July 2017 Issue


by Robert Freund, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

I am proud to assume the office of President of the Century City Bar Association and look forward to the serving the Century City legal community during the coming year. I wish to thank our Immediate Past President Duane Kumagai for his years of dedicated service to the CCBA and the foundation he has built for continued growth.

On March 30, 2017, we had a great installation dinner.  With tremendous pride, I report that more than 300 people attended our 49th Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to honor the accomplishments of our lawyers of the year. Many thanks to Shaili Jalali, our Executive Director, for all her hard work in making the event a success.


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The Expert Report: Key Considerations

by Amy B. Alderfer and Brett N. Taylor, Cozen O'Connor

Product liability cases often present challenging and complex issues which require the use of experts. If you are litigating in federal court, any expert you designate will be required to provide a written report . The same, however, may not be true in state court. For example, written expert reports are not required for designated experts in California and Texas . In New York, not only are expert reports not required but, even if one is made, it is not discoverable absent court order. Other jurisdictions only require the disclosure of certain information. And some jurisdictions, although they do not require that an expert report be prepared, if an expert report is prepared, even draft reports may be discoverable. Thus, as a starting point, it is imperative that you check the rules of your jurisdiction. If you are in a jurisdiction where full expert reports are not required, deciding whether to have your expert prepare a written report in a products case is a decision of critical importance and should not be made lightly. This blog post explores some important considerations to take into account when making this important decision, as well as some suggestions to ensure that any written report is as airtight as possible.



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Kasky v. Nike:
by By Grace Chuch,
lIrell & Manella LLP


Kasky v. Nike: A Retrospective on the First Amendment

Fifteen years ago, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that commentators described as “irreconcilable” with Supreme Court precedent and likely to “cut[] the heart out of the First Amendment’s protections for statements by commercial entities on nearly every public issue.” Others were more blunt and simply stated that “we are indeed in trouble” if this decision remains the law. This decision was Kasky v. Nike, where the court upheld Mr. Kasky’s right to sue Nike under Business and Professions Code §§ 17200 and 17500 based on allegations that Nike, in response to public criticism about working conditions in its international factories, made false statements regarding its labor standards.


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Immigration Under Trump
                                                                     by Lorraine D’Alessio, D’Alessio Law Group

Immigration Under Trump: 3 New Policies You Need to Know About Lorraine D’Alessio

Confused about President Trump’s impact on immigration? You’re not alone. After just a few months in office, Trump has already upended the immigration landscape through a series of dramatic new policies. With major announcements coming out seemingly every day, it can be tough to keep up with all the changes. Here are a few of the most significant developments you need to know about:

1. The travel ban – Back in January, Trump issued a landmark executive order that imposed travel restrictions on individuals from several Middle Eastern countries. A number of US states immediately moved to challenge the order in court, resulting in a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked the ban from being enforced.



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