June 2018: LLF obtained 1 summary judgment, 1 outright dismissal and 1 good faith settlement determination. Attended 2 mediations in 2 states and 11 depositions on 2 coasts. Settled 3 cases and taught 4 law school classes. Logged 15,500 airline miles. Counseled national clients on new Proposition 65 regulations and CLRA. Negotiated tender acceptance. Gave legal update at SAAMI meeting. Spoke on gender bias at bar association program. Attended 3 board meetings, 1 leadership conference, 1 past president's dinner, 1 senior lawyers roundtable and 1 NBA championship game. Today we play (the ponies)!
Warning requirements are changing, effective August 30, 2018, for products sold in California which contain any of the more than 950 listed substances known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Many manufacturers and distributors are unprepared for these changes, some of which impose new warning requirements for internet and catalog sales. On June 13, 2018, LLF shareholder Craig A. Livingston gave a Prop 65 update to members of the Legal & Legislative Affairs Committee of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute at its semi-annual meeting in Overland Park, Kansas. Craig is providing guidance to a SAAMI working group tasked with developing Prop 65 compliance strategies. SAAMI members include large and small manufacturers and distributors of firearms, ammunition and related products and accessories serving the hunting and shooting sports industry.
Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten File Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court
Today, shareholders Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of LLF client, The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. The brief supports the petition for writ of certiorari filed by plaintiffs/petitioners in the Teixeira v. County of Alameda case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In its en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Teixeira’s Second Amendment claims following the County’s denial of a permit to open a full-service firearms dealership in an unincorporated area. The NSSF brief argues that along with the right to acquire and possess firearms under the Supreme Court’s seminal District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment decision, there is also a free-standing right to sell firearms, ammunition and related products and services. The brief also argues for the application of a heightened level of constitutional scrutiny to local ordinances, like the Alameda County zoning ordinance at issue, which have the effect of restricting the exercise of fundamental Second Amendment rights.
Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) Past President Phil Andersen (left) and incoming 2018 President James Wu recognized Steve Derby and Renée Welze Livingston as Shining Stars at the board retreat in December 2017.
Shareholders at Livingston Law Firm Crystal L. Van Der Putten and Craig Livingston recently published their article “Ch-Ch-Ch- Changes: Strategies for Successfully Moving to Change Venue Based on Inconvenience” in the ADC. The Association of Defense Counsel is devoted exclusively to representing the interests of attorneys engaged in the defense of civil litigation. You can read the full article here.