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Contact: Jonathan Fitzgarrald

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Who’s Got the White Lightning?

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to travel through the great southern states of America, you will learn two things. First, southern hospitality is real — no, the nice man asking “how is your day, miss?” is not going to ask…more

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Traps for the Unwary – Transfers of Personal Property Without Delivery

Imagine... You’ve just completed a purchase of a friendly competitor’s overstocked inventory from the current season. She gave you a good price and will let you leave the goods at her warehouse for 30 days, just in time…more

Personal Property, Transfers

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City’s Decision to Not Prepare an EIR Upheld Under Substantial Evidence Standard

Earlier this month, in Latinos Unidos De Napa v. City of Napa, the California Court of Appeals upheld the city of Napa’s determination that it did not have to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California…more

CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Policies, Evidence

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At Least The Unicorn Won’t Sue You

When not writing about the legal issues raised by my favorite TV shows, most of this blogger’s Law Law Land blogs have involved either employment law or social media issues. So you can imagine my sheer delight when the news of…more

Discrimination, Harassment, Hiring & Firing, Hostile Environment, NLRA

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This Is Our Super Bowl Blog Post. Now Come and Get Us, NFL!

Unless you live here, I’m assuming you’re aware of a little football game taking place this weekend between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. (And maybe, just maybe, you might have heard something — but probably…more

Fair Use, NFL, Nominative Fair Use, Playboy, Playmate of the Year

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Why Aren’t There More Chapter 9 Bankruptcies?

After the housing market collapse, many cities and towns fell on hard times and have yet to recover. In quite a few communities, housing prices remain low, municipal debt levels are unsustainable, and attempts to raise revenue…more

Chapter 9, Municipal Bankruptcy

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Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and Money for My Tax Lien

With the holiday season upon us, we all have so much to be thankful for: our health, happiness, Amazon Prime shipping, and — if you’re Lindsay Lohan — an extra $100k from your Uncle Charlie* (Sheen) to help you out of your tax…more

Celebrities, Charlie Sheen, Estate Tax, Gift-Tax Exemption, Lindsay Lohan

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Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2014

This year has brought many significant changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Group summarizes some of the most important new federal and state legal…more

Attorney's Fees, Caregivers, DOL, Employee Rights, ERISA

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What’s Up for Restructuring Professionals in 2014?

Filings are Down - Commercial bankruptcy filings were down by 28% in 2013 over the prior period in 2012, and overall bankruptcy filings dropped 15%, putting the country on the lowest level of petitions since 2007…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring

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Buyer Beware – Hidden Dangers in Using Form Contracts in Real Estate Deals

Form contracts account for more than 80 percent of all agreements used to complete business transactions today. That percentage may be even higher when it comes to contracts in commercial real estate transactions such as the…more

Boilerplate Language, Contract Formation, Real Estate Market

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The Business Skills Trust: Helping Younger Generations To Take A Leadership Role In The Family Business

In high-net-worth estate planning, trusts are commonly used to transfer wealth from generation to generation. The rationale for using trusts is often tax savings, coupled with protection from creditors and claims of a divorcing…more

Documentation, Family Businesses, Trustees, Trusts

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'Tis The Season To Be Sued

The Marriott company holiday party in Del Mar, California in December 2009 was like many other company parties. The party was held at the Del Mar Marriott hotel and all employees were welcome, but attendance was clearly…more

Car Accident, Employer Liability Issues, Holiday Parties, Marriott

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When One Solution Is Better Than Two

Over the years, clients have sought my advice after they have obtained a judgment against a limited liability company or a corporation, and after they have tried, without success, to collect on that judgment. All of the typical…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Employer Liability Issues, Fraudulent Conveyance, Hiring & Firing, Joint and Several Liability

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Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2013

Employment Bulletin - We wish all of our clients and friends a happy and prosperous New Year. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Department summarizes the new laws that will affect California…more

Appearance Policy, Breastfeeding, Criminal Background Checks, Discrimination, FCRA

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The Business Skills Trust: Helping Younger Generations To Take A Leadership Role In The Family Business

In high-net-worth estate planning, trusts are commonly used to transfer wealth from generation to generation. The rationale for using trusts is often tax savings, coupled with protection from creditors and claims of a divorcing…more

Documentation, Family Businesses, Trustees, Trusts

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A New Year Brings New Challenges

A new year always brings new and unexpected challenges. Turnaround professionals make careers out of expecting the unexpected and helping their clients turn challenges into opportunities. We asked several turnaround…more

Career Development

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Shape Suddenly Matters

As anyone in the candy industry will attest, many factors go into the making of a hit product. First and foremost, it better taste good. Having a great slogan also helps, as will having a celebrity endorser like Bart “Nobody…more

Hersheys, Trade Dress, Trademarks

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Implications for the Google Books Fair Use Ruling

There’s no question that Google’s massive book digitization project has enormous social benefits. Researchers and students are able to find and analyze relevant information more quickly than ever before, authors and publishers…more

Copyright, Fair Use, Google, Google Books

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“River Crabbing” Chinese Search Engine Battles for Freedom of Expression in the U.S.

In 2004, the Chinese Communist Party announced a new national goal of building a “Harmonious Society.” Since then, this goal has often been cited by the Chinese government as a reason for Internet censorship. In Mandarin, the…more

China, First Amendment, Free Speech, Internet, Search Engines

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Supreme Court Issues Decision in Law v. Siegel, Eliminating Ability to Impose Surcharge on Exempt Property Unless Explicitly Authorized by Bankruptcy Code

On March 4, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Law v. Seigel, Case No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) holding that the bankruptcy court used its equitable powers in contravention of Bankruptcy Code section 522…more

Attorney's Fees, Bankrtupcy Surcharges, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy

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EPA Issues New Superfund Guidance

Settlement plays a fundamental role in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Superfund enforcement program. Potentially Responsible Parties (“PRPs”) seeking to resolve their liability through the settlement process…more

EPA, Settlement, Superfund

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Five Things Every Executive Should Consider When Faced with a Business Dispute

Like many lawyers of my generation, I was inspired by the passion, professionalism and speed television lawyers like Perry Mason brought to delivering justice for their clients. Later, as a young lawyer practicing in Los…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Judicial Reference, Litigation Insurance, Mediation

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Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?

Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY. Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control of a…more

King.com, Trademarks, USPTO

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Facebook Eases Restrictions on Sweepstakes and Contests

On August 27, 2013, Facebook revised the section of its “Pages Terms” that applies to administering sweepstakes and contests on Facebook. With the revised terms, Facebook relaxed most of the prior rules and restrictions it had…more

Contests & Promotions, Facebook

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Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy

What is IP in the Bankruptcy World? - In bankruptcy, intellectual property (IP) licenses are considered property of the bankruptcy estate, and a bankrupt party can do a variety of things with these licenses. It is…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property Litigation, Licenses

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A “Dirty” Lawsuit: How a Sex Scandal Could Impact Online Defamation Law

A former high school teacher and NFL cheerleader sleeps with her student. She faces widespread scorn, including scathing Internet comments. Despite the scorn, she becomes engaged to the student…more

Appeals, Appellate Briefs, Communications Decency Act, Defamation, Facebook

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Shia LaBeouf and the Case for Copyright Infringement

Last week the story du jour in the zany world of entertainment law blogging was actor Shia LaBeouf’s foray into film-making with his short film HowardCantour.com. It is now internet gospel that Mr. LaBeouf’s film blatantly…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Entertainment Industry, Infringement, Movies

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New Commercial Lease Requirement for Disability Access Inspection Disclosure

Commercial lease agreements executed on or after July 1, 2013 must include a provision disclosing whether the premises has been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist and, if so, whether the property has been determined to…more

Commercial Leases, Disability Access Claims, Disclosure Requirements, Inspections

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Rhymin’ & Stealin’ & Filin’ Lawsuits

Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox advertisement…more

Beastie Boys, Copyright, Fair Use, GoldieBlox, Infringement

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Unconstitutionality of Defense Of Marriage Act Has Broad Reaching Implications For Tax and Wealth Planning And Tax Compliance Of Same-Sex Married Couples

This morning, the Supreme Court issued two historic rulings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The first ruling, in a 5-4 decision, struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage…more

Discrimination, DOMA, Due Process, Equal Protection, Estate Planning

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Areas of Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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