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Media's future is now and it may drag other industries with it.

On June 12, 2018, Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T's purchase of Time Warner could proceed over the objection of the Department of Justice. The purchase makes AT&T the new proud owner of entertainment organizations like HBO and CNN. So your final season of Game of Thrones will now be brought to you by AT&T.

The merger is expected to have a wide-ranging impact on companies both in the media landscape and beyond. Initially, the move has already kick-started the hyper-competitive media industry, which is ever-changing with the news that Netflix has surpassed Disney as the most valuable media company and now Comcast has announced an all-cash offer to purchase 21st Century Fox for $65 million.

Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Action Defeated.

In June 2018, Larson & Gaston's employment litigation lawyers, led by Victor Cosentino, defeated a certified, nationwide, federal class action in the Central District of California for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Report Act's (FCRA) authorization, disclosure and notice provisions, 15 U.S.C. § 1651b.

An Epic Decision on Arbitration for Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court's latest employment litigation decision requires employees to focus on all the terms of the employment contracts they sign with their employers.

When negotiating an employment contract, to the extent an employee can, people tend to focus on one main thing: pay. After that, some may be thinking about benefits and holiday time but rare is the person who would think about much more than that.

Macy’s on board with earnings report buoying retail sector

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

That quote is attributed to famed American author Mark Twain, who supposedly uttered it following a false report of his death.

An interesting issue from the complex realm of intellectual property

Any sports fan who actively follows college competition knows just how huge a spectacle that can be at the so-called “D-1” level. Major top-tier programs across the country (one might quickly think of the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins for a local perspective) literally ooze money, with that being instantly apparent from their swollen game attendance numbers, product sales and other garnered revenues.

What generates those dollars?

Don’t ask, don’t tell informs California law re prior salary history

How would you feel upon discovering that, while you are at least as qualified as a co-worker doing the same work as you, that employee makes a materially higher wage than you do?

We thought so.

Restraint-of-trade litigation ramps up in California federal court

American federal law that seeks to ensure fair competition in the commercial realm is both robust and long-tenured, with so-called “antitrust” protections aimed at precluding monopolies and other business-choking strategies being well established and explicit.

State laws concerning things like noncompete agreements and restrictive covenants vary. As noted in a recent business article on trade restraints, courts in many jurisdictions across the country are comfortable in applying a “reasonableness” test when assessing challenged business conduct.

Would-be California law focuses on medical pot and the workplace

California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) certainly seems like a middle-of-the-road guy seeking to strike a conciliatory balance in workplace legislation he is proposing.

Bonta is pushing a would-be law that would extend stated protections to California workers who legally consumer marijuana for health reasons. If enacted, Assembly Bill 2069 would impose a “reasonable accommodation” onus on California companies interacting with workers who possess medical cannabis cards.

How should a business owner handle a commercial dispute?

The above query in today’s blog post can be answered in a single word: carefully.

Some thorny issues with a contracting entity or other third party can ultimately be resolved in relatively civil fashion, of course, without the need to move forward and invoke a legal process.

Product liability case outcome has Johnson & Johnson on defensive

The jury has spoken, and what it recently concluded clearly has mammoth medical device and consumer goods company Johnson & Johnson on edge and wary of future outcomes that don't bode well for the global enterprise.

What is obviously of material concern to J&J in an immediate sense is the $37 million verdict pronounced against the company last Thursday by a jury panel in New Jersey. That compensatory award could yet be further augmented by jurors' evaluation of punitive damages in the case.

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