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Justin Clark Joins Newmeyer & Dillion’s Walnut Creek Branch as Its Newest Associate

Up and coming associate and insurance attorney Justin Clark is the newest associate to join the ever-growing litigation practice at Newmeyer & Dillion LLP’s Walnut Creek office. Clark brings experience in the areas of insurance litigation, construction defect litigation, and business transactions.

April 28, 2017

Newmeyer & Dillion Announces Three New Partners

Prominent business and real estate law firm Newmeyer & Dillion LLP is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys – Ben Ammerman, Anne Kelley and Rondi Walsh – have been elected to partnership. Their promotions are effective immediately.

February 7, 2017

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Wine Not? One Lawyer’s Journey Through Opening a Family Winery

I am not a winemaker, and I do not practice wine law. But I have been on a long and sometimes arduous journey of helping my husband start and operate a licensed winery in Orange County, California.

June 2, 2016

State Revives Improvement Tax Increment Finance Districts

Newmeyer & Dillion Partner Jane Samson was quoted in Paul Jones’s story, “State Revives Improvement Tax Increment Finance Districts,” in State Tax Notes, pp. 278-279 on Oct. 26, 2015.

January 14, 2016

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A Single Construction Defect Lawsuit as Multiple Occurrences: Five Reasons It Just Doesn’t Add Up By James S. Hultz

For several decades insurers and insureds alike agreed that a construction defect case involved only a single occurrence. Relatively recently, however, some insurers have reversed course and began to argue that each such case involves several occurrences. What precipitated this radical shift in approach? Did insurers alter the fundamental terms of standard general liability policies?

May 24, 2017

Female Attorneys’ Settlement of Equal Pay Dispute with Farmers Insurance Provides Little Guidance for California Employers By Nicole A. Clark

California’s Equal Pay Act (the “Act”), Cal. Lab. Code section 1197.5, is widely recognized as one of the most aggressive and pro-employee wage discrimination laws in the nation. The Act was intended to combat systemic wage discrimination by making it easier for employees to prevail on wage discrimination claims and by offering claimants greater protection from retaliation for bringing such claims. Recent amendments to the Act have left many employers uncertain of how to evaluate and justify wage anomalies and ensure compliance with the Act. Employers and practitioners hoped to receive additional guidance from the court in Coates v. Farmers Group Inc. et al., Case No. 15-CV-01913-LVK (“Coates”), one of the first high-profile cases addressing wage discrimination under the revised Act. As discussed below, however, the case settled before trial late last year, leaving employers still in need of judicial guidance.

May 24, 2017

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