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State may not be able to stop funding counties’ implementation of Jessica’s Law

November 20, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court ruled Monday the Commission on State Mandates erred when it used a 2006 voter initiative that redefined “sexually violent predator” to terminate the state’s obligation to reimburse counties for the cost of counsel in civil commitment proceedings.

Supreme Court issues Prop. 66 rules

November 20, 2018 | At the Lectern
Proposition 66, the initiative designed to speed up executions in California that went into effect a year ago, requires implementation actions by the Supreme Court and the Judicial Council.
California Owes Counties for Voter-Backed Criminal Reforms

California Owes Counties for Voter-Backed Criminal Reforms

November 19, 2018 | Courthouse News Service
California’s highest court ruled Monday that the state must shoulder the cost of complying with Jessica’s Law, a voter-passed initiative requiring stricter monitoring of convicted felony sex offenders.

Brown nominee won’t be on court to hear major state pension lawsuit

November 19, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The high court announced on Nov. 8 that the case, Cal Fire Local 2881 v. Public Employment Relations Board, 2018 DJDAR 1839, would be heard on Dec. 5. The case is of intense interest to Brown as it challenges a law he signed in 2012 putting limits on pensions for state workers hired after 2013.

State Bar mulls 30 percent fee increase

November 19, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) To balance next year’s budget, State Bar Chief Financial Officer John Adams proposed a 30 percent fee increase in 2020 and an annual inflationary increase from 2021 to 2024.

State Bar can keep records on ethnicity confidential, court says

November 15, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
The California Supreme Court is allowing the State Bar to keep confidential its records of the race and ethnicity of the many thousands of aspiring lawyers who take the bar exam, records that a law professor wants to use in his opposition to affirmative action.

UC Berkeley Law abandons Boalt name

November 14, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The UC Berkeley School of Law will no longer use the Boalt name in light of John Boalt’s racist statements, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky announced Tuesday.

San Diego Court: Stringent independent contractor test limited to claims based on wage orders

November 12, 2018 | San Diego Union Tribune
The San Diego division of the California Court of Appeal has ruled that the California Supreme Court’s stringent three-part test companies must satisfy to classify a worker as an independent contractor, rather than an employee, applies only to worker claims based on wage orders issued by the Industrial Welfare Commission and not claims based on other employment laws.
Lawsuits targeting business websites over ADA violations are on the rise

Lawsuits targeting business websites over ADA violations are on the rise

November 11, 2018 | Los Angeles Times
The boutique Avanti Hotel is known for its poolside, dog-friendly rooms. Yet its website uses the valuable opening page not to highlight the Palm Springs inn’s amenities, but to explain, in stark black letters on a plain white background, that the Avanti violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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