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3 02, 2017

Importance of Annual Meetings for California Corporations

By | February 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Contracts, Corporate Law|0 Comments

Did you know that failing to address your company’s corporate and legal compliance issues can lead to costly and avoidable consequences such as: -Legal claims by employees, shareholders, vendors or customers -Personal liability of owners/managers for company obligations -The potential for a dissolution of your company -Limited access to new capital or loans -A negative [...]

6 12, 2016

Video Recording on Private Property in California

By | December 6th, 2016|Business Law|0 Comments

Over the years, clients have inquired about the legality of installing video cameras on their privately owned commercial real estate or business premises. The short answer is that such recordings are legal in California. However, a more complete answer requires that legal counsel for the client determine whether such recordings violate (or may foreseeably violate) [...]

18 11, 2016

Arbitration Agreements Including Emergency Relief Provisions

By | November 18th, 2016|Business Law|0 Comments

There are many sorts of business disputes where “emergency relief” may be called for.  One common example is where trade secrets are stolen, often by employees or former employees.  In view of that possibility, it is common for employment agreements to not only require the employees agree not to divulge company trade secrets, but likewise [...]

11 10, 2016

TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON YELP

By | October 11th, 2016|Business Law|Comments Off on TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON YELP

We previously published an article here titled “Negative Reviews On Yelp Hurting Your Business?” in which we explained that, under appropriate circumstances, a business owner may want to consider filing a suit for defamation against persons publishing false negative reviews on Yelp or similar consumer review websites. THE YELP CASE Now the issue of defamatory [...]

20 09, 2016

California’s “Good Faith Settlement” Law: An Example From a Recent Case

By | September 20th, 2016|Business Law, Business Litigation|Comments Off on California’s “Good Faith Settlement” Law: An Example From a Recent Case

Lawsuits are expensive, as we all know, and as experienced business law litigators, we frequently find ourselves advising our business clients to settle their claims, usually at some reduced value, rather than pursue expensive, distracting litigation.  But sometimes, even where your adversary is willing to agree to pay a reasonable settlement amount, filing a lawsuit [...]

14 09, 2016

GUARDING AGAINST PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS IN CALIFORNIA

By | September 14th, 2016|Business Law, LLCs|Comments Off on GUARDING AGAINST PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS IN CALIFORNIA

Big rewards can be reaped by owning investment properties, but so too can big risks. One common threat real estate investors wish to avoid is personal liability for judgments resulting from a lawsuit. Even the most conscientious owner may one day find him or herself embroiled in a costly legal battle. While it is impossible [...]

23 08, 2016

When Must an LLC Membership Interest be Registered as a Security in California?

By | August 23rd, 2016|Business Formation, Business Law, Commercial Law, Securities Law|Comments Off on When Must an LLC Membership Interest be Registered as a Security in California?

Most business owners and investors refer to corporate stock when discussing “securities”. However, other types of ownership interests, other than stocks, fall under the definitions of securities pursuant to California law, including a membership interest in a limited liability company (“LLC”). However, not all LLC membership interests are included in these definitions, in which case [...]

11 08, 2016

CALIFORNIA’S REAL ESTATE TRANSFER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

By | August 11th, 2016|Business Law, Business Litigation|Comments Off on CALIFORNIA’S REAL ESTATE TRANSFER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

If you are selling or leasing your home, you must comply with the Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Law. That law requires that sellers provide the prospective buyer with a Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement (“TDS”). The obligation to provide a prospective purchaser with a TDS is imposed on all owners of real property who enter [...]

2 08, 2016

California Successor Liability

By | August 2nd, 2016|Business Law|Comments Off on California Successor Liability

If you are purchasing an existing business or even the assets of a business in California, it is important to consider to what extent your business will have exposure to successor liability following the purchase. California successor liability laws are significantly broader than those in some states, so being informed and taking steps to mitigate [...]

14 07, 2016

Anti-SLAPP Motions in Connection with Employment Law Claims

By | July 14th, 2016|Business Law, Business Litigation, Labor & Employment Law|Comments Off on Anti-SLAPP Motions in Connection with Employment Law Claims

Employers and employees alike should be aware of the not-so-new litigation device known as the anti-SLAPP motion to strike. This motion, typically filed in the early stages of a case, is designed to strike a Complaint before it gets off the ground. SLAPP refers to “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.”  An anti-SLAPP motion is one [...]