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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) [...]

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EXPERIENCE MATTERS IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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REQUIRED NOTICES FOR TERMINATING EMPLOYEES IN CALIFORNIA

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 [...]

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TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON YELP

By | 2017-03-13T12:09:07+00:00 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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California’s New Overtime Exempt Minimum Increases to $41,600 and Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $15 per Hour

By | 2016-12-14T11:06:12+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Labor & Employment Law|

Many of our business clients are still adjusting to the new California minimum wage, which increased to $10.00 per hour as of January 1, 2016. This state-wide increase has also resulted in a surge in the annual amount California employees must earn to satisfy the “salary test”—the first of two prongs in the test to [...]

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

By | 2016-12-14T11:04:55+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Business Law, Business Litigation|

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 [...]

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GUARDING AGAINST PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS IN CALIFORNIA

By | 2016-12-14T11:05:24+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Business Law, LLCs|

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 [...]

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YOU CAN STOP TRADEMARK INFRINGMENT

By | 2017-04-03T23:09:27+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Copyright, Trademark|

You have gone through the painstaking process of starting a business, developing a brand for your business, namely, your business’ trademark, invested significant time and resources into this development, and suddenly you discover another business is using your exact trademark or a similar one. What can you do? What are the Elements of a Trademark [...]

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