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NINTH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
Employment
The religious organization exemption in Title VII of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not jurisdictional and is subject to procedural forfeiture. The exemption does not apply only to hiring and firing decisions, but rather extends to both retaliation and hostile work environment claims.

Garcia v. Salvation Army - filed March 18, 2019
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 16-16827
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Healthcare
In determining its Medical Loss Ratio under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-18, an insurer properly included as part of its payout the payments it made in settling a dispute with some of its enrollees, and there was no basis for excluding payments for services rendered by out-of-network physicians.

Morris v. California Physicians' Service - filed March 18, 2019
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 17-55878
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CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL
Criminal Law and Procedure
Under the provisions of Proposition 47, identity theft must be treated as misdemeanor petty theft if the value of the personal identifying information at issue does not exceed $950.

People v. Chatman - filed March 18, 2019, First District, Div. Four
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 1204
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Election
The law-enforcement experience and education requirements for county sheriff candidates set forth in Government Code Sec. 24004.3 do not conflict with and are not preempted by the California Constitution. The statute is politically neutral and nondiscriminatory.

Boyer v. Ventura County - filed March 18, 2019, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 1208
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LACBA Celebrates Over 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of Women’s History Month

Eva K. Freel   Eva K. Freel
Eva Freel is an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.  

Eva served as a summer associate with Foley, where she gained legal experience in the area of patent law. Prior to joining Foley, Eva was a judicial extern at the Central District of California’s Patent Pilot Program, where she worked for a panel of federal judges on patent cases. She also worked for the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law at its pro bono initiatives, including Startup Legal Garage Clinic, Trademark Law Clinic, and Patent Law Clinic. Eva currently volunteers with LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.

 
 
 
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