In the midst of a public health scare, an organization called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) claiming to represent a group of teachers from Malibu High, Middle and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools turned up…more
The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently issued updated regulations for its new Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program. The updated regulations provide practical guidance to building owners for complying with the…more
The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk.
Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)…more
From Day One, a start-up company needs to protect its technology and its branding, and to budget for that protection. Some suggested steps follow, many of which require little or no direct, out-of-pocket expense…more
On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and held that (1) a federal district court in a partnership-level proceeding had jurisdiction to determine the provisional…more
When you have an auto accident, a workplace injury, or a slip-and-fall ? preparation is essential to a successful case. And that preparation begins with the victim and his or her family…more
Commercial landlords often allow commercial tenants to construct a buildout tailored to their business (e.g., retail stores, restaurants, redesigning office space, etc.). Such tenants hire general contractors who in turn hire…more
California’s 2012-2013 Legislative Session concluded with the enactment of a variety of new laws that will affect California employers. In light of these developments, summarized below, California employers should review their…more
In light of tax changes proposed for April 2014, partnerships may need to reconsider their members’ classification and/or duties to maintain the most tax efficient positions.
The UK Government’s recently published draft Finance…more
Federal Reserve Adopts Final Systemically Important Financial Market Utilities Rules -
On Wednesday, December 5, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Federal Reserve") adopted final rules that amend Regulation HH pursuant to…more
On December 9, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (g-fees). Under the directive, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase the base g-fee (or ongoing g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis points, and…more
It’s been a hot year in the trade secrets field, with some huge verdicts and settlements, a renewed spotlight on cyberattacks, and an unusual flurry of trade secrets legislation. Trade Secrets Watch’s 2013 Year-in-Review highlights…more