October 2016

Workplace Harassment Prevention Training is Now Mandatory for Elected Officials

Employment Law Update

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

With sexual harassment claims against elected officials on the rise, Governor Brown recently signed AB 1661, which mandates workplace harassment training for local elected officials.

September 21, 2016

School Board Talks ROP

Chico Enterprise-Record

John R. Yeh

September, 2016

Fact Sheet: 1,2,3-Trichloropropane and What it Means for Your Water Supply System

Currently, over 200 water supply systems in California have reported TCP detections in groundwater in over 300 hundred wells. Review this fact sheet to find out if your city's water system is affected and what to do to make sure you are in compliance when the new Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) is adopted.

Gregory J. Patterson

August 2016

August 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A. Oyster, Lillian Kae Yoo

Fake It 'Till You Make It? The Problem of Inmates Posing as Attorneys
Policing the Police Through Private Insurance
Ninth Circuit Extends Kingsley, Makes it Easier for Pretrial Detainees to Sue for Deliberate Indifference
Stay the Course: Why Law Enforcement Agencies Should Resist the Calls of Critics Who Want to Restrict Officers' Ability to Protect Themselves

Summer 2016

Social Media and the Workplace

Today's Insurance Professionals

Traci I. Park, Kelly A. Trainer

Social media has changed every aspect of our society, including the workplace.  Employers are struggling to keep up with all aspects of social media, including positive uses of social media for things like marketing and recruitment, to the negative issues presented by social media such as employee misconduct and invasions of privacy. The laws related to social media and the workplace continue to develop as lawmakers and courts attempt to keep up with the ever-changing face of social media.  This article highlights some of the current issues facing employers.

June 27, 2016

Charter Bill Reveals Potential to Widen Divide with LEA's

Education California:  The Official Newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators

John R. Yeh

June 2016

June 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Scott M. Nenni, Nathan A. Oyster

Ross v. Blake: Reinforcing or Undermining the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA)
Joints in the Joint? An Overview of Medical Marijuana in the Correctional Context
More Changes on the Way for California's Overcrowded Prisons
A 5-Minute Guide to Defending Small Claims Litigation

June 13, 2016

Court of Appeal Issues Important Clarification of Summer Unemployment Benefits for School Employees

Education Law Alert

John R. Yeh

The California Court of Appeal has issued a significant ruling on the rights of school district employees to obtain unemployment benefits during the summer, ruling that substitute teachers and classified employees who receive "reasonable assurance" of returning during the succeeding academic year were not eligible for unemployment benefits for the summer, even if they were unable to obtain employment during the summer school session.

June 9, 2016

Court of Appeal Rules that Personnel Investigations are Privileged

Employment Law Alert

Samantha W. Zutler

On June 8, 2016, the Court of Appeal, First District, ruled that a personnel investigation, performed by an outside attorney investigator, is protected by the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine. City of Petaluma v. Superior Court (Cal. App. 1st Dist. June 8, 2016, No. A145437).

May 2016

May 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Mitchell A. Wrosch, Christopher T. Kim

Stopping the Runaway Jury
The Ninth Circuit Holds that Prohibiting the Possession of Marijuana Does Not Violate teh RFRA:  An Analysis of Oklevueha Native American and Church of Hawaii, Inc., Michael Rex Mooney v. Lynch, et al.
Hamby v. Hammond: The Power of Qualified Immunity in Eighth Amendment Indifference Cases

April 2016

April 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Nathan A. Oyster, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Scott M. Nenni


  • Prisoners' Property Problems
  • Lowry v. City of San Diego: What are the Implications for Section 1983 Excessive Force Cases in General and Police K-9 and Monell Cases, Specifically?
  • Inmate Loses Flying Spaghetti Monster Lawsuit and Provides a Lesson in RLUIPA and Qualified Immunity
  • Will the Supreme Court Begin Counting Calories?
April 2016

Curiouser and Curiouser: Expansion of the Duty to Reasonably Accommodate Disability

Employment Law Update

Kelly A. Trainer, Katy A. Suttorp

For the first time, the California Court of Appeal held that the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) creates a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person. The holding of Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. is unprecedented and there is a possibility that it will be appealed to the California Supreme Court. However, based on this decision, California employers are required to engage in a good faith interactive process to consider reasonable accommodations for an employee or applicant who associates with a disabled person.

March 2016

March 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Christopher T. Kim, Mitchell A. Wrosch

Unlocking the Rules on Cell Phone Searches
Put it in Writing: The Importance of Documentation in the Correctional Setting
Taking the Deposition of an Out-of-State Witness
Enjoy it While it Lasts - Federal Courts See Rate Decrease in Prisoner Lawsuits

February 2016

February 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A. Oyster

Prison Break: Recent Escapes and Their Lessons
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered? A Guide to Filing Confidential Documents Under Seal
Recoverable Damages in Federal Court:  What Happens When a Plaintiff's Health Care Provider Has Accepted Less Than the Billed Amount as Payment in Full?

January 2016

January 2016 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Christopher T. Kim

Hi-Tech Contraband Searches
Liar Liar, Pants on Fire: Using Rule 11 Terminating Sanctions Against Inmates
PLRA Exhaustion Update: The Ninth Circuit's Ruling in Reyes v. Smith

December 2015

December 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Nathan A. Oyster, Mitchell A. Wrosch

In Memoriam: Warden Robert Borg (1938-2015)
There is No Such Thing as a Free Court Reporter
How Much has the Jury Pool Changed in Law Enforcement Cases?
Smart Integration - A Discussion with Former Warden Rober Borg (reprinted from Prison Break, December 2011 edition)

December 2015

Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

Western City Magazine

Stephen A. McEwen

December 2015

Body Piercings and Tattoos in the Workplace: Can Employers Place Limits on Them?

Carl Warren Connects, Carl Warren

Katy A. Suttorp

November 2015

November 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update

Susan E. Coleman, Kristina Doan Gruenberg, Paloma P. Peracchio, Christopher T. Kim

You've Got Mail: Inmate Emails with Lawyers and Potential Privacy Concerns
Nineteen Lawsuits and Counting: Supreme Court Hears Argument About Inmate Filing Fees for Frequent Filers
The Ninth Circuit Declares Employee's Whistleblower Claim is Not Collaterally Estopped by a State Personnel Board Decision: An Analysis of Wabakken v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Qualified Immunity Update: Mullenix v. Luna

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