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Look Before You Leap! Don’t Sue for an Uncollectable Judgment

By | 2017-03-19T23:20:47+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation|

When a client walks in the door and says “I really don’t care about the money, it’s just the ‘principle’ of the matter,” the wise lawyer may reply: “You shouldn’t sue for ‘principle’, unless it’s ‘principal plus interest’”, i.e. money. The meaning of this old pun, of course, is that the only satisfaction likely to [...]

Legal Considerations When Buying a Business: Summary of the M&A Process

By | 2017-03-08T23:12:01+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Business Law, Contract law|

Thinking of buying a business? For any arms’ length transaction, it is critical that buyers take certain steps during the purchase process (also referred to as the M&A process) to protect their legal and financial interests. Assuming the buyer has already identified a viable target company to purchase, we summarize here the essential next steps [...]


By | 2017-02-14T13:23:49+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Trademarks & Copyrights|

The process of developing a successful brand for your business can be difficult and overwhelming.  One must consider a variety of factors, including the products or services that will be associated with a specific mark and decide how to effectively market them with a strong, unique brand, such that consumers will develop trust and goodwill [...]

Importance of Annual Meetings for California Corporations

By | 2017-02-03T12:48:15+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Contracts, Corporate Law|

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 [...]


By | 2017-01-30T09:40:51+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Business Litigation, Contracts|

Introduction In settlement agreements, one or more parties may waive their right to pursue recourse against other parties to the agreement in return for some form of consideration, such as a payment of money. However, what if a party is unaware of certain claims they may have against the party they are releasing--could they then [...]

Considerations in Settling a California Dispute

By | 2017-01-30T09:34:32+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Business Litigation|

In a prior Blog Article published here Dec. 8, 2015 (“Filing a Lawsuit to Secure a Prompt & Enforceable Settlement”), we discussed the advantages of filing a lawsuit, even where you know from the outset that the other party will likely agree to settle, so you can use a “Stipulated Judgment”, under CA Code of [...]

Video Recording on Private Property in California

By | 2016-12-14T09:05:04+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Business Law|

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) [...]


By | 2016-12-14T10:04:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Contract law|

Negotiation of legal disputes is a subtle skill, as much art, perhaps, as science, or law.  It requires not only the careful analysis of facts and law, but the nuanced, emotional interplay of conflict resolution with human opponents.  Settlement value is not determined by some mathematical computation alone; it is greatly influenced by personalities and [...]

Arbitration Agreements Including Emergency Relief Provisions

By | 2016-12-14T10:05:44+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Business Law|

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 [...]


By | 2017-03-10T15:54:38+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|Labor & Employment Law|

REQUIRED NOTICES FOR TERMINATING EMPLOYEES IN CALIFORNIA These lists of notices are grouped by federal requirements and California requirements, with links to applicable notices, laws, and forms. There are other additional documents which may be recommended or required under specific circumstances, such as an employee separation agreement. Please consult with an employment law attorney before [...]