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Military Law, Government, Civil Rights, Administrative/Regulatory

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 raises serious due process issues and procedural barriers acut...


Native Americans, Family, Administrative/Regulatory

While the Indian Child Welfare Act has its detractors, numerous national child welfare organizations tout it as the "gold stan...



Intellectual Property, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

Although cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under federal law, the U.S. Patent Office is issuing utility patents and plant pat...


Labor/Employment, Government, California Supreme Court

If we continue to "kick the can down the road," we do so at our own peril: Budgets could be slashed, services curtailed and ta...



Law Practice

Did the Weinstein story gain traction because the accusations came from famous women? Will ordinary women suddenly be believed...


Law Practice

One thing to keep in mind with regard to an alternative fee arrangement is to make sure everyone is talking about the same thi...



Corporate, Securities, Administrative/Regulatory

Shortly after the major Equifax hack, the SEC and Department of Justice opened insider trading investigations based on allegat...


Labor/Employment, Corporate

A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision serves as a good reminder regarding best practices and current laws when Californ...



Law Practice

Passing the bar

Oct. 18, 2017

Today's rigorous law school admissions process and curriculum screen out those who aspire to be lawyers but lack the basic ski...


Transportation, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

Last week, Nissan added its name to a long list of automotive manufacturers who have been ensnared in public controversy over ...



Securities, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

On Sept. 29, the SEC issued its first civil complaint against two companies and their founder for violating anti-fraud and re...


U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Labor/Employment, Corporate

As Justice Breyer intimated, a Supreme Court decision allowing employer prohibitions on employee class actions would "overturn...



Civil Litigation, Law Practice, Corporate

Wouldn't it be nice to have everything one needs to know collected in one place? Enter "Business and Commercial Litigation in...


Transportation, Administrative/Regulatory, Government

A federal judge recently held that portions of the city of Newton, Massachusetts's ordinance attempting to regulate unmanned a...



Civil Litigation, Corporate, Contracts

Contracting parties might agree to a forum selection clause for any number of reasons: to ensure favorable legal precedent, to...


Criminal, Civil Rights

Crime and algorithms

Sep. 29, 2017

There is a cost to be paid for the myriad benefits society derives from the use of algorithms. An occasional “date from hell,”...



Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

So here’s where we are in Masterpiece Cakeshop: The lineup of eight of the justices is pretty clear, 4-to-4.


Administrative/Regulatory, Government, California Supreme Court

A city manager’s personal cellphone buzzes in the early morning hours with notice of a string of urgent texts advising about t...



Government, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reaffirmed that “[c]ybersecurity is an area that is vi...


Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Counsel should not assume that a general choice-of-law clause will dictate what law applies to threshold arbitrability issues ...



Two recent amendments have important practical implications for private corporations and create a framework for significant ch...


At a recent business lunch, I was surprised to hear that many attendees (most of whom are practicing attorneys) pay their chil...



Government, Tax, Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

Time will tell what a recent state high court decision means for local taxation. But it appears to make it easier to pass loca...


Intellectual Property, Corporate

Choosing the right name for your company from a branding perspective is important. Equally important, however, is avoiding a n...



Transportation, Administrative/Regulatory

While fully autonomous “level 5” vehicles are still some time out, scores of automakers are already introducing level 2 (parti...


Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

For years, complex civil matters in Riverside County were somewhat randomly distributed to departments throughout the county.



Securities, Civil Litigation, Administrative/Regulatory

According to Cornerstone Research, at midyear the number of filings against pharmaceutical companies already had eclipsed the ...


Corporate, Contracts

Many see the blockchain as the wild west of today’s technology sector due to its disruptive potential. As a result, developers...



Law Practice, Government

As a practicing city attorney, I sit through many hours of public meetings. I’ve probably seen just about everything from the ...


U.S. Supreme Court, Law Practice

There a several reasons for each of us in legal education and in the profession to broaden our own perspectives and evaluation...