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California Legislature Amends New California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

By Hoge Fenton | 09.7.2018 | Firm Post

Thus far, 2018 has proven to be the Year of Privacy. The year began with news that Facebook had allowed Cambridge Analytica, a political firm, to access private data of more than 50 million Facebook users. Then, on May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into force, overhauling 15 years of European privacy law. Not to be outdone, on June 28, the California Legislature passed a comprehensive consumer privacy law called The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). The Bill AB No. 375 is, in many ways, California’s response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a nod to many of the principles of the GDPR. AB No. 375 was drafted, debated, and adopted within seven days, so not surprisingly, much criticism and scrutiny in the privacy industry followed. And as expected, last Friday, August 31, the California Legislature passed SB 1121 to amend the CCPA. The CCPA applies to any for-profit legal entity doing business in California that meets any one of the following: has annual revenues in excess of $25 million; possesses the personal data of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices; or derives 50% or more of its annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal data. The CCPA provides new rights to California residents, including: the right to know what personal data is being collected and shared or disclosed with others; the right to object to the sale of personal information; and the right to access personal information that a company holds and to […]

12 Hoge Fenton Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

By Hoge Fenton | 07.10.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys have been selected for the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. These attorneys have been identified by their peers for their outstanding work in the profession.  Selections to the lists are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of the candidates and peer reviews by practice area. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in California are selected to receive the Super Lawyers honor, and no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California are selected to receive the Rising Stars honor. “We are committed to hiring attorneys who not only embrace the Hoge Fenton values of professional excellence and community involvement, but who are also committed to lifelong professional development,” said Daniel W. Ballesteros, managing shareholder at Hoge Fenton. “The fact that 25% of those recognized this year are State Bar Certified Specialists in their fields of practice is a testament to this fact. We are proud to be recognized for our excellence, and congratulate our honorees.” This year’s selection will mark our 15th year of consecutive recognition on the Super Lawyers list. 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers Daniel W. Ballesteros, Real Estate Michael T. Bonetto, Family Law Alison P. Buchanan, Business Litigation Denise E. Chambliss, Estate & Trust Litigation Timothy Maximoff, Estate & Probate Sarju A. Naran, Employment & Labor Natasha M. Parrett, Family Law Jenn M. Protas, Employment & Labor Sblend A. […]

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