California State Bar Changes Its Interpretation of Statute to Foster Transparency and Accountability

By Lauren Holappa On October 7, 2022, to enhance transparency and accountability, the State Bar filed a supplemental brief to inform the California Supreme Court of its new interpretation of Business and Professions Code section 6086.1, subdivision (b)(2). Pursuant to Continue reading

CPUC’s Recent Grants to Local Governments Help Bridge the Digital Divide

By Shiloh Wallack On October 21, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stated they had made their largest funding award to 28 local governments in the amount of $14 million in grants. These grants are to help with broadband Continue reading

Commissioner Lara’s New Appointments to the Department of Insurance Advance Consumer Protection Goals

By Shiloh Wallack On October 14, 2022, Department of Insurance (DOI) Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced several appointments to various boards and committees within DOI in an effort to meet DOI’s consumer protection goals. These appointments included naming three members to Continue reading

The Department of Education Continues to Erase Debt of Former Students of Predatory For-Profit Universities

By Mackenzie McCoy On June 1, 2022, the Department of Education announced they would cancel all remaining loans for students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian College. This cancellation will affect roughly 560,000 students and will result in $5.8 billion in Continue reading

Pharmacists Refusal to Fill Prescriptions for Contraceptives Could be Violation of Federal Anti-Discrimination Law

By Mackenzie McCoy On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance for pharmacies regarding their obligations to patients requesting reproductive health care. After the United States Supreme Court’s decision Continue reading

Medical Board of California Supports Recently Passed Law Requiring Physicians Give Notice of Open Payments Database

By Carter Cordura On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1278 (Nazarian) (Chapter 750, Statutes of 2022) into law. The Medical Board of California (MBC) supported the bill. AB 1278 is the first California law that requires physicians Continue reading