Be Aware Of The Exclusions In Your Insurance Policy! Delivery and Takeout During the Pandemic Might Have Saved Insurers’ Bacon!

June 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Mark’s Engine Co. No. 28 and Restaurant 10E, two southern California eateries, filed COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits last year in Federal Court in the Central District of California. The restaurants argued that the virus exclusions on their Travelers insurance policies’ were not applicable to the restaurants’ claims, because the restaurants never detected any COVID-19 at the restaurants.

Travelers responded that their policies cover only “direct physical loss of or damage to property”, such as when a fire or plumbing leak damages the insured property, resulting in an interruption of business operations.  […]

Offshore Wind Energy is Blowing into California

June 7th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law|

On March 29, 2021, the Biden Administration announced offshore wind energy projects employing President Biden’s ‘whole of government approach’ to position America to lead a “clean energy revolution” while creating thousands of potential union jobs across the country. The President’s Executive Order specifically committed to expanding the offshore wind industry on the Atlantic Coast (in the New York Bight, adjacent to the greater metropolitan Tri-State area), in the Gulf of Mexico, and in Pacific waters.

In late May, the Biden Administration announced that it is seeking to create 30 gigawatts of […]

Diversity in Boards of Directors is Now Mandated by Law

May 26th, 2021|Business Law|

Last fall, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 979 (AB-979) mandating that all California based public company board of directors have at least one non-white board member by the end of 2021. By the end of 2022, boards with five to eight members will be required to have two directors from underrepresented groups and corporations with nine or more directors must have at least three directors from underrepresented communities.

Although public companies have until the end of 2021 or 2022 to make these changes, the replacement of board members can […]

“On the Road Again”, but literally at what cost?

May 12th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law, Employment Law|

On April 28, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California Trucking Association v. Bonta, issued a decision that California’s AB-5 law, now Labor Code Section 2775, is not preempted by federal law. The three-judge panel ruled that the District Court was wrong when it granted a preliminary injunction that prohibited the application of Labor Code Section 2775 to motor carriers and independent owner operators including those providing services to the Construction Industry.

What does this mean? AB-5 restricts most workers from being independent contractors and with its 3-prong, hard […]