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Officers And The Business Judgment Rule

Last weekend I attended a symposium at the UCLA School of Law entitled “Can Delaware Be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance of Corporate Law”. The event, organized by ever erudite Professor Stephen Bainbridge, featured…more
| Business Organizations

Court Finds Promissory Notes Are Not Securities

Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s decision in People v. Black, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 130 (Cal. App. 6th Dist. Feb. 16, 2017). The case involved the criminal prosecution of an individual for making false statements…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Securities Law

Silver Hills Doesn’t Mute Howey

Anyone who has studied securities regulation since 1946 should be familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a “security” as enunciated by Justice Frank Murphy in S.E.C. v. Howey Co., 328 U.S. 293 (1946). That test…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA - Los Angeles Times - Feb 17 - President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a climate-change skeptic…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

What Do You Know? Bill Proposes To Eliminate Scienter

Corporations Code Section 25401 is California’s basic securities antifraud statute..…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Securities Law

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Building apartments near transit brings in more money for cities and counties - Greater Greater Washington - Feb 2 - In the Washington, DC region, apartments near train stops…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is California “The Biggest Loser”?

I am very excited to be moderating a panel discussion this weekend at a symposium entitled Can Delaware Be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance Of Corporate Law. The symposium is being presented by the Lowell Milken…more
| Business Organizations

Bill Introduced To Require Registration Of Finders Under The California Finance Lenders Law

The California Finance Lenders Law, Financial Code § 22000 et seq., currently requires licensing of finance lenders and brokers. A finance lender is defined as any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer loans…more
| Business Organizations, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Investment Advisers And Broker-Dealers Face Scant Likelihood Of California Examinations

The California Department of Business Oversight recently issued a report on its Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser Program. This report was required by the Budget Act of 2014. Although short, the report provides some interesting…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables made up majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 6 - Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during 2016,…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation, Transportation

Getting To The Point On Director Elections

Last week in The Mentor Blog, Broc Romanek mentioned a blog posting of mine from September 2015: Was This Director Duly Elected Or Appointed? My post was concerned Intelligent Digital Systems, LLC v. Beazley Ins. Co., Inc.,…more
| Business Organizations

Can The Legislature Hire Its Own Lawyer?

In early January, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon jointly announced that the California Legislature had hired outside legal counsel to advise on potential legal…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Science, Computers, & Technology

Homographic Cases Indeed!

Homographs are words that share the same spelling but have different meanings. One such word that is very familiar to lawyers is the word “case”. Lawyer’s try cases, shelve books in cases, and write in upper case and lower…more
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