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Attempts to circumvent insurance policy virus exclusions are being repeatedly rejected by the Courts. Recently, a Fresno based European Wax Center was forced to lay off 30 employees as a result of the state-mandated closures. The salon made business interruption claims against its insurer, Sentinel Insurance Company, which were denied since the salon could not …


You may have noticed a recent onslaught of television and radio ads regarding Proposition 22, which will appear on California ballots in the upcoming November election.  Proposition 22’s stated goal is to exempt ride-sharing and food-delivery companies from the Assembly Bill 5 gig worker law that was passed in September 2019, meaning Uber and Lyft …




Here We Grow Again! Stone | Dean is pleased to announce the hiring of an extremely capable and experienced attorney to handle a diverse case load in its Warner Center offices. William E. Johnson graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern …


Two days after the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season due to the coronavirus pandemic, 22 teams filed lawsuits against insurance companies over rejections of business interruption claims.    The insurers claim that business interruption coverage due to a virus outbreak has been excluded from standard policies, such as these, for quite some time …


“No!”  This is the simple answer to whether businesses should force employees to sign COVID-19 liability waivers before returning to the workplace.   Months after our national economy ground to a halt, some parts of the country are returning to work.  Some employers have attempted to insulate themselves from tort liability for COVID-19 related infections by …


Earlier today, the Supreme Court declared that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“CRA”) protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination. In what is hailed as a major victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workers, the justices said the CRA’s ban on job discrimination on the basis of “sex” can be read to forbid …



As certain states and localities allow for certain businesses to reopen, concerns are being raised by business owners on whether opening too early (or at all) will subject them to corona virus related litigation from patrons, employees, and vendors.   Attempts to address these concerns are being addressed at the federal level, with efforts to create …

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