June reports on civil, criminal and class-action cases for local, regional and national publications. She’s adept at explaining complex legal issues to readers, and she regularly profiles influential lawyers and law firms.

ORSL13Simple Justice: Kevin M. Fong Brings Old-Fashioned Elegance to the Appellate Court

California Super Lawyers

By the time a case makes its way to an appellate attorney, the record is closed. There are no more witnesses to grill; no provocative evidence to expose. And that’s just the way Kevin M. Fong likes it.

Some might consider the penetrating analysis that appellate work demands to be a ho-hum endeavor, but for Fong, a few minutes before a panel of appellate judges is a delight.
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13-06Online Libel Claims Abound

California Lawyer

Since its founding in 2005, Yelp.com—a website where consumers review everything from cappuccinos to car mechanics—has published more than 5 million write-ups of local merchants. But in the past 12 months, its online reviews have also triggered at least three defamation lawsuits.

Welcome to the Web 2.0 world of user-generated content, where positive reviews can attract new customers—but negative reviews may inspire the subjects to head to court.
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shrmMental Health and California Law: A Guide for HR Professionals

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

Every office has its personalities. There’s the guy who brings a homemade cake to celebrate each co-worker’s birthday. There’s the marathoner who trains every day. And then there’s the fellow who wears the same sweater every day, eats lunch alone and refuses to chip in for the annual office party.

Colleagues might speculate that he’s a little off, maybe even suffering from depression or some other psychological problem. But there’s a vast difference between odd behavior and a mental disability, says Scott Tiedemann, an attorney with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Los Angeles who specializes in employment issues.
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