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U.S. Companies Still Grappling With GDPR

Several months after the European Union’s (EU’s) new sweeping privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, U.S. companies are still struggling to understand the implications for their businesses. This article highlights some of the key threshold issues that companies should consider in analyzing the potential ...
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Gram Shop Liability for On-Site Cannabis Consumption in California

Ian Stewart (Partner-Los Angeles) and Otis Felder (Of Counsel-Los Angeles)  have authored an article, “Gram Shop Liability for On-Site Cannabis Consumption in California,” published in the March 1, 2017, issue of Cannabis Law Journal. Ian and Otis point out that those considering the potential development of on-site cannabis use should not only inquire as to ...
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Defending Against the Reptile Strategy

The Reptile Strategy “Based on a plaintiff’s attorney generalizing the defendant’s conduct so the jury members feel personally threatened by the alleged danger actions,” the reptile strategy is a force to be reckoned with. This specific strategy has been implemented in “almost 50 notable cases”, one of which a “Florida attorney received a $2.6 million ...
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Every Case Is an e-Discovery Case in Today’s Litigation Environment

Lawyers routinely negotiate the scope of litigation discovery demands. One such lawyer was recently faced with a wildly broad discovery demand for relevant emails from the time a product was manufactured more than fifteen years ago to the present. The lawyer deftly negotiated the demand down to five years before the incident at issue and ...
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Practical Tips on Creating an Effective Unlawful Harassment Policy

It has been a long time since the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of public consciousness. Hundreds of thousands of unlawful harassment claims later,most employers have policies in place announcing their opposition to harassment and providing employees with avenues to complain and seek redress.1 Yet ...
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