Archer Norris PLC

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Walnut Creek, CA 94596 , United States

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A Roundtable Discussion: What Young Lawyers Need to Do Now

For young lawyers, today is the best of times. The legal industry is more exciting and dynamic than ever, with technology bringing about rapid change in the practice of law as well as new opportunities. In other ways, these are…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2014

In this Report: - Homeowners’ Insurance: The Devil Resides in the Details - “Cybersmear” Lawsuits - Age Discrimination in Employment - The Marital Deduction: A Valuable Estate Planning Tool -…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law, Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Capped Commissions

As a sales representative for a computer software company, Richard received an annual salary and sales commissions as determined by a compensation plan that was part of his contract. There was a specific formula for how…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

The Marital Deduction: A Valuable Estate Planning Tool

The federal estate tax marital deduction is one of the most important estate planning tools available to a married couple. The basic marital deduction rule is that, upon the death of the first spouse, the value of any interest…more
| Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Freelancers’ Articles Are Not Free

The U.S. Supreme Court has given a victory to freelance authors of newspaper and magazine articles, and a defeat to some major publishers of their work. The publishers hired the authors as independent contractors who would…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Age Discrimination In Employment

The combined effects of an aging population and a sluggish economy have led to an increase in lawsuits alleging age bias in the workplace. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination in the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Homeowners’ Insurance: The Devil Resides In The Details

Reading and understanding all of the language in a homeowners’ insurance policy are not formalities to be skipped over while searching for the signature line. As with any contract, the fine print can have real and lasting…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Summer 2014

In this Issue: - Small Businesses and Job Discrimination - Noncompetition Agreements and Arbitration - Real Estate Deals Gone Wrong - Ensure Your Financial Privacy - Excerpt from Small…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Real Estate - Residential

Changing of the Guard at State’s High Court

The California Supreme Court is undergoing a few changes. Justice Joyce L. Kennard has retired and has not yet been replaced. And Justice Marvin R. Baxter is leaving at the end of the year. Much has already been written about…more
| Civil Procedure

Contractual Attorney Fees in California: Which Statute Applies?

A recurring theme in my recent Daily Journal publications has been the rough doctrinal fit between operation of Civil Code section 1717 and Code of Civil Procedure section 1021 and section 1032. Section 1717 has been interpreted…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

Report from Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Spring 2014

In this Newsletter: - Before You Start a Business . . . - Estate Planning—Powers of Appointment - Public Use Required for Eminent Domain - Tax-Free Gains from Home Sales - Recreational-Use…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Contractual Attorney Fees Conundrum

Appearances can be deceiving, and plain, statutory language is no exception. Take Civil Code section 1717, for example, which governs contractual attorney fees. Notwithstanding section 1717’s seemingly straightforward…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

Contractual Attorney Fee Provisions: Words Matter

This blog entry provides an analytical metric for double-checking assumptions about application of Civil Code section 1717 and contractual attorney fee awards. As the case law demonstrates, it is easy to misapprehend how and…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury

‘Tis the Season for Social Host Liability

With Christmas just around the corner, the holiday season is well underway. For many, this means that the next few weeks will be filled with buying and wrapping gifts, baking and decorating cookies, listening to festive holiday…more
| Personal Injury

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2013

In this Issue: - Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds? - Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations - Protect Your Plastic - HOA Can Regulate Common Area - Identity…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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