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Susan Allison

White Collar Defense & Investigations White Collar Enforcement Forecast: What to Expect in 2021

Changes in administrations often bring changes in law enforcement priorities. Whereas fines and prosecutions of white collar offenses declined under the previous administration, we can expect increased white collar enforcement under the Biden administration as new federal anti-money laundering laws take effect and new leadership is installed at the U.S. Department of Justice and other […]

Litigation Welcome Anti-SLAPP Guidance for California Courts and Litigants

This article was first published by Law360 in February 2018 and is reprinted with permission.  In Gaynor v. Bulen,1 California’s Court of Appeal recently articulated the proper approach for determining whether allegations constitute protected activity under the anti-SLAPP statute,2 a standard most recently clarified by the California Supreme Court in Baral v. Schnitt (“Baral“),3 and Park […]

Litigation and Regulatory and Enforcement Group California Decision Expands Actuary’s Potential Liability Based on Aiding and Abetting Theory

The recently published California decision in Nasrawi v. Buck Consultants LLC, issued by the Court of Appeal, Sixth District, has the potential to expand an actuarial firm’s liability well beyond its current limits under California law.[1] In Nasrawi, the appellate court reversed a trial court order which sustained a demurrer filed by defendants Buck Consultants […]

Health Care and Litigation Law360: Arbitrating Malpractice Claims: Support from California Case

Courts in California continue to rely on the equitable and third party beneficiary principles discussed in JSM Tuscany, LLC v. Superior Court[1] and Crowley Maritime Corp. v. Boston Old Colony Ins. Co.[2], as the basis for extending a contractual obligation to arbitrate to nonsignatories of an arbitration agreement. The Southern District of California’s decision in City of […]

Labor & Employment and Litigation Enforcing California Professional Services and Employment Contracts: Tips on Bypassing the Statute of Limitations

The California Court of Appeal’s decision in Zamora v. Lehman, 214 Cal.App.4th 193 (March 7, 2013), offers a useful roadmap for drafting an enforceable provision in a professional services or employment contract that cuts short by years the applicable statute of limitations. Zamora involved a bankruptcy trustee’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against three former […]