New California Law Requires Social Media Companies To Become More Transparent About Their Content Management Policies

Written by Marc Mayer and Stacey Chuvaieva On September 14, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsome signed Assembly Bill 587, which imposes a set of new obligations on large social media companies. The new law is designed to encourage social media companies to take action to limit the spread of disinformation, misinformation, hate speech, racism, extremism, radicalization, harassment, and foreign political interference. Under the new law, … Continue reading New California Law Requires Social Media Companies To Become More Transparent About Their Content Management Policies

Foreign-Based Infringers Beware: You May Be Within Reach of The Federal Long-Arm Statute

Written by Sofia Castillo Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued another opinion on when U.S. federal courts may exercise specific personal jurisdiction over foreign-based sites sued for copyright infringement. Will Co. Ltd. v. Ka Yeung Lee, No. 21-35617 (Aug. 31, 2022), was published a few weeks after Lang Van, Inc. v. VNG Corporation, 40 F.4th 1034 (9th Cir. 2022) and two … Continue reading Foreign-Based Infringers Beware: You May Be Within Reach of The Federal Long-Arm Statute

Biden NLRB Rules Employers Cannot Limit Union Insignia without Good Reason

Written by Anthony J. Amendola and Celia L. Guzman In what has become an all too familiar practice of overruling and reinstating precedent based on the political party in control of the Executive Branch, last week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reinstated the test that applies when analyzing whether an employer’s dress code or uniform policy interferes with employee rights under the … Continue reading Biden NLRB Rules Employers Cannot Limit Union Insignia without Good Reason

China Tariffs Continue – Per USTR

Written by Susan Kohn Ross One of the hopes of the trade community when the Biden Administration was sworn in was that “something” would be done about the China 301 tariffs. To this point, there are no changes. In fact, while there was optimism at the outset, the reality is that no one in D.C. has a “better” vehicle for trying to rein in China’s … Continue reading China Tariffs Continue – Per USTR

California Internet Bill Aimed at Protecting Children Is Signed Into Law

Written by Robert H. Rotstein and James Berkley On September 15, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law bill AB 2273, titled the “California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act” (“AADC”). With certain exceptions, the AADC requires all businesses providing “an online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by children” to be in compliance with significant new legal obligations by July 1, 2024. “Children” … Continue reading California Internet Bill Aimed at Protecting Children Is Signed Into Law

Ninth Circuit Withdraws its Decision on California’s “AB 51” Arbitration Law

Written by Te’Aira Law and Gary McLaughlin California Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”), codified as California Labor Code section 432.6 and California Government Code section 12953, was signed by Governor Newsom in 2019 and went into effect January 1, 2020.  AB 51 prohibits California employers from requiring employees to agree to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment. In early 2020, multiple business associations, including the … Continue reading Ninth Circuit Withdraws its Decision on California’s “AB 51” Arbitration Law

MSK Obtains Win for Activision in Battle Over Use of the Title “Warzone”

Written by Lindsay R. Edelstein On August 15, 2022, in Activision Publishing, Inc. v. Warzone.com, LLC, Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha of the Central District of California granted Activision’s motion to dismiss Defendant Warzone.com, LLC’s counterclaim alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising under the Lanham Act and California law.  The Court also granted Activision’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that Activision’s use of the … Continue reading MSK Obtains Win for Activision in Battle Over Use of the Title “Warzone”

Measure to Repeal PAGA Qualifies for 2024 California General Election Ballot

Written by Jeremy Mittman On July 22, 2022, the California Secretary of State announced that a measure to repeal the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), which authorizes aggrieved employees to file lawsuits on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations, is qualified for the statewide ballot in November 2024. The proposed initiative, titled the “Labor Code Fair Pay … Continue reading Measure to Repeal PAGA Qualifies for 2024 California General Election Ballot

Hollywood Extends “Return to Work” COVID-19 Protocol Agreement Through September

Written by Jeremy Mittman Hollywood’s unions and producers extended their Return-to-Work agreement through September 30, 2022 amidst surging COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.  The initial agreement between the AMPTP, DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and Teamsters/Basic Crafts was signed in September 2020 and established COVID-19 safety protocols for guild productions. Since then, it has been extended eight times.  In May of 2022, the agreement was updated to … Continue reading Hollywood Extends “Return to Work” COVID-19 Protocol Agreement Through September

Take a Seat: Summary Judgement Reversed in Suitable Seating Suit 

Written by Jeremy Mittman Last week, a California appeals court reversed a summary judgement in favor of AutoZoners, who was sued by an ex-employee for failing to provide her with suitable seating, ruling that triable issues of material fact exist. Background The plaintiff worked as a sales associate at an AutoZone parts store operated by AutoZoners, assisting customers at cashier counter and parts counter workstations. … Continue reading Take a Seat: Summary Judgement Reversed in Suitable Seating Suit