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News & Recent Developments

Review Granted of Decision that Law Enforcement Agencies Cannot Voluntarily Provide Brady Materials to the DA or Public Defender

   Published on:  12 Oct, 2017

Back in July, we told you about the controversial ruling in Ass’n for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. Superior Court of County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department). See 13 JUL, 2017 post. Unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court granted the Sheriff’s Department’s petition for review. The extent of the court of appeal ruling surprised … continue reading

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Janus, the End of Fair Share Fees and the Next Round of Attacks on Your Pensions

   Published on:  04 Oct, 2017

Last Thursday, as has been widely reported in the media, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the decision of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Mark Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, et al., Case No. 16-3638. It is expected that, with Neil Gorsuch filling the … continue reading

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The Labor Beat | September 2017 | Vol. 30 No. 2

   Published on:  03 Oct, 2017

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP presents the second issue of 2017 of The Labor Beat. In it, we tell you what is going on with our clients (our attorneys too) and report on the cases that most affect our associations and their members, including the continuing fight for fair pension reform and right to collect … continue reading

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Right to Discovery in Interrogations Explained (Expanded)

   Published on:  17 Jul, 2017

The Fourth District Court of Appeal made a significant interpretation of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”) (Gov. Code § 3300 et seq.) in the case of Santa Ana Police Officers Association v. City of Santa Ana, 2017 WL 2879796 (2017) that has the potential to impact many administrative investigations of … continue reading

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Public Safety Departments Cannot Voluntarily Share Brady Lists With DA’s or Any Other Non-Department Persons

   Published on:  13 Jul, 2017

Law enforcement agencies cannot disclose the names or other identifying information of officers who are on Brady lists to any outside body, including prosecutorial agencies, absent compliance with the Pitchess process. This notable victory for peace officer privacy rights came this week in Ass’n for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. Superior Court of County of … continue reading

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Local 2881 Saves BC List

   Published on:  02 Jun, 2017

The State Personnel Board (“SPB”) denied CAL FIRE’s request at its monthly meeting on Thursday to abolish the entire 2017 Battalion Chief eligible list and force the nearly 300 candidates on the list to re-take the promotional exam during the peak fire season. The SPB also upheld the six appointments that had already been made … continue reading

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REVIEW GRANTED in CAL FIRE Local 2881 “Air Time” Appeal

   Published on:  13 Apr, 2017

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday granted Messing Adam & Jasmine’s Petition for Review on behalf of CAL FIRE Local 2881. The Court of Appeal decision sets up a full analysis of the entire history of public pension laws in California and the vested rights doctrine in particular. MAJ filed the Petition on February 8, … continue reading

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The Labor Beat | March 2017 |Vol. 30 No. 1

   Published on:  27 Mar, 2017

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP is pleased to share the March 2017 issue of The Labor Beat. In it, we report on several successful negotiations on behalf of our clients, while we continue to fight to protect your pensions and right to collect fair share fees. Our battles of late are very personal to us and … continue reading

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In Memoriam

   Published on:  07 Mar, 2017

Robert Wolf was the longest serving president of CAL FIRE Local 2881. He died quietly in his sleep earlier this month, after a long illness. Bob was a long-time friend and colleague of Messing Adam & Jasmine. Bob had unbounded love for his family, friends, the Union, CAL FIRE, and Manchester United FC.  With his … continue reading

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To Send or Not to Send: Personal Accounts May Succumb to the CPRA

   Published on:  03 Mar, 2017

The California Supreme Court, in yesterday’s ruling in City of San Jose et al. v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County, held that communication about public business on a personal account may be subject to the disclosure requirements under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”).  Any public employee’s personal records can become the target of … continue reading

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