9th Circuit

  • 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.

  • California Grocers Challenge Worker Retention Law

    In general employers are allowed to choose their workers. But that's not the case for Los Angeles grocery store owners. That's because last spring the city became one of several California cities to pass the controversial Grocery Worker Retention Ordinance. This law mandates that when a grocery store changes ownership,...

  • Employees Beat UPS Policy Against Deaf Drivers

    With 91,700 delivery vehicles on the road every day, one of the top concerns for Atlanta-based UPS Inc. is driver safety. So managers thought they were doing the right thing when they barred deaf and hearing-impaired people from driving the company's largest delivery vans. They based their decision on studies...

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