App-Based Companies, Truckers Move To Apply Prop. 22 After Win

The ridesharing companies Uber Technologies, Inc. and Lyft, Inc. are wasting little time in putting Proposition 22 to use even though it is not yet officially in effect. The companies filed petitions for rehearing with the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco to overturn an October ruling ordering them to reclassify their drivers … Read More »

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NFL Players’ Attempt End Run Around Workers’ Comp

Nine former players in the National Football League filed the purported class-action lawsuit. It alleges numerous ways in which the League negligently facilitated the distribution of controlled substances. The case is one in a string of cases seeking to hold the League liable for tort damages to get around workers’ comp exclusivity provisions. The district … Read More »

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AG Sues To Enforce AB 5, Gig Companies Ask Ninth Circuit To Block The Law

The growing legal battle over California’s AB 5 legislation that raised the bar for declaring a worker an independent contractor is playing out in two different San Francisco courts that are less than a half-mile apart. California’s Attorney General filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court to hold the rideshare companies Uber Technologies and Lyft … Read More »

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CIGA Doesn’t Owe Medicare For Conditional Payments

The California Insurance Guarantee Association won a reversal of a district court decision which held that it was obligated to repay the federal Medicare program for services provided to beneficiaries to treat the effects of an industrial injury. As a secondary payer, Medicare was demanding reimbursement, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal says that … Read More »

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Franchisors Not A Joint Employer, Ninth Circuit Holds

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals isn’t clowning around and says McDonald’s Corp. is not a joint employer of the workers at its franchisees’ locations in California and therefore is not liable for the wage and hour violations that entity allegedly committed. The decision, however, was not unanimous with one justice holding that there may … Read More »

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