Showing 14 posts from 2014.

Niall McCarthy Named to the Irish Legal 100 for 2014

Congratulations to Niall McCarthy for being named to the Irish Legal 100 for 2014.  The Irish Legal is published in the Irish Voice, which is a national legal newspaper.

Judge Orders Vinod Khosla to Open the Gates to Martin's Beach Immediately

The owner of the property adjacent to Martin’s Beach has been ordered to immediately reopen public access to the beach. Judge Barbara Mallach of the San Mateo County Superior Court issued a final order today directing Vinod Khosla to open the gate blocking access to the way it was when he purchased the property. Read More ›

CPM Responds to Surge of Undocumented Children with Pro Bono Services

Due to rampant drug and gang violence in Central America—particularly in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—there has been a huge influx or “surge” of unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States.  Read More ›

Report: “Private Placement” Issuers and Brokers Take Exploitation of Main Street Investors to New Heights Amid Fracking Boom

“Wildcatter” oil and gas prospecting companies and unscrupulous brokerage firms are riding the explosive growth of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the United States to reap sizable profits off unsuspecting Main Street investors, according to a recent investigative series report done by Reuters.  According to a recent report issued by Reuters, Ameriprise shaped deals to sell more securities potentially harming investors.   Read More ›

California Legislature’s Changes to Labor Code Finally Paying Off for Whistleblowers

The Legislature has enacted several changes to the California Labor Code designed to protect employee-whistleblower activity. Many of these changes relate directly to areas in which CPM practices. The Legislature’s changes are beginning to pay real dividends to whistleblowers who expose the corporate wrongdoing of their employers. Read More ›

Feds Continue to Target “Forced Arbitration” Clauses in Consumer, Employment Contracts

In a recent op/ed in Salon, labor and consumer organizations teamed up to criticize the vast impact of “forced arbitration” clauses in consumer and employment contracts, and to call on Congress to act on behalf of the great majority of its constituents and ban the practice. Read More ›

Sixth Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Bans, Setting Stage for Likely Supreme Court Review

On November 6, 2014, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans on gay marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The ruling in the consolidated appeal overturns four district court decisions that found the bans unconstitutional. Significantly, the Sixth Circuit’s opinion contradicts decisions from four other federal circuit courts of appeal finding similar bans unconstitutional and is the first time a federal circuit court has upheld a gay marriage ban after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013) (finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional). The United States Supreme Court has thus far declined to hear appeals from decisions finding the bans unconstitutional, but the Sixth Circuit’s decision creates a “circuit split,” making Supreme Court review likely.     Read More ›

Coastal Use and Beach Access Rights in California: Lessons of Martin’s Beach

In a high-profile case with potentially national implications, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge sided in September with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy client Surfrider Foundation and ordered Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla to stop blocking public access to a Northern California beach used and enjoyed for nearly a century by families, fishermen, surfers, and other members of the community. Khosla had gated off a road leading from Highway One to the beach in 2010, two years after buying most of the land fronting the beach for $32.5 million. Read More ›

Pension Advance Scams Target Senior Citizens and Military Veterans

Criminals and fraudsters often target senior citizens and military veterans – residents who have given much, and who are sometimes among the most vulnerable members of a community. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, 70 percent of assets in the United States are in the hands of seniors (defined as citizens who are over 65 years of age.) Read More ›

Why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Is Important to Seniors

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), signed into federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010, created a ground-breaking new agency: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB aims to protect Main Street America from Wall Street abuses. Moreover, the Bureau operates under an explicit mandate to protect senior citizens. Read More ›