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The Sidebar - December 2013

Poole & Shaffery, LLP is a full service business firm with attorneys who focus on a variety of different areas of litigation, counseling and transactional services, including: bankruptcy, business litigation, business transactions, commercial litigation, construction law, construction defect claims, employment and labor law, environmental law, government affairs, intellectual property matters, insurance law, land use, non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, product liability, premises liability, real estate law, and toxic torts.

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By: Samuel R.W. Price
The Holiday Party Is Over But Is an Employer’s Potential Liability?

As the holidays roll around, so too do company parties designed to celebrate the season and thank employees for their work during the past year. Oftentimes these festivities include alcohol. However, a recent Appellate Court decision may have California employers rethinking their holiday plans, or else risk potential liability for any harm caused by an employees' intoxication – even after the party is over. (Purton v. Marriott International, Inc. (2013) 218 Cal. App. 4th 499.)

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By: Cecilie E. Read
OSHA Proposes Dramatic Changes to the Reporting of Workplace Injuries

Proposed changes to workplace injury reporting will significantly expand the duties of employers and possibly make companies targets of attorneys and others seeking to capitalize on the information. The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") has proposed to expand the availability of workplace injury data by creating an online database, amending the recordkeeping regulations to require companies with 20 to 250 employees, in certain industries with high rates of injury and illness, to report job-related injuries and illness on a yearly basis.

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By: David S. Poole
A Fish Out of Water: The Corporate Executive as a Testifying Witness

The challenges facing a corporate executive who testifies in a legal proceeding were, perhaps, nowhere better illustrated than Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' infamous deposition testimony in the Department of Justice antitrust case against his company. As one observer noted,

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