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Revisiting Estate Planning Post-DOMA

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, which…more

DOMA, ERISA, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Marriage

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New San Francisco Ordinance Requires Employers To Discuss Family Life Accommodations

Effective January 1, 2014, the San Francisco Friendly Workplace Ordinance will provide employees working within City and County limits a specified method to request flexible work schedules or other accommodations to help the…more

Flexible Work Arrangements, Local Ordinance

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San Francisco Takes Steps to Rationalize the CEQA Process

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS NEW CEQA APPEAL PROCEDURES - After nearly a year of effort (and after three previous unsuccessful tries by others), San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener crafted a California Environmental…more

CEQA, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, Environmental Review, Local Ordinance

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Best Practices for Internet Security

As privacy and online security become a growing concern, we would like to remind you of a few computer and Internet security tips and best practices to keep you, your family and your personal information safe…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Email, Hackers, Passwords

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Developing Renewable Energy Projects on Brownfields: Mitigating Enivronmental Risks & Liabilities

“Greenfield” utility-scale renewable energy projects have generated both considerable praise and criticism. Government agencies and the public generally applaud efforts to generate renewable energy, while at the same time,…more

Brownfield Properties, Renewable Energy, Utilities Sector

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Employers May Require Exempt Employees to Use Accrued Leave for Absences Shorter Than Half a Day

On July 21, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that overtime exempt status is not undermined by requiring employees to use accrued leave for absences of less than half a day…more

Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Paid Leave, Unpaid Leave

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Justice Department and Patent Office Issue “Policy Statement” Regarding Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents

In a statement likely to be influential with courts, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on January 9 issued a joint Policy Statement urging limitations on remedies for infringement of…more

DOJ, Exclusion Orders, Infringement, Injunctions, ITC

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How To Navigate London's Aviation Insurance Claims Process

Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front end, setting up their…more

Aviation Industry, Commercial General Liability Policies, Underwriters of Lloyds

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Employers May Require Exempt Employees to Use Accrued Leave for Absences Shorter Than Half a Day

On July 21, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that overtime exempt status is not undermined by requiring employees to use accrued leave for absences of less than half a day…more

Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Paid Leave, Unpaid Leave

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San Francisco Takes Steps to Rationalize the CEQA Process

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS NEW CEQA APPEAL PROCEDURES - After nearly a year of effort (and after three previous unsuccessful tries by others), San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener crafted a California Environmental…more

CEQA, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, Environmental Review, Local Ordinance

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Best Practices for Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships (“P3s”) for public infrastructure are likely to become more prevalent due to necessity if nothing else. In anticipation of this uptick in P3s, this article examines “best practices” for public…more

Construction Contracts, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships, Transparency

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Superstorm Sandy: Financial Loss May Be Covered Even Without Property Damage

We hope your business did not sustain any direct property damage. Even if that’s the case, do not fail to consider that you may have insurance coverage for financial losses caused by the storm…more

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Kaiser Opinion May Affect Ability to Stack Policies issued by Single Carrier

Policyholders should continue to assert that limits can be stacked in situations where there is continuing damage, despite the California Court of Appeals’ latest decision in Kaiser Cement & Gypsum Corp. v. Insurance Company of…more

Anti-Stacking Provisions, Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Bodily Injury, Liability

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2013 Form 990 Due May 15, 2014 - IRS Revisions to the Form 990 and Instructions

For tax-exempt organizations operating on a calendar year, the May 15, 2014 filing due date for the 2013 Form 990 is fast approaching. Each year the IRS issues a new Form 990 with corresponding instructions. It is important…more

Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Form 990, IRS

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US Supreme Court Holds cDNA Patent Eligible, but Isolated DNA Not

On June 13, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. ___ (2013). The case concerned whether claims drawn to isolated DNA and cDNA were patent…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on this…more

Advertising, Advertising Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Disparagement, Hartford Casualty Ins.

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Revisiting Estate Planning Post-DOMA

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, which…more

DOMA, ERISA, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Marriage

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Court Finds Coverage For Settlement Of Restitution Claim

Insurers often take the position that indemnification for claims for “restitution” are barred by public policy, and contend they have no obligation to reimburse a settlement of such claims. They often take this position even if…more

Indemnity Claim, Insurers, Public Policy, Restitution, Settlement

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EPA Proposes Clarification on CERCLA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” Standard

Step by step, inch by inch. Slowly but diligently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been working to clarify what standards and practices may be used for conducting “all appropriate inquiries” (AAI) under the federal…more

ASTM, CERCLA, Environmental Policies, Environmental Site Assessment, EPA

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Second Circuit Confirms HathiTrust Digital Library's Full-Text Search Constitutes Fair Use in Copyright Case

Last week, the Second Circuit issued its decision in the closely watched Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al. copyright infringement case. At issue was whether the use of copyrighted material in the HathiTrust…more

Authors Guild, Books, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fair Use

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Halliburton Decision May Drive Up Litigation Costs and Impact Settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. is not the game changer for securities litigation that some hoped for, but D&O insurers will be keeping a close eye on securities cases to…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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Case Allows Parties To Substantially Reduce Ten Year Statutory Exposure

In a case of first impression, the First Appellate District recently affirmed a judgment holding that standard AIA contract language, providing that all causes of action relating to the contract work accrue from the date of…more

Construction Defects, Contract Drafting, Discovery Rule, Statute of Limitations

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Growers Can Lien on Distressed Wineries

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are a lot of competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with financing, the growers…more

Farms, Licenses, Liens, Perfected Security Interest, Secured Debt

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Revisiting Estate Planning Post-DOMA

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, which…more

DOMA, ERISA, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Marriage

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Balancing Freedom Of Expression And The Right Of Publicity: Implications For The Future Of Interactive Entertainment

Freedom of expression bowed to the right of publicity on July 31, 2013, when a divided panel at the Ninth Circuit ruled that college athletes could proceed in litigation against Electronic Arts (“EA”) for making sports-based…more

Athletes, Electronic Arts, First Amendment, Free Speech, NCAA

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Federal Circuit Issues Decision on Section 101 Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On May 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. (Case No. 2011-1301), a closely watched dispute regarding the standard for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The per…more

CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Computer-Related Inventions, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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Supreme Court Clarifies Tax Rules for Certain Severance Payments

The United States Supreme Court resolved a split among the Circuit courts over whether severance payments are “wages” and thus subject to taxation under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”). In a unanimous ruling,…more

FICA Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Severance Pay

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2013 Form 990 Due May 15, 2014 - IRS Revisions to the Form 990 and Instructions

For tax-exempt organizations operating on a calendar year, the May 15, 2014 filing due date for the 2013 Form 990 is fast approaching. Each year the IRS issues a new Form 990 with corresponding instructions. It is important…more

Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Form 990, IRS

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Best Practices for Internet Security

As privacy and online security become a growing concern, we would like to remind you of a few computer and Internet security tips and best practices to keep you, your family and your personal information safe…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Email, Hackers, Passwords

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Publications Patent Exhaustion Does Not Apply to the Reproduction of Patented Seeds

On May 13, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., 569 U.S. ___ (2013), which concerned whether and how patent exhaustion applies to self-replicating patented articles. Monsanto patented…more

Bowman v Monsanto, Genetically Engineered Seed, Infringement, Monsanto, Patent Exhaustion

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New Laws Bring California into Alignment with U.S.

Starting in 2012, a variety of new laws passed that directly affect California businesses. There were new filing requirements for exempt securities offerings involving real estate, changes to the rights of dissenting…more

Compliance, JOBS Act, LLC, Offerings, Securities

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Employee and Inventor Witnesses in Patent Trials: The Blurry Line Between Expert and Lay Testimony

Parties in patent infringement lawsuits frequently must choose a witness to explain complex or scientific technology behind an invention or an accused product that sits at the heart of a claim or a defense. Often, the parties…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Discovery, Evidence, Expert Witness, Infringement

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Keeping the Record Straight—EO Select Check is a Critical Tool for Nonprofits

Private foundations and public charities increasingly rely on the Internal Revenue Service’s on-line tool EO Select Check to verify tax exempt status. EO Select Check allows anyone with Internet access to search all exempt…more

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New Legal Guidance For Modifying Arbitration Agreements

Employers have had some reluctance to expressly reserve the right to modify arbitration agreements in light of arguments that the agreements might be found illusory and unenforceable. Last week, the Second Appellate District…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Modification

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The California Supreme Court Loosens Restrictions On Internet Retailers

Attempting to strike a balance between the competing concerns of privacy and fraud protection, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not apply to online retailers that collect…more

Apple, Class Action, Credit Cards, Internet, Internet Retailers

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New Accessibility Disclosure Requirements for Commercial Landlords in 2013

The California legislature and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently enacted separate laws imposing on landlords disclosure requirements relating to accessibility on commercial properties. In addition, the San…more

Accessibility Rules, CASp, Commercial Leases, Disclosure Requirements, Landlords

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US Supreme Court Holds cDNA Patent Eligible, but Isolated DNA Not

On June 13, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. ___ (2013). The case concerned whether claims drawn to isolated DNA and cDNA were patent…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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The CGL “Business Risk” Exclusions

I recently came upon an interesting case from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that examined the complex and confusing Commercial General Liability (CGL) “business risk” exclusions. Oxford Aviation, Inc…more

Claims Adjusters, Commercial General Liability Policies, Risk Management

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Employers May Require Exempt Employees to Use Accrued Leave for Absences Shorter Than Half a Day

On July 21, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that overtime exempt status is not undermined by requiring employees to use accrued leave for absences of less than half a day…more

Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Paid Leave, Unpaid Leave

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California Adopts New General Industrial Storm Water Permit

On April 1, 2014, after 12 years of drafts, public comments and deliberations, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) adopted a new General Industrial Storm Water Permit (“General Permit”), which will…more

Department of Water Resources, Industrial Stormwater Rule, Storm Water

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Public-Private Partnerships in California - Part II

Current funding levels for public infrastructure in the United States are inadequate. Existing infrastructure is crumbling due to long-deferred maintenance and new infrastructure needed by the public is not being built. …more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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IRS’ New Form 1023-EZ Streamlines 501(c)(3) Applications

Streamlined? Easy? Rarely are these two words used to describe activities by the Internal Revenue Service. However, the regulatory landscape for small nonprofits seeking exempt status is changing, and on July 1, 2014, the IRS…more

501(c)(3), Form 1023 EZ, IRS, Non-Profits

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New San Francisco Law Restricts Employers’ Use of Criminal Background Checks

San Francisco’s recently enacted Fair Chance Ordinance (a.k.a., the “Ban-the-Box Ordinance”) limits the use of criminal history information in pre-employment screening by San Francisco employers, contractors, and affordable…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Job Applicants

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San Francisco Takes Steps to Rationalize the CEQA Process

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS NEW CEQA APPEAL PROCEDURES - After nearly a year of effort (and after three previous unsuccessful tries by others), San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener crafted a California Environmental…more

CEQA, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, Environmental Review, Local Ordinance

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Newly-Published Regional Steel Case Raises More Questions Than It Answers

In May, California’s Second Appellate District affirmed a summary ruling that a Commercial General Liability insurer did not have a duty to defend a subcontractor who supplied faulty “seismic tie hooks” that were encased in…more

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Routine Recording Of Customer Service Calls – Standing Alone – Does Not Violate California’s Invasion of Privacy Act, According To Ninth Circuit

Good news for companies that routinely record or monitor calls to or from California residents – the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s January 17 decision in Faulkner v. ADT Security Services, Inc. has made it harder for class…more

Audio Recording, CIPA, Class Action, Class Certification, Customer Service Calls

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Growers Can Lien on Distressed Wineries

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are a lot of competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with financing, the growers…more

Farms, Licenses, Liens, Perfected Security Interest, Secured Debt

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Second Circuit Confirms HathiTrust Digital Library's Full-Text Search Constitutes Fair Use in Copyright Case

Last week, the Second Circuit issued its decision in the closely watched Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al. copyright infringement case. At issue was whether the use of copyrighted material in the HathiTrust…more

Authors Guild, Books, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fair Use

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The Devil Wears Trademark: How The Fashion Industry Has Expanded Trademark Doctrine To Its Detriment

I. INTRODUCTION - Over the past decade, the uncertainty of fashion’s status as protectable intellectual property has generated enormous controversy. It is no wonder: in 2011, apparel sales in the United States amounted to…more

Fashion Industry, Logos, Trademarks

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