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Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Cybersecurity law aims to keep information safe

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Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

By   /  Monday, September 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Oil workers file lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline

A lawsuit representing oil industry workers who were laid off following the Refugio oil spill was filed against Plains All American Pipeline, Santa Barbara-based law firm Cappello & Noel recently announced. Richard Lilygren, who has worked on the offshore oil platforms near Santa Barbara for more than a decade, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Read More →

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Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

By   /  Friday, September 11th, 2015  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Bill would require equal pay for ‘substantially similar’ work

What was once a taboo question in the workplace may become a more explicit employee’s right. “How much does my co-worker make?” Even though workers are allowed to ask such a question under the protection of the National Labor Relations Act enacted in 1935, employees were often told — either overtly or implicitly — to Read More →

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Paid sick leave gets more complex under new law

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Paid sick leave gets more complex under new law

California’s new paid sick law took affect July 1, expanding coverage for an estimated additional 6.5 million employed citizens. An estimated 40 percent of California workers weren’t eligible to receive paid sick leave previously and now most will have access, which is great news for employees. On the opposite side of the coin, however, employers Read More →

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Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Law, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

When Barry Cappello litigates, people listen. Which is why his June 23 lawsuit seeking class action status and unspecified damages against Plains All American Pipeline may prove to be a turning point in the sorry history of the Refugio oil spill. “It was a disaster waiting to happen again and again,” is the way Cappello Read More →

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Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

The Obama Administration racked up one of the biggest wins in decades for global trade when it won approval in the Senate to move forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership. The partnership will open the doors for trade and development with a dozen Asian nations. China is not included but passage of TPP, which is Read More →

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Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

Big companies can afford armies of lawyers to keep government regulators at bay. Just look at the big banks’ response to the financial crisis or the clever-but-stupid way Plains All American used the courts to get around state pipeline regulations, then had a nasty oil spill due to negligence or worse. But rare is the Read More →

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