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16633 Ventura Boulevard
Eleventh Floor
Encino, California 91436, United States
Phone: (818) 990-2120
Fax: (818) 981-4764
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

Small Claims: When Litigating Without a Lawyer Makes Sense

Many people and businesses have disputes or suffer damages in the thousands of dollars, which they need to resolve or seek compensation for. The dispute or claim might involve the sale of used furniture or other personal…more

De Novo Standard of Review, Filing Fees, Litigation Strategies, Small Claims Court

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Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals…more

ADA, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Document Retention Policies, EEOC

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Rocket's Red Glare: Burns & Other Injuries From Fireworks

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), about 230 people are rushed to an emergency room daily between June 20th and July 20th each year, because of serious fireworks injuries. More than half of these ER…more

Bodily Injury, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fireworks, Negligence, Product Defects

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No Excuses: Preventing Construction Site Accidents and Remembering the Dead

With Spring comes not only warmer weather, a change in time, and the start of baseball, but a return of construction projects as builders begin another season of home and commercial building…more

Bodily Injury, Construction Accidents, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Negligence

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FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more

Franchise Agreements, Franchise Fees, Franchisee, Franchises, Franchisors

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FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more

Franchise Agreements, Franchise Fees, Franchisee, Franchises, Franchisors

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Return to Windsor: A Novel Tax Code Correction

Here’s the next chapter in the saga known as Edith Schlain Windsor v. The United States of America. (For a quick recap, please read Tax & Estate Planning – Small Win for Same Sex Couples?). Two representatives of the state of…more

DOMA, Equal Protection, IRS, Marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges

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Lighting Up Legislation: Regulating Recreational Marijuana in California

California voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana under Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) last November is just the beginning. Deciding how cannabis will be grown, sold and consumed…more

Decriminalization of Marijuana, Dispensaries, Licensing Rules, Local Ordinance, Marijuana

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Executives Behaving Badly: Can CEO Be Fired For Kathy Griffin Hate Speech?

Neighbors don’t always get along – not even affluent neighbors living in exclusive gated communities in Bel-Air. This was proven most recently, when the Huffington Post released security camera audio of Jeffrey Mezger yelling…more

CEOs, CNN, Free Speech, Hate Speech, Hiring & Firing

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Working Families Flexibility Act Means Little to California Employers

The House of Representatives just passed U.S. H.R. 1180, a bill that could potentially give certain businesses and their employees more flexibility in federal overtime compensation. The Working Families Flexibility Act (WFFA)…more

Compensatory Time Off, Over-Time, Proposed Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Initiating Unlawful Detainer Actions: Perfection Not Required

In November 2016 the California Supreme Court ordered that a decision from the appellate division of the San Diego Superior Court in U.S. Financial, L.P. v. Michael McLitus (“McLitus”) be published…more

Appeals, CA Supreme Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Foreclosure Sales

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Restaurant Industry Gets Another Chance To Chime In On Menu Labeling

Franchisors in the food service industry have until January 18, 2018 to comment on the latest version of the Food & Drug Administration’s Menu Labeling Guidance. The FDA released the draft November 7th. This version includes…more

Fast-Food Industry, FDA, Franchises, Menu-Labeling, Nutrition Facts Labels

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Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your…more

529 Plans, Beneficiaries, Beneficiary Designations, Death Benefits, Decedent Protection

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Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the…more

Adultery, Business Partners, Divorce, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination

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"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the…more

Artificial Intelligence, Auto Insurance, Automotive Industry, Car Accident, Driverless Cars

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FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more

Franchise Agreements, Franchise Fees, Franchisee, Franchises, Franchisors

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California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all of…more

Affordable Care Act, Agricultural Workers, Arbitration, Background Checks, Ban the Box

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FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more

Franchise Agreements, Franchise Fees, Franchisee, Franchises, Franchisors

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FRANCHISOR 101: Manual Overload

A franchisor's investment in brand standards, protection and control often comes at a cost when a consumer believing or claiming to believe the franchisor and franchisee are the same, seeks to hold a franchisor liable for a…more

Employee Misconduct, Franchisee, Franchisors, Hilton, Hotels

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FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more

Franchise Agreements, Franchise Fees, Franchisee, Franchises, Franchisors

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To Bifurcate, or Not to Bifurcate: That is the Divorce Question

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible. In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the…more

Bifurcation, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

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California Employers: Governor Brown Signs Important New Legislation Re Parental Leave And Hiring

You can like it. You can hate it. But one thing is certain: California is a trend-setter when it comes to employees’ rights. Maintaining that tradition, Governor Brown just signed Senate Bill 63 and Assembly Bill 168 into law…more

Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants

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