9th Circuit

  • California Tosses Employer Ban on Class Arbitration

    When it comes to labor and employment law, California may as well be its own country. The intricacies of the Golden State's worker-protection laws--from strictly enforced lunch and break periods to mandatory harassment training for all managers--are well documented.

  • Appeals Court Rejects Web-Posted Contract Changes

    When Talk America changed the terms of its long-distance telephone service agreement, it posted the new contract on its Web site. Among the changes was ...

  • Porn Site Loses High Stakes

    Internet porn sites, when they appear on a court docket, are usually defending themselves against individuals or regulators. Perfect 10, by contrast, is the perfect exception...

  • Supreme Court Offers Companies Pension Liability Relief

    Employers dodged a high-powered bullet in mid-June when a unanimous Supreme Court overturned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Beck v. PACE International Union.

  • High Court Tells California to Reconsider Punitive Award

    If there were any lingering doubts about whether the Supreme Court's February 2007 decision on punitive damages in Philip Morris USA v. Williams had teeth, the Court has moved quickly to remove those doubts.

  • Washington Law Bars Dismissal of Disruptive Employee

    Stephanie Gambini's supervisors at DaVita Inc., a dialysis provider, were concerned about her attitude and work performance. They knew she suffered from bipolar disorder and noticed that she was irritable and having trouble concentrating on her work as a clerk.

  • Costco Challenges Washington's Alcohol Regulations

    Costco Wholesale Corp. thinks Washington state is drunk with power. In a case before the 9th Circuit, the retailer claims the state's alcohol regulations are overly restrictive and anti-competitive. The feud began in 2003 when John Sullivan, Costco's deputy general counsel for litigation, started researching why the company was paying...

  • Dukes of Hazard

    9th Circuit decision paves the way for massive discrimination class actions.

  • California Considers 'Fair-Share' Insurance Initiative

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is forging ahead with a universal health care initiative that opponents contend is a ticking legal time bomb. He unveiled a package of proposals Jan. 8 aimed at securing health care for 4 million uninsured Californians. The proposal places some of the burden of funding that...

  • Dukes of Hazard

    9th Circuit decision paves the way for massive discrimination class actions.

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