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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

CORPORATE COUNSEL

Old Models, New Practices
Splunk GC Scott Morgan says the Wild West mentality of the technology sector presents a challenge to thoughtful attorneys to provide calibrated advice.

Small Businesses

CompTIA and Maher & Maher, partners in a new national apprenticeship initiative designed to diversify and expand the technology workforce across America ...

judges

When 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld moved to Alaska with his wife in 1969 after graduating from Harvard Law School, the decision was part of his long-term plan to work in politics, ideally as a U.S. senator.
News
Cle Calendar
State and Valley continuing legal educational events
$255M class settlement with Juul Labs gets preliminary OK
A $255 million class action settlement with Juul Labs Inc. was given preliminary approval Friday by a federal judge in San Francisco to resolve thousands of lawsuits claiming the company was a major driving force behind the underage vaping epidemic.
Kaiser workers call lawsuit revenge for solidarity strike
Union workers asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., which sued Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers-West for allegedly breaking their collective bargaining agreement by participating in a strike in solidarity with another union which had a labor dispute with Kaiser.
‘Funding secured’ tweet not joke or fraud, Musk says
Elon Musk wasn’t riffing on the date of April 20 — a date and number commonly understood to refer to marijuana use — when he told his Twitter followers that he had lined up funding to take Tesla Inc. private at $420 a share, the billionaire told jurors Monday.
Substitute workers seek to enter Twitter lawsuit
An attorney for Twitter Inc. employees who filed a proposed class action accusing the company of failing to provide adequate notice of Nov. 4 layoffs wrote in a new brief that she wants to substitute them with a new group of employees who can’t be required to abide by arbitration contracts.
Can the IRS summons your bank statements without providing notice?
It is Monday morning and you arrive at your office with an urgent voicemail message from Bob at the Bank.
Biden-Harris Administration celebrates groundbreaking of new transmission line, delivering clean, reliable, affordable energy to millions of Americans
Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, and National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi today celebrated the groundbreaking of Ten West Link, a new 500kV high voltage transmission line that will connect Southern California and Central Arizona and deliver clean, reliable, affordable electricity.

GUEST COLUMNS

A holiday present for all of us… no more Confederate names of military bases
On Oct. 7, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin ordered implementation of the findings of the Naming Commission, established by Congress last year. Austin’s order will be held up by a 90-day waiting period, and the renaming process should be in place by 2024 at the latest.
Voting rights litigation may become a contradiction in terms
The scope and strength of the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. § 10101, et seq., is again at issue this Supreme Court term.
Courtroom displays of bias assault the Justice System
Once a wealthy, manicured business scion, the defendant sits slumped and disheveled on her wheelchair.
Guest Column
Privately enforceable rights under spending clause on Supreme Court docket

On November 8, when it hears oral argument for Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, et al., v. Talevski, 6 F.4th 713 (7th Cir. 2021), review granted (May 2, 2022), the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether: (1) it should reexamine its holding that the spending clause may allow for privately enforceable rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (“Section 1983”); and (2) assuming it does, whether the Federal Nursing Home Amendments Act of 1987 (FNHRA) provisions on transfer of residents and medication warrant such private enforcement.
Guest Column
Platform immunity in the crosshairs

“Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms.” Transcript of Dec. 16, 2019, editorial board interview of presidential candidate Joe Biden, The New York Times, Jan. 17, 2020.