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Episode 101 – Bill Acevedo Discusses Running the Sustainable Business Practice Group August 1, 2013

In Episode 101 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on June 29, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-host of The Wendel Forum and co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes…more

Corporate Culture, Funding, Sustainable Business Practices

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Resolving Environmental Issues in a Real Property Transaction

Prices for commercial properties are rising. Investors are buying commercial properties, malls and strip centers because returns are higher than other investments, such as government bonds. If you are considering buying or…more

Bonds, Contaminated Properties, Contract Drafting, Insurers, Investors

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Tender Not Required for a “Dual Tracking” Claim

Many claims based on flawed foreclosure sales never get out of the starting gates because the borrower fails to allege a pre-lawsuit “tender” of all amounts due on the loan…more

Default, Dual Track Process, Dual Tracking Restrictions, Foreclosure, HAMP

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HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Like Sesame Street for Start-Ups

A recent episode of “Silicon Valley” was brought to you by the letters N-D-A. The protagonists are seeking funding for their start-up, Pied Piper, and one of the potential investment groups starts asking curiously technical…more

Intellectual Property Protection, Investors, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Startups, Trade Secrets

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New Law Aims to Cut Abuse in Disability Access Lawsuits

Most business and commercial property owners have had at least one brush with a disability access lawsuit. Because a defendant in these lawsuits must pay a successful plaintiff’s attorneys' fees, the lawsuits are often resolved…more

ADA, Disability Access Claims

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Brownfield Tenants Gain CERCLA Liability Protection

Good News: Brownfield Tenants Gain CERCLA Liability Protection - In December 2012, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidance Memo set out a new EPA enforcement policy. In sum, on a discretionary basis, the EPA…more

Bona Fide Purchaser, Brownfield Properties, CERCLA, Commercial Leases, Environmental Liability

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Why It’s Time Employers Revisit Their Cell Phone Reimbursement Policy

What happens when your employees use their personal smartphones to check or respond to work email? It may be a question that you hadn’t given much thought to. Presumably, if an employee makes a work-related call, email or text,…more

Cell Phones, Mobile Devices, Reimbursements, Smartphones

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Let It Go… To Trial: Disney Frozen Out of Summary Judgment In Copyright Infringment Case

Elsa and Anna are going to trial. Well, Olaf and Sven are headed there, at any rate. The sanguine snowman and his reindeer buddy were featured in a trailer for the Disney hit Frozen that is now the subject of a lawsuit claiming…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Disney, Film Industry, Movies

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What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?: Ghost Schedules on Construction Projects

I just finished reading a report issued this past month by Navigant’s Construction Forum entitled, “Ghost Schedules – What, Why & What’s the Risk.” As one would expect from Navigant, the article was in depth, interesting and…more

Construction Industry, Delays, Project Management, Work Schedules

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Hooli Needs New Lawyers on “Silicon Valley”

As is obvious from our many posts on the subject, we here at IP Legal Forum are big fans of the show “Silicon Valley.” That said, its season finale could have used more Jared Dunn (can we give him a spin-off already?), as well…more

Arbitration, Boilerplate Language, Contract Drafting, Employment Contract, IP Assignment Agreements

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Estate Planning Implications of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, has finally provided some permanence to the transfer tax laws…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Annual Exclusion, Bypass Trusts, Charitable Donations, Estate Planning

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What Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Crowdfunding Before They Raise Money

What's the one thing entrepreneurs and small business owners need to know about crowdfunding before they raise money? For a JD Supra Perspective, that’s the question we put to experts writing on this matter. Here’s what we heard…more

Crowdfunding, Legal Perspectives, Regulation D, Startups

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It's Official: State Water Board Adopts The New Industrial Storm Water Permit

Tweaking it right up to the very end, the State Water Resources Control Board finally adopted the new Industrial General Storm Water Permit on April 1, 2014. It has been a long road since the current permit was to have expired…more

Environmental Policies, Industrial Stormwater Rule, Storm Water, Stormwater Discharge Permits, Water

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Power to the People: EU Court Rules LEGO’s “Minifigs” Are Protectable Trademarks

In our previous post, LEGO Tries New Angle To Guard Its IP Against Upstart MEGA BLOKS, we wrote about LEGO’s efforts to protect its IP against alleged knock-off brick makers. LEGO has now scored a victory in its ongoing efforts…more

EU, LEGO, Trademark Litigation, Trademarks

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You’ve Just Become Your Brother’s Keeper - Construction Practice Newsletter

On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed AB 1897, which imposes on employers who obtain or are provided workers to perform labor within the employer’s usual course of business from a labor contractor (referred to as a “client…more

Construction Industry, Employer Liability Issues, Labor Contractor, Liability, New Legislation

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All is Fair in Lovell and Litigation

Most California construction attorneys know, or should know, that you need to “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. And, by “prove,” that means more than simply alleging in a pleading that you are a…more

Burden of Proof, Construction Industry, Contractor's License, Contractors, Evidence

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11 Ways to Avoid Advertising Missteps

Although advertisements are everywhere, many companies are not aware of the numerous state and federal laws and regulations that govern advertising. Below are several basic advertising concepts to help spot and avoid advertising…more

Advertising, False Advertising

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Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective March 2, 2015, Oakland businesses and any other employers who have employees working within the City’s boundaries will need to comply with Oakland’s new Paid Sick Leave law, which mandates up to 72 hours (9 days…more

Local Ordinance, New Regulations, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Beer Is Not the New Wine: USPTO Again Rejects Beer Trademark Citing Wine Mark

As the number of craft breweries and craft beer brands grow, many breweries are finding it increasingly difficult to register their marks, not necessarily because there are many new beer trademarks filed with the USPTO (which…more

Breweries, Trademarks, USPTO, Wine & Alcohol

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Estate Planning Implications of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, has finally provided some permanence to the transfer tax laws…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Annual Exclusion, Bypass Trusts, Charitable Donations, Estate Planning

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California Supreme Court Endorses City Authority to Adopt Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

On June 15, 2015, in a decision that came as a surprise to many observers, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge to San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance which had been filed by the California…more

Affordable Housing, CA Supreme Court, Construction Industry, Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, Public Interest

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The Quest For Contractual Certainty

The California Supreme Court has re-examined and largely restricted the scope of the parol evidence rule (Code of Civil Procedure §1856) in the case of RiverIsland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit…more

Admissibility, Evidence, Parol Evidence, Promissory Fraud, Riverisland

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Court of Appeal Reinstates Regional Air Quality Thresholds for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On August 13, 2013, the First District Court of Appeal reinstated controversial air quality guidelines adopted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (the District), including numeric greenhouse gas (GHG) thresholds of…more

CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Developers

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5 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra…more

Beneficiaries, Contract Drafting, Divorce, Estate Planning, Estate Tax

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Four Stripes and You’re Out: Adidas Sues Marc By Marc Jacobs

On April 8, 2015, Adidas filed suit against Marc by Marc Jacobs (“Marc”) in the United States District Court of Oregon for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and deceptive trade practices based on…more

Adidas, Fashion Design, Fashion Industry, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Trademark Infringement

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CA Supreme Court Provides Key CEQA Guidance Regarding Categorical Exemptions

The California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling regarding categorical exemptions under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reversing a court of appeal decision that would have sharply curtailed the use of…more

CA Supreme Court, Categorical Exemptions, CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Exemptions

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Estate Planning Implications of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, has finally provided some permanence to the transfer tax laws…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Annual Exclusion, Bypass Trusts, Charitable Donations, Estate Planning

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