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June 29, 2015

Finton Construction, Inc. v. Bidna & Keys, APLC (2015) _ Cal.App.4th _ , 2015 WL 3947116

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Download Publication The Fourth District applies the litigation privilege to dismiss a claim a law firm received stolen goods from its clients. Bidna & Keys, APLC (“B & K”) represented Michael Reeves in a dispute between Reeves and his business partners, John Finton and Daniel Tontini. Reeves, Finton and Tontini owned Finton Construction, Inc. (“FCI”), […]

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January 31, 2013

Five New Employment Laws Likely to Change the Way You Do Business in 2013

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The New Year brought a variety of new laws impacting California employers. Here is a summary of five new laws likely to change the way you do business in 2013. Employers Must Now Accommodate Religious Dress and Grooming Practices AB 1964 amends the definition of “religious creed” in California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) […]

September 5, 2012

Nelsen v. Legacy Partners Residential, Inc. 2012 WL 2913809 (Cal. Ct. App., July 18, 2012)

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In a clear victory for employers, the First District Court of Appeals held that arbitration agreements precluding class and representative actions do not violate California public policy as long as they are otherwise valid and enforceable under Armendariz v. Foundation Health Psychcare Services, Inc., 24 Cal. 4th 83 (2000) (setting forth a multi-factor test to […]

July 25, 2012

Long & Levit Congratulates its 2012 “Super Lawyers”

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Four Long & Levit partners were designated “Super Lawyers” for 2012. The list, compiled by Thomson Reuters and San Francisco Magazine, is based on peer nominations and objective evaluation criteria. Joe McMonigle, Kathleen Ewins, and Glen Olson were selected for Professional Liability Defense. Joe also received the distinction as a “Top 100” attorney in Northern […]

April 20, 2012

Long-Awaited Brinker Decision A Relief For Employers

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After more than three years and two rounds of briefing, the California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court. Overall, the decision is a significant win for employers. Here are the key points in the Court’s unanimous decision: • Employers do not have to police their employees to […]

November 23, 2011

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. v. Superior Court (2011) 202 Cal.App.4th 24

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The Fourth District finds that California Code of Civil Procedure §877.6 applies only where defendants are joint tortfeasors or co-obligors on a single contractual debt to plaintiff. Thomas and Debra Pigott brought suit under the Song–Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California’s Lemon Law, alleging various defects in their motorhome. The Pigotts sought the overtime, financed, price […]

April 11, 2011

Other Professional Liability

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We have comprehensive expertise defending directors & officers and in the unique insurance coverage issues those claims typically present. Our D&O group has developed particular expertise in issues involving directors and officers of financial institutions and lender liability coverage, bankers’ professional liability and financial institution bonds. We have also defended lawsuits against accountants involving every […]

April 11, 2011

Lawyers & Judges Defense Group

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We were the first California firm to focus on defending lawyers and judges. We have represented judges, law firms and individual lawyers in literally thousands of cases. We have tried more than fifty legal malpractice cases to jury verdict. Our appellate advocacy on behalf of lawyers has yielded more than thirty published opinions. Today, we […]

April 11, 2011

Employment

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We bring to our defense of employers over 80 years of trial experience and a tradition of providing strategic, cost-effective legal services. We let our clients focus on business – and not on litigation. We specialize in defending harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination claims. We also help our clients avoid litigation through counseling, training and […]

April 11, 2011

Design Professionals Defense & Counseling

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Our focus on architects, engineers, landscape architects, and the construction industry began when we merged with Natkin Weisbach Higginbotham – a law firm devoted exclusively to design professionals. Today, we represent some of the world’s largest international architecture and design firms as well as solo practitioners. Some of our lawyers trained as architects and engineers. […]