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NYS Governor Hochul Delivers 2023 State of the State Address

On January 10, 2023, Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her second State of the State address, outlining her policy and fiscal agenda for the upcoming year.

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Governor Newsom Proposes FY 2023–24 Budget

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his fifth January budget proposal, which would authorize $223.6 billion in general fund spending, a 3.6% decrease from current-year spending.

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California’s Independent Legislative Analyst’s Office Criticizes State’s New Climate Plan

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office criticized the California Air Resources Board’s recent and most sweeping revision of its Scoping Plan to achieve legislatively mandated greenhouse gas reductions.

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Manatt Advances 19 Legal and Consulting Professionals Across Practices Nationwide

Manatt, Phelps @ Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today the advancement of 19 professionals, effective January 1, 2023@nine attorneys to equity partnership, one consultant to senior managing director, four attorneys to partnership, four consultants to managing directors and one attorney to counsel. These elevations illustrate the power of...

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California’s Climate Blueprint: ‘Hope,’ Mandates and Few Details

Calling for foundational reforms in every sector of California’s economy, now the fourth largest in the world, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on December 15, 2022, adopted the latest and most sweeping version of the “Scoping Plan.”

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Bots Beware: Website Chat Bots Become Latest Target for California Class Actions

California class action lawyers have turned their sights on a new target: websites that employ “chat bots,” digital assistants that allow companies to communicate with customers without employing live website customer service representatives.

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Wolff and Smith to Speak on Climate-Related Disclosures at Law Journal Newsletters Webinar

Investigations, Compliance and White Collar Defense Partner Jacqueline Wolff and Land Use Partner David Smith will speak in a webinar session titled “Climate Change Risk and Disclosure: A New Focus for SEC Enforcement,” hosted by Law Journal Newsletters on October 13.

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Health Care Providers’ Role in Energy Conservation and Sustainability: A Guide to Driving Change

Health care leaders are operating in an environment of seismic change.

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New DC Law Bans Non-Compete Agreements for Employees Making Below $150,000 Per Year

A new D.C. law that takes effect on October 1, 2022, will significantly limit the ability of employers to tie their District of Columbia-based employees to noncompetition agreements.

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CA Fails to Extend Privacy Exemptions for B2B and Employment Data from the CCPA into 2023

Beginning on January 1, 2023, the California Consumer Privacy Act will apply to personal information collected by companies subject to the CCPA about their employees, job applications, and individuals at actual or prospective business customers, vendors, and suppliers.

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