New California Law Requires Employers to Offer Jobs to Previously Laid-Off Employees

On April 16, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 93 into law. The law requires employers to offer open job positions to employees who were previously laid off due to COVID-19-related reasons and adds records retention and notice requirements. The law takes effect immediately and is effective until December 31, 2024. At the outset, the new measure requires...

Court Halts New Lawsuits Concerning Prop 65 Acrylamide Cancer Warnings

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California granted on March 29, 2021 the California Chamber of Commerce’s (CalChamber) motion for a preliminary injunction, halting new lawsuits to enforce the Proposition 65 warning requirement for acrylamide in food and beverages. (See: California Chamber of Commerce v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of the State of California.) Proposition 65, or the...

Amazon Settles $2 Million ‘Reference Pricing’ Consumer Protection Suit

A gaggle of California district attorneys were successful Thursday in forcing online retail giant Amazon to revise its “reference pricing” advertising alleged savings to consumers. A week after San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was joined by district attorneys for Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Riverside and Yolo counties in suing Amazon over its advertised “reference pricing” scheme, Amazon agreed to...

The California Invasion of Privacy Act

One of the most important privacy protections in an era where our privacy has become more and more limited in this age we live in. One of the biggest areas of protection is in telephone conversations. This post is a brief explanation of a major case on consumer privacy rights which has come down today. A Quick Introduction of the...

California New Minimum Wage Increase

As of January 1, 2021, California’s minimum wage increases to $14.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $13.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Local ordinances may impose further increases to the minimum wage. Employers should review base salaries for all employees exempt from receiving overtime pay to ensure they still satisfy the...

Supreme Court Confirms Right to Sue Insurance Companies for Overcharges

Decision Rebuffs Industry Arguments Against Proposition 103 Enforcement Rights In a decision that will likely affect California motorists, homeowners, small businesses and even medical providers, the California Supreme Court has ruled that insurance companies are not immune from lawsuits by consumers who were overcharged for title insurance coverage as part of a home refinance or sale. The ruling in Villanueva...

AG Rutledge sues Walgreens, says company helped fuel opioid epidemic

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed suit Monday (March 15) against Walgreens under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, saying the drug retailer failed to report and prevent suspicious opioid purchases as it was required to do under the law. The complaint says the drug retailer failed to institute controls to prevent the diversion of drugs into the black market. Walgreens...

California Family Rights Act

The California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) has been expanded through SB-1383. Effective January 1, 2021, it is unlawful for any employer with five or more employees to refuse to provide covered employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during any 12-month period to bond with a new child or to care for their own serious medical condition or that...

Virginia lawmakers advance Consumer Data Protection Act

The General Assembly is advancing legislation that allows Virginia consumers more protection with their online data. Opponents say the measure does not include the ability for people to file private lawsuits against companies that breach the proposed law. The measure is known as the Consumer Data Protection Act in both chambers of the state legislature. The Senate version, sponsored by...