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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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Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidential Documents, Contaminated Properties, Privilege Waivers, Public Entities

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Local Bar Association Files Amicus Brief in Baker Botts v. ASARCO Case

Baker Botts L.L.P. et al. v. ASARCO L.L.C., currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, is of particular interest to bankruptcy practitioners because this decision will have far-reaching effects regarding…more

Attorney's Fees, Baker Botts v ASARCO, Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Fraudulent Conveyance

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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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Escaping Taxes in Bankruptcy Through S Corporations

Shareholders of financially troubled S corporations may now be able to avoid the flow-through of taxes when the S corporation or its subsidiary files bankruptcy…more

Appeals, Casinos, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Taxes

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Will “Wellness” Make Us Better?

The United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the next few weeks in the case of Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (“Wellness”), 727 F.3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013) regarding bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction. The…more

Bankruptcy Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Final Judgment, Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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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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'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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Retail Chapter 11 Filings Up, Bucking Bankruptcy Trends In Economic Recovery

The economy is humming along and bankruptcy filings are at historic lows. Nevertheless, a recent trend in retail may suggest that the times, they are a changing…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, E-Commerce, Fashion Industry, Internet Retailers

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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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9th Circ. Panel Bolsters Trustees’ Reach-Back Powers

In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit resolved what it described as an issue of “first impression” in the Ninth Circuit — whether or not the two-year statute of limitations…more

Bank of America, Bankruptcy Code, Fraudulent Conveyance, Preemption, Statute of Limitations

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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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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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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 Bans “Like-Gated” Promotions

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a significant upcoming change to a section of its policies that will affect the way promotions may be administered on Facebook. Effective November 5, 2014, “like-gating” a page (i.e…more

Contests & Promotions, Facebook, Social Networks

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Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred to…more

Business Assets, Collateral, Commercial Bankruptcy, Copyright, Patents

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Substantive Dispute over Land Application of Biosolids Remains Unresolved

Form over substance continues to obscure the substantive issue presented in the case of the City of Los Angeles (City) vs. Kern County (County). At its core, the dispute involves the land application of biosolids. Biosolids are…more

Biosolids, Environmental Policies, Waste Disposal, Wastge

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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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Contact

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Los Angeles, CA 90067, United States

Contact: Heather Morse

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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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Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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