Bad and getting worse: homelessness in Los Angeles

In part overshadowed by fears of COVID-19, the homelessness situation in Los Angeles and beyond is far from easing up. Once temporary eviction restrictions are lifted, attorneys and judges are likely to see an increase in eviction and homelessness-related cases ...
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Justice Gap in California and Elsewhere

The State Bar of California has conducted the first comprehensive statewide study on the need for civil legal assistance in California.  The findings are disturbing: 55 percent of Californians at all income levels experienced at least one civil legal issue ...
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Money for Nothing

Liquidated damages will be upheld unless unreasonable.  It is so when it “bears no reasonable relationship to the range of actual damages that the parties could have anticipated would flow from a breach.”  Ridgley v. Topa Thrift & Loan Assn., ...
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Students Suing Universities

A sexual investigation was launched against male student “John Doe” of Columbia College of Chicago (“Columbia”) after a female accused Doe of non-consensual sexual relations.  A formal investigation and a hearing led to Doe being suspended from Columbia for an ...
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Companies Cannot Impose Arbitration by Stealth

U.S. District Judge William Orrick (ND CA) has just held that companies must still provide online customers with adequate notice of arbitration and other provisions. This is so in at least the Ninth Circuit after Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble(763 ...
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Taylor Swift to Re-record Her First Albums in Contractual Dispute

For artists, master recordings — the original recordings of musicians' work — are vital musically, historically and financially. In most situations, labels own those masters. But many musicians, both prominent and independent ones, have tried to hang on to their ...
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Neat Little Statute of Frauds Case

Looking for a quick little case demonstrating the ongoing importance of the Statute of Frauds? Look no further: Back v. Cheasepake Applachia, L.L.C. provides one (773 Fed.Appx. 294 (2019). In 1940, Thomas Back’s family entered into an oil-and-gas-lease with the Inland ...
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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asks JPMorgan Chase to stop “exploiting its customers”

In a letter to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s CEO, Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asked the bank to stop “exploiting its customers” by using what the bank considers the “standard practice” of asking its customers to arbitrate potential claims against it. ...
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Contractors with White Ancestry got $300 million Claiming to be Native American

In St. Louis, MO, a contractor recently was awarded a lucrative government contract set aside for minority businesses by claiming to be Cherokee. He was found out and stripped of his minority status. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html Since 2000, the federal government and ...
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Information Asymmetries Lead to Women Being Underpaid

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has revealed a plan that would overhaul American discrimination laws to ensure that women and men are paid the same for the same work. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-kamala-harris-women-equal-pay-california-20190520-story.html Under the plan, companies with 100 or more employees would, ...
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