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Court Of Appeal Provides A New Weapon For Employers Regarding PAGA Claims—Manageability
Buchalter, October 2021

By Robert S. Cooper The California Court of Appeal issued a landmark decision on September 9, 2021, upholding a trial court’s striking (dismissing) of a PAGA lawsuit because Plaintiff could not establish that trial of the matter would be “manageable” in court.  In Wesson v...

Buchalter TCPA Digest: The FCC Reassigned Number Database Is About to Go Live. Are You Ready?
Buchalter, October 2021

October 12, 2021 By: Artin Betpera Calls to reassigned numbers have presented an endless source of legal risk for any company that calls or texts consumers for informational or marketing purposes. Reassigned number class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act have resulted in eight-figure settlements, and present unique challenges when defending...

HIPAA Compliance Guidelines for Remote Workers
Buchalter, October 2021

October 6, 2021 By: Jennifer Guerrero While a remote work environment can provide many benefits to all of the parties involved, it also can present significant challenges for organizations that need to remain Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) compliant...

California Privacy Protection Agency Seeks Comments on Preliminary CPRA Issues
Buchalter, September 2021

September 29, 2021 By: Jennifer Guerrero The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”) established a new state privacy regulatory agency, the California Privacy Protection Agency (“Agency”), which is responsible for issuing regulations implementing the CPRA (along with enforcement authority)...

UNLEASHING THE LEVIATHAN: Tips for Companies Referring Cases to Law Enforcement
Buchalter, September 2021

September 28, 2021 By: Joshua M. Robbins When harmed or in heated disputes, companies sometimes think about bringing the “big guns”—law enforcement agencies—into the fight. Often acting through counsel, a business may seek to refer a matter to the government for potential investigation and prosecution of competitors, business counterparties, former employers or employees, or entirely unrelated persons who have victimized the company...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: COVID-19 Infection May Be an OSHA Recordable Work-Related Illness
Buchalter, September 2021

September 16, 2021 By: John Epperson The COVID-19 pandemic will likely to be a concern and challenge for employers for longer than anyone had hoped or anticipated. As businesses adjust to what seems to be a “new normal” it is worth a reminder that COVID-19 infection can be a recordable illness on an employer’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) 300 Injury and Illness Log. OSHA’s recording criteria under 29 CFR 1904...

BEFORE THE WALLS COME CRUMBLIN’ DOWN: Lessons that Condo Associations Can Learn from Surfside, Florida Condominium Building Collapse
Buchalter, September 2021

  Surfside Collapse – what we know so far: On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Champlain Towers South, a twelve-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. The collapse was reported as the third deadliest structural engineering failure in United States history. Ninety-eight people were confirmed dead, only four people were rescued from the rubble...

The Implications of California’s Appellate Decision in Malak Melvin Abdul Qaadir v. Ubaldo Gurrola Figueroa et al.
Buchalter, August 2021

  On August 11, 2021, the California Court of Appeals for the Second District extended the Pebley v. Santa Clara Organics (“Pebley”) Court’s analysis as applied to the admissibility of unpaid medical liens. Based on the Court’s reading of Howell v. Hamilton Meats[1] (“Howell”) and its progeny, the Court in Malak Melvin Abdul Qaadir v. Ubaldo Gurrola Figueroa et al...

Curtailments Ordered in the Delta Watershed
Buchalter, August 2021

Water Law On August 20, 2021, the Deputy Director of the Division of Water Rights (Deputy Director) of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued water curtailment orders for the remainder of August and for all of September to approximately 4,500 water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed (Delta Watershed).  These curtailment orders affect post-1914, pre-1914, and riparian rights, though in different ways, as described further below...

Emergency Regulations Allow Curtailments in the Delta Watershed
Buchalter, August 2021

Water Law Effective August 19, 2021, emergency regulations were approved for water curtailment orders and related reporting requirements in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed, defined as Hydrologic Unit Code level 4 Sacramento and level 4 San Joaquin subregions (Delta Watershed), as shown in the map below...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Provides New Evidentiary Presumption in Continued Push to Provide Rent Relief to Limited Commercial Tenants
Buchalter, August 2021

Following the passage of its commercial eviction moratorium for certain qualified tenants in December 2020,[1] the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, on August 4, 2021, provided additional assistance to the same class of “Covered Commercial Tenants” by establishing a new evidentiary presumption aimed at excusing payment of past due rent. To the extent applicable, the presumption applies to all past due rent as of March 16, 2020...

Social Media Influencers Could Become the Targets of Trademark Infringement Lawsuits
Buchalter, August 2021

Petunia Products, Inc. owns the BROW BOOST ® trademark, under which it sells a “Billion Dollar Brows” eyebrow primer and conditioner. Petunia recently asserted trademark infringement claims against a skin care products company, which Petunia alleges infringed on its BROW BOOST mark in connection with the name of its product that competes with Petunia’s product, and by using the hashtag #BROWBOOST on social media to promote its product...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Supreme Court Holds That in Applying COVID-Related Stays of Eviction Proceedings, Landlords Must Be Given the Opportunity to Challenge a Tenant’s Claim of COVID-Related Hardship
Buchalter, August 2021

On August 12, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order enjoining the portion of a New York State statute which provided that tenants could establish that they had suffered COVID-related economic hardship by means of self-certification.  Under the New York law, eviction actions based on non-payment of rent could not go forward if a tenant submitted such a self-certification.  Under the law, landlords could not contest the tenant’s declaration in court...

EPCRS Provides More Retirement Plan Self-Correction Opportunities  
Buchalter, July 2021

  On July 16, 2021 the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30, which modifies and supersedes Revenue Procedure 2019-19, expanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS").  EPCRS is a program for correcting documentation and operational failures for retirement plans that are intended to be qualified plans under Sections 401(a) and 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code...

Buchalter TCPA Digest: More ATDS Cases Slip Past Pleading Stage, Plaintiffs Keep Trying to Leverage Facebook’s FN7, and Florida Enacts Not-so-“Mini” TCPA
Buchalter, July 2021

  The TCPA and other related regulations over telemarketing and “robocalling” continue to evolve at a quick pace, creating uncertainty and posing challenges for any business that contacts consumers through calling or texting. This past month has seen more important developments in the wake of the Supreme Court opinion in Facebook v. Duguid, which gave us a narrow interpretation of the statutory ATDS definition...

NMLS Transition Update for Existing California Financing Law Licensees: CA DFPI Has Opened the NMLS Portal to Receive Transition Applications
Buchalter, July 2021

  Following July 8, 2021’s Client Alert, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) posted its CFL Transition Checklist for existing California Financing Law licensees to begin the license administration transition over to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) portal. The deadline for submitting CFL transition applications through the NMLS portal is December 31, 2021...

IRS Expands Self-Correction under EPCRS and Adds New Overpayment Correction Methods
Buchalter, July 2021

By: Jenni Krengel and Tonie Bitseff On Friday, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30 expanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS")—a voluntary program for correcting errors in tax-qualified and section 403(b) plans—by adding two new methods for recouping benefit overpayments, among other changes...

CA DFPI Issues New Round of Proposed Rules for Transitioning Existing CA Financing Law Licensees to the NMLS Platform
Buchalter, July 2021

Back in November 2020, we reported the CA Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (“CA DFPI”) as administrator of the California Financing Law (CFL) License had published a third round of proposed rules to transition the CFL License administration to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) electronic portal. The target date for completing this transition would be July 1, 2021...

New “Warehouse Indirect Source Rule” Requires Action Now
Buchalter, July 2021

  The Warehouse Indirect Source Rule requires some warehouse operators to begin collecting compliance information starting July 1, 2021. The “Warehouse Indirect Source Rule,” adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District on May 7, 2021, requires some warehouse operators to begin collecting compliance information starting July 1, 2021...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Stop the Clock: Relief from Your Insurer Claiming a Notice Time Bar During the Pandemic
Buchalter, July 2021

A dangerous trap for an unwary insured looking for insurance coverage can be a notice provision. To trigger certain liability insurance policies, the insurer may require that a “claim” be both made against an insured and that the insured then report such claim to its insurer during the time the single insurance policy is in effect. This is what is known as a “claims-made-and-reported” policy...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: CFPB Issues Rule on Required COVID Relief Steps and Availability of Foreclosure for Residential Mortgage Loans
Buchalter, June 2021

  On June 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule (Rule) setting forth loss mitigation/loan modification steps residential mortgage loan servicers must take in regard to mortgage loan borrowers due to possible COVID-19 related hardship, and when servicers may or may not commence foreclosure proceedings.  The Rule will take effect on August 31, 2021 and remain in place until December 31, 2021...

Mid-Year Check-Up: California’s Prop 65 Continues To Evolve and Pose Burdens on Businesses
Buchalter, June 2021

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a record year for Prop. 65 filings. There was a 46% increase in Notice of Violation filings from 2019, driven by the usual filers, as well as many new law firms and noticing parties. There have been 1,346 notices filed between Jan. 1, 2021 and June 3, 2021, compared to 1,327 Notices filed in the same time-period in 2020. These Notices consist primarily of phthalates, lead, cadmium, arsenic, BPA and acrylamide...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Health Plans are on the Hook for COVID Testing, Per the DMHC
Buchalter, June 2021

On June 7, 2021, the Department of Managed Health Care (“DMHC”) issued an All Plan Letter (APL-21-016) to the health care service plans it regulates, announcing that health care service plans must continue to cover certain COVID-19 testing for their enrollees beyond the now-expired DMHC’s emergency regulation[1] (“Emergency Regulation”)...

New Oregon Legislation Further Restricts the Use of Noncompetition Agreements
Buchalter, June 2021

By: Alexandra Shulman The Oregon Legislature recently passed a new bill (SB 169) that will have a major impact on the use of noncompetition agreements in Oregon. These amendments to Oregon’s existing noncompetition statute, ORS 653.295, will become effective on January 1, 2022, and will apply to all Oregon noncompetition agreements entered into on or after that date.  The most significant changes to the statute are described below. Reduced Term...

The Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Immaterial Registration Errors Can Serve as the Basis for Invalidating Copyright Registrations
Buchalter, June 2021

By: Matthew Seror and Aaron Levine On June 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case that will likely determine once and for all whether courts are empowered to void copyright registrations based on immaterial registration errors, or whether a showing of bad faith or an intent-to-defraud is required. The underlying case, Unicolors v. H&M, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS U.S. App. LEXIS 17097 (9th Cir...

 

 

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