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Avoiding Lender Liability for Credit-Related Actions in California

Aside from general statutory prohibitions on lender discrimination, there are certain circumstances under California law in which lenders may be held liable for credit-related actions, such as negotiating or denying credit. See…more
| Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Cybersecurity Requirements Proposed for New York Financial Companies

The New York Department of Financial Services has proposed new cybersecurity regulations “designed to promote the protection of customer information as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities [financial…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Settlement of Calma v. Templeton Provides Guidance on Setting Director Pay

In response to recent lawsuits by the plaintiffs’ bar, I have previously posted about why public company employers may wish to consider adding a separate annual limit on non-employee director equity awards. Just last month the…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Now You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: New Pension Distribution Rules Allow More Flexibility

If you are one of the lucky few employees who participate in an employer’s defined benefit retirement plan, you previously had to choose between receiving your benefits in a lump sum or in annuity payments. However, in the final…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Arizona Corporation Commission Takes a Step Closer to Determining the Value of Distributed Generation for Arizona

On October 7, 2016, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Hearing Division issued a Recommended Opinion and Order (“ROO”) in the Commission’s Investigation of the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation docket (Docket No…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Dealing with Long-Winded Out-of-Network Provider Nuisance Letters

Over the past couple years, more and more of my clients with self-funded plans have received letters from out-of-network providers appealing denied claims. The letters are usually 20 to 30 pages long, not very specific, and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

FTC Releases Report on Patent Assertion Entities

Three years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a study of “patent assertion entities” (“PAEs”): “businesses that acquire patents from third parties and seek to generate revenue by asserting them against alleged…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Transgender Issues in the Workplace: Legal Issues and Considerations for Companies

Over this past year, there has been an increasing amount of attention on transgender persons both in the media and in the law. Garnering particular attention, North Carolina passed Senate Bill 2 which prohibits students and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What Do I Do With This Stuff? Dealing With Abandoned Property After Foreclosure

You’ve successfully foreclosed on a commercial building in California, and, thankfully, the borrower moved out after foreclosure or after a period of tenancy. But the borrower left behind all sorts of property – furniture,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

Eight Ways to Strengthen Your Patent Portfolio

Today, building a strong patent portfolio is critical for businesses wanting to create exclusive technology sectors to generate greater market share and profits. A strong patent portfolio also provides defensive leverage against…more
| Intellectual Property

Patience and Perseverance Paves the Way for Air-izona

John Quincy Adams is credited with saying: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” This is certainly apropos for Arizona in light of recent federal actions…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Commerce Secretary: Trust Gap Hinders Cyber Attack Reporting

In a keynote address delivered on September 27, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker conceded that “the federal government…more
| Business Organizations, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

My Project Changed—Is My EIR Still Valid: A New California Supreme Court Case Provides Guidance

Change is inevitable. Many times between project approval and project construction fluctuations in market conditions, financing terms or other factors mandate project changes. Do the changes require a further or modified…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: The Impact of Gaming Law and Policy on the Industry

In the United States, Indian gaming is a $29 billion industry, with some 240 American Indian tribes operating more than 450 gaming operations in 28 states. Alan Meister, Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report (2016). In…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Indigenous Peoples, International Law & Trade

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Dress: Key Facts and Pitfalls to Avoid

1. The Difference Between a Trademark, Service Mark, and Trade Dress. A trademark is any word, term, phase, symbol, logo, design, shape, tag line, background, color, scent, sound, device, or combination thereof that…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade
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