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California Tightens its Grip on Ridesharing Laws

Mar 25, 2019 3:15:49 PM / by Anita posted in california, uber, lyft, ridesharing, legislation, California Utilities Public Commission, CUPC, law

The California Utilities Public Commission (CUPC) regulates privately owned public utilities in the state of California. On September 19, 2013, California became the first state to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC), such as Uber Technologies and Lyft. In 2017, the CUPC reinforced the use of criminal national background checks for prospective drivers to ensure consumer safety. A TNC driver is to undergo a background check prior to being hired and the TNC is required to repeat this process at least once a year.
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Gun Control: Can Change Really Happen?

Mar 12, 2019 6:34:06 AM / by Jennifer posted in gun control, california, legislation, law

Preventable shootings have unacceptably become an all-too-familiar part of our media cycle. We’re all pretty well fed up with moments of silence and nothing more by way of change. Countless students around the country have made it clear that they are too.
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The People of California vs. Homelessness: What Lawyers Can Do To Help

Mar 6, 2019 7:00:37 AM / by Matt posted in california, law, homeless, homelessness, lawyers

The state of California is currently experiencing a major housing crisis. Despite the passage of several recent measures and propositions funding new developments that will eventually provide spaces for thousands of families, the most recent count by the Homeless Services Authority estimates there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 people in Los Angeles alone that are currently homeless. The problem is enormously complicated and solving it completely will take meaningful and concerted action at the legislative and political levels. However, while we’re waiting for that to happen there are a few things that lawyers looking to make a difference can do to help stem the tide and keep real people off the streets.
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Climate Change and Lawsuits Against Big Oil in California

Mar 4, 2019 7:17:38 AM / by davidtrellis posted in law, oil, lawsuit, environment

Sea levels are rising, fires are raging, and as alternative rock band Smash Mouth told us in their 1999 hit song All Star:
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The Federal Judiciary Made $146M+ Off of PACER… a Website that’s Supposed to be Open to the Public

Feb 25, 2019 7:00:16 AM / by Jennifer posted in california, law, research, decisions, federal, lawyers, PACER

President Trump’s national emergency to build the wall isn’t the only wall we’re alarmed about these days. While the rest of the world accelerates toward innovation and increasing levels of openness, transparency, and access to information, the federal judiciary’s electronic records system is hidden behind a paywall. And it’s an exorbitant one at that.
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California is Getting Firey: A Look at Some Local Court Decisions Arising out of the California Wildfires

Feb 15, 2019 7:30:24 AM / by Matt posted in law, fire, wildfire, decisions, precedent

The state of California has always suffered from wildfires. However, the scope of the fires in November of 2018 was historical. They destroyed nearly 1.9 million acres of land, caused over $3.5 billion in damages, and cost 104 people their lives. Fires at this scale inevitably lead to a flood of litigation over the amount of money due to private property owners by their insurance companies. However, convincing a court your insurance company owes you more than you were insured for can be tricky.
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New Era for California

Feb 12, 2019 3:05:34 PM / by Anita posted in legislation, law, talent, models, artists

Talent agencies have collaborated with lawmakers to expand California legislation in hopes of protecting its artists and models
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