New Regulations Further Limit Employers’ Use Of Criminal History

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council has finalized and adopted new regulations set to go into effect July 1, 2017. These new regulations (found here), which largely follow guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), limit the extent employers can use criminal history when making employment decisions. The new regulations clarify two Read More…

Appellate Decision Clarifies The Scope Of A Release Of Claims Against A Defendant’s “Affiliates”

When a lawsuit settles, in exchange for the settlement funds the defendant typically requires the plaintiff to sign a release by which the plaintiff releases its claims against the defendant.  The terms of a release are therefore critical to the protection of the defendant and its affiliates from further litigation.  As a result, it is Read More…

Snapchat Settlement Shows Importance Of Proper Legal Advice When Starting A Business

Earlier this month, Snap, Inc. launched its initial public offering (“IPO”) at a price that gave the company a $24 billion valuation.  Snap, Inc. owns Snapchat, a mobile application that allows users to send photos to one another that automatically “disappear” after a few seconds.  Less widely reported amidst the hype surrounding the IPO price, Read More…

LGC Partner Hosts MCLE On Maximizing Trial Objections

LGC Partner Tom Lincoln recently hosted an MCLE on trial objections.  Tom, a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, provided tips on the types of common trial objections and strategies to maximize the benefit of trial objections.  For those who were unable to attend or would like to see the presentation again, Read More…

Appellate Decision Highlights Potential Employer Pitfalls When Performing Background Checks On Applicants

On January 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression, held that a prospective employer violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) disclosure requirements when it obtains a job applicant’s consumer report after including a liability waiver in the same document as the statutorily mandated Read More…

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Statute Of Limitations In Construction Defect Cases

Statutes of repose serve an important purpose in construction defect litigation.  In Nevada, the statutes identify the timeframe in which a homeowner may bring a Chapter 40 claim.  If a homeowner attempts to bring claims outside of the statute of repose, a developer or subcontractor can immediately seek summary judgment.  There are rarely absolutes, however, Read More…

Pass It Down — Keeping The Tax Basis In The Family

A change in ownership in real property will, unless an exception applies, trigger a reassessment by the County Assessor’s Office.  The property taxes will be recalculated based upon the appraised (and most likely increased) value of the property.  There are exclusions to the rule, however, including the Parent-Child Transfer Exclusion.  You may qualify for this Read More…