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California Supreme Court: "requesting and recording a cardholder's ZIP code" violated state law

USA - February 11 2011 On February 10, 2011, in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., the California Supreme Court reversed the Fourth District Appellate Court, holding that the definition of "personal identification information" in California's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 includes a customer's ZIP code....

Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, Amy L. Pierce, Catherine D. Meyer, Meredith E. Nikkel.

ASFA permits offset but prohibits manipulation of cost disclosures

USA - July 28 2010 California's Fourth District Court of Appeal cracked down on dealership for backdating a contract and failing to itemize insurance costs in the contract....

Amy L. Pierce, Richard M. Segal.

Supreme Court reduces companies' options for removing state suits to federal courts

USA - June 1 2010 In response to divergent and increasingly complex interpretations among the federal courts of appeals, the United States Supreme Court has adopted the "nerve center" test for determining a corporation's "principal place of business" in applying the federal diversity jurisdiction statute....

Amy L. Pierce.

New California law reveals winners may be losers: significant impact on settlement strategies?

USA - May 20 2010 In Goodman v. Lozano, the California Supreme Court resolved a split among the state Courts of Appeal, holding that a plaintiff who obtains a monetary judgment that is reduced to zero due to offsets from settlements with other defendants is not automatically entitled to attorneys’ fees and costs as the “prevailing party.”...

George Chikovani, Amy L. Pierce.

CARD Act will exempt prepaid phone cards (not mobile broadbandinternet access)

USA - May 18 2010 Prepaid "cards, codes and other devices" redeemable solely for telephone services are exempt from a new federal law that goes into effect August 22, 2010....

Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, Amy L. Pierce.