In a landmark decision by Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu teacher tenure in California has been officially ruled unconstitutional, a victory for the nine student plaintiffs in the case of Vergara v. California. The Court considered a challenge of five statutes in the California Education Code, namely sections 44929.21(b) (“Permanent Employment Statute”); 44934, 44938(b)(1)&(2) and 44944 …

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  • June 20, 2014
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Defense Attorney Is Batting a Thousand From Daily Journal Extra: Litigation Files published on April 12, 2004. By Amy K. Spees Encino attorney Gregory Stone has racked up an impressive batting average in the courtroom. Stone, 40, has defended clients in 45 jury trials and never lost once, he says. “I’ve taken [requests for] millions [of dollars] to …

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  • April 12, 2014
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Les Callahan of Callahan Risk Insurance Services is a friend of the firm, and he offers these sage words of wisdom regarding the “notice of claim” issue involving insurance broker errors and omissions. This is an old quote from Francis Bacon that transcends its time and context, and applies well to purchasers of Insurance Agents …

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  • March 26, 2014
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Following the financial and mortgage crisis of 2009, the government has chosen to prosecute corporations, but not their high-level executives. Why is this? U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Northern District of New York might have the answer. Judge Rakoff is known for his low-tolerance of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlements. He made …

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  • March 26, 2014
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Most California businesses are familiar with their basic responsibilities under California’s employment laws. However, many employers unwittingly make mistakes, which can create a multitude of very costly and time-consuming complaints and lawsuits. Robyn McKibbin, Partner at Stone Cha & Dean,  will offer practical guidance on how to avoid some common employment pitfalls and implement effective, lawful policies …

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  • March 18, 2014
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