Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States

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I Just Don’t Understand Labor Day

I just don’t understand Labor Day. To be more specific, I don’t understand the holiday’s name. “Labor” is derived from the Latin word meaning work or toil. Etymologically speaking, therefore, Labor Day is Work Day. To me,…more
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Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All

In a recent post in The New York Times DealBook, Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that keeping corporate lawyers silent “can shelter wrongdoing”. I completely agree that the attorney-client privilege…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Electronic Discovery

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #6

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. EPA settles case over destruction of rare Central Valley wetlands: EPA - Aug 14: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced a…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Judge Rules Choice Of Law Waives CSL Claim

I was quite surprised to read Judge Gregory M. Sleet’s ruling in OpenGate Capital Group LLC v. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92256 (D. Del. July 8, 2014). The lawsuit was brought by the purchaser of a…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

California Energy Commission delays AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Requirements for 2 years for buildings between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet

The California Energy Commission ("CEC") issued an Emergency Rulemaking Action to delay the implementation of the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program ("AB 1103") relating to buildings between 5,000…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Commercial

Company Sues Former Officer For Failing To File Form 4s

A complaint filed in the Central District of California caught my eye because it involved the rather unusual circumstance of a corporation suing a former director and officer for, among other things, failing to file reports…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

City of San Diego's Settlement Over Alleged MS4 Permit Violations Results in Crackdown on Out-Of-Compliance Projects

On August 13, 2014, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a two-part settlement with the City of San Diego for violations of the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System ("MS4") permits. Most of the…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar plant's downside? Birds igniting in midair: CBS News - Aug 19: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: The California Supreme Court further limits the scope of CEQA review for voter-sponsored initiatives: Allen Matkins - Aug 11: Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Court Rules LLC Form Provided No Fiduciary Shield To Personal Jurisdiction

Last Friday’s post concerned whether a plaintiff could establish jurisdiction by tagging a corporate officer attending a conference in California. The question was whether a corporation is present wherever its officers are…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit Finds No Tag Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporation

When a corporation sends an officer to a conference in California, is the corporation present in California? A corporation can only act through its officers. Thus, it might be said that the corporation is present wherever…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Indemnification And The Circle Of Litigation

An employee sues his employer for, among other things, violations of the California Labor Code. The quondam employer responds with a counterclaim against its erstwhile employee claiming that to the extent it is liable, the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Can A Whistleblower Disclose What Has Already Been Reported?

In California, employees who blow the whistle are protected from retaliation by Labor Code § 1102.5(b) which provides..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

How Remote is Bankruptcy Remote? Is an Operating Agreement Restriction Against a Bankruptcy Filing Without the Unanimous Consent of All Members Enforceable?

Nonrecourse financing is common in today's commercial real estate lending market. So too are the use of special purpose entities ("SPEs") and limited guaranties from SPE members of all or a portion of the debt, the latter of…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial
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