LA County's talc litigation represents a colossal waste of taxpayer-funded time as public lawyers collaborate with private plaintiffs' attorneys, employing outrageous tactics that, in all likelihood, will not succeed for most.
Employers may see the trade-off as an opportunity to trim budgets by eliminating jobs that can be done faster and cheaper by AI. But they must understand the legal and HR implications of job automation, including potential job displacement and the need for upskilling or reskilling programs. Employers – whether construction, legal, hospitality, education, or any other industry or profession – must start making changes now.
Now that the Legislature has mostly gone home and the governor has signed or vetoed all the bills, it's time for them to reflect on the most pressing problems to address in 2024. Fixing California's dysfunctional unemployment insurance system should be a top priority.
"His misconduct, committed in the course and scope of his representation of former President Trump, shocked the conscience of the nation, and is of such exceptional gravity that only disbarment will suffice," State Bar prosecutor Duncan C. Carling wrote.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November forced Citigroup to pay nearly $26 million in fines and "consumer redress" for intentionally discriminating against credit card applicants who the bank believed were Armenian Americans.
FTC Chair Lina M. Khan, an appointee of President Joe Biden, has a mixed record in blocking mergers but has vowed to keep trying to block corporate acquisitions she believes are not in the public interest.
"Defendants failed to set the rates at the lowest possible interest rates, as their agreements with California required," stated the state's complaint, signed by Todd M. Schneider of Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP.
San Diego County held a special election on Nov. 7 and the ballot included a measure to change Fallbrook and Rainbow's water provider. The measure passed with overwhelming support in both districts. But opponents say that the move by some for cheaper water means higher costs for others.
U.S. District Judge David O. Carter concluded that the tenants' federal suit constituted an improper appeal of a state court judgment and thus was barred by Rooker-Feldman. But the circuit panel disagreed.
The case concerns a crude oil refinery in Paramount that began converting to biofuel operations in 2011. AltAir Paramount, the owners of the site and a real party in interest in the case, modified the site to process biofuels, with all crude oil operations ceasing in 2017.
In October 2015, the defendant asked South Korean company Wookyung MIT for $5 million in cash for a contract that was supposed to be awarded through a competitive bidding process, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants approached Black Angus with a pitch to use its restaurants as ghost kitchens — an arrangement where a restaurant's kitchen processes to-go orders for a separate brand.
The matter is related to multiple coordinated lawsuits against Liberty Utilities, many of which were filed in Mono County. Los Angeles Judge Kenneth R. Freeman is presiding over the coordinated proceedings.
"That will free up money for professional fees and for the estate to continue to function. It won't have to reserve such a large amount," said attorney Ronald N. Richards of Beverly Hills, who represents trustee Elissa D. Miller.
Edison sought to share $680 million in liability with Santa Barbara County and four other public entities for the mudslide that occurred in the mountains north of Montecito that were burned by the Thomas fire.
The plaintiffs' "claims have been soundly rejected as meritless multiple times over the past decade, and we are pleased to have our jury trial victory affirmed on appeal," said Michele D. Johnson of Latham & Watkins.