donald Trump has not been discreet in expressing his dissatisfaction with certain key members on his team. Recent taunts blasted to his millions of followers on Twitter about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions essentially equates to a public—and very negative—performance review. How would this public scolding fly in the corporate world? We asked labor and management lawyers for their perspective.
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How a SCOTUS Advocate in 1866 Expanded the Presidential Pardon Power

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow said on Sunday that the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately be called on to decide the scope of presidential pardon power. If that happens, the justices will likely dust off one of the few cases in which the high court has ruled on the pardon power: the 1866 decision in Ex Parte Garland, involving one of the most prolific—and acerbic—advocates before the court: Augustus Garland.
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Privately Retained Court Reporters

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 21, 2017

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Hey, California Lawyers, There Might be a Dues Bill This Year

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 21, 2017
Legislation authorizing California's state bar to collect up to $390 in dues from members in 2018 passed out of a key committee Tuesday without the drama or division that has marked proceedings in recent years.
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more Calendar

8/24/2017
Implicit Bias – Within You and Within Institutions

8/25/2017
Advanced Trial Preparation and Evidence: Discovery, Privileges, Experts, Cell Phones & the Internet

8/29/2017
The CA Supreme Court: A Conversation With Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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