• 02.24.17

    The 'Whole Parcel' Takings Conundrum

    Takings law is not for the faint of heart. It is contrived of rules that have been described variously as "arcane," "mystical" and "confused." And that is how people who know and understand the rules describe them. Much of the problem undoubtedly arises from the fact ...

  • 02.17.17

    How to Avoid Legal Trouble With Meal Kit Auto-Renewals

    For those who haven’t noticed or are just too busy eating out every night, the meal kit delivery market is exploding. Currently a $2 billion market, the industry has quickly expanded from a small group of market disruptors to traditional food brands, fueling growth expected by some ...

  • 02.17.17

    CFPB Fines Real Estate Entities Over RESPA Violations

    Targeting violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by a mortgage lender, two real estate brokers, and a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced almost $4 million in penalties and consumer relief. What happened According to the ...

  • 02.16.17

    UC Berkeley Unfairly Criticized in Wake of Protest

    After the violence that shut down the speech of the provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley, the University has come under substantial criticism—including from President Trump, who tweeted a threat to defund it. Many have trotted out the old yarn that the University is nothing more than ...

  • 02.15.17

    Criticism of CalPERS Is Often Misplaced

    If you didn’t know any better, you’d think CalPERS is the source of all California’s ills: higher taxes, bankrupt cities, reduced public services, lavish pensions—the list goes on. We’ve even been blamed for failing to catch the fact that Wells Fargo employees were ...

  • 02.14.17

    The Future of Essential Health Benefits

    The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and Congress seek to repeal and replace the law. Essential Health Benefits, which define what health care benefits plans in the ...

  • 02.13.17

    Ambassadors: Treat Mexico as a Strategic Partner

    Mexico is of enormous importance to the United States. We have strong strategic interests in a relationship of respect and collaboration with Mexico while we work through differences on trade, security and migration. U.S.-Mexico relations touch the daily lives of more Americans than ties with ...

  • 02.09.17

    FTC Clamps Down on Homeopathic Products

    Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 in Germany. The system is based on the principle that “like cures like,” meaning that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people can also be used to cure similar symptoms in sick people. In fact, ...

  • 02.09.17

    Apple Ad out of Tune With Publicity Rights, Says New Suit

    A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating the publicity rights of a singer who says an iPhone ad illegally samples his voice. Jerome Lawson, the lead singer of the 1970s group The Persuasions, does not allege that Apple violated the copyright in the song “Good Times,” perhaps ...

  • 02.03.17

    AG Sues Google Over Student Privacy Violations

    Does Google violate the privacy rights of students by collecting personal data when they use its educational apps? Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says yes in a new lawsuit accusing the tech company of illegally gathering and using the information for advertising purposes. Formerly ...