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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...



Tax, Civil Litigation, Government, 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.



U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Administrative/Regulatory, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to set things right by granting certiorari in a case involving California’s commercial fis...


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...


U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Health Care & Hospital Law, Corporate, Contracts

For all the reference product sponsors about to enter into a patent dance under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovatio...



Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary, Appellate Practice, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


If Special Counsel Robert Mueller has opened a grand jury investigation, the witch has fallen from her broom and the dogs are ...



Environmental & Energy, Corporate

The extension of the cap-and-trade program is a major milestone for the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program. However, it ...


Mergers & Acquisitions

While U.S. VC activity appears to be in the middle of a self-correction period, the German venture market almost doubled in th...



Intellectual Property, Corporate

Many businesses, especially those in the tech sector, spend a great deal of time and money obtaining patents to protect their ...


Transportation

Lithium — the natural resource mined from the Earth’s crust — is perhaps the best-known commodity that people know the least a...



Constitutional Law, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Does it violate the First Amendment for the state of California to force merchants who charge more to customers paying with cr...


Insurance

It is believed that this decision is the first which extends the concept of computer “use” or “violation” to the practice of “...



Health Care & Hospital Law, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the Senate would vote on health care legislation on Tuesday, it wa...


Government, California Supreme Court

Last week the Assembly and Senate judiciary committees approved amendments to a bill (Senate Bill 36, Jackson) that would make...



Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate

Targets are increasingly questioning how quickly a deal can get done and what private equity sponsors can do in terms of opera...


Judges and Judiciary, Government, Criminal, Civil Rights

Money bail has created a two-tiered system of justice where someone’s release is determined largely by their ability to pay ba...



Judges and Judiciary

Learn about the source of a court’s authority to appoint a referee, the scope of referee appointment orders, and referees’ pow...


Before recently issued Treasury regulations, it was unclear whether issuing equity to an employee of a disregarded entity and ...



Government, Administrative/Regulatory

Similar to other consumer product disclosure bills the California Legislature has considered in recent years, the bill require...


California Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled against two Encinitas homeowners who challenged the California Coastal Commissio...



U.S. Supreme Court, Government

90 days of Neil

Jul. 10, 2017

What have we learned about Justice Neil Gorsuch from his first 90 days on the bench? Hint: There are few surprises.


Law Practice, Law Office Management

Some of the most difficult ethical issues arise not out of an attorney’s own conduct, but rather out of instances where an att...