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CONSIDERATIONS IN CHOOSING A TRADEMARK

By | 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 | 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 [...]

Considerations in Settling a California Dispute

By | 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 | 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) [...]

EXPERIENCE MATTERS IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

By | 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 | 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 [...]

REQUIRED NOTICES FOR TERMINATING EMPLOYEES IN CALIFORNIA

By | 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 [...]

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TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON YELP

By | October 11th, 2016|Business Law|

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 [...]

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