It’s No Longer the Wild West for Passport Wine Events

thinkstockphotos-186938294The following is a guest blog post by Bahaneh Hobel, a partner in the Alcohol Beverage and Wine Law groups at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Many of us have attended “passport events” where you buy a glass, wrist band, or passport that gets you access to wine tastings at various locations and often include a party at a central event location. These “event passports” are often sold by marketing agencies or winegrower associations promoting the event. But these marketing or supplier organizations selling the tickets or passports don’t generally have licenses from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). So, how can they do it? And what happens when multiple wineries participate or pour at an event at one location?

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What’s New in California’s Fair Pay Act, and How Employers Should Respond

ThinkstockPhotos-188094090Although prohibiting gender-based wage discrimination since 1949, California’s Equal Pay Act (Lab C §1197.5) was rarely used as a basis for litigation because its language made it difficult for an aggrieved plaintiff to establish a successful claim. But now that the legislature has amended it, §1197.5  may become more popular with plaintiffs. And employers get more clarity about what is and isn’t allowed.

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6 Ways to Help Clients Avoid a Data Breach

ThinkstockPhotos-478305224It is not “if” but “when” your client will be the victim of a data breach. But despite the growing risks and many high-profile breaches, there are still businesses that are woefully underprepared. Here’s how you can help your clients mitigate risk associated with data breaches well before an incident occurs. Continue reading

5 Things to Know About CA’s Aid-in-Dying Law

ThinkstockPhotos-465022009Effective June 9, 2016,  the End of Life Option Act (Health & S C §§443-443.22) makes California the fifth state in the nation to allow physicians to prescribe medications to end the lives of their terminally ill patients. As expected, the Act has many requirements built into it to address the concerns of its opponents. Continue reading

Marijuana Legalization: What’s on the Horizon for California Employers?

ThinkstockPhotos-511371716The following is a guest blog post from Gina Roccanova. Ms. Roccanova is a Principal at Meyers Nave and Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, where she serves public and private clients with nearly 20 years of experience in negotiations, counseling, litigation, arbitration, and training.

With political backing from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, financial support from Sean Parker, and a significant coalition of pro-legalization groups, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) is likely to appear on the California ballot in November. According to numerous polls, a wide majority of voters support the initiative. If it passes, adults age 21 and over will have the right to possess, use, and grow limited amounts of marijuana for personal, recreational use. What does this mean for California employers? The answer depends on a situation that’s increasingly familiar in today’s world: employers will have to balance the pros and cons inherent in following the regulatory status quo against responding to changing societal views. Continue reading

How Have the Courts Dealt with Prop 47?

ThinkstockPhotos-95349775There’s continuing debate about whether California’s Proposition 47, which decriminalized certain felonies, is responsible for a rise in crimes. But what’s not up for debate is that Prop 47 has been expanded and challenged in unforeseen ways. The appellate courts have been putting their own stamp on the way the trial courts have applied Prop 47. Here’s a sampling of how the cases have been falling.

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Bound to Arbitrate Nursing Home Litigation?

Senior woman in a nursing homeWhen is a personal representative bound to arbitrate claims against a nursing home? The answer depends on the nature of the claim, as illustrated in a recent case. Continue reading

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