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Aaron Morris' Business Law Alert

Aaron Morris' Business Law Alert

Provides information and insight for businesses.

http://www.businesslawalert.com/
  • Jan 9

    Morris & Stone Wins $1.5 Million for Internet Defamation Victim

    Morris & Stone Wins $1.5 Million for Internet Defamation Victim
    In this case, we represented a business and the individual who owns that business. The defendant, a medical doctor named Pankaj Karan, was starting his own business, MDTelexchange, and traveled to an overseas company also owned by our client…
  • Aug 21

    Simple Legal Concept Eludes Many Attorney

    Simple Legal Concept Eludes Many Attorney
    The case of former Desperate Housewife, Nicolette Sheridan, illustrates a simple legal concept that escapes many attorneys and their clients. Your case has to make sense.
  • Aug 21

    Simple Legal Concept Alludes Many Attorney

    Simple Legal Concept Alludes Many Attorney
    The case of former Desperate Housewife, Nicolette Sheridan, illustrates a simple legal concept that escapes many attorneys and their clients. Your case has to make sense.
Rank this Week: 1693

The Truth About Loan Modification,…

The Truth About Loan Modification, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy

Recounts tales of horror from the trenches and warn people about banking practices. By R. Grace Rodriguez.

http://letbksaveyou.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1523

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

Covers California lemon law. By Mark F. Anderson.

http://www.californialemonlawlawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 6

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity
    In a NY Times story Christopher Jensen reported on a disturbing development. Hyundai inserted a force arbitration clause in its warranty. Unless a buyer opted out within 90 days, any lemon law claims could only be brought in an arbitration…
  • Dec 6

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner
    In a NY Times story Christopher Jensen reports on a disturbing development. Hyundai has inserted a force arbitration clause in its warranty. Unless a buyer opts out within 90 days, any lemon law claims may only be brought in an arbitration…
  • Nov 13

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc
    Carfax has a new site where consumers can get accident reports filed by some law enforcement agencies. It is Crashdocs.org. You just need the date and city where the accident took place to get a copy of the police report that is on file with…
Rank this Week: 1683

Declarations and Exclusions

Declarations and Exclusions

News and comment on California insurance law, the politics of insurance, and other risky business. By George Wallace.

http://www.declarationsandexclusions.com/
  • Nov 3

    BLAWG REVIEW #325.8 <br>"May There Be No Moaning of the Bar"

    BLAWG REVIEW #325.8 &lt;br&gt;"May There Be No Moaning of the Bar"
    ~~~ Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, * * * Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may...
  • Apr 2

    Blawg Review #315

    Blawg Review #315
    Welcome to Blawg Review #315, the initial Monday edition of the resurgent Blawg Review, the weekly blog carnival for everyone interested in the law.  Launched originally in April 2005, and overseen by the still-anonymous Editor, Blawg…
  • Mar 15

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence
    You will recall, perhaps, that I am a defendant in The Litigation Commonly Known as Rakofsky v. Internet. I have not posted updates on the case since last October, principally because the case was subject to a stay order. With the stay in…
Rank this Week: 2102

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 1562

Corporate Finance & Securities Law…

Corporate Finance & Securities Law Blog

Covers mergers and acquisitions, private to public transactions, public company disclosure, regulatory defense, and other financial issues. By The Lebrecht Group.

http://www.thelebrechtgroup.com/blog/
  • Jul 11

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering
    At long last, the SEC has approved general solicitation in 506 offerings.  I have previously blogged on the subject here and here. It seems each stakeholder group is claiming it as their own victory.  Hedge funds, crowdfunders,…
  • Jun 19

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?
    This week, Fox Business News contributor Tobin Smith was terminated because he violated their policy that “no contributor to FBN [Fox Business Network], nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial…
  • Jun 6

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?
    This, of course, is a misleading question.  The answer is never.  In case you need some law to back up that conclusion, take a look at the recent case of Robert J. Vitale.  Mr. Vitale was the subject of an SEC enforcement…
Rank this Week: 1930

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers California criminal law news. By Takakjian & Sitkoff.

http://www.california-criminal-lawyer-blog.com/
  • Jun 10

    Los Angeles Teacher Faces Federal Child Porn Charge

    Los Angeles Teacher Faces Federal Child Porn Charge
    A 49-year-old teacher has been arrested after meeting an undercover federal agent with whom he allegedly agreed to watch child pornography. According to a KTLA news report, the Covina teacher was arrested in his Royal Oak Middle School…
  • Jun 3

    Hundreds of Drivers Arrested for DUI over Memorial Day Weekend

    Hundreds of Drivers Arrested for DUI over Memorial Day Weekend
    During major holiday weekends, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department increases its efforts to crack down on drunk driving. The Daily Breeze reports that 529 people were arrested in Los Angeles County over the Memorial Day weekend this…
  • May 28

    Soap Actor Arrested for Selling Cocaine

    Soap Actor Arrested for Selling Cocaine
    A former "Days of our Lives" actor has been arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs out of his Los Angeles County home. According to The Malibu Times, the 20-year-old actor was arrested at his Agoura Hills home for selling cocaine. It is…
Rank this Week: 1675

The Common Question

The Common Question

Covers federal and California class action law, consumer law and employment law. By Justin F. Marquez/

http://www.thecommonquestion.com
  • May 14

    New Court of Appeal decision helpful to certifying meal and rest period claim

    New Court of Appeal decision helpful to certifying meal and rest period claim
    In Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates, Inc., the Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 3 reversed course in its earlier, pre-Brinker decision and ordered certification of plaintiffs' meal period, rest period, and overtime…
  • May 3

    Back from jury duty!

    Back from jury duty!
    I recently served as a juror on a criminal trial. I had always wanted to serve on a jury so that I could get the inside scoop on how jurors deliberate. I used to work as a research attorney for a criminal law judge (I can't believe I was…
  • Apr 4

    District Court awards $308 million to plaintiffs' attorneys in antitrust class action

    District Court awards $308 million to plaintiffs' attorneys in antitrust class action
    In a decision reminding me why I am a plaintiff's attorney, on April 1, 2013 a District Court judge approved $308 million in attorney's fees to plaintiffs' counsel in In re TFT (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal. No. M 07-1827…
Rank this Week: 2062

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 1552

SF Bay Area Real Estate and…

SF Bay Area Real Estate and Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers trends, news and legal developments in the California real estate, bankruptcy and business legal communities. By David C. Winton.

http://dcwintonlaw.com
  • Nov 19

    What to do (and what NOT to do) leading up to a Bankruptcy Filing

    What to do (and what NOT to do) leading up to a Bankruptcy Filing
    After years of representing clients in bankruptcy, I have assembled a short list of things to do and not do in the 90 (or so) days leading up to a bankruptcy filing.  This list is not exhaustive, nor are these set in stone.  Just some good…
  • Oct 19

    What is a “statute of limitations” and how does it work?

    What is a “statute of limitations” and how does it work?
    In my January, 2011 blogpost with the catchy title “California anti-deficiency rules redux: California’s new anti-deficiency component, CCP §580e, protects short sellers on first mortgages” and my March, 2010 post on tax issues in…
  • Sep 21

    Dodd-Frank Certifications, HAMP, HAFA…Huh?

    Dodd-Frank Certifications, HAMP, HAFA…Huh?
    I was recently introduced to a concept which is being loosely described as a “Dodd-Frank Certification,” by which homeowners can apparently get juniors liens (seconds, thirds, etc.) reduced or fully extinguished if they meet certain…
Rank this Week: 1770

Northern District of California…

Northern District of California Blog

Covers court orders in primarily civil cases from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. By Michael O'Brien.

http://www.ndcalblog.com/
  • Oct 7

    Question 5 - The Angry Decedent Strikes Again Will

    Question 5 - The Angry Decedent Strikes Again Will
    This question I would rate as a fastball.  There are a lot of issues to fly through, but they are the same issues tested in virtually every Wills question since 1980.  If you studied the California Probate Code (CPC) you probably did fine.…
  • Oct 7

    Question 3: Can I get a witness? (California Evidence) California Bar Exam

    Question 3: Can I get a witness? (California Evidence) California Bar Exam
    This is the first of three criminal questions on this test, the most in recent memory since criminal subjects are rarely tested compared to torts and constitutional law.  This question is probably to calibrate the testing group…
  • Oct 7

    Question Four: Who wants to be a Dental Hygienist (Contracts, Remedies)

    Question Four: Who wants to be a Dental Hygienist (Contracts, Remedies)
    Question Four is a pretty standard contracts and remedies question.  I score this one as a curveball because you have to untangle the contract mess in order to get to the remedies question.  I provided a pair of pretty good strategies for…
Rank this Week: 2135

California Employment Law Update

California Employment Law Update

By Kring & Chung LLP.

http://www.kcemploymentlawupdate.com/
  • Sep 27

    Governor Signs ADA Access Law Reform

    Governor Signs ADA Access Law Reform
    We are pleased to report that during the week of September 17, 2012, Governor Brown signed a bill reforming Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) access law. The measure, Senate Bill (SB) 1186, will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the ADA while…
  • Sep 14

    Distracted Driving

    Distracted Driving
    Distracted driving is a concern for employers whose workers spend time driving on the job, either in a personal vehicle or a company-provided vehicle. Employers can generally be held liable for an employee’s negligence while acting within…
  • Aug 30

    Can I Restrict My Employees From Working for My Competitor?

    Can I Restrict My Employees From Working for My Competitor?
    As an employment lawyer representing employers, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clients. The short and safe answer is, “No.” California has a strong public policy not to impede its residents’ ability to…
Rank this Week: 2007

Los Angeles Patent Attorney Blog

Los Angeles Patent Attorney Blog

Published by Mandour & Associates APC

http://www.losangelespatentattorney.pro/
  • Sep 3

    Apple Brings Samsung Galaxy S III, Other Products Into Patent War

    Apple Brings Samsung Galaxy S III, Other Products Into Patent War
    Los Angeles - Apple Inc. filed an amended complaint against Samsung Electronics Co.
  • Aug 29

    Google Nets Major Video Object Recognition Patent

    Google Nets Major Video Object Recognition Patent
    Los Angeles - Google Inc. was issued a patent on Tuesday covering technology allowing for automatic recognition of large objects in videos without any need for a user's assistance, pointing the way to possible new online video applications on…
  • Aug 27

    Federal Circuit Upholds $100M Verizon Video On Demand Patent Damage

    Federal Circuit Upholds $100M Verizon Video On Demand Patent Damage
    Los Angeles - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday issued a mixed ruling upholding a $100 million damage award against Verizon Communications Inc. in a patent dispute with ActiveVideo Networks Inc. over video on demand…
Rank this Week: 1827

Orange County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Orange County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers Orange County crimes and criminal defense. By Lieber Williams & Labin.

http://www.orangecountycriminallawyer-blog.com/
  • Jun 7

    What to Do If You Have Been Pulled Over for an Orange County DUI

    What to Do If You Have Been Pulled Over for an Orange County DUI
    By Becky Kate - Legal Brand Marketing Now that the summer months are fast approaching, it is common for the Orange County police to up the ante of nabbing drunk drivers. Be prepared to see more checkpoints and roving patrols around Orange…
  • Dec 31

    Orange County DUI checkpoints New Year's Eve

    Orange County DUI checkpoints New Year's Eve
    Many people do not realize that DUI cases resulting from law enforcement contact at a DUI checkpoint are some of the most beatable. The reason for this is that there are very strict rules about how a DUI checkpoint must be conducted. These…
  • Oct 22

    Buzzed Driving is NOT Drunk Driving

    Buzzed Driving is NOT Drunk Driving
    The "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" campaign by the Ad Council has been around for a while now. I watched another attorney do a DUI trial in approximately 2006, and after the jury convicted her client, one of the jurors cited that ad…
Rank this Week: 2014

Northern California Criminal…

Northern California Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal law news, issues and cases. By Lieber Williams & Labin LLP.

http://www.bayareacriminallawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 7

    The Consequences of a First DUI Conviction in the Bay Area

    The Consequences of a First DUI Conviction in the Bay Area
    A Bay Area DUI arrest can be a very upsetting ordeal. If this is the first time you have been arrested, chances are you are feeling scared about what is going to happen to you. Remember, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced…
  • Dec 31

    Facebook and Criminal Justice

    Facebook and Criminal Justice
    A wise man once said "if the World ends in our lifetime, Facebook will have had something to do with it." And while the social networking site has connected people like never before, reduced degrees of separation, and developed its own rules…
  • Dec 7

    The media is equipped to try no one, not even Jerry Sandusky

    The media is equipped to try no one, not even Jerry Sandusky
    Jerry Sandusky, now gaining ground on Michael Jackson for "most famous accused child molester of all time" has lately been dominating much of the news, and, perhaps most distressingly, Sportscenter. The reports are alarming and…
Rank this Week: 2071

Bankruptcy Beach

Bankruptcy Beach

Covers bankruptcy from a creditor's point of view, focusing on developments in California and the Ninth Circuit. By Dean T. Kirby, Jr.

http://www.bankruptcybeach.com/
  • Feb 23

    Can't We All Just Even Give Up?

    Can't We All Just Even Give Up?
    Bankruptcy Judge Wallace of the Central District of California (Riverside Division), recently entered a Memorandum Decision which declined to approve the settlement of a dischargeability action filed by a finance company against a pro se…
  • Feb 12

    The Salazar Saga Continue

    The Salazar Saga Continue
     
  • Feb 12

    Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?

    Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?
    A recent unpublished decision by Bankuptcy Judge Mann of the Southern District of California is a good quick resource for briefing dischargeability actions in her courtroom.  In Whited v. Galindo, 2012 WL 345942 (Feb. 1, 2012), S.D. Cal.…
Rank this Week: 1671

Estates of Mind

Estates of Mind

Covers estate planning and wealth preservation. By Mark A. Ziebold.

http://estatesofmind.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 27

    Uncertainty and what it means for you

    Uncertainty and what it means for you
    I have been receiving the same type of question from many clients lately. In each instance, the question centers around the activities of the government in spending more money than we have (and printing what it doesn't have!) and what that…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
  • Jul 27

    Teaching in the Fall

    Teaching in the Fall
    I'll be teaching Federal Income Taxation in the Fall Semester at Trinity law School. For any students reading this, we'll be going through many of the fundamental code sections that are important in this practice area and focusing on…
Rank this Week: 1559

California Employment Law - Fight…

California Employment Law - Fight Harassment

Covers workplace harassment in California. By Bitton & Associates.

http://www.fightharassment.com/
  • Jun 9

    Martinez v. Combs and the Expanded Definition of “Employer”

    Martinez v. Combs and the Expanded Definition of “Employer”
    The California Supreme Court has recently expanded the definition of “employer” and what it means to “employ” for the purposes of Labor Code wage and hour violations. In the case of Martinez v. Combs, plaintiffs were seasonal…
  • Oct 7

    How Hostile Does It Have to Be?

    How Hostile Does It Have to Be?
    Racist comments or ethnic slurs at work can amount to a “hostile work environment” depending on the number of incidents and the working relationship between the speaker and receiver of the discriminatory comments.
  • Jun 9

    Harassing Behavior

    Harassing Behavior
    The following is a list of some sexual harassing behaviors defined by California statutory law:1. Sexual favors -- unwanted sexual advances or propositions2. Verbal conduct -- epithets, slurs or derogatory comments, including comments about…
Rank this Week: 2145

The Lemon Law Blog

The Lemon Law Blog

Covers issues and topics relating to consumer law as it relates to car lemon laws and auto dealer fraud. By Kemnitzer, Anderson, Barron, Ogilvie & Brewer.

http://www.lemonlaws.com/
  • Sep 17

    Car Buying Tips You Don't Want to Mi

    Car Buying Tips You Don't Want to Mi
    If you dread - absolutely dread - buying a car, you are not alone. A reported 83% of Americans loathe the process of dealing with a car salesman. You would rather go to the dentist, handle a job interview, or sit through dinner with the…
  • Sep 12

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Green Light For Arbitration Survey

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Green Light For Arbitration Survey
    One of the troubling things about forced arbitration is that most people know nothing about it. The problem is, what you don't know can hurt you. The participants in arbitration are often sworn to secrecy. No wonder most people are in the…
  • Sep 9

    It's A Dirty Busine

    It's A Dirty Busine
    There is nothing clean about "title washing." The phrase as used in this context is more like laundering, as in money laundering, than cleaning up anything that has to do with your car. The core purpose of car title is to disclose and…
Rank this Week: 2972

Sacramento Injury Attorneys Blog

Sacramento Injury Attorneys Blog

Coves car accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and neck and back injuries. By the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith.

http://www.sacramentoinjuryattorneysblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    New California 3 Feet for Safety Act in Effect

    New California 3 Feet for Safety Act in Effect
    A new law aimed at reducing motor vehicle - bicyclist crashes went into effect in Sacramento on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The new law requires motorists to keep a distance of at least three feet from a bicyclists when passing them from…
  • Sep 17

    Employee Intoxication and Liability to Business Owner

    Employee Intoxication and Liability to Business Owner
    Almost all business prohibit alcohol consumption by employees during work hours. However, there may be occasions where alcohol consumption by an employee may occur, perhaps a office party or at a marketing event. United States courts do not…
  • Sep 17

    I am Self Employed. How is my Wage Loss Determined in my Personal Injury Claim?

    I am Self Employed. How is my Wage Loss Determined in my Personal Injury Claim?
    At times, injuries and/or the medical appointments required to heal from the injuries, can cause a person to sustain a wage loss as part of their personal injury claim. A larger wage loss claim may exist when the injuries a person sustains…
Rank this Week: 3883

California Construction Law Blog

California Construction Law Blog

Construction law news and information from the Golden State. By Garret Murai.

http://calconstructionlawblog.com
Rank this Week: 2741

Insurance Blog

Insurance Blog

Provides analysis of trends and developments in the area of insurance coverage law. By Farella Braun + Martel.

http://www.farellacoveragelaw.com/
  • Sep 17

    Setting Up a Successful Negotiation Regarding “2860 Rates”

    Setting Up a Successful Negotiation Regarding “2860 Rates”
    “The insurer’s obligation to pay fees to the independent counsel selected by the insured is limited to the rates which are actually paid by the insurer to attorneys retained by it in the ordinary course of business in the defense of…
  • Aug 27

    The Napa Earthquake – The Time To Think About Insurance Coverage Is Now

    The Napa Earthquake – The Time To Think About Insurance Coverage Is Now
    Last weekend’s Napa earthquake served as a wake-up call for everyone living and working in the Greater Bay Area. As with all natural disasters, after the immediate clean-up is over the analysis will begin as to how to make buildings safer…
  • Aug 26

    $1B Temblor Should Prompt Cos. To Revisit Quake Insurance

    $1B Temblor Should Prompt Cos. To Revisit Quake Insurance
    The 6.0 Napa earthquake has altered business in an around the Napa Valley, and Law360 called to ask my thoughts on earthquake insurance. While the article requires a subscription, my key point is: “This earthquake is a reminder of what…
Rank this Week: 4098

CEB Blog

CEB Blog

Covers California law.

http://blog.ceb.com/
  • Sep 17

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?
    Most of us think about hearsay in connection with facts that are expressly stated. But an out-of-court statement that’s offered to prove the truth of the facts implied by the statement is also hearsay and inadmissible unless an…
  • Sep 15

    Turn Legalese into Plain English

    Turn Legalese into Plain English
    A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other…
  • Sep 12

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission

    5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission
    Requests for admission are very valuable yet underutilized tools. They’re one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial—make good use of them! With requests for admission, you can take an…
Rank this Week: 3386

My Distribution Law

My Distribution Law

Focuses on distribution law issues for manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, and retailers. By Howard M. Ullman.

http://www.mydistributionlaw.com/
  • Sep 17

    Ninth Circuit Holds State Action Immunity Doctrine Bars Claims Against Convention Center

    Ninth Circuit Holds State Action Immunity Doctrine Bars Claims Against Convention Center
    In United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center, Inc., No. 12-56809 (9th Cir. May 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Diego Convention center enjoyed state-action immunity…
  • Aug 26

    N.D. Cal. Just Opened the Damages Umbrella

    N.D. Cal. Just Opened the Damages Umbrella
    In County of San Mateo v. CSL, Limited, Case No. 3:10-cv-05686-JSC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2014) (Corley, M.J.), the Northern District of California held that California’s antitrust law, the Cartwright Act, allows the recovery of umbrella…
  • Jul 31

    The Senate is Considering Minimum Resale Pricing for Contact Lense

    The Senate is Considering Minimum Resale Pricing for Contact Lense
    NPR has the story.  Under federal law, of course, RPM is subject to the Rule of Reason.  Apparently the Senate is interested because a large portion of the contact lens market is subject to the restrictions. It is unclear to me…
Rank this Week: 3241

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning
    Regardless of your age or circumstances, everyone  should have an incapacity plan. The law allows capable adults to make decisions about what they want to happen to them should they lose their ability to communicate or make choices. This…
  • Sep 16

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question
    If you are ever asked to serve as an agent under a power of attorney, there are several issues you will need to consider before you accept. Serving as an agent comes with both responsibilities and privileges. The person asking you to serve as…
  • Sep 15

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married
    Beginning the estate planning process is not always something people like to consider, but it is something that everyone, and especially married couples, needs to do. For married couples, the basic issues that your estate plan will have to…
Rank this Week: 2823

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    IA Eligibility Requirement

    IA Eligibility Requirement
    Who is eligible to pay back taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board via an installment agreement?  It can be a little complicated. It’s difficult not to compare FTB and IRS collection tactics.  Both almost always first…
  • Sep 4

    OPR: The Standard-Bearer for Integrity?

    OPR: The Standard-Bearer for Integrity?
    We know the IRS has a habit of making outrageously stupid decisions from time to time.  But moral decay over the past few decades is swiftly converting into a full-blown moral nosedive.   The debacle this week in the Office of…
  • Aug 28

    Rolling Stone on Taxe

    Rolling Stone on Taxe
    I read a lot of tax-related articles and they come from a variety of sources, but it is not every day that I find one in Rolling Stone.  I have to say that the article entitled “The Biggest Tax Scam … Continue reading →
Rank this Week: 3419

Intellectual Property News

Intellectual Property News

By Mandour & Associates.

http://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/
  • Sep 16

    Hershey Files Trademark Lawsuit against Candy Importer

    Hershey Files Trademark Lawsuit against Candy Importer
    IPNews® - The Hershey Company is waging a trademark war against candy importer LBB Imports LLC accusing it of infringing its trademarks for famous brand names including Reese's and Kit Kat. Hershey has argued that LBB is violating both…
  • Sep 11

    Tesla and Amazon Founders Clash Over Space Flight Patent

    Tesla and Amazon Founders Clash Over Space Flight Patent
    IPNews® - Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin are butting heads over a patent application from Blue Origin that claims rights to a procedure for landing booster rockets at sea. SpaceX has filed its objections stating that the…
  • Sep 5

    ALS Association Backs Away from Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark

    ALS Association Backs Away from Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark
    IPNews® - The ALS Association has backed away from trademark applications that it filed for terms relating to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which gained momentum on social media and brought in more than $94 million for the group. ALSA…
Rank this Week: 3943

HR Watchdog

HR Watchdog

Covers California employment laws. By the California Chamber of Commerce.

http://hrwatchdog.calchamber.com/
  • Sep 16

    Cheerleaders’ Wage Theft Suit Proves Costly for the Oakland Raider

    Cheerleaders’ Wage Theft Suit Proves Costly for the Oakland Raider
    Last January, two cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the team had committed a host of state labor law violations, including not paying minimum wage, not paying wages on time, making illegal…
  • Sep 15

    New Law Will Include “Abusive Conduct” Training as Part of Sexual Harassment Training

    New Law Will Include “Abusive Conduct” Training as Part of Sexual Harassment Training
    California employers with 50 or more employees are required by law to provide a minimum of two-hours of supervisor training every two years on prevention of sexual harassment. Governor Edmund G. Brown recently signed AB 2053, which will…
  • Sep 11

    Job Killer Imposing New Liabilities on Governor’s Desk

    Job Killer Imposing New Liabilities on Governor’s Desk
    The California Chamber of Commerce is urging all businesses to send a letter to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. asking that he veto AB 1897, a “job killer” bill that imposes new liabilities on businesses. “AB 1897 would expose…
Rank this Week: 4825

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Covers listing decisions, critical habitats and endangered species litigation. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
  • Sep 16

    Georgia Plant Listed and 732 Acres Designated

    Georgia Plant Listed and 732 Acres Designated
    On September 12, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published notice of its final rule listing the Georgia rockcress (Arabis georgiana) as a threatened plant species under the Endangered Species Act.  On the same…
  • Sep 16

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Protection for Canada Lynx

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Protection for Canada Lynx
     On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule (pdf) revising the critical habitat designation for the contiguous United States distinct population segment (DPS) of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) and…
  • Sep 10

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Florida Plants as Endangered

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Florida Plants as Endangered
    Last Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule listing two plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The two species, Florida brickell-bush (Brickellia mosieri) and Carter’s…
Rank this Week: 4928

California Employment Law

California Employment Law

Covers issues that affect California employers. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://californiaemploymentlaw.foxrothschild.com
  • Sep 16

    New California Laws Address Bullying and Interns’ Right

    New California Laws Address Bullying and Interns’ Right
    If you were worried that California employers weren’t sufficiently regulated, let me calm your fears. Governor Jerry Brown has signed several new bills this month. Nancy Yaffe already reported on the new paid sick leave requirements…
  • Sep 12

    What a Headache! California Enacts Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522)

    What a Headache! California Enacts Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522)
    California is now the second state in the nation to implement paid sick-leave state wide (Connecticut is the other). Thankfully for employers, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“HWHF”) will not take effect…
  • Sep 10

    Taxes on Meals for Employees: The Taxman Cometh For Your Lunch

    Taxes on Meals for Employees: The Taxman Cometh For Your Lunch
    For decades, employers have relied on IRS policy that says when meals are provided for “the convenience of the employer,” the value of the meal is not taxable income. That policy is apparently about to change. The IRS…
Rank this Week: 2375

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Sep 16

    Infringement reversed based on court’s new language after jury trial

    Infringement reversed based on court’s new language after jury trial
    In litigation, a court construes the requirements of a patent claim and instructs the jury on what the claims require for infringement. The jury must follow these instructions to decide if the defendant has infringed the patent claims at…
  • Sep 4

    SCOTUS reduces liability for indirect patent infringement

    SCOTUS reduces liability for indirect patent infringement
    The scope of patent protection of a patent is defined by the claims.  Ideally, the claims should be written in a variety of ways so that different entities along the distribution channel can be identified as direct infringers. …
  • Aug 28

    Courts encourage clarity at USPTO to combat patent troll

    Courts encourage clarity at USPTO to combat patent troll
    Recently, there has been a push for clarity in patents because non-practicing entities and patent trolls have been accused of taking patents with ambiguous claim terms and construing those ambiguous terms to cover things beyond what is…
Rank this Week: 4230

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 16

    Florida Doctor Sentenced in Criminal Tax Case for Concealing Assets and Filing False Individual Income Tax Return

    Florida Doctor Sentenced in Criminal Tax Case for Concealing Assets and Filing False Individual Income Tax Return
    Individuals using offshore bank accounts to conceal assets and facilitate tax fraud continue to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, citizens and lawful permanent residents (i.e. "Green Card" holders) that…
  • Sep 3

    Business Owners Get Jail Time for Tax Evasion

    Business Owners Get Jail Time for Tax Evasion
    Sometimes understating income is just carelessness. Sometimes its tax fraud or tax evasion. People don't always realize that tax fraud or tax evasion can lead to time in jail. Convincing judges to sentence defendants to prison for criminal…
  • Aug 22

    Expect Increased Assessment and Collection of Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie

    Expect Increased Assessment and Collection of Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie
    Enforcement of The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) is a source of potential government revenue that, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), needs to be revamped to become more efficient. Under existing…
Rank this Week: 2469

Pasha's San Diego Business…

Pasha's San Diego Business Attorney Blog

Features business updates with a focus on California law. By Top Floor Legal, PC.

http://www.pashalaw.com/
  • Sep 16

    Product Liability 101 for Small Importer

    Product Liability 101 for Small Importer
    Global sourcing has lots of exciting potential. The recent entry of Alibaba.com onto the global stage along with others such as the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, Euro Pages and Global Sources seems to presage a new age of borderless commerce.…
  • Sep 11

    How to Shed the Liabilities in an Asset Sale

    How to Shed the Liabilities in an Asset Sale
    So, you have decided to sell the business. Hopefully, you mean selling the business three to five years from now because that is the amount of time it may take to arrange the transaction in a way that benefits you most. Unless your small…
  • Sep 9

    California Franchise Law Increasingly Unsettled

    California Franchise Law Increasingly Unsettled
    If you are either a franchisor or a franchisee in California, you can hardly be blamed for feeling disoriented. There is a lot going on, competing moves in different directions at different levels of government that may fundamentally redefine…
Rank this Week: 2579

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

Covers antitrust and consumer law. Published by Jarod Bona of Bona Law PC.

http://www.theantitrustattorney.com/
  • Sep 15

    Monopoly, Antitrust, and Making Money

    Monopoly, Antitrust, and Making Money
    You may have noticed Peter Thiel’s provocatively titled article “Competition is for Losers” in the Review section of last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Since we extol the virtues of competition here at The Antitrust…
  • Sep 11

    Who is Capable of Conspiring to Violate the Antitrust Laws?

    Who is Capable of Conspiring to Violate the Antitrust Laws?
    When you think about antitrust cases, you usually consider the question—often framed at the motion to dismiss stage as a Twombly inquiry—whether the defendants actually engaged in an antitrust conspiracy. But, sometimes, the…
  • Sep 3

    Antitrust Law as a Negotiating Tool and the Pursuit of Family Dollar Store

    Antitrust Law as a Negotiating Tool and the Pursuit of Family Dollar Store
    When you are a law student, you don’t usually understand that most cases are just one of several business tools that are companies utilize to advance their interests in the marketplace. You might think that cases are academic-like…
Rank this Week: 2901

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy law, debt counseling, tax resolution, and IRS audit help. By John D. Faucher.

http://johndfaucher.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    It’s Not Easy Dealing with the Franchise Tax Board

    It’s Not Easy Dealing with the Franchise Tax Board
    My clients owed the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) $8,000 for the  2011 tax year; they filed their return late, and couldn’t pay it all at once. The FTB sent a notice that it was about to levy – standard procedure, it…
  • Sep 9

    Who Really Owns Your Debt?

    Who Really Owns Your Debt?
    I deal a lot with bill collectors.  Here is an eye-opening description of how their business works. Settling a debt can be . . . .unsettling.  If some unknown company collects on a credit card debt that’s five years old, how…
  • Sep 4

    Two Good Reasons to Avoid Post-Bankruptcy Loan

    Two Good Reasons to Avoid Post-Bankruptcy Loan
    A client sent me a letter he got from a car dealership touting the financing he can get even though he is currently in bankruptcy.  You can find a copy of the letter here. How does a car dealer think of a person going through bankruptcy?…
Rank this Week: 3058

California Personal Injury…

California Personal Injury Attorney Blog

Information on tort law in California. By Glotzer & Sweat LLP.

http://www.victimslawyer.com/attorneyblog/
  • Sep 15

    Hotel Injury Claims in California

    Hotel Injury Claims in California
    Hotel injury claims in California are more common than you would think.  Thousands of native Californians like to have “stay-cations” or stay in these facilities for business.  In addition, millions of tourists and…
  • Aug 26

    Top FIVE Things To Do After An Accident

    Top FIVE Things To Do After An Accident
    What are the top FIVE things to do after an accident to make sure that you have all the information and evidence you need to assert insurance claims and get maximum value at a later date?  Award winning Southern California personal…
  • Aug 20

    Private Security Guard Liability in California

    Private Security Guard Liability in California
    Private security guard liability in California for personal injury or wrongful death that results from actions or inaction of the security officer depends upon a lot of circumstances.   There are literally thousands of businesses in…
Rank this Week: 2796

California Eminent Domain Report

California Eminent Domain Report

Covers condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings in California. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.californiaeminentdomainreport.com
  • Sep 15

    Challenging the Right to Take: What Happens When a Government Agency Requires a Property that is Already Devoted to a Public Use?

    Challenging the Right to Take: What Happens When a Government Agency Requires a Property that is Already Devoted to a Public Use?
    Often times government agencies require property for a public project that is already put to a public use. What are the acquiring agency’s options, assuming an agreement cannot be reached prior to filing a condemnation action? 1. …
  • Sep 15

    Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding

    Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding
    Good news California:  local projects are continuing to receive federal funding.  Caltrans announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted nearly $35 million in TIGER funds to six local and regional…
  • Sep 8

    Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchise

    Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchise
    In a thought-provoking article, Anthony F. Della Pelle considers the interesting question of whether the City of Los Angeles could simply “take” the LA Clippers via eminent domain.  One might typically associate…
Rank this Week: 3902

Immigration Lawyer Blog

Immigration Lawyer Blog

Covers immigration news and laws. By Jacob J. Sapochnick.

http://www.immigrationlawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 15

    What is the E-1 -Treaty Traders Visa?

    What is the E-1 -Treaty Traders Visa?
    In this video, Attorney Jacob Sapochnick Esq,  will explain what the E-1 Treaty Trader Visa is and its requirements The Treaty Trader Visa (non-immigrant E-1 classification) is intended for the nationals of a foreign country with…
  • Sep 8

    Same Sex Marriage and Green Cards: Is Proof of Real Marriage Required, Standard of Proof?

    Same Sex Marriage and Green Cards: Is Proof of Real Marriage Required, Standard of Proof?
    In this post, Attorney Jacob Sapochnick Esq,  will address one of our most frequently asked questions for Same Sex Marriage and Green Cards: Is Proof of Real Marriage Required, Standard of Proof? Statement from Secretary of…
  • Sep 3

    Do Franchises qualify for E2 Investor Visa?

    Do Franchises qualify for E2 Investor Visa?
    In this post, Attorney Jacob Sapochnick Esq,  will explain whether franchises qualify for an E2 Investor Visa. What is an E2 Visa? The Treaty Investor Visa (nonimmigrant E-2 classification) is intended for nationals of a foreign…
Rank this Week: 4776

CEQA Developments

CEQA Developments

Covers California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions, legislation, litigation and reform. By Miller Starr Regalia.

http://www.ceqadevelopments.com
Rank this Week: 3893

Sacramento Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Sacramento Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers commercial leasing and creditor's rights. By the Law Office of Kristina M. Reed.

http://www.sacramentorealestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 15

    Good News for Small Business Owners: Employee Insurance Premiums Have Not Increased Much

    Good News for Small Business Owners: Employee Insurance Premiums Have Not Increased Much
    In the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACT), which is also colloquially known as "Obamacare," many small business owners and potential small business owners have been deeply concerned about the cost of employee health insurance.…
  • Sep 7

    Los Angeles Mayor Proposes $13.25 Minimum Wage

    Los Angeles Mayor Proposes $13.25 Minimum Wage
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed this week that the city raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. The current minimum wage in Los Angeles is $9.00 per hour. This is the minimum wage for all of California, but some cities throughout…
  • Sep 1

    Texas and California Go Head to Head Over Businesse

    Texas and California Go Head to Head Over Businesse
    Every state wants to attract businesses. Whether it is an existing business, or a brand new startup, politicians are always courting business people to move to their jurisdiction. While there are usually many states (or cities within states)…
Rank this Week: 3545

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

Covers consumer credit law. By Anderson, Ogilvie & Brewer LLC.

http://www.californiacreditlaw.com/
  • Sep 15

    What’s Wrong with the Credit Reporting System

    What’s Wrong with the Credit Reporting System
      On September 10, 2014, the House of Representatives SubCommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit heard testimony on the current state of the consumer credit reporting system. Mr Stuart Pratt, who is with the industry…
  • Aug 8

    Credit Scores May Rise with FICO’s New Scoring Model

    Credit Scores May Rise with FICO’s New Scoring Model
    FICO, the creator of the most widely used credit scoring system, last week announced that  new version (FICO 9) available this fall will make changes beneficial to consumers. The new model will ignore previously paid collection items…
  • Jul 23

    Free Credit Reports You May Not Know About

    Free Credit Reports You May Not Know About
    Many of you know you can get free credit reports once a year from Experian, Equifax and Trans Union by going to annualcreditreport.com (or you may call 1.877.322.8228 and use the prompts). But what you may not know is that there are quite a…
Rank this Week: 2973

Oakland Personal Injury Attorney…

Oakland Personal Injury Attorney Blog

Covers personal injury law. By The Law Offices of Stephen M. Fuerch.

http://www.oaklandpersonalinjuryattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3131

Oakland Employment Lawyer Blog

Oakland Employment Lawyer Blog

Covers California employment and injury law. By Liberty Law.

http://www.oaklandemploymentlawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 15

    Protestors Gather in San Francisco’s Apple Store to Protest Employment Practice

    Protestors Gather in San Francisco’s Apple Store to Protest Employment Practice
    Late last month, protestors gathered at Apple’s flagship retail store in San Francisco. Roughly 50 protestors staged a sit-in inside the store for an hour. The protestors were able to block the main entrance, forcing customers to enter…
  • Sep 12

    Discrimination against Muslims in California Increasing

    Discrimination against Muslims in California Increasing
    A report released late last month from the California offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported that discrimination against Muslims in California is on the rise. Muslims reported 933 instances of discrimination to…
  • Sep 8

    Marijuana-Impaired Drivers Pose a Danger to other Vehicle

    Marijuana-Impaired Drivers Pose a Danger to other Vehicle
    As some western states liberalize their marijuana laws, there has been a lot of concern among public officials and safety advocates that there will be more drivers high on pot, which will result in a big increase in traffic deaths. Just last…
Rank this Week: 2816

CELA Voice

CELA Voice

Covers what is working and, too often, what isn’t working in California workplaces. From the California Employment Lawyers Association.

http://celavoice.org/
  • Sep 12

    If you’ve ever wondered how much California has received from PAGA settlements…wonder no more!

    If you’ve ever wondered how much California has received from PAGA settlements…wonder no more!
    The California Supreme Court’s June decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation has thrust the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) back into the foreground of wage-and-hour class actions.  The court held that despite a…
  • Aug 26

    When merely considering your rights can get you fired!

    When merely considering your rights can get you fired!
    By Afshin Mozaffari Employers may be reluctant to admit that their policies are designed to shut workers out of our civil justice system.  But there is no denying their intent. Consider this example.  Elizabeth is a widow with five…
  • Aug 22

    NLRB decision – McDonald’s and other corporations, not lovin’ it

    NLRB decision – McDonald’s and other corporations, not lovin’ it
      By Alexis S. McKenna For decades now, corporate franchisors have been able to have the best of both worlds with the franchise business model — exerting increasing control over their franchises’ operations in order to…
Rank this Week: 2657

Marin DUI Lawyer Blog

Marin DUI Lawyer Blog

Covers DUI and traffic ticket defense. By Law Office of John Stanko.

http://www.marinduilawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 12

    10 Arrested for DUI During Marin County Labor Day Crackdown

    10 Arrested for DUI During Marin County Labor Day Crackdown
    Police officers in Marin County made ten arrests for drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Three drivers were arrested at a DUI checkpoint in San Anselmo and two drivers were arrested for drunk driving during a checkpoint…
  • Aug 27

    Labor Day Driver's Beware Marin DUI Checkpoints Are Setup

    Labor Day Driver's Beware Marin DUI Checkpoints Are Setup
    Two DUI checkpoints will be run by Marin County police agencies over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Police officers will be looking for drunk and unlicensed drivers. Marin County police will run one checkpoint from 6:00 p.m., on Friday,…
  • Aug 26

    2 Arrested at Novato DUI Checkpoint

    2 Arrested at Novato DUI Checkpoint
    Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last Friday, August 22, 2014, at a checkpoint on De Long Ave. and Redwood Blvd., in Novato. More than 1,600 vehicles drove through the over 6 hour long checkpoint. The Novato...
Rank this Week: 4838