9th Circuit Issues Wrongful Termination Decision

In Santillan v. USA Waste of California, Inc., a 53-year old garbage truck driver filed an action against his employer of 32 years alleging a wrongful termination claim based on age discrimination and retaliation.  Gilberto Santillan (“Santillan”) had an exemplary employee record and was rarely disciplined during his first 30 years at USA Waste of…

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When should you take your internal accounting error/mistake or irregularity/fraud investigation outside?

Most every audit committee member, in-house counsel, other board member, CEO, CFO, risk officer, and chief internal auditor will at some time consider whether an accounting related investigation that is being done internally should be taken outside. The decision to stay inside or to go outside isn’t necessarily clear, and there certainly could be differing…

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New California Trust Case – Trustee Not Liable For Beneficiary’s Personal Damages, And Also Not Liable For Beneficiary’s Failure To Take Action

Overview Williamson v. Brooks holds that a trustee is not liable for personal damages suffered by the beneficiary, and a trustee is not liable to the beneficiary if the beneficiary failed to diligently protect her interests. Williamson v. Brooks, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (2d Civil No. B265745, decided January 31, 2017) Summary…

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