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Monday, July 15, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Monday, June 24, 2024

A minor miracle occurred in the California Capitol 50 years ago this month when a bipartisan majority of state senators refused to accept a pork-laden budget that was drafted in secret by two powerful legislators. It's a tale worth retelling because the current budget is also being written in secrecy. The process needs another shakeup.

Friday, June 21, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a bump stock modification of a semi-automatic rifle did not convert it to an illegal machinegun, and that the ATF exceeded its statutory authority under Section 5845 (b).
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has seen record highs in False Claims Act enforcement in 2023, with a focus on healthcare fraud, pandemic-related fraud, and increased scrutiny of private equity and venture capital firms alongside their portfolio companies.
Few can challenge the wisdom of prescribing medications for life-threatening health conditions. Yet many would balk at the suggestion of "prescribing" housing, even though research and lived experience show us that homelessness is a life-threatening condition in the U.S.
It's no surprise that California health care workers have questions about a new state law that will give them a higher minimum wage. It has different pay scales based on where they work and who they work for. And, Gov. Gavin Newsom has turned its start date into a moving target, confusing both workers and employers.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Thinking out loud about revised Civil Code 2924m, which allows more time for bidding and may permit a bankruptcy filing after the foreclosure auction.
The Supreme Court did not address the merits of the plaintiffs' claims, left open the possibility of future lawsuits or policy changes, and deferred to the legislative and executive branches to amend the FDA's authority if they deem it appropriate.
A first-of-its-kind orientation inside the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center last month helped illuminate what California can do to keep its prison population decreasing if lawmakers approve a budget cut that would close dozens of housing blocks statewide.
Several members of California's Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor.
When a judge ruled recently that a controversial state housing law did not apply to a handful of southern California cities, Julie Testa saw it as an invitation.
Within the next week and change, Democrats who control the Legislature and fellow Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom will need to reconcile their competing budget plans for higher education in California, with huge implications for student financial aid and the short-term fiscal health of the state's public universities.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The problem method involves handing out a short story that poses several legal issues related to the cases assigned for the week, and asking students to prepare and discuss an outline of the issues in class. This method helps students remember the rules, practice exam-writing, apply the law to complex situations, and have fun playing lawyer.
Shippers and carriers may face huge losses or disputes if they neglect or omit the details of their contracts, such as the value, nature and package of the goods, the scope and limits of liability, and the extension of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act to off-vessel periods.
California's nonprofits have been dragged into a bitter legislative battle with some of the state's most powerful labor organizations over local government contracts with non-union workers.
Within the next week and change, Democrats who control the Legislature and fellow Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom will need to reconcile their competing budget plans for higher education in California, with huge implications for student financial aid and the short-term fiscal health of the state's public universities.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Contributing to charity can diminish tax obligations, yet it can also entail pitfalls like quid pro quo donations, valuation challenges, and compliance with reporting mandates.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Fearless Fund's Strivers Grant Contest, which provides $20,000 to businesses owned by Black women, violates a civil rights law that prohibits racial discrimination in contracts.
After legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement with Gov. Gavin Newsom about how to close California's projected multibillion-dollar deficit, the Legislature passed a placeholder state budget Thursday, just ahead of a mandatory deadline.

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

The judge ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services' new regulation provides adequate safeguards but allowed attorneys for the migrant children to ask that the settlement agreement be restored if further changed circumstances necessitate it.