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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

We Americans are blessed with abundant — even overabundant — consumer goods and services and often take that fact for granted.
Two years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom described Pacific Gas & Electric and the events that led to the deadliest wildfire in state history saying, "It's about corporate greed meeting climate change. It's about decades of mismanagement."

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

With more people getting vaccinated and the CDC largely giving the green light to travel for those who have had all their shots, a real-deal vacation this summer may be a reality for millions of Americans.
Stop if you've heard this before: California is in the grip of a severe drought. Again.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Car shoppers may find that bargains are scarce this year. But better prices on trade-ins may help ease the pain. Last year's pandemic-induced production delays, combined with a continued shortage of computer chips and other automotive components, have tightened the supply of new models — especially popular sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Pfizer and BioNTech recently asked the Southern District of California to dismiss a patent infringement claim from Allele Biotechnology related to Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Earlier this month, camera crews once again gathered in the Sierra Nevada to watch a man plunge a pole through the snow. The pole was removed and, following a tense few moments, Californians learned we experienced another dry winter, and we are plunging further into drought.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For once-in-a-hundred-year events such as the pandemic — with uncertainty over the solution to the crisis and even its duration — the act's scheme leaves little option for adoption of hazard pay without full agreement of the employer.
By any standard, California is experiencing one of its periodic droughts after two successive years of below-normal precipitation.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Last week, California's top legislative leaders unveiled a plan to spend more than half a billion dollars on efforts aimed at protecting the state from catastrophic wildfires.
Reliance on binding precedent may no longer be enough
Building investor trust while mitigating litigation risk

Monday, April 12, 2021

Most states are following the extended federal deadlines, and a few have adopted even more generous extensions. But the IRS has not postponed the deadline for making estimated tax payments for this year's first quarter.

Friday, April 9, 2021

While California's landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act promised comprehensive protection of the state's groundwater, significant gaps remain in its coverage.
Saving for retirement is never easy, but women in particular can face unique challenges.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Finding Google's copying a fair use, the Supreme Court ended Oracle's decade-long attempt to recover copyright damages.
Last week, a group of youth leaders from Richmond met over Zoom to discuss their visions for community resilience to climate change.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In this era of ideological polarization and perpetual partisan warfare, it's difficult to grasp the collegial, bipartisan ambience that once prevailed in California's Senate.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Two dozen state legislatures are considering bills on financial-literacy education, an unusually high number, proponents say.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Just as the Biden administration is pushing to raise taxes on corporations, a new study finds that at least 55 of America's largest firms paid no taxes last year on billions of dollars in profits.

Friday, April 2, 2021

After a devastating sweep that killed more than 9,000 residents and workers, COVID-19 has nearly disappeared from California's nursing homes.
Life in California feels as if it is finally returning to normal.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Ninth Circuit recently considered an issue of first impression: What standard of review does an appellate court apply when reviewing a district court's grant of summary judgment in a trademark infringement case on the equitable basis of the unclean hands doctrine.
When the first European explorers arrived in California's Central Valley, they found a vast mosaic of seasonal and permanent wetlands, as well as oak woodlands and riparian forests. What remains of those wetlands are still the backbone of the Pacific Flyway; along with flooded agricultural fields, they support millions of migrating waterbirds each year.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Two years ago, CalMatters housing writer Matt Levin described a factory in Vallejo that was building housing modules that could quickly — and relatively inexpensively — be assembled into multi-story apartment houses.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Last year, Ariele Doolittle, a tax lawyer, got a call from a client who lived and worked in New York but was considering working remotely from California temporarily after his offices were shuttered in the pandemic.

Monday, March 29, 2021

California law imposes various requirements on employers who hire minors. In addition to rules regarding the use of certain equipment (such as knives and balers) and requiring school-approved work permits, as of January 1, 2021, public and private sector employers with five or more employees must comply with Assembly Bill ("AB") 1963.

Friday, March 26, 2021

A series of key decisions await Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state heads back into a potential drought.
If you are paying more attention to how your lifestyle decisions may impact the planet or your community, you can apply the same perspective to your investments. An increasingly popular investment strategy is known as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. It allows you to focus your investments in ways that are designed to generate a more meaningful impact beyond dollars and cents.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The validity of a United States patent can be challenged in federal court litigation. Patents can also be challenged in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which, in most cases, is a quicker and less costly process.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

California housing is crowded, expensive and difficult to find, but if a package of bills proposed by prominent Senate Democrats becomes law, some cities could look very different a decade from now.
California's senior U.S. senator is once again in the center of a media maelstrom — or feeding frenzy — over whether she'll serve out the remaining four years of her current term.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

An affordable housing crisis has long afflicted the Coachella Valley. Even before the pandemic devastated our local economy, more than a third of renters spent more than half their income keeping a roof over their heads.
Abraham Sanchez knew exactly how he wanted to spend his stimulus check.

Monday, March 22, 2021

As Tax Day approaches, an underused part of many health care plans could offer a chance to significantly reduce your tax bill.

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