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McCormick Barstow partner Christina Tillman lays out what steps employers must take to comply with California's “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act."


McCormick Barstow partner Timothy R. Sullivan outlines the new statute and points to consider.


McCormick Barstow partner Timothy R. Sullivan illustrates what the Chubb decision means for real property/CERCLA practitioners.  


McCormick Barstow partner Timothy R. Sullivan lays out the coverage issues in St. Cyr v California FAIR Plan Ass'n - of special interest to property owners in high fire-risk areas.


McCormick Barstow partner Timothy R. Sullivan examines the Judicial Council's new form interrogatories for construction litigation.


If it is done correctly, an employer can require an employee to agree to waive his/her right to a jury trial and submit all employment-related disputes to binding arbitration as a condition of employment.  But can an arbitration clause also waive the employees’ right to bring or participate in a class action?


In a published opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Fifth District Court of Appeal has concluded that the California Vehicle Code only prohibits a driver from holding a wireless telephone while conversing on it.  The statute does not apply to other uses of a wireless telephone, including looking at a map application.  In so holding the court agreed with briefs filed by McCormick Barstow partner Scott M. Reddie, a State Bar-certified specialist in appellate law.

By: Timothy J. Buchanan

After seven years of litigation a federal district court has ruled that Google’s ambitious library scan project, under which 20 million books have been digitally copied and catalogued, is “fair use” under the federal copyright laws, ending (pending appeal) a massive infringement class action brought by an authors’ group. The article analyzes the court’s reasoning here in the context of the prevailing doctrine of “transformative” uses which can lead to unpredictable outcomes as technology finds creative new ways to copy materials and copyright holders struggle to keep their rights secure.   


Fresno, CA (October 1, 2013) – McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth attorney Michael F. Ball successfully defended his physician client in an alleged post-surgical medical malpractice lawsuit.


On February 6, 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an order reversing a major portion of an arbitration award and vacating an award of $1,040,000 due to the fact there was no substantial evidence presented at arbitration to support the award.