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Yearly Archives: 2022

  • September 2022 Gibbs Giden is proud to have been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 list of Most Admired Law Firms To Work For. The list is made up of outstanding law firms who are consciously working to create diverse, positive, and supportive environments that help drive the success of their attorneys. Read about it here. 

  •   August 2022   California notoriously has some of the most stringent and complex employment laws in the nation. As such, even well-intentioned employers can easily find themselves running afoul of California’s rules and regulations, oftentimes at a significant cost. The following is a list of some of the most common mistakes employers make regarding California employment laws: 1. Overtime Under federal law, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime for any hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week. California, however, also requires overtime for any hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a day. California also […]

  •   August 2022 Many employers elect to pay salespersons commission-based wages. Employers can benefit by this arrangement as the salespeople are paid based on the amount and quality of their work. The salespeople also have the opportunity to earn higher wages for their hard work. Employers, however, need to ensure they are following the correct legal procedures for commission payments. Otherwise, they run the risk of owning considerable wages, fees, and penalties. A. Commissions Defined In 1998, the California Courts handed down the decision of Keyes Motors, Inc. v. DLSE. This case defined commissions as those payments arising from the […]

  • Jul1

    Welcome Katya Mezek

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    June 2022   GOOD NEWS! We’ve hired a new partner. We are pleased to welcome Katya Mezek, Esq. A graduate of UCLA Law School, Katya was in-house counsel for Goodyear Tire Company’s Central and Southeastern European Division based in Slovenia. For the last several years she has run her own transactional practice in northern California. Katya who recently moved to southern California will be joining our Westlake Village office. Katya is a transactional lawyer who assists businesses with formation, financing, capital raises, mergers, acquisitions, and other business reorganizations. She works with startups through multi-million dollar revenue companies in various industries […]

  • June 2022 There is often confusion as to when an insurance company must pay for an insured’s choice of counsel. In a number of states, an insurer’s agreement to defend a lawsuit against an insured, while reserving the right to deny liability for the outcome of a lawsuit, can trigger an obligation to provide independent counsel (commonly referred to as “Cumis counsel”). The duty to provide independent counsel is typically due to a conflict of interest, which arises when: (a) the insurer reserves the right to deny liability for the outcome of the lawsuit against its insured, (b) the insurer […]

  •   June 2022 Under California Labor Code § 226.7, and the Industrial Welfare Commission (“IWC”) wage orders, employers must provide employees with a premium payment of one-hours’ worth of wages for every non-compliant meal and rest breaks.  Non-compliant meal breaks include failing to provide employees with at least 30 minutes, failing to completely relieve employees of job duties during the meal break, and failing to provide employees with the opportunity to take a meal break within the first five-hours of employment.  Non-compliant rest breaks include failing to provide two 10-minute paid breaks during a regular eight-hour workday and failing to […]

  • Chambers USA Guides 2022 California Construction Law “What the Gibbs Giden team is known for A strong presence in construction disputes, offering clients extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration. Displays further expertise in risk management, in addition to bid protests and procurement issues. Advises clients on a broad range of construction projects, and has a continued focus on healthcare projects. Particular strength in Southern California, with offices in Los Angeles and Irvine, alongside one in Las Vegas, Nevada. Able to draw on additional expertise in related areas such as fidelity and surety law, tort defense and real estate. Notable […]

  •   California local public agencies and their contractors should take note of a recent appellate decision pertaining to late progress payments on public works projects. In Clark Bros., Inc. v. North Edwards Water Dist., 2022 Cal. App. LEXIS 331, filed on April 22, 2022, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held that a local agency’s late progress payments to a general contractor did not constitute breach of contract under the prompt payment penalty statute, Public Contract Code § 20104.50. Notwithstanding this holding, the contractor recovered damages, interest, fees, and costs in excess of its contract amount. In […]

  • March 2022 The pandemic certainly did not slow down California’s Legislature and appellate courts. The following five appellate decisions significantly impact businesses that use standard form agreements, employ mechanics lien and related remedies to ensure payment for labor or materials on construction projects, rely on website/online terms and conditions, and agree to resolve debts with written agreements. INCONSPICUOUS ARBITRATION (AND POSSIBLY OTHER CONTRACT) CLAUSES WILL NOT BE ENFORCED The Domestic Linen Supply Co., Inc. v. L J T Flowers, Inc., 58 Cal. App. 5th 180 (2020) case should encourage all distributors and manufacturers that utilize standard form credit, sales, or rental agreements […]