Publications

NEW LAW PROHIBITS SECOND MORTGAGE LENDERS FROM PURSUING A DEFICIENCY AFTER AN APPROVED SHORT SALE

Homeowners who are "upside-down" on their loans and want to avoid foreclosure recently received a tremendous benefit from California Governor Jerry Brown.

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RECOVERY AGAINST A CONTRACTOR'S SURETY BOND

One remedy for a subcontractor is to recover against the insolvent contractor's surety bond.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT SHIELDS WAL-MART FROM GENDER-BIAS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

In the most important job-bias case in a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, the U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a class action lawsuit of 1.5 million female employees suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for gender-based employment discrimination.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S LATEST APP: SUE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

The United States Department of Labor recently launched its first smartphone application--one that will arguably lead to more wage and hour lawsuits by employees.

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MEAL & REST BREAKS: TWO PREMIUM PAYMENTS ALLOWED FOR EACH MEAL AND REST BREAK MISSED PER DAY

On June 2, 2011, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District held in United Parcel Service, Inc. ("UPS") v. Allen, 2011 DJDAR 8073 that Labor Code Section 226.7 allows for two premium payments per work day, one for failure to provide a meal break and one for failure to provide a rest break.

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OVERVIEW OF THE DIVORCE PROCESS

This article will provide an overview of the divorce process (more properly referred to as "dissolution"). The general process is the same, whether the divorce is amicable (uncontested) or litigated (contested).

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A WAIVER OF RIGHTS TO ASSERT CLASS ACTION CLAIMS IN ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS

In a potentially far-reaching decision affecting wage/hour and other class action litigation brought against employers, the United States Supreme Court has held in the case of AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion et ux. (2011) 131 S.Ct. 1740, that an arbitration agreement may legally require a waiver of the right to assert class action claims in arbitration.

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