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Amy Anker

Update of California Statutory Law – The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act – Lenders and Borrowers Beware

The California legislature recently enacted the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act which made some important changes to existing California law affecting both lenders and limited liability company…more

Limited Liability Act, LLC, Loans, Managers, RULLCA

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Howard Camhi

The Fisker Decision – Possible Far Reaching Implications for Buyers of Distressed Debt

Buyers and sellers of distressed debt should be aware of the recent decision in the Fisker bankruptcy case, In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del.), which drastically limited the right of a…more

Creditors, Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, Fisker

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Eric Cheung

Google to Downgrade Search Rankings of Copyright Infringers

Google has announced a change to its search algorithms which now will take into account the number of copyright infringement notifications received for any given site. Google specifically stated that this may lower the search…more

Copyright, Google, Infringement, Internet, SEO

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Reeve Chudd

Considering the End: Planning for Your Demise in Addition to Estate Planning (Part 2)

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this article, a recent extensive survey indicated that most Americans have no estate plan at all. Part 1 dealt with planning for the immediate concern after one’s death: disposition of your remains,…more

Estate Planning

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Allan Cooper

8 Tips on Saving Legal Fees

If you’re a client and you want to keep your legal fees down—and don’t you all—here are some tips for you (negotiating the fee arrangement aside)..…more

Attorney's Fees, Legal Costs

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Peter Davidson

Can a Receiver Be Liable for Acts or Omissions that Occurred in a Case After Discharge?

The court has approved my final account and report, discharged me as receiver and exonerated my bond in a difficult, litigious case I am glad to have over. An elder receiver I know told me I could still be liable for acts or…more

Bonds, Indemnification, Receivership

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Matthew Eandi

Three Critical Points of Construction Contract Contention

Litigation has become part of the life cycle of many construction projects, both during the project and after completion. The course of most construction litigation is dictated by the terms of the project contracts. These…more

Breach of Contract, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Indemnification, Indemnity Agreements

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James Earle

The Wood Eating Fungus “Poria” is in Southern California!

To Homeowners, Developers, Contractors, Architects, Engineers and Real Estate Professionals: If you are involved in the purchase, sale, management, construction or development of real property, you need to know about the issues…more

Building Codes, Building Inspectors, Construction Defects, Construction Litigation, Construction Site

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Geoffrey Gold

Builders Beware! You Cannot Hide Behind SB 800!

In Burch v Superior Court (Premier Homes et al.) 2014 DJDAR 1991 (decided February 19, 2014) plaintiff Burch, a Pacific Palisades homeowner, sued defendants Premier Homes, the developer, and Custom Home Builders, the general…more

Construction Defects, General Contractors, Professional Liability

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Rodney Lee

The Perils of Creating Your Own Estate Plan

Who says trust and estate law isn’t interesting?…more

Beneficiaries, Estate Planning, Probate, Signatures, Witness

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Randall Leff

Employment Law Reporter - May 2013: California Court Holds That Piece Rate Employees Are Entitled To Hourly Pay For Waiting Time

Like many other auto dealerships and other employers throughout the state, Downtown LA Motors, LP (“DLAM”), a Mercedes Benz dealership, compensates its service technicians on a piece rate basis. Under their system, technicians…more

Piece-Rate Pay, Unpaid Wages, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Kenneth Luer

Use It or Lose It — Trademark Abandonment

The central foundation of U.S. trademark law is that a trademark is created by use of a particular name and/or design in commerce, so that the mark comes to represent, in the eyes of the target customers, your particular goods…more

Abandonment, Brand, Trademarks

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Jeffrey Merriam-Rehwald

California Weighs In: No Mandatory Arbitration For Dispute Over Validity Of Trust Instrument

A hot topic in estate planning these days is whether mandatory arbitration clauses should be included in trusts. The idea is to require trust beneficiaries to arbitrate their disputes rather than going through the time and…more

Arbitration, Estate Planning, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Trusts

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Gary Michel

Be Sure to File a Protective Claim for FICA Taxes

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Quality Stores which held that severance payments to involuntarily terminated employees were supplemental unemployment…more

FICA Taxes, Income Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Severance Pay

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Kenneth Miller

The Fisker Decision – Possible Far Reaching Implications for Buyers of Distressed Debt

Buyers and sellers of distressed debt should be aware of the recent decision in the Fisker bankruptcy case, In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del.), which drastically limited the right of a…more

Creditors, Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, Fisker

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Kelly Scott

It Makes The World Go ‘Round

Money, that is. It is a motivation shared by employers and employees alike. It is the reason why employers are in business and why employees work for employers. And it is often the primary reason for a lawsuit…more

Attorney's Fees, Employer Liability Issues

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Russell Selmont

Patent Reform — First to File is Finally Here

As of March 16, 2013, the USPTO officially switched to the first-to-file system—from the first-to-invent system that had previously been a hallmark of U.S. patent law. Part of the America Invents Act, which was enacted…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patent Reform, Patents

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Karina Sterman

Employment Law Reporter – April 2014

In This Issue: Pre-Hire Peril: Avoid Self-Sabotage Through Background Checks: In a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, these federal agencies have…more

Background Checks, EEOC, FTC, Hiring & Firing

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Casey Verst

Living unmarried with a significant other? Listen up – New property tax exclusion!

If you live with a significant other and you aren’t married, or even if you live with a friend, sibling, or more distant relative, you may qualify for a new property tax reassessment exclusion that became effective on January 1,…more

Exclusions, Property Tax, Tax Benefits

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Robert Waxman

Think You Are Protected by the Clear Terms of a Written Contract? Think Again!

The California Supreme Court just released a significant new decision dealing with the parol evidence rule that changes the law dramatically in California. The case name/citation is Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v…more

Fraud, Loan Modifications, Parol Evidence, Riverisland

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Pantea Yashar

San Francisco Establishes Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

The fog has cleared on the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. Starting on January 1, 2014, San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees must allow any employee who is employed within the geographic…more

Caregivers, Family-Friendly Workplace Ordinance, Flex-Time Policies, Flexible Work Arrangements

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