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Trade Group Seeks Time-Out for Labor Violation Lawsuits in California

A California trade group wants the most populous U.S. state to temporarily block employees from suing employers over labor violations as the cornovirus outbreak fuels layoffs and business closures. The California Business and Industrial Alliance asked Governor Gavin Newsom to …

PG&E to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for Fire

PG&E Corp. agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deadliest wildfire in California history. The bankrupt utility will pay $4 million in fines for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, which was sparked by PG&E …

PG&E Glides Toward Bankruptcy Exit Now That State Is Focused on Virus

The deepening coronavirus crisis has shifted nearly all attention away from what had been one of California’s most pressing issues: the fate of embattled utility PG&E Corp. Now, the company is quietly edging closer to exiting the largest utility bankruptcy …

PG&E Agrees to More State Control If It Gets Into Trouble Again

PG&E Corp. said it’s open to a proposal that would let California regulators take greater control of the company if it gets into trouble again, largely conceding to one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s demands for the utility to exit bankruptcy. …

PG&E Tries to Steer Judge Away From Fire Safety Crackdown

PG&E Corp. told a federal judge it opposes his proposals to intervene in the company’s wildfire prevention efforts after it admitted to not fully complying with the terms of its criminal probation. The bankrupt northern California utility’s pushback is a …

Federal Judge Temporarily Exempts Truck Drivers from California Gig Worker Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a ‘temporary restraining order.’ U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted on Tuesday …

California’s Gov. Newsom Had ‘Baptism by Fire’ in 1st Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy …

PG&E Wins Court Sign-Off on Fire Deals, Now Faces Governor

PG&E Corp. won court approval for two multibillion-dollar wildfire settlements that will serve as the centerpiece of the bankrupt utility giant’s restructuring plan. It’s still working on winning over California’s governor. On Tuesday, the judge overseeing PG&E’s Chapter 11 case …

Uber Rejects Labeling Drivers as Employees Under California Law

Facing the most serious threat yet to its business model, Uber Technologies Inc. is dusting off a legal argument it has employed with mixed results: that it’s a technology platform, not a transportation company. Now, as a new California law …

Calif. Employers Still Guessing If Comp Reforms Can Withstand New Governor

ANAHEIM, California — Seven months into the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom, employers in solid-blue California are still waiting to see how well the workers’ compensation reforms championed by his predecessor will fare under new leadership. So far, so good, …